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John Grisham meets Mario Puzo in this entertaining thriller by the godson of a real-life Mob boss. Marty English (born Iglesia) is an ad whiz and son of a Chicago gangster who finds himself entangled with the Mafia after his father, Tony Iglesia, is poisoned with a potent new drug that's cheaper, stronger, and easier to produce than cocaine. Was Tony killed because he wouldn't risk the wrath of his partners in the Colombian cartel by flooding the market with the drug? The secret may lie in the computer disk that arrives in the mail a few days after Tony dies, but Marty is too busy to decipher the mysterious glyph on the disk or track down his father's killers. First he has to produce a 30-second commercial for a new client--Arrow Pharmaceutical Company--in time for the Super Bowl, which is less than three weeks away. If he can pull it off, Arrow's multimillion-dollar account will save his foundering ad agency and incidentally put him in line for the CEO's job. Nothing is more important--not the threats on Marty's life by men who've already killed once for the disk's secrets, not the ultimatum issued by his girlfriend, a beautiful photojournalist who's been pushing Marty for a commitment. The action builds to a breathtaking conclusion in the Belizean rainforest, where he's warned off by a Mayan shaman, pursued by the Mob, ensnared by a renegade CIA team, and seduced by Arrow's beautiful marketing director. Lively and fast-paced, with enough high-tech drama to enthrall fans of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton, 30 Seconds delivers suspense and thrills enough for big-screen treatment. --Jane Adams --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Madison Avenue meets the mob in the Giancanas' entertaining second novel (after Double Cross). The thrills begin when ad exec Marty English's estranged father, an old-school Chicago don, is poisoned by his right-hand man and Marty inherits a valuable, mysterious computer disk. The disk draws Marty back into his father's world?just as he's about to land a multimillion dollar account with Arrow Pharmaceuticals. The key to acquiring the account is a 30-second Super Bowl spot, scheduled to take place at Arrow's glamorous eco-resort in Belize, where the odd behavior of Arrow executives and a conversation with a Mayan guide who works for the company lead Marty to suspect that the resort may be a CIA front. Suspicion turns to fear when he returns to Chicago and dead bodies start popping up. When a cop joins the victim list, Marty is forced to go underground to protect the disk and solve its secrets. What makes the Giancanas' tale such a wild ride is the clever use of interlocking subplots to build suspense, particularly a Mayan angle that adds both New Age and high-tech elements. The secondary characters tend toward the cardboard, but Marty English is an engaging protagonist who effectively combines slickness, intelligence and fallibility. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Abridged edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570425981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570425981
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,197,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
i listened to the version of this book, and from the moment i started i could not stop it was a great story line with non stop action. All i want to know is where's the movie?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
30 Seconds is a really cool look at the mob with a twist. I loved the character development and the story as a whole was very fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By specialagent98@hotmail.com on September 10, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't manage any more than forty pages of this pathetically stuffy book. I consider myself a well read person and for me to give it only two stars should be telling your it's absolutely miserable. Reading the dialogue is like watching a bad adult video - and that's pretty bad! I stumbled upon this book by typing in the word 'assassins'. I recently read both The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Covenant of the Flame, both by David Morrell and they were EXCELLENT. Those are books that make you want to take a day off from work and finish - certainly not 30 Seconds. I'm really sorry I wasted my money on this. Don't make the same mistake I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I found 30 seconds to be a fast paced interesting story closely in tune with the high stakes advertising industry, and mob, from a unique perspective. Sam and Bettina are first class story tellers and I am sure you won't be able to put the book down. I enjoyed the book very much.
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