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At All Costs [Kindle Edition]

John Gilstrap
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Book Description

That Rare Beast: A Superior Page-Turner That Manages To Pull At Your Heart. --David Baldacci

The Brightons are just an ordinary, small-town, law-abiding family. Until somebody else’s mistake uncovers the truth--Jake and Carolyn Brighton are the FBI’s two most wanted fugitives. Jake and Carolyn have lived a lie for fourteen years to protect themselves. But now they have to protect their thirteen-year-old son, Travis. Their only chance is to return to the hellish scene of an unprecedented crime, and collect the evidence that may finally set them free—if they can elude a massive manhunt long enough to get there.

"A Flat-Out, In-Your-Face Thrill Ride, Filled With Unexpected Twists, Sinister Turns, Clever Plotting, And Top-Drawer Writing. Gilstrap's Characters Are Wonderfully Sketched And His Dialogue Is Rich With The Language Of Real People. At All Costs Demands To Be Read. At Any Price." --Lorenzo Carcaterra

"Heart-Pounding." --Tess Gerritsen

"An Irresistible Roller Coaster Of Suspense." --Robert Crais

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Jake and Carolyn Donovan head the FBI's list of the "Ten Most Wanted" for a crime they didn't commit. For 14 years they have lived under assumed names, moving to new towns when necessary. Jake gets caught in an FBI drug bust and is released but not before his fingerprints have been taken. By the time the FBI makes the connection, Jake, Carolyn, and their son have activated their escape plan. This time they mean to prove their innocence. To do that they return to the scene of the crime, only one small step ahead of the FBI agent now on the case. Why was the investigation dropped? Who had the power to set them up? What part does the ubiquitous Mr. Wiggins play? Well read by Philip Bosco, this story is a real potboiler until the implausible conclusion. Recommended.AJoanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island, Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Providence
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Mr. and Mrs. Middle America take it on the lam from an army of law enforcers when a routine check reveals that they're high on the Most Wanted list. Fifteen years ago, newlyweds Jake and Carolyn Donovan worked for Enviro-Kleen, a firm whose scrubbing of a gas-laden army ammunition plant touched off what came to be known throughout the nation as the Newark Incident, a catastrophe that left all 16 of their co-workers dead and hundreds of square miles of the Arkansas countryside contaminated with radioactive waste. The sole survivors, the Donovans, were promptly branded ecoterrorists responsible for the holocaust, and promoted to the top of the FBI's dance card. Only the money and help provided by the one-man Witness Protection Program run by Carolyn's uncle, ruthless Chicago developer Harry Sinclair, allowed them to escape the feds and reemerge as Jake and Carolyn Brighton. Now, as they hustle their dazed son Travis, 13, out of his school and off to the storage locker they've had stocked with food and weapons and transport and new identity papers, they insist to the boy that they never did anything wrong; every scrap of evidence against them was planted. By now, readers of Gilstrap's sizzling debut novel, Nathan's Run (1996), will have realized that he's recycled the same plot--the innocent on the run from massive, untrustworthy forces of authority--but pumped everything up (beginning by substituting an entire family for the solitary child) by making it bigger, faster, noisier, and longer. Especially longer. Before they've finally vindicated themselves--not a big surprise, since in scene after scene everybody gets shot but them--Jake and Carolyn have tracked the Newark Incident to the very highest levels of the government, and Gilstrap has ingeniously twisted his simple premise six ways from Sunday. Does for families what Nathan's Run did for preteens--puts them through endless rounds of entertainingly action-packed pursuit. (Film rights to Arnold Kopelson) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • File Size: 741 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446607401
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books (May 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NEW5AM
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thriller I've read in a long time December 11, 1999
I sort of bought this by accident. I was looking for John Grisham's 'A time to Kill', the one I hadn't read. 'At all costs' was sitting next to it and, as the type face of the author was the same, I first mistook it for a 'Grisham'. After reading the back I decided to buy it as well and it sat in the bookcase while I started on 'A Time to Kill'.
I picked up 'At all costs late on a Tuesday night, was that a BIG mistake! I just could not put the book down. The story starts slowly enough, by quirk of fate an ordinary family guy get's caught up in a drug's bust and hauled off to sit in jail for a couple of hours, then Wham! you are launched into an incredible story of intrigue and suspense that turns so many blind corners you can never guess what's coming next. Thrilling to the last page. Already recommended to my bookworm friends and I am now looking for a copy of 'Nathans Run'.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars . February 25, 2002
By Joey R.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book after reading the numerous good reviews this book received. But, I believe some of the negative reviews more accurately represent the numerous problems this book has. The author does an excellent job making this book a quick, mindless read, but the author sacrifices realism to keep the plot moving at a frenetic pace. There are several points in the book where I just scratched my head and thought that there is no way the character would act that way. In fact, the reason the good guys are on the run is far-fetched and laughable and could have easily been prevented by the good guys talking to the police right after the incident happened instead of finding excuse after implausible excuse to do the wrong thing. I am now in the middle of a far superior novel called "The Trial" by Clifford Irving, which is a true example of fine, fast paced writing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Get Up and Go Kind of Book April 10, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Overall this is just a fun book, it moves fast and is easy to read. The characters are Mr. and Mrs. everybody thus you identify with them easily. The story is fun if not a little on the "yea right" side of the bench. Ok so some of the actions the lead characters pull off are really not in keeping with a clean cut pair of middle Americans, but hey it's a fiction book. The plot is a little light, there really is not much going on except the main story line and the writing could give us more depth and details, bur becuase it was exciting I let it pass. It reminds me of the movie "Airplane", everyone enjoys watching it but it is not going to be on the AFI top 100 movies list anytime soon. Go into this book not expecting a lot and you will enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a surprising end March 4, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The novel At All Costs by J. Gilstrap deals with the pretty topical subjects of international warfare/ arms trafficking and the corruption of FBI. Gilstrap combines those subjects in a very interesting way. The novel is a thrilling page-turner with growing suspense and a real surprising end.
The way the characters are presented is logical, detailed and very realistic, thus makes them rather interesting and gives the reader the possibility to identify with the main characters.
In our opinion the beginning is a little long - winding, but it turns out to be a stylistic device aimed at building up suspense. This "normal life" beginning makes it unputdownable.
Unfortunately the novel gets very violent and even a little artificial in the end, so Gilstrap is kind of breaking the mood.
But all in all we would say that At All Costs is a book worth reading especially because of the surprise of finding out who the guy is who pulls the strings in the background and why.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling stuff!!!! March 4, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
If you want my opinion, I think that the novel At All Costs written by John Gilstrap is really exciting in so far as the opening is pretty thrilling and suspenseful. The rest of the novel is a bit too longwinded so the reading sometimes gets very boring. The ending is very nice and also a bit surprising to find out who the guy is that pulls the strings in the background and what exactly his reasons are. Moreover, it is a bit shocking that the state is that powerful in manipulating facts. The novel also is so thrilling because sometimes you don't really know what exactly is going on in some passages.
Throughout the whole book you can�t help sympathizing with Jake and Carolyn Brighton if they will ever manage to prove their innocence and to make the best of the situation and to make their little son Travis, who is only thriteen years old and really the most innocent person of the novel, feel comfortable. There are many moments when the little family is very close to getting caught by the FBI. These unexpexted twists arouse the readers� tension.
So all in all you can say that although some chapters are a bit complex John Gilstrap has a very special way of writing which makes it easy for everybody to understand and sympathize, because the characters speak the language you know from the �normal� people surrounding you every day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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At All Costs was a gripping book. It was well written and had enough reality in it to make you accept some implausible happenings. The reader is swept along at such a pace there is no time to question and why should you. Reading if for enjoyment! Other reviewers have given the basic plot so it doesn't bear repeating. I was amazed at how much punishment the human bodies in this work of fiction were able to take, including inhalation of toxic fumes, bullet wounds, beatings, major blood loss, hanging by the neck leaving only a range of motion defect! etc. and keep on ticking. One jarring note threw me off stride for quite a while. The equating by the author of homosexual behavior and a pediophilic activities was inexcusable. We do not need more mis -information tossed idly about as fact on so serious a matter. Pediophiles are actually heterosexual. With that adjustment, I was able to get back to the plot. I am also surprised it is a book recommended for teens as it is very violent and the language is as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery and kept my interest until the end
Good mystery and kept my interest until the end. Once it reached a certain point the end was predictable and quick.
Published 7 days ago by migafinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read from John Gilstrap.
Fast paced, well woven story of triumph over the odds. Recommend highly and look forward to Mr. Gilstrap's other novels.
Published 17 days ago by John Sandstrom
4.0 out of 5 stars rivers
Gripping read. Good ending. Nice to get some back story on Irene rivers from the digger series. It's a page turner
Published 18 days ago by j1dergem
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This book moved along well. An enjoyable read.
Published 20 days ago by Barbara Ippolito
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
Really enjoyed the plot from start to finish. The characters were well thought of and added to storyline. Don't want to give away anything. Read more
Published 27 days ago by kfei
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense
Great suspense.
Could put book down and always second guessing where it is going next.
Published 1 month ago by stacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great story and told with a unique mystery
This was Gilstrap's second novel and what a winner. This is a must read for those who can't wait to turn the page. Such a great story and told with a unique mystery.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Book
GREAT BOOK - I read a lot - it's rare that I start a book that I have "a hard time putting down." This was one of those. Highly recommend!
Published 1 month ago by Joe Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling action!
Thrilling action! This was my first novel by Gilstrap, now I'm hooked. Looking forward to reading them all.
Published 1 month ago by Barb Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good RFEad
Read three of the series, couldn't pujt em down.
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More About the Author

John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of Against All Enemies, End Game, Soft Targets, High Treason, Damage Control, Threat Warning, Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Nathan's Run, At All Costs, Even Steven, Scott Free and Six Minutes to Freedom. In addition, John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. He will write and co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom.

A frequent speaker at literary events, John also teaches seminars on suspense writing techniques at a wide variety of venues, from local libraries to The Smithsonian Institution. Outside of his writing life, John is a renowned safety expert with extensive knowledge of explosives, hazardous materials, and fire behavior. John lives in Fairfax, VA.

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