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Hurwitz can take a high-concept thriller and deliver the extras needed to elevate it further…[With] The Survivor, he outdoes himself. (Washington Post)

In between tight, compelling action scenes, Hurwitz sensitively depicts Nate's struggles…thriller fans won't let this one gather any dust on the nightstand. (Publishers Weekly)

Hurwitz demonstrates his mastery of the thriller genre...The book opens as dramatically as a reader could hope for and doesn't relent....succeeds on every level. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

A riveting, potboiler of a tale, featur[ing] one of the most original, and daring, setups seen in many a thriller…a jigging and jagging hybrid of Rear Window and a Bourne tale with a brain. Just call it terrific. (Providence Sunday Journal)

Surely Hurwitz can't keep this up forever. Lately, each new book he publishes is his best so far, and this one's no exception...It's hard to imagine that he can top this one, but, based on past performance, don't bet against it. (Booklist (starred review))

This book evokes a wide range of emotions, from horror at the shocking violence to sympathy for children whose parents are absent. The plot, characters and their actions will keep you thinking for days... (RT Book Reviews (Top Pick))

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"One of the best thrillers of the year!"*

"PROPULSIVE…THRILLINGLY CINEMATIC."--THE WASHINGTON POST
Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an eleventh-floor bank and climbs onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he's steeling himself to jump, a crew of when a gunmen bursts into the bank and begins shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside and, with military precision, Nate begins taking out the robbers, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: He will make you pay in ways you can't imagine…

"RIVETING…ORIGINAL…DARING…JUST CALL IT TERRIFIC."--PROVIDENCE SUNDAY JOURNAL

Pavlo is a savage Ukrainian mobster and mastermind of the failed heist. Blocked from entering the bank vault to retrieve a critical item, Pavlo gives Nate a horrifying ultimatum: Either help him break in or watch Pavlo slowly kill his estranged wife and teenaged daughter. Nate lost them once he came back from Iraq, broken and confused. Now the only thing Nate has to lose is--everything. And time is running out...

"A VICARIOUS THRILL RIDE WITH AN EMOTIONAL CORE."--FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

* Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reissue edition (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250029430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250029430
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of fourteen novels, most recently Don't Look Back, You're Next, The Survivor and Tell No Lies. His books have been nominated for numerous awards, shortlisted twice for best novel of the year by International Thriller Writers, nominated for CWA's Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, chosen as feature selections for all four major literary book clubs, honored as Book Sense Picks, nominated for the Galaxy National Book Award, and translated into twenty two languages.
Gregg has written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). He has published numerous academic articles on Shakespeare, taught fiction writing in the USC English Department, and guest lectured for UCLA, and for Harvard in the United States and internationally. In the course of researching his thrillers, he has sneaked onto demolition ranges with Navy SEALs, swum with sharks in the Galápagos, and gone undercover into mind-control cults.
Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area. While completing a BA from Harvard and a master's from Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy, he wrote his first novel. He was the undergraduate scholar-athlete of the year at Harvard for his pole-vaulting exploits, and played college soccer in England, where he was a Knox fellow. He now lives in L.A. where he continues to play soccer, frequently injuring himself.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2012
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I have decided I love Gregg Hurwitz. Not in a stalkerish way but with the pure, clean love of a bibliophile for a consistently exciting author. I have read all of his books to date and have loved 100% of them. Very unusual for me. There are very few authors I can say that about. I can count them on both hands - out of the thousands of books I've read.

"The Survivor" doesn't break that record. Twists and turns and wonderful character development define this as in all Hurwitz' books.

Nate Overbay can't catch a break. He's divorced, has PTSD, just found out he has ALS and then, as he's about to jump off a ledge and escape this life, he ends up stopping a bank robbery - with dire consequences.

After you read "The Survivor," rush out and buy Hurwitz' other books. You won't be disappointed.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian Baker VINE VOICE on July 8, 2012
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I'm not going to do a story synopsis, since this is a review and not a Cliff's Notes.

I've read all of Hurwitz's books, and he has yet to write a clunker. He's as dependable as a summer day is long. I always snag them up as soon as they're available, and this book is no exception.

It grabs you right from the first page, wherein our protagonist (Nate Overbay) is on a ledge getting ready to commit suicide because he's been stricken with ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease) and has wrecked his marriage, his relationship with his daughter, and all the rest of his life.

That ledge happens to be right outside the window of a bank that's being held up by ruthless killers, and since he has nothing left to lose he crawls through a window and breaks up the party, killing several of the robbers in the process.

It turns out, though, that this is only the start of his problems, because those robber/killers are part of a Ukrainian mob trying to carry out a more destructive plan than a simple bank robbery. Now, with the lives of his family at risk, he must try to best a psychotic mob chief at his own game before his disease completely incapacitates him.

The pacing is excellent; sustained, fast, and a real roller-coaster. I'd keep wondering how long Hurwitz could successfully maintain it, and he carried it out all the way to the end, I'm happy to report.

The main characters are fully three-dimensional; the good guys are completely sympathetic, and you root for them all the way. The bad guys are truly dastardly, the kind you love to hate... and yet the main Bad Guy is fleshed out so that you also understand him (while still hating him, I'm happy to say).
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Mccarthy VINE VOICE on July 7, 2012
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Nate, a nearly-divorced dad with PTSD and Lou Gehrig's disease, decides to end his life by diving off the upper floor of his bank into a dumpster which he'd just left open. Whatever else, you have to give him points for thoughtfulness. Just as he's stepping off, gunfire from inside the bank draws him back. Nate, with nothing to lose, manages to kill five of the six robbers, saving several lives, but one gets away and lets Nate know he just made a huge mistake.

This book has an incredible start, and the author draws Nate so artfully that we get to know him as if he's a brother. That's it for the good news. The story is yet another variation on the old, "we're holding your loved one hostage until you successfully commit this crime for us". The cast here is wholly uninspiring. Besides Nate's aforementioned problems, he has a bizarre inner compass that invariably steers him into making the worst possible choices. It becomes painful to watch him jump from one dumb move to the next. Imagine that you are fleeing with your family from a psychotic murderer, and get a text from a sympathetic FBI Agent, asking to meet you at midnight in a remote location. Would you go, or maybe at least call him first? At one point, the Agent even tells him: "I would say, `don't do anything stupid,' but that's all you seem to do." Truer words . . . Nate also has a dead friend who appears in random hallucinations, which serve no purpose but to further annoy the reader. Then we have his daughter who is obnoxious, pouty, and whiny, and who has an obnoxious airhead boyfriend. Nate's wife is fairly normal, but probably wishes she'd been left to drown early in the book. For a while I was cheering for the bad guy, Pavlo, who may have been evil incarnate but at least had his head screwed on straight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Texaswomyn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2012
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O.M.G. This is a pulse-pounding, terrifying, not-out-of-the-realm-of-it-could-happen-to-me thrill a minute read. Hurwitz is an amazing writer. I don't think I can write this review without using superlatives. I love thrillers, and love writers such as Michael Connelly, Greg Isles, etc. Hurtwitz deserves to be right up there with them. I read a book by him from the Vine program a few months ago; I then bought each previous book he'd written and devoured them one after the other, staying up late (don't tell my boss but I think I called in sick one morning after saying up until 3:00am to finish the book) to see how they end.

In this book Nate Overbay is a more or less ordinary guy in the Army Reserve (or something like that - he joined for college tuition help) whose tour of duty in Iran ended when his helicopter was shot down and his best buddy from childhood was killed. Back home, suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) his once practically perfect marriage and family begin to deteriorate until he and his wife separate. His teenaged daughter doesn't want to have anything to do with him, and the dog stayed with the wife and daughter. As if this weren't bad enough, he begins to experience some health problems and is diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gerig's disease, a slowly progressing fatal illness one wouldn't wish on an enemy.

Under these conditions, he decides to kill himself by jumping from a ledge at a bank, several stories above the street; however, he's going to jump into the alley, into a dumpster he's considerately opened to reduce the clean up and trauma for the police and city. One foot in the air, milliseconds from the jump, he hears gunshots coming from the bank behind him.
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