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Hooked: A Thriller About Love and Other Addictions Audio CD – Bargain Price, June 1, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
The beginning of the book is the best part. Nat Idle, a medical school graduate turned freelance journalist, is sitting in a coffee shop when a woman hands him a note. He then opens the note, and discovers that it's telling him to get out of the shop. The shop then explodes. Interestingly, the note is written in the handwriting of Idle's old girlfriend, lost at sea over two years ago and presumed dead.
Unfortunately, after this exciting beginning, HOOKED doesn't go much of anywhere. This book just isn't very tightly plotted at all. The story moves forward rather slowly, with an endless series of flashbacks detailing Idle's relationship with his lost love. To make matters worse, Idle is a remarkably bland leading man, and virtually all of the supporting characters are thinly drawn. A lot of their dialogue is stilted and lacks any semblance of style.
HOOK has some clever moments, but it really doesn't flow very well as a story. In the end, it just never grabbed me or even held my attention. My advice is to skip this book and read superior efforts by writers such as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Greg Iles, and Tess Gerritsen.
I had thirty minutes to plan my assault on the local Border's so I texted a friend who dutifully responded back with some suggestions including Hooked, which he recommended because it was "a good page turner".
Turned out he was right, and it also proved an appropriate antidote for someone trying to take a breather from work-encouraged ADD and you know, get away from it all and things like that.
Hooked is a totally fun book about an overly sentimental Bay area journalist who stumbles upon a nefarious plan hatched by local venture capitalists who have created the next big technology innovation and they have figured out what we always suspected the Microsofts and Googles of the world were secretly up to...getting us feeble-minded consumers literally addicted to their products. There's love, mayhem, mystery and death...and truly, it becomes addictive as you try to figure out what's really going on. I read it in a day.
Trust no one, but read Hooked.
My only real complaint is that there wasn't a Part Deux for those of us who got hooked.
Makes an excellent stocking stuffer.
Or Hanukah/Kwanza gift.
Then there were some totally implausible parts that took place near the end where the narrow-escapes were ridiculous and one part in particular where the main character bursts into a meeting looking like he'd been through WWII and the people in the meeting continue discussing top secret plans with him sitting in the room and participating - that was the worst.
The end of the book tries to clean up the loose ends and justify why I've read all that I just read, but it was a case of too little to late. Definitely ambitious, but doesn't quite make it as a recommendation.
It is during this time of great decisions that he meets the love of his life. Annie is everything he could hope for, more than he imagined could exist in a human being. Their romance is storybook perfect --- perhaps too perfect to last --- and as quickly as he finds her, an accident snatches her from him. Nat is beyond consolation and feels himself destined to go through the rest of his life with a gaping hole in his being.
Yet he continues moving mechanically from day to day, from assignment to assignment, taking comfort from the various people in his life who offer it to him. It is at this point that the story opens with Nat sitting in the Sunshine Café and someone sliding a piece of paper onto the table. He picks it up and reads: Get out of the café...NOW. And then the place explodes.
The explosion sets off a series of fires and deaths that seem too connected to be coincidental. Simon Anderson, a patron in the Internet café, does not recover from his wounds. Andy, a friend of Erin (one of the waitresses), becomes depressed and jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge. The police uncover Erin's history and suspect that she may have had something to do with the explosion. What is the connection, the common thread that pulls these events together?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hooked is a Crichtonesque techno-mystery with a limited payoff. It's a breezy read, though too quickly wrapped up, and kind of interesting in a pre-iPhone kind of way. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stewart Bushman
The first thing that grabbed my attention in “Hooked” is Richtel’s seemingly effortless writing. The scenes flow seamlessly without any narrative hiccups to throw the reader out of... Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Gamma Mouse
I like the book and would read other books by this author. I would recommend this book to all that like mysteries.Published on December 18, 2013 by Bonny
Am quite familiar with his locations,and he makes them quite reliable. This book was somewhat more convoluted than some of his other written works which I like better.Published on July 9, 2013 by raceinggreen
Great book by Matt Richtel. Timing is exquisite, characters are artfully brought to life, plot is well paced. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Wendy E. Doran, MD, PA
I finished listening to the unabridged audiobook version of this novel a week ago. It's not very long, only 7 discs. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Possibility
I picked up Richtel's The Devil's Plaything a few months ago, and realized while reading it there was a predecessor lurking out there somewhere. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by jules
I found that in spite of Matt Richtel's Hooked being, at its core, largely focused on the sudden disappearance and purported re-appearance of the main character's deceased... Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by Berglund Center for Internet Studies