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Out of Range: A Novel Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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Steinberg, known for creating the popular TV series Without a Trace, delivers a moving and suspenseful first novel. Charlie Davis and his wife, Julie, barely escaped a riot in Uzbekistan six years ago. Charlie was there as a reporter, and after he and Julie got out with their lives, he vowed to never put himself or his family in harm’s way again. That oath has slowly drained the spark from their marriage, to the point that Julie contemplates leaving Charlie. On a trip to Disneyland, Julie disappears, leaving the kids locked in the car. As Charlie tries to find answers to her kidnapping, he soon realizes that she was keeping major secrets from him. The police consider those new facts enough motive for Charlie to have arranged the kidnapping himself. Tense and intriguing to the last page, this domestic thriller promises a bright future in crime fiction for Steinberg. Recommend this to fans of Harlan Coben and Lisa Unger. --Jeff Ayers
“Gripping from the start . . . this action-thriller shines in its action scenes.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
“A high-action thriller that stands out in a crowded field. . . . Charlie sets out to rescue Julie with all the determination of a Vince Flynn or Brad Thor hero. Good backstory, original characterization, and a cinematic prose style add up to an exciting read.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“A moving and suspenseful first novel. . . . Tense and intriguing to the last page, this domestic thriller promises a bright future in crime fiction for Steinberg. Recommend this to fans of Harlan Coben and Lisa Unger.” (Booklist)
“Hank Steinberg’s Out of Range blasts out of the gate and never stops galloping.” (Kathy Reichs, author of the Temperance Brennan and Tory Brennan series)
“With the speed of an ICBM and a plot straight out of ‘Homeland’, Out of Range is for those who like their terror stakes on red alert and their action set to high.” (Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds)
“Hope, desire, heartbreak, global intrigue, swift plotting and characters you’ll love—Hank Steinberg’s stunning debut has it all.” (Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stay Close)
“Out of Range is an explosive international thriller, gritty and real, with vivid characters, dramatic international settings, and a sense of menace that grows almost unbearable. I absolutely loved it.” (Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Monster of Florence and co-creator of the Pendergast series)
“The mysteries of marriage collide with the page-turning suspense of a breakneck thriller in one of the most combustible reads of the year.” (Chuck Hogan, award-winning author of The Town and co-author of The Strain Trilogy)
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With such accomplishments, it is no surprise that Steinberg would attempt a big screen adventure with his novel "Out of Range". In fact when reading the novel, one immediately is struck at the writing style seemingly made for TV. This can be a good thing and a not so good thing.....good that it has somewhere to go, not so good, because it leaves a thin novel, lacking character and scene development -not untypical of screenplays that have a limited time for everything, and "Out of Range" doesn't seem to be any exception.
The story is replete with fantastic escapes by seemingly ordinary people from trained and dangerous mercenaries and violent terrorists. Some so finely staged as to be thoroughly unbelievable: it leaves the reader silently mouthing "aw come on". Our hero is a journalist come superhero who swaps a pen and camera for a sig sauer that he uses with lethal ability while having shot at a squirrel once! Our hero's wife, wonderwoman, is captured, tortured endlessly and never gives up the goods or her employers - as expected of a good housewife and mother! Well if none of that bothers you, then you will be substantially rewarded by lots of action and adrenalin peeking moments.
In short, the novel is about a foreign political ideologue that loses his wife and child during a political rally that turned lethal and for which he is thereafter bound to revenge. The human loss is attributed to a merciless dictator supported by foreign governments including the US and Britain. A journalist and his wife witnessed the event and to some extent participated in the discontent of the time. The wife is subsequently recruited by MI6 to reengage the political ideologue to secure his capture.....only it is the wife that is captured leaving the erstwhile journalist to rescue her before unbelievable devastation is released on major cities of the world.
If you like a political action novel, "Istanbul Passage" by Joseph Kanon is a far better novel as novels go. On the other hand, if you like the brevity of a screenplay, then "Out of Range" will satisfy you.
I rate this novel as just okay, not particularly memorable. If you just like action novels then add this one to your reading list; or wait for the movie.
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