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Hard Road

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Jeffrey Kafer

8 Hours 1 Minutes

Brilliance Audio

October 2016

Audio Book Summary

Jon Reznick is a "ghost": a black-ops specialist who takes his orders from shadowy handlers, and his salary from the US government. Still mourning the loss of his beloved wife on 9/11, he's dispatched to carry out a high-level hit. Reznick knows only that it must look like suicide. It's textbook. But the target is not the man Reznick expected.

The whole setup is wrong. In an instant the operation is compromised, and Reznick is on the run with the man he was sent to kill. A man wanted by the FBI, and by a mysterious terrorist organization hell-bent on bringing the United States to its knees. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein is determined to track him down, and to intercept whatever it is Reznick was sent to do.

When Reznick's young daughter becomes a pawn in the game, he has to use more than his military training to stay one step ahead of those responsible. Meanwhile, he is the only person who knows the true extent of the threat to national security-and has the stealth and determination to stop it.

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  • Chris B

    This is not a book I found particularly enjoyable. Too many stereotypes in cliched situations leading to predictable conclusions. The book reads more like a comic which I think is due in part to the lack of any character depth or subtlety as they develop through the story. A bit of light and shade would have helped to make this feel more believable but unfortunately the key characters do not exhibit any of the vulnerabilities or personality that might have made them appear more realistic. The story is also very short so the above comments may well be a symptom of this. If so, I don't believe the length can be blamed for what I found ultimately to be a corny story. At times I found the narrative amusing even though I know this was not intended. I was reminded of lines from the Naked Gun films when a response given by a character seemed wholly inappropriate for the situation such as some of the exchanges between different FBI characters updating one another with developments as the story unfolds. Lastly I found the style in which the book is read to be quite tedious. I understand this is a tense thriller but for me, the narrator over-does the macho way he reads the book. I understand this is intended to echo how the main character comes across such as the way he responds to threats and danger in a clinically and emotionally detached way. I consistently found this dramatic emphasis went too far.

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