A race-against-time short story from the best-selling author of Relentless, Siege and Ultimatum, Simon Kernick
MP Tim Horton arrives home to find his seven-year-old son has been abducted by a ruthless gang of kidnappers. All they have left behind is the brutally murdered body of the Horton's nanny.
The gang's demands are simple: Tim must sacrifice his own life in order to save his son's. It's the ultimate dead man's gift....
©2014 Simon Kernick (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks
Length and plot development
Really disappointed with the 3.5 hour length and I wouldn't have bought it had I checked...my own mistake there. Nevertheless, for a novelist to release a novel that is so short is strange and a real disappointment.
I like Kernick and I really like Thornley's narration. The plot though didn't really go anywhere and was very predictable, the main character Scope hasn't moved on since we first met him and his inclusion was more than a bit far fetched.
It felt like the author had lots of left over edits from previous books and used this short story as a vehicle to make use of them - a waste of a credit :(
Amazing ride through a roller coaster story that could not be switched off. should be listened to after the other kernick books in the series as the emotional investment in the lead character is built on the familiarity from the previous books. There is not as much charecterisation of lead as he is assumed by the author to be known.
It got straight into the story, unlike other Kernick novels this one lacked the twists and turns and the depth of story. All over too quickly, more like a screen play adaptation of a novel
I love Paul Thornley as a narrator - just a shame this one was too short
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