Jake Reese is a writing teacher at an American university. He lives in a small brick Tudor close to campus with his art-buyer wife, Diane. His life is quiet - ordinary even. And he likes it that way. But it wasn't always quiet. Jake's distant past was a life on the streets, inflicting damage and suffering on more people than he can count. And now someone from his past, it seems, has come looking for him.
A raw, gripping thriller about the price paid for past sins, John Rector's third novel is a live wire that crackles with the intensity of a man with nothing left to lose. When two men attack Jake in a parking lot and cut off his finger, he tries to dismiss it as an unlucky case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But when events take a more sinister turn, and Diane goes missing, Jake knows he can no longer hide from the truth. As he embarks on a mission to find his wife, he realizes his dark past is refusing to stay buried and that his future is about to unfold in ways he could never have imagined.
With a taut and brooding style, Rector paints a formidable portrait of a reformed man's slow descent into a life he thought he had walked away from forever. As the intensity becomes almost unbearable, the pace quickens and the suspense applies an unrelenting, vice-like grip, as Already Gone hurtles toward its ultimate, explosive climax.
©2011 John Rector (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"My time is already gone!"
I've come to expect great things from Audible books, and "Already Gone" sounded like the kind of book I'd like - intrigue, action and suspense. But what I got was an inane and unbelievable case of 1-dimensional characters. And now my time is "already gone" and I'll never get it back.
I'm used to books like those from Daniel Silva, Vince Flynn, even David Baldacci - books with characters that evolve and plots that have subtlety. "Already Gone" had neither of these.
The main character is naive beyond belief, and repeatedly acts like a complete doofus. I kept hoping that he'd do something that showed a modicum of intelligence or clear thinking but it never came.
I could go on, but why bother, I've already wasted too much time on this book. My only hope is that I can prevent others from wasting their money and time.
"A good story about a stupid guy"
This guy seemed all the way through to be naive and obsessed with his wife. I have to say I did not believe the ending. I did not like the ending, what he did to his longtime father figure who had done everything to help him. Maybe this is the expected response. This story seemed predictable a lot of the time but had some twists to make it interesting.
"It kept me guessing"
I couldn't tell what was coming next. Several times I mixed up the good guys and the bad guys. But the story reaches a satisfactory ending. The narrator was quite good and didn't get in the way of the narrative.
"Good story line"
Entertaining. Good plot twists Dark. Felt like there were a couple of loose ends. Would like more character building. Like this author. Will be interested to see how his writing evolves with experience.
"Didn't like protagonists"
The story was okay but the lead protagonists, Diane and Jake, were not likeable to me. Especially Jack, who argues about everything, rarely listens to advice and in the end, he does a cruel thing to someone who had loved him. This was my first Jon Rector book so I don't know if this is a pattern with his lead characters.
I would have written Jake without so much egotism and surety of himself. I also didn't understand how he could be so obsessed with Diane, a very selfish person with poor judgment.
Mr. Hillgartner did a good job narrating.
No - it is quite involved and perhaps, a bit confusing for some.
"i wanted it to last longer. Great writing and na."
Yes I will revisit this book again. The book and narration worked well together. It kept you interested and at times, you felt at the edge of your seat
Diana's character was surprising. You sure didn't expect what happened at the end, but glad it did.
It kept you moving as if you were inside the story. Just reading, I don't think urgency would get you going.
Is saying goodbye always final? Death may not always mean the end.
Great writing with many cliffhangers. One of those "be prepared" books.
"Most Clueless Main Character Ever"
The plot had the potential to be a good story but was ruined by the fact that the main character was a complete idiot. He was totally dependent on every other character in the story to bail him out of his troubles. I kept waiting for the lightbulb to go on but it never did. Dissapointing.
This book has lots of twist and turns. Not your ordinary find, quick read that was satisfying.
"This is worth reading, but..."
I am rather new to audiobooks, so I don't have much to compare this to. I was relatively pleased with this novel.
The plot was suspenseful and engaging as the tension grew from scene to scene. The ending, however, was a let-down and the book seemed to end too quickly.
Ther performance was just okay. The narrator did not have enough inflection or varied vocal tonation for my taste.
I did not want to listen to this book in one sitting. This is due to the narration being worse than the content.
"A roller coaster ride with a soft landing"
This quick paced plot leaves the mind guessing what will happen next. Great to listen during a long drive.
The book is only enjoyed during the first read, ie subsequent reads will not yield any more insight. Buy it, read it, then give it as a gift.
My preference is always listen to audio books in segments so I can slowly digest the author's meaning. This book, however, would be enjoyable during a long car trip
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