What would you do if you woke up to the sound of screaming....
in the trunk of a car....
beside a dead cop....
with no idea where you were....
In Flash, Troy and Emmy are about to find out.
Imagine The Bourne Identity meets The Firm.
Two blood-spattered strangers awake, locked in the trunk of a car - with a murdered cop and the smoking gun. Aside from raging headaches and no idea what's happened, they appear to have nothing in common. Troy thinks it's 2001 and he's still a combat surgeon fighting terrorists in Afghanistan. Emmy believes it's 2002 and she's still grifting a living from the streets of L.A.
Are they archenemies or co-conspirators? Lovers or friends? What are they doing in the Caribbean, and why is a Croatian assassin determined to kill them? The only thing they know for certain is that they'll be spending the rest of their lives in prison if the police catch them before they learn the truth.
©2013 Timothy Tigner (P)2015 Tim Tigner
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When I first look for this book I had noticed author's note what to expect while reading his books. Baldacci and Child fans will find themselves smiling. First I couldn't decide what to think about it but then i got curious and read both betrayal and flash in four days.
Only thing I can say it was beyond my expectations and I will be looking for his novels from now on.
"Opens like The Bourne Identity, but with a twist"
A few weeks ago I’ve written a review for Betrayal, my first Tim Tigner book, and at that point I said that I’ll try more of his works because I enjoyed that Thriller so much, and that’s exactly what I did in the last 3 days.
Just two of Mr. Tigner’s Thrillers are available right now in audiobook format, both performed by the great Dick Hill, and the great news is that more will be released in the upcoming months. So, with Betrayal already listened to and reviewed, I’ve set my sights on Flash.
Flash has one of the most memorable opening scenes ever, reminiscent of the cult-classic The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum, but with enough originality to be considered unique and very entertaining.
Two complete strangers, Troy, a former combat surgeon and Emmy, short for Emerald, find themselves locked in the trunk of a car, splattered with blood, sharing the small space with a dead body, without any clue of how they ended up in there. More then that, neither knows who the other one is and to make a bad situation even worse, the girl points a gun at Troy and starts asking questions.
This entire scene is smartly written, peppered with paranoia, uncertainty, hilarious thoughts and the musings of both characters involved in it. Troy and Emmy face a conundrum and they’ll have to stick together to find a solution for their collective problem. Oh and, guess what? Both have lost around 6 years from their lives, Troy thinks the year is 2001 and that he is in Afghanistan and Emerald believes she is still in Los Angeles in 2002, but, no, they are both wrong! It’s 2008, they are in the Cayman Islands, the dead guy in the car’s trunk is a Cop and the garage where the drama took place is the Police’s parking lot.
Troy and Emmy will combine their wits and will start to uncover a huge conspiracy that reaches well beyond the two of them and at the same time will try to piece together enough facts to unravel the mystery surrounding their amnesia. They will encounter some really bad characters that will show them that the saying ”The road to Hell is paved with good intentions” is definitely true.
You all know that I hate spoilers, so this is all I will say about the plot, if you want to know more, just read the book!
Flash is a great book, full of dark humor, non stop action, vivid characters, exotic locations, interesting scientific facts, all of them rapped together by an original plot. The adventure moves along at breakneck speeds between The Cayman Islands and other locations. Tim Tigner describes so well everything, that you will be able to see every character, every location and every action packed scene in your mind’s eye.
I can’t wait to get my hands on Chasing Ivan, which I understand that will be the next book of Mr. Tigner’s releasing in audiobook format.
Now, let’s get to the narration part :).
Well, I think that from now on I could just write for every audiobook performed by Mr. Hill: Dick Hill is a great narrator, one of the best in the Audiobook Industry and he did a fantastic job with this book! But, no, he really deserves more!
Tim Tigner created a compelling story, filled with rich characters and Dick Hill brings it all to life! As usually, he gives special, distinct and easily recognizable voices to each of the main protagonists, using the full range of accents and intonations he mastered over the years. He is harsh or cruel when needed and he can make you laugh out loud with a funny Rastafarian accent. He can be a Cop, a woman, a lawyer or a drug dealer, switching between all of them with ease. Dick performs his roles with passion and makes you imagine every tiny detail like you were there.
I am really grateful that he is recording more audiobooks, with him semi-retired since 2014. I’m sure Tim Tigner, Andrew Peterson, Lee Child and a select group of authors appreciate his continuous work keeping their amazing characters alive.
Personally, I consider that Flash is better experienced as an audiobook because of Dick’s stellar performance!
"To my delight"
Dick hill is a wise choice for the reader, and the story was a delight to follow.
It kept you listening,till the conclusion , and was easy to follow, and was plausible . The reading didn't, have or need any profanity, which was nice.
A very nice and wholesome ending, made you feel good.
I listen to a lot of audio books, and this one is one of my favorites. And yes it was.
For upcoming novels, I hope you stick with mr hill as as the reader.
"Great in every aspect!"
This was my first Tigner read but you can bet there will be more. I was totally impressed.
Great book, very good pacing and plot! I would be excited to read another in this series!
"Brilliant - totally unique mind and imagination"
I've now read 2 books by Tigner (BETRAYAL and FLASH) and both are totally unique, HIs imagination and ideas and detail are wonderful FLASH was gripping but I kept reading and then felt it was gone in a flash but it really was over 12 hours of a fascinating story. BETRAYAL began in Afghanistan and the moved to the DC area; FLASH gets into financial schemes and Grand Cayman. His books start sort of slow and lay the whole detail bases of the exploding narrative to come. And when the tension begins, the story is amazing;. I can't wait until other books from this author come on Audible. I've written him and found out one is coming out in August. Right now - I want more. The two so far show an understanding of body chemistry and drugs which become weapons REALLY REALLY GOOD. I recommend this author highly.
Dick Hill as usual is wonderful and totally the right narrator for the book.
This book is an interesting mix of action, science, good and evil. It keeps moving and never fails to be entertaining. The concept of the Flash is original and entertaining. I alway enjoy Dick Hill as a performer too.
I didn't know what I was going to think and I was pleased that it was such a great book!'
I can't wait to see what happens to the characters in the next book!!'
"Don't miss this one!"
From the first paragraph, this novel sweeps you away into the world of its likable protagonists. You feel their hopes and pains and frustrations as they try to understand and resolve the mystery they've been plunked into along with the reader.
At the same time, you begin to see the plot from the antagonists' point of view. While bent, they're also human. Otherwise decent people who are now sliding down a slippery slope that bad luck and circumstance set them on.
Some reviewers comment that you need to suspend disbelief to enjoy this, but I didn't find it far fetched at all. Not when you see the crazy things really going on in our world, and the amazing inventions that now seem commonplace. I'm glad the author didn't spend chapters going into technical detail.
I liked Emmy. She's smart and witty, and far from cardboard as a con-artist. Her fortune-telling scene is amazing.
"Action Packed Book."
The book was good throughout. Grabs your attention and keeps it.
The whole book was good. I enjoyed the island information and the medical info as well.
Absolutely. But so good you want to make it last by listening to a little each day.
I have listened to two of Tigner's books and just downloaded the third. Please keep'em coming Tim.
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