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Summary

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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  • T.D.
  • 11-07-12

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.

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  • Deborah L. Badt
  • 04-09-13

Most Clueless Main Character Ever

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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.

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  • Joe
  • 12-03-18

Unoriginal and boring. Go watch TV instead.

Audible requires that I use 15 words, but the 7 words in my title are more than adequate. This book is a waste of time. Nothing is redeemable. Plot? Bad. Dialogue? Bad. Narrative? Bad.

Go to your next "To-Read" book and forget you ever had an itch to read Already Gone. You've already invested more time into book than you should just by viewing this bad review.

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  • Rhonda Althaus
  • 30-04-17

Good, but predictable.

This is an easy listen . You can easily figure out what is going next.

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  • Donna
  • 31-01-16

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.

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  • Gerry
  • 28-06-15

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.

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  • Candy Rutledge
  • 11-03-15

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.

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  • Ally
  • 14-04-14

Didn't like protagonists

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

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.

What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

Mr. Hillgartner did a good job narrating.

Could you see Already Gone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No - it is quite involved and perhaps, a bit confusing for some.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-02-14

i wanted it to last longer. Great writing and na.

Would you listen to Already Gone again? Why?

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

Who was your favorite character and why?

Diana's character was surprising. You sure didn't expect what happened at the end, but glad it did.

What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It kept you moving as if you were inside the story. Just reading, I don't think urgency would get you going.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Is saying goodbye always final? Death may not always mean the end.

Any additional comments?

Great writing with many cliffhangers. One of those "be prepared" books.

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  • A. Johnson
  • 01-03-13

Loved it.

This book has lots of twist and turns. Not your ordinary find, quick read that was satisfying.