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Out of the Black

Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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To keep the light of his life, he'll have to do some dark things. After Matt Caine loses his wife in a car accident, all he has left is his daughter, Anna. But just as the little girl - who survived the accident - finally starts thriving, Matt's former in-laws threaten to take her away via a bitter custody battle. Desperate to keep Anna and in debt to some dangerous local thugs, Matt has no good options. But he does have Jay, one very bad friend.

Just out of jail and plagued by drug addiction, Jay tempts Matt with a foolproof kidnapping scheme. But what sounds like the perfect solution to all his problems eventually leads Matt through a nightmarish maze of betrayals and reversals, pushing him to his breaking point - and beyond. Now, with his entire life hanging in the balance, Matt makes a pledge of brutal payback.

©2013 John Rector (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Niles Jacobsen
  • 21-05-15

How far would you go to protect your family?

Matt Caine's life is not going well. A former Marine, Matt brings home unwanted baggage from Iraq and Afghanistan in the form of PTSD. Beth, the love of his life, is killed in a tragic traffic accident. His daughter Anna barely survives the same accident and requires multiple surgeries to recover. If that isn't enough, the plant where Matt worked closed, putting him in the unemployment line. After using his savings to pay for Anna's surgeries, the mortgage company is threatening foreclosure. He borrows the money to stay the foreclosure from an old friend, Brian Murphy, who just happens to have ties to the mob. As if all that wasn't enough, Beth's parents have hired a lawyer to take temporary custody of Anna "for the best interest of the child." Anna is all Matt has left. She is the one small piece of Beth that remains, and he will do whatever it takes to keep her.

Enter Jay, another of Matt's old friends, fresh out of prison. Jay obviously hadn't learned that crime didn't pay, because he had a "can't miss" plan to make a quick $500,000. They would kidnap a wealthy philanthropists wife and collect the ransom. Jay had all the details worked out: where to hide the woman; where to have the money drop; how long to make the old man wait. All he needed Matt to do was drive. Since Matt owned a van, it would be perfect. Desperate for money, Matt finally agreed.

You could see it coming a mile away. Nothing ever goes down as planned. The woman had a driver, who became a witness to her abduction and could ID the van. Jay, who had been a long time drug user, overdoses after they get to the warehouse where they were hiding the woman. Matt decided to go ahead with the plan on his own, but he was woefully unprepared. The old man, Roman Pinnell, was a member of a South American drug cartel and had traced Matt's van back to him. Before Matt knew what was happening, Pinnell had turned the tables on Matt and kidnapped Anna. Again, Matt was faced with doing whatever it took to protect his family.

The book was very exciting and was very difficult to put down. The chapters were short and always seemed to end with a cliffhanger, causing me to read "just one more chapter." We see Matt as a flawed character, seemingly going from one bad decision to another. And although he was a Marine, Matt seemed almost totally inept in the urban jungles the mob called home. The fact that Matt was trying to right his mistakes and get his innocent daughter back tugged at my heart. If you like action and adventure, then this book is for you.

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  • MobileMinx
  • 30-07-15

Life Can Change in the Blink of an Eye

This is a quick moving, intense tale of desperation driven decisions that lead to chaos on an unfathomable scale.

One day you're living the dream and, in the blink of an eye, you're mired in a nightmare from which there seems to be no waking.

A simple, if unbelievable, story is given a solid treatment by the narrator. The simmering emotions are palpable.

If you like drama that can easily be wrapped up in a single listen sitting, this is for you!

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  • Dellyn
  • 16-07-15

Plenty of twists

And turns throughout the book. Never sure how it would end, who would survive. I really felt for the main character Matt, everything that could go wrong did all for the sake of keeping his daughter with him. I enjoyed the action it kept you guessing, never a dull moment in this story.

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  • Wayne
  • 13-05-17

Another lame story from author John Rector!

When I listened to The Ridge, my first John Rector novel, and really like it I made an assumption that I'd probably like his other novels. The Grove came next and it was so bad I could not finish it. Out of the Black is not nearly as good as The Ridge and it is almost as bad as The Grove. No more John Rector novels for me!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-10-13

Narration was boring, story lame

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I couldn't tell you. The story line unbelievable and the only characters that were likeable was the daughter and her dog.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I don't know, certainly nothing narrated by Todd Hoberkorn. He was like some lame collage kid reading to 1st graders. He shouldn't try to do voices of children or women, just read to story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Todd Haberkorn’s performances?

NO

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Should be noted that the sync didn't match the chapters, Todd said chapter 4 but we were on 5. That is Audibles problem I think.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-11-19

Out of the Black

The book was far too predictable and the chatacters were almost like those of many of his other books with a different name. The main character was both weak and unstable.

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  • Edward V.
  • 30-08-19

Another winner from John Rector

Like all John Rector books this one is fast and lean albeit a little less twisty than some of his others. Not a word is wasted and the characters are mean and not always who you expect. Recommended if you like thrillers with a lowlife edge.

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  • escoocoo
  • 15-07-17

I ENJOYED IT!

Crisp, tight, fast moving. A Fun story line with plenty of dysfunctional characters held my interest right down to the very satisfying end. Good length. Good narrator!

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  • Stacy F.
  • 18-08-15

GRIPPING AND EXCITING!

This story sucked me in from start to finish. the narrator was absolutely excellent; probably the best I've experienced thus far. my only complaint is that the story didn't last longer! definitely in my top 5.