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The Program (Tim Rackley #2)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  1,106 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
The series that started it all!

In this powerful follow-up to his action-packed thriller The Kill Clause, Gregg Hurwitz, the new maestro of pulse-pounding suspense, ratchets up the excitement with another sensational page-turner featuring Tim Rackley, a driven lawman motivated by honor, morality, and a deep sense of justice.

Called back into the fold of the U.S. Marshals Ser
ebook, 464 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published August 1st 2004)
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Jul 06, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hurwitz writes very satisfying thrillers. This one is about a cult, how they recruit and keep members. While his good guy characters are rather mythic and very macho, he books are great to listen to during the daily commute.
Jan 23, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love intense thrillers, you'll enjoy the Progrmam by Gregg Hurwitz. Tim Rackley have been recruited by Will Henning to extradite his step-daughter Leah from a cult, once he gets his badge back from the US Marshals. With no information to go on, he looks for clues, past cult members, and members, to get his ticket in. Under a new persona, he goes to the Program, a mind-control colloquium, when he sees Leah. From there, he finds his way to talk to her and to get her out, while now winds up ...more
Jan 31, 2017 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Extraordinary and explosive, author Gregg Hurwitz', "The Program", is far superior to the first book in his Tim Rackley series, ("The Kill Clause"). I was a bit worried getting into second book of this series after first book really didn't sit very well with me. However, Gregg Hurwitz is an intense story teller and his other books have been really good. "The Program" has Tim Rackley trying to bring back the daughter of a major Hollywood producer from a mind control cult. Terrance Donald "TD" Bet ...more
Jul 26, 2007 Lena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Program tells the story of a disgraced cop who redeems himself by infiltrating a dangerous cult to rescue a vulnerable young woman. Hurwitz has done his research and writes with convincing detail about the methodology behind aggressive recruitment techniques, offshore financial shenanigans, and some of the more insidious kinds of mind-control. At the same time, however, the cult he writes about is so extreme as to border on caricature. Most of the members of his group are very one-dimensiona ...more
Deb Mj
Jan 30, 2010 Deb Mj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. A really chilling depiction of a psychological cult. I like to read my serial books in order and didn't realize this was a follow-up to Kill Clause with the Tim Rackley character. I'll definitely look for that as well as any additional books in the Rackley series.

Having just finished Hurwitz's Minutes to Burn and being less than impressed, I was thrilled to enjoy this one as much as I did. Great character development across the board. Really hard to put down; in fact I awoke at
Dec 14, 2009 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tim-rackley
No sophomore slump here in his second Tim Rackley suspense/thriller.
When he goes under cover looking for an eighteen year old that has decided "The Program" is for her, he never imagined the power one man can have over a large group of people. With Hurwitz's description and painting a good picture of what was going on, it's a disturbing revelation. Hard to fathom what people will do under mind-control of a greedy, sick SOB. Recommend this series, and I have two more to go.
Rita Berk
Marshall Tim Rackley is reinstated from a suspension when a rich and powerful Hollywood producer and his wife want Tim to find and extract their daughter from a cult. Tim goes undercover and is subjected to the mind control that the Teacher employs to recruit new members. Moves along with suspense but long passages of the Teacher's teachings.
Nov 27, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
3.5 stars if I could do half stars.

I read this yesterday, and now for the life of me, I can't remember what exactly it was that kept this from being 4 stars. (Getting old is not for the faint of heart.)

This is the second book in the Tim Rackley series. I didn't read the first one, and thankfully, this book didn't make me feel like I was missing significant back story in order to understand.

This was a look into 'cult life'. The author painted a vivid picture of the mind control. The conflict was
Darius  Cross
Jun 01, 2017 Darius Cross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Genuinely Fantastic Read!

I must admit, this book was a difficult read in the middle. Mr. Hurwitz composed it in such a way that it was hard to envision how the bad guys were going to get their just desserts. If you find your stomach roiling with acid toward the middle, take some Pepto and persevere because the last several chapters are far and away the best of the book! The way the ending plays out is nothing short of masterful! Gave it five stars...only because I couldn't give more.
Gerald Curtis
Jan 24, 2017 Gerald Curtis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderfully told “David and Goliath” story. In addition to a great suspense story, gave lots of insights to brainwashing and mind control. Fascinating

This was my second book by Hurwitz. I almost didn't try a second book, because the first one I read, "You're Next" was just too depressing and gory. Nothing like this book.
Garry Thompson
I almost gave up on this novel -- even at 80%, I considered dropping the book. If it was my first book by this author, it would have been the last... I am not sure if it was the subject or the writing, but I really struggled. I have placed several of Gregg Hurwitz books in the four star class, but this one is a two star.
I liked the plot and enjoyed the storyline. Well, it was pretty disturbing and scary to think about cults played out in real life but it was an engaging story and a good page-turner. I'm not sure if I will read any more of his books though as it had quite a bit of swearing that I'd rather do without. Disappointing because other than some of the language I think I would enjoy his other books.
Volodymyr Dehtyarov
Длинный и затянутый местами триллер-боевик про Тима Рэкли, второй в серии. Ставлю четыре звезды за детальный разбор того, как работают культы, процесс вербовки, методы контроля создания и способы вывода человека из секты.
May 03, 2017 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Addition To The Rackley Stories

Slow at times. It got going at the end with a great finish. Many twists and turns along the way.
Ada Iaboni
This one should get 3.5 stars!
Although a bit long, it was one of the best books I've read about cults and their inner workings.
The greed, the calculated mind manipulation, the sneaky way the get people to sign over their assets, the constant put downs, and the all around deliberate imprisonment of the members, makes you cringe and hope you'd be smarter and stronger and not get sucked in.
Well worth reading.
Beth Olson shultz
Jan 19, 2017 Beth Olson shultz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful. Quit reading it.
Apr 14, 2010 kingshearte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, fiction
This book has several endorsements on the back, saying how much it sucks you in, refuses to let you go, and makes you want to stay up all night reading it. They're not wrong. I didn't stay up all night or anything, but I did find myself finding opportunities to get some reading in when I don't normally. It really was very enthralling and suspenseful, and while I knew Tim would survive, because the jacket says that Hurwitz was working on the next Tim Rackley novel, but I had no guarantees for any ...more
Nthato Morakabi
Feb 10, 2016 Nthato Morakabi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
July 2014 I was in the United States in a bad slump as I had been unable to pick and read a fictional book like I was once able to. Writing was still a major part of my life; I was anticipating my short story to be published anytime soon while I attempted to do some reading in the form of short eBook stories. It was during this time that we went shopping and one of the places we visited was a Thrift shop. I wish I could tell you which one or which state it was in, but I just cannot remember. Wha ...more
Feb 21, 2017 Tameatha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Draws you in

I warred between four stars or three stars. Ultimately I went with four or I guess 3 1/2. Either way the book started off a little slow but definitely drew me in. Information about how cults brainwash people was downright scary.
Chris Hamilton
Aug 31, 2012 Chris Hamilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most of what I've read about this book indicates that Hurwitz did a very good job researching cults. I believe the accuracy of his work, so there's a long hard look inside both the process used by cults to indoctrinate people, as the blind spots in the law when it comes to protecting people. Some of the narrative seems a little obvious and heavy-handed, but the reader knows what's going on and isn't inclined to give TD and the Program the benefit of the doubt. The people entering the beginning p ...more
Mar 11, 2015 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At the center of this rather action-packed 2nd Tim Rackley book, we find him investigating cult-life and the manipulation of people, and I will admit that topic truly bothered me. That’s why this story will stick in my mind. Page after page, we get to experience the words and tactics of such a “cult leader” and all the tricks of manipulation. I was amazed to read how cults like that operate, and with so much detail. Honestly, I was disgusted and I was captivated at the same time. I cannot believ ...more
Phyllis Sommers
Dec 07, 2012 Phyllis Sommers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding fast-paced thriller, revolving around an insidious cult known as "The Program." The megalomaniacal leader of the cult, TD (Terrence Donald) Betters, aka "The Teacher," is hoping to build a world-wide dynasty. He and the "Pros," who take orders from him and do his dirty work, identify wealthy, troubled members of society and invite them to a 1-day seminar, to be followed by a 3-day retreat which is open to only a selectively-invited few. Those few typically have the greatest wealth ...more
Warren-Newport Public Library
Gregg Hurwitz’s The Program was published in 2004 and is the follow-up to The Kill Clause. It is a a compelling look at a flawed but virtuous man that is struggling to do what’s right regardless of the issues for himself.

Called back into the fold of the U.S. Marshals Service, Tim Rackley is tasked with retrieving Leah Henning, the daughter of a powerful Hollywood producer, from a mind control cult. As Tim winds his way deep undercover inside an insidious operation called The Program, he confront
May 17, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Shades of Jim Jones and Peoples Temple of Guyana run through this second Tim Rackley novel. Rack is given his shield back through some back room politics to find the daughter of a wealthy movie producer. It seems as if she has joined some whack a doo cult that has recruited her off of her college campus. Hurwitz will take the reader on a nice guided tour through The Program showing just how these people can be sucked into giving up everything that they ever had. And Rack will be there to track t ...more
May 14, 2016 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a new hero--Postal Inspector Owen B. Rutherford! Sure, he's no matinee idol, but when it comes to protecting our mail, he's the man! Dang, I had no idea what postal inspectors do for us. They're clearly the unsung heroes of the federal system.

However, he's not the hero of The Program. Tim Rackley is back, with a shot at redeeming himself with the U.S. Marshal's program. This time it's undercover infiltrating a cult, and it's spooky how the cults suck people in. You can read this and under
Jan 20, 2011 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Program" is one of those books that I hated to put down when real life got in the way of my reading time!

Gregg Hurwitz presents us with Tim Rackley, a former US Marshal, who is brought back into the service for one purpose only: to retrieve a film mogul's daughter from a mind-control cult. In order to do so, he goes underground in the organization itself.

Hurwitz obviously knows his stuff. While it's quite clear that The Program is an amalgamation of such groups, I recognized the recruiting
Ed Schmidt
Sep 27, 2015 Ed Schmidt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tim Rackley, former Deputy US Marshal, is approached by Will Henning, movie producer, who wants to hire Rackley to get his daughter out of a cult.Tim does some checking and takes his findings to the US Marshal who temporarily reinstates Tim. Tim goes undercover in the cult and learns an awful lot about the activities, least of which is that the leader is involved in many criminal activities, all of which he isolates himself from. Tim can not obtain enough evidence to get any search warrants. But ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I liked this book a lot more than the first one that I read -- a good story line (no twist) and a satisfying, believable ending. If there were half-stars, I'd give it three and a half. The subject was much easier to handle than the first - the psychology of a cult and how they suck you in versus the brutal murder of a child.

In some ways I find it interesting that I thoroughly enjoy thrillers, but like them better if they stick to innocent adults. When you throw a child into the mix, it goes from
Feb 13, 2013 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really closer to a 4-1/2 star for me, The Program was a gripping thriller. Hurwitz sends disgraced former U.S. Marshal Tim Rackley into a cult to rescue the daughter of a prominent movie producer. Development of secondary series characters is still a little thin, but the mind control techniques of the cult, the financial shenanigans used to extract the assets of new members for the benefit of the cult leader, and the gaps in the law that make either criminal or civil prosecution difficult all ra ...more
Sharon Chase
Mar 27, 2016 Sharon Chase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very disturbing account of what can happen when others take control of your life. Rackley is returned to the US Marshals on a temporary assignment to rescue a young girl who has joined a cult of zealots lead by a controlling, mind bending leader. Rackley goes undercover to help her and so it begins. He is led into the culture of the new world where no one can leave without a penalty which could be the end of their life for some and Rackley is among those that may not be returned to his ...more
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Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 17 novels, most recently ORPHAN X and THE NOWHERE MAN. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.

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