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The Survivor: A Novel

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  2,133 Ratings  ·  345 Reviews
The #1 international bestselling author of You're Next, unleashes his most accomplished, compelling thriller yet

One morning in Los Angeles, Nate Overbay—a divorced former solider suffering from PTSD and slowly dying from ALS — goes to an eleventh-floor bank, climbs out of the bathroom window onto the ledge, and gets ready to end it all. But as he's steeling himself, a crew
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 12th 2012)
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Oct 23, 2015 E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a mystery/thriller that would "wow" me. I've just finished a couple in that genre that fell a little flat.
This one was "the one". From the first page, Nate looking down the side of the building, eleven stories high, ready to jump, my stomach was flipping with anxiety. I think through the course of this book I felt every emotion. Fear, heartbreak, thrill, joy, relief, anger, hopefulness...
It wasn't just the story that dragged me all over the emotional map, but the writing! This
Michael Sherer
Sep 30, 2012 Michael Sherer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gregg Hurwitz’s SURVIVOR sends me into manic-depressive swings, the turbo-charged plot producing a high so exhilarating from the very first page that meth might as well be Valium, and writing—oh, that kid’s prose—that makes me weep with the knowledge that I could never be that good, that lyrical, in my dreams.

Once again, Hurwitz takes a sympathetic, ordinary guy, gives him some inner angst and throws him into an impossible, life-threatening, morality-questioning situation and lets the guy’s adr
A down and out war veteran has come to the end of his rope when he gets thrown into the middle of completing a bank heist, attempted by a Ukrainian mob, that he foolishly thwarted. His family is at risk if he does not comply and he is given a deadline, however, what they are asking for could bring on many innocent deaths.

This book got a little slow through the middle but kept my interest and the ending was a little cliche but still held a slight mystery. Scott Brick did a good job bringing the
Aug 25, 2015 Banner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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We often hear the phrase, "page turner" when describing a fast paced novel. Nowhere will you find that phrase more aptly used that right here. Beginning where a bank robbery interrupts our protagonist committing suicide, the characters are real and so likable (well except for the bad guys).

Not going to say a whole lot about this one, but it is very enjoyable and suspenseful.
Jul 22, 2016 Marleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Gregg Hurwitz book. To be honest, The Survivor has been on my to-read list for awhile. I’m glad I finally got around to it. This author is a master at creating anti-heroes, and Nate Overby doesn’t disappoint. He’s an absolutely wonderful character. I couldn’t get enough of Nate.
I agree with what most the reviewers say, that this book is gripping from the very beginning and starts to slack a bit over the middle part. It was much of the same; Nate trying to secu
Sep 06, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nate Overbay is a down on his luck guy who is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after his best friend was killed in combat. He is ready to end his life after finding out he has been diagnosed with another ailment. He will be leaving his wife and daughter behind but he has pulled away from them over the years after his return from service. He is on the 11th story edge of the bank building when he hears gun shots inside the back. He peeks into the window nearest him and see six armed m ...more
Nate Overbay is afflicted with Lou Gehrig's disease. He's been told that he has about six months of good health before his body begins to break down. Feeling despondent, he goes to a downtown L.A. building to commit suicide.

He notices that there is a robbery going on in the bank where he was planning suicide. The robbers are in a frenzy and shoot the employees if they don't act quickly enough for them. Nate is someone who likes to help others and he spots a gun on the floor. He creeps into the b
Jan 27, 2013 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading Survivor, I decided that the writer had written this book with a movie in mind. It's that kind of non stop action story with a sympathetic hero (PTSD AND ALS)dead best friend who appears as a ghost Rescue Me style from time to time and a Ukranian mob villian who's the baddest badass, except when it comes to his 17 year old daughter.

I call this an airplane book. It's very entertaining but when the story is over, its not one you are going to spend any time afterwards thinking abou
Sep 20, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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You know you're having a bad day when your suicide attempt is interrupted by a bank robbery. Just the kind of day Nate Overbay is having. He's on an 11th floor ledge - having crawled out of the window of his bank - very carefully choosing his landing spot in a dumpster (so he doesn't squash anyone) when he hears a gunshot and sees the blood splatter on the window next to him. When he realizes that a group of masked gunmen are
Whenever I read action genre books, I expect to accept some things that don't quite mesh with reality. No problem. My problem with this story is the book is laced with silly and unnecessary unbelievable things. Big gun battles ending with hero about to fire the final kill shot to kill an enemy only to hear a 'click'. Twice in the same story! Really? Evil doers who seem omniscient in that they know every ATM withdrawal the hero's wife makes but can't track the hero despite the fact he carries his ...more
THE SURVIVOR (Pub. 2012) by Gregg Hurwitz is a fantastic read. It starts off with an unexpected twisted-up bang within the first few pages, sucks you right in and keeps blazing away to the last page. This book is almost impossible to put down, and I finished it in less than two days. If you love stand-alone thrillers that pull on your emotions while biting your nails sitting on the edge of your seat, you will love Gregg Hurwitz's novels.

The story is centered around Nate Overbay, a former soldier
James Conway
Aug 29, 2012 James Conway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best thriller I've read in years. I've been a fan of Hurwitz, really liked Trust No One and They're Watching. They were excellent, this novel is spectacular. If you like well-drawn, complex characters, non stop action and unpredictable twists and turns do not miss The Survivor!
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Nate Overbay is about to jump from an 11th story building into bustling traffic when The Survivor begins. He’s miserable. He’s lost everything important to him and has no hope. He’s dying from ALS and doesn’t want to be a burden in his final month and decides suicide is the best way out. As he’s contemplating the jump, he spots a robbery taking place inside the bank whose ledge he’s balanced on. Innocents are dying and despite his distraught state, he can’t simply stand by and watch. In a terrif ...more
A thrilling, engaging, action-filled adventure that you will lose yourself in immediately. A journey of courage, reconciliation, love, and relationships. Oh yeh, and crazy Ukrainian mobsters!

PTSD from war has Nate estranged from his daughter and soon to be ex-wife. He has Lou Garrett's disease and six months to live. We meet him on a 11th floor ledge outside of a bank. Before he can jump he sees a robbery in progress and decides to help when they are about to kill a child. Only one robber escape
Sep 17, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is my second book by Gregg Hurwitz and he is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. After reading, "You're Next", and loving it he does not disappoint with "The Survivor".

Nate Overbay, an ordinary guy with a beautiful wife and daughter, is deployed to Afghanistan where he witnesses the death of his best friend. Upon his return he suffers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and is then diagnosed with a terminal illness.
The book begins with Nate standing on the ledge of the 11th floor
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I have only read one of Gregg Hurwitz' books and really enjoyed it, so when I saw his new release out I promptly downloaded it onto my Kindle. Luckily for me I had a few days off work and decided this was a perfect time to settle down and make a start. However, I probably should have known better and realised very quickly that this book certainly wasn't one that would make me settle!

From the very beginning the action is full on, Gregg Hurwitz put the pedal to the metal and the reader has no choi
Patrick Rijnders
May 08, 2013 Patrick Rijnders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read quite a few thrillers, I more or less understand the mechanics of most of these books. No matter what the premise is, they tend to follow the same lines: innocent man or woman ends up in a hopeless situation, all seems lost, nobody can be trusted, you know the deal. You could almost wonder why you should read these books anymore.

However, the way a book is written, characters, background and setting can turn a predictable book into something that is still exhilerating to read. Linwoo
Jun 25, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Author Gregg Hurwitz is a new writer I've recently discovered. Having now read a couple of his books, I'm a solid fan of his. His books are well crafted with some solidly built characters creating enjoyable reading. In "The survivor", LAPD Professional Crisis Responder, Nate Overbay is contemplating suicide because of his almost year old diagnosis of "ALS" which is now breaking down his body. Completely by accident he winds up in middle of bank robbery and kills 5 of 6 bandits. From Nate's mind ...more
Kelly Roll
Nate Overbay is a man who has decided to end it all. He had once led a fairly promising life but returned from Iraq with PTSD after seeing his best friend killed in front of him. The PTSD has caused an estrangement from his wife and child. To make things far worse he has also been diagnosed with ALS. He decides to spare his wife and child the agony of his slow deterioration which explains his presence on a ledge outside a bank. Right before he makes the leap he hear shots and looks in to see sev ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Aug 20, 2012 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Survivor is Gregg Hurwitz's latest book - following on the heels of his previous bestseller - You're Next.

The Survivor is one of the thriller books I love to devour - everyday, little guy put into an untenable situation with everything on the line. Fun escapist reading, akin to watching movies such as Die Hard.

In this case, Nate Overbay is our everyday guy. He had it all - a wife and daughter he loved dearly. Deployed to Afghanistan, he returned a changed man. Five years on, he suffers from
May 16, 2012 VaultOfBooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Gregg Hurwitz. Grade A.
From the eleventh story of a Los Angeles high-rise, Nate looks out on the city – the traffic, the trees, the beach beyond. He breathes deeply. And then he moves one foot off the ledge and into thin air.
But before he can jump, gunshots ring out from within the building. A robbery is in progress. And Nate, with nothing to lose but the life he was about to give up, decides to intervene.
What happens next plunges Nate into mortal danger…and reunites him with the family he ha
Gregory Stenson
Jan 29, 2013 Gregory Stenson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read as usual from Mr. Hurwitz, as a writer I enjoy reading but also try to absorb the style, prose and the way a writer builds suspense and carves a story out of characters and situations and this is a masterclass lesson from Gregg.

I really enjoyed his other books but I think this one shades the other's for pure satisfaction. By that I mean after 200 pages you really do wonder just where the story os going, after 300 pages you again wonder how he can squeeze more tension and after
Sep 18, 2012 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE SURVIVOR is a tale of a man, Nate Overbay, confronted with Lou Gehrig's Disease planning to end it all. Nine months into an assessment of six months to a year, he climbed from the bathroom of the eleventh floor, planning to leap from the ledge.

Then he hears the gunshots.

A gang of six was hitting the bank and didn't seem to care how many they killed. Ex-army vet Nate decides to take a hand and proceeds to take them out one by one until the gun he'd liberated runs out of bullets. Only the lead
Barbara Z.
Nov 30, 2012 Barbara Z. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Audiobook) This is the third thriller by Gregg Hurwitz I've listened to, having only discovered him a few months ago. The Survivor is his latest, and as far as I'm concerned, best. It's a little emotionally manipulative, but, hell, that's what the genre is all about. I found the story very compelling, gripping and even fun, considering the amazing downward spiral of the main character's existence.

There are definitely some Ukrainian Mafia stereotypes in evidence, voiced menacingly by the somber
Sep 10, 2012 Vivian rated it really liked it
Nate Overbay had the perfect life. He was married to the woman of his dreams, had a good job, a beautiful daughter, a nice home, and good friends. All of that changed after his return from his military service after 9/11. His best friend died, he's suffering from extreme PTSD, he's lost his job, and he doesn't know how to fix things with his wife, Janie, and daughter, Cielle. Fast forward ten years and Nate is estranged from his wife and daughter. The divorce is almost final and only requires hi ...more
Jennifer Jensen
Aug 02, 2012 Jennifer Jensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some people have bad days. Some people have bad weeks. Nate is having bad years – several in a row, in fact, which have culminated in a desperate choice. Everything he tries to do works out against him, and since he can’t seem to shake his bad mojo, he decides to remove himself from the equation. Unfortunately, just like everything else, this choice doesn’t work out as he intends – in fact, it goes about as terribly as possible.

From the moment you stand on the window ledge with Nate in the openi
Jul 31, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read. It start with an excellent premise - suicidal man goes out on a ledge to jump, but instead ends up foiling a bank robbery and killing all but one of the robbers. From there on the tension is ramped up as he finds himself the target of a vicious Ukranian criminal and his gang of hoodlums. You really felt as if you got under the skin of the hero in this and felt for him and his estranged family. He's forced to reconnect with his ex-wife and daughter all whilst trying to ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Roxanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! Nate Overlay the main character is overwhelmed by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after seeing his men and best friend Charles killed in action. Upon returning home, this impacts his interaction with his wife and daughter to the point that he leaves. He is now, in addition, diagnosed with a fatal condition ALS. He decides to end his life by jumping to his death from a 11th-story ledge. This is cut shut by a gruesome bank robbery that he witnesses and invol ...more
Sep 04, 2012 Cyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I acquired an ARC of The Survivor on NetGalley, I'd never heard of Gregg Hurwitz. But this book has turned me into a fan and now I look forward to seeking out his other works.

The premise of this story is similar to those in which the catalyst for events is that the protagonist was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And yet it's different in that he's saddled with various issues in his personal life that complicate matters after he's caught up in a bank robbery and takes action against
Dan Bell
Jun 28, 2012 Dan Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this book during a goodreads First Read giveaway.

This was a great read. Right from the start, the story sucked me and I had trouble putting the book down. The book is well written, and is about the life-altering decision of one man to stop a bank robbery and the consequences such decision has. Full of unexpected twists, you feel you are standing alongside the main character as he unveils new clues as to why the man who set up the bank robbery is after him and his family.

This is the first n
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Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of 15 thrillers, including the recently released ORPHAN X. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been translated into 27 languages.

He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Peng
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“The ringing phone jarred him from his quiet desperation. A chirpy front-office woman was on the line, confirming his dental appointment for next week. “Oh,” Nate said, staring at the dying embers, “no thank you.” “Would you like to reschedule?” “Nah. I’m gonna be dead soon, and one of the great benefits is not worrying about plaque.” He thanked the puzzled silence and hung up.” 2 likes
“There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain. –Unknown” 2 likes
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