The Dark Tide (Ty Hauck, #1)
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The Dark Tide (Ty Hauck #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  2,991 ratings  ·  383 reviews
Gross, who's partnered with James Patterson on a number of bestsellers (Lifeguard, etc.), mixes murder, suspense, sex and romance as capably as his mentor in his assured second solo thriller (after The Blue Zone). Charles Friedman, a New York hedge fund trader, perishes in a bombing at Grand Central Station that destroys the railroad car in which he was riding one morning...more
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 1st 2008)
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Well, this was another one of those Reader's Choice books from the library. Normally, I'm not very interested in the "trashy thriller" genre. Overall, though, the book was okay. The plot was somewhat interesting (although rife with editing problems!), but the author seemed much more interested in the romance part of the story than in developing the story itself well.

And maybe it's just me, but I was extremely bugged by how every character repeatedly said the name of the person they were talking...more
Kieran Delaney
The editing (and as a result the dialogue) in this novel is atrocious. There is simply no need to repeat characters names in every spoken line in a novel - most people who read books are not idiots.

"Really Kieran?"
"Yes reader, I'm afraid its true - this novel is badly let down by the poor dialogue"
"But Kieran I think, and Kieran don't hate me for saying this, but maybe you are being unfairly picky Kieran?"
"No reader - I am not. The festering dialogue weighs down a good story like a stone anchor

Let me preface with the fact that I downloaded this to my Kindle during a free promotion period so I can't really feel cheated out of my money. My time is another animal altogether.
The book starts off interestingly enough with a somewhat believable family, with a rich business man father, two kids and a homemaker wife whose life takes a turn for the worse after a "terrorist" attack on a subway. I personally thought the terrorist angle was a bit lame, but i guess it served the purpose and since...more
Fast-paced, deception, lies, conspiracies, plot-twists… excellent!

One morning, while at her yoga class, Karen Friedman, along with everyone there, learns of the bombing at Grand Central Station. At first, Karen feels horrible for the people involved in some way. Until that same horror starts to sink in - her husband had taken the train to work that morning after bringing the car in for servicing. Trying not to panic, she tries to reach him - but he’s gone. The first bomb was set off in the first...more
This book appears to have been written by someone who:

a) has English as a second language;
b) has heard of both love and sex and has experienced neither;
c) has a fascination with blood and how is courses through veins in many and varied ways;
d) is writing for people with an IQ of around 50; and
e) is writing for people who have critical faculties at all.

Favourite horror line: "A surge of validation ran through Hauck's veins."

If you like this, I really don't know what to say. The complete lack of c...more
Aug 25, 2008 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller fans
A real pageturner. Gross's knack is to keep the suspense going, you want to find out what happened. The characters are more than game pieces that the author moves around the novel to solve the novel. They seem flesh and blood. The plot is good, a man appears to be dead in a bombing at Grand Central Station. Another man is killed in a hit and run. A cop meets the wife of the bombing and starts to investigate the hit and run. Meanwhile other people are out there looking for the man as well.

Will he...more
Part mystery and part romance, Dark Tide would make a great soap opera or mini-series. A thirty-something mother of teenagers from Gold Coast CT, whose husband is a financial advisor with aspirations to become a high flier, becomes a widow when his train is exploded by terrorists. The ace detective, whose wife left him after their little daughter died in an accident that he might have prevented, has merely been going through the paces, his life empty and his guilt debilitating. When the wife, Ka...more
Perhaps the best term for Andrew Gross' entertaining novels might be the "Wall Street thriller". His books are solid action mysteries that center around white collar crime. Of course, being a crime novel it is very major white collar crime with more than a few murders involved. For a mainstream bestseller thriller, it is pretty good. Ty Hauck is an interesting homicide detective with his own baggage and an eye for the strong but vulnerable blonde. Romance ensues but it is the crime plot that pre...more
May 08, 2010 Aerin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't mind lots of errors and amateurish writing
Recommended to Aerin by: Nook eReader group
This book earned 2 stars from me because it was a free download and I love getting a freebie now and then. I used to read James Patterson books and wanted to see what Andrew Gross was like as a writer. I was pretty disappointed with the book though. It was just okay. I kept reading it because one of my Facebook groups was reading it together and I wanted to be able to hop in there and discuss it a bit. But sometimes it was difficult moving forward with this story.

I liked the fast emotional punch...more
Terri Lynn
Hold on to your hat, this is going to be a roller coaster ride. Charles Friedman is a hedge fund investor who does well by his wife Karen and their two teens Samantha and Alex.

One fine day, Charles heads off to carry the car in to be serviced, planning to take the train from Connecticut into New York to work. His wife Karen heads off to yoga. As she is exercising, she is shocked when everyone gathers around a tv after bombs rock the train her husband is on, the one he called her from moments ear...more
Andrew Gross’ The Dark Tide


On the morning Karen Friedman learns that her husband, a hedge fund manager, has been tragically killed, Detective Ty Hauck begins his investigation of another man's death in a suspicious hit-and-run in Karen's hometown.

The two seemingly unrelated tragedies are about to plunge a beautiful widow and a determined investigator into a maelstrom of murder, vast sums of missing money, and international conspiracy.

My Review and Thoughts:

This book has great character dev...more
Wow, what a heart-racing, action-packed read...the perfect way to escape reality on a cold afternoon!

Charles Friedman, a wealthy and successful hedge fund manager, was on a commuter subway train that was bombed by terrorists near Grand Central Station. He was thought to have been killed and burned up in the tragedy. His wife and children accept the inevitable and move on with their lives until terrifying threats and unexplained coincidences cause his wife Karen to doubt everything she new about...more
This book is one of my favorites! I gave it 5 stars because I love suspense and that is exactly what this book brings. It is filled with twits and turns and leaves you anxious to find out what happens next. Karen, the main character is so worried that her husband is on the train with the terrorist bombing. "I got a call from him, Heather! At eight thirty-four. He said they were pulling into Grand Central in a while...." that is one of the most dramatic quotes in the book found on page 22, becaus...more
This suspense novel had a lot of elements that I enjoyed:
* A hero, Ty Hauck, who inspires trust and confidence, but who is dealing with internal brokenness due to the prior history of his family.
* Along with Karen Friedman, the reader is very anxious to discover, what is really the truth about her husband Charlie?
* The Caribbean Islands setting alternating with New York City and suburban Old Greenwich, CT
* The intrigue of the transactions involving mind-boggling sums of money, and the ways in wh...more
This is my first time reading a book by this author and I wasn’t all that pleased.
*I’m kind of picky…so don’t mind me…but I don’t like the fact the author over detailed things *repetitively*.. example at the beginning..the author described the area the characters lived in twice within 2 mins of the book and used the exact same words to described the area. Also, the author described Karen’s brown eyes more than once within the first 5 mins..the second time her brown eyes were had N...more
May 02, 2012 Ginger rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery fans/Debut Authors
Recommended to Ginger by: Dara S.
This was a low 4 star read for me. I've had this on my Kindle for about 2 years. I wanted to try out this author due to him having co-wrote with James Patterson on a few books.This is the suthor's debut book. To be honest, I never really was able to read for more than an hour at some points (for personal reasons). The pace was very slow in some parts & in others, it took off. I'm willing to try the other books in this series.
Apr 03, 2008 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that likes Patterson and a good story.
This book was awesome! His first one was just as good. If you like Patterson, you'll like Gross. He writes with Patterson on some of his books and now he has branched out on his own. Read it & you'll see why; the man is good!

Good plot, characters & very believable. A good read, indeed!
Feb 26, 2008 Gregory rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends flying on a plane w/o tv
reading this book...i'm reminded of the skill it must take to write an effective page-turner. i wonder if it's learned or acquired. this guy has it. apparently, he used to co-write with james patterson. too bad the story sucks.
Lainey Bancroft
The plot was enough to keep me turning pages, but I must admit I skimmed portions of almost every page turned. I have NEVER seen character names used so much. Ever. I found the repetitious names very distracting.
I liked this book...especially since I didn't have to pay for it! It's not that I didn't like it, I just didn't like it enough to actually pay to read another of his books.
Ugh. Started out all right but went downhill--plot got harder to take; dialogue got hokey and stilted; exposition got downright painful.
Charlie Friedman is a successful investor and a family man, a family that is ripped apart when an explosion on the train leaves Karen Friedman believing her husband is dead.

Months pass, and Karen Friedman begins to get visitors and threats to her family - claiming that Charlie lost $250 million and they are determined to get it back. Enter Ty Hauck, a detective who tries to uncover Charlies' last business dealings and how these connect to a hit-and-run across town on the same day of the train ex...more
Despite some clichés the novel is quite captivating. I wouldn't be surprised if someone will make a movie based on this book.
Very suspenseful, a page turner. Looking forward to reading another by Andrew Gross.
Toni Osborne
Book 1 in the Ty Hauck series

This novel is an attention grabber right from the start...beware...It is a never ending fast paced story of deception, lies and conspiracies.

It opens one morning at yoga class, Karen Friedman and her friends learn of a fatal bombing at Grand Central Station. Karen at first, felt terrible but her emotions go into high gear when she realizes that her husband Charlie, a hedge fund manager, has taken the train to work. She later finds out that a part of her husband's b...more
Rene Natan
A snippet of the story. Karen Friedman, a mother of two, grieves for her husband of eighteen years, one of the many victims of the terrorist attack that took place at Grand Central Station earlier on. Karen summons up all her strength to conduct a normal life; she takes good care of her two children and looks into the financial situation that her husband, Charles, has left behind. All of a sudden she receives threatening messages and visits, implying that the money she has gotten from the liquid...more
Paul Pessolano
This is Andrew Gross's second mystery/thriller and both are excellent. If you are a fan of James Patterson you will find that Andrew Gross writes in the same vein. In fact, Gross has co-authored 5 books with Patterson,and for my money Gross's books are much better. His books have better characters, better plots, and better endings. They follow the same style as Patterson in that the chapters are very short and the story moves at a very rapid pace.

Charles Friedman is living the good life in New Y...more
I knew going into this it wasn't going to be a very good book, but wow. I picked up the audio book at the library to listen to in the car, and the narrator Melissa Leo does what she can with the text. I could only listen to a chapter or two at a time before turning it off. I renewed it two times before I had to take it back, so I didn't finish the last couple chapters, but I figure I didn't miss out on much. My main issue is that, for whatever reason, the author has the characters say each other...more
Alisha Marie
Holy crap, was this book bad! Like 'terrible' bad! And the strange thing is, is that it really didn't start out that way. I remember being 30% into the book and being extremely mad that my bus wasn't a bit later since I had to put it down. Cut to me at 60% and I started thinking "Why am I STILL reading this?!" In fact, the only reason I finished it was because by that time I was already 60% in and thinking "What the hell. I need a long-ish book to up my page average..."

My main gripe with The Dar...more
In this story, read by Melissa Leo, (who was excellent) Charles Friedman is a Wall Street, hedge fund executive who lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. On the very day he takes his car to the repair shop and rides the train into work, the train is bombed and Charles is missing and is presumed dead. On the same day, a suspicious hit-and-run accident leaves a young man dead in Charles’ hometown. At first the events seem unrelated until a detective finds a clue that seems to connect the two events.

A f...more
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