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The Standoff

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  313 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
A white supremacist, barricaded with his family on an isolated Montana mountaintop, holding off the cops with assault rifles.

A brilliant hostage negotiator who has failed to come to terms with his personal demons, reluctantly taking leadership of the one case he can't afford to lose.

A virtual army of state and local cops, national guardsmen, U.S. Marshals, and the FBI's el
Published (first published March 1st 1995)
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Mark R.
Aug 11, 2014 Mark R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Chuck Hogan's first novel, "The Standoff," is a tense, exciting story in which a battered old FBI hostage negotiator faces off against a white supremacist who refuses to vacate his home. The man flaked out on a court date, and the sheriff of a small northwest town is sent to serve notice. He'd met by gunshots, and so begins the standoff.

This book thrilled me as a kid, and I'm happy to find it hasn't lost any of its power over the years. The dialogue is good, the characters intriguing, and
Tim Warner
Nov 24, 2011 Tim Warner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put the book down, I read it in two days. This is an excellent book which kept my constant attention.

I was completely sympathetic to the main character, Special Agent Banish. The plot gripped me. But more than these and other outstanding technical values, I felt all along that I was respected as a reader by an author who is so darned good that it is difficult to believe that this is a first effort by the author.

I am raving about Chuck Hogan because I detect that he loves the challenge
"Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." Murphy's Law.

This seems to be the motto of the Border County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Leonard M. Blood. Blood is ordered to serve a notice of eviction on Glenn Allen Ables for tax evasion. Blood, an American Indian, realizes that there could be danger so asks for the help of two deputies. Ables happens to be an anti government white supremacist/survivalist. When Blood attempts to serve the papers, one of his deputies is shot and wounded, anoth
Joanne Parkington
I liked this .. it was a good read .. not great & no way near as good as subsequent Chuck Hogan novel's but an interesting read none the less. Sometime's it's like trying to eat when your mouth's too full .. there's alot going on & not all of it needed .. There are also lot's of story line's that taper off to nothing like who is killing the local Indian's ?? There's alot of presumption to most of these story line's which isn't too bad a thing ... it just feel's so crammed.
John Mccormick
Mar 03, 2014 John Mccormick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping terrific read, about a damaged FBI hostage negotiator who finds himself transported to remote hilltop to take charge of the standoff of the title. As his confidence slowly returns and he takes charge of the situation so the tension increases.
The characters are well drawn and the book gives real insight about what goes on during an hostage situation
Sep 11, 2014 R rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't the kind of book that I usually read, but I wanted to read more by Chuck Hogan because I really liked his contribution to the Strain. It's a cop/fbi story and it's written well. The characters are strong and you never really side with any one person. They are all interesting. Again, I'm not really interested in this type of book, but it was a good read.
John Urry
Gritty story, maybe more characters than were needed. I enjoyed being inside agent Banish's head, interesting and thrilling ending....
Robert Landis
The book is a gritty depiction of a FBI standoff in the backwoods. The discomfort, cold, fear, frustration felt by the negotiator and various teams of support is palpable. You can feel the itch of not having shower for days, being hungry, feeling the rain on you.

You will not likely forget the rich characters, there backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses.

My only criticism by the time you are 2/3 through the book you know the outcome for thee primary character, the FBI negotiator.

Simpet Soge
Sep 08, 2013 Simpet Soge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku ini entah saya dapat dari mana, menceritakan tentang Si Agen Banish yang dipercayakan menangani pengepungan seorang penjahat yang justru menyandera keluarganya sendiri. Saat-saat pengepungan sungguh menegangkan, bagaimana si pengepung bernegosiasi dengan si penjahat. Pengepungan sendiri berjalan sukses, meski si Agen sendiri akhirnya terbunuh.
Nate Hendrix
Jun 13, 2011 Nate Hendrix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an axcellent book. The same author wrote The Town, it was recently a movie about guys that rob banks and armored cars in boston. That was also an excellent book. The Standoff is completely different. I will be reading everything this guy has written.
Apr 06, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tense. Good storyline...
Feb 10, 2011 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
SA Banish is sent to handle a standoff but he had been pretty much off duty for three years. It was never really clear to me why he was sent in the first place. It is a good book, and I am looking forward to other books by him.
Vince Carter
Jan 07, 2011 Vince Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent suspense from many perspectives dealing with attempt to arrest a ideologue that spirals into an armed confrontation and chaos--like too many real life incidents--but giving a sense of the drama that exists in every one.
Robert Grant
This one started off great and then began to bog down in the middle. It picked up and reached a satisfying conclusion and overall, I liked this one. I think it would make a good movie.
Nov 30, 2012 Rebekkila marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I registered a book at!
Feb 05, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Came with a moneyback guarantee which I thought odd for a book, but it had plenty to back up the expectation.
Apr 22, 2011 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very slow-moving for 2/3 of the book, but it got better for the final scene and resolution.
Sep 13, 2013 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fbi
An excellent review of the Ruby Ridge debacle which caused the ruin of several ranking FBI agents.
Sep 24, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome first novel, by the man that brought us Prince of Thieves (The Town as a movie)
Bcoghill Coghill
nice action fast-paced drama. Very macho without being totally absurd.
Sean Rodman
Not as strong as The Town, although some solid writing at the very climax.
Taylor Motte
Feb 07, 2013 Taylor Motte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chuck Hogan does not believe in happy endings. Of this I am sure.
Joe O'c
Aug 30, 2009 Joe O'c rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good; FBI hostage negotiator vs. mountain family
Jul 16, 2011 Charles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Got bored in the first three chapters ... couldn't finish.
Slow reading at first, better about halfway through
Jun 19, 2007 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chuck Hogan is an American author. His story "Two Thousand Volts" appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories 2009. He is the co-author of The Strain Trilogy with Guillermo del Toro. His 2004 novel Prince of Thieves was adapted to film as the Ben Affleck directed The Town in 2010.
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