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The Survivor (Jacob Striker #1)

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Columbine. Dunblane. Virginia Tech. Winnenden. But Saint Patrick's High?

In his first hour back from a six-month leave of absence, Detective Jacob Striker's day quickly turns into a nightmare. He is barely on scene five minutes at his daughter's high school when he encounters an Active Shooter situation. Three men wearing hockey masks - Black, White, and Red - have stormed...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2011)
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Yvann S
"When you're in a field full of horses, don't go looking for zebras. All you'll find is more horses."

From the blurb: In his first hour back from a six-month leave of absence, Detective Jacob Striker’s day quickly turns into a nightmare. He is barely on the scene at his daughter’s high school when he encounters an Active Shooter situation. Three men wearing hockey masks – Black, White and Red – have stormed the school with firearms and are killing indiscriminately. Striker takes immediate action....more
Kim (Bookishly Me)
This is Sean Slater's debut novel and I must say I really liked it. You get pulled in right from the start and it doesn't let you go until you close the book.

I thought the story was great. We all know that school shootng take place from the news but Slater made the plot really great. So no sully high school kid who goes on a rampage here.

No he made this story about. The background of Red Mask is well thought out and believable.

The characters are well developed. Striker is a tough man and cop, wi...more
Sue Smith
This book was not what I expected. It started out fast and furious .... and I thought it was going to be somewhat predictable in the progression of the plot. It wasn't.

The pace doesn't slow for the entirety of the story and it's a no-holds-barred, in-your-face violence and action that keeps you compelled to keep reading. Even when you don't know if you want to.

Great read! And awesome Canadian content (Vancouver based). Covers a universal problem - Gang activity and the related violence that surr...more
Dylan Edwards
Very much a thrill ride and in so doing lots of details are 'skimmed' over ...nevertheless a ride that sucks you in and great for a bit of escapism
Sharal Hunter
What begins as a typical run of the mill school shooting quickly escalates into much more. As a reader, I normally do not like a bunch of plot twists and sub-plots that sometimes cloud the main story. Fortunately, this worked for me in this story. As a society, we have seen more news about violence that it is easy to become desensitized to the horror of it. Had this book been about just a school shooting and the subsequent investigation, I probably would have given up on it. In this story, the s...more
The Survivor by Sean Slater
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Columbine. Dunblane. Virginia Tech. Winnenden. But Saint Patrick's High?

In his first hour back from a six-month leave of absence, Detective Jacob Striker's day quickly turns into a nightmare. He is barely on scene five minutes at his daughter's high school when he encounters an Active Shooter situation. Three men wearing hockey masks - Black, White, and Red - have stormed the school with firearms and are killing indiscriminately...more
The Sunday Book Review
I am a huge fan of police drama and action. This book had me hooked from the first chapter. We have all heard and know about Columbine and other school shootings. Here we follow Detective Stiker (and his partner, though I didn't relate very much with her) as they search for the third gunman they weren't able to put down at the school. His character had everything we might expect from the stereotypical cop. The attitude, the scorn for the higher-ups and the passion to get the job done. His partne...more
On his first day back after a six month stress leave Jacob Striker has to deal with three shooters in a school. Not just an ordinary school, but his daughter’s school.
Striker kills two of the shooters, but the third escapes.
Time is running out an Striker has to get the other one fast, before more people die.
Who is this mysterious killer and why is it so hard to take him out? There is more to the shooting than first meets the eye.
Like the cover says it’s a game of cat and mouse. There will be onl...more
Dave Watson

I enjoyed this book, loved the style of writing and would definitely read more from this author, however there were a few parts of the plot that were weak and I just hope these were the mistakes of a new writer.

My biggest problem with the whole plot was the inability of a whole police force to find Riku, or at least know that she went by her nickname; whilst Striker wasn't focused on the search for the girl, there would undoubtedly have been someone tasked to do just that. T...more
In an interview on the Simon & Schuster website Sean Slater reveals that Lee Child and James Patterson are some of his favourite authors, and after reading The Survivor, this does not surprise me. The book is a gritty, fast-paced thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat from the first page.

This is a book I probably would not have picked up had I not received an ARC of it, but I am glad I got the chance to read it. The setting (Vancouver) was completely new to me, as was the subj...more
This was one of my accidental discoveries. I was in the library browsing the shelves and pulled this down thinking it was another author. Boy am I ever glad I did. Overall the plot well developed and nicely paced. This book grabbed me from the beginning and it was easy to continue reading. A bonus for me is the Canadian setting (I'm Canadian) which you don't see in many crime novels these days. I'll definitely be looking for more by this author.
A very muscular police action story. Lots of running and gunning and chasing people down and yelling in corridors and hating superiors and kicking down doors and drinking lattes and eating pastries (apparently Canadian cops don't eat plain old coffee and donuts) and ... you get the picture.

That is to say that this was a quick read and relatively enjoyable if not ultimately fulfilling. It's a cop book that's less a police procedural and more a novel wanting to be an action movie. I like that stuf...more
Deb Bodinnar
I have had Sean Slater on my shelf for quite some time and finally decided to give it a go after finishing my Aussie Author Challenge is completed. Not disappointed at all, the story started off full steam ahead and I felt it kept on at a good pace. Plot was good and had me guessing through to the end. enjoyed the characters and look forward to reading the next novel by Sean.
Very entertaining read. This book was fast-paced and difficult to put down. A high school massacre, but all is not as it seems. The sequel is calling to me...
Punchy writing with 'real-feeling' characters. Good story-line. Has an episodic feel - bit like watching 24.
Guys in hockeymasks shoots at a High School. Detective Striker get a busy day on his first day after being away from work for six months. Why did the guys attack the school and who are they?
This book had such a promising start but then it got a bit slow and it got too many stories in one. It didn't kept my attention all the way. It was like suddenly reading another story than the beginning, which was a little weird to me. Overall the book is actually good in many ways, but I wish the characters...more
I was drawn in immediately! I could not put this book down. I read it in two sittings!
A bit gory for my taste, but a good read all the same.
Kathryn Hempstalk
Nice easy read, good pacing.
Dorothy Lloyd
Liked the lower mainland references.
Simon Gosden
Dunblane, Virginia Tech, Columbine...what would you do if on your first day back at work after six months leave of absence your day turns into a nightmare. Deective Jacob Striker goes to his daughter's high school when three men wearing hockey masks start shooting and killing the students. Striker returns fire, killing two of the men but one, Red Mask esapes. This is a grisly and violent thriller but it grips and you have to keep turning the pages as the body count rises. Superior thriller.
Great effort for a first book. Definitely a page turner, the action flowed well and the protagonist was well developed. I didn't have the issues some have written with respect to his partner. Their relationship is complicated; I don't think she came off as cold however the writer does allude to her ability to distance herself from the carnage they experience. Perhaps this will be developed in future novels. She is as distanced as Striker is emotional and explosive. Great book!
Started out great but didn't continue like that. I liked the main character, his daughter, well, teenager, she wasn't too bad. Didn't like his partner and couldn't really see why they were attracted to each other. Actually, with the way she was always defending their idiot boss I thought for sure she was involved with him.

Didn't like the ending at all. Probably not going to read another book by this author.
I loved this book! It was fast paced with a great story line. Characters I enjoyed reading about and hope to read more.

This book is really long, but it never felt long. I had a hard time putting it down and could't wait every night to get a chance to read.

Not only is the story well written, but the details are amazing. You feel like you are right there with Detective Slater!
More like 3.5 Stars but I found this enjoyable and a quick read. The story flowed quickly and as action packed. I would have liked to see a little bit more time spent on the characters but I thought as a blend between developing a quick action thriller and the characters it worked pretty well.
Enfin terminé ! Voilà une éternité que je l'ai commencé. Et pourtant je n'ai pas lâché. Car malgré un rythme plus qu'aléatoire, entre des périodes d'action presque trop courtes, et des longues presque interminables, le fond est plutôt bon. Dommage, ou rendez-vous manqué.
Not the most exciting thriller. A very complex plot - that takes a long time to get to the point of why! The only redeeming part of the book was the ending for Courtney and her dad Detective Jacob Striker!

Debut Canadian police procedural written by a policeman - setting Vancouver - interesting book - I would try another by this author -
Elaine Morton
Hard to put down. A great mix of characters and a plot with lots of twists and turns but always plausible. Want to read his second book.
A really good debut novel...easy read, good plot. Can't wait to read the other 2 he has written.
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