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Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
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Dec 31, 2009

bookshelves: 2009-audio-books, 2009-mysteries
Read in December, 2009

Beat the Reaper, by Josh Bazell, B-plus, narrated by Robert Petkoff, produced by Hachette Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

I haven’t heard this narrator before. He was very good for this book, which has an edgy punchy delivery. This is a debut novel, a thriller. Peter Brown is a young medical intern in the witness protection program. In his previous life he was a hit man. Things are going along pretty well until he enters the room of a new patient and they recognize each other-from the old days. Things get a whole lot weirder from then on. A lot of the tone of this voice is edgy and entertaining. There are a few too many things in the book though, like a back story about his grandparents surviving Auschwitz. I would say this author needs to tighten up his plot lines, but he’s off to a rip roaring start with this book.
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