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It seemed an innocent enough idea. After Barnaby Gilbert got laid off with a nice severance, his boss suggested he take up a new hobby to fill up his free time. On his regular commuter train, Barnaby got an idea what that hobby would be. He decided to satisfy a curiosity he’d long had. An avid birder, he began tracking some regular passengers — people he’d always wondered ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published July 12th 2014 by Perseus Books Group, Argo Navis
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Kathy
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a goodreads give away. This is probably closer to a 4 1/2 star than a 4. I read the book in one sitting. I found the main character very fun to read about and the assisting characters fit well into the book. It is a subject I would never have dreamed of but made the perfect storyline. A great read.
Rich Zahradnik
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barnaby Gilbert, laid-off management consultant, decides on an innocent twist to his hobby of bird watching. He’ll use his free time to trail his fellow commuters—see where they go, what they do. Before he knows it, he’s sucked into multiple conspiracies involving prostitution, hacking and intellectual property theft. In this funny yet thrilling debut, Patrick Oster sends an innocent among the most dangerous of criminals and federal agents. They follow him, threaten him, beat him…all as he tries ...more
Ken Cook
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A intriguing read - hooked me in quickly, kept me curious and chuckling. Weaving the characters and story threads together needed a bit more of a climax to complete the tapestry, however, and the quick ending seemed to wimp out, unfortunately, in the last two pages. Still, all-in-all, a good read.


I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Al Fiore
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very creative and enjoyable read - this author's characters were truly "characters". Their adventures quickly turned my pages. Barbara kept the story human and I wonder if Tesla got a dragon tattoo.
Bonnie
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this quirky, whimsical mystery with an unlikely hero. It isn't "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", but it doesn't try to be. The characters were unusual, but believable. There is one very dark incident in an otherwise upbeat book. Other than the too-frequent typos, it was easy to read and interesting. I will definitely read more books by Patrick Oster.
Jessica
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad book to read.
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Patrick Oster is the author of three well-reviewed thrillers,
“The Commuter,” “The German Club,” and "The Hacker Chronicles.'
An award-winning journalist, he has covered the White House, the
State Department and the CIA. He has been a foreign correspondent
in Latin America and Europe, covering civil wars, the fall of the
Berlin Wall, NATO and the creation of the European Union.
A lawyer, he was managing
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