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Hostage: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Robert Crais
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Robert Crais' Hostage opens with Jeff Talley, the police chief in a small southern California town, still having nightmares about the young hostage who died when he made the wrong call in his previous job as a negotiator for an LAPD SWAT team. Now, three small-time punks go on the run after a grocery store robbery and killing in Talley's town. Soon his deputies have surrounded the house where the inept robbers have taken Walter Smith and his two children hostage. And Talley's back in his worst dream again: until the county sheriff's full-fledged SWAT team arrives and takes over, he has to negotiate for their lives.

Crais keeps the point of view moving from Talley to the punks to the hostages as the situation unfolds in the house and on the ground. Then he ratchets up the dramatic tension: there's something in Walter Smith's house that a ruthless mob boss wants, and he'll sacrifice anyone to get it--which puts Talley's own family in danger. The action speeds to its climax with the velocity of a heat-seeking missile, which makes it almost criminal to slow down long enough to savour the great writing:

Talley... had stepped into the Zone. It was a place of white noise where emotions reigned and reason was meagre. Anger and rage were non-stop tickets; panic was an express. He had been all day coming to this, and here he was: the SWAT guys used to talk about it. You went to the Zone, you lost your edge. You'd lose your career; you'd get yourself killed, or, worse, somebody else.
Crais, author of popular books featuring private eye Elvis Cole (including LA Requiem and Voodoo River), belongs in that tier of writers whose novelistic gifts transcend the thriller category--writers such as Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane and James Lee Burke. Hostage is a breakout. --Jane Adams, Amazon.com

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Robert Crais' Hostage opens with Jeff Talley, the police chief in a small southern California town, still having nightmares about the young hostage who died when he made the wrong call in his previous job as a negotiator for an LAPD SWAT team. Now, three small-time punks go on the run after a grocery store robbery and killing in Talley's town. Soon his deputies have surrounded the house where the inept robbers have taken Walter Smith and his two children hostage. And Talley's back in his worst dream again: until the county sheriff's full-fledged SWAT team arrives and takes over, he has to negotiate for their lives.

Crais keeps the point of view moving from Talley to the punks to the hostages as the situation unfolds in the house and on the ground. Then he ratchets up the dramatic tension: there's something in Walter Smith's house that a ruthless mob boss wants, and he'll sacrifice anyone to get it--which puts Talley's own family in danger. The action speeds to its climax with the velocity of a heat-seeking missile, which makes it almost criminal to slow down long enough to savour the great writing:

Talley... had stepped into the Zone. It was a place of white noise where emotions reigned and reason was meagre. Anger and rage were non-stop tickets; panic was an express. He had been all day coming to this, and here he was: the SWAT guys used to talk about it. You went to the Zone, you lost your edge. You'd lose your career; you'd get yourself killed, or, worse, somebody else.
Crais, author of popular books featuring private eye Elvis Cole (including LA Requiem and Voodoo River), belongs in that tier of writers whose novelistic gifts transcend the thriller category--writers such as Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane and James Lee Burke. Hostage is a breakout. --Jane Adams, Amazon.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 502 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 391 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0345434498
  • Verlag: Fawcett (22. Juli 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002IPZJUG
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr spannend! 23. September 2002
Von dieleseratz TOP 1000 REZENSENT
Format:Taschenbuch
Ein sehr gutes Buch, nicht nur reine Action, sondern eine recht
akribische Beschreibung der Verhandlungen zwischen Negotiator und Geiselnehmern. Die Charaktere der Geiseln, der Geiselnehmer und der wichtigen Polizeibeamten werden sehr gut beschrieben - jedoch überhaupt nicht langweilig, sondern sehr sehr spannend und schlüssig. Man fiebert mit. Nicht der übliche 08/15 Krimi.
Absolut empfehlenswert !
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Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
In aller Kürze: Superoberaffengeil!!!!
Natürlich als Polizei-Roman nicht jedermanns Sache, ist "Hostage" im positiven Sinne sehr dialoglastig wodurch eine gewisse Art von Hektik und situative Spannung entsteht. Der Leser ist dadurch mitten in der Verhandlung zwischen Geiselnehmer und Negotiator. Man denkt sich die ganze Zeit, wie man selbst hätte reagieren können oder sollen und auf die Frage, ob diese Szenarien im Buch realistisch sind, gibt es nur eine Antwort: So etwas könnte jederzeit passieren. Wir als Leser können uns nur wünschen, dass dieses Buch vielleicht mal verfilmt wird. 5 Sterne!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen On the Hot Seat! 23. Mai 2007
Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT
Format:Taschenbuch
The less you know about the details of this story before you read it, the more you will enjoy it. My recommendation is that you stop friends from telling you anything specific, and avoid reviews that summarize the book. As a result, I will characterize the book in a very general way so that you can decide if you want to read it or not without revealing much. Please forgive me for this reticence, but I think you will be glad when you are finished with the book.

First, let me provide a word of warning. The book contains references to sadism, torture, and violence against children. If such disturb your days or your sleep, perhaps you should ask a friend who has read the book how upsetting it was before deciding to go forward. I found these elements to advance the story, and not to be overplayed . . . but they are certainly there.

Hostage deals with situations where a criminal has seized someone as a bargaining chip for something they want. Hostage situations usually either lead to lots of people being killed, or everyone getting out alive. The difference is usually related to the skill, talent, and patience of the hostage negotiator.

Hostage's protagonist is the chief of police in a small town north of Los Angeles, Jeff Talley. He had served as such a hostage negotiator during part of a truncated career with the LAPD.

Having had that experience colors your view of the world in many ways. It makes you feel responsible for the hostages, the criminals, and for those who are helping you defuse the situation. That's a lot of responsibility to have on your shoulders. Also, you get used to lengthy delays, suddenly melting down psychotics, and impetuous colleagues.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Hätte tiefer gehen können 19. Juli 2007
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Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Ein interessanter und psychologisch durchdachter Roman – auch wenn das grundlegende Problem Talleys, das am Ende aufgelöst wird in seiner Motivation und auch in seiner Auflösung nur sehr peripher dargestellt wird. Hier wäre weniger bis gar nichts mehr gewesen oder man hätte es noch vertiefender behandeln müssen. Sonst allerdings ein sehr netter Roman mit durchaus originellen Ideen und einer angemessenen handwerklichen Ausführung.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A POWERHOUSE OF ACTION AND EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT SUSPENSE!! 23. August 2001
Von Wayne C. Rogers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
When Robert Crais writes a book as good as HOSTAGE, I can almost forgive him for making me and his other fans wait two very long years for the next "Elvis Cole/Joe Pike" novel. Remember, I said almost. HOSTAGE is the story of Jeff Talley (think Bruce Willis!), a former LAPD SWAT negotiator who quit his job and left his family due to serious stress, burnout, and guilt over a hostage negotiation that turned bad. He's now the Chief of Police of Bristo Camino, a small California community where life is simpler and the job less demanding. At least it is, until two young hoods and a deadly psychopath rob a minimart and kill its owner. In a futile attempt to escape the police, the three criminals jump the wall of a housing development and invade the home of Walter Smith, taking him and his two children hostage. Talley and his people, along with the help of the California Highway Patrol, surround the house; and, for the most part, things run smoothly. Talley uses his skills as a former hostage negotiator to keep the criminals inside the house calm, biding his time until the L.A. County Sheriff's SWAT team arrive to take over. When they do and Talley signs off control of the situation, his troubles aren't ending. No way. What he thought was a bad day is going to swiftly turn into a nightmare that will push him right to the edge. You see, Walter Smith isn't an ordinary family man. He's the accountant for the West Coast mob and has two computer disks in his home office, loaded with information that can literally bring the criminal organization down to its knees. Mob honcho, Sonny Benza, has no intention of letting the local police or even the FBI get possession of these incriminating disks. He quickly brings in a team of killers to kidnap Talley's wife and daughter, and then tells our reluctant hero to get those disks one way or another, if he wants to see his family alive again. Talley is caught between a rock and a hard place with nowhere to turn and the odds are stacked heavily against him. He wants to save his family, as well as the hostages inside the house, but he may not be able to do both. It's going to be a hard decision to make, not to mention a long night, but the worse is still yet to come! HOSTAGE is an adrenaline surge that will have the heart pounding and the blood racing, clearly illustrating why Robert Crais is considered the MAN. He's able to create true-to-life characters that breathe with authenticity...characters that could very well be your next-door neighbor or the person you work with. He then puts these normal, everyday people in a "do or die" situation, juices up the stress to the point where a massive stroke is imminent, and waits patiently for the ground to fall out from under them to see what happens. As expected, the quality of Mr. Crais' writing is high and cuts to the very bone with its razor-edge sharpness and terse dialogue. The chapters are brief, tense, and to the point; yet, paced in such a manner that the reader may feel as if he's speeding straight into a head-on collision. This is what action-packed, suspense writing is all about, and this is an author who hits the mark every time out. When a writer like Robert Crais is in top form, nothing else comes even close to the kind rush you get from one of his novels. Buy the book, read it, then prepared for the movie that's in the making, staring Bruce Willis as a cop who's once again in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen One complication too many... 10. März 2002
Von Shelley Mckibbon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
This is, for most of the ride, a darned good thriller. The story begins with an account of an LA hostage negotiator in a situation that will haunt him forever, and it may haunt me for a while, too. Crais doesn't play up the gory aspect, what bothered me was the trip inside the negotiator's mind, figuring out what's going on about two steps behind the character. It was believable and horrifying.
When the story shifts to the here-and-now, we find ourselves in the company of Dennis Rooney..., his younger brother Kevin (probably described by most who know him as "a wimp, but not a bad kid") and Mars, who would be giving Dennis the creeps if Dennis was bright enough to pay attention.
The trio rob a convenience store for no particular reason -- it seems like a good idea to Dennis, Mars doesn't offer any objections, and poor Kevin is in the truck with them and can't talk his brother out of it. You get the distinct impression that this is par for the course for Dennis and Kevin, but Dennis really ought to be thinking harder about Mars's reaction.
Predictably, the crime goes awry. Not "predictably" as in an objection to Crais's writing, but predictably in the sense that you just know any plot with Dennis at the helm is going to go bad, and soon. The three attempt to steal a getaway car and end up holding a family hostage. Talley, the negotiator from the prologue, gets called in to deal with them. Since the events of the prologue, Talley has left the LAPD and his family life is in disarray. Portrait of the Negotiator In Crisis -- and I believed that.
So far, so good. But the family in the house has mob connections, and the mob has reasons to want to control the outcome of this situation -- and at that point I started to get impatient.
I liked Talley, who is a believable character with a believable problem. I liked the kids being held hostage, who can't believe what's happening to them and who react to each other as brothers and sisters might. I even liked poor hapless Kevin, who left the house that afternoon thinking he was going to the movies, and who, because he's a lot brighter than his brother, knows this is going to end badly. I believed Dennis, with his eternal self-justification and efforts to come up with a plan to save himself -- I just didn't believe he was going to succeed. And I was creeped out and interested in Mars. I just didn't have anything left for the mob subplot, in which Talley finds himself negotiating for his own family as well as the one in the house. I didn't care about the mobsters, and I wondered whether there could be another way for Talley to find redemption and put his life back together.
As the story spins itself out, more is learned about Mars, who is decidedly not someone with whom you'd enjoy being trapped in a house. Thomas, the young boy hostage, is seen to be brave and resourceful. Kevin finally gets up the nerve to do the right thing despite the fact he's more scared of his brother (and Mars -- because Kevin is brighter than Dennis) than he is of the cops.
And then Crais just dumps them! Okay, we know what happens to them, and it's spectacular and all, but hey! I was invested in those people! I'd just spent a couple of hundred pages with them, and I didn't want to walk away and forget about them. We eventually get back to the kids, Thomas and his sister Jennifer, but Mars, Dennis, and Kevin vanish from Crais's thoughts, and I wasn't interested enough in the people who replaced them to make up the lack. I wanted SOMEONE to spare them a backward glance. They weren't likable (okay, Kevin was, in a half-starved-pup kind of way) but Crais made me feel for them, even when what I felt was loathing, and I was angry at him for not giving me some sort of coda to acknowledge that they had existed.
The fact that I am still so worked up about this several days later obviously means something. I will certainly read more of Crais's novels, and if this one ends up a movie, as some have suggested, I'll go and see it. But I really would have preferred a story about a straight-up negotiation between Talley and the folks in the house, dealing with the complications inherent in that. Of course, I don't read books about mobsters anyway.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen On the Hot Seat! 7. August 2001
Von Donald Mitchell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
The less you know about the details of this story before you read it, the more you will enjoy it. My recommendation is that you stop friends from telling you anything specific, and avoid reviews that summarize the book. As a result, I will characterize the book in a very general way so that you can decide if you want to read it or not without revealing much. Please forgive me for this reticence, but I think you will be glad when you are finished with the book.
First, let me provide a word of warning. The book contains references to sadism, torture, and violence against children. If such disturb your days or your sleep, perhaps you should ask a friend who has read the book how upsetting it was before deciding to go forward. I found these elements to advance the story, and not to be overplayed . . . but they are certainly there.
Hostage deals with situations where a criminal has seized someone as a bargaining chip for something they want. Hostage situations usually either lead to lots of people being killed, or everyone getting out alive. The difference is usually related to the skill, talent, and patience of the hostage negotiator.
Hostage's protagonist is the chief of police in a small town north of Los Angeles, Jeff Talley. He had served as such a hostage negotiator during part of a truncated career with the LAPD.
Having had that experience colors your view of the world in many ways. It makes you feel responsible for the hostages, the criminals, and for those who are helping you defuse the situation. That's a lot of responsibility to have on your shoulders. Also, you get used to lengthy delays, suddenly melting down psychotics, and impetuous colleagues. The criminals will make unreasonable and dangerous demands, and you have to decide how to respond with little help. Few would fail to melt under the pressure.
At one level, Hostage can be read as a classic thriller about the ins and outs of hostage situations. Those who enjoy police procedurals and seeing crimes from many perspectives (of police, hostages, and criminals) will feel like they have a front row seat. If that's all there were to the book, I would have praised it and given it a three star rating.
However, the book also operates at other levels. One develops the theme that we are hostages to someone else, whether or not that person is a criminal. Our actions are constrained by that other person, and danger lurks if we stray from the demands of the relationship. I thought this idea was very well developed and interesting. I graded the book up one star for this quality.
Several other themes also affected and impressed me, including how one obtains redemption for the consequences of avoidable mistakes, the importance of getting the facts right before taking action, being careful who you trust, and how to decide what the right thing to do is when confronted with two evils. All of this amounted to more than an additional star.
The only reason that I did not take the book up above five stars is that the character development would have had to be stronger for Hostage to become an outstanding book, rather than an excellent one.
As much as I admire the earlier novels by Mr. Crais, I felt that this one went beyond his earlier work in entering the realm of fine, mainstream novels through the excellent way that he developed the story both from a thematic and plot perspective.
In the plot, take notice that the pieces fit together inside one another . . . almost like nesting Russian dolls. That was a particularly fine device. An especially interesting element is that you will see yourself in the role of many of the characters, trying to decide what to do. It's a great mental and emotional challenge!
Ultimately, any novel lives or dies by whether or not you care about the characters and whether you find yourself inside the story. I was gripped by the third paragraph and the hold on me just got stronger as the pages passed. At one point, I realized that I had forgotten where I was or what time it was. If you are like me, you will remember Hostage for a long time to come.
After you finish Hostage (and I hope you do read it), think about where you are your brother's keeper. What more can you do to help?
Size up the situation, check your facts, be careful who you trust, and . . . take the leap!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen HOSTAGE a riveting must-read 3. September 2001
Von "aquitainia" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I have been a Robert Crais fan since I first read THE MONKEY'S RAINCOAT many years ago. It sounds cliche, but here is an author who really does get better and better with every book he writes.
HOSTAGE is the story of an ex-hostage negotiator who needs some space and time to find himself again. No other writer working today has Crais' grasp of tension and intrigue, emotion and sensibility. He is a true master of the genre. HOSTAGE is a 5-star read that you won't be able to put down from the time you see the title page until you hit the last words. Crais is riveting, pouring suspense into every page until you think you too are part of the book, hostage to his spellbinding writing.
Crais is also the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole series, a wickedly funny, sharp and moving collection of novels starring an L.A.-based private detective. EVERYTHING he has written is worth it -- here is an author you simply MUST read. For suspense and tightly-strung storylines, there is no better author.
Thank you Robert Crais!! And publish the next one soon!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A willing Hostage... 21. August 2001
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I was, indeed, a willing HOSTAGE while reading this book. Robert Crais has once again proven his unending range and masterful talents as a writer as he steps up the suspense and the danger and lets us view the escalating events that end up with title situation.
Unable to find peace with himself, Jeff Talley seeks the next best thing--escape. But a series of events propels him back into the world of fears and nightmares that he's been so desparate to avoid.
Crais' deft style builds layers on layer, creating multi-dimensional characters: good guys, bad guysand those many characters who don't fall into neat black and white categories. Crais keeps you on the edge of your seat, captivating you with a spiral of suspense delivered in a highly visual manner without being pedantic with his descriptions.
Don't get me wrong. I love Elvis Cole as much as the next reader and want to continue my trips into his highly entertaining world of detecting. But I ferverently hope Crais continues with his stand-alone novels because they provide a different sort of entertainment.
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