Beat the Reaper

Beat the Reaper

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder. Because that patient knows Peter from his other life, when he had a different name and a very different job. The only reason he's a doctor now is thanks to the Witness Protection Program-and even they can't protect him from the long reach of the New Jersey mob. Now he's got to do whatever it takes to keep his patient alive so he can buy some time...and beat the reaper. BEAT THE REAPER is not just the only novel that will be compared to Quentin Tarantino's films, Grey's Anatomy, and Chuck Palahniuk-it's also the most original and entertaining debut thriller you'll read this year.
Published: [United States] : Hachette Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2009.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781600244339
1600244335
Branch Call Number: HOOPLA DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (420 min.)) :,digital.
Additional Contributors: Petkoff, Robert

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JudithE
Jan 28, 2017

At first I really liked this book. However, I ended up by finding it too violent, and found it very hard to finish.

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pianogurl87
Oct 14, 2015

I really enjoyed this. I didn't know what I wanted to check out before finding this one. I decided to give it a try not knowing what to expect and I'm glad I did. It was perfect! Maybe it was the way it was presented by the reader but I think I was hooked because of the novel itself. I look forward to either listening to or reading his next book Wild Thing.

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phuzz
Jan 17, 2013

Loved it .... smart and funny.....listened to this travelling across Canada 2 years ago. Now listening to his latest... Wild Thing

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danielestes
Mar 16, 2012

The writing is smart, fast and super-charged with raw emotion! And that even feels like I'm understating. I listened to this book on audio CD and was hooked from the first paragraph - just hearing the story delivered by reader Robert Petkoff was an experience in itself. Protagonist Dr. Peter Brown is a supremely confident ex-mobster whose smooth handling of tense situations is a trait we all wish we had, but he's got a past that comes with a price. It's non-stop from the get-go as he labors to keep his patients and himself alive, AKA beat the reaper.

There's a movie version with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to it slated for a 2012 release. I'm very much looking forward to that as well as reading Josh Bazell's next work.

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nitetraino
Mar 03, 2009

A very interesting and disturbing novel that's excessive on violence, especially toward some good and undeserving characters. 7 of 10 stars that would have rated higher with fewer innocents killed.

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