The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz

The Survivor Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

Nate Overbay was on the eleventh-floor ledge of a building that also had a bank located on the same floor. Nate was there to commit suicide, not be a hero but as it turned out, he was a hero when he heard shots ring out in the bank and he heard stern voices telling all those in the bank to lie down on their faces. Nate turned to look into the bank when he heard what was going on and he saw people wearing ski masks pointing guns at others. He looked down and saw one of the bank tellers bleeding. He reached down to take her hand but he was in no position to help just stretching down through a window. The ski mask robbers had already shot quite a few and even they were getting scared at how many they would end up killing. They proceeded using a saw cutting into the areas they wanted to get to. Nate eventually squeezed through the window and grabbed a Beretta gun that he had spied on a cabinet, apparently left there by one of the robbers. Nate started shooting and hitting the robbers and somehow their shots missed or just grazed him. One of the robbers was left and told Nate that he would pay for what he did in stopping that robbery—some day, somehow, he would pay.

If you think this part was exciting, think again. This entire book keeps the reader on edge not knowing what was next. What was next was Nate being treated in the emergency room for his wounds he received in the bank and the nurse recognized his conditions by his actions and medications that he had Lou Gehrig’s disease and didn’t have much time left. Then we go back to when Nate met his wife, Janie. Then a tour of duty with the military where he and his brother, Charles, were together. Charles gets killed but even though he was dead he somehow appears at inopportune times in front of Nate but only Nate can see and hear him as Charles gives him advice. Nate was so sad and heartbroken when Charles was killed. Upon his arrival home, his wife, Janie and their young daughter, Cielle, presented Nate with a dog named Casper telling Nate he would grow very big. Nate wanted to be the one that went to the home of the family of returning dead soldiers. He started doing this but when he got to the home of Charles, he couldn’t do it. This notification job he discovered he couldn’t do.

All the while Nate was deteriorating. He knew what to expect and those indications were there and they caused him to lose senses sometimes. Now Janie wanted a divorce. Upon Nate’s visit he met Pete, the new boyfriend that Janie lived with. Nate was furious because he didn’t want Janie living with another man. The FBI and the police had Nate work with them to learn more about the bank robbery. Nate was approached by some men he didn’t know but he found out what they were when the threats were thrown at him. They wanted him to get back into the bank and recover what they originally had wanted, no matter how he would do it, he was told to get the information or be killed. This started a long time of insecurity for Nate. He had no family now so what did he have to live for? But the threats against his wife and child made him sit up and take notice of what he had to try to do. Nate was one of the ones that had to notify local civilian families when one of their members died or was killed. It was hard for him to do this. But through this job he found some ways to wiggle information as to what he had to get from the bank.

Nate’s daughter, Cielle, had a boyfriend, Pete that Nate did not like but he did help in certain situations as the family sometimes reunited and had to travel to avoid certain bad guys. There is so much to this story that you have to read it to enjoy the many twists and turns that Gregg Hurwitz has supplied for our enjoyment. We watch as Nate’s health takes downward turns with an occasional upturn. The descriptive words that tell this story are beyond my explanation—they are too good. Enjoy the book from cover to cover.

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