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Life or Death by Michael Robotham

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For the love of all things literary, steer clear of the John Chancer's narration of the audiobook. His accents were so stereotypical they were bordering on offensive and he didn't leave any pauses at all between sections. That's pretty important, especially when the story involves a lot of time jumps. I think I would've enjoyed this one a lot more if I'd read the text, and I'll be avoiding all of Chancer's narration in the future. ( )
  mediumofballpoint | Mar 4, 2019 |
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Audie was sentenced to ten years for a Texas robbery in which four people died, including two members of his own gang. Seven million dollars have never been recovered from the robbery, and everybody believes Audie knows where the money is. The day before he is due to be released, Audie suddenly vanishes. The hunt for Audie, and the money, is on. But Audie's not running to save his own life--instead, he's trying to save someone else.

This story was told from the perspective of Audie, the escaped prisoner, Moss, a prisoner who was let out of prison and told to find Audie, Valdez, a sheriff who shot Audie during the robbery, and Desiree, a diminutive FBI agent. The story is revealed little by little from the different perspectives and come together well at the end. There was suspense and some surprises along the way that kept me interested and enjoying it throughout. ( )
  gaylebutz | Dec 25, 2018 |
When Audie Palmer escapes from prison just one day before he is released, there is one question on everyone's lips: what did he do with the $7m he stole?

I really enjoyed this latest novel by Michael Robotham - when you begin, you think it's all about the money, but as the story develops and characters' histories are revealed, you realise that there's a lot more at stake than old dollar bills.

Recommended reading - just be prepared for some late nights as you turn the pages, desperate to know what happens next. ( )
  RachelAmphlett | Jul 23, 2018 |
The plot of this book involves the strange escape from prison by a man convicted of being involved in a armor truck heist resulting in the deaths of multiple people the day before he is set to be released on parole.

This is a pleasurable summer read of escapism that for me, actually developed likable a main character that the reader wants to learn more of when it comes to his unknown motivations.

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  EricEllis | Sep 2, 2017 |
Life Or Death kicks off with a perfect poser: why would you escape from prison one day before being released? The mystery manhunt which follows maintains that level of intrigue and suspense, gradually untangling the events which pushed Audie Palmer into going over the wall when 24 hours later he would’ve been a free man.

Using flashbacks to explain Audie’s present predicament by revealing the events which led up to the failed security van heist and his incarceration, keeps the core mystery shrouded in suspense and pushes the pace along. Although the author embellishes the plot with colourful incidental characters, they’re deftly drawn in a few paragraphs so the text isn’t saturated in extended, irrelevant history. The key figures essential to the plot are all a little bit quirky, easily recognisable as genre players, but each unusual enough to capture the attention.

There's more thoughts on the plot and characters over at
https://murdermayhemandmore.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/life-or-death-modern-day-te...

At its heart, Life Or Death is an old-fashioned love story, a book about manning up and doing the right thing. In the telling, it builds a picture of small-scale crime, organised gangsters, corrupt cops and the politicians they serve – and shows how many otherwise innocent lives are twisted first in the commission of a murderous conspiracy, and then in keeping it quiet. No matter what the cost.

The author has an easy-going style; the action flips between several characters’ perspectives and different times. There’s enough detail to push the plot along but no so much that you think you wandered into a history class by mistake. There are several tense moments when you genuinely don't know how a stand-off is going to unfold; when all seems lost (but the author has a goodly number of credible tricks up his sleeve).

In short, an engaging mystery with a solid moral centre. A perfect book for the beach.
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  RowenaHoseason | Jun 22, 2016 |
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I loved the premise of this book and the suspense built up in the first chapter. ... Unfortunately, the book deteriorates rapidly after the fine beginning...Robotham piled implausibility upon implausibility...the final straw in the author's tin ear for dialogue and American speech.
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Das Leben kann erhaben und überwältigend sein - darin liegt seine ganze Tragik. Ohne Schönheit, Liebe und Gefahr wäre es beinahe leicht zu leben. Albert Camus
Sein oder Nichtsein; das ist hier die Frage.  William Shakespeare
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"Why would a man serving a long prison sentence escape the day before he's due to be released? Audie was sentenced to ten years for a Texas robbery in which four people died, including two members of his own gang. Seven million dollars have never been recovered from the robbery, and everybody believes Audie knows where the money is. For a decade Audie has been beaten, stabbed, and threatened by inmates and guards, all desperate to know the secret. The day before he is due to be released, Audie suddenly vanishes. The hunt for Audie, and the money, is on. But Audie's not running to save his own life--instead, he's trying to save someone else. In what promises to be his most popular thriller yet, Michael Robotham has created the ultimate underdog hero, an honorable criminal shrouded in mystery and ready to lead readers on a remarkable chase. "--… (more)

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