TTP Review of THE SURVIVOR by Gregg Hurwitz

Nate Overbay was enjoying what could be considered a near perfect life. Although he didn’t get a tremendous amount of fulfillment from his job selling men’s suits, he was gainfully employed and, at the end of each day, he returned home to his beautiful, loving wife and cherished young daughter. Then, Nate went off to war. While there, he witnessed a horrifying, life-altering event that killed his best friend and ended Nate’s military career. He came back a changed man, carrying a tremendous burden of guilt and exhibiting severe symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. He had nightmares. He hallucinated. He became progressively more private and withdrawn and, eventually, those things cost him his marriage.

Greg Hurwitz As if he weren’t already dealing with enough, Nate Overbay is diagnosed with ALS and given less than a year to live. He knows his final days will be an entirely new level of torture and decides he’d rather not hang around to the bitter end. Chucking it all in the dumpster seems like an easier and far less painful way to go. And in the opening scene of The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz , Nate is preparing to do just that.

In case you’re wondering, that dumpster reference is literal. When the novel begins, Nate Overbay is perched on a ledge outside a bank and is ready to jump. He’s targeting a dumpster because he doesn’t want to make too much of a mess. But then, something happens that changes his plans. He hears gunshots and cries and, through the bank window, sees a robbery in progress. At least one person is already dead. Others are hurt and everyone is scared. Nate springs into action, calling on his military training and a total disregard for his own safety to thwart the bad guys. One bad guy gets away; and for Nate, that’s when things go from bad to a whole lot worse. He ends up at odds with some nasty and completely ruthless members of the Ukrainian mafia. He has to do their bidding or Nate and his family will be made to suffer.


Certain minor aspects of The Survivor were a bit of a turnoff to me. I found some of the dialogue and character interactions either a little cheesy or somewhat over the top. However, the storyline itself is fascinating and incredibly compelling. Nate isn’t just the protagonist. He’s quite likeable and very much the sympathetic character. You want things to work out well for him. But, given the nature of his disease, you know that can’t possibly happen. There’s no such thing as a happy ending for someone with ALS. But again, the story has to come out all right in the end… doesn’t it? I suppose you’ll have to read the book to find out. And you’ll be happy to know that, once you’re finished, Hurwitz has two dozen other novels ready and waiting for you.


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