Let me state at the outset that THE SURVIVOR is by far Gregg Hurwitz’s best novel to date. There will be multiple fistfights over the film rights, and deservedly so, because this book has it all: pathos, humor, romance, character, and, oh yeah, a bit of violence as well. It’s a story of coming of age, redemption, bravery and valor, incredibly well-written, and fully and sharply developed.
Some books have endings that make you sad. I was sad because THE SURVIVOR ended; I wanted it to go on forever. Nothing does, though, as is made clear from almost the very beginning of the novel, which introduces us to a man who is about to commit suicide. Nate Overbay, a combat veteran, is standing on a ledge and about to jump. We don’t immediately learn why; what we do find out is that Nate seems to be a pretty nice guy. He even takes the t