First Thrills: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lee Child
Narrator: Multivoice
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Thriller
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Published In: June 2010
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 11 minutes
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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Lee Child and International Thriller Writers, Inc., present a collection of remarkable stories in First Thrills. Showcasing many of the organization's bestselling authors as well as rising stars in the genre, here are twenty-five brand-new, never-before-published stories packed with murder, mystery, and mayhem. • A cunning criminal thinks he can use a child to take the rap for his crimes. • A hospital intern turned body snatcher • A priest who comes face-to-face with his wife's murderer on death row • A Confederate soldier comes home to his love, but changed by more than just the war . . . he comes back wrong. • The discovery of a flying saucer in the ocean depths brings one man to the brink of a massive revelation. • A dying man's last request proves to his ex-wife that he's still rotten to the core. • A clandestine operative finds himself caught in a wicked game of confusion . . . but who is calling the shots? No matter what type of thriller you listen to, you'll find something here that will entertain you . . . and perhaps a new writer you'll cherish for years to come.

Reviews (1)

Written by Dana Curtis on March 12th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Lee Child is my favorite author by far. Sometimes I read and then listen to the same book. I read so fast that I seem to miss details that I hear instead. Lee Child never lets me down. His vocabulary is rich and I feel as though I know Jack Reacher. I know he is not Tom Cruise. That was terrible casting in the movie. Blonde hair, blue eyes, six four and 220 lbs. not Tom Cruise.

Author Details

Author Details

Child, Lee

Lee Child was born in the exact geographic center of England, in the heart of the industrial badlands. Never saw a tree until he was twelve. It was the sort of place where if you fell in the river, you had to go to the hospital for a mandatory stomach pump. The sort of place where minor disputes were settled with box cutters and bicycle chains. He's got the scars to prove it.

But he survived, got an education, and went to law school, but only because he didn't want to be a lawyer. Without the pressure of aiming for a job in the field, he figured it would be a relaxing subject to study. He spent most of the time in the university theater - to the extent that he had to repeat several courses, because he failed the exams - and then went to work for Granada Television in Manchester, England. Back then, Granada was a world-famous production company, known for shows like Brideshead Revisited, Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect and Cracker. Lee worked on the broadcast side of the company, so his involvement with the good stuff was limited. But he remembers waiting in the canteen line with people like Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Natalie Wood and Michael Apted. And he says that being involved with more than 40,000 hours of the company's program output over an eighteen-year stay taught him a thing or two about telling a story. He also wrote thousands of links, trailers, commercials and news stories, most of them on deadlines that ranged from fifteen minutes to fifteen seconds. So the thought of a novel-a-year didn't worry him too much, in his next career.

But why a next career? He was fired, back in 1995, that's why. It was the usual Nineties downsizing thing. After eighteen years, he was an expensive veteran, and he was also the union organizer, and neither thing fit the company's plan for the future. And because of the union involvement, he wasn't on too many alternative employers' wish lists, either. So he became a writer, because he couldn't think of anything else to do. He had an idea for a character who had suffered the same downsizing experience but who was taking it completely in his stride. And he figured if he brought the same total commitment to his audience that he'd seen his television peers develop, he could get something going. He named the character Jack Reacher and wrote Killing Floor as fast as he could. He needed to sell it before his severance check ran out. He made it with seven weeks to spare, and luckily the book was an instant hit, selling strongly all around the world, and winning both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. It led to contracts for at least nine more Reacher books.

Lee moved from the UK to the US in the summer of 1998. He lives in New York and France with his American wife, Jane. They have a grown-up daughter, Ruth. Lee likes to travel, for vacations, but especially on promotion tours so he can meet his readers, to whom he is eternally grateful. His latest thriller, Nothing to Lose was published in 2008.

Berry, Steve

Steve Berry is "The New York Times" bestselling author of "The Templar Legacy," "The Third Secret," "The Romanov Prophecy," and "The Amber Room," His books have been translated into thirty-five languages and sold in thirty-four countries. A lawyer who has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Russia, he lives on the Georgia coast. He is currently at work on his next novel. Visit his website at www.steveberry.org.