Out of Range [NOOK Book]


Hank Steinberg, the acclaimed creator, writer, and producer of the award-winning hit television series Without a Trace, makes his literary debut with this taut, driving thriller about a husband searching for his missing wife, a hunt that will lead him straight into a deadly world of spies, lies, and obsession.

Six years ago in Uzbekistan, journalist Charlie Davis was wounded when government forces fired on a group of protesters he was covering ...

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Hank Steinberg, the acclaimed creator, writer, and producer of the award-winning hit television series Without a Trace, makes his literary debut with this taut, driving thriller about a husband searching for his missing wife, a hunt that will lead him straight into a deadly world of spies, lies, and obsession.

Six years ago in Uzbekistan, journalist Charlie Davis was wounded when government forces fired on a group of protesters he was covering on assignment. He and his pregnant wife, Julie, barely escaped with their lives.

Now Charlie and Julie have traded globetrotting adventure for suburban comfort. But Charlie, a political reporter for the Los Angeles Times, cannot entirely forget that brush with death and sometimes imagines that their good fortune can't last forever. . . . Then, on a trip home from Disneyland with their two young children, Julie vanishes. As Charlie soon discovers, her disappearance isn't a random kidnapping. The further he digs for information, the more it seems possible that Julie isn't the person he thought she was. She's been holding secrets from her past—and those poisonous secrets have come back to terrorize them all.

Masterfully combining the domestic suspense of Harlan Coben with the international intrigue of Robert Ludlum, Hank Steinberg has crafted a scintillating tale of betrayal and revenge, mystery and marriage—a complex puzzle full of twisting misdirection that will enthrall until its final, electrifying pages.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
An intriguing idea gets lost in tepid writing and melodrama in this first novel from one of the creators of the hit TV show Without a Trace. Six years after being shot while covering a political uprising in Uzbekistan, journalist Charlie Davis has established a stable life in California with his wife, Judy, and their two children. Charlie believes he has left Uzbekistan behind until his wife is kidnapped, and all signs quickly point to events that transpired during the couple's time in that country. Charlie is soon drawn into the fray, first in figuring out what happened to Judy, then in trying to rescue her. VERDICT Drawing on an excellent premise, the book gets off to a rousing start that, unfortunately, descends into the unbelievable. Readers will have to suspend disbelief as they watch a mild-mannered journalist somehow transform into an action hero as the book works toward its inevitable conclusion. This title will appeal to readers who enjoy popcorn thrillers that aren't going to challenge them much, but Steinberg's debut could have been so much better. [See Prepub Alert, 12/14/14.]—Craig L. Shufelt, Fort Erie P.L., Ont.
The Hollywood Reporter
“Gripping from the start . . . this action-thriller shines in its action scenes.”
“A moving and suspenseful first novel. . . . Tense and intriguing to the last page, this domestic thriller promises a bright future in crime fiction for Steinberg. Recommend this to fans of Harlan Coben and Lisa Unger.”
Kathy Reichs
“Hank Steinberg’s Out of Range blasts out of the gate and never stops galloping.”
Andrew Gross
“With the speed of an ICBM and a plot straight out of ‘Homeland’, Out of Range is for those who like their terror stakes on red alert and their action set to high.”
Harlan Coben
“Hope, desire, heartbreak, global intrigue, swift plotting and characters you’ll love—Hank Steinberg’s stunning debut has it all.”
Douglas Preston
Out of Range is an explosive international thriller, gritty and real, with vivid characters, dramatic international settings, and a sense of menace that grows almost unbearable. I absolutely loved it.”
Chuck Hogan
“The mysteries of marriage collide with the page-turning suspense of a breakneck thriller in one of the most combustible reads of the year.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062080547
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 207,275
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Hank Steinberg was the creator, executive producer, and show-runner of the award-winning hit TV series Without a Trace, and screenwriter of the acclaimed HBO film 61*. He has been nominated for an Emmy Award and a Writers Guild of America Award for screenwriting as well as a Humanitas Award. He is currently at work on the screenplay for Out of Range for Paramount Pictures and writing and producing the TNT series The Last Ship. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    Charlie Davis is a man who has settled. Six years ago, he was li

    Charlie Davis is a man who has settled. Six years ago, he was living a life of excitement and purpose. As a journalist, he was based out of Uzbekistan, chronicling the people's turmoil from government oppression. While there, he met the love of his wife, Julie. A native of London, Julie worked in Uzbekistan, helping citizens and trying, like Charlie, to raise awareness of their situation. This life of excitement peaked one day during a protest demonstration.
    A very pregnant Julie attended the demonstration with Charlie and her old friend and romantic flame, Alisher Byko and his wife and son. In the heat of the demonstration, a passionate Byko stood on the statue of the Uzbekistan leader and begin to speak in resistance. In that same instant, the government's police arrived and began shooting at the protesters. Charlie climbed a tower to get a better vantage point for photographing the horrific scene. From this higher view, Charlie witnessed Byko's wife an child being murdered. He felt a shot of pain in his back and soon realized that he too had been shot.
    Fortunately, those days are behind them now. Charlie accepted a position at the LA Times and Julie stays home, raising their two children. Everything seems to be normal. But as is often the case, especially if you're reading a thriller, turmoil rests just below the surface.
    Julie has recently returned from a trip to New York to visit her sister. To celebrate, she decides to take the family for a day of fun at Disneyland. In a rather terse exchange, Charlie states that he has to go into work, so Julie ends up taking the kids by herself. In this moment, we are first given a glimpse into a bit of tension in their marriage. At the LA Times office, Charlie is informed by his boss that he will have to  start traveling for overseas reports, as a means to justify him keeping his job. Charlie is fearful of the change, especially after his experience six years ago, but agrees to discuss it with Julie.
    But he never gets that chance. On their return trip from the happiest place on earth, Julie and the kids get stuck in typical LA traffic. She is on the phone with Charlie, discussing alternate routes, and agrees to call him as soon as she escapes the largest part of the traffic. But the call doesn't come. Fearful for her safety, Charlie races to the area he sent her to. There, he finds police  surrounding her car. The kids are both safe, but Julie is nowhere to be found.
    Distraught, Charlie quickly learns that Julie never visited her sister in New York. Instead, she flew to London. What drew her to her old home country? Even more troubling, what caused her to lie to him? The police are convinced that Julie was having an affair. They suspect that Charlie found out about the affair, and, enraged, murdered his wife. Determined to find his wife and clear his name, Charlie sets out on an international investigation that forces him to relive the darkest parts of his past to guarantee a safe future.
    This is the debut novel of author Hank Steinberg, the mastermind behind the hit television series Without a Trace. Steinberg brings that television sensibility to his writing by keeping a quick pace and suspenseful plotting. His characters all seem genuine, and I immediately felt for Charlie as a kind of average guy just trying to ensure the future of his family. The opening two thirds, in particular, are a really stellar example of what a thriller should do. We are given just enough history on the characters to be interested in their actions, and the narrative moves just fast enough to keep us wanting to continue. Unfortunately, the last third of the novel takes a turn into the ridiculously unbelievable. In the moment of what could have been a shocking reveal, we are instead treated to a twist that betrays the fantastic writing that precedes it. This does not, however, stop the action and entertainment factor. Steinberg's television experience ensures a good ride throughout the entire novel. I only wish that the ride wasn't interrupted by a momentary bump of disappointment.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

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    Journalist Charlie Davis met his wife while posted in Uzbekistan

    Journalist Charlie Davis met his wife while posted in Uzbekistan.  After nearly being killed during government crack down of a demonstration there they head back to the states.  When his wife disappears 6 years later he is the number one suspect.   Rescuing her and proving his innocence will take him back to Uzbekistan and secrets.
    International terrorism thriller.  High speed thrills chills and excitement. Plot twists and turns politics and terrorists this reads like a Tom Cruise movie.  
    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

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    This debut novel by Hank Steinberg is billed as an action-packe

    This debut novel by Hank Steinberg is billed as an action-packed thriller, and it certainly lives up to that billing.

    The tale opens with a scenario somewhat reminiscent, initially, of the tragic story of Danny Pearl, who drove with a local into forbidding territory in the middle of a war zone in search of a story that promised to await at the other end. The novel’s protagonist, 38-year-old American Charlie Davis, who’d been a foreign correspondent for ten years and in Uzbekistan for nearly two, is fluent in Russian, but also able to speak the Uzbek language. He interviews a woman whose young son, a university student, had been arrested and cruelly tortured and killed. Charlie’s resulting story and the portrait revealed of that country’s current government gains widespread notice. Not long afterwards, there is a protest in the heart of the provincial capital of Andijan, which draws over 10,000 people, but which evolves into a massacre. Charlie and his very pregnant British wife, Julie, are among the survivors, but do not escape unscathed: Charlie is shot in the back; Julie, meanwhile, goes into premature labor. They barely escape with their lives, and leave the country with their infant son very shortly afterwards.

    The story picks up six years later. Charlie is now a political journalist for the LA Times, where he is being pressured by his boss to again take up foreign assignments. He and Julie now have two children, their six-year-old son and a three-year-old girl. Julie, who in the past had run several aid projects for an international charity based in London, later an emissary of an NGO called World Vision, is chafing at the life of a suburban mom in Southern California. Then, when she and the children are en route back from Disneyland, something happens that turns their lives upside down and is the beginning of a nightmare from which there is seemingly no escape. Gradually Charlie becomes aware that Julie had hidden many things from him in the last year, during which there has been much friction between him and Julie, and there have been many lies. The rest of the story, beyond the obvious one which threatens their marriage, is one of international terrorism which threatens the lives of many, and which the author creates in a suspense-filled plot which left this reader frequently breathless. Ultimately the American “alphabet” agencies and their international counterparts become involved and the parameters become much wider.

    The author is perhaps best known as a television writer, having created the series “Without a Trace,” among other things. I am certain that this novel is only the portent of more wonderful fiction to come. Recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    This is an action packed thrill ride from the very first page.  

    This is an action packed thrill ride from the very first page.   It begins with journalist Charlie Davis and his wife Julie on assignment in Uzbekistan.  They narrowly escape and Charlie vows to live a safe suburban life in the U.S. with his family.  Years, and two children later, their world is torn apart when Julie goes missing and Charlie discovers a world of secrets that his wife has kept from him.  Charlie goes on a mission to save his wife at all costs. If you enjoy books by greats such as Harlan Coben, Lee Child, and Joseph Finder then you will love this book.

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