15 Seconds: A Novel

15 Seconds: A Novel

by Andrew Gross

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ISBN-13: 9780061655975
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Andrew Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers Reckless, The Blue Zone, Don't Look Twice, and The Dark Tide, which was nominated for the Best Thriller of the Year award by the International Thriller Writers. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Lynn.

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15 Seconds: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
sheltylady More than 1 year ago
This is a book by Andrew Gross who often writes with James Patterson! I did enjoy this book very much --- so did my husband! What a mystery! Kept me guessing until the end of the book! We both read the book within 3 days! Would read a book by Andrew Gross again!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you arrived in town heading for your hotel and you got lost? What if you wound up at a busy intersection facing a one way street and you would be going in the wrong direction if you went through it? What if you decided instead of taking the wrong way onto a dead end street and turned left instead on a red light and suddenly found yourself with flashing red and blue lights in your rear view mirror of your rental vehicle? What if the police officer pulled you over and instead of simply listening to your story, wrote you a ticket not only for running a red light, driving without insurance and driving the wrong way on a one way street? What would you do? I think you'd probably wonder just where the hidden cameras were or if you were having a bad dream and kept wondering when you were going to wake up right? What if it only got worse, that instead of merely accepting the ticket, you decided to argue with the cop because you didn't really do any of those things except maybe the red light issue. So now Officer Martinez asks you to get out of the car and tells you that you're under arrest for obstructing an officer from doing his job and now the entire police force shows up. After a few minutes, they decide that perhaps they have been a bit too harsh with you and offer to give you just the red light ticket after all and all the police buddies leave. Whew, right? You'd be glad to sign that one and get on your merry way, but then a car pulls up and shoots the police officer point blank and leaves him dead. Now what would you do? You know all those local police boys know that the only person Officer Martinez was with was you and you were a bit upset by all this. Would you call 911 or would you flee? Well now you are in the shoes of Dr. Henry Steadman, a local plastic surgeon who decided to do both and is now on the run from the cops and his life will only grow more interesting in the latest novel by Andrew Gross, 15 Seconds!!! This is a heart-stopping, edge of your seat thrill ride from the very first page and one that you won't be able to put down until you finish your final page. I received 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross compliments of TLC Book Tours and William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I have to say I inhaled this one. I was turning pages as fast as I could read to see what could possibly happen to Dr. Steadman and how was he going to deal with being framed after killing a local police officer. Now the man hunt is on and what you and Dr. Steadman will want to know is who it is and why is this all happening? A truly exciting suspense filled book at weighs in at a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. There is some profanity in the book in regards to a couple of the characters in the book that he encounters but overall a great novel!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sadly Andrew Gross has fallen short in this book. He has moved away from his promising series for the past two books, and the last one was decent. The plot is thin and unbelieable (more like James Patterson and his book mill) in this day and age where police cars are equipted with audio and video most of the basic plot would not have happened. Too bad it took more than 15 Seconds to read I want my time back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another one of Andrew Gross's fast paced, thrilling books. I could not put it down and finished it in two days. I highly recommend this book.
SCass More than 1 year ago
Great Book - 5 stars for Andrew Gross I couldn't put it down. I loved this book and can't understand the low ratings. The story was creative and the suspense never let up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise is promising but the story and the characters fall extremely short. The main character is neither likable nor believable. The dialogue is weak and silly. I wanted to like this book but was sorely disappointed. I would like my money back on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with this book. Not one of his better books
KenCady More than 1 year ago
When Andrew Gross writes for himself, and not James Patterson, I think he has done some stellar work. Don't Look Twice was a five star novel. So I am extremely disappointed that 15 Seconds looks more like a James Patterson novel, and by that I mean, a very light read with a rather silly premise. When you see multiple exclamation points, and then sentences in italics with exclamation points, you know that the author is trying to hype things up. 15 Seconds is such a ludicrous story, tugging at heart strings to make you think there is something there to care about. I can only hope that the author wakes up and gives his readers what they expect from him. Try harder next time, Andrew!
pagese More than 1 year ago
I thought it was interesting that when I featured this book in my mailbox post, nobody knew who Andrea Gross was. Now, I understand that I'm primarily a young adult reviewer so my audience is likely not familiar with the genre that Andrew Gross writes. But, this use to be my everyday reading until I branched out. I'm very familiar with Andrew Gross although I've not read anything he's written on his own. I wanted to see how his work stands without the name James Patterson attached to it. I was impressed with how fast this book opened up. Our lead character, Dr. Steadman, seems like a stand up guy. He's trying hard to stay active in his daughter's life. He does charity work (Doctors without Borders seems like an awesome program!). But, when things progress from bad to worse, I began to wonder if there was something hidden in his past that would make somebody want to completely dismantle his life. Nothing he did seemed to help the situation, yet I couldn't see how anything else he did would make it better in anyway. The culprit behind the entire setup was an interesting twist to the story. I felt for the guy at first. He went straight up the line and managed to gather a lot more information than even the police can do it seems. I think the problem in the end was, he couldn't directly pin his problems on Dr. Steadman. He just happened to be the first person he latched on to. I think from this point on, he reached a new dimension of delusional. It no longer was about revenge and what he thought was justice. It was about destruction and righting the wrong he thought he had been dealt in life. I was pleased to see there really were no skeletons in Dr. Steadman's closet. The book is not as fast paced as I would have thought. For a title of 15 seconds, I thought it would proceed forward at breakneck speed. I think the title was more in reference to the car accident at the beginning and how this in turn effected the rest of the story. Still, an impressive read for Mr. Gross. I'm pleased to see an author step up from underneath James Patterson.
read2muchNH More than 1 year ago
Truly suspenseful......be prepared to read to stay up all night just to finish it! Andrew Gross has now become one of my favorite writers - his twists and turns will keep you wondering and en-"Gross"-ed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was interesting, I do like mystery books. Some parts were sort of unbelievable. I would try another book of his.
cy-12_34 More than 1 year ago
A dynamite book. I couldn't put it down. Very fast-paced with good characters. I read it in 2 days, and I usually take more time with a book. I loved it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish I could have read in one sitting! It was riveting and it could be a situation that could easily happen every day in real life!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very bad, all I could do was laugh at the ridiculous way Henry acted, always ready to cry, which was written about 12 times in the book. Gross should pay more attention to the details he writes, when you are on the run in the end of the book, he tells us Henry has sixty dollars left, he goes into a men's haberdashery, and buys a sports jacket and dress shirt, off the rack. In the end of the book he still has forty dollars left, amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book grabs you from beginning to end. Characters are well thought out and the ending will catch you off guard. I didn't see it coming and was truly surprised. A little gorey in parts but that adds to the storyline and the mindset of one of the characters. If you're into suspense this is the book for you.
Twink on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Andrew Gross's latest book - 15 Seconds - is exactly the kind of story that draws me in from the first page. Everyday guy lands in a situation that is far from ordinary - with no idea what is going on. And that's what happens to Dr. Henry Steadman. While on his way to speak at a medical convention, he's pulled over by a local cop for a minor traffic infraction. Things escalate quickly and crazily and Steadman finds himself handcuffed in the back of the cruiser with many other cops now in attendance. Their line of questioning has him seriously frightened. Then just as suddenly, he's released and the extra patrol cars leave. Steadman is back in his own car, ready to leave as well, when a blue car pulls up to the local cop's car and shoots him point blank and races away. And just like that, Henry is a murder suspect. Things go from bad to worse when another body with connections to Henry is found. What is happening? Who could be doing this to him? Why are they framing him? Henry realizes he can't go to the cops, so he must find the perpetrator himself. I was initially sucked into the story quickly. As I said I find these kinds of stories irresistible. However, I found both the 'bad guy' and Henry somewhat tedious about halfway through. Their dialogue and actions become repetitive and the story lost its edge for me. Gross has co written five books with James Patterson and the same formula seems to have been used in 15 Seconds. Short sentences and short chapters with cliff hangers. Again, some of the sentiment, thoughts and angst of the characters is repeated - albeit with different phrasing - but the same idea. It became tiresome. I think I noticed it more because I chose to listen this book in audio format. The reader was Christian Hoff, who has a great, expressive voice for audio books. He has a good, clear speaking voice and easily used his voice to capture the tension and pace of this thriller. But again, it was just a bit too much - the breathiness and angst became repetitive and overly dramatic. But, as he's only reading what has been written, I'd have to say Hoff did a great job. Fans of James Patterson will love this book. For me, it wasn't great, but was a good accompaniment for a few long walks
ReviewsFromTheHeart on LibraryThing 8 months ago
What would you do if you arrived in town heading for your hotel and you got lost? What if you wound up at a busy intersection facing a one way street and you would be going in the wrong direction if you went through it? What if you decided instead of taking the wrong way onto a dead end street and turned left instead on a red light and suddenly found yourself with flashing red and blue lights in your rear view mirror of your rental vehicle? What if the police officer pulled you over and instead of simply listening to your story, wrote you a ticket not only for running a red light, driving without insurance and driving the wrong way on a one way street? What would you do?I think you'd probably wonder just where the hidden cameras were or if you were having a bad dream and kept wondering when you were going to wake up right?What if it only got worse, that instead of merely accepting the ticket, you decided to argue with the cop because you didn't really do any of those things except maybe the red light issue. So now Officer Martinez asks you to get out of the car and tells you that you're under arrest for obstructing an officer from doing his job and now the entire police force shows up. After a few minutes, they decide that perhaps they have been a bit too harsh with you and offer to give you just the red light ticket after all and all the police buddies leave. Whew, right? You'd be glad to sign that one and get on your merry way, but then a car pulls up and shoots the police officer point blank and leaves him dead. Now what would you do? You know all those local police boys know that the only person Officer Martinez was with was you and you were a bit upset by all this. Would you call 911 or would you flee?Well now you are in the shoes of Dr. Henry Steadman, a local plastic surgeon who decided to do both and is now on the run from the cops and his life will only grow more interesting in the latest novel by Andrew Gross, 15 Seconds!!! This is a heart-stopping, edge of your seat thrill ride from the very first page and one that you won't be able to put down until you finish your final page.I received 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross compliments of TLC Book Tours and William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I have to say I inhaled this one. I was turning pages as fast as I could read to see what could possibly happen to Dr. Steadman and how was he going to deal with being framed after killing a local police officer. Now the man hunt is on and what you and Dr. Steadman will want to know is who it is and why is this all happening? A truly exciting suspense filled book at weighs in at a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. There is some profanity in the book in regards to a couple of the characters in the book that he encounters but overall a great novel!!!
dpappas on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The main mystery behind this book wasn't too hard to figure out. I mean the author basically spells it out for you way before the actual reveal. With that being said I have to say that the book was still interesting enough to hold my attention throughout. I felt the characters were believeable and that there was plenty of great action. My favorite part of the book was definitely the action towards the end. Overall this was a good book and I would recommend it to others.
iddrazin on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is an interesting, indeed gripping, suspenseful, and dramatic story with essentially three fascinating plots. Henry Steadman is a very successful plastic surgeon; he is kind hearted, popular, respected, and has even donated much of his time in Nicaragua helping restore faces of impoverished people. He realizes that in just 15 seconds a person¿s life can be changed and improved. He feels that today is such a day. But then he is pulled over by an over-enthusiastic and aggressive police officer and becomes a suspect in a series of murders. Carrie Holmes¿s life seems serene until the day her son has a seizure and her husband, an ex-Army hero, dies from a stroke. She works as a community coordinator for the police department, but returns from grieving to become involved with a murder suspect against explicit instructions by her superiors. Vance Hofer is an ex-police officer with a wild daughter. Under the influence of drugs, she drive erratically, kills a mother and child, and is jailed. Hofer is unable to help her, but he is determined to get revenge against the people that sold her the drugs. Gross presents each plot clearly; we are able to see each character as well as the minor characters, such as the children of Steadman, Holmes, and Hofer, and each person who is killed. He develops his plots superbly, leaving us wondering if the three plots will intertwine and, if so, how and why. Most significantly, we are held in suspense questioning why Steadman, a good and innocent man, finds himself entwined in the kafka-ish nightmare of violence. Andrew Gross is the author of nine crime novels, all of which I read and enjoyed. He wrote five of them with James Patterson, whose collaborative writings are of mixed quality, but all of those written with Gross are excellent. I think that readers will enjoy this easy to read new novel.
jsharpmd on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Henry Steadman is a wealthy plastic surgeon in Florida who is on his way to meet a friend of many years to play golf in a very member only club that he considers himself very fortunate to have been invited. Following the golf day he is to present his experience at a medical conference. As he is stopped by the local police on the way to see his friend everything goes awry. In only seconds he goes from a successful physician to be hunted as a murderer of a policeman. To make matters worse his daughter Hallie is kidnapped. And he has to deal with his ex-wife who is a lawyer. Fortunately he finds a "friend" in the police department that aids him in his troubles.This was an exciting story with a great ending. I would recommend the book, Andrew Gross is an excellent author. I have enjoyed other books by him.
mmeckenstock on LibraryThing 8 months ago
To Deborah Jean, her mother¿s words of caution were unnecessary. After all, ¿What can happen in fifteen seconds?¿ 15 seconds. 15 fateful seconds is all it took to wreak havoc and utterly destroy lives. To nineteen year old Amanda, life was anything but easy, and is quickly spiraling downhill out of control. Her wretched dad always yelling, threatening; her uptight boss, asinine instructor, and two-timing boyfriend. And now, to top it all, she was going to be late to class again. Thank goodness she had her pills to help her cope. Traffic. A one-way street. 15 seconds. Lives forever altered.Vance Hofer died a little inside as Amanda, his ¿little girl,¿ cried for him to rescue her from a twenty year prison sentence. ¿How you gonna help me, Daddy?¿ Wanting to help, yet accepting that justice must prevail, he could never have anticipated the crushing blow of her answer as he questioned who stole his daughter, his ¿little girl.¿ ¿You done it, Daddy¿It was you.¿ In contrast, Dr. Henry Steadman had it all. A thriving medical practice, a comfortable living, a daughter he was proud of, the great respect of his colleagues, some golf with his friend, Mike Dinofrio, and one former Miss Jacksonville waiting for him at the Marriott. This was shaping up to qualify as one of the ten days of greatness allotted to one¿s life. Traffic. A one-way street. Lives forever altered.Henry¿s wrong turn in an unfamiliar city brought Officer Martinez down on his case in a flash. It did little good to plead forgiveness with Martinez, who was obviously enamored with the power ascribed to his uniform. The charges piled up as Henry found himself squashed in the back seat of the police car, cuffed and under arrest, while numerous reinforcements arrived at the scene. But when the rest of the force had left, Martinez was suddenly struck dead by bullets from a blue sedan. Sure to be accused, Henry sought refuge at Mikes¿ doorstep.Carrie¿s return to the department¿s community outreach division four months after the devastating loss of her husband was not an easy one. No time for easing back into routine, though. Fellow officer Martinez had just been killed, as well as CEO Mike Dinofrio, and she was manning the phone. Little did she realize, she would become the suspect¿s lifeline, and her life would again be forever altered. Henry¿s predicament worsens by the minute, but nothing could prepare him for the sudden announcement that his daughter, Hallie, had been kidnapped. It would be at her peril if he attempted to explain the events that had been carefully orchestrated to implicate him. Andrew Gross skillfully builds suspense throughout the entire story, keeping the reader riveted on the edge of their seats. I found the web of events to be somewhat confusing at first, but so spellbinding that I had to follow Henry as he relentlessly sought to rescue his daughter. 15 Seconds is a fabulous suspense! You couldn¿t have pried it from me until I had read the last word.I received this advance copy as a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway, in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a good writer, however his plot is highly improbable. Did not do any research into modern police investigations or just adjusted the process to suit his plot. Did have a lot of action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to speed through passages. Author kept repeating everything going on like the reader wasnt smart enough to get it the first time. Very predictable ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
extremely quick read. fast paced. did not want to put down!