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The Never Game

Colter Shaw Thriller, Book 1
Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
Series: A Colter Shaw Novel, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (125 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

No.1 international best seller Jeffery Deaver returns with a stunning new thriller – the first in an exciting series featuring enigmatic investigator Colter Shaw. 

Escape or die trying....  

Three people are kidnapped across California.  

Sophie is locked inside a derelict warehouse.

Henry is abandoned in remote woodland.

Elizabeth is trapped inside a sinking ship.  

They are alive, but don’t have much time to live....  

Only one man can save them: unique investigator Colter Shaw. He’s an expert tracker with a forensic mind, but this will be a test even for him.  

Because this killer isn’t following the rules; he’s changing them. One murder at a time....

©2019 Jeffery Deaver (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Terrific writing, vivid and raw, Deaver grips from the very first line and never lets up. He is, hands-down, one of the finest thriller writers of our time." (Peter James)

"No one in the world does this kind of thing better than Deaver." (Lee Child)

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The Never Game

excellent book can't wait for the next installment as ever Jeffrey Deaver is the master

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Not my favourite but still worth the listen

not my favourite of this authors books but still worth a listen if your a Deaver fan. Little slower in places that I like but the narration I felt suited the story.

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The new Jack Reacher?

A compelling and enthralling story. The twist was a little hard to grab, but the character created I think, will be one to follow. Looking forward to the next Colter Shaw story!

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I didn't want to finish it but I did anyway.

Not my type of story. I wanted to like it but it just put me to sleep

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Great new series

I really enjoyed the first book in this new Jeffrey Deaver series. Looking forward to the next..

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Reminiscent of the style of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels, with a relatable hero battling a deep mystery and trying to catch the bad guys. A deeper story arc underlying it all that will presumably carry over into sequels. Great story, well told. I will be looking for more books by this author.

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I Got Bored

My first Deaver book and there won't be any more. I reached about halfway in the book but thought life is too short for bad books, so I'm moving on to something else. The subject matter of the book should be interesting but it wasn't.

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Cracking

Struggled to get into the book over the first few chapters as it jumped around, but once things settled down just could not put the book down. Now looking for the next book by Jeffery Deaver.

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Kept me guessing

Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Good pace with twists and turns while remaining highly credible. Look forward to the next book in this series

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Edgy & entertaining

Outdoor adrenalin junky come wholeness survivor expert tracker meets the online gamer world. Expect the unexpected.

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  • 26-10-2020

Disappointing and Confusing Story

I am a fan of Deaver's books featuring Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance, but Never Game was a big disappointment. I was looking forward to a new character, but Shaw is a an odd duck with an strange background. Deaver reveals some of his earlier life, but too much is held back for future books. There are too many seemingly unrelated stories with no hints at how they might be connected until viola...now they kind of make sense. The opening scene is a good example because it pops up throughout the story but takes a long time to fit with the rest. SPOILER - Deaver leaves the major mystery unresolved. He leaves it as an unsatisfying cliff hanger to get the reader to buy the next book. This reader will not buy it unless Deaver returns to his Dance and Rhyme characters. Kaleo Griffith was devoid of any emotions while delivering the story

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  • Les
  • 15-10-2019

Definitely not the same level of Deaver.

Only realised now that this is a franchise Deaver. Very formulaic and thoroughly disappointing. For those who have devoured the Lincoln Rhyme universe.....run for the hills

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  • Vinces
  • 05-06-2019

A compelling listen with good storyline

A fast paced storyline that keeps you listening from chapter to chapter. Good narration helps keep you engaged.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 30-05-2019

Confusing

I have twice tried to start this book, this time I got 1/3 of the way through, I have no idea what is going on, the story is all over the place and I have got to the stage of wanting to find some paint that I can watch drying, just so that I can have some excitement in my life! I don't give a fig about the main character, he seems a cocky and very odd chap! I have really had enough. I have enjoyed many of Jeffery Deaver's books, but this one is making me lose the will to live!

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  • L.J.M.
  • 02-06-2020

Disappointing and very confusing

The character of Colter Shaw is well drawn here, and his back story is fascinating but the plot is too complicated with its various red herrings. The most confusing and uninviting aspect of the novel is the beginning, where Shaw is trying to rescue a woman from a sinking boat; I found myself bewidered by it, almost as if it belonged to a different book and for a long whilew as concerned I had missed a vital clue. Jeffery Deaver has painted a picture of Silicone Valley and its occupants which seems very real but for me all the technical information is too much and detracts from the forward movement of the story. It's not quite formulaic but close to it, and the plot mix of part Native American tracker, and I.T., is jarring.

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  • A. Gosmore
  • 31-05-2020

Very enjoyable

This is only the second Deaver book I’ve read, it won’t be the last. Listened to it in 2 sittings and can’t wait to download the next in the series

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  • David Capps
  • 04-04-2020

an interesting listen

good narration, interesting story despite the jumps from one theme to another an unusual ending

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  • Gazlar
  • 05-02-2020

Jeffery Deaver at his best

really enjoyed this. couldn't wait for people to get out of my car so I could listen to it in peace !!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-2020

First person tracker investigator

Introducing a new character and hopefully series of books. Loved every moment of this book. No drama can unhinge the main character Colter. Dry humour. Up to date story line. Excellent fiction.

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  • Peter J Sinfield
  • 17-01-2020

Ok

To be honest it is a while since I have listened to a Jefferey Deaver, and I was interested by the plot. I thought the book went on too long, and about 1/2 way through I was looking forward to the end. Storey seemed very formulaic. While I hadn’t worked out who the killer is, by the end, I didn’t really care.

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  • Jim Bowen
  • 04-01-2020

A bit too busy

This is well read, but it is the first in a series, and feels like Deaver is trying to put too much back story into the book to draw as many readers in as he can.