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The Program

The Program

Written by Stephen White

Narrated by Sandra Burr


The Program

Written by Stephen White

Narrated by Sandra Burr

ratings:
4/5 (6 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Released:
Sep 25, 2005
ISBN:
9781596007666
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Take a character as multi-dimensional as Tony Soprano. Pair him with a mother and daughter in peril and on the run. Add a clinical psychologist tasked with helping them negotiate their new lives - a program with an agenda all its own - and the result is a book that Stephen White's peers are already calling "one of the best thrillers you will ever read" (William Bernhardt) and "an exciting ride through a dark region of law enforcement." (Peter Abrahams).

When New Orleans District Attorney Kirsten Lord and her nine-year-old daughter are imperiled by a chillingly believable death threat, Lord has no other choice but to accept the Witness Protection Program's offer to hide them in Boulder, Colorado. There, they meet program veteran Carl Luppo, a solitary mob hit man who is tormented by his former life and has nothing but time for regret. Sensing that Lord and her daughter's safety has been compromised, Luppo takes on the role of sentinel, fully realizing this might be his last shot at redemption. While Lord suspects that Luppo's warnings about the program's dark side are for her own protection and that she should believe the former assassin's instincts, the only person she can really trust is nine-years-old.
Released:
Sep 25, 2005
ISBN:
9781596007666
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in History and UCLA with a master's in film. I have been involved in the field of buying, selling, and collecting both fine art and historical photography since 1975 when I opened one of the first galleries dealing in photography in Los Angeles. I have built an enormous collection of photography and also published four major catalogue to accompany 4 traveling museum exhibitions, all from my collection. I was the founding President of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers, and have served on advisory boards for the Ransom Center at the University of Texas, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and was a founding member of the Getty Photography Council. I have written photographic catalogues to accompany the exhibitions. In addition to writing My 1964, I have published one other book, a ficitional work, "L" A Lunatic Love Life soon to be an e book.


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  • (2/5)
    Started off a bit messy in the beginning, and didn't manage to really grasp my full attention later on. It's a nice story, nevertheless, and you can feel the main characters greatest emotions.

    The plot, I thought, was pretty silly however.
  • (4/5)
    Loved the plot twistings and turnings regarding a woman and her child in a witness protection program and how in the care of a former hit man she finds a fierce protector.
  • (3/5)
    The program in Stephen White’s THE PROGRAM is the Witness Security Program (WITSEC), better known as the Witness Protection Program. Designed to protect people who testify at trials for the prosecution but at great risk to themselves, WITSEC hides those people from others who would harm them by changing their identities and relocating them.WITSEC is protecting a different type of person in THE PROGRAM, though.Kirsten Lord was a prosecuting attorney who helped condemn a man to prison. At the end of that trial, the man promised her, “Every precious thing I lose, you will lose two.” And he made good on his promise; he had Lord’s husband murdered.That was one loss, and Kirsten didn’t want to wait for the second. She was sure the second would be her daughter. So she and her daughter enter WITSEC, relocate to Colorado, and change their names, hers to Peyton, the daughter’s to Landon.But we soon learn that Kirsten/Peyton has more to fear than the condemned man.Before that trial, she had spoken out against WITSEC. She saw them protect too many witnesses who should have been in jail, themselves, and went on to commit more crimes. As a result of her complaints, WITSEC received less money and support, and several WITSEC employees lost their jobs. Therefore, now WITSEC resents her and cannot necessarily be trusted.And there’s another concern: Kirsten had helped condemn another man to death, but she now has doubts about his guilt. Someone wants to stop her reinvestigation of this case.So now poor Kirsten/Peyton and her daughter have all sorts of people who want to do them harm coming at them, it seems, everywhere they go, all the time. And the really implausible part of the story: Kirsten/Peyton befriends a man who is also in WITSEC, a man who is former Mafia, a man who has murdered several people. Kirsten/Peyton doesn’t trust WITSEC, yet she does trust this murderer.The book isn’t bad as long as the reader is willing to suspend disbelief.
  • (5/5)
    When New Orleans District Attorney Kirsten Lord and her nine-year-old daughter are imperiled by a chillingly believeable death threat, Lord has no other choice but to accept the Witness Portection Program's offer to hide them in Boulder, Colorado. There, they meet program beteran Carl Luppo, a solitary mob hit man who is tormented by his former life and has nothing but time for regret. Sensing that Lord and her daughter's safety has been compromised, Luppo takes on the role of sentinel, fully realizing this might be his last shot at redemption. While Lord suspects that Luppo's warnings about the program's dark side are for her own protection and that she should believe the former assassin's instincts, the only person she can really trust is nine years old. This was good reading and I didn't really work the whole thing out until the final scenes.
  • (4/5)
    A psychological thriller with believeable characters. A little predictable in places and not scary enough to keep me awake and turning the pages (this one took me much longer to read than it should have!). This was the first StephenWhite book I've read...and I'll give him another shot to captivate me by reading another of his books in the future.