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July 14, 2013

OUT OF RANGE by Hank Steinberg

OUT OF RANGE                                       4 STARS
A Novel  
by Hank Steinberg                                           

 From the creator of the hit television series Without a Trace, Hank Steinberg's Out of Range is an action-packed thriller in which a husband searches for his missing wife—a hunt that leads him into a dangerous world of international espionage.

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

On a trip to Disneyland with their children, Julie vanishes. As Charlie soon discovers, this isn’t a random abduction. The further he goes to find her, the more it becomes clear that Julie isn’t quite the person she seems to be. She’s been harboring dark secrets that have come back to terrorize them all.

Out of Range is a scintillating tale, full of twists and surprises that will keep you guessing until the final page.


Charlie Davis met his wife, Julie when he was a journalist, based around Uzbekistan. Julie was from London but was there trying to make the citizens aware of their situation.  The excitement in their lives came to the top during a demonstration. Julie was pregnant and went with Charlie and an old friend and his wife. Their friend Alisher Byko climbed the statue of the Uzbekistan leader and began to speak of resistance. I know people get passionate about their causes but speak out in the right forum.  Anyway, the police arrived and the protestors were being shot. Charlie wanted a better view to photograph what was going on.  He climbed a tower and saw a horrible thing.  Byko's wife and child were being murdered.  Suddenly he felt a sharp pain in his back.  He'd had been shot. Now that those days are long gone, Julie is home, mother to two children and Charlie is working at the LA Times.  I  feel this is too good to last long.  The unrest will start soon.  There appears to be a little tension in the once blissful marriage. Charlie has found out he will have to start traveling abroad to keep his job.  After what  had happened to him 6 years ago, Charlie is fearful but is going to talk about it with Julie.  Julie had taken the kids out and were stuck in traffic.  Charlie told her of  a different route and for her to call when she got out of traffic.  She doesn't call.  He worries and goes to where he told her to go.  Police surrounded the care and the children.  They were alright but where was Julie?  Charlie finds out that Julie went to London and never visited her sister in  New York.  He doesn't understand why she lied to him. The police believe that Charlie learned she was having an affair and murdered his wife.  Charlie sets out to find Julie and clear his name.  He has a fear that Julie is in trouble. I wonder what ever happened to Byko.  He became a powerful man but what is he up to? This novel is a debut for the author.  I was amazed when I discovered he is the creator of WITHOUT A TRACE.  He wrote a fairly fast paced novel.  The characters could be your next door neighbors. The author doesn't overwhelm you with too much background on the characters. You have to feel for Charlie.  A family man trying to keep his family safe. I got a little hung up on the last part of the novel.  I found it hard to believe.  Too many twists and turns which wasn't at all like the first part which was definitely a thriller.  The book was still a fast action, entertaining read.  I would recommend this read to anyone who likes thrillers.  The author doesn't disappoint.  Grab a copy of the book and go on the search for Julie.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of OUT OF RANGE from the author, Hank Steinberg for this unbiased review.

HANK STEINBERG was the acclaimed creator, writer and producer of the award-winning, hit television series Without a Trace and screenwriter of the acclaimed HBO film 61*. He has been nominated for an Emmy Award and Writers Guild of America Award for screenwriting as well as a Humanitas Award. He lives in Los Angeles and is currently working 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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