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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class first novel!
It is amazing this is Benioff's first novel as it has a depth and maturity that is unexpected. Rather than a murder mystery or a plot driven novel, it is a story. A story about people and characters and how they relate to each other. It is however, not in the least bit boring. It is a novel driven by characters who leap off the page at you from the first sentances and...
Published on 6 July 2002 by MISS C J GATHERCOLE

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not living up to its potential
The story is about a guy's last 24 hours before he had to show up for a jail sentence for drug dealing. We travel around with him and get to know his girl friend and his two friends. One of the friends is a school teacher who is attracted to one of his pupils. The last evening is in a night club, owned by some kind of maffia boss, where all the characters move to and from...
Published on 7 Feb. 2007 by Charles Deckers


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class first novel!, 6 July 2002
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MISS C J GATHERCOLE (EAST PRESTON, WEST SUSSEX United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 25th Hour - film tie-in (Paperback)
It is amazing this is Benioff's first novel as it has a depth and maturity that is unexpected. Rather than a murder mystery or a plot driven novel, it is a story. A story about people and characters and how they relate to each other. It is however, not in the least bit boring. It is a novel driven by characters who leap off the page at you from the first sentances and who you can see in your mind as if you were watching a film. Classed as an urban thriller, Spike Lee has brought the film rights, so it will be interesting to see how he develops the characters and theme of the book. This is definately a one sitting read, because you cannot put the book down once you start. You want to know what happens to these people and you remember them long after you've read the book. Don't expect a rollercoaster plot but do expect an enjoyable read, that will leave you looking forward to Benioff's next helping. Truely a new talent and one to look out for in future!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not living up to its potential, 7 Feb. 2007
This review is from: 25th Hour - film tie-in (Paperback)
The story is about a guy's last 24 hours before he had to show up for a jail sentence for drug dealing. We travel around with him and get to know his girl friend and his two friends. One of the friends is a school teacher who is attracted to one of his pupils. The last evening is in a night club, owned by some kind of maffia boss, where all the characters move to and from each other. The first 90% of the book are inspired and makes you wanting more, but the end is a bit forced and a disappointment.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Taut and Gripping Debut, 22 Nov. 2002
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This review is from: 25th Hour - film tie-in (Paperback)
First things first—I've read the book twice, read multiple drafts of the movie script (written by Benioff himself), and spent an hour interviewing David Benioff for Creative Screenwriting magazine, and I assure you, the film will measure up to the book.
And the book is outstanding. Slapped with the mystery/crime designation by the publisher's marketing department, the book contains very little mystery or suspense. Rather, it is a trim and haunting account of what goes on in the head of a man who realizes all too well that he’s thrown his life away and that nothing will ever be the same. The story is about the last day of freedom for Montgomery “Monty” Brogan, a pretty-boy Irish-Catholic New Yorker in his late 20s who is about to spend seven years in a federal penitentiary for dealing drugs. In his last 24 hours of freedom Monty must say goodbye to his two oldest friends, Wall Street whiz kid Frank Slattery, and high school English teacher Jakob Elinsky, as well as his longtime live-in girlfriend Naturelle, his bar owner father, his loyal pit bull Doyle, and the post-Soviet mobsters he worked for.
This last day is effectively a deathbed for Monty, as he makes his peace with all the people he’ll leave behind, knowing that he’ll be a totally different person after seven years of hard time. But it’s also about those left behind, and their own struggle to come to terms with the fact that someone close to them is gone, and that to a certain extent they are complicit in his downfall. These are fully realized characters, as Slattery struggles to control himself in a high-stakes, high-pressure job, Jakob struggles to avoid the allure of his student Mary, Naturelle must start planning on moving back to her mother’s home, and Monty’s widowed father must say goodbye to his only child. Despite the lack of suspense, the book builds steadily, ending with a powerful and uncompromising punch. A great debut and it's a shame Benioff has turned his attention almost entirely to film. For those who want more, there are at least three short stories of his available online for free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut novel, 6 Feb. 2011
This review is from: 25th Hour - film tie-in (Paperback)
This debut novel is truly brilliant and foreshadows the author's subsequent writing career. Three best friends meet for a farewell night, because the next morning, one of them will go to jail for seven years. His name is Monty, a drugs dealer in NY. His friends are Frank, a risk-taking trader on Wall Street and Jakob, a high school teacher full of doubts and dreams. All three are about 27 years old.
The final evening is not without danger. There is heavy snowfall and in his own club, Uncle Blue, Monty's boss and provider, has prepared its VIP-room for the final send-off party. But he is also intent on cutting himself loose from his former protégé. Monty has remained silent so far, but facing 7 years in hell might prompt him, at the last moment, to incriminate him fatally... Read on yourselves, dear readers and enjoy this scary book's observations and great dialogues.
In 2008, David Benioff (DB) published his second, truly stupendous novel "City of Thieves", situated in Leningrad in the early 1940s and based on his grandfather's memories.
So what did such a brilliant writer do in between the two novels? In 2004 he published a collection of short stories called "When the Nine Rolls Over". His major activity has been the writing of scripts of a number of highly successful films such as "Wolverine". This debut novel was made into a film too, with DB as the screenwriter.
This debut shows that DB is a born film writer. But describing what is on the minds of different characters is very hard to do in screenplays and films. Hope DB will find time to write more stories and novels, easier media to convey feelings.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning and Moving First Novel, 21 Sept. 2001
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D. Kaplan "sleuth029" (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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At last...after reading a series of bad books, not-so-good books and, worst of all, those that had such promise but somewhere along the way, took a wrong turn...I have read THE book!
"The 25th Hour" is one of the best books I have ever read. It is an account of the 24-hour period before a young man convicted of drug dealing is due to start serving a seven-year sentence in a Federal prison.
During this short time span, you will come face to face with friendship, love, fear, hope and despair. You will spend time with three men who have been friends since middle school. You will get to know them so intimately, it will feel almost intrusive. Along the way, you will meet their parents, friends, lovers and enemies.
I can only urge you to spend some time with these people. When you have read the last word on the last page, you will be trembling, crying or just sitting in awe of the ride you have just taken.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, 29 Jan. 2013
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Slow and not as good as other Benioff novels. Not sure I feel sorry for the main character or happy he is getting what he deserves
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read from start to finish, 1 Sept. 2011
This review is from: 25th Hour - film tie-in (Paperback)
I think I must have read this in 25 hours itself, it was that good. Encouraged by the author's other book, City of Thieves, I sought out this book and sat down to read it. It is expertly written, cleverly constructed and everything works well to finish neatly. All questions answered and leaves you wanting more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another intriguing tale from the excellent mr benioff, 4 Aug. 2014
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another intriguing tale from the excellent mr benioff, detailed 3D characters, beautifully set in new york - made me want to jump on a plane to visit the big apple
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 29 Oct. 2014
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Good.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The testing of friendships through a tightly written crime story, 20 Sept. 2008
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A first novel and rightly feted for both its story impact plus being immediately acquired for a Spike Lee film adaptation given its NY setting. Benioff has written for popular magazines for a long time in honing his story telling skills and it shows in the conciseness with which each chapter is delivered in this novel.

It achieves a great mix of a tantalising story of how a convicted drug dealer spends his last 24 hours before going into jail for 7 years with numerous feedbacks explaining how he got there. But while using its NY setting well the real essence of why the story works so well is the exploration of the different levels of friendship across the 24 hours. These range from a pitbull dog the main character picked up when it was left to die on the freeway; his two lifelong but very different in attitude school friends; his Puerto Rican girlfriend; his widowed father who has stood bail; his Ukrainian bodyguard and his Russian drug boss.

The story sizzles in mood changes and you are never left feeling this is simply a crime story but more the crime becomes the backdrop against which the story unfolds.

The future looks bright if Benioff can maintain this level of quality.
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