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Aren't they all Accidents Waiting To Happen

  • Oct 7, 2003
Business and life are good and Josh Michaels thinks he has life by the tail. Procurement manager and happily married he is on the way home to his wife, Kate and their daughter, Abby. As is his habit, he drives down backcountry roads at higher than posted speeds for the sheer exhilaration of it all and the lack of people to interfere. He likes to push the edge and has gotten away with it in the past.

That is until he is forced off the road by what initially appears to be a very reckless SUV driver. Josh's car goes airborne off the road right before a bridge and sails into the middle of the Sacramento River. Stunned by the impact but still alive Josh is faced with drowning as the car sinks because he can't swim. Trapped in the car as it slowly sinks, Josh sees the SUV driver standing on the bridge above him. Expecting help, he is horrified when the unknown driver gives him "a thumbs down gesture" reminiscent of the gladiators in the Roman Coliseum before driving away from the scene.

Josh survives his near drowning experience and eventually tells his story to the Police while recovering in the hospital. Outright skeptical from the start of the investigation and with little to go on, the Police dismiss it as yet another road rage incident. The stalled investigation does get some media airplay and subsequently brings him unwanted attention from his past.

His life as he knows it begins to dissolve as he is the target of killers who want him dead for only reasons they know and a blackmailer who hasn't made him suffer enough just yet. While the blackmailer works to end his relationship with his wife and child and to see him in jail, the killers want him dead. Slowly, Josh learns that he isn't the only target marked for death and that the blackmailer might be just the tip of the iceberg in regards to yet more problems. Other targets are being liquidated and the blackmailer is stepping up the pressure and Josh has lost all control over his life and may not be able to get any of it back.

While over written at times in terms of dialogue and scene narration, this debut novel overall is extremely enjoyable. The main character, Josh Michaels, is complex and believable as is the supporting cast. This novel moves forward at a steady pace, despite the large number of pov shifts through the novel, which actually work well to bring deeper depth to the characters. Full of twists and turns, this novel is an intriguing look at one man's journey to the edge of the abyss where all hope is lost before being pulled back from the edge.

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November 21, 2012
Kevin, I gave this one three stars as well but your reasons are not clear. I found it hard to root for Josh because of not only what he had done with his past but it is clear that he crosses the line a few times because of rage. I see that this was the author's first book and maybe his writing improved. I read a later book by the same Author called Terminated which I felt to be much better.
November 21, 2012
Never had anyone say my review was not clear before. Interesting. I did not have the issues you had with the Josh character.
November 21, 2012
Sorry Kevin, your review was extremely clear in itself. It was an excellent review. The point that was not clear as to why you gave it 3 stars instead of 5. I too had given this one a 3 but I pointed out some negative points that prevented me from giving it a 5.
November 21, 2012
My review is clear. One also has to remember that this site imports reviews over a certain way from Amazon unless the author manually over rides. I didn't choose to do that as this was one of several hundred all imported at the same time.
November 21, 2012
I know what you mean. I did the import too and several of my reviews came to this site with different ratings from the Amazon site.
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Having enjoyed another Simon Woods book (Terminated) I ordered this one through the Vine program.  Though not nearly as good as the other book, this is a decent thriller.  The author kept the reader involved from the opening chapter to the end.       Josh Michaels is driving home after a successful business meeting when a mysterious car runs him off the road and into the river.  Josh thinks it was an accident and when the other driver gets out of his car Josh …
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"...An impressive debut." --Sue Reider, Reviewer for Mystery Scene Magazine

"...Bound to be a bestseller! I expect to see Simon Wood's name next to the engraved rich and famous..." --Barry Kline, Line-By-Line Reviews

"...hard to put down...a mind boggler with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing till the last page." --Ginny Welding for "All About Murder Reviews

"What a thrill ride!" --Anneli Rufus, Literary Editor, East Bay Express

"a good thriller...I would love to see this story made into a movie!" --Lesley Mazey for Eternal Night
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ISBN-10: 1931402302
ISBN-13: 978-1931402309
Author: Simon Wood
Publisher: Barclay Books

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