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When the Hero is "Not So Nice" Accidents Happen!

  • Nov 21, 2012
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 is thinks he is coming to save him.  Instead the other driver gives him a thumbs down and leaves Josh to his drowning doom.  Josh is still able to save himself but is haunted by what the man did.
When Josh is well enough, Josh tells his tale to the police.  The police do not believe Josh’s story for a second and think there is a lot he isn’t telling them.  Josh just lets it go, knowing there will be no closure on this.  Little does he know but the incident is related to something Josh did in the recent past.  Also, the bad guy will continue coming after Josh until he finishes the job.
Meanwhile the reader learns Josh has other secrets and some of them threaten to come to the surface as a woman he had an affair with, resurfaces to blackmail again.  Apparently, she had done something like this before and Josh had paid her off.  Now she is back.   So now Josh is facing both a blackmailer and a killer and Josh does not know if the two things are connected.
The book goes through a lot of twists and turns as more is revealed to the reader and Josh faces more perils.  The story never seems to get boring and does rate an above average thriller.  Two things prevented me from rating the book higher.  First josh is basically not a nice guy and he has done some bad things in his past.  He claims that the bad stuff is behind but there are some instances where Josh’s anger forces him to do things that go way beyond what an “ethical” person would do.  Secondly, Josh just does some things that are so “stupid” that you feel like putting a “kick me” sign on his back.   These things made it sometimes difficult to root for him and sometimes I felt that he needed to pay the piper himself.

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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. …
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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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