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The Reluctant (Crayder Chronicles #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Action, adventure, suspense, and thriller in one story told with a liberal dose of humor.

Tom’s problems are not unique. His business is failing and his wife has to work too many hours to make ends meet. He is under some rather large financial pressures and wants more from his marriage and his life.

He finds his respite in the air as a private pilot. Unfortunately for Tom, h
Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published April 12th 2011 (first published April 10th 2011)
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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
The Reluctant—Seemed More Like the Willing to Me!
This was every bit of “Bubba Snoddy (Bubba and the Dead Woman) meets Donovan Creed (Lethal People)”

This is an enjoyable self-pub/Indie from C.J. Splitter. I’ll be honest up front, others may read this and score it higher than I, I rate it 3-3.5 on the Hugh rating system (there’s a link on my profile) because (view spoiler)
Jul 30, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I know I got a great read when a few sentences grab my attention and compel me to read this book. It is not something I would normally read, but tonight, as I was doing my job, bits and pieces of this book jumped out at me. Curiosity won over and I found myself going BAKWARDS in the book to see what in the world was going on, then giving up and starting it from the beginning. AND I'M GLAD I DID.

This is a GUY book, first and foremost, so I did question myself a few times as to why I kept read
Jan 18, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
Four Stars: Are you ready to delve into the mind of a man?

Tom Crayder is hoping for a quick, routine flight in his small Cesna plane. He is a private pilot, who thoroughly loves to fly. Today his cargo is a man named, Tiny, who for the record is not so Tiny. Tom, desperate to make ends meet and keep up with payments on his plane, occasionally transports passengers and items for cash for his friend, Jake. The money is good but the jobs often fall into that "grayish area." Tom isn't certain of the
Jul 29, 2011 Cambria rated it really liked it
Title: The Reluctant
Author: C.S. Splitter
Publisher: Published April 2011 by C.S. Splitter
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Ebook
ISBN: 0011269340

Tom Crayder is living the American Dream. He has a wife he loves, a house to call a home and his very own plane to go with his fulfilled dream of being a pilot. But like many know, the American dream isn’t always as carefree as some might like to believe.

Tom’s consulting business is failing, he’s behind on the loan payments to his plane and his wife works
Nora Weston
Jan 29, 2012 Nora Weston rated it it was amazing
Tom Crayder loves the gray area—you know, that dingy realm hovering in-between right and wrong that includes omitted details about how he spends his time, and especially, who is spending time with him. His feisty wife, Jenny, has not a clue he’s aching for adventure, love on the wild side, and more money…yeah, he really needs more money. The fun begins with a plane crash. No, scratch that, because Tom hates the word “crash,” so let’s say “The Reluctant” (Crayder Chronicles #1) starts with a forc ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Well-written, great plot, with some unexpected twists. The Reluctant is the first in what promises to be a series of novels about Tom Crayder, a pretty much average, generally well-intentioned guy who is as prone to making ill-advised decisions as the next person. His great joy in life is flying, so he buys a plane. He can’t really afford the loan on the plane, so he takes on some questionable work for a rather shady “contact” to help him make the payments. Things, as you might predict, kind of ...more
Jul 21, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers, mystery & suspense novels; people who enjoy a good read
Recommended to Katy by: C. S. Splitter
Shelves: ebook
Tom Crayder is an average man – he has a happy marriage, a son in college and runs his own business. He is also a pilot, and when business is slow he takes offers from an acquaintance named Jake, who has his deliver packages and transport people here and there. Tom recently met a woman named Lorena while on the shooting range and has been carrying on a mild flirtation with her – one day it starts to turn serious, and he agrees to go to her home and take her for an airplane ride, and … he would s ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Feb 19, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: Author
Shelves: reviewed
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This story is about Tom Crayder a failing consultant and unlikely events that change his life. When I’m reviewing a bout, I typically go in cold. I may read the summary but by the time I actual read the story I may have forgotten what the story is about. I like reading cold, because my view on the story is untainted. I’m also not looking for events that the summary may elude too.

With that said, I literally had no idea what I’
Jul 31, 2011 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Let me start of by saying that this book is not my normal reading material.
I'm 99% paranormal but after having some interaction with C.S. Splitter in an online group, I decided to go ahead and buy it.
Why you ask?
Because he cracks me up on a regular basis and I thought that if his writing style was anything like his personality, I would not regret the buy.
Did I?
The Reluctant showcased some of his own quick wit and self deprecating humor with the main character Tom Crayder.
This book wa
Jan 02, 2012 Tana rated it really liked it
Title: The Reluctant (Crayder Chronicles #1)
Author: C.S. Splitter
Genre: Action/Suspense/Thriller

This is another first time author for me C.S. Splitter writing is first rate, the character descriptions were nicely done and his word flowed smoothly. The plot was easy to follow and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. C.S. Splitter next book in this series is The Willing:, and I am definitely going to purchase it so I can see what happens next in
Jul 02, 2011 Rachael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Tom Crayder is a happily (for the most part) married man who is just looking to rake in some extra cash to pay off his massively large debt. To do this, he loans out his services as a private pilot (he owns his own plane - thus the massively large debt) to the local crime boss. His main stipulation is that he will not transfer drugs; anything else is free game.

The author, C.S. Splitter, did an awesome job of bringing his main character, Tom Crayder, to life. He is just a normal guy trying his be
Jan 18, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
If you enjoy fantastic, quick-paced storytelling, complete with realistic details, self-deprecating internal commentary and an anti-hero who is real guy, then you will love this book. The descriptions of the situations, an unusual amount of realistic and orienting detail make the reader feel as though they're right next to Tom throughout the story. The writing itself is concise, but exceptionally well done, and the characters are very real.

Although the action/adventure isn't usually my cup of t
Mar 26, 2012 Vered rated it liked it
Tom Crayder is a happily married businessman who’d rather be flying. So whenever he gets the chance to make a few bucks under the table by flying clients around, he jumps at the opportunity. Things begin to spin out of hand when one job crashes… er, forcibly lands him in the field of an unhappy farmer. Then Lorena, a mysterious beauty, enters his life to complicate things further, and his week starts to get a little too interesting.

Things I liked: well-written, well-edited, sparkling humour. Plu
Aug 08, 2011 Kiki rated it it was amazing
Ladies and Gentlemen buckle up, put your seat backs in their upright positions, and prepare to take flight! C.S. Splitter's debut novel, The Reluctant, is going to take you on one thrilling ride. A ride with twists and turns on every page. One that, when you're finished, you'll beg to ride again.

First person narrative is tricky to say the least. The main character has to be one that every reader can relate to. The descriptions given by the character have to be vivid, as if the reader is seeing t
Mar 05, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my rating 3.5 The Reluctant by C.S. Splitter is the first book in the Crayder Chronicles. This adult-fiction offers suspense, mystery and murder delivered with a touch of humor. I enjoyed this easy flowing read and finished it in just a few hours. It isn’t often that I read a book from a male point of view and I found it to be refreshing.

The tale is told from the POV of our protagonist Tom Crayder. A middle aged, married man, whose wife Jenny works too much as they struggle to make ends meet. Je
May 30, 2012 Jim rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery/thriller fans
C.S. Splitter writes a face paced thriller. There is a lot of detail on flying here that I found interesting. for the ladies, he does offer an insight into the way we males think. There is a lot here that a guy can identify with, writing style, world view, what we would like ladies to be like. He does avoid having his lead character, Tom Crayder, engage in the impossible physical stunts many other thriller writers seem to insert into a story. I found the first 75% of the novel to be pretty enjoy ...more
Lee Holz
Jan 09, 2012 Lee Holz rated it it was amazing
In Tom Crayder author C. S. Splitter has created an interesting, multi-faceted and thoroughly engaging protagonist. Tom is braver than most, calmer in crises than most and all in all a good guy. At the same time, he is prone to the temptations of money, women and general ego gratification. One of his best traits is that he is aware of, and tries to resist, these temptations, not always successfully. I also like his sardonic and self-deprecating humor. The choices he makes in the face of temptati ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Al rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2012
The Relucant is a deceiving book. It starts out looking like an action-adventure story that could continue in that vein, or possibly take a turn and become a cautionary tale with the protagonist’s life spiraling out of control based on arguably questionable decisions. Instead, it does something different. Or maybe not. How the decisions the protagonist, Tom, makes in this book will play out in the future aren’t entirely clear. But at least in this book, they lead to more action-adventure and man ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
I thought this book was interesting. I had read a couple of other reviews on this and I kept thinking some bomb was going to drop somewhere in the story line. I was surprised how Tom (main character) went from a aiding and abetting position to doing true crime himself. I thought the author's writing style was good and that he was funny. I especially liked the part where he referenced Chevy Chase. I think I may have actually laughed out loud. I don't watch westerns so those references went right ...more
Dec 19, 2011 Serge rated it really liked it
A great book and an easy read.

C.S. Splitter creates very believable characters and dialog and that is the number one reason why I was able to get into this book so easily and devour it so quickly.

In fact, after finishing this book I was craving more and jumped into the next one (The Willing) within a matter of days.

The action scenes are well done and at times very intense, the humor is well placed and actually caused flashbacks to conversations of my youth.

I recommend this book (and series) to a
A.B. Shepherd
Dec 24, 2011 A.B. Shepherd rated it liked it
3 and 1/2 stars.

I'm not going to be as effusive with my praise of this novel as some of the other reviewers have been.

Overall a good and interesting story, with action, adventure and a bit of humor. I like the twist with Lorena.

My only true criticism is that there is way too much info about flying contained herein. Stuff about flaps and air currents and things like that that only another pilot would care about.

I did enjoy this story and would be interested to read more of the adventures of To
Barbara Tarn
Dec 03, 2011 Barbara Tarn rated it it was amazing
I read Book 2 first, so I already know what to expect. I love Tom’s voice and humor and am enjoying my a-ha moments (like “A-ha, this his why in The Willing he…”). Yeah, I don’t have a problem with spoilers! ;-) So I know I’m going to enjoy this ride and recommend the title along with its sequel...
I suggested a pilot friend to try it, and he thanked me after reading the first 2 pages... we'll see if I lose him by the time he gets to the end of the book! ;-)
Feb 14, 2012 Shalena rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Shalena by: Cassie McCown
This book is a very easy read. I love reading books such as this that keep me on the edge of my seat wanting more. Tom is a character who just doesn't seem to know how to keep himself out of trouble. Although I didn't like Lorena at first for luring Tom in, I quickly began to fall in love with her just as she showed how strong of a person she is. I will definetely be recommending this to my fellow book lovers!
Sahana D
Dec 10, 2011 Sahana D rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable book. The writers voice was funny and believable. I didn't expect to warm up the the main character as much as I did. Interesting plot that's full of action. Short but sweet.
Craig D
Apr 01, 2012 Craig D rated it liked it
An interesting twist on the thriller genre. I am intrigued enough to keep reading the series but was turned off by language and adult content. A little bit goes a long way.
Nancy Schober
May 27, 2012 Nancy Schober rated it it was amazing
What a delightful romp - part 'Date Night' meets Harlan Coben. The perfect thing to gobble down in one greedy gulp on a sunny Sunday in the garden.
Feb 26, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
I love a good smartass. That’s probably why I married my wife. It’s also probably why I dug the hell out of The Reluctant by C.S. Splitter. In fact, I thought so much of it I pestered Splitter until he agreed to sit down for an interview about his work . The Reluctant is the first in a series called The Crayder Chronicles about—brace yourselves—a guy named Tom Crayder. Who would have thought, right? I’m not exactly what genre to put it in—it’s not really a Mystery, and it’s kind of a Thriller, b ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Jenn rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
You've heard the term "food porn?" If not, it's gratuitous pictures and descriptions of food. This book could best be termed as "pilot porn."

Seriously. I don't care in the least to know the minute details of how to fly and land a plane. I don't care. At all. If you took out all the gratuitous descriptions of flying a plane, you'd probably be left with about 50 pages of actual action.

The story was alright, but I had a hard time liking any of the characters, especially the main one. I wouldn't r
Cindy Smith
Aug 17, 2014 Cindy Smith rated it liked it
a little heavy on the aviation details
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C.S. Splitter is a business man, author, and stand-up philosopher living in rural Maryland with his beautiful wife, small dog, and astonishingly large cat. He is an avid shooter and loves being 5000 feet above the ground, upside down, in an open cockpit.

He will never again jump out of a perfectly good airplane and feels the need to color outside of the lines.

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