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3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  1,055 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
The international bestseller returns with his most ambitious, multidimensional, and tightly crafted thriller yet, a breakout achievement featuring his hallmark blend of ordinary people in extraordinary danger.

Collision is the story of two men living very different lives—Ben Forsberg, a successful corporate consultant who is mourning the murder of his new bride; the other,
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 17th 2008 by Dutton Adult (first published July 3rd 2008)
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Sean Peters
Feb 04, 2014 Sean Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My first book by Jeff Aboott, and another author to add to my list of great thriller writers.

Multi layered, many twists and turns, as the story mainly follows two strong characters, plenty of action and suspence.

Very well written, with so many plots all joining as the book comes to an exciting climax.

His book Panic is highly regarded and was a top international seller, so must llok for that.

Next book my old favourite Chris Ryan.


Jul 25, 2014 Fizzy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
'The Collision' by Jeff Abbott was a random book selection for me. I'd not heard of the author but the story concept looked when I read the jacket. And it was really well written. I had trouble in the beginning following the different storyline beginnings. I think this stems more from my personal inability to remember names than it does the writing itself. Once the different story lines merged into the meat of the subject matter the story took off for me. (Though I still struggled with a few too ...more
Dave Webster
Dec 02, 2016 Dave Webster rated it it was ok
This was a little to predictable. Also, was very slow for an action book. Felt like I kept waiting for stuff to happen, that I pretty much figured out already. Stick to Lee Child or Jeffery Deaver or Robert Crais.
Nov 27, 2016 Abbey rated it liked it
Good solid thriller - worth reading.
Blood Rose Books
Aug 20, 2012 Blood Rose Books rated it really liked it
Jeff Abbott takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride, where anything can happen when two people are thrown together by fate, design, plan or maybe all of them put together.

Two men who are living very different lives and have chosen different paths, however, one act is going to send them onto a collision course of interaction. Ben Forsberg is a successful corporate security consultant, who is mourning the accidental death of his wife on their honeymoon and a man only known now as Pilgrim does the
Aug 30, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action fans, Lee Child fans, Eisler fans
Recommended to Michael by: Read review of the book in Thriller website.
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Lisa Petrocelly
Nov 06, 2014 Lisa Petrocelly rated it really liked it
I started this the same day I finished The Last Minute, Jeff Abbott's 2nd book in his Sam Capra series, curious enough to try one of his stand-alones, and was definitely not disappointed. Like the Sam Capra books, this also revolved around characters who worked for our government in some capacity, usually CIA, although in an off-the-books kind of way. As in, both heroes and villains are members of very secret agencies, buried deep within the government, protected by front departments and ...more
Mark Soone
Feb 03, 2013 Mark Soone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I debated between 4 & 5 stars, and would have gone 4.5, but finally 4 stars won out...but make no mistake, I could not stand those moments when I had to set this down!

I had forgotten how action paced and adreniline filled abbott's books are. This one started out of the gate 100 miles an hour and really never slowed down through out. Keep in mind (IMHO) that Abbott's books are much more plot/action driven than character and/or dialouge driven. Our two protaginists are likeable enough in Ben w
Carl Alves
Mar 31, 2013 Carl Alves rated it liked it
Collision starts off with a bang when Ben Forsberg is on his honeymoon with his wife in Hawaii when a supposedly random shot through the window kills her. This is the prelude to an assassination attempt gone bad when Pilgrim, a member of the Cellar, an off the books dirty ops offshoot of the CIA, survives an attempt on his life in what is a plot to uproot the Cellar and get them to work for the evil government contractor, Sam Hector, who Ben Forsberg works for. Pilgrim then links up with ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Sasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
It has been a long time since I've read through a book as fast as I did this one, hence why I think it's a fitting title.

The pace of it is rather fast and while through all the suspicions and assumptions, Abbott still managed to surprise me in the end. I really liked the end a lot, which is why I decided for 5 stars (I was struggling between 4 and 5). Either way, I think after 9/11 it is an interesting take on how countries near and far are plotting not only against each other but also within e
John Marsh
Dec 31, 2014 John Marsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readreview
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Shonna Froebel
Nov 22, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it liked it
Set mostly in Texas, this thriller involves ex-CIA men, men in training for a dangerous life, and government contractors. The world of government contracting in the Middle East can be a lucrative one, and Ben Forsberg is a consultant that helps security businesses to get these contracts. Suddenly Ben finds himself a suspect in a case where a contract killer has made a hit.
Pilgrim is an ex-CIA man, now part of a deep secret government group trying to take action against injustices. He also become
Steven Scaffardi
Jun 07, 2013 Steven Scaffardi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few years ago I turned up at the airport ready to jet off to Egypt on holiday with the feeling I’d forgotten something. I racked my brains. Had I locked the door? Check. Had I packed my lucky Speedo's? Check. Had I brought along a damn fine book for the beach? B*llocks. With my flight being called to the gate, I rushed off the WHSmith to grab myself a book. Hot and flustered, I darted past the latest array of D-list celebrity autobiographies they were trying to flog to holidaymakers and locked ...more
Jun 03, 2011 Lois rated it it was ok
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Nov 04, 2010 Zare rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Very interesting thriller about what happens when right hand does not know what left hand is doing. Ben Forsberg, freelance corporate consultant working on PMC contracts, gets himself in whole lot of trouble after an unknown (but highly rated and feared) assassin is found shot dead with Ben's calling card on him.[return][return]Soon he is hunted by one clandestine agency after another - all thinking him to be a mastermind behind a possible massive terrorist attack and all working without knowing ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Galihmelon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm.. it's well written and quite riveting. Didn't like how 'terrorrists' was presented as 'arabs'. A little piece of story has the same idea with Panic, about an innocent man that suddenly has to embrace a cruel life.

What I like the most (after the story itself) is the bit about Indonesia :). I could see that Jeff Abbott had done some research although I'm not sure he's been there or any Indonesians were involved when he wrote the book. Just a hunch, coming from small things like bread and soup
Mar 22, 2015 Anne rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I usually enjoy thrillers but I guess spy thrillers aren't my thing. I got through the first 3 chapters before I finally gave up. The author seem to have a habit of having his characters tell a lot about their emotions rather than showing.

I don't think it helped that I got confused as to who was talking to who in the first scene. From what I could tell, there were two different conversations going on at the same time and I couldn't really keep them apart, which really turned me off of the book.
May 25, 2011 Lestek marked it as to-read
Porównywany z Cobenem Jeff Abbott jest autorem Paniki i Strachu. Dwóch mężczyzn z zupełnie innych światów. Ben Forsberg - biznesmen, konsultant, prowadzącyspokojne życie, którego świeżo poślubiona żona ginie zastrzelona przez snajpera na Karaibach. Były agent CIA, pseudonim Pielgrzym, zdradzony szpieg, który umie zabijać na dziesiątki sposobów, cudem wywinął się od snajperskiej kuli. Nic ich nie łączy poza martwym zabójcą, który pociągnął za cyngiel, i wizytówką z nazwiskiem Bena tkwiącą w jego ...more
Aug 02, 2013 Inês rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policial
Colisão foi o primeiro livro de Jeff Abbott que li e não será o último!

O ritmo da história é alucinante, repleta de intrigas, traições e mortes que se vão acumulando em cada esquina. Surgem sempre revelações e talvez, quase no final, se surpreendam com a mais importante de todas. Afinal quem matou Emily?

Não é, na minha opinião, um livro excepcional. Mas sem dúvida que nos prende desde a primeira página, fanzendo-nos ler freneticamente cada novo episódio na ânsia que Pilgrim e Ben consigam sobrev
Nikki Handros
May 14, 2012 Nikki Handros rated it it was amazing
Jeff Abbott knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat, turning pages.
In "Collision," he excels with some really exciting chase sequels.
This story follows two men -- one a corporate consultant leading a conventional life until he intersects with the fringe elements of the CIA and, maybe, Homeland Security.
It';s a highly believable thrill ride to the end when the herio finds out who really was responsible for his wife's death and how a man he considered his best friends figures in the tragedy
Nathan Hart
Apr 10, 2012 Nathan Hart rated it liked it
This book was just ok, Its kinda like a filler book till you find one you really like. The multi story line was enjoyable and the author letting us put it together was fun also. The character development could have been more - you learn just to like the major protagonist no love him. the climax was something I never thought about till I read it - very good switch -a- roo. I gave it a 3 star - CIA books are some of my fav.'s for a good one check our anything by Vince Flynn - Mitch Rapp is a ...more
Yosef Shapiro
Aug 06, 2013 Yosef Shapiro rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of good twists in the plot and it held my attention for the whole book. The character of Pilgrim and the secret Cellar were very well done. This book could easily have been used as a launching pad for a whole series. Without giving away too many plot points, this will not be happening. The most chilling thing to me is that this story makes it completely believalbe that a regular person can get sucked into this dark world.
I loved A Kiss Gone Bad, and I keep reading Jeff Abbott's books because they are entertaining, and he's a Austin writer, but it always takes me till I'm 50 pages in before I can keep up with the tons of characters with unmemorable names that he introduces all at once. His books take too long to focus in and get to a real story arch. I'm not giving up, but I think I'm going to go back to the Whit Mosely series, if I can find them.
Dec 23, 2009 Vikas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good time pass read...A typical thriller once started you will finish it anyways..fiction based on the outsourcing of security forces was a fresh and thoughtful get compelled to think about pros and cons of the same...
only drawback is the story goes at the same pace, never goes to peaks at different times which is a must for a thriller i.e the reader's interest never goes out of way to know what will happen next...
Read it as a filler between planned readings...
T.M. Carper
Dec 06, 2014 T.M. Carper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
Another excellent novel by Abbott. The book moves at a fast past and includes a painful betrayal for Ben as he is forced to confront the truth behind his wife's death as he goes on the run for his life with an ex-CIA agent who has just recently stolen his identity. The two opposite men will have to learn to work together long enough to stay alive and expose the man behind a plot to kill other innocent people. Very eye-opening and links well to today's world.
Jul 21, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestado
Foi a minha estreia na escrita deste autor e gostei imenso deste livro. Muita ação, emoção e suspense acompanham-nos da 1ª à ultima pagina. Sentimos que passamos o livro todo a correr, a fugir, a tentar desenredar a trama e a querer saber rapidamente como vai termina. O final não seria o que eu mais desejaria mas no fundo este livro é como a vida, nem sempre acaba da forma que queremos. Recomendo para quem gosta de suspense e ação
Mar 01, 2009 Eric_W rated it it was ok
Frenetic chase scenes, some requiring total suspension of belief, bewildering accumulation of characters with Bondian skills and luck, a good book to listen to while doing chores because you can easily concentrate on something else and then come back to the chase without having missed a whole lot. Think Bullitt but with an amateur instead of Steve McQueen. Will undoubtedly be made into a movie with Tom Cruise. Fasten your seatbelts.
Aug 24, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Shelves: 100-pages
It Okay. It had some tight action sequences and an at least semi-interesting twist at the end, although the "big reveal" at the end I saw coming. I was not impressed with the seemed far-fetched, even for the action/thriller style. I just didn't buy it, and I also found some of the discussions about contractors to be preachy and out of place. Not impressed, although it wasn't bad.
The character Ben should be stripped and beaten for the pansy that he is - maybe it is the way it was read but when he was speaking I just wanted to reach out a slap him for being such a pansy. The story moves well but I am a little burnt out on the whole secret CIA crap - I usually am hoping the bad guys succeed as long as they are taking out something government. Sorry I live in California.

Anyway Pilgrim was cool - no talk all action.
Jan 18, 2012 Goncalo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Jeff Abboutt é capaz do melhor e do pior em cada um dos seus livros, o que não deixa de ser uma característica interessante.

Num estilo de escrita muito seu (após o abandono da série Mosley), as mortes vão-se empilhando ao longo do livro ao ritmo de cada curva na direcção da história.

Com muitas agências secretas enfiadas na acção, o que mais me desiludiu no livro acabou por ser o final da história. Que pena.

Como usual, um livro girinho para se ler a correr.
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Jeff Abbott (born 1963) is a U.S. suspense novelist. He has a degree in History and English from Rice University. He lives in Austin, Texas. His early novels were traditional detective fiction but in recent years he has turned to writing thriller fiction. A theme of his work is the idea of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary danger and fighting to return to their normal lives. His novels ...more
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