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Don't Look Down

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  6,432 ratings  ·  437 reviews
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Hardcover, 373 pages
Published 2006 by St. Martin's Press
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This book's main problem is that it is actually two decent books with the exact same plot, cut up and interleaved to produce one rather mediocre book. Crusie co-writes this one with Bob Mayer, who may write a decent manly-men with manly-weapons adventure book, (on which subject, remind me later to mention the one point of I-believe-unintentional hilarious homoerotic innuendo) but whose ability at writing a fluffy romance hovers at slightly above zero. I actually attempted to discover if this was ...more
Good thing that Crusie & Mayer didn't stop with this book! I read Agnes and the Hitman first, and just trust me: put this one down and go get Agnes. MUCH better.

The plot in DLD is convoluted, and there are certain twists that never seem fully explained. The attraction between Wilder and Lucy just feels forced. It's immediately assumed to be love at first sight, which is just not something I'm sold on. By the end I was racing to get through just to be done. Crusie's usual laugh-out-loud humor
Jacob Proffitt
Yes, I did tag this both action and romance. I was a little worried with this one because Crusie has a co-author (Bob Mayer) and I liked her just fine the way she was. Uh, is. I needn't have worried. Everything I like about Crusie romances was still there. Excellent characters, yummy hero (only yummier if you can imagine, for being a real Green Beret), and a solid plot that flows naturally from who the characters are. Mayer's contribution seems to be all the details that make the action work so ...more

I had fun with this one, but I have to admit that it can be described pithily by a word that is very over-used in its pages: clusterfuck.

There is ALOT going on in this book all the time. It's kinda hard to pay attention to what's happening and suspension of disbelief is very necessary to enjoy this book, much like the Die Hard movies. I just went along for the ride, which was fun once I stopped trying to make sense of it.

Aside from the abundant humour, Crusie's draw for me is her characters. Fun
I didn't like this as much as Agnes and the Hitman since it tried to be serious most of the time rather than tongue-in-cheek. The rather convoluted plot dragged on a bit because of that, but it was still a fun ride. The reading was excellent since the point of view changes between man & woman were read by the appropriate sex & the readers were both very good.
Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer are both well-known authors, each writing in different genres, and I enjoy reading each one. They joined together for "Don't Look Down" and overall their voices blended quite well. As for the plot and characterization, well, that's another thing.

Lucy Armstrong makes a living directing dog food commercials in New York. When she's asked by her former husband, stunt coordinator Connor Nash, to direct the action scenes for a movie being filmed in South Carolina, she ju
Olga Godim
I read everything by Jennifer Crusie, so when her first collaborative book with Bob Mayer was published in 2006, I bought it, read it, and enjoyed it. Tremendously. This is a re-read and it stood the test of time.
It has everything you might wish from a comic romantic suspense novel: a movie setting, a series of helicopter stunts, a Green Beret, a crocodile with a personality, a nefarious heist, CIA fumbling, Russian mobsters (implied), and a cargo of jade penises. Yes, jade penises, pre-Columbia
The one where Lucy is brought in at the last minute to direct the end of a movie (though her specialty is ads for dog food) and J.T. is brought in as the "military consultant" for the star, and Pepper, Lucy's 5-year-old niece, is kidnapped.

Enjoyable, in a light-snack sort of way, but not something I'd go out of my way to read again.

Thrillers aren't much my style; a lot of the mystery stuff involving the Russian mafia and the stolen art implements and the IRA and the money laundering just *bored
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I read this book a few years ago and thought it was pretty funny. I recently saw it on audio at the library and decided to listen. Its still a good story. I get a laugh out of the male point of view offered by Bob Mayer. I'm pretty sure he's responsible for the liberal sprinkling of 'clusterfuck' throughout the book.

The two voices (Crusie and Mayer) blend really well. The story has elements of farce but it is well anchored with relationships; the two sisters, the aunt and her niece, the aunt a
I have no idea where this book thought it was going. I liked some of the characters but didn't buy the romance. On top of that the mystery wasn't all that interesting. The ending felt haphazard and I never got the 'resolved' feeling. This isn't my least favorite Crusie but it's a close second.
Bonnie Randall
You know, I like a good bar fight. And a shot in the nuts always livens up the party: “The combination of smashed balls and pummeled kidneys caused Doofus One to go to his knees and collapse forward.”
There is just never a time when a kick in the coins isn’t funny.

Don’t Look Down is a scream. Mayer’s dry manliness is not, I don’t think, meant to be *intentionally* funny—yet that makes it even more hilarious. Crusie’s in fine form with wit and timing, and the ensemble cast of quirky birds is supe
Jane Stewart
I was annoyed and irritated with the writing style. Lucy was constantly being interrupted.

For example, A said something to Lucy. B said something on a different subject to Lucy. Lucy answered B. A said something else again. Lucy then answers A. There were many times that two or more conversations were happening at the same time interrupting each other. Later when Lucy was alone with Wilder, she asked him a question, but before he could answer, her cell phone rang, so we didn't get to hear his an
Lucy Armstrong is regretting letting her sleazeball of an ex-husband talk her into flying to Savannah to finish the last four days of filming some movie he's stunt coordinator on. She wanted to see her sister and five-year-old niece, but so far her sister Daisy seems worn-down and strung-out, and her niece Pepper is manically pretending that nothing is wrong with the grown-ups around her. The movie set is a mess, the previous director died, most of the crew have quit, the stunts Lucy is supposed ...more
Movie Director Lucy Armstrong is self-made and self-sufficient. Against her better judgment, she accepts a four day job to finish the last scenes of a movie for which her ex-husband is the stunt coordinator. When she arrives at the movie set on the Savannah River she finds a depleted crew and total chaos, but no one will tell her why.

Green Beret Captain J. T. Wilder arrives from nearby Fort Bragg at the same time that Lucy does. Hired to be a stunt double for the movie's star, he is also a CIA p
Ah, this book... I don't know. I love Jennifer Crusie and everything she has to offer, but this book fell flat for me. It was, sadly, quite boring. I didn't laugh out loud because it wasn't humorous, I didn't feel that tingle for the romance, the action didn't really excite me, and all the happenings were just "eh". In a way it's a bit like Agnes and the Hitman, but even that was kind of ridiculous, to be honest. Don't Look Down just felt like a book that was trying way too hard to get all of th ...more
"Klappe, Liebling!
Eigentlich dreht Regisseurin Lucy Armstrong Hundewerbespots, aber nun soll sie einspringen, um die letzten Szenen eines Actionfilms zu Ende zu drehen. Doch am Set herrscht das reinste Chaos - zerstrittene Darsteller, ein unverständliches Drehbuch - und dann auch noch das: Kriminelle nutzen die Dreharbeiten für ihre illegalen Machenschaften. Lucy versucht entschlossen, den Ganoven das Handwerk zu legen. Dabei findet sie in Stuntman J.T. Wilder mehr als nur einen hilfreichen Verb
Let me make one thing clear. I am a colossal nerd, it's true. I read complicated, boring books for fun; this is also true. I read vast amounts of chick-lit; this is also a fact. Undeniable. If it doesn't seem to fit, well, I don't care. I'm perpetually on the hunt for good chick-lit, given how many, many, many, bad examples of the genre litter the literary landscape these days. I have a few authors that I may rely upon for sufficiently interesting characters, a plot that extends beyond millionai ...more
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Rosie Read
My initial impression was not good, in my review of Anyone but You I waxed lyrical about how Crusie manages to spin a whole cast of rich characters with out making it confusing, not so in Don't Look Down. Within the first few pages the reader is subjected to a huge 'infodump' including a whole host of characters, most of which I couldn't keep straight for the first few chapters or so, in the words of J.T Wilder what a "clusterfuck". On the topic of J. T. Wilder himself I have many a word to say. ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Lucy Armstrong is a director who makes dog food commercials--by choice, not lack of talent. Her ex-husband has asked her to come in and finish directing an action flick that he's coordinated the stunts for. The real director has just died with only four days of shooting left to go. She reluctantly agrees. Things get interesting when she shows up on the set and finds out that her star has hired a stunt double. But not just any stunt double. Meet Captain J. T. Wilder of the Green Berets. Wilder is ...more
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Unabridged audiobook version - review written for Speaking of Audibooks column 2/04/10:

Narrated by Renee Raudman and Patrick Lawlor
Upon its release in 2006, I participated in a Pandora’s Box discussion of Don’t Look Down – a joint effort between well known romance writer Crusie and Mayer, a former Green Beret and multi-genre author. Although it’s categorized as fiction, there’s enough to satisfy most romance readers if you’re open to a very male point of view. Last month I listened to the audio
3 Stars...(I liked it))

...I always have a blast reading a Jennifer Crusie novel, but not this time. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a total waste of time. The characters were strong and the setting very unique it just lacked Crusie's usual "Welcome to Your Temporary New Home" feel. I also find myself laughing out loud while reading her work and I didn't do that a single time reading this one.

I probably would have rated "Don't Look Down" a little higher if the story didn't take place within a 4 day
I loved pretty much all the other Jennifer Crusie books I've read, including the collaboration with Bob Mayer on Agnes and the Hitman (which was awesome btw!) This one I really struggled with it. It felt like it lacked anything real between the two love interests beyond some internal 'He's hot, she's don't look' monologue for the most part of the book.

I'll admit I got to about 60% of the way through and skipped to the last chapter. And even the ending was pretty meh.

But I shall keep so
I'm very glad I read Don't Look Down, the first collaborative book by Crusie and Mayer AFTER I had already read their second book, Agnes and the Hitman. Why? Because if it had been the other way around, I may not haVE read Agnes and then I would have missed out on a very funny, very good book.

Now I'm not saying that Don't Look Down is bad, it was entertaining enough, but it just did not live up to what I expect from a Crusie book and what was delivered in Agnes and the Hitman. Sure the action is
I don't often write reviews, but the combination of Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer is a winning one. I have never read a book by either of them, but I will be in the future. This is a combination of a light romance and an action thriller. The book jacket says a "sizzling, high-octane romantic adventure about a straight-talking woman and a straight-shooting man..." I agree. And most importantly, I finished this book with a smile on my face. A fast read, but an enjoyable one!
I'm not too much into chick-lit, and I know Ms. Cruise's work falls squarely in that genre, but I picked this up by request of my road-trip travel companion as an audiobook for our trip. I've only read one other book of Ms. Crusie's, and this one seemed to have a bit of a less neurotic-woman vibe to it, which was a plus. It took a bit to get into the story, but once in it, I was engaging enough. There were actually some really good one-liners that made us laugh out loud, so that's a big bonus. I ...more
This was rather meh for me, I'm afraid. I liked the characters, but the action plot took away from me really loving them, I think. (And not sure I quite followed all of the suspense plot.)

I could tell from the description that this would probably be a fast romance, so I was prepared for that, but I didn't feel a ton of connection between the characters.

Aw well. I still have several fun Crusies left, I think.
I have to agree with the other reviews of this book. It was a fine book but there was definetly something lacking. The development of the relationships was a bit stilted and the unraveling of the illegal activities plot seemed a bit confused.

I am looking forward to reading there next book together to see if these two authors learn a better harmony. I think they have the potential to be VERY good.
Jacky Faber
I enjoyed reading this book, I found it entertaining. Not a great book. The beginning was a bit slow and also got bogged down with all the descriptions of weapons and crap like that. But there were many scenes where I laughed out loud. I loved the heroine, Lucy Armstrong. She's an Amazon at six feet tall, she's tough, fearless, and very witty. I had tears in my eyes when she was wondering out loud how men could be in charge of governments, companies, and all of the military when half the time th ...more
This book has a lot of potential and there are a lot of things I really like about it (mostly the little girl, Pepper, and her Wonder Woman obsession. I totally want Wonderwear). It just didn't quite get there for me. It's a nice diversion for Jennifer Crusie. Bringing in an actual military man and military novel writer certainly adds some genuine aspects but some of them felt like they were spouting technical jargon for the heck of it and it messed with the flow. You could tell a bit more than ...more
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Jenny Crusie is the NYT bestselling author of twenty some novels and lots of other stuff. Her latest novel, Maybe This Time, hit shelves in August, 2010.

Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.
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