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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,326 ratings  ·  126 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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Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: espionage
A relatively normal guy is mourning the murder of his wife when he encounters Pilgrim, a CIA agent. They find that they've been set up for a hit, and have to work together to smash the frame. Of course, the CIA agent is not what he seems.

Not bad, but nothing too memorable.
Sean Peters
Jan 26, 2014 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.


Jeff Dickison
Well written and very fast-paced this story has not a whit of believability about it. Just too far fetched to be taken seriously. Recommended only for those who like action without having to think about it.
Feb 21, 2012 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
Kevin Middaugh
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good action packed book. Interesting twist at the very end. Jeff Abbott continues to write solid action stories.
Dr T
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now this book is exactly what I am looking for when I want to read a "thriller". Abbott has come up with a rather improbable series of events and linked them together into a compelling story and set of characters. Plenty of action from start to finish, unlikely characters forced to work together, plot surprises, double-double crosses and more, all brought together in an effective whole story. Giving even a basic plot summary risks giving away too much as spoilers, so I'll stop by saying that I w ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tangled story of greed, ambition, deception. CIA turncoats, and innocent bystanders. Ben Forsberg is a consultant to government contracting firms. One of his largest clients is Hector Global, a Dallas security with contracts in areas of military action and other government agencies.
After arriving home in Austin from a brief vacation, Ben answers the doorbell and finds two agents from Homeland Security.
His nightmare begins.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This should have been a four star book. I even told my friend how she had to read this book. It was compelling and entertaining for the most part. A story of men and women and the things they do in the name of National Security. I believed most of it but the ending was all wrong hence the three stars.
Dave Webster
Dec 02, 2016 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.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book lots of plots all coming together as one nicely in the end fast paced and a sterling read it keeps you turning the pages.
Black op operations very Bourne like nice character arch's and a satisfying ending well worth your time and effort.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When reading a Jeff Abbott novel, one is always guaranteed a page-turner and a few surprises along the way. This one does not disappoint.
Michael Carrier
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A great thriller with a drop dead ending that you do not see coming. Well crafted with full characters. A real "page turner".
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read. Several twists and a couple of obvious plot lines.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling thriller about a guy whose ordinary life blows up when two government agents arrive at his door to tell him that his business card has been found in the wallet of an assassinated assassin.
Petros Gunner
Fast moving action , great characters as well. Everything falls into place in the last chapter, worth the time
Desiree Cooper
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5. Took a while to figure out all the different characters and places, but once I got there was really good.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Good solid thriller - worth reading.
Blood Rose Books
Aug 13, 2012 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 23, 2009 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 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 multipl ...more
Mark Soone
Feb 01, 2013 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 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 Forsber ...more
Mar 12, 2013 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 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Steven Scaffardi
Aug 05, 2011 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
Shonna Froebel
Nov 22, 2012 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
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Nov 04, 2010 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 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
Garry Thompson
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of the few books that I will give a five star rating. Enjoyable from start to end, but don't expect a sequel...
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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 ar ...more
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