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An American Cage

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  67 reviews
“Your best friend can be your worst enemy”

Danny Marsh is a good guy, and also an escaped felon. He has twenty-four hours to make it to freedom in Mexico. Along the way, he must evade the rabid Texas authorities, and even deadlier, the schemes of one of his closest allies, who isn't who he seems.

Do you like the gray areas between good and evil?

Do you like characters who pla
Paperback, 297 pages
Published October 16th 2017 by Precipice Books (first published August 15th 2017)
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Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Danny Marsh, twenty four years old, was a farm boy serving time in Thurgood L. Crick Maximum Security Prison located in Texas. An error in judgement, one split second, a resultant prison stint. Deemed a "rich white boy" frightened by prison life, his panic attacks subsided when he was housed with new cellmate, soft spoken Professor Phil Zorn. Phil, forty-ish, a neuroscience researcher, offered Danny father-like support and encouragement. It is no surprise that when Phil planned a prison break, D ...more
Paul Falk
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: prison, action, fiction
This ARC was provided compliments of NetGalley. Appreciation sent to Precipice Books for making this release available. An unbiased review follows.

Ted Galdi's narrative spilled off the pages with flair. I sat riveted from page one. Just the way I like it. As the dramatic scenes unfolded, I was privy to a Machiavellian escape plan, when set in motion, actually seemed plausible. Essentially, I felt the anxiety of a daring prison break. Now that's a change-of-pace! The storyline hustled along culmi
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An American Cage starts out with 3 inmates escaping a maximum-security prison. It would seem that the guards have seen all types of escape attempts that it would be impossible to sneak out. Creativity plus an unlimited amount of time and a plan could make it happen. Phil, Danny, and Monty have just done the impossible and we are in for a ride to get to Mexico before the authorities catch up.

Phil is the mastermind and has manipulated Danny and Monty by enticing them with freedom and new identitie
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An American Cage is not your run if the mill convicts bust out of prison shoot-em-up book. There is a subtlety about the trio and their escape. Things are maybe not as cut and dried as the professor implied. Danny is a young inmate that is serving time for a crime he committed. Youth and immaturity aside, he has conflict about his sentence.

The professor, his cell mate assists Danny through his conflict and offers him an opportunity for freedom.

Nothing feels right as these three begin a cross s
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Danny Marsh is serving time in a maximum security prison in Texas. His cellmate, Phil Zorn, along with his good friend Monty Montgomery all decide to make an escape from prison and head to Mexico. But, as these things go, the plan did not go as it should and quickly decisions had to be made on the fly. Will the trio make it to Mexico, or will they be caught and forced to spend even more time behind bars?

Thank you to Ted Galdi and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher through NetGalley

AN AMERICAN CAGE written by author Ted Galdi is a high paced prison-break novel that involves Danny Marsh, a middle class son of a well-to-do farmer who is incarcerated after an accident resulting in injury and permanent disability to the man in the other vehicle, and after which Danny flees; and is found to have been found over the legal limit when his father turns him in when he returns home.

Prison life wears
Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
"Danny wants to hit him in those ugly chops. But that would be a bad idea. Danny isn't a fighter. He'd never been in a fight in his life before prison. And all the ones in there he lost. Badly. He feels powerless. Shoulder's shaking, Danny steps away from the other two.".....

Danny, Phil and Monty. Three inmates about to make their escape from a Texas prison. The stakes are high, if they’re caught. With a plan to make it to Mexico, the story follows twenty-four hours in the lives of these three m
HornFan2 (Mike)
Thanks to net, Ted Galdi and Precipice Books for the advance ARC copy for my honest review.

Not a bad book, but feel the author created several situations in the storyline, for the soul purpose of adding needless fluff writing and making the reader slog through it.

It starts out pretty good, then he gets way to unrealistic, believable or plausible at times in the storyline with the escape of inmates Danny Marsh, Monty Montgomery, and Phil Zorn, who escape from the Thorgood L. Chick pr
Lisa Robbins
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon this book while perusing thrillers on Netgalley. I’m always looking for new authors to read and the description sounded interesting so I decided to go for it. I love police/crime type books and this sounded like a different twist than what I usually read. The story begins with three inmates breaking out of prison. Our main character is Danny, a young man who had a brief lapse in judgment and ended up in prison. He escapes with his cell mate, scientist and mastermind Phil Zorn, an ...more
Bernadette Robinson
My thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I did give this 3 stars or 6/10 initially, after some thought I've changed my rating to 2.5 stars or 5/10.

I so wanted to enjoy this story more than I did. I struggled with it and found that it didn't really keep my attention, at times I found it a chore to pick up. I definitely found the second half better than the first, as I found the pace of the story picked up.

The story centres aro
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
*2.5 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This told the story of three escaped convicts, how they escaped and the following week or so.

It took me two weeks to read this book.
Anyone who knows me knows this doesn’t happen to me often.
I just couldn’t get into it, the characters weren’t relatable, I found them annoying.

Some twists took me by surprise but mostly I found the twist pretty predictable and I was mostly bored. I just couldn’t care.

I’m sure some people
Romi || Romi Reads
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebooks
4.5/5 stars! I found this book kind of hard to rate. I definitely liked reading it, but at the same time, I felt like there was something … missing. I can’t exactly say what it is, but I think it came because of the not-so-thrilling first part of the book. It felt slow and there were not a lot of twists. Because of that I thought I knew what it was going to end like and the thrill was gone. The second part, however, had me on the edge of my seat the whole ride! Finally, I lost my sense of what w ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I would like to thank Ted Galdi for the opportunity to read this brilliant novel.  I enjoyed this right from the opening pages, as three prisoners escape from prison, to the final pages which were full of page turning suspense.

I found myself often reading to find out what was happening to Jane rather than the prisoners.  Just so you know where I am coming from with Jane, she was a hitchhiker they picked up along the way and she quickly became a suspect.  I had all forms of ideas running through
Schuyler Wallace
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

“An American Cage” is Ted Galdi’s look at a prison break and its aftermath. One can only guess at how many books have been written about people on the run, but this one is a good one. Galdi’s breathless prose places it high on my favorites list.

Danny, Phil, and Monty are three jail birds who break out of a Texas prison and their story only takes a couple of days, but the author fills the time with great characterizations, relentless action, and seemingly endless jogs in the road. At first I thou
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! When I read the description, I was intrigued by the premise. I am happy to report that this book did not disappoint!
There were some twists and turns that I did not see coming, keeping me on my toes and wondering what was next.
I liked the characters and found my like/dislike for some of the characters changed as I read the book - for instance, I "connected" with Phil throughout most of the book but did not like him at all near the end of the book. And I didn't like M
Benjamin  Thomas
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Ted and NetGalley for a copy for review.

American Cage has a good plotline with well developed characters. Loved the set up, tension, dilemma, conflict in this one. Three convicts escape from prison seeking freedom led by a world renowned manipulative professor. But when they finally escape they begin to discover the real price of their freedom.

This author has great potential, but room for improvement in my opinion. Not sure exactly what it was lacking but dialogue does come to mind.
If only, nobody and I mean nobody, especially in Taxes U.S.A who was escapes from prison ( even if his escape brings the evidence that he is not guilty ) which don’t happen here but even if it did and the person clears his name he still gets 5 years for the escape no matter what.
Now about the audiobook, it’s excellent I really enjoyed it, Ted Galdi takes you on a journey from the beginning to the last page making it difficult to take breaks, and narration by Scott R. Pollak is always flawless.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
This is the story of Danny Marsh who escapes prison with two other inmates. Trying to get to Mexico across Texas with the Texas marshalls chasing them and then finding that who he thought was a friend and was helping him out of a bind was not really such a good friend.
This shows the struggles they went through on the run and what their final decision was at the end.
For a you kid, trying to stay alive in a prison where they would just shank
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
A quick reading tale about three escaped convicts and the assorted adventures they encounter in their flight south to the border. It includes some flashbacks, some philosophical musings, and an odd hitchhiker. Told alternating between narratives of one of the escapees and the deputies on the chase. There’s enough here to hold your interest for a while.
Alicia Huxtable
Good read

Nice pace, good characters, strong storyline.....what else does a story need.I found this book a good, easy and enjoyable read
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to the author and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It's been a while ago that I've read a Crime Thriller. Have been reading a lot of Fantasy, so picking up another genre was very refreshing.
I enjoyed this book a lot and I can totally see a movie made out of this story. I was able to picture everything in my head so easily and the book was never dull.

A longer review can be found at Bite Into Books

An action-packed, and easy to read book wi
Sep 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult, abandoned
I got bored withing the first pages. No connection to the characters and flat narration did it for me. I couldn't finish it because I wasn't enjoying the writing and really didn't care if they got caught or not.

I guess this book wants to be a thriller but is missing substance.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thrillers, psychological thrillers, are fast becoming a favorite of mine to read. There is something about reading a book and being kept on the edge of your seat. So when I came across An American Cage on NetGalley, I felt a pull towards it. I don’t know if it was the cover or the blurb, something about it said: “Read me“. So I did and I liked it. The only issue that I had is something that the author had no control over. The book didn’t load right on my Kindle. I could not tell when chapters en ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am a consummate thriller reader and psychological/medical type thrillers are my favorite! I appreciate that Mr. Galdi was attempting to write a very exciting escape novel. I found the psychological maneuvering to be quite interesting as well as the intelligence of Phil who was previously a college professor. I really like the book cover and synopsis and it piqued my interest. I did enjoy the premise of the book. The characters came to life though I admit that there was way too much backstory a ...more
Stanley McShane
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An American Cage, the sophomore release by Ted Galdi, sizzles off the page in the Texas heat. You will be caught immediately in the most theatrical prison escape yet conceived or attempted. Don't discount Danny Marsh and Monty Montgomery, both twenty-somethings to Phil Zorn's forty-something. The first two are young and strapping men, neither of whom landed in prison for something heinous--perhaps more on the error of judgment side--rather than terribly criminal. Phil, as he adamantly proclaims ...more
Stuart Aken
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
This thriller is much more than that. Generally, thrillers are notorious for their concentration on story at the expense of character. In An American Cage, however, Galdi has broken that mould. He’s devised a tale that threads character throughout the story without adversely affecting pace and engagement.
Written in present tense, and from an omniscient viewpoint, the novel explores the motivations of the various characters as their actions bring them into contact and involve them in the fast-pac
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview An American Cage.
Three prisoners escape a maximum security prison. They have planned their escape for a year, and they are out - and they have a plan. They are going to Mexico to live out their lives in freedom.
Phil, Monty, and Dan could not be any different - Phil is an older scientist who says he was framed for rapes, Monty got caught in a stolen car, and Dan mamed a man in a DUI. The three convicts are to meet Phil's friend, and he will get
Scherry  at The Novel Lady
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel, but I must admit that I was hooked from the very first page. The writing allowed me to "see" in my mind every detail of what was happening.

The story starts off with the months of planning coming to a head as three inmates of Thurgood L. Crick prison make their escape. As each step unfolded, I found myself holding my breath. Whew! Was I actually cheering for these bad guys to get away? Huh. As I got to know them, I actually felt sorry for them and tho
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Escaping prison, three convicts are running for their lives. One prisoner is shot and slows down their escape. They must change their plans to meet the guy who is going to assist them getting to Mexico. Danny wakes up to find himself tightly chained and his mouth stuffed with cotton. He doesn't understand why he is in a cage. The injured prisoner was in a separate cage chained like Danny. When he sees his captor and the other prisoner free, he doesn't understand at first what this is about. The ...more
C. Stuchl
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Outstanding for a first time novel and the cover is just perfect for this story.

"Three inmates break out of a maximum-security prison in Texas, one of them Danny Marsh, a suburban kid in his twenties who landed in jail because of a crime he never intended to commit.

An American Cage follows Danny and his two escape partners over a twenty-four-hour period as they struggle to cross Texas to freedom in Mexico. On this dangerous journey, Danny has to evade the rabid Texas authorities, and even worse
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Ted Galdi, an Amazon #1 bestselling author, has been featured by Kirkus magazine, ABC, FOX, iHeartRadio, and many other media outlets. He’s a winner of a Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award and a Silver Medal in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Ted is a graduate of Duke University.

His available releases are the books Elixir, An American Cage, and Lion on Fire, and the short stories A Road to Now