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Collision by Jeff Abbott
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Aug 23, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: books-into-film, hardboiled, mystery, read-in-2009, reviewed, thriller
Recommended to Michael by: Read review of the book in Thriller website.
Recommended for: Action fans, Lee Child fans, Eisler fans
Read in August, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Ben Forsberg is on his honeymoon when someone murders his wife, Emily.

In Austin, TX, a hit goes wrong. Nicky Lynch, a freelance assassin, is supposed to kill two men. He murders software designer, Adam Reynolds, but the other target escapes. That target, later known as Pilgrim, finds Nicky and kills him.

Later in that day, two agents from Homeland Security call on Ben and ask him why his card was in the pocket of Nicky Lynch. The agents tell Ben that Reynolds worked for the government and that Ben's name was found on Reynolds appointment book and his phone number listed on his cell phone. When Ben denies knowing anything, they take him into custody.

There is a second assination team. Sam Hector, owns a security firm called Global Security. He tells this team to go after Pilgrim and bring back his boss, Teach to him. Hector is the one setting up Pilgrim and Ben. He also tells Nicky's brother, Jackie Lynch, to accompany the team.

When they attempt to attack Pilgrim, he kills the second team and rescues Ben from the Homeland Security office. However, Jackie survives and captures Teach and brings her to Hector.

As this is happening, we learn of six Arabic men in New Orleans, planning something but we don't know what.

Ben and Pilgrim, whose real name is Randall Choate, realize that they've been set up and decide to work together. They make a connection of who Hector really is. Pilgrim learns that Hector is a false name for someone who had a major effect on his life, ten years before.

Ben and Pilgrim must figure what Hector is up to, attempt to rescue Teach and stop the plot before it succeeds.

This is a complex plot with the action zooming across the page. The pace is breakneck and the resutl is fun.

Ben is an interesting character who goes from a mild mannered executive to Rambo in a few short days.

A fun read that has already been optioned for film.

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message 1: by Shirley (new)

Shirley I will be looking forward to your review on this one. Sounds very interesting.

Michael <
Hi Shirley;
So far so good, lots of shooting and betrayal, not a great deal of plot or character development though.

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