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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (July 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525950281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525950288
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A rock-solid if complicated plot distinguishes this stand-alone thriller from Abbott (Panic). In Austin, Tex., a hired assassin fumbles an assignment, leaving several men dead. In the pocket of one of the victims, a Belfast hit man, is the business card of Ben Forsberg, who's been trying to put his life together since his wife was gunned down on their honeymoon two years earlier. After Homeland Security agents pick up the clueless Ben because they think he's the killer, Pilgrim, an agent with yet another secret government agency, the Cellar, rescues Ben from the Homeland Security folk. The appealing Pilgrim and Ben set out to clear Ben's name and rescue Pilgrim's boss, Teach, who's been taken prisoner by the mastermind behind the elaborate plot. Abbott keeps the action zipping along as the body count mounts, and Ben becomes far wiser and far tougher as he learns the harsh realities of kill or be killed.
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From Booklist

Action junkies be warned: Abbott’s latest iteration of the novel-as-extended-chase-scene empties its whole clip straight into the gut. The players: Ben Forsberg, an everyman caught up in a nightmare world that will barely let him catch his breath; Pilgrim, a shadow warrior with an invisible covert-ops group called the Cellar (he’s Ben’s only hope, or is he?); Sam Hector, Ben’s boss, head of a vast private security firm à la Blackwater (he’s pulling the strings, but for whom?); Jackie, the loose cannon, a sadistic Irish assassin crazed with grief at the loss of his older brother (how far will he go, and can he be stopped?); and Khaled, zealous associate of a group called Blood of Fire (he’s on his way to New Orleans, but for what evil purpose?). The pace: frenetic, nonstop. The dialogue: smart, unobtrusive. The plot: packed, convoluted, head spinning. The everyman angle borrows from Abbott’s hardcover debut, Panic (2005); neither book is memorable, but it hardly matters: if it is unbridled action you crave (or if you’re just killing time till the next Lee Child comes out), Abbott’s your man. --David Wright

More About the Author

Jeff Abbott is the international-bestselling, award-winning author of ten mystery and suspense novels. Jeff is a native Texan and graduated from Rice University with a degree in History and English, and worked as a creative director at an advertising agency before writing full-time. He lives in Austin with his wife and two sons. You can visit his website at www.jeffabbott.com and follow him on Twitter @JeffAbbott.

Customer Reviews

The stand alone novels he has put out are very good reads.
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While Abbott knows how to write such scenes at the mechanical level, I felt I had no emotional stake in their outcome.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In Hawaii on his honeymoon with his beloved Emily, consultant Ben Forsberg goes to take a shower anticipating more sex before they catch the plane back to the mainland. When he finishes his shower, he finds Emily lying dead in a pool of blood. Two years later; Ben still grieves his loss and has not been on a date with another woman since the tragedy that has become a cold case to everyone but him.

In Austin, sniper Nicky Lynch and cleaner Jackie are to take out the big man and the computer geek Adam Reynolds. Nicky fires at both and watches them fall; he assumes they are dead. Instead not long afterward the big man kills the sniper. Former CIA agent "Pilgrim" wonders why he was set up to die by he assumes his handler or his superior as the objective to frame Forsberg for a murder seems to have included eliminating the consultant's only witness to his innocence. Instead Pilgrim decides to team up with a beleaguered Forsberg to uncover the truth and take down who wants them dead. Forsberg does not trust the operative, but has no choice as someone has set him up to take a homicide fall and that someone wants him dead so he has no trial. What the corporate suit also does not know is his historical connection to Pilgrim; what he believes is the agent plans to terminate the partnership once he cleans out those who want him dead.

The keys to this powerful thriller are Ben and Pilgrim seem real in a deadly cat and mouse game against unknown foes though Pilgrim has a good idea who the opposition are. The story line is fast-paced from the opening sequence two years ago in Hawaii and never decelerates until the final twist of several occurs; ironically even when the reader expects a certain spin because Jeff Abbott is known for that, we marvel at the deftly twist the plot takes. This is an entertaining action thriller that fans will enjoy.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Versel Rush on March 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have loved Jeff Abbott since the Jordan Poteet books oh so many years ago. He stopped writing those books a while back and has ventured into another series and an occasional stand alone. All are worth reading--and so is this one.

Abbott does an incredible job of accurately weaving Texas (topography, people. culture) seamlessly into intricate plots with exceptional characters. In a lot of ways, Abbott is the Texas version of Harlan Coben. "Collision" is a prime example of this relationship.

The book starts quickly with a death in the first few pages. It progresses on with in depth characterizations (even the bad guys have back stories) and great dialogue. Just when you think you have it all figured out (and, truth be told, you do figure out the big picture early on), Abbott throws in a twist, a new dead body, a flashback.

This is a mystery and a spy novel and a thriller and a story about human tragedy.

Definitely a 5 star read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on January 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Yes, the characters are cartoonish images - the secretly decent killer spy, the fumbling accountant who suddenly acquires survivalist skills, the corrupt former CIA agent turned evil businessman. You've seen them many times before but still they entertain. Needless to say, very few businessmen divide their times between hit squads and the boardroom and few assassins display nascent artisitic abilities.

The plot is complicated and requires a little patience but once you get into the story, it's hard to put down. Two men as different as night and day are thrown together in a double doublecross that's as preposterous as it is exciting. Ben, the accountant and "Pilgrim", the operative become a team and together they thwart the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security and all the private agencies and terrorists who want to do bad things to them. The action is non-stop with lots of rather antiseptic killing. Thank God the author is not another latent sadist describing pages of incredible torture. Instead, he works by omission rather than commission, letting the reader imagine the worst.

In one sense it's like a James Bond movie where 5 millions bullets somehow miss the hero yet each of his shots are brilliant and fatal. But that's what readers want and what they like. By the way, this would make for a great movie. My Grade - A-
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Todd on November 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book gets your attention and keeps it.
Always important to me.
Lots of action.
Twist at the end.
Well worth your time.
Unfortunately, not all of his books are that good.
Avoid Fear, which is just silly.
I never read Trust Me, but the reviews weren't good.
However, Panic, is another good one and is highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Bowes on December 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Abbott's early books gave us characters to care about. His recent efforts are attempts to capture a best seller vibe. These characters are comic level. He does action well. Give us someone believable and interesting and he'd score that best seller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on October 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Collison (aka Run) certainly does move at a fast pace but the believability factor does outrun the storyline. The storyline is enjoyable though and checking out Collison/Run from your local library is an enjoyable way to pass the time. Don't run out of money at the end of the week by wasting any on this book though, it is nothing special. Similar storylines have been written much better by authors such as Harlan Coben, David Morrell, Charlie Huston and others.

In Run/Collison Ben Forsberg has moved onto a very successful life in the businessworld. He gets contracts to staff companies in the world's hot spots and is very very good at it. Unfortunately for him one day upon returning from a business trip a couple of government agents follow him through the front door. They want to know why a hacker they have been after for quite sometime had been in contact with Ben and what he has to do the hacker's assassination by a snipers bullet. Ben can't believe they think he would be so stupid as to arrange this but they do remind him his wife also died from a sniper's rifle while on their honeymoon. As they force him to accompany them to a secret location it dawns on Ben that maybe these guys aren't government agents at all and that's even scarier than if they are.

Meanwhile at the scene of the hacker's demise an ex CIA agent now even more secret government agency agent wants to know why the hacker was killed and more importantly why a bullet barely missed his head during his meeting with him.

Collison/Run's plot twists and twists but you won't be fooled much. Get it from your library!
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