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Crack-Up: A Psychological Thriller Kindle Edition

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Length: 376 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Eric Christopherson has more than 150,000 copies of his books in circulation worldwide. He is a former police officer and federal government consultant. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, he also has a graduate degree from Duke University. He was born in California, grew up in New England, and has since lived throughout the United States and a bit in Asia. He now lives in semi-rural Ohio with his wife, Seiko, and their toddlers, Keith and Annabel.

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Eric Christopherson has more than 150,000 copies of his books in circulation worldwide.

He is a former police officer and federal government consultant.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, he also has a graduate degree from Duke University.

He was born in California, grew up in New England, and has since lived throughout the United States and a bit in Asia. He now lives in semi-rural Ohio with his wife, Seiko, and their toddlers, Keith and Annabel.

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106 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Lynn McNamee on July 30, 2009
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Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

Ever imagined what it's like to be a paranoid schizophrenic? This book will show you. You will cringe from the emotions invoked by this thriller. You might even become a little paranoid yourself.

The protagonist, Argus, of this book already knows that he has a problem. However, he also knows that his medication controls it. So, what happens when he sees a naked stewardess serving drinks on a plane and none of the other passengers notice? Well, he must be going crazy again, right?

There are many plot twists and turns while Argus goes on a journey to try to figure out what is real and what is not. He also needs to clear himself of a murder charge. This is a bit difficult to do while in a mental institution.

Reading this book will have you on the edge of your seat, unable to put it down. I was actually sad to see it end.

Character Development: 4 3/4 Stars

Argus is a very logical character. Although he suffers from a mental illness, readers can easily put themselves in his shoes to understand the realistic decisions made by him.

I did wonder at times why he didn't spare a little more thought to his wife and child.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

This book is extremely well written with tight, concise prose. Every single sentence forwards the plot and story line.

Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars

This is a self-published work without an error to be found. It is of better quality than many commercially published books. The Kindle formatting is also excellent.

Rating: PG-13 due to minimal violence and mature psychological issues
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By CS on August 2, 2009
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Argus Ward is a hero with a secret. Everyone knows he once saved the President's life, but very few people are aware that he's also a paranoid schizophrenic. Luckily, he's been able to keep his condition under control with medication...

...until he sees a naked flight attendant on a corporate jet and begins a slow, torturous descent into insanity.

Argus suspects someone discovered his secret and sabotaged his medication to make him go crazy.

But how can he know anything for sure when he can't even distinguish what's real from what isn't?

And therein lies the premise of Eric Christopherson's "Crack-Up" - one of the BEST thrillers I've read in ages.

Christopherson is a master storyteller. His first book is easily in the same class as the giants of the genre.

"Crack-Up" is an incredible debut novel and an absolute must-read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By VickiT on September 8, 2010
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`"Listen to me, son," said the caller. My father? "Kill John Helms." Then he hung up.'

What happens when the lines between reality and delusion start to blur? Paranoid schizophrenic Argus Ward sees and hears things, but how much of it is real? What about the voices telling him to kill his most famous client...

Crack-up hooked me from the start. By the end, I was almost as paranoid as Argus. A fast-paced, excellently crafted thriller, gripping from start to finish. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward G. Talbot - Thriller author on February 20, 2011
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This was among the best 2 or 3 thrillers I read in 2010, and I read a few dozen. Writing is tight, the pace is breathless, and the main character is complex enough that you simply must find out what happens next. Highly recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Libby Mari on August 20, 2010
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This is an amazing look into the mind of the paranoid schizophrenic, complete with auditory and visual hallucinations. Conspiracy theorists will love the plot with its many twists and mysteries, each compounded by the fact that every single minute could be a delusion or hallucination or could be real...the reader, trapped in the mind of the unmedicated schizophrenic is along for the ride, trying to parse out what's real and what isn't, all while trying to solve a conspiracy that could lead to (another) murder.

The fast pace of this book makes it feel short, although it's actually a pretty good length for a novel. It's well written, with almost no formatting errors, and kept me entertained with it's unusual and original premise. Despite it's fantastic nature, the novel actually reads like it's a believable situation and you will find yourself second guessing your first assumptions over and over again.

A great read. Well worth the 99 cents they were charging for it in Kindle edition. I'm looking for other novels by this author, and I wouldn't be surprised if they up the price soon because the quality is worth much more than that.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2010
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Not bad writing. Not a bad idea. Problem: believability. I just couldn't buy, the whole time, that a crazy guy who has to take drugs not to see hallucinations would ever be allowed anywhere near the presidential secret service. I've worked in Washington and other guv jobs, (but never in secret service). I can tell you there is NO WAY he would get such a job if there was even a blip of uncertainty on that lie detector or drugs in his records. No way. Not ever.

Nor would such a person be allowed to be a hot-shot rich guy's bodyguard. Background checks would be performed there as well. These stark pieces of reality kept occurring to me throughout the book, and halting my enjoyment. I still give it 3 stars, because the book isn't bad otherwise and its cheap.
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Thanks so much for the review! Couldn't have asked for a better first one.

Thanks also for the advertising. I've sold a lot of books today. Now I will go check out these forums you mention...
Jul 31, 2009 by E. Christopherson |  See all 3 posts
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