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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Pine Tree Press / Pine Tree Arts (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615546676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615546674
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,546,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It gets five stars and is worth five more. The copy flows like soft water in a gentle rain, seamless and smooth, all the while carrying the reader to the next page in breathless anticipation.
--Mike Dobbins, Editor-Publisher,The Wildwood Independent

The litmus test for anything I buy is, Did I get my money's worth? Deadly Dividends paid a dividend of satisfaction... And since my spouse also enjoyed it, it was a two-for-one reward.
--Larry Bailey, Reviewer-Biographer, Penn Valley Courier, TWI

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The flight from New York to San Francisco was going to take many hours, and the book I bought at an airport kiosk wasn't as engrossing as I had hoped. 

On the other hand, the plane was chasing the setting sun across the entire width of North America, and I started thinking about driving that distance in a fast car, like a Mercedes Benz roadster. Scenes from Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" came to mind as I looked out the window, and then came the question, "What if....?"

That's often the way a novel is conceived, and when the plane's tires scorched the runway at SFO, I had a whole series of cross-country escapades in mind, involving an architect accused of murdering a corporate client, and a beautiful property manager caught in his predicament. I intended to write a fast-moving tale that would perfectly fit a cross-country airline flight. And I finished the first draft in about a month. Up to that point, it was a fairly standard romantic thriller.

But then that woman kept nagging at me for a more substantial role. Elissa Bennett Pope is a former debutante from posh Lake Forest, Illinois, who "threw away a fortune because she couldn't stand being married to it." Her involvement with Grey Harper, the architect, put both their lives in extreme danger as they tried to evade pursuit by "men without faces" for 2200 miles. Yet, despite fleeing without preparation, leaving behind all her belongings, Elissa became vital to the results of their journey. And two years of rewrites later, Elissa seems to be a surprise to a lot of readers. She sure surprised me.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By richard fay on March 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Escape by David Emil Henderson

Escape was a real surprise, and a pleasant one. The cover illustration attracts attention but doesn't measure up to the excellent writing inside. I enjoyed an exciting, action-packed, super-fast read about a resourceful architect and a feisty female property manager who run into each other by accident. Finding that they are targeted for another accident - a fatal one - by renegade government agents, they combine forces in more ways than one and escape one near-capture after another from Chicago to Carmel-by-the-Sea. There's enough action, romance, intrigue and suspense for anyone. Escape had another title in an earlier edition but the new title tells the tale more accurately. The author's expressed intent was to produce a good quick read, and he has done it.

Richard L. Fay
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At times like this, I wish Amazon offered half stars. If they did, this would be a 3.5-star review.

The story line was strong enough to keep me reading to the end, but not as compelling as I'd hoped from the description of the book. The heroine is an intriguing character who shows some real growth and development as the story advances, in contrast to the hero who is fairly 2-dimensional throughout and ultimately simply not credible.

As the story reached its climax, the author tossed in an interesting twist but he weakened its impact by sending the scene's participants into an endless conversation that stalled the plot's pace. In fact, overall, the unevenness of the plot pace does this book in. The epilogue is too long, too rambling, and ultimately unnecessary.

I'm not sorry I gave this new author a try and I'll give him another shot in the future. He clearly has talent and room to grow.
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David Henderson's many years of newspaper writing and editing experience has paid off in his recent edition of Escape!, a romantic thriller (Pine Tree Arts, 2013, 330 pages). Henderson has spun a fast moving chase story, with two strangers at the beginning of the yarn, Grey Harper and Elissa Pope, having to run for their lives from some Federal Government agents, even though the alleged crime is not clearly stated. The chase takes place in autos, then planes, then autos again, across the western half of the U. S. Along the way, Grey and Elissa get better acquainted with each other's complex persona while staying in motels and eating in restaurants. Most readers will wonder whether and when they will get to the romance part. Henderson tells the story with enough detail to get the reader worried about the couple's welfare, but he spares the frilly detail. There is room for the reader's imagination to fill in the blanks.
The chase plot continues all the way to the end. A surprising end awaits all the involved parties.
Mike Lambert, Publisher - Wildwood Literary Review, Penn Valley, CA; Aug. 5, 2013
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More About the Author

David Emil Henderson began his journalism career in 1960s magazines, when he crafted personal interviews with Henry Fonda, Barbra Streisand, Robert Preston, Charlton Heston, and other luminaries, along with a broad range of news and features.

As editor for a Chicago suburban newspaper chain owned by Time, Inc., Henderson directed the editorial content of five newspapers, including The Evanston Review, chosen by a national newspaper publishers' association as First in the Nation for General Excellence. Later, as editor and publisher of a Montana newspaper, he won the state press association's top awards for editorial writing, column writing, feature stories, and news reports.

In California, he created national print and video marketing programs for nine San Francisco Bay Area daily newspapers, including those owned by Gannett, The Tribune Company, Media News Group, and The New York Times. Henderson now owns a small-market publishing enterprise in Northern California. It's here that he envisions an enclave of talented writers sharing resources to achieve their goals.

David Emil Henderson, not to be confused with several other authors named David Henderson, has published two novels as of January 2013. They include:

!. "Escape!", a romantic thriller that hurries to keep pace with Architect Grey Harper and his dazzling companion, Elissa Bennett Pope, as they race 2250 miles from a Fort Sheridan, Illinois crime scene to a cliff-top climax on the California coast.

2. "Montana Midnight," a tense and often humorous portrait of a small town caught in a fiery clash between environmental militants and corporate kingpins. Rich in local lore and characterizations, it's drawn from Henderson's busy decade of publishing the news in the nation's fourth-largest state.

Henderson also served as editor and publisher of "So Brave... So Quiet... So Long!", an anthology of heroes by the late Larry T. Bailey, a former telecom executive who devoted many of his "retirement" years to civic and humanitarian causes. "So Brave..." tells 34 stories of extraordinary men and women who helped save our nation from WWII to the Cold War -- and then went home to continue their service in outstanding civilian ways. Profits from this book have been pledged to Rotary International to help serve the goal of world peace and prosperity.