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The Ride Home [Kindle Edition]

Jon Olson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A reporter covers the crime he committed.

Riding home one night, reporter Mark Wagner is harassed and knocked off his bicycle by three men in an SUV. Chased into a park, he is attacked by one of them with a knife. Cornered, he passes up a chance to run, and defends himself with his bike lock, seriously injuring his attacker before fleeing.

In the morning, his editor calls and asks him to investigate a report of violence in the park. As the days pass, Mark moves deeper into the life of the person he injured.

Mark keeps his secret from his wife, Marit, a county prosecutor who becomes involved in the case, and their conflicting roles drive them to diverging ends.

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  • File Size: 250 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulls you in April 24, 2011
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The Ride Home pulls you in from the first scene and keeps you turning pages until the end, as did Olson's earlier book, The Petoskey Stone. The plot makes you squirm as the main character pulls himself deeper into the quagmire of little lies and self-justifying decisions, making his predicament more complicated. But you've got to find out what happens! Rather than a mystery with a twist, it's more of a twist on the mystery genre, with the main character playing both detective and criminal. I highly recommend this book and The Petoskey Stone and hope to see more from this author.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing resolution April 30, 2011
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"The Ride Home" is the story of a journalist riding his bicycle home who is forced off the road by drunken drivers harassing him. In protecting himself, he injures one of his attackers seriously. The narrative of his emotional quandary and the ensuing events aptly draws the reader into the whole experience. A very absorbing psychological resolution caps the ending.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Ride! May 24, 2011
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The Ride Home by Jon Olson is a study of choices - how a couple of bad decisions can lead you down a path of destruction - a path of no return. We follow the footsteps of a man who makes a stupid mistake, and then proceeds to compound it by making even more foolish errors in judgment, until he has cornered himself into an untenable position - one from which he can see no escape.

The writing flows effortlessly; descriptions are neither too wordy nor too sparse. Mr. Olson is adept at relating events with unique insight, creating images that give a clear picture of what is happening, what the character is feeling, the mood, the tone of the setting.

I enjoyed the book immensely and I hope this author continues to write - he's a winner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps going and going! June 29, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book! I love a book that starts off strong and can maintain that interest and energy the whole way through. This book does that. A great price, a thrill ride and it kept me guessing about what would happen next. This is an author to watch!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The Ride Home title and the cover picture grabbed my attention quickly and never gave up through his whole journey. While following Mark ( who is a journalist ) and the decisions he makes throughout the book shows me that Jon put a lot of thought and gut wrenching decisions into this story. Jon has honed his skills tremendously with this book and it shows me that he is very capable of writing a lot more books that will make him a success with his writing ability . There are many twists and turns, up and downs and Jon put the best and only logical ending to this story. IMO. I held my breath through some of the situations that cropped up several times.

Jon's books were very well formatted and edited. Nothing annoyed me at all.

I do not know this author in any way. I am just a reader who is hooked on new authors and love it when I come across someone like Jon who makes me want to keep reading his books. JMO but I think Jon has a future ahead of him with his writing ability and his talent. Of course if his next book isn't up to par it will be back to the drawing board :>) Great book Jon !! I am counting on you.
I highly recommend this book The Ride Home and his 1st book The Petrosky Stone. ( The insert link is not working at this time but i will try it again later )
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read September 20, 2011
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This was a quick, easy read. I did enjoy it but it just didn't 'grab' me as much as other reviewers. The plot was good but a little predictable. The main point of this book is how you can get yourself into such trouble just by not telling the truth.
The main character is just 'pulled' along by events that were, for the most part, out of his control. Ultimately, the victim becomes the criminal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and suspenseful........... August 8, 2011
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This book held my interest from beginning to end. There is really no mystery for the reader other than what the outcome will be. The mystery is for the characters in the book as to why the protagonist is acting the way he is and saying the things he does. I like the author's writing; this is the first book I have read by him, but I will definitely read more. I found the protagonist, Mark, to be a likeable character in spite of his flaws and failings. He definitely made one bad decision after another. Each lie he told created more havoc in his life and put him deeper in the hole he dug for himself until there is no way out. Things just get worse and worse for him until he can hardly go on living. Little by little, he becomes an emotional wreck. Ultimately, a resolution for his problems is provided, but you have to read to the end of the book to find it! I thought the author did a great job of providing page after page of suspense as to what the ultimate price Mark will pay for his actions. I did not notice errors or formatting problems at all. I will recommend this book to others as it is a good and interesting read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed May 14, 2014
By dasher
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the ending of this book was terrible. it takes you through the whole story and leaves you with no real idea of what happens with the main characters. It was almost a good book, the story could have been good, but you never really feel like you know or understand the characters and there is no finality or closure to the issues covered in the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the reviews. It's worth it!
I loved this book! It made me anxious to try the author's other works. A lot of what I read is determined by reading the reviews. Read more
Published 14 months ago by wendyoblouk wendyoblouk
1.0 out of 5 stars Good effort, but not professionally written
Poorly written, ending too abrupt and not credible, the whole story was contrived. The characters were one dimensional and uninteresting.
Published 16 months ago by Gerald Beckman
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding portrayal of a man in a moral dilemma
Olson takes you right along with him on this heart-stopping ride through his main character's horrible dilemma. Read more
Published 17 months ago by E. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner
Gripping story--from the first page to the last it held my attention.
Jon Olson captured the main character's dilemma and led the reader down the path to the plot's conclusion... Read more
Published 17 months ago by shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars A new author for me
I seldom review books. I feel it is a waste of time. I mean....really...who cares what I think ! But after reading this book, I was so caught up in the character that when the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Benjamin Rodgers
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but......
I liked the book ,it kept me wanting to read it. The story flowed really well. The only thing that was bad was the ending. It seemed to end too quickly. Read more
Published 18 months ago by sheila
4.0 out of 5 stars A Psychological Journey
Jon Olson's "The Ride Home" delves into the thought process of a person after an unexpected encounter on the way home turns deadly. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Embry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ride Home
This book is well written and had me captivated all weekend. I am only sorry it ended.
Great job to the Author, and thankyou for holding me spell bound all weekend, it was... Read more
Published 22 months ago by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Love, love, love this book. Only took two nights to read from start to can't put it down. Fast paced read that immediately draws you in. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Sheila Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ride Home
Jon Olson leads us through Mark's tragedy with energy and daring. Complication after complication kept me reading long past my bedtime. An engaging and fast-paced read.
Published on August 12, 2012 by carol
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Jon Olson is a journalist and writer based in Milwaukee. His background includes a graduate fiction seminar with Leslie Epstein at Boston University. His short fiction has appeared in The Antioch Review, and his reporting has appeared in The Milwaukee Journal, and its successor, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he worked for 18 years. He has done research and writing projects for Sports Afield, and for two years produced a weekly TV talk show at the local PBS station. Jon is avid bicyclist. His novels, THE PETOSKEY STONE and THE RIDE HOME, are now available on Amazon as eBooks. Contact Jon at

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