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"...An impressive debut." -- Sue Reider, Reviewer for Mystery Scene Magazine

"...Bound to be a bestseller! I expect to see Simon Wood's name next to the engraved rich and famous..." -- Barry Kline, Line-By-Line Reviews

"...hard to put down...a mind boggler with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing till the last page." -- Ginny Welding for "All About Murder Reviews

"What a thrill ride!" -- Anneli Rufus, Literary Editor, East Bay Express

"a good thriller...I would love to see this story made into a movie!" -- Lesley Mazey for Eternal Night --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From the Author

Simon Wood is an ex-racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional private investigator. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. A longhaired dachshund and five cats dominate their lives. He's had over 150 stories and articles published. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines anthologies, such as Seattle Noir, Thriller 2 and Woman's World. He's a frequent contributor to Writer's Digest. He's the Anthony Award winning author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper and We All Fall Down. As Simon Janus, he's the author of The Scrubs and Road Rash. His latest thriller, Terminated, is out in mass paperback with a new short story collection, Asking for Trouble, out later in the year. Curious people can learn more at simonwood.net.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843958308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843958300
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (401 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,905,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin Tipple VINE VOICE on October 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
Business and life are good and Josh Michaels thinks he has life by the tail. Procurement manager and happily married he is on the way home to his wife, Kate and their daughter, Abby. As is his habit, he drives down backcountry roads at higher than posted speeds for the sheer exhilaration of it all and the lack of people to interfere. He likes to push the edge and has gotten away with it in the past.
That is until he is forced off the road by what initially appears to be a very reckless SUV driver. Josh's car goes airborne off the road right before a bridge and sails into the middle of the Sacramento River. Stunned by the impact but still alive Josh is faced with drowning as the car sinks because he can't swim. Trapped in the car as it slowly sinks, Josh sees the SUV driver standing on the bridge above him. Expecting help, he is horrified when the unknown driver gives him "a thumbs down gesture" reminiscent of the gladiators in the Roman Coliseum before driving away from the scene.
Josh survives his near drowning experience and eventually tells his story to the Police while recovering in the hospital. Outright skeptical from the start of the investigation and with little to go on, the Police dismiss it as yet another road rage incident. The stalled investigation does get some media airplay and subsequently brings him unwanted attention from his past.
His life as he knows it begins to dissolve as he is the target of killers who want him dead for only reasons they know and a blackmailer who hasn't made him suffer enough just yet. While the blackmailer works to end his relationship with his wife and child and to see him in jail, the killers want him dead.
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To say this is a thriller is a an understatement. This writer must be deranged (in a GOOD way only) to be able to conceive such concepts. The 1st half of the book was great, if a runaway train aiming for you can be great. Do not attempt to read the 2nd half of the book unless you're sure you have enough time to finish it because, believe me, it will compel you to finish it, bedtime be darned!

Can't wait to read the others by him but I'm going to have to recoup from this 1 first! Buy it, you'll LOVE it if you're a fan of thrillers that make you relialize this could happen to you!
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By A Customer on October 30, 2002
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Simon Wood has a terrific imagination. The plot is excellent and kept me guessing, although the denouement is expected once the climax begins. I kept thinking that this was made for the big screen. Unfortunately, it reads more like a script than a novel, and there are numerous textual errors and typos that should have been caught by the editor. With a better editor, Simon Wood could have a promising career as a novelist.
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The description looked very encouraging so I decided to take the plunge - - good reading for our vacation to Cancun...NOT! The story was simple, with barely a plot turn, and the narrative and dialog were contrived and amateurish. I thought I was reading a first effort by a recent high school graduate. There were also glaring misuses of words, like "prosperity" instead of "posterity," and "diffuse" instead of "defuse." I found the actions and reactions of the book's characters to be illogical throughout. **SPOILER ALERT!** For example, when the protagonist tells his wife about taking a $10K bribe to help pay for their daughter's huge medical expenses, she's ready to leave him, but later when she finds out many more "problems," including gross infidelity, she takes him back with nary a bat of the eye. I read this book after finishing Charlie Huston's "Henry Thompson trilogy," which is outstanding, so maybe I just came to expect superb writing skills. I purchased a second Simon Wood Kindle book at the same time as this one, but chose to delete it rather than wasting more time with an amateur.
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Based on the time I wasted reading this book, I've decided to no longer trust any review on Amazon that doesn't show a verified purchase. Who are the people that gave this book 4 and 5 star reviews? As a constant reader, I've come to expect a certain level of literacy and pacing from a novel. This has neither. It had its characters doing absolutely unrealistic things in unrealistic ways. If you've read the book to its conclusion you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, don't bother. Trust me on this: it's not worth your time. As other reviewers have written, this book needs some serious editing. Someone should've sat the author down and forced him to make his lead character act in believable ways. I can't say enough bad things about this book.
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A SPOILER ALERT IS NOT NEEDED. THIS IS A REVIEW, NOT A SYNOPSIS.

I have mixed feelings about Simon Woods' writing. To his credit, there are times when Accidents Waiting to Happen is a bona fide page-turner. But, there are others when the writing is almost amateurish. As a matter of fact, I was tempted to stop reading after several initial pages. I'm glad I persevered. Over all, his character descriptions are fleshed-out (pun intended), yet, yield to stereotyping. His portrayal of the protagonist's daughter and his interactions (dialogue) with her led me to believe she was far younger than her eight years of age. If you can forgive him for these weaknesses, then you'll enjoy the book.

Plot writing is Woods' best feature. He takes an initial premise and then twists and turns it so that, readers are second-guessing their own predictions. The readability of the prose is a bit choppy. He excels when describing action and lags with (sometimes) stilted dialogue. That seamless flow between plot turning points and dialogue needs improvement.

Woods's writing is reminiscent of a weather report; intermittent sunshine with bouts of thunderstorms.
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