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Collision | [Jeff Abbott]

Collision

Collision is the story of two men living very different lives - one, a successful corporate consultant who is mourning the murder of his new bride; the other, a former CIA agent known only as "Pilgrim", whose current assignment for a fringe espionage agency is so treacherous he doesn't trust even his own boss. When they are thrown together in a violent, unexpected event, the two men realize that they've been framed in an elaborate setup.
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Publisher's Summary

Collision is the story of two men living very different lives - one, a successful corporate consultant who is mourning the murder of his new bride; the other, a former CIA agent known only as "Pilgrim", whose current assignment for a fringe espionage agency is so treacherous he doesn't trust even his own boss. When they are thrown together in a violent, unexpected event, the two men realize that they've been framed in an elaborate setup.

Unsure who to trust and who may just be trying to draw them into the open, the unlikely partners have no choice but to work together. But with everything at stake, Ben has no idea that Pilgrim is harboring some shocking secrets of his own - secrets that will soon force Ben to confront just how blurred the line has become between best friends and bitter enemies.

Already an international sensation, with his books translated into 15 languages - in the UK alone, Panic has more than 400,000 copies in print - Jeff Abbott is a master of the action-packed thriller. Now, with Collision, he delivers a meaty, twisty, white-knuckle ride designed to propel him onto the bestseller lists in his home country.

©2008 Jeff Abbott; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A] powerhouse tale of good bad guys, bad good guys, and every shade in between. Jeff Abbott delivers a frenzy of action in this race-against-the-clock thriller." (Lisa Gardner)
"Electric with action and lightning-paced, I literally could not put it down. Don't miss it." (Harlan Coben)
"Relentless, smart, and heartbreaking, Collision is the thriller to read this year." (Joseph Finder)

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 10-28-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 10-28-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Action Without Adventure"

    Maybe this was a first novel? Nope, this is what Abbott does all the time I guess. Anorexic characterization that's much fatter than the plot. If you believe any of this tale, hey… I've got a pair of bridges that are totally cheap… lemme know, K? It reminded me of the early summer blockbuster movies… Back in the 70s… The ones that were all shoot-em-up car chases. Fine for the times, but un-viewable today. This story wouldn't get green-lighted for cable TV.

    I stopped listening three times, but finally,with nothing else on my iPod and a long gym workout to fill… it got finished with an ending that was unexpected as a baby's birth gender after a first trimester ultrasound.

    Maybe this is aimed at prepubescent reading-challenged males? Actually I'm thinking that the interminable action scenes may have been assignments to the author in a creative writing class that he sort ran back to back without bothering to imagine a story for glue?

    Phil Gigante made a buck here, probably deserved, not so much for his performance which is OK, but for his tenacity in reading "Collision".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie carpinteria, CA, USA 05-25-09
    Tracie carpinteria, CA, USA 05-25-09 Member Since 2003
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    "a worthwhile purchase"

    A little confusing during first half hour and a little too drawn out last hour but all in all the story developed well and the characters were interesting. Fast paced and NOT boring. The narrator was excellent and deserves 5 stars. He really made the book for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey 10-12-14
    Stacey 10-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Exciting--Obvious--Frustrating--Meh!"

    I picked up this book because of the narrator. I would like to say, there were some obvious problems with the hero who constantly made the dumbest mistakes. But he did have a worthwhile growth. I did not like the final confrontation between the heroes, and it was obvious, once you know the characters, who killed the wife. Sometimes the author makes the characters do things that they would not do. Toward the end of the book, it seemed this way. I may give Jeff Abbott a try again. I am pretty sure this is cryptic to most readers, but I am just "meh" with this book. I'm okay if this doesn't help you. I bought the book, and it was an enjoyable AND frustrating listen, but I probably won't listen a second time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Dallas 06-06-12
    Joel Dallas 06-06-12 Member Since 2001

    I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.

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    "Fast pace"
    What did you love best about Collision?

    It wqas a fast moving plot that made it hard to put the book down. Some books with an esiponage plot, the characters are difficult to recognize, but the reader and the narration keeps one focused.


    What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    godd dialogue with voice can to reconize the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Harvey 08-24-08
    S. Harvey 08-24-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent"

    Thoroughly enjoyable thriller. First class narration. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 10-17-14
    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 10-17-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyed (all but the fight scenes)"

    I thought this was an interesting, well written book. I enjoyed the characters and watching them grow throughout the book.

    The one thing I didn't like was the way the narrator read the fight scenes. He may as well been reading a recipe out of a Betty Crocker cookbook. Maybe that's how they were written, but I think it is just how they were read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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