The Fall Guyby Simon Wood Published 06 Sep 2010
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Todd Collins has failed in every job he's ever undertaken, but that all changes when he backs his jalopy in a shiny, new Porsche belonging to a drug dealer. When the police stop the drug dealer for a broken taillight that Todd has caused and discover a cocaine shipment, a West Coast kingpin holds Todd responsible. On the run from organized crime, Todd discovers his true calling.
"The Fall Guy" Reviews
When I choose a book if its an author I don't know I read the synopsis and decide if it is a story I can relate to. If it is one of my 'favourite' authors I download it even if it isn't a story I would choose otherwise because 9 times out of 10 I enjoy it anyway. The Fall Guy is about drug lords which isn't a story that would ordinarily grab me but Simon is an excellent author and I haven't read a book from him yet that I haven't enjoyed and the Fall Guy was no different. A normal every day 'odd job' man who manages to bring down the drugs barons would normally be a bit far fetched but Simon turns this into a very believable realistic story and has once again earned 5 stars. Maybe not quite as 'thrilling'' as many of his books but gripping and enjoyable nevertheless with the usual amount of twists and turns.
Kurzes Action-geladenes Abenteuer...
Todd wird gezwungen für einen Drogenboss zu arbeiten. Um ihn wieder loszuwerden wird er selbst kriminell und merkt wie gut er das kann.
Seine Gedankengänge sind oft überraschend und es ist meist nicht vorhersehbar, was er als nächstes vorhat.
Guter kurzer Thriller, viele unerwartete Wendungen. Ein wenig weit hergeholt ist es schon aber alles passier sehr schnell und die Spannung wird durchgehend hoch gehalten.
Wood's books are always a fast-paced, lean and mean affair, and The Fall Guy is no different. Todd Collins makes a mistake by backing into the wrong car, which leads him on a life and death odyssey from San Francisco, to Dallas, to Seattle, then back home....a huge triangle of suckage.
What makes this book so enjoyable is the way Collins dances around the idea of becoming a full-fledged criminal. At times he wants to jump in with both feet but is always pulled back by some thin line of conscience. I loved how the character craved the idea of doing bad things to bad people, but always found that he didn't really want to occupy that space. He does enough to exact his revenge, and at times seems to be a hapless dude always walking into the wrong situation, but in the end he takes what he wants from the underworld and is still able to walk away guilt free.
There comes a time in every Horror fiend’s life when he or she must step out of the genre and breathe the fresh air of something that doesn’t involve graveyards, monsters, or serial killers. It’s important to have these moments of rest so that we can dive back into the genre with renewed vigor. Comet Press understands this. They understand that we cannot be singularly focused humans and must branch out. The Fall Guy is definitely a breath of high octane gasoline.
Todd Collins is a loser. Pushing 30 and working in a warehouse for minimum wage, his life is going nowhere. Nowhere until he accidentally cracks the taillight of a porsche in a parking lot which leads to the discovery by law enforcement of a massive amount of drugs being smuggled in said porsche. The owner of the drugs then gives Todd an ultimatum. Drive a car to Texas for him, or be murdered on the spot. Todd wisely chooses to drive the hot car and thus begins his twisty turny life in crime.
Simon Wood is an author I had never heard of despite having released several novels and over 150 short stories before The Fall Guy. And I should have because this book is 130 pages of pure kick ass fun. Honestly I could have read it in one sitting because I had trouble putting it down but as always life got in the way of what I really wanted to do. The book is gripping, funny, intelligent and exciting. We are in the same shoes as Todd. We also know nothing about crime and how to be good at it so we learn as he learns, which is a wonderful way to rope the reader in. The characters are fun and Todd is likable. How can you not enjoy a classic tale of the Hero’s Journey, but the journey is through the underground world of organized crime?
No monsters, no serial killers, just gritty action that never lets up. I can’t wait to get my hands on more books by Simon Wood, and I can thank Comet Press for introducing me to such a strong talent.
"Can A Fallen Man Ever Get Up?
This story is a warning as to how lazy workers can get amazing work ... work for the criminals who can lock you in tight with fear. Todd Collins, always late for work, who puts no energy into his job, may be facing his last working day if late this day. He's one guy who never stays on the job for long. He lacks incentive. But this one day will change his life. His old Honda Accord has transmission problems. Most of the time he has trouble discerning which gear he is in. Well, just his luck to plow in reverse, smacking into a Porsche. He leaves a note on it's windshield in his hurry to get to work. But the note is not going to pacify the owner. In fact, the owner is going to repay Todd big time. The owner is a successful drug dealer who has been stopped by police because of the damage done to the Porsche tail light. He's no longer able to move drugs for his employer. The drug kingpin has lost a reliable employee by killing him, rather than the dealer share information about the organization. Well, Todd is paid back by the kingpin who has demolished Todd's Honda Accord. And Todd is strongly encouraged to take the job offered him, perhaps taking the place of the dealer? Well, the pay is better, but the environment is not healthy nor safe. What's a guy like Todd gonna do? With one misstep, Todd falls into the crime world, being used by many to do their dirty work. He really needs to learn how to make the big escape and stay alive! This story by popular author Simon Wood is fast paced, gripping and captivating. This is the style of writing by Simon Wood which draws many fans to his exciting novels. He's becoming more popular with every new story. Come join the happy readers, read this story.
The next time you bump into a car and even contemplate not leaving a note, think of Todd. A simple hit and run starts Todd on a journey of not only trying to keep himself alive, but also one of self discovery. The 'Small Man' wants Todd to pay for the loss of his drugs (they were in the Porsche when it got pulled over for the busted light), and sends him to Dallas to deliver what he thinks is "just a car." But nothing is ever "just" anything in the land of illegal doings. Todd soon finds out there is much more involved, and begins to live the life of a criminal. A life that is both completely foreign to him, yet somewhat exhilarating. He soon wonders if he could be cut out for a life of full time crime as he certainly seems to have the knack for it. As Todd zig-zags his way from San Fran to Texas to Seattle and home again he tests the boundaries of the law and how close he thinks he can come to going over the line. While he wasn't Mr Perfect (hello, he did hit a car and leave a fake note), he isn't/wasn't a hard core criminal. But will he become one? Will he be pushed to his limits? Will he do whatever it takes to save himself? Or will he run from everyone and live in hiding, working dead end jobs for the rest of his life, just below the radar? Can he ever find his way out of the wrong place, wrong time position he continually finds himself in? The Fall Guy is the true definition of a thriller ~ depicting a great mystery with exciting plot twists and suspense galore, and a character that struggles daily with choosing his true moral compass or a life he thinks he is meant to live.