- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 26 April 2012
- Thriller and Suspense
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What would you do if you arrived in town heading for your hotel and you got lost? What if you wound up at a busy intersection facing a one way street and you would be going in the wrong direction if you went through it? What if you decided instead of taking the wrong way onto a dead end street and turned left instead on a red light and suddenly found yourself with flashing red and blue lights in your rear view mirror of your rental vehicle? What if the police officer pulled you over and instead of simply listening to your story, wrote you a ticket not only for running a red light, driving without insurance and driving the wrong way on a one way street? What would you do?I think you'd probably wonder just where the hidden cameras were or if you were having a bad dream and kept wondering when you were going to wake up right?What if it only got worse, that instead of merely accepting the ticket, you decided to argue with the cop because you didn't really do any of those things except maybe the red light issue. So now Officer Martinez asks you to get out of the car and tells you that you're under arrest for obstructing an officer from doing his job and now the entire police force shows up. After a few minutes, they decide that perhaps they have been a bit too harsh with you and offer to give you just the red light ticket after all and all the police buddies leave. Whew, right? You'd be glad to sign that one and get on your merry way, but then a car pulls up and shoots the police officer point blank and leaves him dead. Now what would you do? You know all those local police boys know that the only person Officer Martinez was with was you and you were a bit upset by all this. Would you call 911 or would you flee?Well now you are in the shoes of Dr. Henry Steadman, a local plastic surgeon who decided to do both and is now on the run from the cops and his life will only grow more interesting in the latest novel by Andrew Gross, 15 Seconds!!! This is a heart-stopping, edge of your seat thrill ride from the very first page and one that you won't be able to put down until you finish your final page.I received 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross compliments of TLC Book Tours and William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I have to say I inhaled this one. I was turning pages as fast as I could read to see what could possibly happen to Dr. Steadman and how was he going to deal with being framed after killing a local police officer. Now the man hunt is on and what you and Dr. Steadman will want to know is who it is and why is this all happening? A truly exciting suspense filled book at weighs in at a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. There is some profanity in the book in regards to a couple of the characters in the book that he encounters but overall a great novel!!!
To Deborah Jean, her mother’s words of caution were unnecessary. After all, “What can happen in fifteen seconds?” 15 seconds. 15 fateful seconds is all it took to wreak havoc and utterly destroy lives. To nineteen year old Amanda, life was anything but easy, and is quickly spiraling downhill out of control. Her wretched dad always yelling, threatening; her uptight boss, asinine instructor, and two-timing boyfriend. And now, to top it all, she was going to be late to class again. Thank goodness she had her pills to help her cope. Traffic. A one-way street. 15 seconds. Lives forever altered.Vance Hofer died a little inside as Amanda, his “little girl,” cried for him to rescue her from a twenty year prison sentence. “How you gonna help me, Daddy?” Wanting to help, yet accepting that justice must prevail, he could never have anticipated the crushing blow of her answer as he questioned who stole his daughter, his “little girl.” “You done it, Daddy…It was you.” In contrast, Dr. Henry Steadman had it all. A thriving medical practice, a comfortable living, a daughter he was proud of, the great respect of his colleagues, some golf with his friend, Mike Dinofrio, and one former Miss Jacksonville waiting for him at the Marriott. This was shaping up to qualify as one of the ten days of greatness allotted to one’s life. Traffic. A one-way street. Lives forever altered.Henry’s wrong turn in an unfamiliar city brought Officer Martinez down on his case in a flash. It did little good to plead forgiveness with Martinez, who was obviously enamored with the power ascribed to his uniform. The charges piled up as Henry found himself squashed in the back seat of the police car, cuffed and under arrest, while numerous reinforcements arrived at the scene. But when the rest of the force had left, Martinez was suddenly struck dead by bullets from a blue sedan. Sure to be accused, Henry sought refuge at Mikes’ doorstep.Carrie’s return to the department’s community outreach division four months after the devastating loss of her husband was not an easy one. No time for easing back into routine, though. Fellow officer Martinez had just been killed, as well as CEO Mike Dinofrio, and she was manning the phone. Little did she realize, she would become the suspect’s lifeline, and her life would again be forever altered. Henry’s predicament worsens by the minute, but nothing could prepare him for the sudden announcement that his daughter, Hallie, had been kidnapped. It would be at her peril if he attempted to explain the events that had been carefully orchestrated to implicate him. Andrew Gross skillfully builds suspense throughout the entire story, keeping the reader riveted on the edge of their seats. I found the web of events to be somewhat confusing at first, but so spellbinding that I had to follow Henry as he relentlessly sought to rescue his daughter. 15 Seconds is a fabulous suspense! You couldn’t have pried it from me until I had read the last word.I received this advance copy as a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway, in exchange for my honest review.
This is an interesting, indeed gripping, suspenseful, and dramatic story with essentially three fascinating plots. Henry Steadman is a very successful plastic surgeon; he is kind hearted, popular, respected, and has even donated much of his time in Nicaragua helping restore faces of impoverished people. He realizes that in just 15 seconds a person’s life can be changed and improved. He feels that today is such a day. But then he is pulled over by an over-enthusiastic and aggressive police officer and becomes a suspect in a series of murders. Carrie Holmes’s life seems serene until the day her son has a seizure and her husband, an ex-Army hero, dies from a stroke. She works as a community coordinator for the police department, but returns from grieving to become involved with a murder suspect against explicit instructions by her superiors. Vance Hofer is an ex-police officer with a wild daughter. Under the influence of drugs, she drive erratically, kills a mother and child, and is jailed. Hofer is unable to help her, but he is determined to get revenge against the people that sold her the drugs. Gross presents each plot clearly; we are able to see each character as well as the minor characters, such as the children of Steadman, Holmes, and Hofer, and each person who is killed. He develops his plots superbly, leaving us wondering if the three plots will intertwine and, if so, how and why. Most significantly, we are held in suspense questioning why Steadman, a good and innocent man, finds himself entwined in the kafka-ish nightmare of violence. Andrew Gross is the author of nine crime novels, all of which I read and enjoyed. He wrote five of them with James Patterson, whose collaborative writings are of mixed quality, but all of those written with Gross are excellent. I think that readers will enjoy this easy to read new novel.
This is a GOOD book. Better than any Disney ride.......Twists and turns. I have a little way to go and hope it lasts and lasts. I don't ever do reviews with the story in them, because I feel you need to let books speak to you and then you can do the research. Reading is such a personal thing. We don't all like the same people so...To me the sign of a good book is that when you put it down and walk away you feel like something will happen before you get back.
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