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THE ACCIDENT: An International Spy Story, A Novel ~Chris Pavone

“But then that big bully of a beast rose up and ate her profession.  First the web devoured book clubs, then magazines, and now its maw is agape, ravenous, ready to swallow the whole bloody publishing business.  She had done nothing wrong, other than to not get out sooner.  Now it’s almost too late.”

THE ACCIDENT is a marvelous, fast paced thriller full of drive and suspense and just the kind of read that people like at a jet propelled pace.  Chris Pavone’s first novel THE EXPATS was an international best seller with many printings and I believe he has penned another sensation in THE ACCIDENT for our reading pleasure. For a person who was not very fond of this genre 5 years ago; I could not put this one down and loved the contemporary premise.

The read is all about the failing Publishing Industry, the Fake News and Scandal development industry, the CIA, and an exposé about one man’s life which is very revealing about his character.  The author of this manuscript is working on remaining undiscovered in Europe and has had a change of heart about his loss of character and purpose.

“They’d had an earnest, reasoned discussion about writing a full-length book, as opposed to giving short interviews for broadcast and periodical and web.  Their business was bite-size infotainment, and they knew what could and couldn’t be accomplished this way.  It’s easy to quickly assassinate a character; it takes much long to build one.”

The manuscript is sent to Isabel Reed , a New York Literary Agent, as she begins the process of publication it becomes apparent that she has put her life in danger and the lives of many people.  It is a two day thrill ride to the heights for survival. It is a study of how manipulators and “under the table dealers” take center stage as entertainers, controllers, and greedy people feed the public’s demand.

The character development was rapid and excellent, though I had to get a notecard to keep track in the beginning of the book.  Pavone worked in the publishing industry for several decades and I am confident he knows the business well and knows the process of writing a bestseller.

“Stan Balzer takes up more than his fair share of space in the world.  He’s a big person with big cars, big houses, a big presence, big bank accounts with hundreds – thousands – of times the amount of money that the average person on this planet has.  He consumes more of everything-food, liquor, money, women-than he’s entitled to, and be boasts about it.  For Camilla – for a lot of people, she imagines-he’s the unlikely intersection of repugnant and alluring.  He’s America.”

THE ACCIDENT is a worthy of your time read, well written, and entertaining.  I know just who is getting a copy of this book for their birthday!   You will not want to be left out on this one!

tlc logo TLC Online Book Tours sent me a copy of this book for review and Crown Publishing.  I enjoyed the book very much and it was informative about what is happening in the world of fake news, scandal and the fading book publishing industry.  Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy – THE ACCIDENT.

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7 Responses to “THE ACCIDENT: An International Spy Story, A Novel ~Chris Pavone”

  1. Chris Pavone, author of The Accident, on tour March 2014 | TLC Book Tours Says:

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  2. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    patricia Reply:

    My pleasure A good read

  3. Talon Says:

    Sounds like an interesting read, Patricia. Kudos for sticking it out when the opening was confusing. Years ago I would stick with a book even if it bugged me…but now I’m not so tolerant. I’m becoming a nasty old lady, I fear.

    Hope the weather has been good for you. No real signs of Spring here as yet.

    Patricia Reply:

    It was a wonderful read so I am glad I was contracted to read it past the confusion.

    I have to say that several books which have not been that good if they had been personal choices or a quick pick up from the Library I would have put down – mean reader I guess here too :)

    We experienced a new record for rain this March – the daffodils are lying on the ground for easy slug access! Then there are moments when the sun breaks through and we leash up and go walking
    Hoping for Spring for you soon…and a normal, not too hot summer also
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  4. Sara Healy Says:

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo taught me about slow beginnings. I struggled with that book because the first part was loooong, but once I got through it the book took off for me.

    Therefore, I’m now more patient with the beginning of books. This book, while not up my alley, sounds just right for someone I know who has a birthday soon:~)

    I thought you did an excellent job of presenting this book as an interesting read. I liked that you included quotes, especially the one about Stan Balzer….that was a great one:~)
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    Patricia Reply:

    Pardon me for being so slow to reply to your comment – wow 5 books in 7 days and two 500+ pages was definitely too much! I am coming back to reading blogs now

    A year ago, I would not have even given this book a second glance, but am so happy it was on my list – the writing is good and the insights into the publishing world great. I have to say I could hardly put it down and it will now go to a young man who loves this kind of book/read and was a literature major/ lawyer

    Thank you for your kind words. I think this may be a bestseller because of all the NYC connections and it is such a fast read.
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