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 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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