Published by Dutton on 2008
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers
The international bestseller returns with his most ambitious, multidimensional, and tightly crafted thriller yet, a breakout achievement featuring his hallmark blend of ordinary people in extraordinary danger.
Already an international sensation, with his books translated into fifteen languages—in the UK alone, Panichas 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.Collisionis 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.
‘The Collision’ by Jeff Abbott was a random book selection for me. I’d not heard of the author but the story concept looked intriguing when I read the jacket. And it was really well written. I had trouble in the beginning following the different storyline beginnings. I think this stems more from my personal inability to remember names than it does the writing itself. Once the different story lines merged into the meat of the subject matter the story took off for me. (Though I still struggled with a few too many names.)
This was a great book that I would recommend to other friends who enjoy the genre or a similar style. The main drawback, for me, was it was almost written to close to ‘formula’. Good guy in trouble for something he didn’t do, bad guy in trouble well because he’s bad guy. Supposed other good guy is really a bad guy that is made too obvious before it’s actually revealed. Throw in a few more good and bad to beef of the story line. Good guy wins. Don’t get me wrong the formula works, and works well most of the time. And did again this time around as well.