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Thursday, December 1, 2011

review: chill run by Russell Brooks

If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong. - Murphy's Law

Chill Run
Eddie Barrow Jr. is an author who dreams of making it big but his books are not selling. his relationship with his parents and sister is strained. to make matters worse, not only does Eddie lose his job but also his girlfriend. together with the help of his two friends, Eddie stages a publicity stunt and gets the fame he craves for albeit in a very very bad way. 
author Russell Brooks latest novel explores what drives a man in desperate times to undertake desperate measures and the consequences of those acts. 
the first thing i noticed while reading was that the author's writing style here was a far cry from his previous two thrillers. there are still lots of action scenes and the requisite twists and turns which Russell Brooks' fans will recognize and enjoy. something was different though and i later realized that this difference was presented appropriately. 
in Pandora's Succession and Unsavory Delicacies, most of the author's main characters are covert agents who are highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat and firearms. 
in Chill Run, the main characters do not have those qualities or resources. they are ordinary citizens caught in a chain of events that spiral out of control. they only have each other and their wits to rely on to survive as they run from the law. what the author did in this book was that he allowed the characters to speak for themselves using language sans the technical jargon. this made sense and gave the whole story more credibility and a it-could-happen-in-real-life feel to it. 
the main protagonist Eddie is an example of Murphy's Law in action. when something goes wrong in Eddie's life, it does not stop. it triggers more unfortunate events.  it would have been ironic and comedic at best if Eddie's last name were Murphy instead of Barrow. 
everything, however, is not all downhill for Eddie. how he and his friends managed to get out of the vicious cycle they were trapped in and what happened afterwards to each of them are some of the highlights of this book that readers should look forward to. 
overall, i was impressed to see a different side of Russell Brook's writing skills and i loved the fact that he treated his readers and fans to something new. 

*Chill Run is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 
for more information about Russell Brooks and his work, please visit http://www.russellparkway.com/ and http://russellparkway.blogspot.com/

my personal rating is
Chill Run contains material not suitable for younger readers 17 & under.

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received an eARC of Chill Run from the author himself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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