The Convenient Escapeby Robert Downs
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To Veronica Baird, escaping from an underground dungeon and racing through the woods, is anything but convenient, even as her captor in rubber mask attire proves rather persistent in his continued pursuit. Despite her apparent independence, she considers a partnership, albeit reluctantly, with a former classmate who may still have feelings for her.
Pete Nealey still has flashbacks to Iraq and, with the bottle as his eternal companion, tends to fall off of barstools at the most inopportune moments or pass out face down in the tavern parking lot. But what he may lack in cheerfulness, he more than makes up for with his steadfast loyalty to the cause, even when he ends up handcuffed to an air conditioner in a shoddy motel.
But unless Veronica can learn to trust Pete for more than just intermittent intervals, the slipshod relationship, and her freedom, won't last...
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Robert Downs aspired to be a writer before he realized how difficult the writing process was. Fortunately, he'd already fallen in love with the craft, otherwise his tales might never have seen print. Originally from West Virginia, he has lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and now resides in California. When he’s not writing, Downs can be found reading, reviewing, blogging, or smiling. To find out more about his latest projects, or to reach out to him on the Internet, visit the author’s website: www.RobertDowns.net.
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Have you ever dreamed of being chased? It doesn't matter by whom or what, it is the fear behind it that you are, and that you will try any way possible to get away. This thriller, THE CONVENIENT ESCAPE by Robert Downs, will keep the reader up all night trying to come up with the best situation to a chase problem that will take the reader along with our main characters down a path of suspense and horror. Are things about to become a little more frightening? Page after thrilling page kept opening up new problems for our victims. Will Veronica Baird and Pete Nealey be able to see their way clear and get out of a sticky situation, or is time winding down for both? Have these two only hours, minutes, or seconds before disaster strikes? Veronica, still trying to figure out why she was abducted, was also still trying to get away when she saw this man passed out on the sidewalk. Running for her life, and not knowing if her abductors were still after her, and she wasn't about to take any chances, offered to help the man up, who had been lying face down. Then suddenly she realized that he was Pete Nealey, from high school. Will he help her? If so, will both wind up in a deeper, scarier situation? A good problem solver. What will these two have to do to get away from the killers that are so close that Veronica, paralyzed with fear, could actually feel their cold breath on her neck, and see their brutal faces before her eyes. An amazing read!
This book follows Veronica Baird's story as she escapes from being held captive for 2 days in an underground dungeon. She doesn't know who took her or why but she knows she has to escape but escaping isn't so easy when the person that abducted you is still at large and you have no idea who they are, you can't trust anyone but you have to run. Upon escaping the dungeon Veronica runs into Pete, a former classmate from high school, even though she's not sure she can trust him she doesn't have much of a choice and so their story begins. This book started off pretty fast paced with a lot of action and I really liked that but soon to follow I ran into some problems. 1. Some parts seemed unbelievable, after Chapter 4 I started to dread reading the book because I just couldn't believe Veronica didn't go to the police after escaping and I also didn't see this woman overpowering/tricking a grown man that also happened to be in the military. Both of these problem for me were explained way later in the book but it was so close to the end that it ruined the book for me. 2. I didn't like a few characters, mainly the bad guys which makes sense but I found Anthony's character was portrayed quite unrealistically. The fact that he could seduce a woman into being with him just for sexual favors and have her almost kill someone seems completely far fetched. I also didn't see him hiring the hitmen that he hired, they were both pretty dumb and not someone I would see someone hiring for the task. This book gets 3 stars from me because it wasn't as great as I'd hoped it would be but it was still a good book. My expectations were far to high for this one. With that being said the author did an amazing job describing each scenario in this book so that you could literally picture it. I received this book for free from a Goodreads giveaway in hopes of an honest review in return. - BellaTheBibliophile
Page one, a woman on the run in a dark and foreboding woods. Bullets wiz past her as she stumbles headlong through unknown territory with her former captor dogging her every step, death on his mind. I was caught, hook, line and sinker as I began Robert Downs’ THE CONVENIENT ESCAPE. Question one, why was Veronica Baird captured in the first place? Torn and battered, cut and bedraggled, Veronica headed for the one place she figured she wouldn’t stand out and look who is sitting, just barely upright at the bar? Pete Nealey is a former classmate, completely irritating and had a hand in ruining Veronica’s reputation. Desperate times call for desperate measures and Pete could be a good cover to escape. Pete Nealey was destroyed during his tour of duty in Iraq and he has the nightmares and flashbacks to prove it. He watched a friend and brother-in-arms die. He killed innocent pawns to get to the enemies. And.He.Pays.Daily. When Veronica reappears in his life, she is still the prickly and sarcastic woman she had always been, but she was clearly in trouble and he needed to do more than kill brain cells in a bar. Trained to kill, to fight and to survive, he could be the answer to her survival as well as the one person she could trust. Or can she? Definitely not a match made in heaven, this unlikely team is about to embark on a mission of survival, reconnaissance, all while sniping at each other like overgrown children. Exactly what is going on? Who is after Veronica and why? What has she seen or what does she know that makes her a target for murder? How exactly can Pete help her or will Pete find that she has inadvertently helped him to deal with his past? My hat is off to Robert Downs for clearly stamping his creation with a unique style that runs from the gritty sound of older mysteries to a contemporary grind without missing a beat. His bold approach to his characters’ complete individuality is refreshing as he doesn’t ask you to like them all of the time, but to see what he sees inside that makes them tick. Non-stop from a high tension start down a twisted trail of mystery, danger and possible death, Robert Downs has proved to me that he can write thrillers with the greats while etching his own style into each page! I received this copy from Black Opal Books in exchange for my honest review.