Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Absolution by Marcus Ward

How would you handle it if a moment of road rage suddenly turned you into a hero?  Would you tell them the truth about how you got involved?

The author sent me a copy of this novella to read for review (thank you).  It's available on Amazon now as an ebook and is a quick read with lots of impact.

Josh just can't handle this guy trying to cut him off on the freeway, so he sets him up for an impossible position, where he will have to back off and wait.  Unfortunately, the guy is moving too fast and over-reacts.  The next thing that happens is another car gets clipped and goes completely off the bridge.  It gets caught in the power lines and has a mother and small child in it.  The fire and police units can't get close enough to help due to the traffic backup on the bridge.  What's one to do?

This part presses credibility a bit, but Josh saves them.  And that's when his nightmare begins.  The insurance company is threatening him, another driver claims to have a video of what actually happened and someone seems to be trying to kill him.  If that wasn't enough, his marriage is falling apart and he has a strange fascination with the woman he saved.

For a short story, this is a tangled web with lots of pyschological problems.  It was an interesting read and had me sitting here thinking a bit when I was done.  Mr. Ward has taken a simple car accident and turned it into a story of intrigue and attempted murder.  I like what's he's done.  Why don't you give it a try?

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