An Interesting Read

It’s not my usual fare in books, but…

From my review on Amazon:

Raymond Winters is an ordinary man in a loveless marriage – a grocery store manager who has to deal with life altering events after a Black Friday dalliance. A first-time-ever, one-time fling puts his life on a track far different – and more terrifying – than he ever dreamed.

I’ve been reading Nick Russell’s blog on his Gypsy Journal website for several years and, before today, I had read a couple of his other books.

Nick’s post today, How Do You Holiday? – about how RVers celebrate holidays – was followed by a pitch for a mystery with a title that fits the season:

What would you do if you braved the crowds of shoppers on Black Friday and suddenly your whole world had changed? Read Black Friday and find out how a simple shopping trip changed one man’s life forever.

What the heck, why not at least check it out? – I clicked on the link and, then, clicked on the “Read Inside” link for the book preview.

The preview was engrossing enough that I decided to go ahead and buy the book to see how it ended.

(One of the great things about having a Kindle is I was able to page forward right away to where the preview left off – no need to wait for the book to be shipped.)

I pretty much read through the whole book in one sitting – an interesting and gripping read!

Black Friday – Book Description on Amazon

We all know a person like Raymond Winters. He is Everyman. You see him daily on your commute to work. He sits in the cubicle next to yours. He’s the guy plodding through life, just going through the motions. He’s not happy. His work is not fulfilling. But he never expected anything more. At 41, he’s stuck in a rut, without the energy to climb out. Sure, he dreams of a different life. He dreams about it a lot. But Raymond knows the difference between dreams and reality.

Then Raymond’s life takes an unexpected sharp turn after a chance encounter with a strange woman. Overnight he finds himself alienated from his family, shunned by his neighbors, and questioning his own sanity. Raymond is in over his head, and if he survives, life will never be the same.

In Black Friday, Nick Russell, New York Times bestselling author of the Big Lake mystery series, weaves a tale of betrayal, lust, and broken dreams that you will remember long after you finish the last page.

The book is well laid out, with plenty of suspense, well developed, compelling characters and background details, with plenty of twists and turns. I definitely recommend the book – and I’ve shared it with Karen through our Amazon Family Library.

The book also introduced me to something I had never heard of before – the Impromotu Tactical Pen, by Gerber.

    • Rugged, machined steel body and stainless steel pocket clip keeps this pen handy
    • Rite in the Rain ink cartridge works in all conditions, inside and outdoors
    • Reliable push-button mechanism deploys ball point mechanism
    • Integrated glass-breaker tip features tempered steel and is designed to get you out of trouble
    • Made in the USA

The pen does play a role in the book.

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2 comments… add one
  • Thanks for the review, Mike, it is much appreciated. I am glad you enjoyed Black Friday. As for the Gerber tactical pen, Terry and I both have one, and I gave one to my daughter-in-law, who is a nurse on the graveyard shift.
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