Synopses & Reviews
Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each has gone their separate ways as adults, living their own lives while forging their own careers. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking moment changes everything.
Will is a part-time drummer who spends the rest of his time in recording studios. Then one night Jeffrey attempts to rob a convenience store, drags a young woman into Wills car, and shouts a single word: “Drive!” Shaken and confused, Will obeys.
Suddenly these ordinary men find themselves completely out of their element, holding a young girl hostage without the slightest idea of what to do next. They are already guilty of kidnapping and robbery; it is only a matter of time before they find out just what else theyre capable of. For these four people, three days will decide their fate—freedom and prison, innocence and guilt—and life and death.
"Narrator Ray Chase delivers a strong, subtle performance in this audio edition of Kardos's debut novel. Will Walker, a onetime drummer in a rock band, is looking forward to the annual get-together with his old college friends.Â But what should have been a fun weekend of drinking beer, playing golf, and reliving old times takes a dramatic turn when one of the friends attempts to rob a convenience store and ends up kidnapping the young girl cashier. Chase all but embodies first-person narrator Will, providing him with a perfect everyman quality that lends an easy, believable simplicity to his storytelling. Because of Chase's compelling narration, listeners will be pulled into this sometimes dark, often compelling, and always intriguing story. A Mysterious Press hardcover. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Michael Kardos’s soulful stories take place in that hard-luck corner of New Jersey where rock and roll dreams crash into blue-collar reality.”
—Tom Perrotta Tom Perrotta
“Excellent first novel. . . . Kardos makes the most of his intriguing setup, populated with plausible characters and enhanced by a vicious closing sting.”
—Publishers Weekly [HC starred review] Publishers Weekly
“Kardos’ debut novel features finely drawn characters, clever plotting, a fine surprise ending, and graceful and economical storytelling.”
“An agonizing moral nightmare interspersed with flashbacks to happier times whose import becomes clear only in the final chapter.”
Kirkus [starred review]
“Takes you on an unexpected journey. . . . You think you know which way the author is driving the narrative, only to have it swerve several times before the fascinating conclusion.”
Library Journal [starred review] Library Journal
“[Kardos] first novel combines tension and thrills, with a welcome devotion to character development and quality writing.”
“Narrator Ray Chase delivers a strong, subtle performance. . . . Listeners will be pulled into this sometimes dark, often compelling, and always intriguing story.”
—Publishers Weekly Library Journal
“Chases reading humanizes the characters. . . . The surprise ending will please listeners of this engaging debut novel.”
—Booklist Criminal Element
“Ray Chase narrates, his vocal quality, accents, and pacing flawless. Surprises abound in this suspense-filled, character-driven novel that is sure to please listeners who want more than just action in a thriller.”
A small-time rock band drummer is caught up against his will in the kidnapping of a young girl, leading him down a spiraling path of violence and mayhem.
About the Author
MICHAEL KARDOS is the author of the collection One Last Good Time
. His stories have appeared in The Southern Review
, and many other magazines and anthologies, and were notable stories in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Best American Short Stories
. He lives in Starkville, MS, and co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State University and edits the journal Jabberwock Review
Voice actor, writer, and musician RAY CHASE has provides the voices for major commercial campaigns such as Coke Zero, and Top Ten iPhone app successes. He began his career by reading aloud in the car for his mother and sister on the way to school. They didn’t seem to mind so much. He hopes you don’t either.