Train Wreck Review
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Nick Buchanan spent two years selling life insurance for the Firm. Then, one day, he’s called to the Boss’s office, where he’s told that he’s been chosen for a new program. The insurance firm is involved in a secret stock market that assigns a dollar value to its clients and gambles on their lives, and Nick finds himself assigned to the role of “investment evaluator.” After he begins his new job, though, things start to get ugly. Nick wants out before it’s too late, but things aren’t that easy. Finding himself in a very precarious situation (like an accessory to murder), he sets out to warn other potential victims of the company’s nefarious doings.

In an interesting twist, the book begins toward the story’s end, with Nick waiting for an Amtrak train from Boston to D.C. to face the Boss. It is here Nick meets his fellow travelers—a cast of characters who are diverse and real (although somewhat stereotypical). There’s the hot, sexy Latina, the angry black man who’s coming from his brother’s trial, the nice old lady who’s returning home with her orphaned grandson, and the fat man who can’t stop eating.

  
 
The plot comes together through the telling of each person’s own tale, using the literary device of flashback. While I’m not usually a big fan of flashback, as it can confuse a good novel, it works here.

While some may find the story somewhat predictable, author Bennett Gavrish’s edgy writing style and use of wry humor will propel readers through an enjoyable, believable drama of big business gone too far to a startling and unexpected conclusion.

Fans of Stephen White’s Kill Me will appreciate Gavrish’s effort here; his first novel is a quick read that shows great potential—and it’s a bargain for Kindle and Nook users. I hope to see more from him in the future.

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