Lee M. (Creve Coeur, MO)
Reading 15 Seconds is like being on a merry-go-round that increases speed with every turn with the music blending and blurring together causing that sick feel in your stomach. But what a great and wild ride it is!!
Neil W. (Tavares, FL)
This is a well-written adventure-mystery with good plot and character development. It is enjoyable to read and the only negative is that it has to end. Highly recommended.
Jim S. (Austin, TX)
Henry Steadman is a wealthy plastic surgeon in Florida who is on his way to meet a friend of many years to play golf in a very member only club that he considers himself very fortunate to have been invited. Following the golf day he is to present his experience at a medical conference. As he is stopped by the local police on the way to see his friend everything goes awry. In only seconds he goes from a successful physician to be hunted as a murderer of a policeman.
To make matters worse his daughter Hallie is kidnapped. And he has to deal with his ex-wife who is a lawyer. Fortunately he finds a "friend" in the police department that aids him in his troubles.
This was an exciting story with a great ending. I would recommend the book, Andrew Gross is an excellent author. I have enjoyed other books by him.
Jeff M. (Morris Plains, NJ)
An Exciting Thriller
Andrew Gross keeps getting better. After co-authoring 5 novels with James Patterson, this is his fifth novel as a solo writer and it’s a real page turner. Two fathers (one very successful, one deeply troubled) will do anything for their respective daughters and their lives become intertwined in a very frightening way. While the story lines intersect about mid-way through the book, the novel continues to be exciting right to the very end. As with some thrillers, there are a few occasions where you may have to suspend belief a bit, especially with some of the escapes, but overall, the book is a very satisfying read for thriller fans.
Sandy P. (Gainesville, FL)
A Rare Find
One minute your life is going along just fine and within 15 seconds it can all go horribly wrong. Timing in life is everything. I don't often find myself hurrying home from work so I can read a book, but this one was in that category. Not an overwhelming number of characters, which I sometimes enjoy. I don't like so many that I need to keep a roster. Plot twists were excellent. Could Dr. Steadman be running a nefarious 'pill mill'? Maybe he's not as he seems. Always kept a satisfying level of suspense. I was afraid the author tipped his hand too early in letting us figure out who was behind everything but that wasn't the case. The balance of the book was fine and the conclusion was satisfying. Sadly showed that the circumstances and twists of life can so easily put one over the edge of reason. A bit of similarity to The Fugitive but still an outstanding book. I couldn't help but think/hope that someone will purchase the film rights, if they haven't already. Properly done (don't slaughter the book) it would be up there with any Grisham or Ludlum movie. I'd kind of like to see John Cusack or Kevin Spacey play the Steadman lead.
Kathy S. (Danbury, CT)
Wow! "15 Seconds" is a fast-paced thriller that drew me in from page one. The story line explores the premise that a seemingly innocent action or relationship in a person's life can have far-reaching repercussions in the life of a stranger. The reader is initially as bewildered as Dr Steadman is when a routine traffic stop turns into murder. Andrew Gross deftly weaves in the backstory as the reader follows Dr Steadman in his quest to evade authorities, untangle truth from lies, clear his name and save his family. Short chapters, fast read, fabulous book for the summer!
Christine B. (St. Paul, MN)
What a fast paced mystery! I thoroughly enjoyed Henry Steadman and his resolve to find the "real killer" while trying to outwit the police who were chasing him. The characters are all very believable and the premise of the story is also. I don't think it would generate a lot of discussion for a book club , but for a good summer mystery its great.