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Blindsided (A Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Jay Giles
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*** From The Author Of Moneymoon's End & Time On The Wire

Matt Seattle Never Saw The Trouble Coming.Never Expected It From So Many Different Directions. Matt Seattle, a Sarasota stockbroker, befriends an older stock enthusiast, Joe Jesso. During one of their weekly Wednesday morning sessions, Joe announces he’s gotten married. A week later, Joe dies.

Believing Joe may have been the victim of a black widow, Matt hires an investigator to look into Joe’s death. The investigator finds old Joe wasn’t so innocent; he embezzled money from a drug cartel. Suddenly, Matt finds himself battling Joe’s widow and her shyster lawyer who want his money, The National Association of Security Dealers who wants his broker’s license, and, oh yes, the cartel who wants his life. It’s enough to turn any bull into a bear.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling read 30 Mar. 2014
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A first class thriller, had a job to put it down, very exciting and loved the characters. Will read more from this author.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy, buy, buy! 18 Mar. 2014
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A stockbroker inadvertently gets involved with a drugs cartel who want to use him to recover their stolen money, then kill him and anyone else associated with him to leave no loose ends. This is one of those stories where our intrepid hero, with no policing or detective knowledge is thrown in at the deep end and has to attempt to sort things out himself. He battles against mounting odds.

The characters are well drawn, you really root for the goodies and the baddies emit a believable air of ruthlessness and menace, sometimes under a veneer of respectability. There's a sub-plot of a black widow who marries wealthy old men at death's door to be addressed too.

It works! The story is tight and moves along at a pace that keeps you interested and, to use a well worn cliché, you've got a page turner on (in) your hands.

If you like thrillers, there's more than enough here to keep your attention for the duration of the book. Is there a down side? One reviewer says he feels that the story is a little far fetched. I'm not sure I agree really. To write about mundane, every day stuff is to guarantee nobody reads your book. Because what happens isn't an every day occurrence doesn't make things unbelievable. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 14 Oct. 2013
By babjean
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This was a good read,it made you want to keep reading to get to the end.Would definitely recommend this book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 3 Feb. 2015
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Downloaded free on kindle. I thought I was going to struggle with this as I prefer police/detective crime thrillers, and this was set in the world of finance, but in truth I was pleasantly surprised.
Matt Seatle is a stockbroker who has relocated to Miami following the tragic death of his family. Setting up in private practice as a stock broker he becomes entangled in a financial mess following the death of one of his clients, a mess which threatens his livelihood. Things become worse when the client turns out to have ripped off the local mob to make his investments, and the mob want their money back, whatever the cost.
In an attempt to clear his name, and save his life, Matt enlists the help of private detective Tory Wright, and together they work to free him from his predicament. What follows is a good, pacy thriller, with plenty of twists and turns, as the pressure on Matt is ratcheted up.
I have read some reviews that say that the plot is unrealistic, that the financial side of the story don't add up, but come on guys this is fiction. For me to be able to enjoy a book I need to invest in the characters and be able to lose myself in the story, both of which I managed with Blindsided.
There are one or two incosistencies and faux pas, the worst for me as a seasoned thriller reader was the protagonist sending his daughter to the hospital nto finish off a witness, who was then overpowered and found to be carrying ID in her bag linking her directly to the main protagonist, but overall these did not detract from my enjoyment of the story.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable book, which I would recommend to others.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 24 Mar. 2014
By Helen1b
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, didn't want to put it down. Kept me gripped right to the end.. Would read more from this author. I absolutely recommend this book
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bobs along nicely. 6 Aug. 2014
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A successful corporate stockbroker, Matt Seattle, is struggling to get over the death of his family and relocates to set up his own business. He befriends one of his older clients who marries a black widow and dies almost immediately. Because her previous wealthy husbands have also stopped breathing soon after the nuptials the stockbroker hires a private detective to check into his friend's death. What follows is a catalogue of disasters that involve embezzled funds, a shady lawyer, a mad assassin, a dead pet, a kidnapped friend and employee, an arson attack that destroys the stockbroker's office, a drug cartel bent on bloody revenge and several murdered law enforcement officers. Unlike many other authors Jay Giles has not conveniently made his hero an ex-special forces super hero with the ability to declare war on a small country and win, he's just a stockbroker with more problems than many heads of state. Despite this catalogue of woe 'Blindsided' is an uncomplicated read and apart from the hero's name and a dull patch near the end while awaiting the obvious I enjoyed this story. More than a holiday read, less than a classic. Give it a try.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good 21 April 2014
By CJ
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Just finished this book I must admit I got engrossed in the story and found I could not put it down till I had finished it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but a bit far fetched 9 Nov. 2014
By Galning
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I was torn between giving this a 3 or a 4 and decided 3 reflected the fact that I probably wouldn't read it again - but I'd give the author another go. The first quarter of the book I really enjoyed and there was the odd bit of quirky humour - but then it all got a bit far fetched. On the plus side it jogs along at a fair pace and I liked the 2 main characters.

I think it's a bit wrong to call it a thriller as it's too light in places. It's more about a guy with incredible bad luck who gets sucked into the world of organised crime and spends his time trying to outsmart the killers after him (and that's where it gets a bit far fetched, with a stock market trader thinking he can beat the mob). But it wasn't bad.
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