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Escaping Reality [Kindle Edition]

Geoff Nelder
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Escaping Reality is a humorous thriller set in Northern Britain and Amsterdam. The story opens with musician Gerry Ricketts having his face pushed into a water-filled gutter by a large policewoman. He is under arrest. After a quick trial, Ricketts is sentenced to ten years in Stonelodge Prison for a jewel robbery he did not commit. Determined to discover who framed him, Ricketts begins plotting his escape. It won't be easy. Stonelodge is a Category B prison, old and smelly, with heavy security. His luck finally turns when he enters into a sexual relationship with Wendy, the prison librarian. He finally makes his escape, hiding out in the Northumberland moors, and eventually reaches Amsterdam. But the plot that landed him in prison is bigger than he knows, and his troubles are just beginning as he struggles to stay one step ahead of the law and clear his name.

Escaping Reality, although set in Europe, was inspired by the 1960's TV series The Fugitive. Geoff Nelder's other books include Exit - Pursued by a Bee, ARIA, and Hot Air.

From the Author

This is a fugitive story, laced with naughty bits, but much is authentically researched. All the places and landscape descriptions are real even if the characters are fictional. You will know them though. The criminal society portrayed exists under different names. I suspect you know that too.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Adventure Books of Seattle; Third edition (20 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CWOU3YK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #547,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Geoff Nelder has one wife, two grown-up kids, and lives in rural England within easy cycle ride of the Welsh mountains.

Publications: One humorous thriller Escaping Reality in 2005
One award-winning science fiction, Exit, Pursued by a Bee in 2008
Another thriller, Hot Air, is published in 2009 after receiving an award from an Arts Academy in the Netherlands.

A science fiction trilogy, ARIA - starting with Left Luggage with an original premise is published in 2012 by LL-Publications. A fantasy, Xaghra's Revenge is in the hands of the Rebecca Pratt Literary Agency.

Having had around 50 short stories published, Geoff was chosen to be the short fiction judge for the Whittaker Prize, 2009.

Geoff was a co-editor of science fiction magazine, Escape Velocity, and is a freelance editor.

Geoff's website: geoffnelder.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
"Escaping Reality" is exactly what you'll do when reading Geoff Nelder's debut crime novel. Your everyday, nine-to-five job life will become pretty attractive once you're confronted with all the crazy stuff that can completely screw up a person's life.
But it's more than simply a crime novel. The story drops you in the gruel and misery of Gerry Rickett's life, a wrongfully excused musician trying to clear his name by finding out the truth while staying out of the hands of as well the police as the real bad guys. Geoff Nelder has written what is essentially a road movie, combining suspense and humour to create a story that will crawl under your skin. And it takes you where no sane man would dare venture: Holland.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escaping Reality escapes its own reality 28 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
ESCAPING REALITY - GEOFF NELDER
If you like your prison escape stories written with ironic humour, your international jewel theft books full of quirky musicians and your librarians sexy, this is the book for you. If you're never considered any of these apparently jarring concepts, now's your chance. Ostensibly a straightforward "I've been framed and I'll prove it" novel, Escaping Reality itself escapes reality and turns into a tour-de-force of plot-twisting, fell-walking, identity-hiding computer-hacking riotous turmoil. As a stiff-necked literary critic might say, it also underlines the existential meretriciousness of solipcism. The rest of us might just say that it reaffirms the fact that we are all, ultimately, on our own. But don't let that get you down - the protagonist (he's no hero!) triumphs, gets his own back to some extent and even manages to have a surprising amount of naughty stuff on the way.
The book reads as if it has two parts - the opening mystery/who-dun-it set-up during which you think "That's couldn't have happened" and "That's just unlikely" and the second half - more of a thriller - in which you see that "Ah! THAT'S how it happened" and "Of course, that makes sense", all laced with quips, humour and an acceptance that bicycles sometimes have minds of their own. The action takes in prison life, what it's like to be a jobbing musician, good cops, bad cops and atmospheric, detail-drenched settings in Cumbria and non-tourist Amsterdam. Any more would give it away, and the plot deserves to be discovered as you read (and re-read, because you just won't get all the darker and complex undertones first time around).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am in this book! 20 Sep 2005
Format:Paperback
This book is incredible! I AM Wendy, the lusty busty librarian. Maybe Geoff Nelder has seen me in one of the libraries I work in. Hi Geoff have you been stamped in Edinburgh or Glasgow recently? He he. OK so, the Wendy in the book is a bit of a slapper unlike me, but her life, wit and erm desires are just me. And it's so cool to find a book that doesn't relegate librarians to dour sad wimps shushing readers all day. On a more literary note, I really liked the way the pace of the book changes, especially leaving the reader breathless in the last third leading to a clever denouement. More sex in the sequel, Geoff please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musicians and Librarians! 19 Dec 2005
Format:Paperback
Musicians and librarians will never be the same again!
Geoff's book finds and sustains a blistering pace from start to finish.
The dash across open countryside reminds me of passages Gash used in a number of Lovejoy books... in fact, there are certain similarities with Geoff Nelder's protagonist and Gash's (original) Lovejoy (not the horrible sanitised TV version!)
This is an entertaining, enjoyable book. Please buy it. And then go and study your local librarian!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle undertones 12 Sep 2005
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Format:Paperback
This is a sneaky book, Geoff Nelder. It masquerades as an escapist adventure book, a boys�Eown story with a dash of sex; like that Liverpool reader says �Ea road book that should be a movie. But there are subtleties that lure the reader into deeper undertones, of plot twists, cunning subtexts and a rollercoaster of emotions. Women, don't be put off by the macho cover art, this book is for us too.
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