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The Survival of Thomas Ford

The Survival of Thomas Ford [Kindle Edition]

John A. A. Logan
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"This is writing and literature at its best. Imagine Stephen King combined with maybe Cormac McCarthy and a bit of Edgar Allan Poe tossed in"

"Beautifully written...compelling...literary fiction/tartan noir/thriller/zany black comedy...Logan dances on a literary knife edge...blazing talent"
Linda Gillard, author of A LIFETIME BURNING


Thomas Ford is the only survivor of the car crash which killed his wife. He is also the only witness who would be willing to identify the young, reckless driver who caused the crash. But the driver has no intention of ever letting himself be identified, not to mention what his father’s intentions are…or those of his girlfriend, Lorna, the hospital cleaner.

The young driver’s father is Jack McCallum, the powerful entrepreneur who has built a housing empire, McCallum Homes, on the high hills surrounding the city. Jack has his own dark secret to protect, as well as his business edifice to hold onto. There is no way in the world that Jack McCallum will ever let anything threaten the future of McCallum Homes.

Robert Ferguson, the passenger who was with the young driver on the day of the crash, curses himself for ever getting into the car. He watches carefully to see what the universe will do about it all, and he thinks he can hear the gears and chambers of the universe’s engine, rolling terribly towards them, out of the future, and he knows he can’t cope with that, not even if he takes his medication.

In the end, destiny will pull them all far out of the city, some of them to the moonlit hillside, where white butterflies and mysterious gas fill the air, and wild cats wrap themselves around cold trees. Jack McCallum’s trusted Polish foreman, Lanski, will recognise the place from the folklore-wilderness of his own childhood, a place where death can come stalking in the form of a white wolf, but perhaps also redemption can appear, for those like Thomas Ford who seek it.

In any case, the young driver has it in mind to take his destiny into his own hands now, which will soon lead to the life of a second young woman hanging in the balance, awaiting salvation or destruction, perhaps only the Fates, or the wind that blows through the trees, know which.


He is also the author of STORM DAMAGE, a collection of short stories available on Kindle.
His work has been published internationally in anthologies edited by A L Kennedy, John Fowles, Ali Smith, Toby Litt; and he has been invited to read his work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He wrote monthly columns and film reviews for the magazine, 57 NORTH, in Aberdeen, where he was also president of Aberdeen University’s Creative Writing Society for three years, while attaining his MA (Hons) English degree there, which included study under the novelist, William McIlvanney.


Comments about John A. A. Logan’s work:



“Writerly prowess” THE SPECTATOR

“Logan writes in very original terms” SCOTTISH STUDIES REVIEW

“A blistering, tough book, tempered with tenderness and mystery”
Alan Warner, author of THE STARS IN THE BRIGHT SKY

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: White Butterfly Press (25 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Q68W7U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripped by the goolies. 28 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A gripping read: about halfway down the second page, it grabbed me, then it just didn't let go. The characters are large and unpredictable, the story barely stops to take a breath and there's scarcely a spare word in the whole book. Tight. And full of energy.
Jimmy in particular is a wonderful character: disturbing and fascinating at the same time. And terrifying.
If John Logan can write like this, (and plainly he can) I'm astonished that he hasn't got a book deal. I hope we see more books from him.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling story 23 Feb 2012
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This book starts with a death in a motoring accident and the survivor of the crash becomes engrossed in trying to find the man who caused it. We are drawn into the life of the perpetrator, an amoral man, whose family and friends are evil or weak. There are some really strong characters in this book yet somehow I didn't feel I got to grips with Thomas Ford himself.

It is a very compelling story and I tried for 15 minutes to put it down after lunch today! The writing is really well crafted and there are certain parts of the story where I found myself wondering if the supernatural would play a part. I'm still not sure!

There is a lot to think about in this book; about survivor guilt, about the corrupting effects of the love of power, status and money, about how family ties can prevent us discerning the difference between good and evil. There is a little reference or two to the influence of Grandmothers. I liked that too! I recommend this book as a really good story.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most gripping novel I've read for a long time 10 April 2012
By avocado
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I downloaded this book, partly because John's a colleague and friend, and partly because I was curious to read what has been regarded as a Kindle best-seller.
THE SURVIVAL OF THOMAS FORD is not the kind of book I'd normally choose to read, and I began it on a wet and windy Easter Sunday when I was suffering from a dental abscess. I finished it the following day. I was totally gripped by the writing, and the unusual mixture of poetry, extreme violence and fantasy - I even managed to forget my abscess.
The book's very visual, and I feel sure it's film material - I hope someone in the film business picks it up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and enlightening 1 May 2014
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Beautiful language traced grim yet fascinating images on my hungry mind. This book gripped me from the start. Couldn't put it down, and didn't want to even if I could have. John A.A. Logan should be a name on book stands world wide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivation & Survival 12 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Jimmy, a young man who thrives on violence, and Robert, along for the ride, cause the death of woman while driving. Was it intentional? Was it an accident caused by a young driver who didn't think about the potential consequences of his actions but nevertheless got a thrill from them?

Thomas Ford, the woman's husband, manages to survive the accident. Barely. Did he do what he could to try and save his wife?

Lorna, a young woman with a mercenary heart is determined to find a shortcut to a better life. She has come into information about the cause of the wreck. Her motives are crystal clear. Unfortunately she will set events in motion that will have dire, and deadly consequences.

I truly enjoyed this book. It's becomes almost mesmerizing to watch the ever widening ripples caused by a bad decision- and there are several bad decisions made in this story.

This is not a book for the faint of heart. There is violence and, in my opinion, true evil here. Some of the characters are both victims and aggressors. That is part of why I found the story so fascinating- the kindest person may still be guilty while the most evil person is dead set on protecting the people he "loves". If you're looking for something with little or no gray areas it won't be here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars eef's review 8 Mar 2014
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A gripping picture of the violence that goes on within families and the workplace.
Chilling. Just wish I could imagine what happened to the main protagonists after
the end of the story - what possible futures they might have.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced good read 7 Feb 2014
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Fast paced good read, will definitely look for other books by this author. It was available on free kindle at the time of download.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 9 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Really enjoyed this book. Been reading James Patterson's which I normally cannot put down but this was better by far and not just because of the local connection. I just had to finish this one. Really enjoyed the local twang and you can see the characters in the local places mentioned. Easy to read and I hope more will follow. I would thoroughly recommend it and I have been.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit laboured
This is an impressive story, beautifully written. It didn't really grab my interest however which is why I give it 3 stars. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Hague
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but not gripping
great idea for story and well written if confusing and wandering a little… i didn't like any of the characters, even Thomas Ford wasn't likeable and to be honest i didn't care if... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sarah Crossland
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful
This is quirky, dark, poetic and strange but ultimately satisfying. The style is reminiscent of Kate Atkinson, in that it is slightly odd and off-kilter but entertaining and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marie
2.0 out of 5 stars So so
I think my husband would like this book, I could not get in to it at all
Left it on the kindle for another day
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark,disturbing and brilliant dance
Every book ever written is slightly derivative and when I read the opening chapter of Thomas Ford I was taken straight into the sheerly horrific shock of the opening of Andrew... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Neil Sydenham
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read!
I enjoy novels like this - where all the charactered are some how connected. As the story develops, you'll find yourself unable to put the book down, because you really need to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ruby-Jayne
3.0 out of 5 stars Real page-turner
Enjoyed this book. Plausible, good characters, gripping. An entertaining read not burdened by foolish sentiment. Well crafted yet accessible. Recommended
Published 10 months ago by MagsMum
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable read
I really enjoyed this book. It grips you almost immediately and is nearly impossible to put down. Cannot recommend this book enough!
Published 10 months ago by Kelly Lennon
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