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Terminated [Kindle Edition]

Simon Wood
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Book Description

Stephen Tarbell needed that promotion. But they had to go and give the job to his supervisor, Gwen Farris. Now Tarbell has had enough—and he’s about to put Gwen on notice. She has two choices: give him a glowing review on his performance evaluation or suffer the consequences.

Gwen has already survived one violent attack, fifteen years ago. But even that experience couldn’t prepare her for Tarbell’s relentless fury. Pulling a knife on her was just the beginning. Like a sadist peeling the wings off a helpless fly, Tarbell is determined to pick apart her life using every means of physical and psychological torment. The company’s security firm says they’ll handle the situation, but whose side are they really on? And how do you stop a psychopath so consumed by hate he thinks he’s the one being persecuted?

An ominous thriller set in a world where workplace insecurity meets violent obsession, Simon Wood’s Terminated grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go.

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About the Author

Anthony Award–winning author of a dozen books as well as over 150 published stories and articles, Simon Wood is an ex–race car driver, a licensed pilot, an animal rescuer, an endurance cyclist, and an occasional private investigator. Having dealt with dyslexia from an early age, Wood has been met with rave reviews for his previous publications, including Working Stiffs, We All Fall Down, Paying the Piper, Dragged into Darkness, Asking for Trouble, and The Fall Guy, among numerous others published under his horror pseudonym, Simon Janus. Originally from the UK, Wood moved to the US in ’98 to share his world with his American wife, Julie—and a longhaired dachshund and four cats.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1316 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612184030
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (13 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GFGT70
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's a former competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot, an endurance cyclist and an occasional PI. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and four cats. He's the Anthony Award winning author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper, Terminated, Asking For Trouble, We All Fall Down and the Aidy Westlake series. His latest thriller is THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. He also write horror under the pen name of Simon Janus. Curious people can learn more at

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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Gwen Ferris is newly promoted at a major US pharmaceutical company and it's well deserved, she works hard and she needs the extra money. However, her happiness is short-lived, she has to give one of her team a `poor performance' evaluation for his annual review and she is not looking forward to it. Gwen knows that Stephen thinks that he should have got her job and he has never been short of speaking his mind.

From the very first page this is a tale of calculated terror and the action escalated right to the end of the book. I don't want to give any of the plot away so I will just say that the menace that begins on page one continues throughout. I never thought I'd ever want to kill someone but the sheer evil and unrelenting predatory actions unleashed by the malcontent in this book got me thinking.

I really liked the concept of the plot; under certain circumstances I'm now convinced that something so routine as a performance review could be a catalyst for some of the events described here. This book would make a first-rate film and I recommend it to anyone who likes a fast-paced thriller and doesn't mind violence on paper.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Discovered something new 29 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I started to read this book as it was only 99p and it looked to me a good read for my first kindle book. My first thought was that it could bore me as this is the first book I have read in this genre however I was wrong. The characters are very interesting and relatable, the thing I liked about the characters/plot is that despite making one of the characters abnormal, Simon Wood kept it believable and didn't go overboard with it.

I would recommend this book for anybody from the age of 16; I am 16 but I don't think many people younger than that will enjoy this book as much but if you haven't read a book like this before then this is a great place to start and an absolute steal at 99p!

I can't wait to download Simon's other works and I hope there is more coming soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary and gripping! 7 May 2013
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This book grabs you from the first page. Stephen or Steve (just to his friends) is middle aged, experienced and good at his job. It's his people skills that let him down. He has a quick temper, doesn't quite fit in at work and loves to point the finger. Gwen, is younger more dynamic and wants the whole workplace to get on. She implements changes that work. Gwen is promoted to manager and Steve is not. Although this happened a few months ago, his displeasure rears it's ugle head when his review with Gwen sees him needing to improve.

He hates Gwen for having his rightful job. He is the one holding the company together and he is not happy because Gwen got his job just for being female. Obviously this is not the case but Steve wants things to change. He threatens Gwen and scares her into giving (what he believes) is a good review. Steve is a clever man. His dad has never been proud of him and has always looked down on him. Steve wants to turn these tables.

I was gripped all through this book. You want to keep reading because everyone has been in that situation at work where you think your boss isn't treating you like you dererve and you want to do something about it. Most people do not do what Steve does!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 6 Sept. 2013
By Cathy
Once again Simon Wood takes the reader on an exciting, tense and page turning journey. From terrorisation to murder, a psychopath with a deadly grudge becomes more and more out of control and seemingly unstoppable. Gwen, who unwittingly unleashed the monster inside Tarbell, finds her life going from bad to worse. She is also dealing with the repercussions of a trauma in her youth and as events become more nightmarish she resorts to desperate measures which leads to a thrilling conclusion. Unputdownable!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Good Guy to Have Working for You 24 Jan. 2013
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I first came across this author recently when I read his first novel, Accidents Waiting to Happen. That was an enjoyable book too, but quite a light read. Terminated is even better and, I would say, has a lot more depth.

Gwen is a supervisor at a pharmaceuticals company. She makes the mistake of giving a poor review about one of her subordinates, Stephen Tarbell. Unfortunately she has chosen the wrong guy as Tarbell proves to be psychotic and vindictive in the extreme. He makes it his mission in life, not just to get his own back, but to totally destroy Gwen's life. This is very well written, tense and absorbing, and the reader is really able to share Gwen's feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. There are also insights into Tarbell's background which, whilst one can never feel sympathy for him, help to explain why he is the way he is.

Gwen is made of stern stuff though and has no intention of rolling over and giving up. Once Tarbell has overstepped the mark once too often, she realises that the only person she can rely on is herself. Once this happens the story races towards an action packed and page turning climax. This is an impressive book which does not lag at any stage and I would recommend it as a very good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Fiction 31 Mar. 2013
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Like other Simon Wood novels the basis of the plot of `Terminated' is fascinating and intriguing, it sets off at a cracking pace, and it keeps this up throughout to a gripping climax. These are essentials for a good thriller and any implausibility is well within the bounds of fiction. It is always clear who are the baddies and who are the goodies, yet author Simon Wood skilfully employs characters who are not themselves flawless to foster empathy and to build up credibility. The victim is Gwen who is threatened and attacked in her workplace, but happenings spill over into all parts of her life. The story is cleverly told from viewpoints of criminals and those attempting to protect Gwen with tension, twists, turns, and terror abounding until the denouement arrives fairly suddenly - but with all loose ends satisfactorily tied up - what more do thriller fiction readers require?
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This novel had me gripped from the very start, didn't want to put it down. A must for suspense fans.
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I really enjoyed this, my first book by Wood. It's gripping, nicely paced a seemed realistic (although I'm relieved I don't write performance reviews at work!). Read more
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Great read similar story lines to his other novels but good griping can't put down book.
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Most of Simon Wood's books are stand alone but all are gripping thrillers that are very hard to put down with twists and turns leading to an action packed ending that is usually... Read more
Published 15 days ago by jill
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Very good and scary story line, keeps u reading all the way to the end, not easy to put down.
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Published 1 month ago by Colin F Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars His best to date in my opinion
I find the Simon Wood novels a bit hit and miss, sometimes over the top in parts, but this one really worked for me. His best to date in my opinion.
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