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Vertical Run [Paperback]

Joseph R. Garber
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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3 Mar 1997
When a high-flying corporate executive turns up for an average day's work, he finds his boss pointing a gun at him. He soon discovers that everyone wants to kill him, including his close friends and family - and he has no idea why.

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  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (3 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671854682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671854683
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 667,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed Thriller 9 Mar 2001
It's difficult not to compare this novel with the Bruce Willis film "Die Hard". The story, main character and tone are very similar. "Vertical Run" is however different enough that, if you like this sort of thing, then you'll hugely enjoy it. Apart from the odd bit of cheesy dialogue and a loose story line or two, it's all good fun. You might need to suspend your belief a bit but it'll be worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with the very best! 17 Sep 1999
By A Customer
For reasons which are at first unknown, the world suddenly appears to have it in for the pretty normal central character. The balance of the book is about finding out why everyone has turned on him and whether or not he is able to reverse the situation.
The story-line is unbelievable, but clever, so Garber delivers a good plot despite some flaws. The explanations for what is going are delivered in installments, so he succeeds in maintaining the suspense level throughout. You are with the main character from early on and can't help but being dragged in to finding out what's going on and whether or not he will "make it". I also liked his occasional use of dry humour.
In short, this is a book which is hard to put down and has you searching for more titles by the same author shortly after finishing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a thriller! 22 Nov 1998
By A Customer
To be perfectly honest, this is probably the best thriller I've read in ages, and possibly the best thriller written in the past ten years. Once I read the first chapter, it was literally unputdownable. The main character, Dave Elliot, learns the plot at the same pace as the reader, and the flashbacks to Vietnam make it grittingly life-like and engrossing. When the actual explanation itself is revealed, at first it seems unlikely, but it suddenly becomes frighteningly realistic. The novel focuses on Elliot being trapped in a scyscraper with armed men after him. He must use whatever he can find - ropes, home-made bombs, bleach - to not only outwit his enemies, but find out what in the world is going on! With the ongoing arguments inside Elliot's head with his inner self, the deliciously hateable Ransom, and the gradual realisation of the plot, this novel is unlike any film you'll see. My only gripes are the death of Ransom (I won't give it away, but somehow it doesn't seem to fit in with what was explained previously), and the fact that it finished. I urge you to buy it, read it, and run vertically. Thank you, Mr Garber - and please, let there be a sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The all time best book of its kind 26 Aug 1999
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What could be worse? You show up at a job you love only to have your boss try to kill you. Then your friends, family and the U.S. Military turn against you. What do you do? Give in? Never!!!! Fight back! That is the premise of the book Vertical Run. It is a heart-pounding, high-pressure ride through a mystery that seems solvable, but what if the only solution is kill or be killed. Garber writes as if he and his audience are adrenaline junkies that would but Evil Knieval to shame. It is a no holds barred romp through the all-too-true and the wow-could-this-be. Few freshman books have ever held my attention like this. No time to read? The audio is just as good as the book. Steven Lang NAILS the accents of all the characters and pulls you into Garbers story so well, you will not be able to shut off your tape player. Anyone, and I mean ANYONE, who enjoys a good adventure will be unable to put down this book! It is faster than Clancy and smarter than Grisham anyday. I recommend you stop what you are doing and listen to or read this book ASAP!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible. 7 July 1999
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Quite simply brilliant - from start to finish. A roller coaster of a ride all the way through. When I started I could not put it down. I have recommended this to dozens of friends and the conclusion was always the same - "I just could not put it down and had to finish it in one night."
Tense, gripping, and sometimes brutal the story is of a Vietnam vet who has become a successful businessman only to find that when he gets to work one morning his CEO wants to shoot him.
"I'm sorry - if there could be any other way..."
I just had to know why too. There has to be a reason for your boss wanting to shoot you - and apologizing first? After that it's breakneck speed all the way. An exhilarating thriller that will keep you hooked and at the end you just wish it could be longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 5 books of all time 17 Dec 2007
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I have read this book as well as listened to the audio version, and I love them both. The Story is about a guy named Dave Elliot whose world, all of a sudden, gets turned completely upside down. He Runs to work every day but today when he arrives his boss pulls a gun on him and from that point on almost every one he meets tries to kill him. He spends the day in a large building trying to work out why, as we find out more about him and whats going on.
I have heard people say the story is a little unbelievable in places but I would say its no more so than any other adventure Fiction book. It's far more believable than a dan brown book, and just as thrilling, When I read it I could not put the book down.
The Audio Version is really Good, its well read and they have added music in places that really adds to the suspence, they got it spot on and really did it justice. It is abridged though and you do miss a few things along the way, such as the story of Daves Child hood pond. But even without these things its still great.
I Would love to get this on CD as I have listened to the tapes so many times that one of them snapped, however I have yet to see it on CD anywere.
This Really is brilliant and I can't recommend it enough. But I would recommened the book as well so you can get the bits missed out in the audio version.
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