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Crack-Up: A Psychological Thriller by [Christopherson, Eric]
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Eric Christopherson has more than 150,000 copies of his books in circulation worldwide. He is a former police officer and federal government consultant. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, he also has a graduate degree from Duke University. He was born in California, grew up in New England, and has since lived throughout the United States and a bit in Asia. He now lives in semi-rural Ohio with his wife, Seiko, and their toddlers, Keith and Annabel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002HMCLFQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After downloading lots of free books for my Kindle this was my first purchased book. It cost me 74 pence so I wasn't expecting alot.

Boy was I wrong, I couldn't put the Kindle down and read it in 2 days. Argus Ward is an ex Secret Service agent who had a dark hidden secret he is a schizophrenic. He controls his illness by medication but slowly his world unravels and he is accused of murder.

I won't say more than that except this book was worth every penny.
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Argus Ward has a medical problem. He's a paranoid schizophrenic. But as long as takes his medication, he can function as head of the successful security company he established, and nobody need know his secret.

Then he starts seeing things - like a naked flight attendant on his plane. Then he starts hearing things - voices issuing strange and menacing commands. What's going on? Trouble, that's what, and Argus is soon knee-deep in it, charged with the murder of his most famous client.

Did he do it? If so, why, when he faithfully takes his daily medication?

Crack-up is by turns funny, exciting and actually quite scary - a truly original premise brilliantly executed. The action never lets up, with lots of twists and turns along the way. With a paranoid narrator, Christopherson has a lot of fun. Just about anything goes when you're in that mental state.

I have to say the behaviour of the cops (who were presumably meant to be sane) strained my credulity at several points. That didn't stop me enjoying this zany tale immensely, but it did almost cost the fifth star on the rating!

This is an exhilarating roller-coaster read, worth many times the modest price tag.
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I've read a few books about this kind of "big-brother is watching you / big goverment conspiracy theory" subject but I have to say that this is the first time that the actual conspiracy itself was the sanest thing in the book!

I think that the author must have had a lot of fun writing this book - it is really hard at times to tell reality from insanity (which is the whole point of course) and I warmed quickly to the lead character. It gave me a very interesting insight into the world of temporary insanity. The storyline was well thought out and there was no "filler" - everything in the book was necessary to the story and it flew along at a fantastic pace!

I didn't give the book 5 stars as I tried to consider if I would have been disappointed if I'd paid the average paperback price for it and for me the answer is yes, I would, but if I'm honest, I don't usually buy this kind of book unless it has been vastly reduced in price, simply because this is not the type of genre that appeals to me. But it was absolutely better than I was expecting and entertained me far more than other books I've read in this genre (for example Dean Koontz, The Good Guy - waaaay too far-fetched for me)

Definitely 5 stars for value for money but I personally found the story itself a tad far-fetched and very hollywood-esque at times - however if this is the kind of thing that you like in a book then this is definitely one you should buy, you'll not be disappointed!
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I have a 50 minute rail commute to and from work, and my test of a good novel is whether it keeps my head down for the entire trip. Crack-Up kept me utterly oblivious of the world around me for a good few days.

I bought the book because of the interesting premise - a high-functioning paranoid schizophrenic who did close protection work for the US Secret Service and now runs a successful private security company - and also because I've been enjoying sampling self-published authors on the Kindle at a very low price.

It's gripping from the very beginning, and stays well-paced throughout. The characters are believable and sympathetic, especially the protagonist Argus Ward. I was interested to see how the psychotic episodes would be handled, as the book is written in the first person, and they were done very well, with humour and sensitivity. The parts where Ward's medication was just starting to wear off and the madness kick in were particularly poignant.

I wasn't 100% convinced by the reveal at the end, but funnily enough this didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book as a whole.

A cracking read - I look forward to reading more of Eric Christopherson's work. I've read paperback thrillers backed by huge poster ad campaigns that weren't one tenth as polished or well-written as this.
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I was completely absorbed by this well-written thriller. Crack-Up tells the story of Argus Ward, the schizophrenic owner of a successful security firm. Argus manages to hide his disease from his colleagues until the voice of Darth Vader tells him to murder the billionaire he was hired to protect. The story moves along at a great pace and I finished it in two sittings. Definitely recommended!
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What I mean is, it's so full of tension, worry for the main character, will this nightmare ever end?? And the reader really doesnt know for sure......

Betrayal, frustration (to say the least!) when the professionals even refuse to listen. I echo everything good thats already been said about this book.

Yes it does stretch incredulity - especially some of the injuries sustained, and escapes from various situations.....but hey, it all had to happen to keep pace so its forgivable.

I laughed out loud towards the end when 'dancing' was involved - I wont say more. But it shows this author's sense of humour - not to say, knowledge of dance moves.
Loved it and now looking for other offerings. Already read Frame Up which was brilliant....
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