Hard Fall by Ridley Pearson

Bestselling author Ridley Pearson is best known for his well-research, suspenseful storytelling.

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Hard Fall by Ridley Pearson


  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.05 x 6.88 x 4.22
  • Publisher: Hyperion Press; (June 2001)
  • ISBN: 078689007X

    Reader Reviews
    0 of 3 people found the following review helpful: Totally awful, April 27, 2002 Reviewer: novel1st from Monterrey, Mexico The very start has an egregious writing fault: Cam Daggett shook his watch, questioning its accuracy, and glanced a quarter-mile ahead at the dirty, exhaust-encrusted sign that indicated the lane change for National Airport. Heat waves rose in fluid sheets from the pavement, distorting the distance, carrying gray exhaust into the canopy of smog. Given this traffic, they would never make it in time. News radio explained that . . . (etc) First the minor stupidity: 1/4 of a mile is 440 yards, I'd like to know how he could even read a sign from that distance, let alone see that it was 'exhaust encrusted'. Secondly, heat waves cannot distort 'the distance' they distort your view of distant objects. Third, and worst by far, the last NOUN mentioned is the heat waves carrying the gray exhaust. Then he writes 'they would never make it in time'. What? The heat waves would never make it in time? What bloody tripe. The writer, three sentences later, talks about the car occupants who must be 'they' but you can't relate a pronoun to a LATER sentence, that's a basic mistake. Maybe his editor was on holiday all the time this book was being produced. . . Page 3: Dagget was thinking: To come all this way - to within a mile or two of finally interrogating Bernard - and now this loaf taps me on the shoulder and steals the dance. ** LOAF? Maybe he meant to write 'OAF' instead. Ever been tapped on the shoulder by a loaf? It's terribly overwritten. Page 2: Impatience gnawed at Daggett like a stray dog at the mailman's heel. (THE mailman? When were we introduced to the mailman character?) Page 4: He grabbed for the button but missed, which held significance for him. (Pardon? what "significance"? Perhaps Pearson's readers are prescient. This reader isn't.) Frankly this novel is absolutely unreadable. Besides the crummy plot, the cardboard characters, the overwriting, the cliches, and the stereotypes, it is heavily loaded with passive voice and wishy-washy 'to be' verb constructions. This writer should find another occupation, one that doesn't involve inflicting rubbishy sentences on unsuspecting readers. Unbelievably he has published 5 other books. What a waste of paper.

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