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Derailed by James Siegel

Derailed (2003)

by James Siegel

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James Siegal's cautionary tale about a middle life crisis gone awry is just plain awesome and thoroughly entertaining. Charles Shine is an ordinary, bland 45 year old advertising executive who indulges in an elicit love affair with a beautiful women he meets by happen-chance in a commuter train. The story in a spectacularly violent fashion unravels from there, as Charles fights to reclaim his dignity, money and family.

Dead bodies start to pile up and Charles Shine emerges as sort of kick ass kind of guy, but there is still something distasteful about his character. I guess I feel he brought all this disaster on himself, but I still enjoyed seeing him lay his traps for his enemies. ( )
  blockbuster1994 | Apr 16, 2012 |
Quite exciting thriller but some twists are a bit over the top. ( )
1 vote ElBarto | Jul 11, 2011 |
A clever debut with several plot twists, once you get past a rather nasty violent section, which you realize subsequently has a very specific purpose for the reader, without giving too much away. Very easy to see into the mind of Charles Schine as he embarks on a fateful journey in every sense, understand and empathasize with his rationale which seals his fate. ( )
1 vote edwardsgt | May 24, 2011 |
Derailedby James Siegel is full of twists and turns and punch-in-the-gut dramatic stops that propel the story forward at a terrifying pace. It’s very easy to have sympathy for Charles, though it was through his own actions that the world is crumbling down around him, and to will him to win out over Vasguez and his accomplices. Derailed illustrates the “line upon line, precept upon precept” and “slippery slope” concepts as Charles crosses farther and farther into moral ambiguity while trying to hide his adulterous indiscretion, a secret any reader with a brain KNOWS will eventually come out.

All in all, the book is a good book in that it entertains and thrills the reader. It does experience some slow spots, but those are more for the purpose of lulling the reader in order to amplify the coming shock. And for the most part, the story is believable and possible, enough is established before the bomb that saves Charles goes off to prevent it from feeling like a deus ex machina. However, beyond the initial horror of the rape scene and terror of being stalked, the book isn’t memorable.

click for full review: http://thekoolaidmom.wordpress.com/2009/03/15/derailed-by-james-siegel/ ( )
  thekoolaidmom | Mar 14, 2009 |
A pleasant surprise of a thriller. ( )
  MaryC22 | Dec 21, 2008 |
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Advertising executive Charles Schine looks up one morning on the train and sees `an expanse of thigh' - which leads to his subsequent involvement in adultery, violence - so much, such nauseating violence - blackmail, murder, a police hunt, the collapse of his career in advertising, of his marriage ... I can't see any reading group getting beyond the variegated rapes in chapter 10.
This appears to be James Siegel's first work, as the press release mentions no other writing by him - just the advertising awards he has won and the advertising campaigns he is currently engaged in. These include `his much hyped $50000 campaign for his own book ... from raunchy ads to giving out books at Grand Central Station'.
I know of no other book promoted on the grounds of its own `impressive promotion campaign' - but would not dispute that that could well be the best thing about this book.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446531588, Hardcover)

For Charles Schine, it began as a quiet, ordinary day with a simple commute to work...until he meets the seductive, mysterious Lucinda Harris--an encounter that will irrevocably wreck his life.

From multitalented writer James Siegel comes a highly charged, suspenseful tale of murder, betrayal, and revenge.

Warner Books is proud to present Siegel's newest thriller, featuring rich characterizations and a scintillating plot that builds to an explosive climax sure to stun readers.

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The day Charles Schine misses his regular New York train is the day that changes his life. Sitting opposite him on the next train is Lucinda Harris, and despite himself being happily married, Charles is instantly attracted. Suddenly his temptation turns horrifically sour and his illicit liason becomes caught up in something bigger, more dangerous, more brutally violent.… (more)

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