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Tom Booker is a new attorney at a powerful Washington law firm. Texting while driving across Memorial Bridge, he loses control and crashes into an oncoming minivan carrying his own daughter and three of her friends. The minivan tips up on two wheels, about to flip over into the Potomac. Time freezes, he’s alone on the bridge. A young couple approaches and offers him a re-wind. The crash would be averted, the children saved. All he must do is kill someone every two weeks—anyone—a “soul exchange.” A moment later, Tom is back in his spinning car, but avoids the deadly crash. He laughs about the hallucination, attributing it to bumping his head on the steering wheel when his car came to an abrupt stop. But his encounter wasn’t a hallucination. Two weeks later, the minivan driver is brutally murdered. Tom receives a text: one down, four to go. He has never shot—much less owned—a gun in his life, and now must turn himself into a serial killer or his daughter and her friends will die.
Praise for One To Go:
“Fast-paced and extremely interesting, readers are introduced to a young attorney in Washington, DC. Breaking the law while texting as he’s driving, he soon finds himself in the center of a nightmare of biblical proportions…A very strange, dark, intense tale that actually spotlights (in an odd way) the risks and horrors that come on a daily basis from someone texting while driving. Even though this is a fictional tale, it really brings the point home. The angels/demons, whichever title these two people claim, are keeping a tally so Tom can’t cheat, and readers won’t be able to look away. This is a completely unique suspense novel; while you hold your breath waiting for the next shoe to drop, the reality sets in.”
“Educated, avid readers who like to contemplate momentous issues and encounter the worst horrors imaginable when they are safely distanced by the covers of a book (or the off switch of a tablet) will find plenty of both in the thought-provoking entertainment of Mike Pace’s One to Go.”
—Washington Independent Review of Books
“well this was quite the ride.
In Mike Pace's deeply thrilling paranormal-ish novel, One to Go Tom Booker finds himself with an impossible choice to make. While texting and driving, he loses control of his vehicle, hitting a minivan that was carrying his daughter, her friends, driven by his sister-in-law. Before the minivan flipped over the bridge though, time stood still. And Tom was given a choice. Either he could let his little girl die, along with her friends, OR he could kill someone every two weeks to make up for the loss of those souls. Thinking he was having some sort of crazy hallucination, Tom chooses his daughter. Not thinking much of it until two weeks later when his sister-in-law (the driver) is found brutally murdered. So if he doesn't kill someone, anyone, in two weeks, his daughter and her friends are in serious danger, and so on. Pace has quite the imagination, and I enjoyed every bit of it.”
—Kick *** Book Reviews
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Imagine being responsible for your own child's death. How would you react if someone came to you and told you that you could have another chance to fix the wrong?
In "One to Go" Tom Brooks was given such a chance but it came with a price. Torn between saving his daughter and her friends or losing them forever, Tom makes a deal with the devil (so to speak). A life for a life.
Tom thinks this is all a farce, that he just hit his head during the incident on the bridge. But as he soon learns it is all too real. When he misses his first deadline, the driver of the other vehicle was beaten and killed by her husband. He then realizes that his dream was never really a dream at all.
Desperate to save his daughter, Tom finds a way to work past his fear and do the deed. "One saved, Three to go".
While working in a law office, Tom finds the perfect opportunity to find his victims. He takes on a pro bono case and tries to tell himself that they are bad people and worth killing. Will he be able to meet his deadlines and save all the innocent children, including his daughter?
This book starts out with a bang and keeps on going! I love how the author makes it interesting by giving Tom a way to make it easier for him to save his daughter, but still keep you on the edge of your seat. The ending really had me going. I really liked how it started fast and ended even faster. Had my heart racing! It contains a lot of twists and turns and a few surprises that I never expected! I really enjoyed reading this book and think anyone who reads it would like it as well. I recommend this read to anyone!
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About the Author:
No matter what path thriller author Mike Pace has walked, it’s always been with a story to tell.One of Mike’s earliest memories is helping to write the fourth grade Christmas play at his Pittsburgh elementary school.
Born in Pittsburgh, Mike attended the University of Illinois on an art scholarship, and graduated with a BFA degree.
He taught public elementary school in Washington D.C.’s inner city. His students’ favorite part of the day was story time with “Mr. Paste.” Mike prided himself in developing the children’s own creative skills by playing various “imagination games.”
After working with the kids during the day, Mike attended Georgetown Law School at night. At Georgetown he was selected to the editorial board of Georgetown’s prestigious law review where he helped supervise the critical writing of top underclassmen. Upon graduation, he clerked for a federal judge in Washington and later was appointed to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. In that position he prosecuted numerous cases, including those involving murder and rape. Mike’s favorite part of the job was addressing the jury where his ability to distill complicated facts and legal principals into a captivating story led to sustained success.
He left government service to join a large Washington law firm and subsequently took a position as general counsel to a national environmental services company headquartered in Annapolis, MD. After several years, he resigned in order to practice law part time so he could concentrate on his first love, creative writing.
Mike has written for the stage and screen. The Washington Post called one of his plays “engaging … entertaining and … witty.” He wrote and directed a short film that was accepted into film festivals in Kansas City and Portland.
He’s a member of the International Thriller Writers and the Maryland Writers Association. He’s a strong believer in community responsibility, having served as president of his local school board.
In addition to writing, Mike enjoys painting (his work hangs in an Annapolis office building), golf (he stinks), skiing (he stinks but not as much), and the Baltimore Ravens. He’s recently taken up the soprano saxophone. Mike’s philosophy is simple: if you’re learning, by definition, you’re growing. And if you’re growing, by definition, you’re living. So, learn to live!
Dead Light is Mike’s first novel. Two nearly completed manuscripts —One to Go and Red Island – rest uncomfortably at opposite corners of his desk. He has just begun research for his fourth thriller. (Read about the Swine Flu epidemic back in 1976? What if …?)
Mike lives on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and two dogs, Blueberry and Scout.
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