• by Royce Scott Buckingham
  • Narrated by Allan Robertson
  • 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Royce Scott Buckingham's Impasse, a man is left to die in Alaska while on an "adventure vacation" and must somehow survive to get his revenge on those who betrayed him.
Forty and facing a midlife crisis, Stu Stark has lost his mojo. He simply gave up after being fired from his prestigious job as a prosecuting attorney for losing the biggest case of his career. So when Stu's best friend gifts him a one-week trip into the Alaskan wilderness to rediscover his manhood, Stu thinks it just might do him some good. But after a horrible week, Stu is crushed when he realizes no one is coming back for him.
Dying, Stu is found by a grizzled, old hunter who informs him that winter has set in, and they're not going anywhere for a while. So begins Stu's training to become the man he never was...and to get revenge on those who betrayed him.
This adult debut by the internationally best-selling YA author is a modern-day take on The Count of Monte Cristo.


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Customer Reviews

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A Truly Great Crime/Revenge Novel

So what makes this one so good? Well there's quite a few things. It moves quickly and builds momentum as it goes. There is the impending sense of doom the reader faces in the lives of each character. The contrast between shallowness and depth of character, hard work and laziness, ambitition and greed, innocence and guilt that flows through virtually every chapter of the book. It is well written and extremely well read.

I cant help but compare this to The Count of Monte Cristo on several levels. To go further in the camparison would reveal too much. Suffice to say it is a very clever plot with a unique take and entirely new subject matter.

I cant imagine any fan of the mystery/thriller genre not enjoying this one.

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- Charles Atkinson "Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?"

Really great with just a couple of flaws

Impasse is great. Really great.
This book drives the listener forward. It's a ride where you get in, commit, and just hold on. As the story developed, I could not wait to get back to it, I was so excited to see what happened next.
The character development is good. I believed the relationships between Stu (main character) and the other characters and I cared about what happened to the good guys and the bad guys. I really bought into the whole story.
This book also felt well researched. The details in scenes including everything from real estate law to how to skin a rabbit seemed legitimate to me. Just another reason why it was easy to invest and really enjoy the story.

There were a couple of flaws. Royce's character development of the "bad guy" was a little shallow, a little cartoonish. I see that his past book was for teens and I think that showed here. He could have made the bad guy more evil and sinister without being so obvious. Also, in a couple of scenes towards the end, as the action climaxes, I rolled my eyes at what the characters did--just a couple times, their actions were not in their character. The flaws should not stop you from listening to this book though, as they were anomalies in an otherwise well written story.

The ending was great and satisfying--a little surprising and sneaky and fun.

The narration was good, not great. The narrator forgot which character he was supposed to be a couple of times, mixing up the female voice with the male ones. Also, the story would say "and he said breathlessly..." and the narrator wasn't breathless. Overall though, Robertson brought the story to life and wasn't a distraction.

I recommend this book.
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- Marci

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios