Terminated

  • by Simon Wood
  • Narrated by Emily Beresford
  • 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For Gwen Farris, the nightmare commences with the flash of a knife in a darkened parking lot.… That’s where Stephen Tarbell begins to exact his revenge against her for giving him a poor performance evaluation, for getting the promotion he believed was rightly his, and for being the woman who finally drove him over the edge. The threat escalates to an onslaught of physical and psychological intimidation so relentless that it threatens to destroy everything Gwen holds dear. And with the authorities unable - or unwilling - to help, Gwen has to take on Tarbell herself. But how do you stop a madman whose hatred knows no limit?
In a world where workplace insecurity meets violent obsession, only one thing is certain: Someone’s going to get terminated.

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Extreme suspense; credible story

The publisher's summary tells enough about the story line, but it does not adequately portray the suspense. Author Simon Wood tells a frightening story. Some reviewers have complained that the protagonist was stupid and that the story line is not credible. I strongly disagree. Narrator Emily Baresford could be criticized for not even trying to do male voices, but I find that better than doing them badly. I highly recommend Terminated for those who like really intense suspense.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

The co-worker from hell!

Gwen Farris had only been head of the Quality Assurance department at Pace Pharmaceuticals for six months when it came time to do the employee performance evaluations. All was going smoothly until she reached Stephen Tarbell. His performance did not meet Pace's minimum level, and when she explained this to him, he was livid. He had been at Pace longer than anyone in the department and was up for the head position, only to have Gwen snatch it away from him. A clear case of an equal opportunity hiring if ever there was one. The bad evaluation pushed this borderline sociopath over the edge.

Gwen was working late and was the last person to leave the building. As she approached her car, the only one in the parking lot, Tarbell jumped out from behind the dumpster wielding a knife. He threatened to kill her if she did not change his evaluation to one more acceptable to him. Gwen, fearing that Tarbell would follow through on his threat, agreed to his demands. However, once she was safely at home, she called the head of Human Resources and told what Stephen had done in the parking lot. Gwen agreed not to call the police and let Pace's in house security firm, Private Security International, investigate the matter to build an iron-clad case against Tarbell and ultimately terminate his employment.

Once the investigation was under way, it became clear that Tarbell was a very smart and diabolical criminal. He had avoided the security cameras in the parking lot and there was no record of what had transpired there. Additionally, Tarbell discovered that Gwen had turned him in. This infuriated him even more because Gwen had reneged on her promise. He vowed to destroy Gwen - first her job, then her family, and after she saw everything she held dear vanish he would take her life.

What followed was a methodical dismemberment of Gwen Farris' life. Tarbell was a sick and twisted man, and as the novel progressed became even more so. Gwen was ultimately forced to sink to Tarbell's level to save what was left of her life.

This was a very fine and well crafted story, and the scary thing is that people like Stephen Tarbell actually exist in our society. Some of the events in the book seemed a bit far-fetched to me, hence only a four star rating. Other than those small details, the book was enjoyable and hard to put down. The climax was very exciting and tied all the loose ends together. All in all, it was very much worth my time.
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- Niles Jacobsen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio