Monday, April 2, 2018

Book Review: True Fiction, by Lee Goldberg

Guest review by: Becki Bayley

Ian was lying fully dressed on top of the bed, his back propped up with pillows, staring at the TV. Empty mini-bottles from the minibar were scattered on the bed, along with candy bar wrappers and crinkled empty bags of chips. He chewed on the last bit of his last Toblerone and wondered for perhaps the hundredth time if he was having a waking nightmare of if this was really happening.

Maybe it was all just a horrible coincidence.

Maybe he had nothing to do with it.

Then again, maybe he did.

Maybe it all began three years ago with a group of writers gathered in a mountain cabin, making up stories. He hadn’t seen the harm in it. It was all make-believe. A story never killed anyone.

Until now.

While it seems like several of the books I’ve read lately have been "firsts" from an author, Lee Goldberg has three whole pages of books already published! I don’t recall reading anything from him before, but True Fiction was great, and now I’ve got a long list of others that may be just as well-written.

Official synopsis:
Book Review: True Fiction, by Lee Goldberg
When a passenger jet crashes onto the beaches of Waikiki, bestselling thriller writer Ian Ludlow knows the horrific tragedy wasn’t an accident.

Years before, the CIA enlisted Ian to dream up terrorism scenarios to prepare the government for nightmares they couldn’t imagine. Now one of those schemes has come true, and Ian is the only person alive who knows how it was done…and who is behind the plot. That makes him too dangerous to live.

Ian goes on the run, sweeping up an innocent bystander in his plight—Margo French, a dog walker and aspiring singer. They are pursued by assassins and an all-seeing global-intelligence network that won’t stop until Ian and Margo are dead. Ian has written thrillers like this before, but this time he doesn’t know how it’s going to end—or if he will be alive to find out.

The first thing you need when reading True Fiction by Lee Goldberg is to set aside trying to tell someone about it. It’s a book about an author, who wrote some other books, but this isn’t mostly about his books. It’s something happening to him because of some book ideas. Yeah—confusing to try and spell out.

Ian Ludlow is an author who is watching a plot line he suggested come to life. Unfortunately, it’s a terrorist plot. Only a few other people heard it, and when he tries to contact them to point out the similarities between his idea and reality to them, he finds they’ve recently died. What are the odds? It turns out the odds may not be good for Ludlow.

Luckily for Ludlow, he has an author escort/dog-walker/aspiring singer and another friend who is a conspiracy theorist/former actor to help him predict the next moves of those who are trying to chase them down and kill them all. While the technology used by their stalkers sounds eerily possible, the writing style, jokes, and characters are purely entertaining.

This was a very fun and quick read. Overall, I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars. I usually save my 5th star for something I’ll re-read, and the suspense of this one won’t be there anymore since I know how it all ends. For everyone else, it would be a great read for the beach or anywhere else. The short chapters make it easy to turn to for a few minutes of enjoyment, then getting back to life. The plot twists will keep you coming back til the end.

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Becki Bayley is an elementary school breakfast lady by day, and a blogger by night at


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