Dangerous Times

Rated 4.53/5 based on 19 reviews
Psychopath Frank Moore has found his look-alike, John Kirk, a close-enough double. He switches their identities and fingerprints in government databases. An act that will send the innocent John Kirk through 48-hours of betrayal, violence and murder—while Frank Moore will learn the meaning of "The best laid plans…" More

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About Phillip Frey

Phillip Frey grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he performed as a child actor at The Cleveland Playhouse. He then later moved to New York, where he performed with The New York Shakespeare Festival, followed by The Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center.

With a change of interest Phillip wrote, directed, and edited 3 short films, all of which had international showings, including The New York Film Festival. With yet another change of interest he returned to Los Angeles to become a produced screenwriter.

He is now devoted only to writing prose. The books "Dangerous Times" and "Hym and Hur" were his first published works of fiction. Phillip Frey has also had the privilege of having his short stories published in various literary journals.

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Review by: SK Thomas on Nov. 20, 2014 :
This read was nothing like I have ever experienced before, such an adrenaline rush. It grabs at you from beyond the deepest and darkest places demanding your attention, as if it didn’t already have your full concentration. The story is composed of many interconnected parts all leading up to an ending I refuse to spoil. The mind of Phillip Frey is frightening, yet brilliant.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: Denise Murray Wong on July 17, 2014 :
Truth is very often said to be stranger than fiction. Well, If there is any truth to that statement then I shudder to think of the strange possibilities of real life. With that being said, the title of my most recently read novel, Dangerous Times is an understatement. Dangerous Times takes readers to a dimension that is 10 levels past dangerous. Phillip Frey has created a deceitful world of criminal activity, backstabbing and ruthless characters so deviously crafted, I found myself reading with my eyes covered. Dangerous Times is Frey's newly released crime thriller that is so calculated and deliberate with action, the suspense keeps you entwined in the corrupted web of crime until the very end of the novel.

Crime stories, whether fictional or non-fiction in nature are seething with sinister deviants that have such a twisted talent for vicious behaviors and emotionless thought patterns void of conscience. Dangerous Times introduces Frank Moore, criminal mastermind fueling the intense pace of the action in the suspenseful scenarios of stalkers, victims and deception- or is that really the case?

My first experience reading a crime thriller was purely coincidental. The paperback novel mysteriously appeared at the edge of my driveway one morning, just like the daily newspaper. With a story line that I never want to happen across in a newspaper headline, Dangerous Times is a depiction of the mechanics of madness elaborately captured in a disturbing, well written novel complete with an assortment of characters too vivid to exist only in text. Frey certainly does his readers justice with an intriguing and clever plot in Dangerous Times. My final thought as I finished the lengthy read was, "How does an author develop such a compellingly vicious plot for a book?" Then I thought again, "If truth is stranger than fiction, I really don't want to know."
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(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
Review by: Carmen Blalock on May 22, 2014 :
In life we make decision on a daily basis. Some of those decisions benefit us and some of those decisions could have been thought through a little better, but ultimately we made the best decision we thought at the time. What would happen if our decision was based on the actions of others, would the outcome be different or would you make the same decision? Should you throw caution to the wind just because it is someone else pulling the strings or should you still use a level head and make the best decision for the most positive outcome?

Frank Moore is living his life as best he can but he wants more and without his nagging wife Ty. Ty is a woman scorned not only by her husband but also by her uncle Eddie and if it is the last thing she does Ty wants to pay him back for all of the pain that he has caused her. Frank and Ty has come up with a plan to get her uncle back but all the while Frank has a plan of his own that doesn't involve Ty. Family secrets will hurt the family and the more secrets there are the deeper the pain will go.

John Kirk is just an average joe living an average life, not particularly happy but not totally miserable either. He has a girlfriend Lisa that he loves, his mother Beverly just adores him and John gets total joy from restoring his old car ~ a 49 Ford. But if John Kirk could just leave this life and have a new one he would if only he could get the chance, little does John know to be careful what you wish for.

Ben Hicks is a detective with scars ~ his son died, his wife has divorced him and his boss hates him. Life couldn't be better if he planned it that way. Now as fate would have it, Hicks finds himself on the chopping block once again and he see no way out of this one. If he could just leave this life for a new one, start over somewhere else he would be happier than ever before. Wishes might just be granted for Hicks, but at what price?

Dangerous Times is a thriller. The various characters have a six degree of separation situation because their paths are all intertwined and they don't even know that they are trying to obtain the same goal for the same person. I enjoy the suspense in this novel and the interaction of the characters and I would love to see them come again in another novel. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Phillip Frey in the future. Dangerous Times is available for purchase through Amazon.com (Kindle only), BN.com (Nook only), Smashwords (various downloadable editions) and the authors website: http://www.phillipfrey.com/.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Review by: vicky Deal Sharing Aunt on Sep. 21, 2013 :
This book needs to be read in a quiet environment, because it is so involved and the characters are so complex. I definitely enjoyed reading this book. However it was so involved that I felt like I was missing something. This is not a book for speed readers. The plot of a look-alike was interesting and the characters obviously affected each others lives. The author could have easily left some descriptions out, but the reader would have suffered the character development, or lack of it. I am going to be reading this book again, and again. I fell as though every time I read it I will catch something new. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
(reviewed 83 days after purchase)
Review by: Veronica Sievers on Aug. 16, 2013 :
This is one of those books that once you pick it up and start reading it you just do not want to put it down. There is plenty of twist and turns through out the book. I would do a full review but I actually believe I would give away to much information about the book and do not want to spoil it for anyone. I believe this is an amazing read and I highly recommend it for anyone loves thriller novels.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Review by: Linda Skinner on Aug. 3, 2013 :
This thriller has so many twists and turns, I kept shaking my head and saying I did not see that one coming. Just when I thought I knew the plot Mr. Frey changes the directions. Mr. Frey is a master storyteller as he has to think paradoxically to weave back to the fantastic end. If you like murder, mystery and a chilling thriller do not pass up on this book. You will not be disappointed.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
Review by: Beth Jones on July 19, 2013 :
If you're looking for a new thriller to read that will keep you interested until the end of the story, Dangerous Times is a new crime novel that offers you just that. You can pick up a copy on Smashwords for $2.99 to add to your collection. Note that one of the coolest reasons to buy from Smashwords is that you can download the book in any format you choose or you can read it online - no download required.

The thing I enjoyed most about Dangerous Times was that Frey managed to capture my attention at the beginning of the book. Many indie writers make the mistake of dragging out the start of their novel by implementing too much back story just to make sure that the reader really gets what's happening. There was none of that with this book. Frey starts the story with the start of the story. In my opinion, he does it quite effectively.

The story starts out with the main character lying to his wife about where he's going. Readers have to wonder why he would lie. What is he doing? Is he going to meet a lover? Why lie to his wife? Why worry about covering his tracks? Quickly, the reason becomes very obvious and you'll be taken on a roller coaster from chapter one until the story is complete.

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(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: marty friedman on March 4, 2013 :
Mister Frey has written a real nail bitter, it grabbed me in the first pages and held me to the last word. He is truly gifted writer. a twenty first century Raymond Chandler.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jerriann Law on Jan. 19, 2013 :
racy, full of action, characters sometimes blend into each other as it switches back and forth between them, and the pace is so fast it was hard to keep up with who was doing what...not really my cup of tea.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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