Slippery Slope

Rated 3.75/5 based on 4 reviews
A superb adventure thriller about an audacious hijacking which spirals into a tense and electrifying race for money and for blood. More
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About Robin Shaw

Robin Shaw writes fiction and non fiction. His published works include:
Running, a novel published in hardback and paperback by GP Putnams, NY, Gollancz London and Mondadori, Milan.
Batik, Doubleday, NY
The Climber's Bible, Doubleday NY
Mind Twist, Ainsel Publishing
Slippery Slope, Ainsel Publishing

His interests in the outdoors, in climbing and sailing led to a career in Outward Bound in the UK and the USA and these pursuits are reflected in his writing. Thrillers are the genre which excites him and he tries to convey the dangers and delights of the wilderness in his writing.

He has lived in Washington, Oregon, Vermont in the USA and various locations in the UK. At present he lives in Glasgow, Scotland and sails and climbs in the magnificent west coast.

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Review by: Theresa Chapman on Jan. 20, 2013 :
i thought this book was well written, I would read more from this author. Keep the good work up...
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Review by: Brian Borgford on Dec. 25, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I found it captured my attention from the first page. Although I agree with the other reviewers about some of the downsides, I found those issues not to be a distraction from enjoying the story. I tend to be weak on writing descriptively, so I found the overuse of description useful as I read the scenes. I'm not a climber or a hiker, so I couldn't identify with some of those issues, but the descriptions made me feel that they were accurate portrails of these activities. I recommend the book for light reading - I read it on the beach in Thailand.
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Review by: Nora Lee on Sep. 2, 2011 :
The plot of Slippery Slope is good and the story could be superb; but it falls far short of its potential. Excessive flowery prose and adjectives slow the action down and cause the reading to become tedious. Craig, the primary character spends page after page in self incrimination. His state of mind swings wildly and he can't decide if he wants to be a crook, a professor or a beach bum. After enduring about 80% of the story I began to scan the pages in an effort to finish. Editing is fair to good for the length; there are misspelled words etc. but less than in most of the Indie books I've read. The last portion where the chase is on the river, and especially when Craig crawls out of the water, was extremely over written and tedious.
The story isn't terrible and if you like extremely detailed, flowery descriptions you may like it more than I did; and that's a shame because it truly has potential.
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Review by: Aaron Majewski on Sep. 1, 2011 :
Slippery-Slope has apparently been published by Putnam (according to the author, under the title Running)
I can only assume the author has chosen to use an earlier, unedited version of his novel here on smashwords, as it was full of typos... spelling mistakes, punctuation errors, ect.
Other than that, the novel is the story of one man's internal struggle to accept the truth of himself, and to live with it. Unfortunately it doesn’t spend nearly enough time developing either the primary, or secondary characters, so although it has the seeds of something that could be a really great novel, I find that it falls a bit short of that.
The author does have a great literary flair for dramatic and descriptive prose, and he clearly has spent time in the woods; for that alone it is worth reading. But it could use some editing, better formatting for ebook reading, and the author might want to consider rewriting it; or perhaps going back and making sure that what he has published here on smashwords is actually the same finished work, which was published by Putnam.
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