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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

When No One Is Watching by Joesph Hayes

Synergy Books
ISBN-10: 0984387943
ISBN-13: 978-0984387946

Blair Van Howe and Danny Moran are lawyers celebrating a huge court victory for a big corporate client.  Heck, the were even given a nice crystal award by their clients.  Blair is especially excited as he is leaving the law firm to run for Congress. Unfortunately, both men celebrated a little too much and Blair gets behind the wheel of Danny's Porsche Turbo 911 while Danny passes out in the passenger seat. What better way to celebrate than taking a thrilling ride in a supreme car, until his reckless driving forces another vehicle off the road and into a tree. 

Van Howe panics, this will surely be the end of his political and legal careers, so he decides to save himself at the cost of his best friend.  He drags Danny Moran to the driver's seat and uses Danny's phone to call 911. The detective assigned to the case knows there's more to the case and tracks it like a dog searching for a bone. He is surprised when he is ordered off the case.  

How far will one man really go to follow his dream and destroy the dreams of another?

This story is not what I would call a suspenseful thriller because the reader knows the true story.  It is more about how greed and power effect individuals in their decision making and inspirational in the way a person handles the life he has been dealt both my themselves and others.  Who really had the better life, the man keeping the secrets or the man facing what he believes are his responsibilities?

This book is very well written for a first book.  The whole story is well developed and paced perfectly to keep those pages turning.  It also shines the light on the consequences of driving drunk and highlights the first step is admitting you have a problem, though it is sad that someone has to die to wake the characters up, it is very realistic. I highly recommend this book and hope to see more from this author in the future.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author by Newman Communications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 About the Author:
       Joe Hayes is currently Assistant General Counsel and chief ethics officer for a Fortune 1000 Company based in Houston, Texas. He graduated with highest honors from De Paul University and obtained his juris doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. A member of the State Bars of Illinois, California and Texas and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Hayes currently resides with his wife Susan and their three children in the Woodlands, Texas. For more information on Joseph Hayes and his novel When No One is Watching, visit www.joseph-hayes.com and www.whennooneiswatching-thebook.com.

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