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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Dangerous Perceptions: The Road to Nowhere is a novel written by Stuart Murray. Former Marines Steve Tait and Jeff McCrae decide to rekindle the romance they’d once had with their wives, Karen and Shauna. A peaceful drive from Omaha to the quiet town of Whitefish turns into a battle of life and death when they become victims of road rage from Wayne Jackson. He'd wanted the car park at the truck stop which Steve had pulled into earlier, and his vengeful actions almost cost the lives of those in Steve’s Buick, as well as an old couple inside a Honda Civic that swerved to avoid a collision with the large Chevrolet Silverado. Knowing that the old couple needed a tow and medical attention, Steve heads into the nearest town to notify the sheriff of what had happened, only to be greeted by a corrupt police force in a tight-knit community. When the sheriff maliciously gives Steve directions back to the highway – directions which take him onto the private property of Wayne Jackson – a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, forever changing the lives of all players involved.
With not a single stone left unturned, Dangerous Perceptions: The Road to Nowhere is a gripping and adrenaline-pumping thriller, the likes of which I have never read before. Stuart Murray’s imagination and ability to depict so many different personality types is brilliant. The clarity of every scene which played out in my mind was better than any action-thriller film I have ever watched, with each of the characters well thought out, enabling me to see the world through their eyes in real time. I found myself actually holding my breath in some of the confrontational scenes which were disturbingly realistic. Dangerous Perceptions shows what happens when a town full of maniacal bullies comes up against a powerhouse in the form of a former Marine with PTSD, being the equivalent to a wrecking ball slamming into a steel wall. I very much enjoyed Stuart Murray’s action-packed novel and recommend it to all readers who enjoy an emotionally charged battle of wills in a powerful and chilling tale of suspense, drama, action and revenge which breaks the needle on the Richter scale of excellence.