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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Zero to Fifty by Michael P. Carroll accelerates and shifts gears through every turn of the page. The French Med is a beautiful and serene place to vacation. Surrounded by friends and family, Neil Dalton celebrates his 50th birthday at an exclusive restaurant in St. Tropez, France. Neil’s wife, Deidre, throws him a party he will never forget. At the close of his extravagant party, Deidre gifts Neil with a Ferrari. What an unexpected surprise, especially since Neil isn’t really a sports car enthusiast. This shocking bombshell of a gift drastically changes Neil’s life within a matter of hours. On a road trip to Italy, the car explodes. This tragic event creates a ripple effect of emotion. Spiraling out of control, questions and doubts bombard Neil’s mind. Was this an unfortunate accident or premeditated foul play?
Michael P. Carroll pens a 'buckle your seat belt and hold on tight story' in Zero to Fifty. The narrative is fast-paced, exploding into non-stop action. The main characters are diverse, well-rounded, each one essential in the shaping of the other. Carroll tells his story through different points of view, allowing for panoramic insight and discovery. As a result, the plot becomes both captivating and exasperating as it plunges into the recesses of the characters' thoughts and subsequent actions. This writing technique creates a multi-faceted conflict. Is it man versus fate? Is it man versus man, or man/woman against themselves? Carroll adds to the intrigue by planting seeds of suspicion, coupled with mistrust, and then heightens the emotion with unbridled paranoia and fantasy. The climactic turning point causes the denouement to swerve, maneuver through precarious twists and turns, and ultimately downshift into its astonishing conclusion. Needless to say, Zero to Fifty puts the bond of marriage to the test and brings a greater meaning to the words “till death do us part.”