Impasse

Impasse

A man is left to die in Alaska while on an ?adventure vacation? and must somehow survive to get his revenge on those who betrayed him. Forty and facing a mid-life crisis, Stu Stark has lost his mojo. He simply gave up after being fired from his prestigious job as a prosecuting attorney for losing the biggest case of his career. So when Stu?s best friend gifts him a one-week A man is left to die in Alaska while on an ?adventure vacation? and must somehow survive to get his revenge...

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Title:Impasse
Author:Royce Buckingham
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Genres:Thriller
ISBN:Impasse
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Impasse Reviews

  • Jessica
    Aug 03, 2016
    I have a hard time rating this one. It held my attention and I wanted to keep reading to see what happened but....the ending was totally unbelieveable. How they hell did Stu get back in court??? And how did he contact Blake to get him to court??? SO messed up. Overall, interesting, but...
  • Erin
    Jan 22, 2015
    ARC for review. A nice thriller where Stu, a mild-mannered lawyer is dismissed from his dream job as a prosecuting attorney when case goes horribly wrong. Disheartened and depressed, he partners with Clay, an old acquaintance from law school and they spend several years chugging al...
  • Kevin
    May 21, 2016
    I'm thinking Count of Monte Cristo meets Hatchet and who wouldn't like that? I for one didn't. The author would have us believe a real man is a killer, a real man doesn't care about others, a real man believes in and reinforces antiquated stereotypes, a real man wants his women disgust...
  • Sherry
    Dec 10, 2016
    Per the publisher, a modern-day take on the Count of Monte Cristo. "In Royce Scott Buckingham's Impasse, a man is left to die in Alaska while on an "adventure vacation" and must somehow survive to get his revenge on those who betrayed him. Forty and facing a mid-life crisis, Stu St...
  • Kelly
    Jan 03, 2016
    The premise was great and it started off solidly. But the speed and progression was way off, which made it all seem wildly unrealistic. Quick read. ETA: the treatment of women in this novel was atrocious and the reinforcement of outdated gender stereotypes was unnecessary. ...
  • Anita
    Jun 10, 2015
    2.5 stars because it kept me turning the pages which is about the most I ask of any novel - and as far revenge tales go, it fulfilled that promise... I guess... however, it also reinforced old gender stereotypes to a ridiculous degree. (e.g., the "pussy" word gets thrown around A LOT a...
  • Susanhayeshotmail.com
    Apr 13, 2015
    Well curse the jerk who thought it was a good idea to plaster "A fun, energetic thrill ride ... a modern take on The Count of Monte Cristo" on the front cover! It would have been ever so much more fun to figure that out on my own. This was a fairly fun take on The Count, with some mode...
  • Ellen Mandly
    Apr 01, 2015
    4 stars - Unbeknownst to me prior to starting this, its set in the New Bedford/Dartmouth area with a few Providence characters tossed in, so it had that going for it! Impasse didn't blaze any new trails in the mystery-thriller category and I pretty much knew where it was going every st...
  • Stefan
    Apr 10, 2015
    A fast paced and enjoyable, modern day version of The Count of Monte Cristo. Though it does lack the long range planning that went into Count of Monte Cristo (Impasse took place over the course of six months), it was still an exciting read. It makes me wonder how soft I have become sit...
  • Loy
    Apr 12, 2015
    I enjoyed this story --- the mild mannered lawyer is set up by his partner over money. Left to die in the Alaskan wilderness he survives and comes back to revenge on the "bad guys. and his smarmy partner and wife I did not see the Count of M. C in this book. I like a good revenge...
  • Kim McGee
    Mar 07, 2015
    What do you do when your law partner gives you a great surprise on your fortieth birthday- a solo wilderness trip in Alaska. Mild mannered Stu thinks he is doing ok with his new private law practice he shares with a buddy and beautiful wife who adores him and thinks he looks ok for for...
  • Nancy
    Jun 22, 2015
    A pretty good mystery thriller in which a good guy gets sandbagged by his ruthless partner. This is a take on "The Count of Monte Cristo," which I'm abashed to say I'm not sure whether I've read. If I had, it was nearly 50 years ago. There is a lot of conventional machismo and sexism i...
  • Susan
    Feb 13, 2015
    Stuart Stark is a Massachusetts lawyer, who finds that his career has stalled after he is sacked from the DA?s office, after a case which he should have made his reputation. Although he helps convict Raymond Butz for murdering his wife, he is warned against a case where there is no b...
  • Yatish
    Jan 24, 2015
    Loved it!!! Its a very realistic take on Count of Monte Cristo. You feel all the trials and tribulations of the lead character as he's left to die in the Alaska. His struggles to survive, the feelings of hopelessness,his eventual adaptation and growth and ability to overcome challeng...
  • Wal.li
    Oct 01, 2016
    Hüttenzauber Jurist Stuart Stark hat als er noch als Staatsanwalt tätig war einen wichtigen Fall verloren und nicht nur diesen Fall, auch seine Freude an der Arbeit ist verloren gegangen und seine Karriereaussichten. Deshalb hat er seine Tätigkeit aufgegeben und sich gemeinsam mi...
  • Paula
    May 10, 2015
    I received this book from Netgalley.com in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Netgalley.com, to St. Martin's Press, and to Royce Buckingham. Stu is a methodical and efficient lawyer who plays by the rules. Unfortunately, he takes on an unwinnable case - a murder without a b...
  • Joe
    Aug 26, 2015
    Legal thrillers usually get an automatic bump in my book. Thank Grisham for that, and this one is generally on par with the kind of attorney tale I enjoy reading. The author took some freedoms I would have preferred he kept in check. The sex is unnecessary, does nothing for the sto...
  • Kim
    May 02, 2016
    I chose Impasse on a whim and thought listening to it whilst painting would get me through the tedious task. Boy, did it. Much like The Count of Monte Cristo, but with a modern twist, Impasse is just as gripping but much less lengthy than the classic revenge tale. Stu is a smart at...
  • Molly
    Jun 11, 2015
    This started out fine, which is why I picked it up -- I was thinking something along the lines of a grown-up version of Hatchet. But, uh, no. It got real skeevy, real quick, and the impression I got is that only red-blooded, sexin' and meat-eatin' men and women are worth anything in th...
  • Judy Collins
    Jan 23, 2015
    A special thank you to St. Martin's Press, Thomas Dunne Books, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. IMPASSE, by Royce Scott Buckingham a heart-pounding modern legal thriller of survival ? action packed suspense with humor, adventure, betrayal, and delicious ...
  • Lucy
    Mar 06, 2015
    Great fun. A wonderful and dramatic reimagine of the Count of Monte Cristo. There may be no new stories but there are certainly new and interesting ways to tell the old ones. This does it in a very entertaining way. ...
  • Mikka Gottstein
    Jan 27, 2017
    Am Anfang war ich von dem Buch sehr angetan - mir gefiel der böse, leicht schräge Humor und der arme gescheiterte Anwalt Stuart "Stu" Stark war mir sympathisch und tat mir leid. Ich freute mich auf einen spannenden Thriller, in dem der scheinbar besiegte Underdog sich gegen seine Wid...
  • Megan Edwards
    Apr 07, 2015
    A pretty enjoyable read. The protagonist is likable, and I loved his transformation from weak nerd to somewhat strong, resourceful nerd. I'm a sucker for any good legal thriller, but this morphed into a survival-in-Alaska tale, as well, which I thought was a nice twist on the usual the...
  • Polly Krize
    Feb 01, 2015
    I received an ARC of this book. Revenge and retribution mixed with challenging circumstances make this an absorbing read. Accurate description of Alaska puts you right in the wilderness. Not usually a fan of attorney dramas and not a John Grisham junkie, I hesitate to rate this book...
  • Mr. Gottshalk
    Apr 03, 2015
    Excellent! ...
  • Michael Masciangelo
    Jun 03, 2015
    Attention LAWYER friends, HIGHLY recommendation reading Impasse. Not only is it a thrilling, suspense mystery, but the legal references and exploration of those topics are spot on and funny at times. Two viewpoints interchange, a husband (left for a dead) and a wife (who's intentions a...
  • Liv
    Jan 22, 2015
    Advanced reading copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In Royce Scott Buckingham's Impasse, a man is left to die in Alaska while on an "adventure vacation" and must somehow survive to get his revenge on those who betrayed him. As soon as I read the synops...
  • James Wirrell
    Mar 06, 2016
    The second half of this book really pulled me in, but the first half seemed rather slow. Too much time was spent on the set-up and especially on the nasty partner and greedy wife, and on Stu's incompetence when he first arrived in Alaska. Then the author seemed to rush through Stu's tr...
  • Tucker
    Feb 10, 2015
    Impasse is an outstanding modern retelling of ?The Count of Monte Cristo.? The author very skillfully combines the classic revenge story with action, adventure, (and humor), as we learn what it really means to ?man up!? Thank you to St. Martin?s Press and NetGalley for an ad...
  • Sheila Mulcahy
    Feb 12, 2018
    This is so awful I recommend that any reader of decent lit not even bother, this review is simply meant to save you the trouble of opening the cover and reading the jacket. You're welcome. ...