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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-weekA 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 trip into the Alaskan wilderness to rediscover his manhood, Stu thinks it just might do him some good. But after a horrible week, Stu is crushed when he realizes that no one is coming back for him. Dying, Stu is found by a grizzled old hunter who informs that winter has set in, and they’re not going anywhere for a while. So begins Stu’s training to become the man he never was…and to get revenge on those who betrayed him. This adult debut by the internationally bestselling YA author is a modern day take on The Count of Monte Cristo....

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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Impasse Reviews

  • Susan
    2019-05-21 11:54

    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 body and, indeed, Butz later walks free from jail – causing the DA embarrassment and costing Stark his job. Stark finds himself in low-rent premises, in private practice with the gregarious Clayton Buchanan. Clayton and Stark’s wife, Katherine, are hoping that a personal injury case will help their luck turn. Both Stark’s wife and his business partner are selfish, money obsessed and see Stark as rule abiding – the nice guy who never makes it to the top. Katherine is resentful that their income no longer matches her intended lifestyle and Clayton uses her ambition for wealth to help him bring in richer clients.When Stark reaches forty, Clayton buys him a surprise present – a trip staying in a remote cabin in Alaska. Stark is not keen, especially not when Clayton drops out from the week of hunting and adventure at the very last moment. Dropped off in the wilderness, Stark finds that the trip is even more dangerous than he thought – there is no cabin and nobody comes back to collect him…This is, of course, a modern day re-working of “The Count of Monte Cristo,” and the author creates a thrilling and exciting adventure. A modern day lawyer left to die in the wilderness, who survives against all the odds and returns to wreak revenge. The events of this novel will change Stuart Stark from a mild mannered husband and lawyer, who always does his best for his clients – even against his own interests – to a man forced to face the fact that he was left for dead by the people he cared about and who he thought cared for him. This book never lets up the pace and is a very enjoyable thriller. Lastly, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.

  • Judy Collins
    2019-05-05 11:46

    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 sweet revenge.Stuart Stark became the most famous lawyer in Massachusetts ever to lose a case and his job in the same week. The elected DA of Bristol County Malloy, could not handle being blamed for having a confessed murderer walk free on his watch, especially not in an election year.Now he practices civil law with Clayton Buchanan, a two man (Buchanan, Stark & Associates) firm in a low rent second floor space in a five story building. Not as close to the courthouse as he wants, nor particularly attractive office; however, with money for online research service and a full time secretary, this was about all they could afford. Clay was as gregarious as Stuart was cautious. Clay brought in work and Stu did it. Stu had become the quiet workhorse, wooing clients was a game for the bold, the risk-takers. Not him. Not anymore. "Clay on the other hand could back slap a local politician, and swap profane limericks with a dockworker, and pick up a virgin in a church pew. While Clay found the clients, Stu buried himself in cases and codes". Stu was a rule follower.He did not push the envelope. Never had. Never would. However, Clay, quite the opposite, decides to fire Stu, even though they are partners over an impasse, (Molson case), and he is approaching forty. Now he has to pretend to enjoy a surprise birthday party, plus he has to tell his wife Katherine (as she is awaiting a big score), so he needs to put off the discussion.So for Stu’s fortieth birthday, Clay gives him an adventure. One week in the wilderness in Alaska, and he is to leave in three days, so he does not have long to make his lists, but immediately starts preparing, as everyone calls him a pussy and always questions his manhood. Stu tells Clay he will go and he needs to get this deal done. Stu thinks a week in a cabin, how hard could it be, after all it could not be as hard as law school or the bar exam. Now he is getting psyched.A plane was supposed to pick him up in a week – no turning back. It was nothing like Clay promised. How will he survive? So much for the Edwin’s survival guide. WTF? What comes next is a terrifying and a wild adventure plus winter is coming. One thing for sure,he has lots of time to think about living. The idea of surviving to return to work so he could fight about other people’s problems was profoundly uninspiring. No kids, but maybe he would survive for Katherine—however, Katherine is not the faithful wife, and his sadistic partner Clay is playing a risky dangerous game, and no one comes for him in seven days, as promised. Tables are about to turn when Stu is found by a mountain man named Blake, left for dead. With his help and his time in the wilderness, and nowhere to go until spring –he becomes a different man, the man to take them all down!Wow, what a ride!I am a huge legal thriller fan--enjoyed the mix of humor, crime, wilderness, survival, and most of all the revenge. Reminds me a little of Dwayne Alexander Smith’sFORTY ACRES (lawyers, left in the wilderness, trapped, revenge, danger, good/evil).However, IMPASSEhas more humor --an adventure, and true to the summary, a modern The Count of Monte Cristo, the classic tale-a young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friends," for eighteen years, escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge against his nemesis.I enjoyed Buckingham'switty sarcastic contemporary banter between Stu and Blake, as well as Audry; loved “Come on, Stu, man up.” . . . well, you have to read it, to see how he manages to win big time with this complex web of deceit. Guys will devour this one. Gals will think “hilarious”. Characters you will love and hate. Judith D. Collins Must Read Books

  • Erin
    2019-04-26 12:51

    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 along, until a big case comes in and the two disagree on how to handle it. Then for Stu's fortieth birthday Clay gives Stu an Alaskan adventure for the two of them to take together....but only one is supposed to return. Buckingham does a good job mixing survival story with legal thriller and this definitely sets it apart from others in the genre and moving back and forth between Alaska and Stu's home town keeps the reader interested (although Stu's wife and partner are both just a little TOO awful, such that they are caricatures versus well-fleshed characters). If thrillers are your thing, this is definitely worth a read.

  • Molly
    2019-05-16 15:01

    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 this world. Stu HAD a backbone at the beginning of the novel. He was a good, fair lawyer who put the client first instead of money, even though his super charismatic partner and his power-wife disagreed. He could have toughened up a little more, but not to the point where his pinnacle moment in the novel is murdering a man by ripping out the other guy's throat with his TEETH. Jesus. You get the message the author is peddling quickly (easy to do when he's beating you over the head with it) and it was a message I found profoundly disagreeable. Sorry that this one was a dud.

  • Yatish
    2019-05-17 15:49

    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 challenges in his path are masterfully portrayed by the author. The beauty of the Alaskan wilderness and the dangers lurking in them is brought out beautifully by the writing. The way he brings the disparate threads of the past and present of Stu's life together leaves you with a feeling of wonder at how masterfully executed the story is. I'd like to thank NetGalley for providing me a free review copy!

  • Stefan
    2019-05-07 13:43

    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 sitting behind a desk all day and wonder what would happen if I was forced to survive in the wilderness with nothing.The only real negative thing I have to say was how quickly (and neatly) things came together in the end. I would like to have read another 50 pages or so about what happened in the aftermath. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. I love a good "revenge" tale.

  • Anita
    2019-05-08 14:52

    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 and there's some mischaracterizations (and hence, resentment) towards feminists, too.) I lost a lot of respect for ol' Stu (and the author) by the time it was all over. In the end, I wish I had not read this book at all. I do not recommend.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-07 13:53

    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 disgustingly skeevey... Not this man. Truly awful.

  • Tucker
    2019-05-03 16:57

    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 advanced copy of this book.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-16 14:47

    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 I doubt I'll pick up anything else by this author.

  • Mr. Gottshalk
    2019-05-02 16:41

    Excellent!

  • Sheila Mulcahy
    2019-05-09 19:46

    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.

  • Liv
    2019-04-30 14:43

    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 synopsis of this book, I was instantly intrigued. The storyline had me hooked straightaway, which is perfect for a thriller like this. The story starts out where we get a background of the main character - Stu Stark. He's a lawyer, but recently got fired because one of his cases fell through and he lost a lot of money. However, his law partner Clay Buchanan helped him get a new firm up and running, though this new job wasn't quite as successful for them both. Seeing the dialogue between Stu and Clay so early on in the book really helps to distinguish the differences between them - you can tell from the beginning that Stu is the more cautious and realistic of the two, whereas Clay prefers to take risks and is more optimistic. Despite such different views, they both seem to work really well together which is why their partnership was quite strikingly brilliant to me... At first. "Now that you're forty, there's something that I need to give you. Indeed, I'm going to give you something you've needed for a long time. I'm going to give you an adventure." Stu, being as careful as he is, is initially put off by the idea of a week in Alaska. It's not really his cup of tea. However, Clay proves to be very persuasive and he eventually agrees. Clay ends up pulling out because of reasons, and Stu decides to prove his manhood by going alone. He mainly does this because he doesn't want to disappoint his wife - Katherine - who is another important character in this novel. Katherine is pretty much the opposite of Stu, but unlike Clay this is very apparent in their relationship and that's why it doesn't really work for me. However, Buckingham conveys their marriage very well and makes no attempt to hide that the cracks are there. Katherine isn't a very likeable character, and further on in the novel I found myself hating her and Clay. I liked that, though, because it meant I was rooting for Stu in the end. But I'll come back to that. One of my favourite characters was Blake, the hunter that found Stu when he was dying in Alaska. He had a very likeable personality and his blossoming friendship with Stu was so important to the development of Stu as a character - (view spoiler)[ as was Stu's relationship with Audry, his colleague. From Audry's introduction I knew she was better suited to him than Katherine, so I was glad to see them become closer throughout the novel. (hide spoiler)]One of the most important lines for me in the entire book was the following, from Katherine's perspective: She turned away in case she began to cry. She pretended to examine a backdrop, but the tears didn't come.Ever since Katherine found out Stu was probably dead, I was hoping to see some emotion from her to see whether she truly cared, but never really got it. This only made me dislike her more; although I did feel sorry for her towards the end as I realised how lonely she became after losing Stu. Katherine took the phone with her to answer the bell, although she wasn't sure who she'd call if she needed help. Finally, while the concluding fight with Clay wasn't unexpected, it was still exciting and dramatic and the ending did shock me. What I love the most about it was how the fight proved how much the Alaskan "adventure" had changed Stu for the better, making him stronger and more fearless so it was amazing seeing how much his character had developed since returning home. All in all, I think this book was incredibly well-written, especially for a debut adult novel, with plenty of exciting twists and turns and many memorable characters (and despite me only liking about three of them, I still loved the book which proves how much of a brilliant writer Buckingham is). I'm sure this novel will be a roaring success.

  • Mikka Gottstein
    2019-05-05 13:00

    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 Widersacher durchsetzt und den Tag rettet, und der Klappentext versprach darüber hinaus den elementarsten aller Kämpfe: moderner Mensch gegen archaische Natur.Leider kommt hier ein Aber. Ein dickes Aber.Aber mehr und mehr gewann ich den Eindruck, dass "Kaltgestellt" eigentlich gar kein Thriller ist, sondern bestenfalls ein humorvoller Roman mit sparsam eingestreuten Thriller-Elementen. Das möchte ich jetzt natürlich noch begründen:Von einem Thriller erwarte ich eine ganz bestimmte Art von Hochspannung, sozusagen psychologische Daumenschrauben, gekrönt von einem unerwarteten und dennoch schlüssigen Ende.Die Hochspannung wollte sich für mich jedoch nicht so recht aufbauen. Das Buch beginnt relativ langsam mit Stuarts Hintergrundgeschichte, und danach geht es in einem Großteil der Kapitel um seinen Überlebenskampf in der Wildnis (während Frau und Partner zuhause ausnutzen, dass er nicht da ist). Das liest sich zwar interessant, aber eher wie eine Selbstfindungsgeschichte als ein Thriller, und nach ~100 Seiten Selbstfindung hatte ich auch genug davon. Der Klappentext suggeriert, Stuart würde verbissen trainieren, um sich an denen zu rächen, die ihn verraten haben, aber tatsächlich ist ihm bis fast zum Schluss gar nicht bewusst, dass er verraten wurde, denn er glaubt an ein Versehen!In meinen Augen noch fataler: die Auflösung ist unglaublich vorhersehbar. Dermaßen vorhersehbar sogar, dass ich erst davon ausging, das müsse zum perfiden Masterplan des Autors gehören. Die Spannung würde schon noch daraus entstehen, dass der Leser zuschaut, wie auch Stuart dahinterkommt und zum Gegenschlag ausholt - aber Fehlanzeige. Sogar, wenn er sozusagen mit der Nase darauf gestoßen wird, bleibt Stuart blind und taub, bis es wirklich absolut nicht mehr anders geht - und dann wurden die Geschehnisse meines Erachtens ein bisschen absurd.Stuarts Entwicklung war für mich einfach nicht glaubhaft. Die körperliche Entwicklung vom verweichlichten Anwalt zum gestählten Wildnisexperten fand ich ja noch plausibel, denn diese erstreckt sich über einen Zeitraum von mehreren Monaten. Die mentale Entwicklung vom allzu gutgläubigen, naiven Softie zum knallharten Alphatier kam mir dann jedoch zu plötzlich.Abgesehen von Stuart spielen sein Partner Clay und seine Frau Kate die wichtigsten Rollen. Aber Clay war für mich ein sehr eindimensionaler Charakter, der sich im Laufe des Buches nicht großartig weiterentwickelte, und Kates Entwicklung bestand daraus, dass sie sich mehr und mehr Clays Lebenseinstellung annäherte - und das erstaunlich schnell und unreflektiert. Zwischendurch hatte ich den Eindruck, die fehlende Spannung solle mit verruchtem Sex kaschiert werden, was für mich allerdings nicht funktionierte...Der Schreibstil hat mir an sich gut gefallen. Wie anfangs schon gesagt, mir gefiel der Humor, und auch die Formulierungen und der Sprachrhythmus kamen mir gelungen vor.Fazit:In den ersten Kapiteln war ich noch begeistert, doch dann folgte der Absturz... Spannung baute sich für mich kaum auf, das Ende fand ich unsäglich vorhersehbar, und auch die Charaktere konnten mich nur wenig überzeugen. denn die blieben entweder flach oder entwickelten sich allzu abrupt und unglaubwürdig. Wirklich schade, denn Schreibstil und Humor sprechen mich eigentlich sehr an!

  • Wal.li
    2019-05-10 14:04

    HüttenzauberJurist 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 mit einem ehemaligen Studienkollegen selbständig gemacht. Clay holt die Klienten heran und Stuart macht die Arbeit. Schließlich war er unter den Besten seines Jahrgangs. Die Kanzlei läuft eher schlecht als recht, doch dann kommt der Fall, der alles ändern könnte. Clay und Stuart können für ein Unfallopfer eine hohe Entschädigung herausschlagen. Doch wo Stuart auf dem Teppich bleibt, glänzen die Dollarzeichen in Clays Augen. Damit fängt das Unheil an, könnte man sagen. Doch erstmal muss oder darf Stuart eine Reise nach Alaska antreten. In der Wildnis ausgesetzt muss Stuart um sein Überleben kämpfen. Stuart, der erst wie ein rechtes Weichei wirkt, sie sich vor eine Aufgabe gestellt, mit der er keinesfalls gerechnet hat. Allein in der Wildnis, das war eigentlich nicht der Plan, wo ist denn die bequeme Hütte wohl ausgestattet mit allem, was man sich wünscht. Ohne Dach über dem Kopf, ohne Nahrung, ohne Wasser, ohne alles, ohne Hilfe. Stuarts Versuche, den Tag zu überstehen, beeindrucken. Auch wenn er häufiger scheitert, er verliert nicht so schnell den Mut, schließlich ist es ja nur eine Woche. In manchen Momenten genießt er Ruhe und Natur sogar. Wie soll es aber weitergehen als er nicht wie verabredet abgeholt wird.Stuart Stark, das Arbeitstier, welches lieber nicht in der Öffentlichkeit auftritt, und Clay Buchanan, das Faultier, aber charismatisch und gut aussehend. Sie sind ein etwas eigenartiges Team, sie ergänzen sich doch irgendwie. Während man zu rätseln beginnt, was an dieser auf einem eher niedrigen Level doch normal laufenden Kanzlei, spannend sein soll, löst sich dieses Rätsel bald nach Beginn des Trips in die Wildnis. In dem Moment als Stuarts Leben beginnt ganz anders zu verlaufen als er es in seiner Trägheit erwartet, steigt die Spannung Schritt für Schritt. Nach und nach begreift man mit Hilfe des Autors, dass Stuart ein echtes Problem mit dem Überleben bekommen könnte. Gepackt verfolgt man seine Versuche in der wilden Natur zu bestehen. Gleichzeitig versucht man den Hintergrund zu durchleuchten, um zu verstehen, wieso Stuart Stark dorthin verschlagen wurde. Fesselnd und rasant beschrieben sind die Details eines Winters in der Wildnis, egal dabei ob es sich dabei um den Großstadtdschungel oder die wilde Natur handelt. Ein Thriller über das Überleben, manchmal etwas brutal, aber auch brutal spannend. Royce Scott Buckingham, der eher als Fantasy-Schriftsteller bekannt ist, unternimmt hier einen atemberaubenden Ausflug in die Welt der Thriller, ein Ausflug, auf dem man ihn gerne begleitet und der den Wunsch nach mehr wecken könnte, auch wenn es (noch) keine Hinweise darauf gibt, dass die Geschichte weiter gesponnen werden könnte.4,5 Sterne

  • Paula
    2019-05-17 13:45

    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 body - and he loses. He loses not only the case, but his career as well. He starts his own law firm partnering with an acquaintance from law school and plows through life at an honest man's pace. Clay, his partner, is all about taking risks. Maybe what Stu needs is a wilderness vacation to put life into perspective. Clay buys him a trip to Alaska to brave the wild. Meanwhile, Clay can take a few risks of his own to achieve the success that was unachievable when following Stu's tightly laid rules. Stu is devastated when he realizes that no one is coming to rescue him from Alaska. Within inches of death, he meets a hunter who informs him that there is no easy or quick way out with the winter setting in. Stu must brave the wild or die trying. He must survive to find out why he was abandoned and who was behind the scheme.This book was fantastic. I loved every second of Stu's adventure and his evolution into a new man. I also adored the hunter who was initially reluctant to let Stu tag along. His story was rich in character development and added so much depth to the story. As much as I loved Stu, I despised his wife Katherine and pretty much everything that she thought and did throughout the story. I hated her so much that, at times, I wish the author had less of her in the book. However, in the end, her treachery made the story that much better. I loved every minute of this book and I highly recommend it.

  • Nancy
    2019-05-15 17:06

    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 in this tale of an earnest, soft and thwarted Massachusetts attorney getting dumped in the Alaskan wilderness so that his partner can bend a lot of ethical rules into pretzels. Six months in the Alaskan way-outback toughens Stu Stark, conveniently mentored by a loner trapper.Stu's wife and his glad-hander partner Clay Buchanan waste little time after Stu's disappearance in the wilderness in seeking money, pleasure and the company of unsavory sorts. Their comeuppances are inevitable, but fairly satisfactory. Testosterone ramps up as the story unspools. Skinning animals for food, cribbage with the laconic mentor, and lots of observation of wild animals make a man out of Stu. Or so the author intends. Stu needed to be shriven by six months in the wild; he should have been shrewder before he ever got on the plane that flew west.

  • Kim Greenhalgh
    2019-04-23 12:50

    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 attorney who has always played life safe and by the book. He's in a bit of a slump before a milestone birthday so his friend, and partner at his firm, suggests a getaway wildlife adventure in Alaska. Is Stu up for it? More importantly, is there more than meets the eye in the offer? You've got to read it to find out. I loved the story as it progressed covering Stu's time in Alaska. It made me keen to give it a go myself... Though I doubt I could do half as well myself. This was the best bit for me as it was exciting and really drove the overall story. Less enthralling was the plot line at home whilst Stu was away, between Clay and Stu's wife, Katherine. I was with it, to a certain point, but found the gratuitous sex a bit much. It just wasn't needed. But, don't let that put you off the book. It's well worth the time even with this unnecessary titillation.

  • Joe
    2019-05-18 15:02

    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 story. Actually, the whole subplot there felt forced and awkward. It's the kind of writing you tend to see in college writing workshops. There were so many other ways the story could have been propelled forward without resorting to cheesy side trails.Surviving in Alaska was a neat touch though. I don't know that he maximized the strength of this component, but it was primarily my reason for sticking with it until the end. I wanted to see how this transformed man would confront his life if he was determined enough to make it out of the wilderness.Curious? I recommend it. I don't know that I would put it in the same category as some of the legal classics out there. I felt lukewarm, but I do think it was a great introduction to this guy's writing. I liked it enough to want to see what else he's produced.

  • Sherry
    2019-04-25 18:05

    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 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 trip into the Alaskan wilderness to rediscover his manhood, Stu thinks it just might do him some good. But after a horrible week, Stu is crushed when he realizes that no one is coming back for him. Dying, Stu is found by a grizzled old hunter who informs that winter has set in, and they're not going anywhere for a while. So begins Stu's training to become the man he never was...and to get revenge on those who betrayed him. This adult debut by the internationally bestselling YA author is a modern day take on The Count of Monte Cristo"-- Provided by publisher

  • Michael Masciangelo
    2019-05-15 19:07

    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 are not clear) build to an ultimate climax, which is worth the wait. I was intrigued from the get go and couldn't book this book down until I found out the conclusion. You will be rooting for this underdog protagonist who discovers his true spirit in the wilderness of Alaska where an unlikely friendship develops. Surviving the wild - a fair, straight on fight - is nothing compared with surviving human nature, which deceives and schemes to win. Don't deny yourself this riveting, exciting read!!

  • Kim McGee
    2019-05-13 19:45

    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 forty. Suddenly he is dumped in the Alaska wilderness with his brand new gear, no idea where the cabin is and no idea how to survive in the wild. His partner and wife should be grieving but instead have a whole new way to grow the firm without Stu. Intense outdoor survival combined with killer behind the scenes shady legal practices. This is not the book to take with you on a weekend in the mountains!

  • Susanhayeshotmail.com
    2019-04-29 11:48

    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 modern twists, and a nice lite thriller. You don't need to hear much more from me. Points off for that stupid front cover spoiler, which I hope is not the author's fault, and for a little more skeeze than I personally prefer.

  • Megan Treseder
    2019-04-25 15:41

    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 theme. It was tied up very quickly, which I thought was pretty implausible, but I still enjoyed it. A good diversion!

  • Ellen Mandly
    2019-04-23 17:08

    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 step of the way, but I still enjoyed it. A quick, easy listen with a good main character to root for and some good supporting characters.

  • James Wirrell
    2019-05-02 15:59

    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 transition in Alaska and his return for revenge. The parts that he rushed through were the better parts. Still, this as an enjoyable read - a relatively basic escapist story of manly self-discovery and revenge.

  • Loy
    2019-05-12 16:54

    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 wifeI did not see the Count of M. C in this book. I like a good revenge story --- I wish there had been a little bit more at the end to show the good guy and and new life.

  • Polly Krize
    2019-05-15 19:52

    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 but it presents a gripping plot with many twists and turns.

  • Lucy
    2019-05-19 11:47

    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.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-28 13:02

    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.