True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1) by Lee Goldberg

True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg hits the ground running in a breakneck thriller where truth and fiction collide for the unluckiest writer alive.When a passenger jet crashes onto the beaches of Waikiki, bestselling thriller writer Ian Ludlow knows the horrific tragedy wasn't an accident.Years before, the CIA enlisted Ian to dream up terrorism scenarios to prepare the government for nightmares they couldn't imagine. Now one of tho...

Details True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1)

TitleTrue Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1)
Release DateApr 1st, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Action, Crime, Adventure, Suspense, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Humor, Funny

Reviews True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1)

  • Larry H
    4.5 stars for this one.Hollywood, instead of "rebooting" a franchise for the umpteenth time, adapting another television or Broadway show into a movie, or launching another comic book character, I have your next property right here. Lee Goldberg's newest novel, True Fiction already reads like a movie, combining a little bit of television shows like Castle with movies like the Jack Reacher series. It's a quick read, with appealing characters a...
  • James Thane
    Lee Goldberg is a very funny guy. He's also a prolific writer with something on the order of five dozen books to his credit, along with a host of television shows for which he has written scripts, and he's brought all of that experience to bear on his newest book, True Fiction, which is a terrific read.The protagonist, Ian Ludlow, is, like Goldberg, a very successful writer. Ludlow has build a career around a series of novels featuring Clint Stra...
  • Matt
    Needing a quick read, I turned to this series debut by Lee Goldberg, about which I have heard many good things. When an airplane crashes in Hawaii not long after take-off, the news outlets begin streaming coverage and countless people gasp in horror. However, thriller writer Ian Ludlow is not one of them. Hiding in his Seattle hotel while on a book tour, Ludlow knows that with this event, his life is in imminent danger. Coaxed out of hiding by hi...
  • Kevin
    Ian Ludlow is hoping to work on his next thriller while on his book promotion tour. He sees an airliner crash down on the beaches of Hawaii and realizes he may have caused the event. Years before he wrote scenarios for the CIA showing creative methods terrorists could attack the US. Suddenly he realizes the two near death accidents he had are the CIA trying to kill him. I enjoyed the first half but I felt this one lost its way.
  • Tulay
    Fun to read.If you're looking for real true fiction book, this isn't the one. Silly, somewhat eccentric story. Dog walker is his driver, successful writer is being driven around for book signing events. His terrorist scenario he wrote during the CIA event becomes real, and he's being hunted. Couldn't stop laughing in some parts.
  • Dee Arr
    “True Fiction” was my introduction to author Lee Goldberg. I had never read any of his previous books (nor seen any of the television shows he had written), so I had no idea what to expect.My first reaction was that this book was an over-the-top, totally unbelievable story written by a new author (hadn’t yet seen Mr. Goldberg’s extensive bio) who had spent way too much time searching the Internet for conspiracy stories. As I continued to ...
  • Ed
    In a uniquely original plot premise Will Cross, the head of a major security company poses as a CIA chief looking for imaginative potential 9/11-type terrorist attacks from a small group of thriller writers in the interest of being proactive in defense of the homeland. Ian Ludlow, a successful screenwriter and thriller author suggests a "what if" scenario; terrorists hack the automatic pilot of a jetliner and crash it. Ian quickly forgets the mee...
  • HJ
    A pleasant surprise. Nothing ground breaking, but very entertaining and with enough of a fast pace to keep the reader engaged, but not so fast that the reader struggles to keep up with the action. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next book.
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    The idea of this novel is fantastic and what I thought would be a different, but similar, book for #CJSReads. What I got was something completely different than I had anticipated.I am sincerely baffled on how I feel about this book. Is it satirical? Author Ian Ludlow's writing terrorism scenarios for the CIA start coming true. At least, he thought they were CIA. Ok, let me back pedal a little bit... I know authors do a lot of research for their w...
  • Jim A
    A pleasant mixture of action/adventure and tongue in cheek humor. This novel will bring many conspiracy theory followers to orgasm. It will also cause those who believe in the New World Order to nod their collective heads in agreement. Something for everybody in this one. Even a TV character who made his fame and fortune as a plant (vine) who was a cop. Some laugh out loud humor situations and scenarios. I recommend this one to any who like a goo...
  • Angela Neary
    Action packed and hilarious. This line says it all, “The books were about Michael Sang, an ex-priest turned assassin and restaurateur, who was an expert in all the martial, erotic, and culinary arts.” Don’t miss this witty, tongue in cheek page-turner.
  • Mark Baker
    When terrorists take control of a plane leaving Hawaii and crash it into the island, the entire country is horrified. But none more so than thriller writer Ian Ludlow. You see, he had suggested just the twist on 9/11 that happened here to the CIA a few years back during a brainstorming session to help them come up with worst case scenarios. Within a few hours, Ian is certain that the CIA is out to kill him to silence him. Using every trick in the...
  • Paula
    Highly credible fictionGiven the state of affairs in the world currently, there's not one concept in this book that I found unbelievable. It hurts to say that, frankly, because good fiction should be at least partially incredible. This IS good fiction, but all too credible.Well, except for the half man, half plant cop...Fast pace, likeable and detestable characters, an all-too-believable plot and viola! A great story.
  • Jack Webb
    Chuckle-worthyAlmost self-aggrandizing, this story of an author bailing himself out of trouble by acting like one of his characters is a lot of fun to read. Nasty plots, curious characters, and improbable but inspired methods to deal with it all made for an enjoyable time.
  • Boyd
    Derivative and weakSkimmed 2/3 of the book and didn't miss anything. If this was supposed to be humorous it failed. It was frustrating that a "editor" liked it enough to make it a recommended book for the Amazon read first program. That's 3 hours of my life I won't get back, but at least it was free.
  • Mary Shotliff
    Very boringA story inside a story of which neither one were interesting. I will not read another book from this author
  • Rbucci
    This was one of those books that was so intense I had to go to the back and start reading backwards. If you like intense thrillers, this is the book for you.
  • J.D.
    "He was a man on the run, though careful not to exceed the fifty-five-miles-per-hour speed limit."This has all the classic thriller elements: dark conspiracies by shadowy and terrifyingly powerful figures, implacable and inexorable assassins, a beautiful damsel drawn into danger--but instead of the hero being some variant on the archetypal thriller hero I call Bolt Studly (the former Navy Seal/Army Ranger/whatever whose only flaw is that he rushe...
  • Dorothy Stone
    OutstandingI hardly ever give a 5 Star rating. but this book deserves it. Well written and well thought out with believable characters and plots. Many twists and turns until the end keep you guessing until the end. Would recommend this book for anyone who loves an outstanding thriller. In case you don't believe in The New World Order/ The Illuminati I suggest you research them.
  • Catriona McInally McCall
    worth every minute of my timeabsolutely enjoyed this story. The characters were fun and believable. good plot. the author balanced the pace and length of this book just right for me. I read it from start to finish while only briefly sitting my kindle down to refill my glass of wine. highly recommend!
  • Patricia Barndt
    A real eye openerWow, fiction at its finest. Couldn't put this down, read in one day. Scary but believable. Easy to visualize each character.
  • John Zech
    Fun on the bun...An awesome, quick read for a boring afternoon. Highly recommended for it's humor and pacing. I loved it so much!
  • Jen
    True Fiction lands on the light side of the crime/mystery/suspense scale.From the blurb: When a passenger jet crashes onto the beaches of Waikiki, bestselling thriller writer Ian Ludlow knows the horrific tragedy wasn't an accident.Years before, the CIA enlisted Ian to dream up terrorism scenarios to prepare the government for nightmares they couldn't imagine. Now one of those schemes has come true, and Ian is the only person alive who knows how ...
  • Jessica
    Thanks to Amazon Publishing for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.There are some books where I actually read the synopsis ahead of time, and with TRUE FICTION by Lee Goldberg, I was very intrigued by the premise. This sounded like a great read for the #CJSReads trio to enjoy and stick to our thriller vibe, but this book was no at all what I expected.Ian Ludlow is a bestselling thriller author and when a jet crashes onto the beach...
  • Joan
    When a passenger plane crashes into a Waikiki hotel, it’s déjà vu for writer Ian Ludlum. It’s the scenario he put forth to other writers asked by the CIA to dream up terrorism schemes to better prepare the government to deal with nightmares they couldn’t even begin to imagine. When he learns that the three other writers from that long-ago Maine weekend are all dead, Ian realizes he’s become a target since he’s the only one who knows h...
  • Kathleen
    At the beginning of True Fiction there are seven seemingly unrelated chapters that take the reader down some rabbit hole. We are not certain where we are going. Each short chapter has a different location and different characters. Such a disjoined beginning does not hook the reader to the story. It is a lazy ploy that author Lee Goldberg uses to set up the scenario for his thriller.Someone is trying to kill the main character and fails again and ...
  • Harvey
    This was a fun, fast, engaging read.
  • Harold
    Total Entertainment! I really expected to not like this book and put it aside after a few pages and then into my craparootie shelf. Instead I totally enjoyed it. It's a satire, a spoof, it's funny and actually had me laughing out loud at a few parts. I see this book was released April 1st of this year. Very apt.Ok- It's a spy story, a conspiracy story and a comedy wrapped into one. It's nice to read heavy stuff but it's also nice to just be enter...
  • Jinx Schwartz
    Fun read, pure Hollywood.
  • Rachel Sampson
    Excellent theatrical spy espionage novelI loved this book. It kept me guessing, had a bit of conspiracy theories (which I love) intertwined, a bit of spy chase scenes and CIA assassins, and a bit of sarcastic character dialogue. All was well done by the author. Enjoyed reading this on vacation.