Zero to Fifty

Fiction - Suspense
272 Pages
Reviewed on 06/15/2018
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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.”

Lesley Jones

In Zero to Fifty by Michael P. Carroll, as oil tycoon Neil Dalton celebrates his 50th birthday in St Tropez with family and friends, he believes his life couldn’t get any better. On the surface he has it all: wealth, success and a beautiful young wife, who has just presented him with a Ferrari as a birthday gift. Then tragedy strikes, and throws Neil’s life and everything he once trusted into turmoil. A series of events uncover flaws in his once perfect life and marriage. He begins to expose corruption, murder and murky pasts as he tries to discover who his enemies are. Someone close to him is plotting his downfall, but who, and can he stay alive long enough to find out?

Zero to Fifty by Michael P. Carroll will take you on a roller coaster of twists and turns. The plot is engaging and I particularly enjoyed the story from the perspective of different characters. Neil is a great protagonist and not the clichéd character I was expecting of a billionaire oil trader. He was shown as a man who had lived a materialistic life to cover up feelings of inadequacy. The author really created a great back story for each character and this showed in the story line and dialogue. The conflict and suspense kept my attention throughout. The plot is richly layered with intrigue and tension as the protagonist embarks on a journey of self-discovery. The ending was not what I was expecting but was perfect, and I hope a sequel is imminent.

Deborah Lloyd

Deidre was determined to give her husband Neil a fiftieth birthday celebration that he would never forget. As Neil was a very successful commodities trader, they were quite wealthy, having a beautiful place in New York City and paying for such a spectacular trip. Not only were they staying on a yacht at St. Tropez in the South of France with a large group of his employees, but she presented him with a special gift after a wonderful lunch. But, this special gift resulted in a tragic event. When a French policeman suggested Deidre could be a suspect, seeds of possible infidelity were planted in Neil’s mind. In Zero to Fifty, written by Michael P. Carroll, Deidre and Neil’s twenty-five-year marriage experienced its largest crisis ever.

This novel is full of action and suspense; the reader is engaged from the first page to the last. There is a fast pace to the story, and the writing style is powerful, with subtle nuances. The plot unfolds in a chronological timeline, told from the perspective of several characters. The relationship between Deidre and Neil seems to go through several transformations, and the final resolution is not revealed until the last pages. Author Michael P. Carroll has written an exciting, intriguing novel in Zero to Fifty. There are breathtaking moments, and unexpected twists and turns. As new developments are revealed, the reader will find it hard to put the book down, as s/he needs to find out how it will all end. An excellent summer read!