Monday, May 2, 2022

Double Down by C.J. Axelrod - Book Tour & Review

Double Down by C J Axlerod Book Information


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·        Genre:  Psychological Thriller

·        Print length: 250 pages

·        Age range: This is an adult novel but suitable for mature teens age 16+

·        Trigger warnings: none

·        Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars


About Double Down

Alex Cole was the King of Hollywood.

He had it all. Good looks, fame, fortune and the power that comes with being one of the most famous actors in the world. Alex was adored by audiences worldwide, and despite losing his parents in a horrific plane crash when he was only a teen, he managed to avoid all the pitfalls of young stardom and grew to become a true American idol.

Then, after an attempt on his life, Alex’s team decide that he needs more protection. While trying to keep the actor safe, his team unknowingly plunges Alex into a nightmare of murderous intrigue where the actor has to fight for his very survival.


Praise for Double Down


This book takes off right away and does not slow down. Alex is developed well early on which makes it easy for the reader to get invested in him as a character. The narrative moves fast and does a good job of keeping the reader interested. I would highly recommend this to fans of thrillers and mysteries. Amazon Review



This was one of best surprises of the year, I have a great time with it and I can safely assure you that you must read this masterpiece. I did something I rarely do after I finish a story, I start from the beginning right after I reach the end of it. Amazon Review



Double Down by C J Axlerod is a murder thriller with an extraordinary combination of thrill and suspense and a unique touch of sarcasm. The story revolves around Alex Cole, a Hollywood celebrity, the unlucky target of a violent assault. And this incident changes his life permanently. Despite hiring a protection squad, Alex realizes from numerous incidents that he could only count on himself. Unless he wishes to face what is ahead, he must take matters alone on his shoulders. Amazon Review

Double Down is a thrilling suspense novel that builds and builds until that explosive ending. It's a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, eagerly flipping pages as you wait to see just what might happen next.
Alex Cole is a celebrity. A very famous, beloved actor known for a very popular action franchise. But fame comes with a price. 
When Alex's life is threatened and he is shot, his team knows they need to find a way to protect him. Enter Aaron Peterson.
Aaron isn't a bodyguard. He can't protect Alex. But he is Alex's doppelganger. A man who looks and sounds just like Alex... if one doesn't look too closely.
Hired on as a double while Alex himself lays low, Aaron starts to immerse himself in everything Alex Cole. But Aaron isn't what he seems. And soon, Alex's life is in even more danger than before. Will he survive?
I really enjoyed this book. It took me a little while to read thanks to real life getting in the way, but I found myself intrigued and anxious to see how it would all play out. It's very taut, with escalating issues and violence, and it all comes to a head near the very end. It's a wild story that will keep you on your toes. 
I thought Alex was a likeable character, even with being a famous celebrity. We all know some celebrities can be a bit...rough around the edges, but Alex's character was a good man, even with his fame and fortune. Aaron, on the other hand, was someone you weren't sure about right away, and while he had very small moments where he seemed good, it was all a farce to help him earn trust and integrate himself into every aspect of Alex's life. 
The plot is fast-paced, and the overall story is written well. It's definitely a thriller worth reading.
I'm giving Double Down 4.5 stars.

About the Author

C.J. Axlerod is a pen-name of Chris Coppel, who (under his own name) also writes horror stories and general fiction. There are details of all his books on his web page here:

“I  was raised the son of a writer. My father wrote plays, films and novels. He was successful and suffered constant wanderlust. I was born in America when he was there writing Vertigo for Alfred Hitchcock. I give that familial insight so that you can understand that I had the genes, I just needed to find my footing and get up the nerve to put pen to paper (or to be more accurate…open my laptop). Many would say that having a successful parent should make it easier to follow their path under the protective shadow of their parent’s success. Not so!

Writing is difficult. Writing in the hopes that you will be read and your works appreciated is terrifying. In my case, the fear of failure kept my ideas and stories buried in a back closet within my brain. It is only now as I enter the latter part of my existence that I have been able to calm the fear and share my stories with those who may wish to read them.” 

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