Thursday, July 26, 2018

Freaking Fast Review Tour

The city is Asheville, North Carolina, and the year is 2066. As renowned mathematician Alexandra Martin travels in her self-driving car to assassinate the love of her life, she reminisces about how they met and fell in love fifty years earlier in middle school when she was a thirteen year old poor math whiz and he a wealthy teenager. Alex recounts her struggles to be admitted to the best private school in the county, her happy teenage years running track, and her close relationship with three handsome and charming boys: Xavier, the intellectual; Andrew, the golden boy; and Vitali, the suave foreigner. One by one, she visits the three boys of her youth, now successful professionals in their sixties, one of whom is her intended victim.

Year 2066
8:30am. Asheville, North Carolina

Today I’m going to kill the love of my life.

This deliberate act should not to be misinterpreted for what the sensationalistic media will surely call a crime of passion, because it isn’t. There’s nothing passionate in what I am about to do. My action is premeditated, has been planned for a long time, and will be executed for the benefit of our city, our country, and our crumbling world – as well as for my own peace of mind.

I know people say things they don’t mean all the time, especially when they are stressed out, upset, or angry. People lie either to hurt others or to protect themselves or simply because they like to lie. I swear that every word written here is the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. May He also forgive me for this murder I’m about to commit.

I have chosen this date for a reason. Today is my birthday, and the anniversary of our first kiss, fifty years ago. I turn sixty-three years old today. Five decades ago, I would have been considered an old woman at this age, gray-haired and wrinkled, and possibly overweight. But that was then. Nowadays, thanks to the medical advances of the past fifty years, of which I have partaken freely – they’re there, right, so why not make use of them? I’m in the prime of my life. I look and feel not a day over thirty and have the sculpted body, the vigor, and the mental acumen of a highly intelligent woman in her twenties.

When I was a teenager, there was this beautiful model named Cindy Crawford, who in her sixties looked like she was in her late thirties and was an example to women all over the world. She was to me. But the world has evolved, and that was then, and this is now. Were Cindy Crawford alive today she would look like my older sister or maybe my young-looking mother, even though we would both be about the same age.

But I digress. I have, perhaps, too much on my mind. Images of the past keep streaming through my head. I think of the love of my life, him, and wonder what could have been but wasn’t; what was and shouldn’t have been.

I feel like crying as I see my life play out, in black-and-white like an old movie, on the screen of my mind.

My Review:
4.5 stars

I don’t really know how to describe this book except to say OMG. This story was trippy, engaging, and just plain fun to read. The characters were interesting and realistic, and the balance between teenage angst and the action plot was well played. The only downside was that some of the characters’ reactions and the time jumps were disorienting and confusing, and didn’t seem to fit. Other than those bumps along the way though, this story was a fast-paced adventure that I would recommend to anyone looking for an unusual, intriguing YA read.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

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Author Bio and Links:
David Pereda is the award-winning author of nine novels, including Havana Blues and However Long the Night, as well as the Havana Series of thrillers featuring the dashing Doctor Raymond Peters and the beautiful but deadly Cuban assassin Marcela. He has traveled to more than thirty countries and speaks four languages. Before devoting his time solely to writing and teaching, David had a successful international consulting career with global giant Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Qatar, among others.

A member of MENSA, David earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in California. He earned bachelor degrees in English literature and mathematics at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

He lives in artistic Asheville, North Carolina, with his youngest daughter Sophia, where he teaches mathematics and English at the Asheville-Buncombe Community College. He loves sports and is an accomplished competitor in track and show-jumping equestrian events.


  1. Thank you for hosting me on your blog today and reviewing my latest novel, Freaking Fast. I will be checking in and out during the next week to answer any questions you or your readers may have about the book, writing in general, sprinting technique, flying cars--or my life as a writer.

  2. I love these tours and finding great books and sharing with my family who love to read. Thanks so much and thank you also for the great giveaway.

  3. I enjoyed reading the excerpt, thanks for sharing!

  4. Did you have input into the cover of your book? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  5. Thank you, Victoria and James, and good luck in the giveaway. One thing about Freaking Fast that, unless you've been keeping up with the latest technological developments, you may not know is that most of what I describe in the frantic end of Freaking Fast is already being done or is in the planning stages--flying cars, interstellar trips, self-driving cars(that's old news, actually), etc. Math is working on a new number system to either support or debunk the theory of relativity that goes into the 8th dimension. I know I fell short when describing the future--but I had great fun doing it, anyway. Read the book and have fun!

  6. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

  7. Thank you, Cali. Enjoy the book. Good luck in the giveaway.

  8. Yes, I did have input on the cover, Joseph. I actually didn't like the first draft and -- after going back and forth a few times -- reluctantly agreed to the finished product. However, and despite my reservations, the cover has been well received. What do you think of the cover--do you like it?

  9. Would you ever like to see a movie based off of your book? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  10. I'd love to see a movie based on this book. About 5-6 years ago, when my book Killing Castro was published, I had a producer quite interested in doing a movie of it. He and I collaborated on a script that he tried to sell to a Hollywood studio. Unfortunately, he didn't succeed and the project was forgotten. I believe Freaking Fast would make an interesting movie.

  11. What was your favorite book growing up? Congrats on your release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  12. Growing up, say eight years old or so, my favorite book was Don Quixote. A few years later, I was fascinated by Hemingway when I read The Old Man and the Sea and by Steinbeck, in particular The Grapes of Wrath. In my teens, I became an avid reader of westerns--Zane Grey, Max Brand, Louis L'Amour.

    Good luck in the giveaway, Bernie.

  13. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!