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[(The Givenchy Code)] [by: Julie Kenner] (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. Februar 2007

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  • Verlag: Ibooks (27. Februar 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1416543376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416543374
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The Givenchy Code As if bad-hair days, scrounging for rent money, and lusting after designer shoes wasn't enough to make Melanie Prescott's life interesting, suddenly she's chasing after obscure clues tossed her way by a madman. Full description

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Format: Taschenbuch
Archibald Grimaldi was a genius when it came to making online games. His first, and biggest, was called "Play. Survive. Win." Gamers call it "PSW" for short. Even today it is considered one of the BEST online strategy/role playing games. Players would send in a profile about themselves. Everything had to be answered honestly because the game clues are generated to match the player's interests and hobbies. Once approved, the player is given one of three roles: Target, Protector, and Assassin. A condensed synopsis of the game is that the Target will solve a clue and run around the cyber-city to the place that the clue leads him to. There, another clue will be waiting. The Protector is the Target's bodyguard. The Target and Protector keep finding and solving clues until they reach the last clue and win the game. However, an Assassin is somewhere in the city. His job description is simple: Kill the Target before the last clue is solved.
Archibald Grimaldi is now dead at an early age. But before he died, he wanted to bring his cyber game into the real world. He has succeeded and made sure that no one can stop the things he had put into motion.
Marine Major Matthew Stryker was in counter terrorism when he left the service. Now he is in "private security". He turned in a profile for PSW years ago, but never played. Does not seem to matter. He was given a name to protect and twenty grand had been deposited into his bank account. Thinking it was a joke, he did nothing. Therefore, Jamie Tate died. Now he is given another name to protect, Melanie "Mel" Prescott. Another twenty grand has been deposited in his bank account. There is no way he will let another woman die because he failed to act.
Mel loves cryptology and has a weakness for Givenchy shoes and handbags.
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15 von 16 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Fast-paced plot driven story 5. Oktober 2005
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A self-confessed numbers geek and designer shoe aficionado, Mel Prescott suddenly finds herself thrust into a live version of an on-line game of cat and mouse, with her as the prey. Mel, a perennial student (and hopeful NSA operative), has a passion for ciphers and cryptology, so she is up to the challenge, especially since Sydney Bristow is her heroine. She initially ignores the invitation to the game when it proclaims that she has to "play or die", and she wants no part of the sick game.

Matthew Stryker, a former marine is assigned as her "protector." At first she does not believe what he is telling her when he tries to explain the game to her. He knows all too well how serious it is, since a few months ago, he ignored the clues, and as a result, another women who did not play the game was found dead. Together, Mel and Stryker travel all over Manhaten trying to solve a series of clues and puzzles to elude her assassin Lynx and complete the game. But the assassin has raised the stakes by murdering Mel's former lover. Adding complications is the growing attraction between Mel and Stryker as they race the clock to beat Lynx at his own game.

The story is fast-paced and the writing is witty. The only thing that turned me off is that the protagonist was the stereotypical post-Sex in the City single with a designer clothing and shoe fetish. It gets old after awhile that every chicklit heroine seems to have this annoying attribute. Other than that, it is a great story with a punny premise loosely mirroring the infamous "Da Vinci Code" right down to the clever book cover. Defnintely a great way to wile away the afternoon!
4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
quick, light fun 9. August 2005
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While it starts slow with a lot of character background, we're off to the races almost as soon as our third major character shows up. The action happens quickly and the puzzles are interesting while being geared for the heroine. A nice touch is that she doesn't always get things right on her first take.

While I wouldn't say this is gripping action and plot twists keeping you on the edge of your seat, it is a great weekend read or a beach bum book. The characters are believeable, the story is well paced, and it doesn't get too serious even when life is on the line.
3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
remind the audience of the movie The Tenth Victim 25. Mai 2005
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Before he died, brilliant online game maker Archibald Grimaldi developed the most popular role playing game yet when he created PSW (Play, Survive, Win). The participant would answer questions about themselves and if approved would be assigned as a Target, Protector, or Assassin. The Target would run around the cyber city seeking clues and safeguarded by the Protector while the Assassin tries to kill the Target before the opponent solved the puzzle. Grimaldi placed in motion a real world version of his hit Internet game.

Former counterterrorist marine Major Matthew Stryker applied to PSW years ago, but never played. He was assigned to protect Jamie Tate with twenty thousand dollars deposited in his bank account. He ignored the assignment and the money until he learns that someone he assumes an Assassin murdered the Target Jamie in real life He is sent anther 20K and told the Target for him keep safe is Melanie "Mel" Prescott, who has played successfully on line PSW. She rejects the role of real life Target as a hoax until Matthew risks his life to keep her safe leaving behind a corpse as they flee for their lives from a mentally unbalanced Assassin.

This action thriller never slows down once Matthew realizes that the PSW game is played for real. In some ways, the story line will remind the audience of the movie The Tenth Victim, but has it owns freshness. Matthew is a delightful skeptical Protector while cryptographic aficionado Mel refuses to become a victim. Julie Kenner writes a tense suspense novel that will grip the audience from start to exhilarating final countdown.

Harriet Klausner
7 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Reviews 22. Mai 2005
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Melanie Prescott's day was not starting out well. It's a gloomy and drizzly day, she has to walk six dogs at once, and she runs into her ex-boyfriend. Then a mysterious man hands her an envelope that will change her life. Inside is a message: Play or die. She initially thought it was a joke, a friend playing on her love of codes and ciphers, but soon she knows it's real.

Melanie once played an online game called Play.Survive.Win, and played it well. She eventually lost interest and forgot about it, but now someone has taken that game and modified it for the real world. She must truly play or die. She meets sexy Matthew Stryker, who has been designated her Protector by the game mastermind. He didn't take the message seriously the first time, and a woman died. He won't make the same mistake twice. They need to work together to decipher the clues while playing cat and mouse across Manhattan with an assassin who is equally determined to win.

What can I say about this book? In one word: Wow. From the first page, I was hooked. THE GIVENCHY CODE starts out like an ordinary chick lit novel with designer clothes and ex-boyfriend problems, but it quickly changes into a riveting romantic suspense that is full of action. It even adds in the perfect amount of sexual tension to keep things hot. Melanie handles being forced into the game of her life in what I thought was a very realistic way. She also actually uses her brain rather than completely depending on Stryker's brawn. Stryker and her also work very well together. They make quite the team and their sexual tension is incredible. Stryker is a one hot and capable hero, and it's not just his strength and military training that's needed for their survival. This is one action-packed romance that you won't want to miss. Fresh and irresistible, I hope Julie Kenner plans to write more books such as this one. I highly recommend THE GIVENCHY CODE and can't wait to reread it.
5 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Fun and fast paced. 12. Februar 2006
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I've never read any Julie Kenner books before so I didn't know what to expect from this book. It was like an adult version of a treasure hunt with a life on the line. It was a fast paced read and I enjoyed it. It's very entertaining. The only thing this book lacked some some thrilling action packed scenes.

I'm looking forward to reading the next one 'The Manolo Matrix', which I hope has more action.
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