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Blood Drama (English Edition) von [Meeks, Christopher]
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THE STORY:

Everyone has a bad day. Graduate student Ian Nash has lost his girlfriend in addition to being dropped from a Ph.D. program in theatre at a Southern California university. When he stops at a local coffee shop in the lobby of a bank to apply for a job, the proverbial organic matter hits the fan. A gang of four robs the bank, and things get bloody. Ian is taken hostage by the robbers when the police show up. Now he has to save his life.

FBI Special Agent Aleece Medina's analysis of the bloody bank heist drives her into the pursuit of a robbery gang headed by two women. She doesn't anticipate how this robbery will pit her against both the bandits and the male higher-ups in the FBI while the media heats up during a giant manhunt.

The robbers are about to kill Ian, and all he has at hand is his knowledge of the stage.

EARLY REVIEWERS SAY:

"Ian Nash is not an easily defeated man. He is a winner in spite of himself, and we love him for that." - Sam Sattler, Book Chase

"Author Christopher Meeks synthesizes all with elan in this most recent narrative triumph. He unfailingly entertains!" - Gerald Locklin, author of The Vampires Saved Civilization

CRITICS ON CHRISTOPHER MEEKS'S PREVIOUS NOVELS SAY:

"Charming and endlessly entertaining." - The Midwest Book Review

"It is a given, now, that Christopher Meeks is a master craftsman as a writer... His stance in the echelon of new important American writers seems solidly secure."- Grady Harp, Amazon Top-Ten Reviewer

"I have to say I've gone from being an admirer of his work to a full-blown fan bordering on groupie." - Marc Schuster, Small Press Reviews

"Christopher Meeks captures life's unpredictability while retaining a message of the hope that inspires us all." - Meghan Burton, Medieval Bookworm

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Christopher Meeks was born in Minnesota, earned degrees from the University of Denver and USC, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1977. He's taught English at Santa Monica College, and creative writing at CalArts, UCLA Extension, Art Center College of Design, and USC. His fiction has appeared often in Rosebud magazine as well as other literary journals, and his books have won several awards. His short works have been collected into two volumes, "The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea" and "Months and Seasons," the latter which appeared on the long list for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He's had three plays produced, and "Who Lives?: A Drama" is published. His focus is now on longer fiction. His first novel is "The Brightest Moon of the Century," and his second, "Love At Absolute Zero." His third, "Blood Drama," is his first thriller.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1222 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 242 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: White Whisker Books (25. Mai 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00D0G5RJK
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Amazon.com: 4.4 von 5 Sternen 32 Rezensionen
2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen I could not put it down... 7. Juni 2013
Von Jeannie Davide-Rivera, Author of Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I picked up Blood Drama yesterday and could not put it down! The book introduces our protagonist Ian Nash, who to put it mildly is having a very bad day!

The story opens begins when Nash loses his job, gets thrown out of his graduate program, misses his exit on the freeway, and winds up at a coffee shop filling out a job application. If the day isn't going badly enough, the coffee shop is in the lobby of a bank.

The bank is robbed and Nash taken as the only hostage by the bank robbers--and this is just the beginning. The action continues from the opening scene until the closing scene with no wasted words. Ever scene moves the story forward and leaves you asking, what is going to happen next? What more could possibly happen?

Just when you figure things cannot possible become worse author Christopher Meeks delivers, yet another astounding blow to Nash's adventure. What I loved the best about Meek's novel is that there was no wasted time describing the leaves on the trees or cumbersome background information to make my inattentive eyes glaze over.

I found Blood Drama to be an easy, pleasant, read. Give it a shot; you won't be disappointed. I will be on the lookout for more of Meek's novels in the future.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Truely a crossover 2. Oktober 2013
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was not what I expected. I had come across it and got it for my husband's Kindle. Then I started reading it. Much more like Hart to Hart or McMillan & Wife or to be more currant, Castle. You have male and female protagonists who are very well developed and likable and four bank robbers, two of whom you would like to see get away with it. And that is what makes this book a bit different. The antagonist(s) in a thriller is not usually so well developed. That usually falls into cozy territory where the antagonist is a fellow resident of the town. You have two female bank robbers who have good solid reasons, if there can be such a thing, for robbing banks. It is only when one of the male accomplices gets trigger happy that things go wrong. We have Ian who is the kind of guy you expect things to go wrong for. Kinda handsome and smart but still kind of a loser. In a bank full of people, you just know he is the guy who would of course be taken hostage. He had just been dropped from his doctorate program and is applying for a job in a coffee shop that happens to be in a bank lobby. To get a picture of Ian, all you need to do is read what he writes on a job application: "I am not a particularly avid coffee drinker, but your location three miles north of here, with its interior post modern look of exposed ductwork and the vertiginous aroma of your dark Zambian beans excites me." All that's needed is a neon sign and arrow flashing 'hostage' over his head. Aleece is a female FBI agent dealing with some male superiors who would like to go back to old J. Edgar's day and sent the ladies back to the kitchen. When Ian escapes, you just know these two will hook up. And when you read this book you will hope these two hook up again. And again. If ever a book screams series, this is it. Like a country song that makes the pop charts, this is a thriller that will appeal even to lovers of cozy mysteries.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Role of Parts 26. Februar 2014
Von Stewart Lindh - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
A true cold reading, with death pacing in the wings, the hapless protagonist of Blood Drama must rewrite his part ashostage during a bank robbery, to become director of a written-as-its-being acted play in which a woman detective and a serial killer fight for the best lines.

A page-turning quirky thriller, Meeks’ latest novel is also an astute look at the living (and dying) theater of everyday life; and how, as protagonists nestled inside our stories, we suddenly find ourselves cast into life-and-death dramas, as victims.

Using David Mamet’s unrelenting vision of character as compass, Meeks’ academic dramaturge reinvents his part, to emerge whole at The End and not disappear in the act of someone’ else’s play.

Meeks does all that…and a great deal more.
4.0 von 5 Sternen A thriller with heart 28. August 2013
Von Kent Peterson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Christopher Meeks knows how to engage a reader and tell a story. His collection of short stories, The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea showcases Meeks' mastery of small moments and was the book that made me a huge fan of his work. The great joy I found in those stories compelled me to buy every other book he's written.

In this book, Blood Drama, tells a longer story. It begins with Ian Nash, a drama school grad student who is having a bad day. After being dropped from his Ph.D. program, Ian stops for coffee and manages to wind up as a hostage in a bank robbery gone wrong. It's a classic case of a bad day gone much worse.

Meeks takes all the cliches of a thriller, the desperate criminal, the wise-cracking cops, the beautiful FBI agent and the hapless every man caught in the middle and takes them mostly in the ways you'd expect. But there are enough "wait, he did what?" moments in the tale to keep you turning the pages and the dialog sparkles and cracks with wit. I found, as I turned the pages, that while I certainly didn't like every character (indeed, I found Ian pretty annoying at times) I cared what happened. I bought into the story and the characters.

Meeks is not afraid to be outrageous and while the book comes dangerously close to collapsing under the "writer's fantasy problem" (Do you think the beautiful FBI agent is going to fall for the annoying, self-absorbed, Mamet-obsessed writer-type? Is said writerly guy going to grow as a person and save the day? Well, what do you think!) Meeks manages to both play by the cliche, poke fun at it and hit a layer of truth underneath it all. When I've described some of the more outrageous scenes to friends they've said "that sounds awful." And you'd think it would be, but somehow under Meeks' watchful eye and wise pen, it's not.

Meeks writes about people trying to solve problem of making it through the day. Blood Drama sees just how bad a day can get. Meeks takes the thriller and gives it a heart. A dopey, exasperating heart, but one that beats true.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting plot, but didn't flow well 25. August 2013
Von S Sullivan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This review is based on a Kindle format. While the plot had some potential, it was difficult to keep all of the characters and their multiple names straight. I also thought the relationship between Ian and Medina was so convoluted, mostly because they weren't fully developed early in the story. Some parts seemed repetitive (such as Medina repeatedly thwarting Mark's orders). I will read at least one more of this author's books to give him a fair trial. This one was just a case of keeping on reading in hopes it would get better.
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