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J. Carson Black

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Hollywood superstar Max Conroy is A-list all the way—one of the few actors who can guarantee box office blockbusters on opening weekend. Max has it all: the devil-may-care charisma, the stunning movie star wife, and a sizable personal fortune that grows along with his legend.

When Max escapes from a rehab center in Arizona, disoriented and longing to return to his blue-collar roots, he becomes the target of a motley group of kidnappers planning to cash in by holding him for ransom. Max not only outsmarts them; he evens the score. Little does he know that a far more dangerous and merciless enemy is coming for him. But this time, he has an ally in the smart and beautiful sheriff’s deputy Tess McCrae.

For years, Max drifted through an easy superstar life, untethered and without purpose. But as he fights for his life, something turns inside him. He’s ready to live again—on his own terms. He will destroy those who’d rather see him die like an icon than live like a man.

Biographie de l'auteur

J. Carson Black is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of eight books, including the Laura Cardinal crime fiction series. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Black has found inspiration for her writing in everything from real-life horrors to the headlines screaming today’s news. She is currently working on her next thriller.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 349 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1455886467
  • Editeur : Thomas & Mercer (12 juin 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not perfect, but a fine summer read 17 juin 2012
Par NewDiane - Publié sur
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I've read another book by the author, and know that she has a series based on a female lead; from this, I gather that she likes strong, unflappable heroines. I think she goes a little too far with Tess McCrae by giving her eidetic memory. It reminds me of the tv series "Unforgettable" and is really unnecessary to the plot. The hero, Max Conroy, is an interesting one. At first glance, it appears that booze and drugs have messed up his mind, but it turns out that a whole host of people are responsible for his fractured mental state. Max is a cash cow, a handsome movie star raking in the dough for roles that appeal mostly to teenagers. But he's an unreliable cow and now there are people thinking it might be more profitable to slaughter this beefcake. There are some stock figures, like a psychopathic hit person, and some innovative ones, like a hitman in training. The narrative varies from well-fleshed-out scenes (the prologue is very well done) to scenes which seem oddly sketchy, as if the author felt they belonged in the book from her outline, but wasn't interested enough to work on them. Basically, this is very enjoyable. Having now read two of her books, I'm aiming to read some more. They may not be classic literature, but they're very entertaining.
17 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 What Makes a Great Thriller? 26 juin 2012
Par Maynard F. Allington - Publié sur
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Three elements set this novel apart from the average thriller: an original and offbeat story concept; psychological insights into character development, and a crisp writing style that blends seamlessly into the action, driving the pace relentlessly to the startling climax.

First, the STORY LINE. Max Conroy, a Hollywood icon who could be a hybrid model of Errol Flynn and Bradd Pitt in equal parts, has long ago stumbled into the honey trap of Hollywood success - a lifestyle baited with drugs, alcohol and sex. At a remote desert healing center, run by a charlatan healer named Gordon White Eagle, Max has submitted to an unorthodox treatment and recovery program that combines hypnosis, mind altering chemicals, and sensory deprivation in a flotation tank. What Max doesn't know is that he's being set up as the victim in a complex scenario of murder underwritten by his Hollywood star wife, her lover (Max's agent), and Gordon White Eagle. Before the plan can unfold, Max escapes. Now he's on the run, struggling against bizarre hallucinations and the lingering effects of post hypnotic suggestion. Among those pursuing him is a professional female assassin who could have stepped straight out of a Terminator movie. It is a deadly hunt and struggle for survival that, in the end, will bring out the best in Max. Novelist Black has chosen to tell the story through use of a multiple POV. She has the skill to make it work in a way that builds suspense rather than impeding it.

Second, CHARACTERIZATION. All the players in this thriller are finely drawn, physically, psychologically and emotionally. Fictionalized Hollywood characters tend to be hopelessly stereotyped. The familiar ensemble of movie stars, directors and agents are often reduced to cliches of themselves in literature. It is a challenge for a writer to break free of the stereotype and find a dimension of humanity, good or bad, in these stock figures. Black succeeds. In fact, no one has done it better since Norman Mailer in THE DEER PARK.

Third, STYLE. It is interesting to look back at J. Carson Black's early romance novels (Superstitions and The Tombstone Rose), both written under a different pen name, and see how her writing style and literary vision have evolved to fit the thriller genre. The early books were distinguished by some striking narrative prose, sentences that jumped out with their originality and imagery. While her style today is more taut and direct, those stunning word gems can still be found in it. For example: "Most of the Desert Oasis was tucked away along a stream, but there was one place - it took some walking to get to - that yielded a limited view of the Verde Valley. An infinity pool, like a plane of dark glass, mirrored the massive mountains above and delineated the sheer drop off to the valley below." That's good writing, and at this point in her career, she has joined that exclusive club of stylists - which is to say, you can read her fiction and quickly recognize the author.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Suspend Belief for an Afternoon 16 mai 2012
Par Jessica W. - Publié sur
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This book follows the life of a recently former drunk and druggie, troubled movie star Max Conroy after he "breaks out" of rehab. He's making tracks, trying to put distance between him and rehab, and those who have been running his life lately (Talia, his wife; Jerry, his agent; Gordon, the rehab guru). Except his mind's not altogether with it, and he starts to suspect that Gordon perhaps has messed with his head. He's got goons on his tail, trying to take him back to rehab, for what purpose he's not really sure. Then he meets up with Tess, local deputy in a backwater town. There's something about her that he likes, but not only are the goons after him, but plenty of others too - including someone extremely dangerous and not quite sane.

I found the book to be quick and thrilling, read in an afternoon. But there are some things that bug me about this book, namely having to suspend belief about Max the character. We're supposed to believe that in the midst of being an alcoholic, and drug addict, that he still has the muscle capacity (and mental capacity after having his head messed with) to fight off dangerous people with guns. That somehow, all this different trainings from different movies is instinctively still ingrained into him, and at the drop of the hat, he picks it up again. Seriously? Not believable.

On top of that, the characters we are given are not exactly all fleshed out - Tess in particular, aside from her "photographic" memory skill set. Most of the other characters could have been given a little more dimension, instead of being set-ups for the main character to bust through. This could have been a great book, not just a summer thriller to read at the beach, because clearly the author has talent, especially in the dialogue between characters (where I find a lot of modern authors fail easily). I enjoyed the book, it's good enough to pick up as a summer book, but it won't stick with me.
11 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Redemption 13 juin 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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This book was great, you are in the mind of this poor messed up actor, seeing as he struggles through a plot to kill him. He sees all of the pain he has caused through the years, all of the mistakes he has made, and he works hard to survive and to redeem himself from his past. He meets a couple of women along the way, one who is truly insane, the other who helps to heal him, it is a great read especially if you like suspense and mystery stories. As always J Carson Black grounds her story with real places and great descriptions, mixed in with the created places her work is set in. One of my favorite things about this author is that you can visit many of the places in her books, relive the story or understand better why she choose to set it there. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fast Paced Book With Adventure 7 juin 2012
Par Seeking Disciple - Publié sur
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ICON revolves around a Hollywood star who has made millions being a Hollywood bad boy but now the stakes are turned higher as someone seeks to take down this bad boy believing that this will help them more than hurt them. Max is determined to live. The book is a fast paced, twist and turn book that will have you reading for more. The story does not get bogged down with details and the story moves along. You'll be on the one hand hoping for Max to die and then cheering for him to live in the next chapter.
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