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Allison (A Kane Novel Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Gannon
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Allison Kane, a journalism student at UCLA, takes a summer job as a TV news intern—soon becoming involved in a scandalous murder investigation and the media firestorm that follows—a position that pits her squarely against her iron-fisted police detective father.


Exploring the secrets that lie at the core of every family, Allison tells a story of growth and sexual awakening, of betrayal and reconciliation, and most of all, of the abiding strength of the family spirit.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended - emotionally charged and well written October 15, 2012
By Suncoast TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
After "Song for the Asking" and "Kane" I wondered how Steve Gannon could keep up the pace with a book about Allison, Kane's only daughter. The answer is that Steve has written a somewhat different book which is one of the most emotional and compelling books I have read in a long time. 

Allison, the only daughter, is approaching her 20th birthday and wants to spread her wings outside the family influence. While she has a great strength to succeed instilled by her father, she is tortured by terrible emotional wounds from a violent sexual assault that she keeps hidden deep within her. When by chance she gets offered a job in a local TV newsroom she comes head to head with her father's distrust and hatred of media interference with his work. At the same time the family faces what could potentially be its most devastating event since the death of Allison's elder brother.

While "Allison" contains a great homicide police procedural story, the main story is an emotional and adult coming of age story where Allison battles for independence from her family and to overcome her deep emotional wounds. Her dilemma is clear when her older brother Travis says to her "It's time for you to ask yourself what's really important. It's not school or work or any of these other things. It's family. It's the people you love and who love you."

Well done Steve Gannon. You are an outstanding author who can outshine many of the most popular best-selling authors of the genre.

About the Author

STEVE GANNON is the author of numerous bestselling novels including A Song for the Asking, first published by Bantam.  Gannon divides his time between Italy and Idaho, living in two of the most beautiful places on earth.  In Idaho he spends his days skiing, hanging out, and writing.  In Italy Gannon also continues to write, as well as enjoying the Italian people, food, history, culture, and attempting to learn the Italian language.  He is married to international performing artist, pianist Susan Spelius Gannon.

To contact Steve, purchase books, or to join his email list to receive his blog and updates on new releases, please visit his website at: stevegannonauthor.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 2769 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Steve Gannon (November 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PC6MC4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After "Song for the Asking" and "Kane" I wondered how Steve Gannon could keep up the pace with a book about Allison, Kane's only daughter. The answer is that Steve has written a somewhat different book which is one of the most emotional and compelling books I have read in a long time. While this book can be read as a stand-alone story, you will appreciate this book more if you read the earlier books in order.

The Kane series takes you on an emotional roller-coaster with an apparently dysfunctional family dominated by Dan Kane, a tough and uncompromising homicide detective with LAPD. Despite Kane's autocratic dominance (Allison calls him "Godzilla"), the family is glued together by shared experiences, love and respect, and they all follow without question the family dogma that "Kane's stand together, no matter what".

Allison, the only daughter, is approaching her 20th birthday and wants to spread her wings outside the family influence. While she has a great strength to succeed instilled by her father, she is tortured by terrible emotional wounds from a violent sexual assault that she keeps hidden deep within her. When by chance she gets offered a job in a local TV newsroom she comes head to head with her father's distrust and hatred of media interference with his work. At the same time the family faces what could potentially be its most devastating event since the death of Allison's elder brother.

While "Allison" contains a great homicide police procedural story, the main story is an emotional and adult coming of age story where Allison battles for independence from her family and to overcome her deep emotional wounds. Her dilemma is clear when her older brother Travis says to her "It's time for you to ask yourself what's really important.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allison October 27, 2012
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I love police novels. I guess it is because I spent over 30 years a police officer in the Los Angeles area (Now retired in March of 2011). My preferred books involve the Los Angles area.
I happened to discover Steve Gannon while surfing for a novel.
"Allison" is the third book in the Detective Daniel Kane's series. Det. Kane is a Homicide Detective for LAPD, out of the West Los Angeles area.
Detective Kane has a number of characteristics, which some people find strange. But, I can tell you there are many personalities in the men and women that wear the badge.
Steve Gannon was a able to run with different plots, dealing with: a homicide investigation, a terrible illness in the family, and the difficulties with raising children.
I do not want to give the plot or a brief synopsis of "Allison," because I want all readers to enjoy this book as much as I did.
I do want to say that Steve Gannon does excellent research and I never been upset about being, "Too Hollywood."
The three books in the "Kane" series are: "Song for the Asking," "Kane," and "Allison." I recommend to the readers they read all three books in this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling family saga, great read July 11, 2014
By MoH
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"Allison" is an emotionally charged teen angst story of a young girl coming of age. It's also an intelligent, well-written police procedural drama. Author Steve Gannon has created a realistic family saga where the complex, well-crafted characters are memorable. There's one small sexual encounter, so it's not a story for young readers.

I downloaded "Allison" last summer and never got around to reading it, so I didn't realize that "Allison" was the third book in a quartet about the Kane family. The book stands alone, and the necessary backstory is blended in so seamlessly, I had no idea that there were prequels: "A Song for the Asking", and "Kane." I like the economic reuse of setting and spin-off characters in different books, but I'm not a fan of serial books that are cliff-hangers, as they often end abruptly (read: badly written), and leave me, the reader, feeling unsatisfied. This book is a complete stand-alone story that won't leave you hanging, but it will leave you hungry for more work from this writer.

That said, sometime the revolving points-of-view were confusing. Allison tells her story in the first-person, but the omnipotent narrator also gets inside the heads of the other characters to describe their motives and thought processes. Suggest that Gannon use chapter headings or * * * whenever there's a major shift in perspective. Sometimes I lost track of who was speaking during quoted reportage as well.

Occasional prosaic writing verging on poetic prose is worthy of Pat Conroy's "Prince of Tides": "Past a seaside berm, racing to elude uprushing tongues of foam, a platoon of stilt-legged terns pecked at the water's edge, their nimble dance with the waves casting flitting shadows in the slanting rays of the early morning sun." Lovely, lovely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted more! January 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved all the stories about the Kane family. The books are so...heartwarming and what's more, relatable. I think all of us have disagreed with our parents on how we should live our lives, Been confused and hurt when it comes to love, and felt like we don't fit in anywhere. The themes resonant throughout of love, loss, family and honesty, are things that everyone can understand.

Allison was such an amazing person, and I felt like if I had known her in real life, we would have been great friends. She had a resilience that just wouldn't quit, even when face to face with her father's anger, she never backed down.

I would have enjoyed reading Travis and Nate's stories as well. This was a great end to the Kane's stories, maybe we'll get more...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very exciting, I couldn't put it down.
Published 1 month ago by Charley French
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a great book, easy read.
Published 1 month ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
This story is simple, twisting, surprising, heartwarming...what else.? one can follow a young girl's growth to a young woman. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have already read three books in this series, and looks forward to the forth book.
Published 1 month ago by Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this story and the writing style of the author
This is a complex and engaging story, that is well written with depth and character development throughout. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I had read the previous novel enjoyed them both
Published 2 months ago by ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Ya can't put it down!
What a story- - - full of suspense, laughs and tears. This is one you won't want to miss reading,
Published 3 months ago by Cassiegal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I love the Kane series and found each book hard to put down. I am looking forward to reading all of Steve Gannon's books.
Published 3 months ago by LauraB
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good mystery, the only thing I disliked about this book was one of the characters, Allison. All she cared about was herself, and ways she could get ahead. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Allison review
This is a great novel, good story, well written. Reading from start to finish, stopping only for basic needs, has dominated my time for 3 days.
Published 3 months ago by David Scruggs
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More About the Author

Kane Novels - "Thrillers with believable characters, powerful themes, and a compelling emotional core . . ."

STEVE GANNON is the author of several bestselling novels including "A Song for the Asking," first published by Bantam Books. Gannon divides his time between Italy and Idaho, living in two of the most beautiful places on earth. In Idaho he spends his days skiing, hanging out, and writing. In Italy Gannon also continues to write, as well as enjoying the Italian people, food, history, culture, and attempting to learn the Italian language. He is married to concert pianist Susan Spelius Gannon.

To contact Steve Gannon, read his full bio, receive updates on new releases, or check out his blog, visit Steve's website at: http://stevegannonauthor.com

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