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BODIES: Book #1: Staged Fright - A Mystery-Suspense Thriller Kindle Edition

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Staged Fright is just Book #1 of the exciting new series.  Stay tuned for BODIES:  Book #2 to see what happens just after the shocking events of Staged Fright!

About the Author

Sameer Ketkar lives in California.  BODIES:  Book #1:  Staged Fright is his second novel, and he plans to keep it going as a series.  He likes to play guitar and draw pictures in his free time.

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  • File Size: 1488 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sameer Ketkar (June 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DSOG0QS
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Sameer Ketkar published his third novel, "Victory Blvd.", in the summer of 2014, and his fourth novel, "God's Glass," in winter of 2014. He is currently working on a novel about the historical king Charlemagne, as well as a sequel to his 2013 novel "Bodies: Book #1: Staged Fright."

Mr. Ketkar published his first novel, "Entanglement," about two star-crossed lovers who can't seem to unentangle themselves from one another, in January of 2011.

Mr. Ketkar received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, and has written one feature film, "Backwaters." He has written dozens of unproduced screenplays and TV pilots, and has written and directed numerous short films and commercials. Mr. Ketkar likes to play guitar and draw pictures in his free time.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Nhya on November 7, 2013
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HOLY CRAPOLA!

Ok, ever since I saw that movie "OutBreak" Y'all remember that movie... with that little ugly monkey that came "thisclose" to wiping our butts out of existence? Yeah that movie. Well ever since then anything that's Bioterror related, anything with the C.D.C stamp on it, causes me to break out into a cold sweat. Within good reason. I'm sure you understand. So it's without question that this book had me going bat s&$# bonkers while reading it.

The Bioterror plot is what kept & held my attention. Had me captivated & scared. Very, VERY intense. Lots of twists & turns & shock factor reveals.

The life of the family surrounding the main characters & their plights, is what added a little seasoning to this story as well. It was interesting, but it also had me doing this a few times...
*WTH?* O_o

But for most of the novel I was so scared & eager to know what was going to happen, that I was just looking like this...
O_O

Yes, yes, YES... I would recommend this read.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tabbycat on October 24, 2013
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I would put this in the YA category, and it felt like a nice easy breezy beach read. I really liked Neil and the Callahans, and even it being told in the first person, except for when he jumped to scenes he's re-telling that he couldn't have known about in detail. This novella is funny, terrifying in some aspects, and even a 3some thrown in amongst these geniuses. It has some great laugh out loud moments, and the family is so interesting that I want to know more! Looking forward to the next one. :)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M Nickolas on November 1, 2013
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Just finished this book. Totally amazing. Loved it. So unpredictable that it left me with a nervous anticipatory tension till the end. Wonderful characters, good story development that kept you guessing till the end. So refreshing to find a wonderful new author. My new favorite ... Can't wait for the next book. Huge new fan of Sameer Ketkar
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 22, 2013
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When author Sameer Ketkar offered his book free for two days through Goodreads.com, I read the description and said sure, why not. And happily, it was a good decision. The plot moves along quickly and held my attention throughout. Since it's short - just 132 pages - I finished it up quickly despite a pre-Thanksgiving lack of spare time. I will say, though, that 132 pages isn't quite as short as it sounds; at least on my Kindle, the type was noticeably smaller than most of the other books I download, which would add a few pages to the total.

The story involves bioterrorism and the Callahan family of geniuses - well, except perhaps for one son, who narrates the story. Apparently, when the IQ numbers were being handed out to the family he got short shrift, although he doesn't seem to be seriously lacking in the brains department. When a rotting corpse in a swanky hotel turns out to be infused with a highly contagious strain of something unknown, the parents head up the crisis response team trying to identify (and thus find an antidote for) what ailed the body before it turns into an epidemic of major proportions. All three of their children - a daughter and another son who's more than a little quirky - get involved to one extent or another, as do others at the hoity-toity school for the gifted all three kids attend. Add in the fact that the parents are sexoholics supposedly in recovery, and there's plenty of fodder for kinks and twists.

Everything manages to get resolved - well, almost. This is, by the author's own admission, the first in a series; no word as of this writing when Book #2 will be released, but suffice it to say there's a need. So if you're a person who must have every single detail neatened and tidied at the end, this might not be the book for you. As for me, I'm looking forward to the next installment. I've got my suspicions as to where things are headed, but I'm not telling!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Maria on December 30, 2013
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Can't wait to read through all the rest of the series! This book itself kept me on edge....had a great in depth cast.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Baker TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 24, 2013
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Author Sameer Ketkar has penned a book that delights the reader. It's a bio-terror, CDC kind of book, one that might cause readers to wish we had paid more attention in our biology classes in high school, but by no means a deterrent to enjoying this well-written story. It has a fast-moving plot, is very intriguing and thusly causes the pages to fly by as we eagerly await whatever it is that is waiting for us on the following page.

For me, that's a fast read - for others, it could be longer, especially if you take some time to reflect on why we are so afraid of things unseen. Yes, that's my reflection, the fear of things unseen.

Bioterrorism scares everyone on the planet today. It is an issue that many good people, like the Callahan family in this book, try to be responsible about, but as we know, the world is made up of good and bad people. Yet it would not be fully correct to classify this book as a Good VS Evil story. No, it's much more than that, much more.

People will be people, and the Callahans are as human as they come. They provide an interesting lens to use for an entirely different set of human tendencies, namely, the passionate side of human nature. When is too much passion a problem? An interesting spotlight gets shined on this issue, enough to distract from the main story line, but Author Sameer Ketkar weaves an intricate tale that brings all elements together with some surprising twists and turns. An enjoyable read.

I recommend this book highly, with one CAVEAT: FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

Reviewed by Thomas Jerome Baker
Author of Boudicca: Her Story
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