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Blood Drama [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Meeks
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description


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.


"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


"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

Editorial Reviews


"Blood Drama is highly entertaining and extremely enjoyable. It is a combination black comedy and crime novel." - Lori Lutes, She Treads Softly

"Meeks may have daringly stepped into new territory, but he continues to remain in the rarefied atmosphere of fine contemporary authors." - Grady Harp, Literary Aficionado

"Blood Drama is very much a thriller, but it is a thriller with a romantic twist. Protagonist Ian Nash is not as easily defeated man. He is a winner in spite of himself, and we love him for that." - Sam Sattler, Book Chase

"I loved this book from page one. The story spun here was so delicately woven, it kept my rapt attention from start to finish." - Krystal Milton, DWED

"Blood Drama is a marvelous action thriller that culminates in a gut-wrenching life-or-death climax." - Jim Chambers, Top 50 Reviewer, Amazon

From the Back Cover

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983632960
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: White Whisker Books (May 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0G5RJK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Suspense/Thriller May 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to admit that I was thinking my life was tough and my day was pretty bad until I began reading this book. Poor guy had a much worse day: kicked out of his doctorate program, no job, finds himself in the midst of a bank robbery, and then is taken hostage. Nope, my days are pretty rosy.

This story had me hooked just out of pity for the poor guy, but when things turned from bad to worse I couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen next. This was far from the typical suspense/thriller. Yes, it does follow the MOs you expect in some areas but the characters make it so unique.

I loved these characters. They were so unique that I could see them as real. They had their quirks and secrets that revealed their flaws and their vulnerabilities. I mean, they are adults and have parent issues even while dealing with being kidnapped. They have problems at work as they try to make a career for themselves as they fall in love with the victim. Nothing is really too far fetched. Yes, there is one character you might argue is but I live in a huge city. Trust me, it is not far fetched. Can't say more or I let a big secret slip which is a no-no in reviews. I don't do spoilers.

If you love suspense/thrillers that have some humor, you'll love this book. Yes, the kept me riveted, but it was also not so intense and fast paced that I couldn't put it down and get dinner ready. There were many places where it slowed down so the characters could breathe and let the past reveal itself. I was thankful for that. While I love a story that never slows down, I also appreciate one that is well-balanced.

You have to read this book. You'll enjoy it and want more. Plus you'll learn to appreciate your own days a little bit better.

Note: This book was provided as part of a book tour with no expectation of a positive review.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Having read and reviewed every book and play written by the gifted Christopher Meeks it was with some trepidation to pick up a novel with a title BLOOD DRAMA packaged by a cover that suggested he'd joined the au courant genre of spy and murder and intrigue army of writers, forsaking his own quirky and deliciously entertaining usual topics of onstage interpersonal relationship scenarios of his previous books. Had he sold out to the bigger market of bestseller yet rapidly transient airport books? Happily, after getting attached to his satisfyingly rather strange hero in the first chapter and the fear that he had abandoned his signature warmth and tasteful dissection of ordinary people, the pages practically turned themselves.

Meeks has the gift to mold characters with such extensive backstories that after only a few pages as each new character is introduced they become part of the surround-sound family into whose story we have wandered. Here our tale involves one Ian Nash who having been dismissed from his doctoral program in Theater Arts decides to not miss a step but instead apply for a job in a coffee house (think Starbucks type coffee house) that just happens to be in the building that houses a bank about to be robbed. In no time he is involved as a hostage to a quartet of bizarre bank robbers lead by Busty Bandit (two women and two men comprise the quartet) who after robbing the bank and killing a man take our drugged hero off to a sanctuary to hide. The police arrive and under the `utter control' of Special Agent Aleece Medina the investigation begins. Ian manages to escape from his bank robbing ensemble and eventually the disparate duo of Aleece and Ian set out to solve the case and find the perps, a randy run that takes the rest of the book to resolve.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I fell in love with Christopher Meeks' writing after reading Love at Absolute Zero last year, so I was thrilled to accept the offer to review this, his latest effort. Mr. Meeks seems to have an almost magical pen when it comes to capturing his characters' unique quirks on paper. This cast is filled with an odd assortment of misfits and miscreants, yet, as with the hero of Love at Absolute Zero, I had little trouble identifying with any of them. The story is well-balanced with enough humor to keep it from becoming too dark or depressive. I particularly enjoyed the hot and cold, tug of war relationship between Aleece and Ian, although I did become exasperated with Ian's whininess occasionally.

Polished and tightly structured, this novel should appeal to a wide reader segment. The pacing is fast enough to keep the plot stirred up, and the intensity of the characters' resolve is heartfelt. The ending surprised me; I felt satisfied and quite pleased with its closure.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SUSPENSEFUL CAN'T-PUT-IT-DOWN THRILLER! June 14, 2013
After being dropped from his doctorate program at SCU, grad student Ian Nash stops at a coffee shop in a bank lobby to apply for work. While Ian is trying to think of what to write on the application, the bank is held up and he is taken hostage. When he escapes from the bank robbers a few days later, he combines forces with FBI agent Aleece Medina to hunt down the robbers/ killers.

What sets this novel apart from other thriller is the development of the characters. Not only is Medina more complex than the stereotypical FBI agent found in many suspense novels, but Nash is a new type of victim. His theater and academic background give him an interesting perspective.

This is definitely a suspenseful, can't-put-it-down thriller. Clear your calendar in order to have time to read this from start to finish!

4.5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Virtual Authors Book Tours book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <[...]> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Role of Parts
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... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stewart Lindh
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clever Mystery Thriller
Christopher Meeks in his new book, “Blood Drama” published by White Whisker Books brings us into the life of Ian Nash.

From the back cover: Everyone has a bad day. Read more
Published 5 months ago by VicG
5.0 out of 5 stars No Neat Little Bows
If you enjoy books with unlikely pairs then Blood Drama is the book for you. Ian Nash and Aleece Medina could not be more different yet through a twist of fate they find themselves... Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars Laughed Out Loud
Christopher Meeks is an award winning playwright and obviously visual person. Perhaps that explains his ability to create characters I'll remember for a long time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Barbara J. Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars He is a character that I immediately wanted to have better luck
I love crime dramas. It is such a different pace than romance books. I never knew if Ian was going to die. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dealsharingaunt
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
really liked the way it was a mystery all the way to the end . rally enjoyed it . thanks
Published 6 months ago by vickie
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Drama
Blood Drama is the story of Ian, who after losing his position at the college, goes to a cafe located inside of a bank and while he is filling out an application, the bank gets... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kathleen Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars All around good fun and great characters.
Freshly let go from his job and his girlfriend, Ian thinks it can’t get any worse. He’s wrong. Filling out an application for a job he’s over qualified for, he ends up taken... Read more
Published 7 months ago by laurathomas61
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent suspense

*Book source ~ Many thanks to the author for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A Voracious Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent characters
Very interesting characters caught up in a believable bank robbery investigation. The female FBI agent starts falling for the hostage/victim even though they are from very... Read more
Published 7 months ago by V. Williams
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More About the Author

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."

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