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Blood: The New Red [Kindle Edition]

David Grant
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Book Description

What would Stephen Tyler do?

Mickey, an ex-adult movie star turned supermodel, has to choose between two Johnsons—should he align himself with fashion icon Paul Johnson, the cigar smoking, micromanaging, chainsaw wielding megalomaniac, or Sandy Johnson, the flamboyant, murderous, vindictive narcissist? Which designer can propel Mickey to the top of Seventh Avenue? While trying to land his dream runway job, Mickey is thrown into the center of a scene where sex is often the motivation, the wine is served by year, and cocaine is back in full force.

A runway exhibition has been scheduled to determine who—Paul or Sandy—is truly the best Johnson. Mickey will be Paul’s top model, and Sandy has found a homeless person nicknamed Kung Fu Master to showcase his line.

In addition to getting his new line in place, Paul Johnson is also buying chain saws—the louder the better—to put the special in this special event. Did you know that you can’t be sentenced to prison if you are actively seeking help at a mental facility? Paul Johnson knows this.

Somewhere between the girls, counting Vicodin pills, and preparing for this runway extravaganza, Mickey develops a conscience. He believes (and his psychiatrist agrees) that he has the power to change what’s happening around him. Is there anything Mickey can do to derail the epic showdown between fashion's two most powerful Johnsons before anyone else ends up dead?

In a world where this year is the new last year and cocaine is the new cocaine, blood is the new red.

Product Details

  • File Size: 218 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Silverthought Press (December 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,358,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review April 24, 2012
First off, and this is my issue, but this is written in present tense. Present tense drives me nuts. But I'm a writer and honestly, average readers probably won't even notice, so don't let that deter you either, unless you hate present tense like I do.

Second, if you have delicate sensibilities, Do. Not. Read. This. Book. There is drug and alcohol abuse and lots of adult sexual situations. This whole book has sort of a macabre and irreverent attitude toward the fashion industry and party scene. If you take it for what it is, it's a quick read that makes you cringe in horror at the actions of the main character who is a model and former porn star. He does lines of cocaine off of women's breasts, pops Vicodin like it's candy and engages casual sex with random girls, including a few playboy bunnies.

I've read Chuck Palahnuik and this contains similar shock value. The story telling style reminds me of a graphic novel. Personally, I wasn't a huge fan. The story was predictable. I was expecting a murder mystery and it was not and I felt like all of the outrageous situations the main character found himself in were over the top.

Basically, if you would like a read that isn't though provoking but a little shocking and you don't mind drugs, sex and violence and a tongue in cheek look at fashionistas, pick it up. Otherwise? Meh. On the plus side it looks like Grant had it edited and I didn't find any of the spelling or grammar errors that other reviews slammed him for.
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2.0 out of 5 stars [...] March 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition

When I originally agreed to review this book I thought it might be a dark comedy along the lines of the movies like War of the Roses or Sue Grafton novels. However, this turned out to be more of a farce, tongue in cheek story with humor reminiscent of comic books turned movies like Dick Tracey. The story is a sarcastic, campy tale of the fashion world at it's more absurd, with rampant drug use, ridiculous fashion designers and designs, and over the top characters in unbelievable situations. It was a fast, funny read if taken as the farce it is. If you are looking for a story with depth of character, believable story line, and real life situations, skip this book. If you want a light, fantastical read where belief is suspended, then this is the story for you.

I received both an e-copy and a paperback copy of this book. This review is based off the e-copy. The e-copy was rife with grammatical and spelling errors. I am a terrible speller and if I noticed the significant spelling errors then they were considerable. Where I noticed them the most was in words with double consonants. For example, still would be spelled stil, and willing would be spelled wil ing. This was very distracting.

Furthermore, I found the writing to be banal and replete with cliched situations, such as characters sniffing crack off the hookers bare breast. When I first read the blurb on this book I thought it would be a somewhat serious mystery, but this book was cliched and cartoonish. This is not a book I would choose in a book store where I would have perused the pages. It is possible that I did not enjoy it due to the misconception of the type of book it would be and the fact that this is not my typical choice of fare. The errors in the scripting contributed to the lack of connection with the book as they were jarring. For fans of cartoonish, dark humor this would probably be a good read, but it is not my cup of tea. I give it 2 of 5 clouds.
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