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  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ArcheBooks Publishing (December 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FGLNPG
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Author and CNN Senior Copy Editor John DeDakis is an editor and writer for the Emmy and Peabody-Award winning "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" (Mon.-Fri. 5-7pm ET and Saturday at 6pm ET).

DeDakis (pronounced deh-DAY-kiss) is the author of the mystery/suspense novel "Fast Track" published by ArcheBooks. It's the story of a young woman's search for purpose as she solves the mystery surrounding the car-train collision which orphaned her as an infant. The novel deals redemptively with issues of suicide, journalistic integrity, anonymous sources, and mentoring relationships.

"Fast Track" grew out of two events in the author's life: a fatal car/train crash he witnessed as a youngster in 1959 and the suicide of his sister in 1980.

His second novel, "Bluff," a sequel to "Fast Track," is based on his four-day, 25-mile hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Both "Fast Track" and "Bluff" are available as Kindle eBooks on Amazon.com and in hardcover by ArcheBooks. "Fast Track" is also available in paperback as an innovative "bookzine" -- a format developed by ArcheBooks publisher Robert Gelinas to make books less bulky to carry when traveling.

DeDakis, a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, began his journalism career in 1969 at a campus radio station at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was tear gassed while covering an anti-Vietnam War riot in 1970. He earned a B.A. in Journalism from that university in 1977 following a stint in the U.S. Army where he worked from 1972-74 as a Special Events Reporter at The American Forces Network - Europe, based in Frankfurt, Germany.

DeDakis is a former White House Correspondent. During his career, he has interviewed such luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Alfred Hitchcock.

DeDakis has been with CNN since July 1988. From 2001 to 2005, he supervised the writing on CNN's "Daybreak," anchored by Carol Costello.

From 1976 to 1983, DeDakis was a reporter at WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wisconsin. From 1983 to 1988, he was a correspondent with CBN News in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Washington, DC.

In addition to book signings and readings, DeDakis frequently speaks around the country on the topic "From Journalist to Novelist: (Or How I Learned to Start Making it Up)." He is also available to lead one-day workshops for aspiring and/or struggling writers.

He is a lecturer at American University, Washington, D.C. where he taught a journalism and writing class for student interns during the summers of 2007/08. He is also an adjunct professor at Regent University, where he taught newswriting to grad students online in 2008.

In June 2009, he led an online seminar through Regent University on how to write a novel.

In April 2010, DeDakis led writing workshops at The Writers' Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was the keynote speaker in May 2010 at the Scribblers' Retreat writers conference on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

DeDakis is currently working with an agent to bring his screenplay adaptation of "Fast Track" to the attention of Hollywood and has begun writing book three in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series (working title: "Troubled Water").

DeDakis is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

He is also a freelance manuscript editor.

His wife, Cynthia, a choral conductor, is the director of music at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church Whitemarsh near Philadelphia and the former national President of The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in America.

John and Cindy divide their time between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

They have three grown children: Emily has just earned her PhD in Creative Writing at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland; James is the drummer for the nationally-known band "Arizona"; and Stephen is a musician and cook in the Washington, D.C. area.

You're invited to send John DeDakis a friend request on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @johndedakis.
His website is: www.johndedakis.com

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In "Bluff," John DeDakis continues the tale of Lark Chadwick. For fans of Lark, this is a wonderful extension of her character. It picks up about six months after the end of "Fast Track." And, though this book is a sequel, it should be pointed out that reading its predecessor is not requisite to thoroughly enjoying this book!

This time out, Lark stumbles onto a real estate scam bilking the elderly. She knows something isn't right and works to uncover what really is happening and why. Meanwhile, Miss Chadwick has become suspicious of how Lionel and Muriel's daughter, Holly, died. Was it indeed an accident, or was there something (or someone) sinister behind her death?

We watch Lark Chadwick grow both personally and professionally in "Bluff." The book peppers a very human story with a twist here and there, deftly building suspense. Author John DeDakis provides ample suspects and possible motives to keep us guessing right up until the end. A page-turner well worth the read!
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The action and story line in Bluff, John DeDakis' 2nd novel, just doesn't stop. As in Fast Track, the character, Lark, is off for a ride of suspense when she isn't expecting it.

DeDakis weaves in his familiar settings of Madison with great ease---although pasties are called pasties and not the name of the place in Madison that serves them! The Wisconsin setting works perfectly in the story line with a blend of country and small town newspaper and journalism school in nearby Madison.

Lark is such a believable character. Her expressions and actions are what you'd expect of her as you get to know her. DeDakis makes her come to life. In this novel, DeDakis quite convincingly unveils a plot of Lark and her boyfriend with the background story of the death of her boss' daughter, Holly, in Peru. The ending is quite a surprise and was a delight as it unfolded.

What will Lark find next?
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Format: Hardcover
John DeDakis' book is a thriller in the true sense of the word. Well written, his words take me, the reader, on an emotional rollercoaster ride as I anticipate and am found wrong in my surmise from chapter to chapter. But the writing also reflects DeDakis' behind-the-scenes experience with the media plus a well researched (and experienced) trip to Peru. Poor Lark, what she has to go through to satisfy her author's quest for excitement and intrigue! However, I can't help but admit, I too enjoy sharing in her adventure and look forward to her (and her author's) next "journey".
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Bluff is a fantastic book that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. I actually almost missed my train stop a few times because I was so engrossed in the novel.
Lark Chadwick is a phenomenal character for many reasons. John DeDakis does a great job of making her relatable, but still offers the chance for readers to live vicariously through her adventures.
Bluff was the perfect follow-up to Fast Track and I'm looking forward to more in the Lark Chadwick series! If you're a fan of mystery-suspense novels, this book won't disappoint you.
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Once again, John DeDakis has written a book full of suspense and intrigue... a real page turner. DeDakis is a veteran journalist who clearly knows his business, resulting in characters who are believable and compelling. In "Bluff," Lark proves her expert sleuthing abilities once again. As I read this book, I pictured her on the "front lines" in Madison, WI covering the current public employees demonstrators in the Capitol Building! She would be there, she'd dig, and she'd get the story right. I'm looking forward to Lark's future adventures.
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I read and enjoyed DeDakis' first book, Fast Track, but this one is even more enjoyable. Lark Chadwick seems like an old friend now and I found I really cared what happened to her! The plot is fast paced, with plenty of twists to keep you on your toes. The descriptions of the locations, from the newspaper office to the TV studio, Wisconsin to Peru, are detailed and interesting, without being tedious. Tucked into the plot line are some interesting lessons about journalism and journalists. A fun and satisfying read!
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Dedakis' second Lark Chadwick mystery is riveting in every way. It's ultimately readable. It flows easily over the eyes while reaching out and trapping the senses. Just when you think you've got the next step figured out, Dedakis throws in a twist. The end was an exciting and unexpected - a true stunner. I had four other possibilities in mind and his ending came out of the blue. This book is so good I recommend you don't read it while commuting...because you'll miss your stop! Buy it today and call in sick tomorrow!
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Who wouldn't love Lark Chadwick? I just hope that her author, John DeDakis, keeps her alive for her next 20 (or more) adventures. While you're at it, you might as well buy Lark's first adventure, too. Then, you can stay up all night. Fast Track She's smart, pretty and has forced me into an extra gear in my page-turning transmission. So, buy it. Read it. Keep it. This is good stuff...and that ain't no Bluff. Bluff

--Dick from Reno
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