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Chance in Hell (A Noah Chance Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Seaver
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Book Description

"Well, the book on you is that you're an alchy, a loser without a lot of promise. A man without redemption."

Ten years ago, Noah Chance lost everything: his son, his wife, his career. Since then, he has been sinking deeper into alcoholism and self-destructive behavior, picking fights he cannot win. Just when he’s down and almost out, the phone rings....

Ann Walsh lies dead on her dining room floor and all fingers point to her estranged husband, Lt. Owen Walsh, LAPD. Brought in to establish a credible alibi for Walsh, Chance promises only one thing: to chase down all leads until he discovers the truth. What he finds will place his life in danger, test both his tenacity and his integrity, and give Chance a chance, at last, to escape his private hell.


ADVANCE PRAISE FOR CHANCE IN HELL:

“Michael Seaver displays an uncanny ability to reveal the soul of private detective Noah Chance, corrupted by years of pain and the ugliness of life. Given a case to work, he finds suspects in front of him and his life encroaching from behind; and when things break, he discovers what every peace officer knows—that he must become the law.”

—Gary Nanson, Gang Lieutenant
Los Angeles Police Department, ret.


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About the Author

Michael Seaver has written for film and television. He was a Communications Manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory for thirty-three years and is presently Chair of the School of Information Technology at ITT Technical College in Sylmar, California. Chance in Hell is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Three Graces Press LLC; 1 edition (November 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AA4EW2S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does this book have a chance? April 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Overall, I liked the general idea of the book. I am not a profes-
sional reviewer but I think my instincts are good. There were
times I really enjoyed reading "Chance in Hell" & there were other
times when I got frustrated with it. Don't be put off by my review.
I think the book should be read & you should come to your own
conclusion.

There were parts of this book that were a "4+" & other parts that were
absolutely a "2". Michael Seaver is a man in search of a focused plot
& characterization! This was a first novel & it read like a first novel.
My chief complaint was the story line was a scattered & unfocused
at times.

The Plot - On more than one occassion, I got lost in the plot, too many
sub plots & it was too scattered. There was enough of a story line to
keep me reading, although I had to take breaks several times & had to go
back & reread pages as it got confusing.

There were times in the book when the author went off on a tangent in
describing backround material that was unrelated to the plot. It was
distracting & annoying & I found myself skipping ahead in the book.

Character development - Noah Chance was a sympathetic character & was a
an interesting man; I couldn't get a full picture of him, but there was
enough to make him real enough & likeable. There were moments in the
story where I was right there with him; there were other times when I was
frustrated with the ramblings of the author. Vicky's personality seemed
robotic to me. Seaver had some difficulty conveying a romantic tie be-
tween the main character & Vicky. He tried, but it fell flat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and fast. July 7, 2014
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It went by too fast! Though I'm a little tired of damaged characters in books, I found Noah Chance acceptable and would read another book with this character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chance in Hell July 13, 2014
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Chance is living in a hell of his own making. His latest case is making it seem like his personal he'll was a vacation. Many twists and turns bring you back to the beginning.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I do like from about 50% on to the end July 9, 2014
By Dorothy
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I am finding it very hard to write this review. On the one hand, I get that Noah has been dealt a rotten hand when his son drowned, his wife left him and he lost his career. I do believe that this could have been dealt with in far less pages than what the author has chosen to do.

Now in this part of the story: "Ann Walsh lies dead on her dining room floor and all fingers point to her estranged husband, Lt. Owen Walsh, LAPD. Brought in to establish a credible alibi for Walsh, ", it just does not make sense. If Noah lost his career, from the mentions of Noah using drugs and drinking this would be why he lost it, and he is now considered a credible alibi? So, you see my dilemma here? I could go on too.

I do like from about 50% on to the end. Because this is how I feel though, I can't recommend someone pay the price asked for this book when it is not well written.

For those who like clean books, forget this one.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Real" detective story1 December 4, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is one of the few "Detective Stories" I've really enjoyed. I enjoyed the story, the characters and most of all the realism of the lead character. It held my interest from beginning to end and never cheated with an impossible plot change or use of a "super computer" or "spy tech" that no real Private Eye would be using. The story, the mystery, and the characters made it one of my favorites. Now I have to wait for Michael Seaver's next book...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 20, 2014
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Good read in the classic detective style.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept my Interest July 18, 2013
By Shay
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I like mysteries and this one had some surprises which I enjoyed. Noah was having some hard times, but got the call for new business and ended up with quite a case to solve. It's fun when the story takes a turn from the obvious and this one did that from the very beginning. I liked Noah's character & found him to be someone I could relate to. I appreciated his desire to find the truth and let the cards fall as they would. I liked it; it kept my interest.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read April 13, 2013
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Another well thought out detective novel that is not run of the mill and keeps you turning the page to see what happens next. Highly entertaining.
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Michael Seaver has written for television and films. He was a Communications Manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory for thirty-three years and he is presently Chair of the School of Information Technology at ITT Technical College in Sylmar, California. Chance in Hell is his first novel.

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