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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Nevaeh Publishing, LLC (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978789962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978789961
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,054,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

J.L. Campbell is an award-winning Jamaican writer, who is always on the hunt for story-making material.

She writes romantic suspense, women's fiction and young adult novels. Campbell is the author of A Baker's Dozen-13 Steps to Distraction, Anya's Wish, Chasing Anya, Contraband, Christine's Odyssey, Dissolution, Distraction, Don't Get Mad...Get Even, Kicked to the Kerb, Retribution, Taming Celeste, Saving Sam and Hardware (written under the pen name Jayda McTyson).

She also writes non-fiction and is a certified editor.

Visit her on the web at http://www.joylcampbell.com

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J. L. Campbell writes a wonderful story.
Mary Pax
Contraband by J.L. Campbell is filled with mystery, action, suspense and surprises.
Sl Nelson
CONTRABAND is an exciting and interesting read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on August 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Most people do whatever is necessary to survive and live a decent life. Paul Weekes is no different in wanting something better after having a hard life growing up. As a result of participating in illegal activities, he has made a fortune and is doing quite well for himself. However, he is getting tired of paying for protection to get his products off the Island of Xantrope. The police officer that has assisted him has turned grimy, greedy and is giving him a hard time because he is unsatisfied with what he is being paid.

Paul, who was raised with his cousin Mark, found himself protecting him as a young boy and as a result continues to do so even though he is now a man. But Paul cannot seem to help his cousin slow his role and stay out of trouble. After finding himself in turmoil with a gang and trying to avoid the hit put on him, they are up against many problems that threaten to bring Paul down. Paul encourages his cousin to shape up, but his own actions aren't exactly reflective of an upstanding citizen.

To complicate matters, Paul is falling for Janine Phipps, whom Mark had a car accident with, leaving her wounded and in the hospital. Unfortunately, she is the niece of the man whom Paul has come to despise, the disgruntled officer.

J L Campbell presents an interesting story, set near Jamaica on the fictitious Island of Xantrope, which is described beautifully and vividly. The story is paced well, and the plot is strong. This author's debut novel will lure you into mystery, romance, kidnapping, suspense and murder, which is just the tip of the iceberg. CONTRABAND is an exciting and interesting read.

Reviewed by RM Jackson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina Hayes VINE VOICE on May 2, 2010
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"Contraband", the debut novel from J. L. Campbell, is a riveting romantic suspense/thriller. Paul Weeks is a man who has it all: money, power, a beautiful home, a lucrative drug business, and the responsibility of keeping his cousin Mark out of trouble. Janine Phipps enters his life after Mark crashes into her car and leaves Paul to clean up the mess. Turns out the two have a mutual acquaintance, since Janine's uncle, Sergeant Jonas Singh, is the dirty cop who shakes down Paul's marijuana shipments.

Set near Jamaica on the beautiful (though fictitious) island of Xantrope, "Contraband" is fast-paced and addictive, with gritty realism and a cast of characters you won't soon forget. Paul finds himself up to his ears in trouble, and it's up to him to handle it all. A major crime lord sets out to kill Mark in retaliation for his brother's death, Singh tries to extort more money from Paul, and Paul finds himself falling for Janine but knows she'll never approve of his illegal business.

I loved this book and highly recommend it. The author has another book due out later this year, and a sequel to "Contraband" in the works. J. L. Campbell is sure to find herself on the bestseller list.
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By OOSA Online Book Club on December 12, 2010
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Paul Weekes lives on an island, Xantrope, near Jamaica. He makes his living HUSTLIN' 24/7. Paul is a true player and knows how to stay out of trouble, but not his cousin, Mark; Mark cannot seem to stay out of trouble. Though they are cousins, they were raised like brothers, causing many problems for Paul down the road.

Paul has a terrible car accident with a female, Janine Phipps, who is tied to a rival, Sergeant Jonas Singh. Sergeant Jonas is a crocked cop that taxes Paul frequently for moving his drugs into Xantrope. He only has greed on his mind and likes to take advantage of Paul in any and every way possible. Paul develops feelings for Janine but later discovers she is kin to his enemy. Sergeant Jonas senses the feelings between Janine and Paul while at the same time attempts to extort more money from Paul as revenge.

"Contraband" by J. L. Campbell is a grimy, romantic, and suspenseful read. I recommend to ALL! This is a very good novel and a definite read to all REAL readers.
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I started this early in the afternoon. I had planned to read a couple of chapters, but once I started, it was difficult to stop. It ended up taking up most of my day and then kept me up late into the night. Paul is a wonderful, but unusual and unexpected, hero. Things are somewhat upside down it this book. The ones you would think are the bad guys aren't, and the ones who should be good are crooked. Paul is certainly not run of the mill -- and neither is this plot. I loved the pace and 'heat' of this book. Great romance. Great suspense. It's a definite recommend.
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Joy Campbell's novel Contraband raises some interesting moral questions, such as, is Paul Weekes contraband business justified in view of his past? Is Paul's business influencing his cousin Mark's bad behaviour? What sort of a role model is Paul?

Contraband is a beautifully crafted novel, which is a must for readers of good writing. Her plot is believable, her dialogue superb and the romance is satisfying.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am confident in recommending it!
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By Mary Pax on April 20, 2014
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Paul and his cousin Mark are interesting reflections of one another. Paul considers himself more responsible. I didn't really think so. He was just more successful. I enjoyed delving into worlds I am unfamiliar with. J. L. Campbell writes a wonderful story. I'll definitely read more by her.
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