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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Simon Pulse Edition edition (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416911561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416911562
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,730,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up-When Gus Gonzalez was 12, he was adopted by television star Nick Hernandez, age 26 and single. Now Gus is 14, Nick's cop character is wildly popular, and it seems that everyone in rural Palmdale, CA, and in the media feels free to cast aspersions on Nick and Gus's relationship. This novel is so littered with coincidences and mean and nasty people that it becomes difficult to care about any of the characters. Someone is sending threatening messages written on photos from tabloid newspapers to Nick, who doesn't tell Gus. The teen comes home from school one day to find a knife-wielding intruder. Gus and Nick, along with a couple of teenage boys, are nearly run off the road en route to a casting call in the desert. There, Nick's agent makes rude remarks about Gus right to his face. Then, numerous boys are bloodied and another disappears. Gus jumps aboard a slow-moving freight train to track down the missing boy but he winds up bound and held captive in a motel. Eventually, Nick reveals his motivation for adopting Gus in the first place and it's no more credible than the previous list of misadventures.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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Gr. 8-11. Fourteen-year-old orphan Gus Gonzales isn't sure why the young, handsome television star Nick Hernandez adopted him. Despite rumors in the tabloids, there's nothing unsavory about their relationship: Nick is a firm but fair father. The mystery and action heat up after someone breaks into their house, followed by the kidnapping of Gus' friend and the death of a high-school bully. In an attempt to rescue his friend, Gus puts his own life in danger, which ultimately exposes the secrets at the heart of his adoption. Readers may wish for a tidier plot; it takes several long paragraphs of explanation by the villain (while he holds a knife to the hero's throat) to tie up loose ends. Yet the snazzy jacket, picturing a handsome yet stern-looking young cop and two sexy young women, evokes the glitzy backdrop perfectly, and readers will want to plunge into the book to see what the blood spatters on the cover are all about. Todd Morning
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Author of the Gus Gonzalez mystery series for young adults, including "Desert Blood 10pm / 9c"

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This is an entertaining book that I will be recommending to our teen readers during this year's summer reading program.
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It is a fast paced and exciting book that keeps you guessing right up to the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Bale on February 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
The author was extremely kind to send me a copy of his book before publication. It is an absolutely gripping page turner. The action is compelling and there was no telling what was coming next. The action just keeps on coming. I am a fifty-year-old mother of a twelve-year-old boy and we both enjoyed this book thoroughly. I loaned the book to a 62-year-old male co-worker who also had the experience of not being able to put the book down. This is a book that can be enjoyed by everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on April 28, 2006
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It's very rare, at least in my own reading experience, to find a debut novel that is, in essence, perfect. By perfect I mean a balanced blend of mystery and suspense, outstanding plot, great character development, and memorable dialogue. DESERT BLOOD 10PM/9C, however, manages to do all of this and more!

Nicholas Hernandez, cop star of the top-rated television show Desert Blood, is more than just a pretty face on a billboard. The previous year, at the age of twenty-six, Nick ignored the advice of his manager and the leers of his fans and did something no one else would dare to do--he hired a lawyer, appealed to three separate judges, and adopted Gus Gonzalez. Then twelve years old, Gus became an overnight sensation, the adopted son of one of television's hottest stars.

At fourteen, Gus now finds himself at the center of a tabloid frenzy that never seems to let up. If he's not being abducted by aliens, then there obviously has to be something unseemly and untoward in his relationship with his famous father. Even though Nick is the kind of dad any son would love to have--he's loving, understanding, strict but fair--the media is determined to make the relationship between the two of them something it most definitely is not. As if the tabloid rumor mills aren't enough, Gus also has to take the ridicule of kids at school, who are either jealous that they're not starring in Desert Blood, or just downright vicious in taunting Gus about his "Michael Jackson-esque" father-son relationship.

Although he has his father's love, and the ear of his best friend, Lalo (one of the funniest characters of the book), Gus still fears deep down that something will happen to leave him without his new dad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith A. Raykovich on February 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Fast read for an adult. Page turner for young adults. Ron makes you ask all the who/what/where/why/how questions and then brings you all the answers. No details unaddressed. Will recommend to the at-risk teens I mentor. Eagerly waiting for next book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Williams on June 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
My son is 13 years old and spends most of his time in bookstores looking at comics and graphic novels. He stays away from the teen section and its overly pink selection of books featuring Gossip Girls, Girls with Traveling Pants, and anything with the words boyfriend, kitten, or love in the title. He doesn't like fantasy or magic or psychic powers. So when he picked up this book and didn't immediately put it back down, I quickly bought it. Sure, the flames and blood and sexy women on the cover may seem over-the-top to many of us, but it worked with my son.

I took a look at it while he was in school, and I didn't put it down until the last page. It really is that good. It is full of action, surprises, and has a great mystery that I couldn't figure out. He read it in three days and has been bugging me for more like it.

This is one of those rare books that you can actually read and enjoy with a kid who doesn't even like books. There is nothing embarrassing about it and the central story revolving around a father and his son is portrayed with obvious care and love, without being too mushy as to be a turn-off.

If this book isn't already a hit, it deserves to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Team LitPick on May 13, 2006
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Gus Gonzales, is a fourteen year old boy who has just been adopted by a twenty-six-year old famous actor. Despite it's glamorous appearance Gus' life is far from perfect. A group of upperclassmen make it their business to humiliate him daily. Some have even threatened to kidnap him. Find out what happens to Gus in this fast-paced action/mystery novel Desert Blood 10pm/9c

Desert Blood is a fast-paced Hollywood mystery full of movie stars, annoying paparazzi, and crazy fans. The characters are vivid, likable, and easy to relate to. This book will capture the interest of readers, regardless of what genre they fancy. The book is humorous, with a superb ending that was unpredictable, but yet it is believable. The surprising twist makes reading the book worth while. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to people who like action/mystery books. I look forward to reading the author's next book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Jensen on May 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I love this book! Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm usually not into reading anything but non-fiction, but I couldn't put this book down. A friend told me about it and I thought I'd give it a try. It took me a very short time to get through it, because I was hooked from the beginning. Throughout the novel, I wanted to keep reading more to find another clue and to figure out who was behind it all. When you read the book, you will know exactly what I'm talking about. Gus and Nick are two very believable characters that encounter some incredibly difficult life situations. Their trials bring them closer together and they work as a team to get to the bottom of it. If I had to describe this book in a few words, it would be: A brilliant novel filled with suspense and ready to take anyone for an adventure, without leaving your house. READ IT!!! You won't be disappointed one bit!
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