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Fourteen-year-old Paige Radoslaw is watching her brother surf from the Huntington Beach Pier as a big man named Gundry is watching her along with a wispy weasel of a man named Rice. Paige’s father is software billionaire Cyril Radoslaw and the watchers are out on this sunny-bright day to kidnap his children.

Finished surfing, twelve-year-old Peter joins his sister on the pier. Rice lures them down the beach, says he wants to see some of the paintings the surfers have decorated the beach wall with. Gundry shows up with a van. There’s a struggle, Peter gets away, but Paige is captured. She’s taken to a ramshackle shack in the middle of an oil field in central California along with another kidnap victim, seven-year-old Kelly Hackett. Paige engineers an escape and she and Kelly take off at a full run into the middle of a dark oil field and minutes later the kidnappers are hot on their trail.

DESPERATION MOON is the debut novel for writing sailor Ken Douglas. It’s a fast paced thriller that drips tension from every page as you race along with worry about the two girls, kidnapped by a depraved psycho and his slow witted, malichious partner. Douglas writes suspense like no other and somehow he manages to put his helpless characters into the most desperate of situations. You know the kind, just when things can’t get any worse, they do. Then they get still worse.

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Worry about the approaching custody battle for her niece Kelly with Estelle, her dead brother’s rich mother-in-law, causes off road race car driver Sara Hackett to lose control of her car halfway through the Australian Desert Safari, a race between Sydney and Darwin. Out of the race, she decides to go back to Long Beach, California a week early.

When she arrives home she finds her niece has been kidnapped. The kidnappers want a million dollars from Estelle who Sara believes won’t pay. Sara sees on the news that software magnate Cyril Radoslaw’s daughter Paige has also been kidnapped. She knows that Clay, her police officer husband, has been advising Radoslaw on security and figures out that he is behind both kidnappings.

The next day Radoslaw is found dead in Sara’s bed. Now the police are after her and the message to Sara is clear. Radoslaw wouldn’t pay either. Sara is desperate. She has to elude her husband, the police and find the girls before the deadline runs out.

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  • File Size: 616 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bootleg Press (March 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fred Camfield on October 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Two police decide to stage a kidnapping to score bags of undeclared cash. Then they compound the plans by setting up a second kidnapping. Then everything goes very wrong. The wife of one of the cops arrives home early from overseas and walks in on his mistress. The two thugs brought into the act are not trustworthy companions - one has an obsession about raping one of the kidnapped girls, and the other tries to kill the two kidnap victims.

The kidnappers haven't factored in the ingenuity of the victims, and the tenacity of the cop's wife, Sara. Sara picks up some unlikely allies and the chase begins. Sara must find the kidnapped children, both to save them and to clear her own name. Stealing automobiles, playing bumper cars, commiting arson and assault, and even stealing an airplane are on the agenda.

This is a crime story, rather than a mystery, but it is interesting to see how the white hats win. Everything works out well for the white hats, although there are some bumps and bruises along the way. Many crimes are conveniently overlooked. Some people would rather not have too much dredged up to the light of day.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By puzzler on November 22, 2012
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I read this because of all the good reviews, but I found it sadly lacking. If you like constant Jason Borne type action you will probably like this. But to me the author was just trying to impress you with his knowledge of all the various vehicles he threw at us and the fact that an unbelievable heroine could handle them all! (Many authors do this. They research something for their book and then try to impress-read bore you-with all the detail so they can say look at all the research I did!) I would not have been surprised if they had pursued the chase on roller skates, snow mobiles, and water skis. His 15 year old female was also unbelievable. The male characters were rather shallow as was the plot.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeani Rector on July 26, 2006
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Desperation Moon is one of the rare books that has it all. Character development, action, suspense, and a very satisfying ending, all in the same book.

Even the first two sentences of the book intrigued me. How is this for a grabber: "Rice stared into the mirror behind the bar. Death stared back." So even from the get-go I knew I was in for a fast-paced ride.

The plot deals with Sara, a female race car driver, whose young niece is kidnapped. Sara is married to a dirty cop, which enhances the suspense, because it becomes "us against them." And the "them" is the entire police force of Southern California, because Sara's husband has convinced the authorities that she is the perpetrator of the kidnapping.

So Sara hits the streets and goes on the lam, meeting some very unusual helpers along the way. Sara's purpose is two-fold: to avoid arrest and to also find and rescue her niece. What makes this scenario so exciting is that obviously Sara cannot depend upon the cops for help. She is running from them, and they are close on her heels.

The adventures Sara encounters are exciting and suspenseful. The author, Ken Douglas, obviously writes from personal experience in many areas, as he has detailed knowledge of boats, planes, and vintage automobiles. This enhances the believability of the story.

Because of the character development, I found myself relating to and rooting for the main characters. The character Sara initially is a woman who is strong on the inside, but weakened on the outside due to her husband's emotional abuse. However, as the story races along at breakneck speed, Sara turns inward to bring the strength she possesses outwards. The results are stunning. This woman can kick (...), and she does.
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This book has one of the most despicable bad guys I've come across in a long time. I'm talking about Rice, the aids infected kidnapper of two young girls, who somehow doesn't think he's a pervert, when he so obviously is. Rice is hired by Huntington Beach police officer Clay Tredway to kidnap his wife Sara Hackett's niece along with the daughter of wealthy software developer Cyril Radoslaw.

Sara is a racecar driver and when she comes home early from a race in Australia, she finds a pregnant woman in her house. Apparently hubby Clay is a philanderer as well as a kidnapper. Soon after she finds out about the kidnapping, she learns what a weasel her husband really is and she sets out to rescue the two girls. But Clay doesn't make it easy for her. He frames her for the murder of Radoslaw and now she is on the run even as she's running to save the girls.

While all that is going on, Rice and his not-to-bright accomplice Gundry have problems of their own as the girls have escaped into an oil field in the heart of California, where the kidnappers had been holding them hostage. Now they don't care about the ransom anymore, they just want the girls dead. Can Sara, and the quirky band of characters she's enlisted to help her, get to them before the killer/kidnappers do?

In a frantic race against time, which involves stealing a small plane in the middle of the night, a midnight swim and plenty of nail-biting tension, Sara finally confronts her bad cop, no good, two timing, kidnapping rat of a husband. And if you're a girl who has ever been two-timed the way Sara has been, you are absolutely going to love the ending of this book as it plays out to the tune of Bob Dylan singing "Simple Twist of Fate." This is a thriller.
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