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Devil Wind: A Sammy Greene Thriller Hardcover – April 4, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Sammy Greene Thriller (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933515899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933515892
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Set in the waning days of 1999 in Los Angeles as fierce Santa Ana winds fuel massive wildfires, Shlian and Reid's second thriller featuring feisty on-air radio host Sammy Greene (after Dead Air) suffers from a lack of credibility. Sammy's estranged father, real estate tycoon Jeffrey Greene, is involved with Neil Prescott, a crooked U.S. congressman, who's plotting with CIA operative Albert Miller to shift the political climate. In particular Neil wants to ensure "the election of a president who favored a much more aggressive approach against the enemies of America and her Saudi brothers," by causing a dirty bomb explosion and toppling buildings through the use of a device called a resonator. A confusing plot, too many coincidences, and an emphasis on Sammy's romantic problems mark this effort as "thriller lite" and of interest mostly to those who are looking for plenty of pluck in their heroines and lots of tugged heartstrings. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Deborah is a physician, healthcare consultant, and author of five award winning medical mystery/thrillers, three co-authored with her husband, Joel. Linda is a physician-broadcaster-author and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA. Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid are also authors of Dead Air, which won top honors in the Thriller category of the National Indie Excellence 2010 Awards.

Linda Reid is a physician-broadcaster-author and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. She is the author of Renegade Paladins, and has been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Woman's Day.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Ambort-Cram on November 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
In December of 1999, on the eve of Y2K, the Santa Ana winds are bringing deadly wildfires closer and closer to Los Angles. Progressive late night radio talk show host Sammy Greene is new to LA, having moved from the East Coast. In her quest to draw attention to the forgotten people of the city, she finds herself caught up in a web of murder, terrorist plots, and her own past.

This book had the potential to be a great thriller; however,the author seems to have thrown too many elements found in the thriller genre together. Combined with the jumping between characters and storylines, the book quickly turns into a confusing mishmash of characters and events.

For me, it felt that the author tried too hard to include all the elements into the story. The story is interesting enough, and most of the characters are likeable, but overall the book didn't quiet deliver.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in order to review it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on May 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After meeting Sammy last year, I have been anxiously looking forward to another of her adventures. "Devil Wind" will not dissapoint you. I was happy to find some familiar characters from the last book incorporated into this story. Sammy has matured and is moving on with her life. That life has taken her across the country where she reunites with people from her distant past, as well as, more recent friends. Of course, once again she finds herself involved in murder, mystery, and conspiracy. Again she comes to the aid of family and friends to prevent disaster. Looking forward to many more adventures and a developing relationship with a very special man in her life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By grumpydan VINE VOICE on August 7, 2011
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It is December 1999, and the Y2K phenomenon is upon us. California's Santa Ana winds create devastating fires throughout Los Angeles. The perfect time for a terrorist attack and to hide a murder. This is some of what is going on in Devil Wind. The main character is Sammy Greene, a late-night radio DJ, who gets caught up in the investigation.

There is some action, but I wouldn't say it was a thriller. The characters did not do much for me and the plot was just okay. There is a mish-mash of things going on that at times I was lost.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bookbroad on May 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this novel, which reminded me of Raymond Chandler's "Red Wind" in that Schlian and Reid (like Chandler) use the wind as almost a character to punctuate the tension and heat of Los Angeles during the course of the story. The plot was so compelling and complex and integrated the subplots so well that I found it hard to stop reading. Sammy is working in Los Angeles, in and of itself a wonderful setting with the Santa Ana winds, when a woman's body is found. Without giving too much away, we eventually learn the body may be that of Sammy's mentor/father figure's daughter and that the death may be related to the manipulative machinations of a CIA operative who wants to control the upcoming presidential election . I particularly like the way the authors create a sense of vulnerability in Sammy (who's pretty tough, overall) through her desire to have a closer relationship with her father and ex-boyfriend. I'm not a big suspense reader and suspect it was the characters - Sammy and the alleged dead woman and even the not-so-bad guys (as opposed to the evil-doers) - that compelled me to keep reading as much as the plot. There aren't many women who write straight suspense and I think that sensibility - seeing the world and events through a young woman's eyes - was also a plus for me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sara B on July 15, 2011
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I was fortunate to receive a review copy of Devil Wind and found it to be a highly-entertaining read full of interesting characters and a complicated plot that took a variety of twists and turns as the story unfolded. Beyond protagonist Sammy Greene, this book includes a staggering number of other characters that all interact with each other. As these people were being introduced, I was worried I would get a little confused, but the authors took care to give each character a distinct personality that made it easy to keep them all straight by the time the story got going. I appreciated the level of detail invested in introducing these characters and then putting them to work in a really entertaining plot. The writing style is more cinematic than literary, which I think works well for this kind of book.

Despite enjoying this book overall, I deducted one star from my rating because a few aspects about the writing at times distracted me from becoming completely absorbed in the story. One was the typos. They were worse in the early chapters of the book, but present throughout. I also struggled at times with the extent to which this book's plot takes on an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink quality. It combines just about every theme that you might ever find present in this genre: crime, spies, cops, corruption, conspiracy, medical mystery, corporate greed, social justice, romance, and family relationships. At times I wished the authors had just picked one or two of these elements and developed them more fully.

All in all, I think this would be a great book to take along while traveling or for a day at the beach, especially if you are willing to suspend reality a little bit in exchange for a suspenseful, unique story.
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