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Final Destination #1: Dead Reckoning Mass Market Paperback – March 15, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Final Destination (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Black Flame (March 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844161706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844161706
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,657,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NATASHA RHODES is the British-born author of a number of popular novels and movie Novelizations, including the smash-hit movie blockbusters 'Blade: Trinity,' 'Final Destination: The Movie' (1 and 2), 'A Nightmare on Elm Street: Perchance To Dream.' Natasha's books have been published internationally in eight different countries and translated into a variety of languages, including French, Greek, Russian and American.

Her original Dark Fantasy series featuring Vampire Hunter Kayla Steele begins with 'Dante's Girl' and 'The Last Angel.' The third novel 'Circus of Sins' was recently released.

She currently lives in Los Angeles and works at a rock club on Sunset Strip, although she is currently thinking about taking up a less dangerous occupation, such as mud-wrestling bulls or naked bee-keeping. She is currently one of the last people on earth to learn how to use 'Twitter'.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John M. Panno on October 1, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First things first, I only purchased this book (got it on Amazon

as you can't find it in the stores) due to my love of the 2 Movies, along with the intriguing concept. Didn't expect much.

Was pleasantly surprised as the book has fresh believable characters. The vision and catastrophe this time around is during a rock concert in a small venue (Movie 1 was a Plane Crash; Movie 2 was a massive highway disaster). Vividly & horrifically described.

While the movie-premise was the book basis there was intrigue and real suspense due to the authors misdirection and sudden scene shifting. The writing is cinematic with clear visuals and clever. Characterization was good but could have been taken farther. Another divergence from 'movie-tie-in' books is that it was 400 pages vs the obligatory 250. Give it a shot.

On the note so great side is that the editor must've been on vacation. One whole chapter the main character 'Jess' became 'Tess' - huh? And there were many typos, "She reached up to scratch her noise (nose).

Am currently reading the second book, to which there's filaments from this book, so read them in order.

Two notes on book 2 (Destination Zero)

A. At the end of this book there's a 20 page preview / except of book 2, nothing unusual about that. HOWever those 20 pages do not appear in book 2, so it's a bonus - although not heralded that way (Editor still sleeping?)

B. Book 2 diverges somewhat from the movie & first book plotline and adds to the mystique. More on that in another review.

End Note: A third movie comes out in January. Movie adaptations are also due out then, along with Book 5 of 'this' series.

John Panno

Chicagoland
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lil' Punk Boy on March 10, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was awesome! I couldn't put it down it is so much better than the movies! The deaths are way more creative than the movie, they didn't need gore to make it freaky. When some people die they don't really tell what happens take an example from a character who begins with a B.

Now everyone else gives Eric a bad rap but he isn't that horrible he just extremely stubborn. You'll like the ending, it is somewhat like FD2. I will read all of them and I also suggest the movie "Final Destination 3" it is awesome, bloody but awesome. I am so looking foward to the the new book coming out this summer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookboy on June 8, 2006
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This book was fast paced and aweasome.The deaths wern't the best but the characters r aweasome. The jerk off Eric reminded me of the guy Carter in the first movie.But I do have to say the club seen when it collapsed was the best.If u like fd then u should give this book a read.
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Excited to read this movie tie-in, I was excpecting a gorey good time like the film series, yet as I read on and on the novel seemed to become more annoying and juvenile. The characterization was dreadful. I felt virtually nothing for any of them, even when they died. This is from the authors inability to create any shred of decent character development. The men were all drunken idiodic jock types, while every woman was either a slut or ditz.

The diologue was so cheesy, I found myself cringing in near pain, and if I read the word "cheeky" one more time, I could have snapped. Also the book was overloaded with gramatical errors and misspellings. In one chapter a boy was fixing his Camaro and three paragraphs later the car was a Corvette. It was as if the editor was extremely tired or on a five day coke binge while checking over this novel.

The plot was extremely dull as compared to the movies, with lame deaths and hideously boring characters. Natasha Rhodes took an eternity to get to the point with anything of slight interest. It seemed the victims died off painstakingly slowly and when they were killed Rhodes seems to skip over their deaths with only a sentence or two detailing it. Also, the deaths were a complete dud, extremely dissapointing. One woman got bit by a spider, one was impaled by a drumstick, and then there was the woman who had an air conditioner fall on her.

Everything about this book screamed amature. There really wasnt any part in the book that I felt passionately about. Watch the movies, but skip this book.
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