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Headhunters Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2001

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Four middle-aged friends from New Jersey decide to spice up their lackluster lives by vacationing in Monte Carlo and posing as four of the wealthiest women in the world in this slight but stylish romantic caper. Darlene, Eleanor, Irene and Carla are hunting for wealthy bachelors and a little excitement. Decked out in rented designer costumes and borrowed jewels, they enter the stomping grounds of the rich and famous and are immediately accosted by a quartet of handsome, suave men bearing white caviar and expensive champagne. The setup is perfect, too perfect; the men, who claim to be filthy rich, are really imposters themselves. Love is inevitable between the duly-matched couples, but less predictable is what will happen when the truth is finally laid bare. Bass overstuffs his narrative with lavish descriptions of upper-crust living but leaves little room for character development or for credible relationships to bloom. And as if four romances weren't enough, Bass complicates matters further by weaving in two more romantic threads and a side story involving three attempted jewelry thefts. Although readers may be overwhelmed by the novel's feverish pace and dismayed by the author's tendency to draw his characters through exposition rather than action, this is an admirable and amusing first attempt. (June 5)Forecast: Deborah Schindler, the producer for Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got her Groove Back, has already purchased the book's film rights for Fox 2000, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ron Bass (My Best Friend's Wedding) will write the screenplay. Despite the novel's flaws, it will translate nicely into film and sell exceptionally well once the movie is released.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515131334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515131338
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,057,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

JULES BASS has produced several animated films, including The Hobbit, The Last Unicorn, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, as well as several hit animated television shows such as ThunderCats. Jules has written two children's books for Barefooot Books: Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon and Cooking With Herb. They have been translated into seven languages and reprinted in paperback. Herb received a "Pick Of The Lists" from American Bookseller, Lifeworks Magazine's the "Real Life Award," IRA-CBC "Children's Choices Award", "top-of-the-children's list" at American Book Sellers Association. The London Times called Herb one of the best books of the season. It was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Award and praised by Paul McCartney as: "A magical read for all new thinkers, young and old..." Herb made his television debut on The Food Network.

Bass' new novel for middle-grade readers from Eltanin Publishing, The Mythomaniacs, takes place in Devon, in the south-west of England, and from there transports the reader into many worlds of fantasy including a quest that leads back to Arthurian times.

To learn more please visit www.julesbass.com

Customer Reviews

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really feel bad writing negative reviews. After all, the author put time and effort into writing, and gave a piece of himself to the public. I'm also taking into consideration that this was his first book.
But--even that can't excuse this book. I don't believe the author poured his heart and soul into this one--it read like he slammed it out in a weekend; like it didn't take him any longer to write it than it does to read it. It's awful. I'm sorry.
Having said that, I believe the author CAN write--he just needs a better story. His style was great, the story was terrible. I may even pick up his next book--but only after reading the first chapter to see if it's more of the same.
This is a weekend read. It has a few gems, some good spots that will keep you turning the page in hopes the next chapter will be good too. Sadly, your hope will fizzle--the story becomes predictable (one character speaks with the woman she's impersonating and learns that even the rich and famous have problems), yet in the same breath, it's so unbelievable you want to choke. Come'on..these gals run up bills beyond belief, they use and abuse men who use and abuse them back, they are guilty of fraud, the men try to rip them off blind--yet in the end they all end up happy with their bills paid (through the lucky chance of their professional jewel thief turning 'good'), and they all get married and live happily ever after.
Whatever.
Immature was a great way to describe the storyline. The previous one-star reviews were absolutely correct. Check this book out of the library if you must read it. Save your money---you'll be happy you did.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ashley anglin on January 18, 2002
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Jules writes with such a charismatic style that captivates your mind and makes you wish you were there with the women embarking on a journey. It takes you through so many of the emotions of us women have about wanting to get out and take chances. And lets not forget about the men in the book... this book is a must read you wont be able to put it down.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Ward on October 26, 2001
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I can't believe a grown man wrote this book. The worse thing about it was him trying to 'get into the minds' of the female characters and failing miserably.
The book was childish, BORING, and unbelievably bad. I only finished it because I was trapped on a plane. Terrible. Run away from this book. Run fast.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "mn98" on November 3, 2001
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Headhunters made me decide that if a book bores me after the first quarter, put it down--odds are it won't get any better.
It was really, really boring. I did read it all, but felt like I had wasted two days doing it.
Definitely a one star book.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 2001
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This book was so bad, I can't even put it into words. It is the worst book I've ever read, and will NEVER pick up another thing by this author. They're MAKING IT A MOVIE?! OH GOD NO!
Save your money. Really. It's that bad.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2001
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This book was a blast to read! Headhunters is pure and wonderful entertainment. Mr. Bass captures a spirit and heart in Monte Carlo that bridges between the fantasy world of super-wealth and the dreams of individual shortcomings. The style fits the narrative (I don�t agree that it�s confusing nor do I think it�s sexist). It�s plain fun, a fantasy reminiscent of 1950�s sensibility (with a modern sexual appeal) captured in a Cinderella spirit that works for both the male and female reader (guys will get a kick out of the �debonair� ladies-men who are just as sad, shallow, hopeful and full of life as the female protagonists). In the end, Headhunters is unapologetically entertaining, not something to read too seriously but with an eye towards laughter and relaxation.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2001
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Boring. Too long. Would have made a nice short story. Where was the editor???
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2001
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I'm sorry, but this book lacked bite for me. It was dragging from the beginning. I had to force myself to finish the book to see how it all ended. If I could've, I would've returned it.
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