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No Return: A Contemporary Phantom Tale [Kindle Edition]

Christine Pope
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Born to power and wealth, Erik Deitrich has everything a man could hope for -- except a face he can show to the world. He becomes obsessed with finding the one woman who can fulfill his desire of possessing a modern-day Christine Daaé to his deformed Phantom…and opera student Christine Daly seems to be the woman he has sought for so many years.

Once Erik Deitrich learns of Christine Daly's existence, he stops at nothing to claim her. And when he does have her, he uses every means at his disposal to ensure that she will fall in love with him...without stopping to think what might happen if he fell in love with her.

The classic story of the Phantom of the Opera comes alive once again in this contemporary retelling by romance author Christine Pope.


Product Details

  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Valentine Press (January 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002QGUDA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I always wanted to know... April 17, 2012
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So, without giving anything away, I just have to say I loved this book. The way Ms Pope describes the music and it's way of moving Christine and Erik is so beautiful. As a musician I totally got it. Granted, if you are sensitive and dislike to a woman feeling attraction to a kidnapper then this book won't do it for you, but I was easily able to take that in stride and see what Ms Pope was doing in all of that. Thank you Ms. Pope for writing a story that needed a voice for all those who would have had a much harder time choosing Raul ( or Randall) over Erik...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of love February 11, 2012
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If you enjoy reading love stories ... stories that transport you to another time or another place ... stories that include love (of course) and angst and betrayal and lust and mystery and all (or most all) loose ends tied at the conclusion ... then you will enjoy this book.

I have long been fascinated by "The Phantom of the Opera," and this book was an enjoyable contemporary journey through the 19th-century plot ... and with a decidedly more positive ending.

I thank Ms. Pope for a clever take on an old story. Brava!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Big "If" September 22, 2013
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First please let me clear something up. This novel is an updated version of the 2007 No Return: A Contemporary Phantom Tale by J.C. Sillesen. However, the only thing I can see that has been "updated" is that the cover is different and the author has changed their name to Christine Pope. Other than that the text of the book is, as far as I can see, word for word exactly the same so if you purchase either title you are getting the same book.

I love Phantom based novels and this one looked very interesting so I decided to give it a try. As the title of this novel implies this is a contemporary spin on The Phantom of the Opera. In this case the hero is indeed named Erik, is extremely wealthy, and has a severe disfigurement on his face which has caused him, from childhood to lead an isolated life away from most people. After reading the novel "The Phantom of the Opera" Erik becomes fixated upon the similarities between himself and the fictional character of Erik. Nothing wrong with this in itself; I think everyone has read a book or seen a film that reminds them of some personal aspect of their own life but Erik's fixation turns into an obsession that crosses over from unhealthy into downright insanity. Erik convinces himself he needs to become the Phantom in real life and begin living out the events of the novel. He goes so far in his obsession to seek out someone who will be his real-life Christine and after picking out and stalking a music student named Christine he hires two men to break into her home, have her drugged, forcibly kidnapped from her bed while she is sleeps, and then proceeds to hold her hostage for almost two weeks in his mansion before she manages to escape. Hey, I'm a Phan myself so I understand how enticing the story can be, but dear Lord, there is a limit.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing story with huge plot holes November 28, 2012
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I wish I had read the one bad review of this book because I agree with it whole heartedly. Huge logic problems, Erik did not have to kidnap Christine, he could have enticed her to his mansion lots of other ways, like a scholarship or something. Also how does Christine betray him by choosing to leave? And why does she deserve to be punished for trying to do so? That's abusive behavior, and the fact that she agrees with it too makes no sense with her character up to that point. This book failed to capture any of the drama from the original source material and definitely didn't pay any real prices for it's choice. Everything just working out does not a good story make.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Indulgence! July 17, 2012
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I loved this book! It took all of my childhood fantasies about the Phantom and wrote them down in a way that satisfies my craving for the Phantom's love story to come to some sort of fruition. This book is not about the same Phantom that haunts the theaters of Broadway and the West End, but a new Phantom. One who has an empathy and appreciation for the original Phantom like no one else could.

This modern love story does raise a few questions about the sanity of the characters, but if you look past it and try not to rationalize it too much, you will find a satisfying story of loneliness and love that keeps you turning the pages for hours. Set in Southern California, sometime in the recent decade, a young music student finds herself the object of a wealthy recluse's obsessive need to find his perfect mate. The probability of this Christine being such a perfect match to the one that Andrew Lloyd Webber has made immortal seems impossible, but there she is!

The ridiculously rich Erik has spent decades refining his obsession and searching endlessly for the woman who can fill the shoes of his fantasy. His need to hide from the world has limited his ability to interact with society and date as normal people do. His solution is one that is very unorthodox, but given his hindrances, it is easy to forgive his actions. His refined, cultured personality is tempered by his childhood of indulgence that lacked true loving emotion from his parents. The man has some flaws, but maybe his Christine can help him to overcome them.

There is a little bit of repetitive writing, but it is easily overlooked as you get sucked into this romance that satisfies childish dreams of a misunderstood, lonely man. Will Christine save him from himself, or will he ultimately cause his own undoing though oversights and lack of respect for the laws of other men?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
A huge Phantom fan. This contemporary version captured my attention to the very end. One of the better Phantom reads!
Published 6 months ago by Debra Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
an excellent read, I couldn't stop reading it, thank you
Published 8 months ago by Cynthia Doxsie
5.0 out of 5 stars No Return is perfect!
I'm a phan of phan-fiction and the contemporary setting just made it even more amazing. It's a very easy and enjoyable read that will leave you satisfied and yet still wanting just... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ashley Chastain
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of No Return by Christine Pope
Very good and moving. I'm glad Erik finally finds love and healing. But she needs a good copy editor. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paula C. Sterne
3.0 out of 5 stars very interesting storytelling
I like the new twist to this Phantom of the opera story. it is very well written and this is a story that i can see myself reading over and over.
Published 22 months ago by Alyssa DeNovio
5.0 out of 5 stars No Return: A Contemporary Phantom Tale
Finally, a Phantom story where Erik finally finds his true love. Thank you for making Christine accepting his deformity and falling in love with him. Ended as I was hoping it did. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and well written. A must read for any POTO fan!
Loved it, so well written and convincing. Don't miss this amazing and yes contemporary romance read! I wish there was more! Read more
Published on April 17, 2013 by Colleen Michelle Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Salute to The Phantom of the Opera
I found this book to be a creative reworking of Phantom of the Opera. The characters are interesting versions of the POTO characters. Read more
Published on March 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who love the Phantom and happy endings
I generally stay away from contemporary versions of classic tales, but I've always found the Phantom of the Opera to be a fascinating story. Read more
Published on January 11, 2013 by teacher mom
2.0 out of 5 stars Not likely
Christine has the voice of an angel and Erick, who is deformed, falls for the illusion that she is like Christine in the Phantom of the Opera. Read more
Published on December 31, 2012 by Luvaloha
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More About the Author

A native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family's Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Her short fiction has appeared in Astonishing Adventures, Luna Station Quarterly, and the journal of dark fiction, Dark Valentine. Two of her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Christine Pope writes as the mood takes her, and her work encompasses paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, and historical romance. She blames this on being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects, which could also account for the size of her shoe collection. After spending many years in the magazine publishing industry, she now works as a freelance editor and graphic designer in addition to writing fiction. She fell in love with Sedona, Arizona, while researching the Sedona Trilogy and now makes her home there, surrounded by the red rocks. No alien sightings, though...not yet, anyway!

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