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Stark Warning [Kindle Edition]

James Raven
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Every time you appear on screen someone will die.”

That’s the stark warning given to Jessica Lee, host of a confessional talk show on network television with millions of fans. But one deranged viewer is out to destroy her career. He demands that her programme be scrapped and tells her to stop appearing on TV. To prove he means business he claims his first victim – a young woman who is found dead with her throat cut. Jessica and her bosses face an agonizing dilemma: take the show off the air or risk more murders. They decide to defy the killer, for fear of setting a dangerous precedent. But there are dire consequences.

‘This novel is great fun. The action flows so swiftly that one keeps guessing with every twist and turn. The glimpse into the cutthroat world of television adds depth and color to the book. It’s an extremely entertaining read and should be a delight to thriller fans,’ ONLINE BOOK CLUB.

‘This is a great read!!! Finished it in one sitting. Highly recommended,’ GOODREADS REVIEW.

‘An exciting crime novel with unexpected twists and turns. I enjoyed reading it and will be checking out some of the authors other books,’ JIMSGOTWEB.COM BOOK REVIEWS.
‘This is an enjoyable read and highly recommended,’ WHAT I’VE READ BOOK REVIEW.

‘Stark Warning is absolutely a great suspense book. I could not put it down once I started reading it. I love the story line. It kept me guessing throughout. I like how James Raven writes a story. His ability to hook you in and keep you wanting to read is awesome. This book is well written. Well thought out,’ GOODREADS REVIEW.

James Raven, author of Stark Warning, has worked for over thirty years in the television industry and drew on his experience when writing this novel. He’s also the author of Malicious, After the Execution, Rollover, Urban Myth, Red Blitz, Brutal Revenge and Arctic Blood.

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Praise for James Raven’s previous novels:

'This is a chilling story, superbly written, with captivating and unique characters. The pace is vigorous with twists and turns, storyline is potent, candid, and engaging. An awesome, captivating novel which I highly recommend,’ Nancy Silk Reviews blog

After the Execution:
‘This is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I've read a lot! It constantly leaves you in heart grabbing suspense,’ Goodreads Review.

Urban Myth:
‘This is a great book. It gave me nightmares, but I couldn’t put it down,’ Listed Magazine.

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About the Author

James Raven, author of Stark Warning, has worked for over thirty years in the television industry and drew on his experience when writing this novel. He’s also the author of Rollover, Urban Myth, Red Blitz, Brutal Revenge, After the Execution and Arctic Blood.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2113 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Global House Publishing (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K0L1O6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT Read September 8, 2012
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Many reviewers give away some or much of the story line. I won't do that.

What I will say is this is a really good read.

Grpping story line - doesn't let up for a minute and will keep you glued to your Kindle.
Well characterised but imperfect protagonists - somewhat flawed, like most of us !

Last, but by no means least, no spelling or grammatical errors - SUCH a welcome surprise, when unfortunately so many Kindle versions are poorly edited or not even spell-checked.

I do wish authors would take note of this last point. It's very off-putting and detracts hugely from the impact their inspired and hard work has on their readers.

I will definitely look for more by James Raven.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book had me until the very end! November 17, 2012
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I truly enjoy mysteries, crime dramas and anything forensic. That draws me to books such as Stark Warning where a serial killer is cleverly picking off his targets. I had knots in my stomach and felt my pulse quicken throughout the entire book. Truly a thriller with a mystery that had me stumped until the very end.

What I liked about the style of writing is that Mr. Raven writes the story from the main character's perspective; a detective/inspector who has strong observation skills. So, as he is introduced to people, Quinn describes them in what reads like notes. When he arrives at crime scenes he notes everything from smells to sounds to sights. He concludes based on the facts he observes. This helped me, as the reader, feel like I was in his head. It was pretty cool and I enjoyed this style of writing.

Now, most times, I can figure out the killer before the end of the story. This time, I couldn't! However, I did know the killer's location. I was thrown for a few loops there at the end and I actually had my mouth hanging open at one point. It was truly a great read...I'd definitely call it a great thriller and worth every penny of the asking price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Talo
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The back of "Stark Warning" by James Raven immediately caught my interest because of the subject matter. How often have you thought, "If I see that celebrity on tv one more time, I am going to poke my eyes out!" Well "Stark Warning" takes it a morbid dark step further.
Raven does an excellent job in bringing the pulp like murder fiction to life. Raven joins the ranks of the greats, previous Pulp Fiction writers such as Dashiell Hammett, and Ray Bradbury.
Told in a first person narrative, Sam Quinn is the lead detective on the "Celebrity Squad" A squad formed to investigate the rising number of serial like killings of the famous. After a tragedy that blindsides Sam, he falls into a depression and reverts to his old ways of gambling and losing( online poker too sheesh). When I came to this part of the story I was a little put off and thought, "Is this the hero of the book?"( Yes I am old fashioned) Then I continued to read along and came across this passage;
"As I stared down at the figure on the ground, I experienced an intense feeling of sadness. Life is so arbitrary, I thought. At the end of the day it's all about luck. Maybe that is why I gamble. Everything I do is a risk, every day could be my last. So I try whenever I can to beat the odds."-Sam Quinn from Stark Warning

This is me, being put in my place.

Sam just explained to me why he was addicted to gambling after his tragedy( since I didn't figure it out on my own). I liked that the writer just then, gave a little more depth so Sam.

All in all Stark Warning is a quick ,fun ,dark read for fans of mystery and thrillers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British crime mystery September 10, 2013
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Good writing with just enough suspects to keep you guessing without bogging the reader down with too many avenues. The romance element is nicely done also, and doesn't highjack the story. I appreciated the fact that the characters didn't meet on one page, and are in bed the next. Very entertaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I was burnt out on thrillers until I happened upon this one sheer accident. I actually thought it might be a book on the craft of writing concisely at first. Anyway, the story exceeded my expectations in every area. James Raven, in my opinion, would be very qualified to teach a master's class on suspense writing. He manages to impart personal and meaningful character development without hindering the action for a second. The book moves at breakneck speed. I finished it over a 24 period. Simply couldn't put the iPad down. I'll be onto the next one by him tonight or tomorrow. If I could give this six stars I would. As a writer myself, author of GRIDLOCK, A Scientific Thriller, I could not recommend this book more highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! June 6, 2013
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Detective Chief Inspector Sam Quinn is married to a British actress and is part of the privileged elite. When Scotland Yard sets up a serial killer task force to find "The Celebrity Killer," they decide Sam would be the perfect person to lead it. When an event happens that turns his life upside down, he finds himself headed down an old, familiar, and destructive path.
This is an exciting crime novel with unexpected twists and turns. I enjoyed reading it and will be checking out some of the author's other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark warning April 23, 2014
By Sandra
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This is a well we written story. I did not want to stop reading this book when I started. I do not like to give out very much information on a book that I read because I want people to enjoy reading the book and finding it enjoyable. I recommend this book to the reader's because it has action, romance, feelings of not being able to control what is going on. I enjoyed reading this book and will probably read it again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read
Published 1 month ago by Johnny Alvarez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Crime Fiction
I did enjoy this book, one of the better crime novels around at theis time. This was more unusual, more facts than many of the books which did make you feel that you were actually... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Annie Athens
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
The characters were believable, could relate to them. The plot interesting and I never guessed the killer! An easy read.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark Warning
Really good book, well written the plot well excellent, it will twist and turn you till the end.
Published 3 months ago by Lisar
5.0 out of 5 stars BJ
Love this author. I have read 4 of his books now and each one is different and thrilling. I couldn't put this one down, nor could I read fast enough. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barbara A. Jin
4.0 out of 5 stars stark Warning
Was a good read. The book had a good flow to it. Quite exciting. I would recommend this book to read
Published 3 months ago by smartshopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable
Great book! Definitely didn't see that ending coming! I always love reading books with that type of suspense and a plot twist!
Published 4 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gripping and an excellent read
Published 4 months ago by @corriemulder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very easy read. Great story!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars STARK WARNING
This was a good mystery/suspense/thriller. Good plot line and great characters. Enjoyed it!
Published 6 months ago by atabarac
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More About the Author

James Raven has been a journalist for most of his working life. After reporting for newspapers he moved into television as a news scriptwriter. He then worked his way up to become Director of a UK News Division. He now runs his own TV production company. James spends much of his time writing and travelling. He is also an accomplished magician.

He is the author of a number of crime novels including bestsellers MALICIOUS AND AFTER THE EXECUTION. His other books are Rollover, Stark Warning, Urban Myth and Arctic Blood.

James has a website at:



'Wow, this book completely blew me away; I loved it. I was hooked from page one. An explosive psychological thriller that really hit home,' SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW.

'This is a chilling story, superbly written, with captivating and unique characters,' NANCY SILK REVIEWS BLOG.

'Malicious is a wonderful, fast-paced work of fiction. The plot is timely and the details add to the authenticity.' BESTSELLERS WORLD.

'Tense, gripping and filled with clever clues. There's a lot to enjoy in this mystery: most of all the unpredictable storyline. It will draw you in and immerse you until the last page,' D Donovan, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW.

'Wow, that was one heck of a good book. I mean...really, really good. Fast- paced, tight, gripping and terrifying. It has characters I care about and a crime ripped from today's headlines. Mr Raven has other works out there and I'm all over that,' BEACH BUM BOOK REVIEWS.

'I really wish there was a 6 star system because this book deserves that. It was absolutely enthralling,' ASHLEY NEMER BLOGSPOT.

'From the first paragraph, Raven draws his readers in, grabs hold of them, and doesn't let go until the very end. The riveting story is full of unexpected twists and turns,' LUXURYREADING.COM REVIEW.

'If this thriller does not give you the willies and make you want to never turn on your computer again, nothing will. James Raven has expertly woven a twisted tale that comes a little too close to reality. Suspenseful, heart-pounding and all too real. Superb!' READERS' FAVORITE REVIEWS.

'I read from cover to cover in one day. I love crime stories. The story allows u to connect to the main character, Robyn Tate. This is a great read,' GOODREADS.
'This is one of the best books I've ever read, and I've read a lot! It constantly leaves you in heart grabbing suspense,' GOODREADS.

'This is a great book. It gave me nightmares, but I couldn't put it down,' LISTED MAGAZINE.

'Rollover is a cracking crime novel. The plot is compelling - the essence of the polished 'unputdownable' novel,' VIEW MAGAZINE.

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