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The Desert Waits Kindle Edition

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Length: 293 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Breakaway Media (August 25, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JEDRE8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hailed by bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker as "a strong new voice in American crime fiction," J. Carson Black has written fifteen novels. Her thriller, THE SHOP, reached #1 on the Kindle Bestseller list, and her crime thriller series featuring homicide detective Laura Cardinal became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Although Black earned a master's degree in operatic voice, she was inspired to write a horror novel after reading The Shining. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Carol Davis Luce on September 3, 2011
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In THE DESERT WAITS, I love the blend of desert and Hollywood. Not the glitzy Hollywood, but the real thing on a movie set. The suspects are as diverse as beer and champagne and just as flavorful. All the characters are rich in development and fascinating studies in human nature. Throw in some exotic and skin-crawling critters and the cast is complete.

The mystery is spot on. When Alex is summoned to a remote area of the Arizona desert by her actress friend, Caroline, she knows something is terribly wrong. They haven't been in contact for many years. The day after Alex arrives, Caroline is killed on the set of her latest movie. Accident or murder? Someone had been stalking Caroline. First with love notes and then threats. Now she's dead and Alex becomes deeply involved in revealing the truth.

No one writes crisp, sharp desert atmosphere like J C Black. In this book the desert comes alive. Intriguing. Fast paced. The climax will have you fidgeting in your seat with your heart in your throat.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By I. Reed on December 10, 2011
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I've read a few of J.C. Carson's books and found them enjoyable - not great but enjoyable. This one seemed like a sophomore writing project expanded to make some bucks. Amateurish - full of holes, absurd characters and ridiculous plot. Read J.C.B. - just not this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Avoni on January 19, 2012
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Based on some of the reviews I had high hopes that this would be a discovery of yet another new and skilled author available on Kindle books. It was not to be ! For me the one-dimensional characters, stilted dialogue and boring plot made it a read that I happily abandoned at about the 50% mark. Sorry, there are just too many books out there waiting to be read and I cannot waste the time.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bea on January 5, 2012
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I tried really hard to like this book, but it was horrible. It had the potential to be good, but it was not done well.

Characters were introduced with no apparent forethought; EXCESSIVE (truly excessive) description of the desert which did not add value to the story, the clueless heroine [Alex] who kept having "feelings and inklings" about the many shady characters but ignored her intuition......just foolish! And what's up with the white (or was it yellow) Volkswagen? Introduced but why; what reason did it serve? Alex & Nick's romp in the sack......okay, but so what? And the "ah ha" moment regarding Uncle Wiggly and Alex's repressed memory of her "almost" child abuse; for goodness sakes, ridiculous! It's as if the author had many random thoughts and put them on paper, lost track and tried to tie them together at the end. Whatever!

I finished it but I made a vow to myself that next time, despite the purchase, I will not continue reading a poorly written book. There are too many well written novels to command my reading pleasure. Sorry.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By NinaS on September 27, 2011
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I became a big J. Carson Black fan when I bought my Kindle. None of this author's stories disappoint me, and The Desert Waits is no exception. Kindle has allowed me to enjoy reading again. Thank you!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wendy annicchiarico on January 5, 2012
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I had read J. Carson Black trio of books involving detective Laura Cardinal and were very impressed by them, so I had high hopes for this book. I came away disappointed, and if this had been the first book I read by this author, it probably would have been the last.

I found the story line very disjointed, the character development poor, the romantic aspect very week, and I thought the whole concept was way too far fetched.

I see that this book got mainly good reviews, so maybe the problem is with me, but I may give J. Carson Black another go based on his Laura Cardinal series, and hope to have better luck than I had with this one.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BarbZ on November 12, 2011
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I've read three of the Laura Cardinal series, and enjoyed them all. The first few chapters of this book were somewhat confusing, and I was going to stop reading. Soon, I was engrossed.

J Carson Black again proves that she is a very talented writer.... both in creation of interesting characters, her ability to keep us guessing, and her breathtaking descriptions of the desert environment. I must admit to having lived 10 years in Tucson in an age when movies were filmed there often, Liz Taylor was in town, Kirk Douglas was at the next table at dinner, Lee Marvin was around, etc. This book captures the feel of that unique time, as well as the distinct character of the desert sky.... there is no other environment in the US which is comparable to the Sonoran desert in and around Tucson. Her descriptions are beautiful and true to the exquisite nature of the environment.

Ms. Black's characters are again interwoven in interesting ways, will keep you involved, and keep you guessing. I was sure I knew "who did it," then changed my mind midstream, and it turns out I was right in the beginning!

This is a quick, interesting read. Once you are hooked, considered yourself on the hook!

Enjoy!
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J. Carson Black is one of my favorite authors, and I was really looking forward to reading this book. It started out okay, and it immediately grabbed my interest. As I read more and more of The Desert Waits; however, I was somewhat disappointed in the character development and the plot itself. I found the whole storyline to be very disconnected, and I also found parts of it to be rather unrealistic. Yes, I know that this is a work of fiction; however, I like books to have a certain realism to them. It just makes my brain a bit more content when my reading buds are satisfied.

There were a few parts that made for page turning interest, but most of it, for me, was just too disjointed to recommend it to others. Parts of the story are rather creepy. The ending did freak me out a bit, and seemed to be an attempt at macabre sensationalism. I think the author, throughout the book, was trying to inspire shock, but did not succeed in pulling all of her many ideas together. It seemed to me that the repressed memory of an almost abused childhood was an attempt by the author to create some shock value that was not very effective when put in writing. Or perhaps it was just an afterthought.

Almost all of the characters were despicable, shady, one-dimensional ones. That's okay. Some misfit characters are needed to make a thriller storyline; however, it makes a character more interesting if he/she is a well-developed, not overly absurd and not one-dimensional.

The main character, Alex, was a fairly likable, interesting character. She was; however, pretty naïve and took numerous unnecessary risks. In fact, she seemed to continue to make the same mistakes over and over even when her brain was trying to navigate her in another direction!
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