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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
O.M.G. The DUNCAN family is off the hook! Vegas, Rio, Orlando, London and Paris = FIYAH!!! I red this book in a weekend! What a way to start off the new year! This story has plot, sex, drama, sex, suspense, sex, betrayal, sex, power, sex, and of course FAMILY!! Did I mention - SEX!!! Yes! The women are so powerful in this story as well as the men. I can't wait for part 2 - The Family Business is definitely one of the top reads for 2012! Thank you Carl Weber and Eric Pete for delivering an unforgettable story - just what we need to shake off the winter chill...
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was so different from the other books that I've read by Carl Weber. The Duncan family was off the hook... Orlando, Rio, London, Paris and Vegas are children of LC and his wife. This family had so much drama that it would make your head spin. This book will have you so hyped that you will not be able to put it down. I can't wait for the next one. I hope that it will not be long before it is released. This is a great read and I highly recommend.... This family is like no other...
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
" The Family Business" by Carl Weber...wow, where do I begin. This is the story of The Duncan Family. It's head, L.C and wife, Chippy. Orlando, Vegas, London, Rico,and Paris make up their children. On the outside, everything appears calm. But in reality, they each hold thier own serets. Secrets that could threaten to tear the family apart if they ever came to light. They all have a special talent or skill when it comes to running Duncan Motors, the family business. But even that is not what it appears to be!
The Family Business was a great read. I loved how the diffrent point of views were covered. There were so many twists and turns. This is Carl's most edgiest book to date and I loved it. There was a little bit of everything in this book. Action, suspense, comedy, the works! I would love to see this book adapted for the big screen and cannot wait for " Extended Family". Great read.

~Black Faithful Sisters and Brothers Book Club~
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I'm almost afraid to write this review because I fear I might give something away. I've been reading Carl for years now and I'm always amazed at his spaghetti-like plot direction and how what you think you know about a character is nothing like the reality of that character. In `The Family Business' we are introduced to the Duncan family. L.C. (dad), Chippy (Mom), and the children; Rio, Orlando, Paris. Together as a family they run Duncan Motors, an extremely successful car dealership. But... as I alluded to earlier, nothing is what it seems. What I enjoyed about this book (aside from the story) was how Carl & Eric would throw in a hairpin that left you like "what... huh?"

This book could easily be a reality show called `Duncan Family Values'. EVERYONE has a secret and EVERYONE has an agenda. I wish I could tell you more about this book... but I'm afraid I would slip up and tell you something that you don't need to hear. Just take my word, K?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2012
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Book was edgier than his previous works. This was action, drama, and comedy. Thanks to this book, I'm at work sleepy cause I've been up late two nites straight. Hope this is turned into a movie. GREAT book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The Family Business is full of drama and suspense. I started reading and thought I knew where it was going. I didn't, but was glad I chose t go. I recommend this book to all who love good story lines, with the promise of a sequel.

Angelia Vernon Menchan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
The Duncan's name carry a lot of weight. As a respected businessman, L.C. has been able to build up his empire and with six grown children, now is the perfect time for him to step down. Or at least that's what his children believe. Somewhere the Duncan's have become vulnerable and ripe for the picking. As the patriarch of the family, it's L.C.'s job to locate that threat and eliminate it before it can cause any destruction to his family.

Orlando is now the head of the Duncan family. While he wasn't the family's obvious choice, Vegas, is indisposed and until his return, Orlando is the one in charge. Or is he? Soon Orlando realizes that his life needs to be all family all the time. Is he truly prepared for what being a leader in the Duncan family entails?

Secrets have a way of unfolding and catching you in a hornet's nest. For Harris, L.C.'s right hand man and son-in-law, he finds himself having to make a very difficult decision. Either way, he could be jeopardizing more than just business. Can he find a happy medium for everyone?

When business gets messy, the Duncan's have to figure out a plan to hash out details with an old acquaintance. As suspicion and doubt are cast, it's time for the Duncan's to prove that they have what it takes to maintain. Are they willing to unite as a family in order to do so?

"The Family Business" by Carl Weber and Eric Pete had the potential to be so much more! I mean you could literally see the potential in flashes and you wanted to reach in the book and yank it out, but with so much stacked against it, the book was destined to fail. There is no true introduction to the characters. You're thrown into a story that transforms into a different story. So much is being said, but nothing is being explained. The timeline is muddled. The characters are contradicting. And after each page I found that I was asking myself `why?' "The Family Business" was not concluded in this episode and readers will have to return to see what happens next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
I will not place this solely at Eric Pete's feet simply because Carl's books have been hit or miss lately on his own so let's be fair.

I started this book looking forward to reading about a legitimate black family only to get some mediocre street lit. The Duncan's with LC at the helm has to be the dumbest family that I have ever met. I'm not street myself, but even I knew what was going on with the stolen car before it even got to that point. I was looking for something explosive from such talented authors. I think that the book should've stayed on course with the first impression of who the Duncan's were.

The players who all had a hand in what was going on were so obvious. I'm still having a hard time believing that Carl and Eric thought this book was a well written masterpiece like previous works they've done solo. I wanted to kill Paris myself, I mean who was she supposed to be Foxy Brown, the spoiled brat or one of the characters that Angelina Jolie plays in the movies? She was all over the place. I guess that tender moment with her and Daddy LC at the warehouse was supposed to do what for the readers? Show us how bad LC was or how stupid? Let me not even get started on LC sending Rio to LA to be placed in the hands of a killer. What real father would do that to his child even if he wasn't in their life? London was written nicely until it came to a certain point in the book and then she became another Paris right before my eyes. Harris had issues beyond what the book could cover starting with his identity. Orlando was an OK character. Vegas could've been omitted for obvious reasons. Chippy had a nice part, but she needed some development besides being the mother of the Duncan kids, who was she? Jr was another one that had me scratching my head. I loved Rio, but his parts seemed lacking for who he was. There's so much more that I would love to say, but to prevent spoilers I won't.

I can't say that I'm looking forward to part two unless these two talented authors bring it the way I know they can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was quite an interesting read, from beginning to end. You will never get bored or feel like the events unfolding are overdone or predictable. The book is exciting and energy packed, and it reads much like an action movie--shootouts, sharp-shooting, warehouse scenes, hostage scenes...and don't forget the steamy sex scenes. If this is what you're looking for, then pick up this book and dig in! However, if you are expecting to read a book with rich character development and characters that you can truly relate to, then leave this book on the shelf. It seems like the authors got so engrossed with the plot line and scenic action that they forgot to fully develop and flesh out their characters. You don't leave the story feeling like you really KNOW these characters--for example: Mama, Junior, Vegas, Sihad, etc. Orlando plays a major role in this story, but by the end of the book, you still don't feel like you truly know him. And LC...he is such an unlikable character. Even unlikable characters should have some kind of redeeming quality, but he has none. You don't get to truly invest in any of the characters, except Paris. Because even though she's a badass, the reader is shown her vulnerability--her desire to be loved and accepted by her Daddy. I also like Rio because we're shown his vulnerability too. But everyone else...I feel like the extensive cast was too large of a ship for the authors to maintain full control over. That being said, if you are looking for a gritty but sophisticated street-tale with interesting characters and a plot line that will keep the pages turning, then this is the book for you. If you're looking for well-developed characters who aren't just action figures but are actual people, then keep it moving; this will not be your cup of tea.

Jessica Barrow-Smith, author of CONFESSIONS OF A DIVA and co-author of DESPERATE
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
The Family Business jumps off from the first page and blows you through numerous whirlwind events that meshed together, creating one hell of a story. Paris, London, Rio, Harris, Orlando, Cissy, and definitely LC, are intriguing characters who added so much drama to this story that there became no way possible for me to pull myself away.

This story is a classic that Carl Weber took a risk on and dared to step away from his normal style of writing. In doing so, he pulled it off and it worked...well! I must give credit to Eric Pete, too, because along with his efforts, creative writing and input, this will be recognized as the most successful collaboration that I have read between two authors thus far. Great job, and I look forward to moving on to the next installment!
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