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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Flibbertigibbet Promulgations; 1st edition (February 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970207808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970207807
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,882,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In The Glass Cocoon by Christopher J. Jarmick and Serena F. Holder, Phillip Craven of Seattle and Patricia Ridgeway of Taos, having fallen in love in an Internet chatroom, plan to meet in person soon. Then people connected to them start getting killed, and as Phillip and Patricia realize they are being watched, their virtual lives and their real lives threaten some deadly collisions. (Flibbertigibbet [dist. Five Star], $18.95 paper 520p ISBN 0-9702078-0-8)

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...a book where you come to know and care about the characters -- You'll enjoy The Glass Cocoon -- From NWinston's Epinions review

A beautifully written and constructed one-of-a-kind suspense thriller. -- From Scribes Reviews

THE GLASS COCOON is a thrilling romantic murder mystery starring two likable lead characters. -- From The Mid-West Book Review

The Glass Cocoon is astounding. ... the book succeeds as a love story and a sleek high-tech thriller. -- www.culturevulture.net Bob Wake

The Glass Cocoon is astounding. ... the book succeeds as a love story and a sleek high-tech thriller. -- Culturevulture.net review by Bob Wake editor of Cambridge Book Review

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
They met and fell in love inside a chat room. As unlikely a couple one would expect except for that matchmaker the Internet, which sees no artificial human boundaries when it comes to pairing people. Having one divorce under his belt, Cle Elum Washington freelance photographer Phillip Craven never sought love. Taos, New Mexico bookstore owner Patricia Ridgeway is not only married, but also her spouse seems like a nice person who cares and loves Trish. Yet Trish and Phillip are in love and plan to physically share a permanent relationship.
However, someone else apparently objects to the cyberspace love match between Trish and Phillip. Besides crank calls, that individual begins to murder people associated with Trish and Phillip. His girlfriend is decapitated. Her neighbor is mutilated. Phillip rushes to New Mexico to keep Trish safe and using his forensic photography skills tries to help the police capture a vicious murderer before other people die.
THE GLASS COCOON is a thrilling romantic murder mystery starring two likable lead characters. The story line grips the audience who gains a taste of the dark side of cyberspace without needing to understand HTML. Readers will want authors Christopher J. Jarmick and Serena F. Holder to combine their skills with more police procedural-amateur sleuth tales like this entertaining novel.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stella Coleman on March 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
In this over-emphasized world of cyber-hype I was hesitant to begin this novel when handed it by an acquaintance. Had I followed my first instincts I would have robbed myself of one of the greatest reading adventures of my life! These two authors have created within my own mind images of characters that danced before me like a movie...only much better! Unlike a movie, we were made privy to these characters' deepest thoughts, as well as glimpses into times in their lives that shaped them, yet had no real place within the story itself. It was incredibly written and orchestrated considering the number of plots, sub-plots and characters! I am hoping to read MORE from these two first time authors. Thanks for a wonderfully thrilling way to spend a rainy weekend!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A prolific reader on September 8, 2005
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I have rarely felt so strongly about a bad book that I had to write a review. I was really looking forward to reading this novel since the reviews were all excellent--please turn back now if you are even thinking of locating this book! The other reviewers are presenting an alternative reality--or I received a published, yet unedited, first draft.

The authors brag about writing this without an outline, without actually meeting. Well, I have no trouble believing this claim.

The characters (and there are so many) are wooden, despite the extremely overdone development for each of them. So much useless background information is thrown in for each of the characters (nothing some good slash and burn editing wouldn't fix), the reader is left trying to decide what he needs to retain for later. In most cases it really doesn't matter--it never reaches relevancy.

The plot jumps to and fro, without really tying in to the main plot enough for the reader to figure out what is going on and why. When the reader finally figures out where the book is going, he is most likely not going to care anymore.

The mystery was poorly woven--again, someone needed to do some editing. And I wish the authors had had the courage to give us a villain from the characters they painstakingly developed throughout the book. This type of reward to the reader might have led me to give it 2 stars.

Romance? No, sorry. We read a lot of passages about love, how important love is, but we never FEEL love from our wooden characters. I suppose the many poems are supposed to clue us in on the depth of love, instead of dialogue between our characters. Was there a sex scene? Not of the hot, steamy variety. More like "came here, did that, ho-hum.
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