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The Living Image [Kindle Edition]

Pamela M. Richter
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Book Description

Cast of characters:
       SABRINA:  Her problem is that she is skinny.  And tall.  She doesn't know where these traits came from because she is an orphan, and believes these physical abnormalities kept her from being adopted.  Parents want cute cuddly children.  She definitely doesn't fill the bill.  She's feels like a freak, almost an albino with her white hair, saved only by dark lashes and brows and eyes that are blue, not bunny pink.  Sabrina lives in an orphanage, is shuttled to many foster family homes.  Never adopted.  Never loved.  Her skinny body proves profitable when a photographer discovers her and makes her a teenage model.  Afraid of more rejection as she grows older, she opens Sabrina's Fashions on Melrose Avenue in LA.  After a mighty struggle her fashion designs are becoming successful, but because of her past, she desperately wants a family of her own.  She plans to have Mark's baby.  She loves him but knows deep down he will reject her too.
     MARK:  He's a successful reporter for the Los Angeles Times newspaper.  Desperately in love with Sabrina, he feels her pushing him away.  When Eve comes on the scene he is totally repelled by the 'animated computer.'  Her social skills are abominable, she eats like she's starving, even chomping on bones.  Eve attacks people.  But even worse, he sees Eve putting Sabrina into terrible jeopardy.  He wants Eve to leave.  His ultimatum to Sabrina:  Choose.  Eve or me.
     DR STEINBRENNER:   A brilliant aging physician.  He formulates the computer that can be implanted into a human.  But who will assume this risky surgery?
     ALEXANDER & STEPHAN:  Dr. Steinbrenner's sons.  Greedy lawyers who force their father to experiment on the human material they provide.  They plan to sell the Human Computer to the highest bidder.
     SATO HASHOMOTO:  One of the wealthiest men in the world.  He learns of the computer and has come to Los Angeles to get it any way he can.  Even if he has to tear the human apart to get the computer chip.
     IVAR:  Planted in deep cover in the CIA, he came from Russia when it was still the Soviet Union.  He is complacent, believing he has been forgotten, when he gets a call from his Russian operative.  Find out about the investigation about the human computer.  Break cover if necessary.  Ivar does.  Very upfront and personally.  He is totally captivated by Eve, knows she's dangerous, even lethal.  But in his Russian mind, she is most lethal to his heart.
     BURGESS WHITCOMB:  Head of the CIA investigation.  He believes the allegations are totally false.  He expects to find some poor dead victim with their cranium torn open.
     EVE:   Tasting life for the first time, she has to learn to act like a human.  There is little time.  People are hunting her and Sabrina.  All she wants is to be free and to save Sabrina from the powerful governments, corporations, and people who wish to exploit them both.  It is all complicated by the fact that she is receiving powerful hormones from the molecular copy of Sabrina's body.  She suddenly finds herself desperately in love with Mark, while knowing logically these feelings come from Sabrina. Her brain follows the same electrical circuits and she receives what she calls Sabrina Thoughts as well.  She is physically powerful, can regenerate when wounded, and has a computer.  But can she evade the bad guys, stay free, and protect Sabrina?

Editorial Reviews


"[The Living Image] is an exciting and detailed thriller story which simply oozes with suspense and greedy characters! I especially like how P. M. Richter eneded the story. If you like the movies "The Fugitive", "The Pelican Brief", or "The Client" then this story is for you!" -- Huntress Book Reviews

"THE LIVING IMAGE takes us on a dangerous and unforgettable journey into the frightening reality of the unexpected--a novel of conspiracy, betrayal, survival, and deep abiding love. A page turner that draws the mettle of the story to a satisfying conclusion, and proves that when you think you have reached your darkest hour, the brightest of your dreams can come true........" -- Betty Wiechert, former reviewer for Affaire de Coeur magazine

"WOW!! This one I could not put down!! To go to a tanning salon for a little color and come home with a clone! A living image of yourself, only better. How disconcerting! The clone is to be a better offshoot of the human race. The intrigues of three major intelligence agencies to reach that prize are fun to watch as the two "foxes" continually outfox the hounds. Since life is the prize if the girls win, there is much at stake. A definate must read." -- Laurie L. Gruber, BookNook Reviews

From the Author

The Living Image came about because I'm an identical twin. I wondered how a person would feel when confronted with their own doppelganger.  I hope readers will find enjoyment and a fun escape into this thriller.
My other novels are, The Necromancer, The Living Image, Deadly Memories, Deadly Fun. Trifecta is a box set of three complete novels with over 1000 pages. Romance Box Set has three complete romantic suspense thrillers.
My children's books:  Little Ghostie and Christmas with Uncle Nick and the Sugarplum Fairies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1105 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: New Concepts Publishing; 1 edition (August 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,318 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This author skilfully blends science with plausible fiction to create an exciting and credible story. Waking up in a tanning saloon beside a living, breathing mirror image of herself, our heroine becomes involved in a dangerous fight. With the man who created her clone in hospital from a heart attack, only Sabrina can protect her newly formed twin from government agencies, foreign spies and greedy lawyers. All of them will stop at nothing, including murder, to catch and use this beautiful woman with a computer for a brain. In the wrong hands, she could be worth millions and they will kill to get her. As the relationship between Sabrina and her twin develop, they learn from each other and confuse all who meet them. Humour and suspense, love and passion, make this a story to remember. Having followed the two women as they fight the baddies and plot their escape, it would be great to read more about their subsequent lives. Pam Richter brings her characters alive, they are likeable and fun, even in adversity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, fun, sexy, superpowered read June 16, 2011
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Take a sexy model, duplicate. Add in a nice old genius and two bumbling sons who somehow became lawyers. Stir in some spies and Japanese bad guys. You get amazing fun.

Pamela Richter has created an exciting read that jumps from the starting gate. She has an incredible grasp of emotions, humor, and action.

This is an incredibly fun read, that I was in the midst of reading when my Kindle died. I had to wait a few days to finish. It was well worth the wait.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Living Image May 19, 2011
By BigAl
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"The Living Image," at its core, is a generic - but well executed - thriller. Multiple organizations want Eve, and the protagonist's goal is to avoid any of them getting her. Unofficial ties between the organizations add complexity and dimension to the basic plot.

What makes the story unique is the development of the relationship between Sabrina and Eve along with the way Eve changes, becoming "more human," as the story progresses. Imagine trying to understand why someone reacts to the world the way they do if you have no understanding of emotions and don't experience them yourself. Put yourself in the place of Sabrina's boyfriend Mark who suddenly has a person who looks like his girlfriend and shares all her memories. How would you react when you realize this interloper knows the details of all the intimate experiences you and your girlfriend have shared?

This book could have used another round of proofing before publication. The issues I saw are all minor, using the word "suite" instead of "suit" or "marshall" instead of "martial" are two examples I found twice each. Although I found many of these type errors, well over the threshold where I assume it won't impact the reading experience, for me the kinds of errors and frequency were not so bad as to continually jolt me out of the story and had minimal impact on my reading enjoyment.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 21, 2011
A Kid's Review
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. To me this book has it all..pace is nice, good character development, building tension, spying/counterespionage, romance etc. After reading this I am now interested in reading her other books. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and fun to read October 16, 2010
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A blonde model goes to a new tanning salon run by a kind old man. She dozes off, feels some weird pains, and when she wakes up hours later, another blonde looking exactly like her is lying in the next tanning bed. Weird, huh? What would you do? Thus begins Pam Richter's "The Living Image", a tale of a scientist, his fascinating human/chemical computer creation, and his greedy sons trying to sell the model and her clone to a Japanese businessman, the CIA, and the KGB.

Richter's story revolves around Sabrina, the model, and Eve, the clone+computer who not only has inherited her memories and her looks, but also has astonishing strength and incredible healing powers. Sabrina has to not only help Eve learn to overcome her naive-ness and survive, but she has to figure out her relationship with her erstwhile boyfriend and keep her boutique running. Meanwhile we watch Eve discover the world through newly-opened eyes, fall in love, and learn to control her computer-aided powers.

I enjoyed this book, and I liked how Richter explored the topic of cloning, computers, and how we'd react to somebody carrying our same memories. Richter uses a gentle voice, and I enjoyed the pace she set, especially as she ratcheted up the tension toward the end. Some of the side characters seemed a bit cliched, especially the money-hungry lawyers and the Japanese businessman, but I think Richter did this on purpose to make Sabrina and Eve that much more fleshed-out.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars California Babes meet Spy vs. Spy June 13, 2011
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I really enjoyed Pam Richter's "The Living Image" and pretty much devoured it! It was fun, fast-paced,smart, and it was funny.

A kindly, brilliant scientist develops a supercomputer that to implant into into a human baby, then cloned from a fashion model. His greedy, goon lawyer sons find out and look for buyers. (They find more than they can handle!) The US Gov't also finds out...and everyone wants this potential bionic weapon, er...human.

What ensues involves the CIA, the KGB, a Japanese ego-maniacal mogul, the Yakusa - all looking for this stunning, superhuman and her look-alike. They are identical, but one gulps pancake syrup, likes Creme de Menthe w/soda, & enjoys crunching roast bones. One of them bites when angry. The other is a smart, part-time model, a full-time fashion designer, and boutique owner.

Did I mention the KGB agent is smokin'? So is the investigative reporter. So, there is romance: both sweet and sexy.

The danger is taut and fast-paced. There's even a Republican Convention!

The identical women develop a deep, sisterly twin love and loyalty. This was a beautifully written aspect in the story.

Easy to read escape. Pure enjoyment! Curl up w/a cuppa something and a box of cookies.
It's only 99cents. A steal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Bad for a first try and hard to believe it is even marketed. I deleted it
Published 1 month ago by Nephromancer
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that stays.
Packed with lively characters and a strong plot, The Living Image sparkled images that refuse to leave my mind. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Albert Verrill
3.0 out of 5 stars The Living Image
Spell check failed on this book. It would have been easier to read if someone had edited it better. I liked the improbable story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jo Kelly Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Book!
Sabrina is a gorgeous model/boutique owner who discovers her identical twin tanning next to her at a small tanning salon. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Myrt
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting blend of humor and thrills
LA fashion designer Sabrina Miller wakes up in a tanning salon and comes face to face with a nude version of herself. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charles A. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, intrigue, even romance
This book has it all-- a little science fiction, spies & danger and romance. I enjoyed getting to know these characters. Entertaining!
Published 14 months ago by Crystal DeBondt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Read !
I really enjoyed this story, really a fun bit of escapism. Part sci-fi, part mystery, and part spy thriller; the story really moves along at a dizzying pace. Read more
Published 14 months ago by David Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Chick Sci-Fi
This started out as another sci-fi novel about medical experiments but quickly became a human interest story. Read more
Published 18 months ago by DaveReadsALot
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the synopsis lets on....
I went into the book with apprehension, thoughts of it being just a time killer. But it grabbed me and got intense and it became a roller coaster ride. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sundquist.Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Nonstop adventure. I could not put this book down.
From the opening paragraphs the author pulled me into a tale of replicated gorgeous women, being pursued by avaricious sons of their creator. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Eleanor Schwank
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