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At the start of this compelling cat-and-mouse thriller from bestseller Rice (Blind Fall), 30-year-old Megan Reynolds has returned to her mother's house in posh Cathedral Beach near San Diego after being fired as head of a Northern California nonprofit organization for homeless kids that she tried to save using unorthodox methods. Megan soon faces a far greater challenge. Her beloved gay brother, Cameron, a handsome flight attendant for Peninsula Airlines, disappears with Majed, a suspicious Middle Easterner, in the wake of a terrorist bombing in Hong Kong that killed 60 people. When the FBI investigators point to Cameron as a suspect in the attack, Megan embarks on a dangerous mission to find her brother and help clear his name. Megan's journey will test her endurance and her faith in family in unexpected ways. Rice sensitively charts the relationship of two close-knit siblings. (Apr.)
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Megan Reynolds is going through a bit of a bad patch. Not only has she lost her job (she ran a nonprofit group), her brother appears to have fallen in with a group of terrorists, and he could be responsible for the firebombing of a Hong Kong hotel. Desperately trying to understand what has happened to her brother, Megan discovers that her own past may not be what she thought it was. This is a fast-paced thriller with an engaging story and solidly designed characters. At some moments, the plot seems a bit contrived, but you could say that about most thrillers, and the author pushes through those moments, keeping our focus on the forward motion of the narrative. The book is sure to appeal to Rice’s fan base and, with good word of mouth, might garner readers of James Grippando and Greg Iles. --David Pitt

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743294076
  • ASIN: B005DI98PC
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By the age of 30, Christopher Rice had published four New York Times bestselling thrillers, received a Lambda Literary Award and been declared one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive. His two novels of dark supernatural suspense, THE HEAVENS RISE and THE VINES, were both finalists for the Bram Stoker Award. He recently entered the erotic romance genre with three works in all new series called The Desire Exchange. They include THE FLAME, THE SURRENDER GATE and KISS THE FLAME, due out in November 2015. His debut novel, A DENSITY OF SOULS, was published when the author was just 22 years old. A controversial and overnight bestseller, it was greeted with a landslide of media attention, much of it devoted to the fact that Christopher is the son of famed vampire chronicler, Anne Rice. Together with his best friend, New York Times bestselling novelist Eric Shaw Quinn, Christopher launched his own Internet radio show. THE DINNER PARTY SHOW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE & ERIC SHAW QUINN is always playing at and every episode is available for free download from the site's show archive or on iTunes.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Following her being fired from her position as head of the Siegel Foundation, a Northern California not for profit firm facing bankruptcy, due to her radical methods, thirty year old Megan Reynolds returns to her mother's home in Cathedral Beach near San Diego. Megan is disappointed as she tried to so hard to reach the homeless kids wandering the mean streets.

In Hong Kong, a terrorist attack leaves sixty dead. The FBI believes Megan's flight attendant brother Cameron in conjunction with apparently his gay lover from the middle East Majed committed the atrocities. Megan vows to prove her naive but kind-hearted sibling would never harm anyone and starts a dangerous journey to prove she is right beginning with finding Cameron who vanished without a trace.

This is an excellent thriller that plays out on two levels: the international terrorism and the personal terror. The key is Megan who has faith in her sibling that he would not do these atrocities; she holds the fast-paced complicated plot together as she searches for her brother and the truth, praying her assertion is the truth. Readers will enjoy this exhilarating tale of a good caring person traveling a part of Asia that middle class American civilians avoid.

Harriet Klausner
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Valerhon on September 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Megan Reynolds lives with her mother and brother Cameron in posh Cathedral Beach, without money of their own, but provided for by Megan's millionaire cousin, Lucas. Deserted by their father while children, brother and sister have bonded deeply for their emotional survival. Cameron is now an international flight attendant while Megan struggles for direction in her life after being fired from a non-profit for using unapproved methods to help get kids off the streets.

At a birthday party, brother and sister talk. Cameron is worried Megan will fall into the orbit of the idle wealthy like their mother has. Megan is worried when she learns Cameron is reconciling with their estranged father. Megan can't shake the feeling that Cameron is holding something back, and they part company with something hanging in the air between them. Cameron flies out for Asia, and Megan is approached by Lucas who offers her a dream job that he will personally set up.

No sooner has Megan accepted the job when Cameron's photo splashes across the media outlets. He's seen leaving a Hong Kong hotel with an unknown Middle Eastern man moments before a bomb goes off, killing over 60 people. News anchors convict Cameron in the court of public opinion. As Megan absorbs this shock, she's questioned by the FBI, is cut off from meaningful dialogue with her mother (who has already written Cameron off as dead), has an awkward meeting with her father that raises even more questions, and spars with Lucas after he insists she do a television interview that does no good for her brother's cause.

Megan's texts and calls to her brother go unanswered, but then a text comes through, asking Megan for help. Suspicious that the text isn't actually from her brother, Megan is nonetheless desperate for the truth.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Kwashnak VINE VOICE on May 19, 2010
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For the past decade Christopher Rice has grown as an author, finding his own voice and shedding any shadow of the writing of his famous parents. With The Moonlit Earth, he moves further into the realm of mysteries, this time taking the story international and weaving a story involving contemporary hot topics such as terrorism, Arab culture and the use of manipulation of the media. While on a layover in Hong Kong, flight attendant Cameron Reynolds is considered a prime suspect in a hotel bombing stemming from images conveniently leaked to the press. His sister Megan holds out belief that he is alive and innocent and she travels Hong Kong to find out the truth.

The story is fairly solid, if not a bit confusing at times with layers that don't always lead to a satisfactory resolution. A shadowy character we never meet is behind things, or is he? The sketchy cousin - is he vital to the story or a McGuffin? At heart the story is about family relations, and what makes us do what we do, and yet much of this theme gets confusing and is feels shorted in the narrative. These stories would have benefited from a greater exposition and a greater attention to detail for they are the true center of what he is trying to write about. The international intrigue is merely a means to move this story along. Our biological relationships and those relationships we choose to make is Rice's real story.

Overall the book is a good read, fast paced and enjoyable summer book. Christopher Rice continues his streak of writing interesting and unique books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Swanson VINE VOICE on March 28, 2012
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I give up on this book. I've tried repeatedly to finish reading it and I just couldn't. I wanted to like it, I really did. The premise is interesting, and I've heard good things about Rice's writing. But in the end, it failed to pull me in. I found the writing was a bit too full of itself to really hold my attention for any length of time. It doesn't help that the characters aren't terribly interesting, either. I'm sure Rice is probably a decent enough writer, and I might give other books of his a chance, but this one just killed me.
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