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The Winemaker's Son Paperback – October 20, 2005

4.3 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Randy Black Series

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From the Publisher

CJ West is a compelling young writer with a unique voice and a talent for breathing life into even his minor characters. He paints his scenes so vividly that we were proud, but not surprised, when this work was optioned for film. West has created a work so fast-paced and a plot so dynamic that readers are too enthralled to stop and unravel the intricacies on their own. Even when readers finally believe they've got it all figured out, West ends with a flourish of surprises that forces readers to consider the entire work, all the way back to the opening erotic scene.

From the Author

I hope you enjoy this story about the Marstons as much as I enjoyed writing it. I welcome your comments at authors@22wb.com. Also be sure to check out the Hidden Code Contest. I have hidden two messages within the book. The first person to decode them and email the results to me, wins.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: 22 West Books (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976778807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976778806
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,003,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Bestselling Author C.J. West's first novel, Sin And Vengeance, was adapted for film by award-winning screenwriter Marla Cukor, and optioned into development by Beantown Productions, LLC.

Edgar nominated author, Tim Hallinan says, "C.J. West is a powerful and original writer, and I look forward to reading him for a long time."

Vincent Zandri, author of The Innocent, says, "C.J. West is one of my favorite indie authors writing today."

Avid fans insist that any mystery or suspense lover who reads Sin And Vengeance and The End of Marking Time will become a C.J. West fan.

C.J.'s Randy Black series features Sin And Vengeance, A Demon Awaits, and Gretchen Greene. The series is unusual because Randy Black undergoes a major transformation in the second book. Many readers are amazed at how strongly they root for a character they despised.

The End of Marking Time provides a touch of sci-fi as Michael O'Connor navigates a criminal justice system that substitutes counselors and monitoring technology for prisons and guards. This intense psychological novel challenges readers to consider all they know about crime and justice.

For traditional mystery readers, C.J. offers the Lorado Martin Mystery Series about a junk man who splits his time between the worlds of antiques and collectibles and his work providing housing and jobs for recovering addicts. The first book in the series, Dinner At Deadman's was released in 2012.

Find C.J. at www.22wb.com or on facebook at www.facebook.com/cjwestfans

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I picked up a copy of C.J. West's "Sin and Vengeance", and settled in to read it after work. Several hours later, I'd had an evening of twists and turns, vivid characters, and several moments where I found myself reminding myself to breathe.

Charlie, the son of an overbearing business man, and Randy, a free-wheeling man completely unworried about repercussions, are having a threesome with an older lady, Deirdre, in a vacant farmhouse. The death of a character scatters them, but they are brought back together seemingly by fate. The sins of more than one generation come back to haunt them, and the chase is on. I was spellbound by the turn of the pages that tied in tragic past events with current day vengeance. I'm not even sure if I ate dinner that night, as I was so sucked into the book. If you want a dish of adventure, C.J. hands it to you on a platter, and liberally sprinkles twists and turns like a master chef adds eye-catching garnish. No mere parsley on the side here!

Go pick up a copy - you know that you want to!
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This book was one of the most exciting I've read in a long time! The characters are complex-especially Randy-and the plot is intricate. I never was able to get one step ahead of Randy and his manipulations. His blinding need for revenge is astounding. The twists and turns in the book keep you on a roller coaster that ends with Charlie coming into his own and finally outwitting Randy. I could not put it down!! I hope the movie makes it to the big screen!
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I really don't understand the "I couldn't put it down" reviews for this book. I put it down, permanently, about halfway through. It just goes on and on and on without much happening to keep the readers attention. While it has good, but not excellent, plot line, it takes forever for it to unfold and even when it does, the story plods along. This is one I was really let down by after all the sterling reviews. The only reason I even gave it a two is that it is one of the best formatted Kindle books I've read - someone took their time with this one.
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A rising collegiate football star whose wealthy family owns a chain of wineries. What could possibly go wrong in his life? Plenty when C. J. West is the teller of Charlie Marston's tale. With the deft hand of a master, Mr. West weaves a riveting plot with more twists and turns than Lombard Street. From the opening scene when Charlie becomes an unwitting accomplice to murder to a climactic battle of wits against a diabolical mind intent of destroying him and his family, C. J. grabs the reader in a vise grip of mystery and suspense that refuses to release until the final page. I look forward to reading more tales by this author.
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This author is adept at weaving a perfect blend of intrigue and suspense. C.J. West's imaginative mind will take you through interesting and complex characters, detailed plot scenarios, twists and turns. He deftly develops his characters and enables the reader to attain the crucial insight into their actions and thought processes that makes a book excellent.

Sin & Vengeance is fresh, fast-paced action and addictive! What sets this book apart from other mysteries and novels is the level of detail that C.J. West infuses into his plot. Sin & Vengeance was well worth the price and effort to purchase and bound to become a best seller. I predict with his ability to weave a tale with such finesse and his command of the English language, C.J. West will become a household name.
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By Labrynth on April 15, 2010
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Spoilers ahoy!

I liked the writing and the plot well enough, but had a hard time caring one way or the other about any of the characters. Randy is obviously a whack-job and I honestly don't even care how he got that way. Charles is an egotistical ass. Charlie is a lemming. Deidre isn't much better than a lemming. The only two who I remotely liked were Laroche (And even he's sketchy) and Elisabeth. Tho why she didn't just walk out when she figured out what was going on I'm not sure I'll ever understand. You're husband is a lying sack of crap at best and a murderer at worst... hmmm. Gaaaaaaah.
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In reading the reviews I find myself somewhere in between "I couldn't put it down" and the ones that said it was so boring they couldn't finish it. It is true that it starts out slowly and I thought of deleting it from my kindly several times but I plodded through and was glad I did. Probably about the time one reviewer said he gave up on the book it became much more exciting.

If you have the patience to wait for the action to pick up I would recommend this book.
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I sent this comment directly to Mr. West, and just wanted to share it with other readers with the addition of:'This is a nust read if you like action, suspense and mystery".
CJ,
It took a while to get the book from Barnes and Noble, and I had a stack to read, but once I got to Sin and Vengeance I was not disappointed !!! Randy/Oliver is one of the best protagonists I have come across in years, and Charles Marston is a great depiction of the typical parent who has an athlete for a son or daughter. They are never good enough and sports is a waste of time to them !!!
When I hit page 100 I was so entranced I stayed up until 2:30 AM to finish what I started.
I cannot understand, with all the crap out there why a major publisher has not jumped all over you with a big time deal. The story is believable and haunting, and the writing flows effortlessly with characters that are so well conceived you can almost reach out and touch them.
I won't stop here, and I certainly hope you won't either. Keep writing works like this and you will be a household name sometime soon.
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