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  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Compendium Press (February 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MYH0MG
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JAMES SCOTT BELL is a bestselling and award winning suspense writer, and one of the top writing coaches in the country. He writes in both the traditional and indie publishing realms. Writing as K. Bennett, he is the author of the Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law series, which begins with PAY ME IN FLESH. In 2012 he became the first writer to have a self published work nominated for the prestigious International Thriller Writers Award (for the novella ONE MORE LIE). He was the fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine and has written four popular books for the Writers Digest line: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers and Conflict & Suspense. Jim taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and continues to teach at numerous writers conferences in the United States, Canada, London, Australia, and New Zealand. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He lives and writes in L.A. He blogs weekly at Kill Zone -- www.killzoneauthors.blogspot.com

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James Scott Bell is a master storyteller. In a few short words he can make you care about a character, cause you to wave your hands in warning as they speed toward disaster, or root for them to win the day. Watch Your Back is exactly that kind of story. I read the first novella in one night, unable to put it down. A fantastic read! And the bonus is a collection of riveting short stories. They are the perfect way to end the day - quick and delicious reads by a suspense master. Give us more of these, JSB!
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I must say, I didn't know what to expect when I bought the book. Some months back, I have read Mr. Bell's TRY FEAR and loved it. I've relied on his non-fiction books to help write two novels. In short, have a lot of respect for what James Scott Bell does.

Back to the book: I killed my sleep pattern on the first night. I read the first two stories in one sitting. The next ones, I finished up the next morning. The writing is crisp, fun, and the stories keep you "flipping" the pages.

I've had a lot of suspicions with eBooks that are self-published. I've bought two in the past and honestly, couldn't get passed the first five pages-- Mistakes, poor dialogue, flat characters, no story!

Then I got this. Granted, James is no amateur, so I knew I'd get a great story. But what I got was the rebirth of an old genre. I can see how great authors, who want to write short stories, now have a very viable medium. If you like solid stories, told by a great story teller, then this book will do the trick.

I highly recommend it, and look forward to future releases. Now, if only more established writers did this, then the eBook business could see a new spike in sales and confidence.
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This was my first story/stories from this genre in 48 years of voracious reading. Having no experience with this genre I don't think I'm qualified to give a credible review. It wasn't until after I bought it that I noticed the Christian tag. I guess I'm slow. I was really glad for it though. It contained no offensive material. I enjoyed reading it. I would never have given it a try where it not for the price.
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This is my first James Scott Bell novel and I was disappointed to say the least. Fortunately, he writes well and so the read was not a total waste. If you want the "bad girl, poor boy" approach to life, then you'll love this book. If you think dark, you'll love this book. If you want a fast read that you don't have to think when reading, you'll love this book. If you want unhappy endings, you'll love this book. But if you want equality, fun read, a little light among the dark, fulfilling ending (not necessarily always great but fulfilling), and clean language, you don't want to read this book. I'm going to give him another try based on other reviews about his former books and hopefully can forget that I was disappointed with my first read. Sometimes when an author tries to step out of what his audience loves for the purpose of seeing if he can gain more of a following or to see if he can really write differently and be accepted, the author fails. I believe Mr. Bell failed with this one. I'd like to see him go back to what he must be good at.
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Author James Scott Bell' WATCH YOUR BACK novella, trailed by three short stories, takes readers to the edge of conflict, dipping into the blackness of human greed, anger and lust. Center stage in this novella, Cam emerges as a conflicted computer geek whose attention is captured by the alluring new employee, Laine. Cam has already promised his hand in marriage to another woman, but his desire to shed any religions restraints--represented by his fiancée, Ann Pellite, and her church-going family--slowly draws him to walk on the wild side with Laine. As he grapples with the allure of money, greed, and excitement, he begins to find out that not everything is what it appears to be. WATCH YOUR BACK, coupled with similar messages in the three short stories--FORE PLAY, RAGE ROAD, and HEED THE WIFE--gives readers a good taste of James Scott Bell in full writing form. Recommend readers grab their own copy soon and enjoy each unexpected ending as these stories unfold.
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Strong pulp-era vibe. Stories with quirky, noir twists. Anything JSB does is worth checking out, from his how-to writing books to his powerful fiction.
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This is a book of short crime stories. The first story is a great deal longer than the others. They were fun to have to read when I had just a few minutes here and there. I could read one, then put the book down until later without that craving to know what happens next. I've never read an anthology before, so that was kind of nice.

The stories were darker. They left me feeling a bit uncomfortable. Most of them ended with the Twilight Zone-esque cliffhangers that make you think. So if you are a fan of closure and happy endings, you won't find that here. But these are interesting stories about people being people, succumbing to greed, lust, power, and pride. They'll make you think, that's for sure.
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James Scott Bell makes no secret of his love for the noir genre of fiction. In this, his first foray into e-books, he gives us some great examples of that genre. The writing is crisp, the characters well-drawn, and the stories move at a rapid clip. I look forward to more of these from this talented writer. If noir fiction is your dish, grab this one.
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