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Watch Your Back [Kindle Edition]

James Scott Bell
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Like your suspense lean and mean?

From the master of "heart-whamming" thrillers (Publishers Weekly) comes a collection of suspense full of the twists and shocks James Scott Bell is known for.

In the title novella, "Watch Your Back," hotshot IT guy Cameron Cates seems to have it all. A secure job, a fiancée who loves him and the prospect of a steady life ahead. But then he sees her. The new woman at work. And like watching a car crash in slow motion, Cam knows he can't turn away and is powerless to stop what happens next. A tale of lust and greed and corporate America––and what happens to dreams that become all too real.

"Fore Play" is the story of the world's top golfer and the trouble that follows his off the course activities. Let's put it this way: his game will never be the same.

In "Rage Road," a nice young couple thinks they're out for a smooth ride through some lovely country. The truck behind them has a different idea.

Married man Frank Dabney has learned to listen to his wife, Susie. But in "Heed the Wife" he finds out he may have listened one too many times.

"Compulsively readable, Bell takes his place at the top of the crowded suspense genre." – Sheldon Siegel, New York Times bestselling author

"One of the best writers out there, bar none." – In the Library Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 268 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Compendium Press (February 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MYH0MG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,675 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful, fantastic collection of stories! February 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new era in books March 25, 2011
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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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read March 2, 2011
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Having never read a James Scott Bell novel . . . July 2, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever Wanted To Walk On The Wild Side? March 24, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun: Read it with the free Kindle app February 24, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air March 4, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great suspense, disappointed in the author for language January 26, 2012
By Mark B
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This collection of short stories is a great read, and has great suspense. James Scott Bell is a Christian author, and I was surprised and disappointed at some of the language he used in the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
James Scott Bell never disappoints. I read this in two days - couldn't put it down.
Published 4 months ago by Jane Daly
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. I like the way he writes
Very good. I like the way he writes. Always keeps you guessing and the endings are not what you expect.
Published 5 months ago by genevie sheets
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting, but not his best work
I like the book but lacked the character development like the author does in other books. It also lacked a lot of his legal angles, the suspense, I usually enjoy from the author.
Published 5 months ago by Wildcats_Chrad
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Your Back
Great Reading. I highly recommend this book and all of James Scott Bell's books.
Published 6 months ago by P. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read. James Scott Bell fans will not be disappointed.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good characters and plot line. Bell is a good writer.
Published 7 months ago by Judith Dennison
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 10 months ago by Marie Eastman
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good perspective
I enjoyed this short but wished it was a little bit longer. I love the different perspective Mr. Bell inserts into his works.
Published on January 14, 2013 by Debbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read!
This book consists of one novella and three short stories.
Watch Your Back is a good, pageturning, fun read. Read more
Published on August 4, 2012 by Knut E
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Rides Ahead
I just finished reading James Scott Bell's "Watch Your Back: a novella & 3 stories". Having read nothing by this author before (but I certainly will in the near future! Read more
Published on July 4, 2012 by Kathy Piper
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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 --

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