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Beverly Hills is Burning: A Rail Black Novel (The Rail Black Novels) (Volume 3) Paperback – March 21, 2014
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"What would happen if an incredibly gifted writer smashed together the best of Bond, Hammer and McGee?... Turns out Neil Russell is that author. Rail Black is that hero and BEVERLY HILLS IS BURNING is that book. "BURNING" is filled with intense sex, harsh language, graphic violence and a great story interweaving mysteries from 1930's Cuba with today's Hollywood... Gangsters... Hollywood stars, starlets, sexual predators and producers do things that will make parts of you stand on end..."
Myles Knapp, Thriller Reviewer, Bay Area News Group
About the Author
Neil Russell is founder and president of Site 85 Productions, Inc. He is a former senior executive with Paramount, Columbia, MGM/UA and Carolco Pictures, and the author of the Rail Black novels CITY OF WAR and WILDCASE.
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Let’s just get this out of the way this book is loaded with adult language, adult situations, violence, drug use, sex, bondage, sadomasochism and torture. It is also filled with gangsters, from modern times and the distant past; Hollywood insiders and stars of the golden screen.
The main character; or at least the one who ties all of the separate plot lines together is Rail Black, a multibillionaire, former Delta Force member, private jet owner & tragic widower. He is larger than life, his friends are larger than life his house and cars are larger than life.
With all of that said this book is stunningly brilliant. Each event builds on another, sometimes seemingly unrelated until you get to the reveal and BAM! It all comes together.
To start out, there is some strong language and there are some pretty explicit sex scenes, but these are not a focal point of the story.
I got this book Free for Kindle app, because this is how indie authors make their money, by giving stuff away. This is book #3 of the Rail Black series, so Russell did make beer money, because I wanted to read the first two books before this one. Beverly Hills Burning can be read first, but the 1st two books give you background information that helps you get a better handle on the characters.
I do not know how rich Rail Black is supposed to be, but suffice it to say, money is never an issue to accomplish his goals. I also am not sure how tall he is, but Tom Cruise could never play him in a movie. :) He is former Delta and has a self-deprecating sense of humor.
Rail Black likes to help out people with problems. How he does this is what makes all three of these books so good. In this case, we have two really good stories, one with a timeline in the 1930s and the other in the present. The trick is to connect the two in a plausible manner so it doesn't look contrived. A movie script and huge diamond that is cause for murder in the '30s returns to have the same effect in the present time, and it is up to Rail to sort it all out. This he doe quite masterfully.
This is an excellent read, even if you have to pay for it! :)
The charismatic hero, billionaire Rail Black, is as tough as he is rich, tall, and good-looking. The former Delta Force operative uses his acquired and natural skills to help friends with special problems - and there is no shortage of either. He does favors for these friends but enemies lurk - no “ghosts or specters or vampires” - as Rail Black says - “all that’s really out there are terrible people doing terrible things...”
The sheer velocity of the prose, the vividly described exotic locales – Cuba, Mexico, Laguna Beach, and Beverly Hills – and the intricate plot, make the book almost impossible to put down – but it is not for those with delicate sensibilities. If this was a movie (which it surely will be) it would be R-rated – for graphic violence, language and lots of sex, (conventional and otherwise).
Hurtling along this accelerating, breathtaking, and unpredictable mystery ride, you will learn fascinating details about the finer things in life - yachts, cars, motorcycles, aircraft, jewels, architecture, art, and wine – plus juicy lore about authentic Hollywood, from a guy who really knows – Russell grew up in show business and knows it from the ground - and seamy side - up. He will keep the modern reader guessing about the real identities of some of the contemporary characters – and that is part of the fun.
This is a page-turner you’ll “burn” through – summer reading at its most entertaining.