- Series: The Rail Black Novels
- Paperback: 450 pages
- Publisher: Rothington House; First edition (March 21, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780991599103
- ISBN-13: 978-0991599103
- ASIN: 0991599101
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,727,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
There were a few editing/verb errors, but my main complaint, besides the pornographic sex, is that the book was tedious and had far too many characters to keep up with. And I never did understand why people were fighting to obtain a screen play that looked boring at best.
The ending was up in the air. This was a very long, tedious book, and I regret wasting my time reading it.