- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: White Whisker Books; First edition (May 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983632960
- ISBN-13: 978-0983632962
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,204,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Meeks may have daringly stepped into new territory, but the fact that he continues to remain in the rarefied atmosphere of fine contemporary authors is secure." - Grady Harp, Literary Aficionado
"Blood Drama is very much a thriller, but it is a thriller with a romantic twist. Protagonist Ian Nash is not as easily defeated man. He is a winner in spite of himself, and we love him for that." - Sam Sattler, Book Chase
"Blood Drama is highly entertaining and extremely enjoyable. It is a combination black comedy and crime novel." - Lori Lutes, She Treads Softly
"I loved this book from page one. The story spun here was so delicately woven, it kept my rapt attention from start to finish." - Krystal Milton, DWED
"Blood Drama is a marvelous action thriller that culminates in a gut-wrenching life-or-death climax." - Jim Chambers, Top 50 Reviewer, Amazon
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"Author Christopher Meeks synthesizes all with elan in this most recent narrative triumph. It unfailingly entertains!" - Gerald Locklin, author of The Vampires Saved Civilization
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The story opens begins when Nash loses his job, gets thrown out of his graduate program, misses his exit on the freeway, and winds up at a coffee shop filling out a job application. If the day isn't going badly enough, the coffee shop is in the lobby of a bank.
The bank is robbed and Nash taken as the only hostage by the bank robbers--and this is just the beginning. The action continues from the opening scene until the closing scene with no wasted words. Ever scene moves the story forward and leaves you asking, what is going to happen next? What more could possibly happen?
Just when you figure things cannot possible become worse author Christopher Meeks delivers, yet another astounding blow to Nash's adventure. What I loved the best about Meek's novel is that there was no wasted time describing the leaves on the trees or cumbersome background information to make my inattentive eyes glaze over.
I found Blood Drama to be an easy, pleasant, read. Give it a shot; you won't be disappointed. I will be on the lookout for more of Meek's novels in the future.
A page-turning quirky thriller, Meeks’ latest novel is also an astute look at the living (and dying) theater of everyday life; and how, as protagonists nestled inside our stories, we suddenly find ourselves cast into life-and-death dramas, as victims.
Using David Mamet’s unrelenting vision of character as compass, Meeks’ academic dramaturge reinvents his part, to emerge whole at The End and not disappear in the act of someone’ else’s play.
Meeks does all that…and a great deal more.
In this book, Blood Drama, tells a longer story. It begins with Ian Nash, a drama school grad student who is having a bad day. After being dropped from his Ph.D. program, Ian stops for coffee and manages to wind up as a hostage in a bank robbery gone wrong. It's a classic case of a bad day gone much worse.
Meeks takes all the cliches of a thriller, the desperate criminal, the wise-cracking cops, the beautiful FBI agent and the hapless every man caught in the middle and takes them mostly in the ways you'd expect. But there are enough "wait, he did what?" moments in the tale to keep you turning the pages and the dialog sparkles and cracks with wit. I found, as I turned the pages, that while I certainly didn't like every character (indeed, I found Ian pretty annoying at times) I cared what happened. I bought into the story and the characters.
Meeks is not afraid to be outrageous and while the book comes dangerously close to collapsing under the "writer's fantasy problem" (Do you think the beautiful FBI agent is going to fall for the annoying, self-absorbed, Mamet-obsessed writer-type? Is said writerly guy going to grow as a person and save the day? Well, what do you think!) Meeks manages to both play by the cliche, poke fun at it and hit a layer of truth underneath it all. When I've described some of the more outrageous scenes to friends they've said "that sounds awful." And you'd think it would be, but somehow under Meeks' watchful eye and wise pen, it's not.
Meeks writes about people trying to solve problem of making it through the day. Blood Drama sees just how bad a day can get. Meeks takes the thriller and gives it a heart. A dopey, exasperating heart, but one that beats true.
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