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Fifth Avenue Paperback – October 12, 2010
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It did take a bit for me to get in to the book, as quite a few characters are thrown at you at once. However, if you stick with the book, you will be on a roller coaster ride of action, suspense and surprise. There were several things I did not see coming down the road, and one in particular, literally took my breath away, and I had to sit there and simply digest what had just happened. I was just blown away. THAT makes for a great read!
I am already downloading Running of the Bulls, hoping that Mr. Smith (Michael) gets even better. Thank you for the great read....
PS. I just read some other reviews, where readers were upset by the "sex scenes." I did not feel they were gratuitous at all, but rather set out the harsh reality of certain characters' downfalls. I actually only remember one, and yes it was "graphic" but quickly dispensed with to set the scene for the necessary blackmail of the character. JMHO....
Good story that pulls you in.
A real feel for the setting in NYC.
Diverse cast of characters (the rich executives, the mafia, the professional assassin, the closet gay man, the actor, the shipping magnate, the lovesick lawyer).
A number of plot twists.
Two very dysfunctional families that are fun to watch.
Well written for the most part.
The plot is a bit unbelievable at times.
There are so many characters it is sometimes hard to follow. I had to keep going back to see who was who.
The cast of characters is a little stretched (the mafia is involved to try to stop the assassin?).
Some of the plot twists are really over the top.
There are a number of typos and misused words.
There is too much "telling" what the characters are feeling instead of "showing" it by actions.
I was not bothered by the gay sex scene (there is only one in the book), so I didn't list it as a negative. But I can see how some readers might be.
I think you will enjoy the book if you are looking for a fun read about dysfunctional rich families that is well written with an interesting plot. If you are looking for a totally realistic plot, are unwilling to suspend disbelief at times, are not interested in a complex plot with a lot of characters, or are offended by graphic gay sex, you won't like it.
I liked it and will probably read the rest of the series.
The book is extremely well written and I could not put down once I started it so I read it one sitting. I will read more by this author.
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Goes into relationships good and bad. Finally resolves itself by the end.