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First Thrills Mass Market Paperback – May 24, 2011
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The International Thriller Writers Organization has been doing something about that, publishing collections of original short thriller and crime fiction on a regular basis. The latest of these, FIRST THRILLS, is a masterpiece, comprised of 25 stories that each possesses some quality for recommendation. Nicely balanced between well-known authors and those who will be soon, it is a smorgasbord for readers who require an introduction to the thriller genre but are unsure where to begin. Those who are familiar with some of the contributors will enjoy encountering them in a somewhat different context --- short fiction --- as well as discovering new authors to place on their "must read" lists.
If there is one pervasive element that runs through FIRST THRILLS, it is the apparent inclination of at least some of the authors to take steps outside of their respective comfort zones. John Lescroart's "The Gato Conundrum" is an example. Lescroart, best known for his legal thrillers featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky, here taps into his inner Robert Ludlum with a haunting tale of espionage that is complete in less than 20 pages. Lee Child's "The Bodyguard" is not a Jack Reacher story.Read more ›
So their stories are like a benchmark to the other short stories of newcomers. For example Gregg Hurwitz (The Thief), Rip Gerber (Last Supper) and Alex Kava/Deb Carlin (After Dark) have certainly the potential for writing bestsellers. Their books are like the ones from Child and Deaver. Thrilling.
But this book contains also stories which are ... boring. That's not the place for giving a whole summary. If you like thrillers, this is your book to read. You'll get an impression, which author is able to bind your attention. So this book is a very good decision-making aid for buying new books of relatively unknown writers. That and some very good stories are the reason for 5 stars.
(Please, all you readers, forgive my english. It's just the second review I wrote in english. I promise, I'll improve my english.)
Some of the short stories were good, others not so. I know this is a matter of personal taste so it would be impossible to say that any of the stories were bad.
Most of the stories seemed to skim across the surface and were over before they really developed and held my attention. This I found unrewarding. Surprisingly I was not appreciative of some of the more 'famous' contributors to the eBook.
Unless you really prefer to read short stories I would avoid this title. If you really like the complexities and involvement of a plot to give you pleasure in your reading, then steer you attention towards fully fledged novels. This would not be for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is indeed full of thrills. It is unlike anything else I have read. I strongly suggest reading it for a great adventure.Published 3 months ago by slot playing granny
The stories were mostly good, some I wish had been a full book some, not so much. Enjoyed and recommend to anyone who likes thrillers.Published 12 months ago by Rick W.
Short stories are great but it leaves me wanting "the rest of the story".Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not at all like a Lee Child book. A total disconnect. Wouldn't recommend it at all. Would rather read his other books again!Published 15 months ago by Menon