- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 21, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1630889296
- ISBN-13: 978-1630889296
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,243,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hollywood Lost Hardcover – April 21, 2015
About the Author
Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. He has authored more than sixty books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children’s works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace lives in Arkansas. Learn more about him by visiting AceCollins.com.
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While I enjoyed the storyline, it was not as challenging as The Color of Justice. With the exception of a few twists in the search for the murderer, Collins is a little more formulatic in Hollywood Lost.
But it is still a good read that includes an appendix of thought-provoking questions that can be used in a Christian book club or Bible study.
I will definitely read more of Collins' work - he is a talented writer and mystery fans will enjoy Hollywood Lost. But if you are new to Ace Collins, I would pick up The Color of Justice first.
Too bad we can't give half stars - this is better than a three-star book but for me just shy of four.
Hollywood Lost, part of Abingdon Press's Christian fiction line, presents an intriguing mystery. It also accomplishes something more. It presents situations that cause people to consider and question the norms of society. On the Galaxy Studios lot nothing and no one are what they seem and people are willing to do whatever it takes - right or wrong - to get what they need, whether it is a chance at fame or money to support a family. Secrets also must be kept at any cost. But Shelby is determined to hold on to her morals in spite of Hollywood's siren call. Nevertheless she is soon confronted by some hard choices. Does she allow a killer to remain free when it is in her power to help the police catch him? Or does she refuse because she will be putting her reputation, her morals and even her life on the line?
On the surface there are plenty of the usual Christian platitudes that can, from a lesser talent, leave a story stale and flat. But in this book they are simply the first layer of the onion. Those who care to go deeper will find threads of thought on judging others, sacrifice, second chances, the misuse of power and more. This is a great mystery for Christian fiction lovers and I would not hesitate to recommend it mystery lovers who don't normally read Christian fiction as well.
So what do I mean as far as style? It's like watching a movie set in the 30's. You feel like you are transported to this era. I don't know HOW the author does this, but twice now he's done it. His characters have such depth to them, such character. I can hear them talk off the pages to me. LOL This one was no exception... I was a huge fan of Shelby because she has backbone and spunk; she was absolutely hilarious when it came to her verbal spars with the men, very Jane Austenish. I loved that. The mystery kept me on my toes the entire time... the author is great at making the bad guy a person you did not expect, and he added in a nice twisty end I did not expect.
But the end is where this book, as the previous book of his I read, was weak. Shelby became a bit muddled and I didn't appreciate how she kind of changed and didn't seem the same person; and there was no super good reason for her to really do so in the book other than the author penning it that way. And same with some of the worldly ones... they didn't really have any set reason to change for the better so when they did it just felt flat and unrealistic. So with this minor complaint along with the quick "this is why the bad guy must be the bad guy" ending (I never like those!) made me take a star off of it. I still would definitely recommend the book in a heartbeat; it's top notch and much better than most Christian Fiction I have read!