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The Picture Kills (The Quintana Adventures) by [Bull, Ian]
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About the Author

Ian Bull is the pen name of Donald Ian Bull, a TV producer and director turned thriller novelist. His TV credits include The Real World, The Osbournes, and Dr.90210. He grew up in San Francisco, attended UC Berkeley and then UCLA, and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. In his free time, he likes to follow them around with a notebook and write down all the hilarious things they say. You can also read his blog about life if California at www.californiabull.blogspot.com

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  • File Size: 816 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MH3KDSC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I hadn't read a thriller in a long time, but this one held my interest and I totally enjoyed it. Each chapter leaves you wanting more. I love that there are two narrators -- one, a tough military guy-turned-paparazzo, the other, a beautiful actress with a no-nonsense personality. Maybe it's because I'm a girl, but I liked the Hollywood angle and the hints of romance that came along with the action (which is gripping!). There are cool locales, a good villain and some great payoffs at the end. Whether you're a thriller fan or not, I bet you'll enjoy THE PICTURE KILLS.
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I hardly have time to leisurely read anymore and really miss it. Luckily a friend who knows how much I crave mysteries and all those convoluted plots suggested this book to me..YEY! It was riveting from the first page, a quick read and couldn't wait to see what would happen next. As someone who works in the entertainment industry, I felt that author Ian Bull certainly captured the essence of many strong willed personalities..AND the behind the scene dramas that can take place! LOVED IT!
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This book could have been given six stars just because it was so well written. It is one of the few murder books that left me appreciating someone's ability to help the reader feel they knew the different characters, their emotions, and some less finer attributes many of us have noticed in people we know. I would recommend it to a lot of my friends.
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This one tends to be just a tad too drawn out here and there with extraneous detail.
STILL: in spite of that it moves along reasonably well and should keep you turning pages.
The plot line is a little thin, but that's OK as the author drops the 'hero' in some tight spots from which he needs to extricate himself.
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By DJB on August 22, 2014
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High danger and an interesting take on what otherwise might have been a formulaic book. The heroes were damaged and the damsels in distress did double duty as heroines. All that in a gorgeous island setting made for a good story.
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By C. B. on December 20, 2013
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This is a page turner! The writing style is clean and fast paced putting the reader right there at every moment of this suspense thriller. A great book to escape into and ignore all the other things you should be doing. I look forward to the next book!
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Every once in a while a book takes you by surprise with its masterful handling of plot, detail, characterization and suspense. Ian Bull's The Picture Kills is such a book. A thrilling page-turner with real literary value, The Picture Kills combines the international intrigue of Lee Child, the procedural know-how of Michael Connelly, and yes, the Hollywood insider's expertise of Jackie Collins, with a plot that takes the reader on a Bondian adventure across the globe. Daringly constructed in alternating points-of-view between the hero Steve Quintana and his female counterpart in distress, the book comes together in a shockingly hair-raising climax that only later will the reader realize had been set up and laid out by the author chapters in advance. In his protagonist Steve Quintana, Ian Bull has created a new thriller hero who's very human, prone to mistakes, frailty and self-doubt, yet with Scot Harvath power, Angus MacGyver ingenuity and Ethan Hunt resiliance that makes him ripe for a continuing literary series and makes this series perfect for cinematic adaptation. Ian Bull is a powerful author for the masses! I look forward to the Quintanta series, and am thankful the final pages leave that possibility very open.
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The Picture Kills
Ian Bull

This is a fun book: it kept me on the edge of my seat. Its dual perspectives and parallel narratives reveal a lot about the characters and enable us to contrast their thoughts, feelings and experiences. They often surprised me: their actions differed from from my expectations of them and from what mine would be. It was difficult to put the book down. Author Ian Bull has a keen insight into Julia, the kidnapped movie star.

What impressed me the most is that Bull gives us time to understand the characters and what is at stake for them. Everybody has his or her reasons for their actions. Their successes or failures are in no way guaranteed: like the characters, I always yearned to know what would happen next.

With its focus on the two characters' interior perspectives, the book sometimes felt more emotional or procedural than visual. I occasionally wanted more of a sense of the places that the story inhabits.

The book feels well researched: Bull seems to know a lot about military tactics, sailing, and the movie business, among other things central to the story. Steven Quintana is an engaging character that I hope to see more of.

I recommend that you read this book.
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