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I worked fairly closely with the author at Xbox, when I was part of the slightly maligned Marketing and PR Teams over in Building A, where Callie's body was found. I had the chance to partner with Christa on several projects, and was at many of the events he covered with the Xbox community. I know her as a talented writer, and a smart, quirky, and maybe-only-slightly-less-outrageous than her protagonist Lexy.
I looked forward to checking out Christa's first book, especially because it takes place in a familiar place. I hoped to revisit my old stomping grounds, and catch glimpses of co-workers in her characters. In that sense, I was completely satisfied.
I was surprised to find the book intriguing, engaging, and well-written. Throughout, the story progressed at a rapid pace, and I finished it in a couple of sittings. I always count on a book to introduce me to interesting characters, to challenge my thinking, and to capture my imagination in the times between reading. This book did all that. I find myself still intrigued about a few of the characters. It's either the work of a good writer (I think it is), or that I could identify so closely with the characters (and in that case, she did such a good job synching with my experience that it felt quite real--another testament to Christa's writing).
[Note: To my knowledge, the woods behind the Xbox campus are free of corpses, and I doubt any employees were involved in anything illegal, unethical, or even questionable. Except for a blue-eyed anchorman with greying hair, a nice face, and laugh lines... Of course, that excludes anything that happens or may have happened at E3 or PAX...]
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any of my friends that are gamers, or that work in the videogame industry. More than that, I would recommend it to those that like a well-told mystery, or a captivating thriller that introduces you to the inside of a big company that sells widely-loved entertainment products. The only people I wouldn't recommend it to are my uber-religious friends that don't want a little colorful language or a few paragraphs of adult situations.
Read this book! Enjoy being present at the birth of what is sure to be an extremely successful writing career.
From a completely neutral perspective:
This book is an awesome mix of humor, action, sex and more. The storyline was so intriguing, I wanted to keep turning those virtual pages to find out what was going to happen next. The actual crime was mysterious enough to be compelling, and investigated and played-out well enough to be believable. I also loved the characters, they were interesting and I felt like I really cared about them. They seemed real, like the type of people you probably actually know. The author really has an amazing way of writing in a tone of voice that is completely realistic, none of the dialogue felt contrived. I loved that this story was set in the gaming/tech world, which is one that I'm somewhat familiar with and find to be interesting. However, you don't need to be a gaming nerd to enjoy this book - the story is fab in its own right.
From a more personal perspective:
I know the author, and I'd be lying if I said that didn't influence my enjoyment of this book. But honestly, it's just so well written, I'd give it a stellar review even if I didn't know Christa :) I know she's an avid reader like myself, and she's also a damn good writer. I got a huge kick out of reading a story that is set in a city and on a corporate campus that is modeled after one that I'm familiar with -- I could picture the places in mind, which added to the realism in the story. I also got a huge kick out of Lexy herself - there are certainly personality traits that are similar between our heroine and the author :) Oh, and add me to the Malick Fan Club. I picture him as a mix of Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana. Gggrrowwwll! I do hope he plays a prominent part in the next two books in the series ;)
Overall, this book is a fast and fun ride and I'd totally recommend it to anyone who likes their crime/thriller stories a bit on the risque side. Sexy Lexy doesn't disappoint!
I loved that the vast majority of the locations in the book are actually real, especially since I'm a Seattlite. More importantly, though, is that this witty and raunchy (don't get me wrong, I LOVE the raunchiness) has much empowerment embedded within the plot. A character that isn't afraid of her sexuality and wields it well is quite refreshing. On top of that, she's a believable person with relationships that evolve during the book in interesting ways.
Let me also add the fact that this book also provides excellent commentary on the video game industry: there's some awesome stuff that goes down in game development/marketing/etc, but there's also a plethora of jerks. For those who've at least had a glimpse in to what it's like, the instances of such commentary are hilariously relatable (I don't think any bit of what I just wrote made sense. Deal with it.).
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