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The Winemaker's Son Paperback – October 20, 2005
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From the Publisher
CJ West is a compelling young writer with a unique voice and a talent for breathing life into even his minor characters. He paints his scenes so vividly that we were proud, but not surprised, when this work was optioned for film. West has created a work so fast-paced and a plot so dynamic that readers are too enthralled to stop and unravel the intricacies on their own. Even when readers finally believe they've got it all figured out, West ends with a flourish of surprises that forces readers to consider the entire work, all the way back to the opening erotic scene.
From the Author
I hope you enjoy this story about the Marstons as much as I enjoyed writing it. I welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also be sure to check out the Hidden Code Contest. I have hidden two messages within the book. The first person to decode them and email the results to me, wins.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm afraid to do a synopsis on this book because I'll give so much away. There are juicy little twists and turns that lead you to this labyrinth of destruction. No, I can't do the synopsis on this. I must refer to the Amazon.com description of this book instead of giving you my own version:
When his knee shatters on the playing field, Charlie Marston is plunged into turmoil. The fallen college superstar joins the family winemaking business, but working alongside his parents is not the future he had planned. He escapes work whenever he can and soon finds a new friend named Randy Black. Randy is part stunt-pilot, part Casanova, and part drunken Pied Piper. Randy introduces Charlie to Deirdre Deudon, the provocative wife of a French farmer. They come together in an ill-conceived stunt that explodes into consequences that chase Charlie and Randy back home to Massachusetts and change Deirdre's life forever. The after-effects of this tragic mistake bind the three of them together and threaten everything they hold dear.
And now, for my opinion. BUY IT. Buy it. BUY IT! CJ will take you through the mind of a deluded psycho path with murderous intentions and a penchant for artful messages with every game he plays. The full impact of how the characters are woven together isn't seen until the last 20% of the book and you'll be amazed at how it turns and twists.
If you love a good mystery mixed with murder and intrigue, do not hesitate to purchase this book. At $2.99 for the Kindle download, he's practically giving it away.
Thank you, CJ, for the trip inside this world. I loved every minute of it!
There also felt to be some unresolved plot points, or at least items brought in that never get explained. For instance, the discovery the French police officer makes in the barn at the farmhouse in France, as well as the deal with the owner of the farmhouse in France where the story begins. Mentioned number of times, but I felt like it was left out how they came into play with the whole story.
Otherwise, the book is quite well written. There is a good pace to the events and a nice ebb and flow of things happening and things to come. While CJ West does seem to get a bit wordy at times, it doesn't take away from the story where you feel like you can skip paragraphs at a time and still not miss anything.
What I wasn't expecting was the storyline starting with such an incredible opening (a threesome) and turn of events that made the first part of the book in France full of twisting events, and it was a page-turner. Things slow down a bit as Charlie flees France for Westport and more trouble with Randy. I found the story really interesting until the parents arrive from France and the cat & mouse game at the winery would've been good in a movie (Action/suspense), but I found the story slowed noticeably there for me.
I had a hard time figuring out WHY a reasonably smart guy like Charlie would hang around a Randy (esp. with the New Bedford connection--which I have a lot of family in New Bedford--but there are some pretty unsavory characters in that city these days. It's an insider's POV, but it definitely fits Randy) I questioned this every time Charlie hung around Randy and things went very wrong (and he knew it was coming). I chalked it up to a being young, but we find out more later.
A couple things: The first scene is sexually graphic and later in the book there are some situations that are disgusting(as intended).
I can absolutely see why a movie company optioned this thriller, and I think CJ is just hitting his stride in writing and telling a good mystery/thriller with this book. The $2.99 I paid was worth it and I look forward to more CJ West!