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A Review of Inherit the Dead by Lee Child and Others

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by Lee Child, C. J. Box, Charlaine Harris, John Connolly, Mary Higgins Clark, and others

This was a fun book to read because the authors seemed to be having a ball writing it. Each of the authors would write a chapter, most of the time leaving some sort of a cliffhanger or a tight squeeze that the next author would have to work out a solution for. In the first half of the book each author would introduce a new player in the story. Then once everyone was known the authors would mix it up, so they might not be the person that you thought they were at first. And of course, they all bring some of their unique styles to the narrative.

Linda Fairstein wanted to draw attention to “Safe Horizon, the largest victims’ support charity in the United States”. So Jonathan Santlofer agreed to put the book together and called on 20 renowned crime writers to be a part of this book in support of Safe Horizon. “They all said yes.” “and rallied around a good cause” (From the Introduction)

I give this book 4 Stars out of 5 and A Big Thumbs Up. I enjoyed the idea of a serial novel written by so many authors that I read and follow. It was fun and interesting and supports a good cause. Read “Inherit the Dead” if you like any of these authors. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.

Book Description

Release date: October 8, 2013

TO FIND AN ANGEL, HE MADE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL.

Pericles “Perry” Christo is a PI with a past—a former cop, who lost his badge and his family when a corruption scandal left him broke and disgraced. When wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla summons him one cold February night, he grabs what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case.

The socialite is looking for her beautiful, aimless daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young woman. But as Christo digs deeper, he discovers there’s much more to the lovely “Angel” than meets the eye. Her father, her best friend, her boyfriends all have agendas of their own. Angel, he soon realizes, may be in grave danger . . . and if Christo gets too close, he just might get caught in the crossfire.

This classic noir tale twists and turns down New York’s mean streets and along Hamptons’ beaches and back roads during a bitterly cold and gray winter where nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to hide. In an inventive storytelling approach, each writer brings his or her distinctive voice to a chapter of Inherit the Dead, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale.

Product Details

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Touchstone (October 8, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1451684754

ISBN-13: 978-1451684759

Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Despite the usual serial-novel pitfalls, C.J. Box, Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark, Charlaine Harris, Val McDermid, and the 15 other distinguished crime authors who each contribute a chapter to this team project succeed in fashioning an engaging and cohesive plot. Each author maintains his or her distinctive style and storytelling approach. Marcia Clark’s offering is a mini–legal thriller, for example, while Heather Graham’s is heavy on the romance. Wealthy Julia Drusilla hires former NYPD homicide cop Pericles Perry Christo to find her missing 20-year-old daughter, Angelina, who’s set to inherit a fortune. The trail to Angel, as her family calls her, twists from Manhattan’s Upper East Side to the Hamptons and Brooklyn. Everyone in Angel’s life has an ulterior motive, including her father, boyfriend, and best friend. The chapters move seamlessly as clues and storylines set up by one author are expanded by the next. Royalties in excess of editor and contributor compensations go to Safe Horizon, America’s largest provider of services for domestic violence victims. (Oct.)

From Booklist

Although it’s not a sequel to 2011’s No Rest for the Dead, this novel-by-committee is a very good follow-up. Twenty writers—among them such notables as Billingham, Box, Bruen, Connolly, and McDermid—combine forces to tell the story of private investigator Perry Christo, a former NYPD homicide cop who’s hired by a society woman to find her missing daughter, Angel, who doesn’t know that she’s about to become a fabulously wealthy heiress. But that will only happen if Angel signs some documents on her twenty-first birthday, which means Perry is operating on a short deadline. Adopting a conventional PI format, the book makes a few nods to classics of the genre (a character named Elisha Hook, for example, is a clear reference to actor Elisha Cook, Jr., who appeared in The Maltese Falcon). There are some stylistic variations between the 20 authors—John Connolly doesn’t sound like Charlaine Harris—but, for the most part, the story moves as though there were a single hand on the tiller. Not merely a genre curiosity, the book is a well-told mystery that stands on its own two (or 40) feet. –David Pitt

The book description is from Amazon. Inherit the Dead

Review of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch

Do you like to read? Have you ever thought that you wanted to write a book? Are you an author who doesn’t feel that he is getting a fair shake from his publisher? Are you curious about the new wave of self published books that are filling thee shelves at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo? Would you like to see how some authors can can create a buzz and how they keep that buzz going? If any of these sound like you, then you must grab this book and read it through. It works best on a tablet or smart phone that has internet access because there are many active links that you will want to explore.

The authors start by asking the question “Should You Write a Book?” They continue with a “Review of Traditional  Publishing.” After that they explore ebooks and why self-publishing might be the preferred way to go if you are an unpublished author. This is the “Author” part of the book. They then shift to the “Publisher” part and examine “How to Edit Your Book”, “How to Avoid the Self-Published Look”, and other publisher concerns. Then to finish it all off they talk about marketing and sales. This is the “Entrepreneur” section. Some topics are “How to Guerrilla-Market Your Book” and dealing with and using social media.reate a buzz and how they keep that buzz going? If any of these sound like you, then you must grab this book and read it through. It works best on a tablet or smart phone that has internet access because there are many active links that you will want to explore.

You will want to read though this book even before you start to write that first great book that is in your head. Then you will refer to it time and time again as you work on your pet project.

I give this 5 stars and recommend this to any aspiring author.

I received this e-book for free from Net Galley.

Description 

In 2011 the publisher of Guy Kawasaki’s New York Times bestseller, Enchantment, could not fill an order for 500 ebook copies of the book. Because of this experience, Guy self-published his next book, What the Plus! and learned first-hand that self-publishing is a complex, confusing, and idiosyncratic process. As Steve Jobs said, “There must be a better way.”

With Shawn Welch, a tech wizard, Guy wrote APE to help people take control of their writing careers by publishing their books. The thesis of APE is simple but powerful: When a self-publisher successfully fills three roles—author, publisher and entrepreneur—the potential benefits are greater than with traditional publishing.

Guy and Shawn call this “artisanal publishing.”

Artisanal publishing features writers who love their craft, and who control every aspect of the process from beginning to end. In this new approach, writers are no longer at the mercy of large, traditional publishers, and readers will have more books to read

APE is 300 pages of tactical and practical inspiration. People who want a hype-filled, get-rich-quick book should look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you want a comprehensive and realistic guide to self-publishing, APE is for you.

Product Details

File Size: 8543 KB

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Nononina Press; 1.0 edition (December 10, 2012)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Language: English

ASIN: B00AGFU5VS

Text-to-Speech: Enabled

X-Ray: NotEnabled

Lending: Enabled

About the Authors

Guy Kawasaki is the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. He is also the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Shawn Welch is the author of From Idea to App, iOS 5 Core Frameworks, and iOS 6 for Developers as well as the developer of several iOS apps. Previously he worked as a senior media-editor for Pearson Education.

He also helped pioneer many of Pearson’s earliest efforts in iPad solutions. Welch has a BS from Kansas State University.