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City of War (Rail Black #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  9 reviews
His enemies are the most dangerous people in the world. So are his friends . . .

The sole heir to a media empire, Rail Black is larger than life, richer than almost anyone, and living in opulent seclusion in Beverly Hills. His "curse" is a need for excitement coupled with an oversized sense of justice, which impelled him into Delta Force. Now he helps people without option
ebook, 496 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books
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Am I a terrible person that I finished this book when I knew I would utterly hate it at page 38? Honestly, this is one of the least likable things I've ever read, and probably one of the least likable authors-since the protagonist has all the makings of an author avatar.

The issues with this book are beyond numerous, but key among them are the rampant misogyny, the terribly stock characters, and the annoying instance on the part of the author to declare viewpoints on things that have no bearing o
Andy Gavin
I don't read too many Thrillers without a Horror/Sci-fi/Fantasy/Supernatural element, but I was introduced to the author through a friend of mine and decided to check his book out. I'm glad I did. This is a roller coaster ride I can only describe as Fletch meets James Bond meets The Big Sleep. A billionaire playboy who happens to be ex-special forces happens to rescue a naked (and gorgeous) kidnapping escapee on the freeway, and things snowball into a globe spanning conspiracy of murder, art for ...more
A mystery, a rich hero with a cast of other well defined characters, murder, fast cars, a little romance and a lot Hollywood. City of War is a very entertaining read and I'm looking forward to #2 in the Rail Black series.

I received this book compliments of Goodreads for my honest review.
The backstory (incredibly rich English lord who happened to serve as a special forces-type soldier) is a bit much and the relationships are like John D. MacDonald on steroids, but the basic plot is interesting and Russell can write. It's very rough, but maybe it shows enough promise to see a second book.
Robert Enzenauer
Neil Russell has certainly hit a grand-slam home run with his first novel. The action grabs you very quickly. Page 3: "Suddenly one rear cargo door of the van burst open, and a tall, stark-naked woman leaped out." The hero is an over-the-top Brit who is something like James Bond on steroids. There are only brief allusions to a military past as a US Army Delta-force operator, but this explains his dexterity with weapons and artful dealings with murderers and international terrorists. The characte ...more
I came to this book having read and loved the third book in the series Hollywood is Burning. This novel introduces Rail Black, the billionaire, former Delta Force member and all around good guy. In City of War he stumbles into a crime that takes him around the world and into the nasty parts of humanity.

The book is just too complex; there are layers of villains and good guys and locations that become overwhelming. I wanted to like the book, I tired but I just got exhausted reading it.
Noelle Walsh
This book was an interesting one. Fast cars, some romance, well-defined characters (in my opinion) and mystery made this story an entertaining one. I enjoyed reading it and am curios as to what the future holds for the main character.

*won on GoodReads First Reads*
Creative; entertaining; too Hollywood
Great start ... the rest, eh.
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Neil Russell is the founder and CEO of Hollywood Artists Pictures Corporation (HAPCORP), which creates, acquires and licenses intellectual properties for exploitation across all entertainment media. HAPCORP also produces motion pictures, television and music and has begun publishing books through its Rothington House imprint. Neil acquired his first intellectual property when he was in college, an ...more
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