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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The line between passion and obsession runs through us all.

Levi Combs never planned to rocket to stardom.

Eva Florez knew he would the moment she saw him.

Gabe Adams didn’t want anything to do with celebrities.

But after Gabe’s sister sells his photos of Levi with a young starlet to a tabloid website, their lives become intertwined forever, bound by rage and retribution.

Paperback, 1st, 280 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Rare Bird Books
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Doug Cooper is not afraid of a challenge when it comes to his plots and characters. In his latest book, Focus Lost, due to be released next month (yes, I got an early copy!), he tackles another set of complex human emotions that many of us have experienced but usually only in the privacy of our own immediate life circle. Add the fame and fortune of the art world and Hollywood, then you're entire existence is on display for the public and your 'adoring' fans to admire, impugn, and question. And C ...more
Jenny Hobson
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow Doug Cooper sure knows how to suck you in on one hell of a ride! This was such a good read. Full of suspense and twists. I love how everyone's lives were tangled up and what started as something innocent turned into so much drama.
What started off as an innocent trip to a waterfall with his Co star soon turns Levi's world upside down when the pair get photographed by Gabe who is trying to make a living selling his photos to support himself and his sister. Gabe has gone out to shoot the waterf
Chip Jacobs
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let's get this out of the way. Doug Cooper is one helluva writer. He paints his scenes and characters with just enough detail to enmesh you in the drama, but never bogs down the storyline with digressions or moralizing. Even though this is a brisk spin on John Milton's masterpiece, the plot never gets dull. In fact, I found myself on the edge of my seat to discover who'd end up dead, whether the sergeant would strike, and how the ultimate puppeteer would be revealed. The book's coda sears in you ...more
Truly Trendy PR
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Focus Lost is a fast-paced thriller by Doug Cooper that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! A well-written suspense filled story that pulls you in and holds your attention  until the unexpected ending. The characters are intriguing and well-written with mysterious backstories that slowly come to light at just the right time to keep you second guessing. Focus Lost is a remarkable fall read. *I received a complimentary copy form RABT Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest an ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Focus Lost is a great book! It's a roller coaster of a ride...full of suspense and celebrities and surprises that you don't see coming. Gabe is a photographer, out taking pictures of a beautiful waterfall, who suddenly realizes that there is two people swimming in the water. Using his zoom lens, he discovers the couple is having a private moment. He quickly stops his shooting, but not before the couple notices him. The man chases Gabe and is really angry. Gabe gets out of there, and soon finds o ...more
Focus Lost by Doug Cooper is a suspense novel that brings together a myriad of characters and situations that escalates to tragedy. This is the first book that I have read by this author and overall I enjoyed it. The author gives me an actor, Levi Combs, who makes one bad mistake after another after another. It's like he's bent on destroying his career and refusing to accept responsibility for his actions that lead to this point. But trust me...nothing is what it seems in this story. Almost ever ...more
Beulah Jenifer
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Focus Lost by Doug Cooper, is a thriller with the protagonist being an Oscar award-winning actor. Levi Combs is an established Hollywood actor. On a particular day, he along with his costar Emily, a seventeen-year-old teen go on an adventure. This adventure is caught by nature photographer, Gabe Adams. When the photos taken by Gabe are leaked by his sister to the media, their lives are changed. What happens succeeding is a thrilling plot?

The characters go great with the plot. The flow in charact
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Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Levi Combs and Emily James—two up-and-coming Hollywood stars—caught being photographed in flagrante. She was one of the biggest teenage star and he…was not.

Easy to read. Various characters from the Hollywood scene are interlaced in this simple yet twisted plot. The characters have their own personal agenda. At times, I wondered what the ultimate goal was in all this. Was it to make some easy money on some cheap photographs? Was it to ruin the careers of the celebrities? Or was there something
Gary Lippman
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having written richly imagined contenders for The Great American Drug Novel (Outside In) and The Great American Las Vegas Novel (The Investment Club), Douglas Cooper is now bazooka’ing his way into Hollywood with his superb new novel Focus Lost. Longtime Cooper fans will be thrilled by Focus’s downright decadent and always compelling tale, which is so relevant to our star-obsessed 2019 that it hurts. From their variously tragic pasts to their surprising yet inevitable and morally complex fates, ...more
Mariah Embry
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great read. This novel pulled me in as soon as I started reading it. Cooper is a genius with words and sure does know how to capture the scenery in his work. Nothing better, in my opinion, than a detailed description of nature that makes me feel like I am there. So good. Focus Lost pulled me in. I read the novel in a day because I kept needing to know what was going to happen next. I can't wait to read more of this author's work. I highly recommend it! ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and really didn't expect to! The premise of the book is that a photographer accidentally takes photographs of two people having sex at a waterfall to later discover that they are celebrities and one of the participants is underage.

The book takes the reader on a crazy ride as events spin more and more out of control after the photographs are released and I enjoyed every moment of it.

The fact that the book is written in present tense threw me a little at first but it
Pat Eroh
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazingly written story that had me on the edge of my seat. I certainly did not want to put the book down once I started reading. Filled with action, this compelling read is one of my favorite reads of the year.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Lisa Jenkins
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Rare Bird Books for the ARC of focus lost. This book really intrigued me. It is definitely a lot different then the books I usually read but in a good way. I really enjoyed this book full of stardom and lies and manipulation. It was a fun ride and I definitely recommend.
Janice Lombardo
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story about two superstars who have a days' affair and learn to regret it. Emily James and Levi Combs are literally caught with their pants down. Problem is: Emily is only 17.

Gabe happens upon the two frolicking in the water - and more. An honest guy, Gabe, had to raise his teenage sister, Abbie, due to the untimely death of their parents. He is taking pictures (as he does for a living) and - not intending to - gets a few snapshots of Levi & Emily in compromising positions.

The real fun begins
Sophia B
Sep 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really don't know how to begin my review on this one. I don't know if i can give it a star rating. It was an easy quick read but it quickly spiraled downward for me. The storyline: an innocent photographer catches famous actor Levi Combs in a compromising position with an underage actress. His sister sells the photos to the tabloids and all hell breaks loose. You follow the actor and his agent as they scramble for damage control, the underage actress, the DA that tries to build his case agains ...more
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