Yet another stellar book from phenomenal novelist James J. Caterino! Having read "She" and "Action Hero" by this author and absolutely loving them, IYet another stellar book from phenomenal novelist James J. Caterino! Having read "She" and "Action Hero" by this author and absolutely loving them, I had very high expectation for "Video Noir" - I am happy to report that this outstanding thriller has far surpassed my expectations and hopes. I can hardly believe what an incredible author Caterino truly is. His books are not only fulfilling in every aspect, but keep you reading. I can't express how many times I found myself completely enthralled in "Video Noir" unable to set it down, thinking "Just one more chapter... one more chapter... oh just let me finish it!"
His character development is off the charts. I envy the way he captures his characters in the perfect light, how they are so realistic, and how they absolutely never go out of character; everything they say, everything they do is completely believable, very much in character, but somehow unpredictable. "Video Noir" is a fast-paced thriller with twists and turns of all extremes, feeding your imagination beyond your wildest dreams! The main character, Rick, is a brilliant detective with some clear personal addiction problems. His next case just happens to revolve around an original science fiction idea in which the realms between video and reality as we know it are melded and muddled. Here's a fun twist, Rick is actually addicted to video blogging... so when he discovers just how different and superb the new website VideoNoir.net it fits perfectly and gives an extreme mystery. The concept is outstanding, intriguing, and makes perfect sense as you learn about it little by little. Caterino does an exceptional job at feeding you just enough information at a time while still leaving you craving more.
It's an extraordinary, fast-paced, thriller, action, sci-fi, mystery (all great aspects to have in a story, right?) that will stick with you forever! I feel as if the characters have come to life and live in my dreams. Part of me feels like I know them - they are that realistic. The author has really captured a magnificent sci-fi idea inside a riveting novel that guarantees an adventure for the reader. I am just blown away by "Video Noir" and feel it will be enjoyed by all - boys, girls, teens, adults, literally everyone!
There's no denying Caterino's talent and obvious passion for writing. I feel it won't be long now until everyone will recognize his name from a best-sellers list. Now, if you will excuse me, I have this fascinating book by a promising author to re-read... yes, it was that amazing. ;)...more
I started writing this book as a short story series, publishing a new part every couple weeks. After a while, it just grew and grew until I knew I hadI started writing this book as a short story series, publishing a new part every couple weeks. After a while, it just grew and grew until I knew I had to make this a novella to publish in paperback. The first eight chapters are FREE to read on Figment.com - http://figment.com/books/554969-Adren... - and you can purchase the paperback OR Kindle e-book version for the last five chapters if you like what you see.
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Every time I crack open a book, it's like a portal into a brand new, fresh world of creativity and motivation to create my own world. Sometimes, I'llEvery time I crack open a book, it's like a portal into a brand new, fresh world of creativity and motivation to create my own world. Sometimes, I'll have to put the book down to write for a few minutes before picking it up again... but that's only if the book is insanely good - such as "She" by James Caterino. Seriously, people, I cannot recommend this book enough. I almost didn't want it to end it was so good, and it inspired so much creative writing I did.
Though I have read a lot of books, this one really stood out. The plot line is unbeatable, unpredictable, and overall outstanding. The sentence structure is amazing - I wanted to write down every other sentence in this book because it was that good. And don't even get me started on the dialogue - talk about realistic! I could hear the conversations in my head so perfectly, I knew exactly who was speaking and how they were saying it... I could even picture the body language.
This book, this incredible book, has set a new standard for my writing. It's made me look ahead to how I want to be, look back at what I need improvement on, and if I need a motivation boost, I just read a paragraph or two and suddenly my story comes out just how I want it to sound. I look up to James Caterino with great awe and amazement. If you haven't read his books, I highly suggest putting them at the top of your "to read" list. Action packed, with characters that literally come to life and befriend you. I only wish I could thank the author profusely in person for writing, and tell him to never, ever, ever, ever stop....more
When I finished this book, I closed the cover, held it tightly, and caught my breath as I tried to slow my heart. The book starts off with a thrillingWhen I finished this book, I closed the cover, held it tightly, and caught my breath as I tried to slow my heart. The book starts off with a thrilling, fast paced, adventure that sparks about a million questions in your head that you don't want but NEED answered! And let me tell you, the action does. not. stop! The entire book is thrilling beyond your wildest dreams, sparking more questions, giving more answers as Caterino brilliantly unfolds the plot line.
Caterino pulls off many things that a TON of writers struggle with, such as realistic character development, showing and not telling, sentences you want to quote over and over again because they are so good, and MANY other things. I cannot recommend this book, or this author, enough. James Caterino is ahead of his time and has set a new standard in the noveling/reading community. Everyone, and I mean everyone, who loves to read, write, or both should read this book ASAP!
The excitement simply does not stop in this astounding thriller. It is among the few books that have really gotten my adrenaline pumping and my heart racing. I do not believe I have ever turned pages so fast. A lot of the time when I speed through books, I forget simple things, or feel as though the book needs to be skimmed rather than read. With this book, that was NOT the case! Caterino's writing is so brilliant, so unique and fresh, spoken so well with every paragraph coming to life in my vivid imagination, that I can remember every single detail from every single page!
I can't believe this book hasn't been made into a movie because - and believe me when I tell you - it would make for a freakin' kick ass movie! I can't get over the book - why isn't this more popular? I can't think of ANY one of my friends (especially those who love action) who wouldn't enjoy this book to the umpteenth degree. I urge you to delve deeply into the pages that create this mind blowing novel "Action Figure" and follow Caterino's characters on an adventure that you will NEVER forget!
The way he phrases things is absolutely awe-inspiring. This sentence is on the 2nd page "Reality and hallucination now co-existed in the carousal of imagery, sound and smell that comprised my unstable state." Usually one has to wait 30 or 40 pages for a sentence as striking as that one, but here it is on the 2nd page! And another! And another one after that! They just keep going on throughout the entire book. I'm telling you, you have to read this book! And prepare to sit down for a few hours to go through it because you WON'T be able to put it down, or stop thinking about it, even if you try!
James Caterino is THE voice; the one we should all be reading; the one writers should strive to be as good as; THE voice of YA/thriller fiction. No, just fiction period. It doesn't matter if you are 16 or 87 you WILL love this book! It's for all ages. James Caterino is the man! His writing will take your breath away!...more
I have always been an avid reader, so I have read a lot of books in my seventeen years. I'm also a writer, so I appreciate the style in which books arI have always been an avid reader, so I have read a lot of books in my seventeen years. I'm also a writer, so I appreciate the style in which books are written on a different level as well. And I have to say, not once in my readings have I ever come across a book like this one. The author, Kelsey Day Marlett, is only twelve years old and has completed writing/revising/publishing her novel, Pintus. She is unbelievably promising with an undeniable talent and passion behind her book.
Pintus is a brilliantly written adventure novel! Marlett's style will captivate you from the first sentence. She is absolutely stunning with her ability to "show and not tell." I could picture everything happening in the novel, as well as the surrounding world, crystal clear in my mind. The plot is gripping and suspenseful - it left so many questions circling around in my head that I just couldn't put the book down!
Pintus is a twelve year old prince, and as ordered by his father he is searching for his princess. What he ends up finding is so much more - a mystery. I strongly urge you to follow along as Pintus and his newly made commoner friend unravel the deep, tangled past of his family.
Kelsey Day Marlett is a very promising author and I cannot wait to see where she goes! There is not a doubt in my mind that she is going to be on the bestseller's list one day hopefully very soon. I just can't get over that this was written by a twelve-year-old. If I hadn't known beforehand, I would have been absolutely positive that it was written by a very experienced adult. I can not wait for her next book! You can bet I'll be first in line to buy it!
This book is fantastic for readers of all ages! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good adventure/mystery novel. I found this book inspiring and motivating for me to write as well. It's one of those books that you just can't put down and have to finish no matter what else has to get done. A fantastic, fast paced, entrancing read! It will suck you right in to a whole new world. You'll gasp, laugh, hold your breath, and dart through the pages following the characters without hesitation!
If you are looking for a good book to read here is my advice: READ THIS BOOK....more
A purely fascinating book... it was so good, that I had to keep putting it down so I wouldn't just burn through it. A book like this is hard to come bA purely fascinating book... it was so good, that I had to keep putting it down so I wouldn't just burn through it. A book like this is hard to come by and I can't wait to read more of Kathryn Born!...more