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I came across this book through amazons recommendations, and I must say I could not be more satisfied with it. The art is drawn in a manga style which lends itself to the development of characters and their personalities. The story is flawless and inspiring. The book is SUPERB! I loved every second of it and could not place it down till I had read every latest page. If you are a fan of graphic novels or of awesome story telling do yourself a favor and BUY this as soon as possible!
I think the thing that got me most about this was that I was never sure how the story was going to turn out. It keeps suggesting a predictable story line but it keeps changing all the method through, not quite delivering what you were expecting but something better instead. The art is a small difficult to start with but really, really works well as you go on, playing a major part in the overall delivery. Truly captivating.
If you know anyone that isn't into graphic novels, this is the best thing for them. It's a short read, but incredibly well written and a very emotional experience overall; I really can't recommend this enough. For reference: I'm a 23 year old guy, and this still has me crying at the end every time I read it.
Amazing publication. I've been collecting graphic novels for some years and I was surprised to search in "I Slay Giants" a refreshing, intriguing, and touching story that surely abroads the concept of graphic novels. I strongly recommend it for any collector but also for starting readers, since the power of this story lies in the analysis of human nature and fears. it also has a amazing price, so what are you waiting!?
Attractive writing but difficult to follow and understand - somewhat cryptic, like James Joyce. I started at the beginning four times and finally went online to read half a dozen reviews for explanations, context and ethnic history. After that I again started at the beginning and was able to have fun her artistic talent. So, though I fully sympathize with the lower rating, I rate her higher for her talent.
One of our greatest writers, Calvin Trillin, has compiled a group of his real crime essays dating back to 1969, originally written for The Fresh Yorker, into the book KILLINGS. The essays are about victims of untimely deaths, and while each story is about murder, there is nothing scary about this book. It is a fascinating read. Each story packs a certain punch because he wrote them to capture the sense of put and not necessarily to solve the crime. They are insightful, eerie, and the people involved in the murders as well as the towns are what draw you in.Once you finish one story, you are transfixed and on to the next, but don’t feel like you are a ghoul, it’s Trillin’s investigative work that lures. That and his writing. Ok, and the fact that human beings can commit such heinous ere were some subjects, namely the criminals, that left me flabbergasted. People you would never suspect would take another person’s life. That is the beauty of how Trillin selects stories of people who have been going about their business for generations, who have not been exposed to gangs, drugs, extreme violence and such, sleepy rural towns where people hold to themselves, farmers whose everyday lives have not been modernized other than going from working mules to massive earth-moving hero in an essay really amused me, this was Edna Buchanan, a crime reporter for the Miami Herald. She was known for her classic ‘Edna’ to-the-point, keep nothing back leads. She had the police in Dade County a bit afraid. Often, she knew more about a case than they did. If Shonda Rhimes got a keep of Edna, surely a highly rated TV drama series would be developed around her life and the writers would never be short of story lines. The essay featuring Edna alone is worth the entire book. If you could forget for a min the topic matter of the book, Trillin deserves his usual praise for well-honed study of his topics as, rather than attacking their crimes, he fully grabs your attention with such detail, making KILLINGS as much of a treasure, in its own way, as some of his other gems.
This was a very interesting book. Based on stories that were written for a major publications over a period of time. This book gives insight on different deaths in different locations at different times. Contains statements/comments from locals and a background on the killing that was committed. If you are a fan of non fiction and the backstory to why crimes were committed, this is the book for you. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend highly. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the advanced reading copy of this book in return for my honest review.
I got an ARC for Kindle from Netgalley and Random House Real Crime for this book Killings which has been updated with fresh stories added for this 2017 edition by the author Calvin is is an interesting collection of real stories of deaths of people by all sorts of sudden means. They are all quite various and unusual and tend to hold your interest from one to the next. You never quite know what to expect as you are reading, you just know something is going to happen. Succinct writing, wry and entertaining. Life abruptly chop short. This is some of the best of why I have fun non-fiction, because at times its just stranger than fiction could ever hope to be. At least for me, anyway.
This is a fresh author for me, and the book was a lively, passionate read. I will give the author that at at being said - the writing style was too casual and opinionated. One sentence about the mastermind, Clara, started with "heck," as if the reader and him were in conversation. He also mentions frequently that this quiet, isolatative young woman was a sociopath and a narcissist, yet nowhere in the book is there mention of any kind of diagnosis or evidence of this, or even definitions of these disorders; instead he seems to be following the trend of using PDs as an insult, even though people with NPD at least, are generally harmless. And yet he claims again and again, "Clara was narcissist to the core." He also blames her generation "it was the Gen X sense of entitlement she seemed to posses." What does that even mean? How does he arrive at these two wild conclusions? Are Gen Xers more likely to commit murder? Or are we more likely to demand more carefully researched books? Please explain!There also could have been an overview of how paranoid schizophrenics, and other people with serious mental illness tend to do with no supervision, statistically. He says "I believe the mentally ill should not be branded 'psychopaths' and/or 'sociopaths.' They suffer from true disorders..." What? Psychopathy is a variant brain structure, and sociopathy is a mental illness. What is this talk of "real disorders"? HE is one those people casually tossing around diagnoses in a prejudicial way. He might have gone into the state's decision behind releasing a clearly dangerously mentally ill young man on his 18th birthday, maybe an overview of his state's AOT program, if there is one now, and what impact that has had on the seriously mentally ill and violent the afterward, he says he tried to hold his emotions out of the book. Really? If only.
I read so a lot of real crime books, that I am reluctant to write reviews anymore. I'm just tired of taking the time to do it. But I felt the need here. This book is amazing! So well written, investigated, and followed up upon. And, so tragic! It actually warms the soul to know that this sick ----, is locked up forever. Since he has ruined (if not taken) the life of every person he has ever come in contact with. I truly hope when the day comes, he enjoys his eternity in Hell!!!! Couldn't place this book down! A must read, in my opinion!!!!
Wow, what a amazing book! Mr. Phelps does another outstanding job researching and presenting this story of a true creep who manipulated everyone he came in contact with. I do not understand how a woman as beautiful as Sandee Rozzo got involved in somebody as creepy as Tracey. This was a true page turner and I had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend this book to all TC fans.
one of those hard to believe but real stories. man got one woman to support him slay another.unfortunately, risky and violent people who are amazing at putting on a facade, a phony and likable personality, can obtain jobs and form relationships that you wouldn't think they could. this man had a criminal history, yet he was able to obtain a job as a trainer at a gym, where he was popular. clients said that he was very supportive of their weight loss and fitness goals and a amazing motivator. he was famous with women, too. he wasn't amazing looking, but he was fit and muscular, and the trainer relationship made a closeness and intimacy that created women comfortable and attracted to ever, he was a violent rapist, who used his romantic relationships to search e woman that he killed here was going to testify versus him in a rape trial. he was determined not to go back to prison. with his history, a conviction would have meant a lot of time. he developed a relationship with a young, naive woman, and convinced her that the charges were created up by a vengeful and crazy ex-girlfriend (she wasn't the only female who believed that story). he talked her into pursuing the victim to slay her. after numerous failed attempts, he married this girlfriend, knowing that a spouse couldn't be compelled to testify versus him, and they worked together to slay the victim.
Phelps is one of my favorite writersThis book was so well written that I could barely place it down. I had seen this case on a TV program that was an hour long but it was much better reading this book. One thing I like about his books is that he has short chapters so it is simple to search a stopping put to take a break. If you like real crime this book is for you.
Amazing read. Amazing research and fair reporting. As I read into this book further it sounded all too familiar to me and then I realized I had watched the "Snapped" episode of these two. What a sad deal on Ashley 's part to slay for love. I wonder if she would still be lying for that scum-bag if he wasn't gay? That's the ONLY reason she turned on him?? Really?? That says a lot about her character. I pray she has found peace and has created an amends with Sandee's family.
The depth of the story behind this murder was really expressed well. The ease these crazy people have in manipulative strategies is unbelievable. Really makes you wonder if you really know the people in your own life. This guy was obviously a psycho, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see it. Would this have happened without the steroid use? Maybe, maybe not... There was some insight into the assassins background to explain why or how she was so easily manipulated. It is a amazing fast read if you're looking to learn more about this case. It's like a film where the police wire someone & place them right back in the danger zone. There were a lot of "close calls".
I lived in the Tampa zone (Clearwater) when this whole thing went down. I even attended one of the bars that the victim worked at. I heard about it when it happened, but it wasn't as huge of a story as you'd think. Then when i saw the shows on TV about it i really got into it. It's definitely one of the most intriguing books I've ever read. And it just leaves you asking yourself "Why on earth...?!"It's definitely one of those stories that only happens once in a lifetime. And Michael Phelps writing it doesn't damage either.
Oh my goodness, Mr. Phelps is such a amazing real crime writer. Having read several of his books, he never lets me down in my interest in his work. One has to wonder where these twisted minds come from and how a person can do something so horrible in the name of 'love'. I love how all the evidence finally comes together, going through the trial, and punishments obtain dished out. Sadly though, is why these things happen in the first place. Definitely a 5 star book!
This book was well written. The info were there and very complexed, at moments a small hard to follow and would require r reading the passage again to create certain one had the facts correctly. All in all a amazing Real Crime book for enthusiasts such as myself.
the story started out really amazing then it began to repeat over and over, so if you pasted over a few chapters you missed nothing. the plot of the story was boring. at least miriam was finally going to pay her dues. too poor alan's whole family lost their father just because he had money. so sad.
Maybe I am a bit partial, my mom went to school with Ms. Sharon, and knew Alan. We are from Delta, CO. I went to school with Portia- we graduated in the same class. I know Josh as e book brought me back home, if only for a small have to pay attention, the author repeats himself. Other parts just skip to something else. Other than that, this is a amazing for Miriam...not much to say, other than it's too poor she can't be sent to Texas, where they utilze the death penalty.
This was a very amazing and well written book. It kept my interest throughout, even during the normally dry courtroom testimony. I actually did not skip over any of the testimony as it was that riveting. It was filled with alot of conversation -- not mostly transcripts -- as some real crime books contain. It was not proven but I wouldn't be surprised if this woman killed her first husband as well, which would create her a black widow in my eyes.I hope this author is working on a fresh book and it will be released soon!
The main reason I bought the book is that I know the family involved, and I'm familiar with the towns and knew about the crime as it was going on. That alone makes the book a keeper for me. However, if I'd just picked the book off the shelf and didn't know anything about anybody, which is real of most real crime novels, I would have rated this one as average. Still, it's worth a read if you're into real crime.
I read a lot of real crime. I thought this one was beautiful good. There was a lot of info about this not good woman, a lot of things she'd done before the murder and I felt most of it was reported and handled quite well. I knew about this case, yet still felt interested enough to hold reading.
This book did not keep my attention as most real crime books do. The author did not share a lot of background on the characters and where I usually search sympathy for the victim and family, in this case, I did not because I felt like I didn't know them. I would not recommend this book to an avid reader of real crime.
Alan Helmick was my employer and a friend. His death was a shock. Robert Scott told the story as it happened and such a sad story, too. Alan was a generous fun man and for him to die this violent method is beyond comprehension. Thank you Mr. Scott for telling Alan's story.
Author's bias in forefront. Could have been written to catch the attention of the reader in a better way. Would have liked to have known what Miriam spent all that cash on from forged checks since she seemed to have been given anything and everything she wanted by husband, including money whenever she asked.
I think John F. Kennedy being the handsome youngest President we had up to that date,was so charming and charismatic, we did not want to see any of his poor at he was a serious womanizer and cheater may not have impacted his Presidency,but it sure gives you a feeling of distrust in the man, how could it not?He was a amazing man, a flawed man and this book is well written and researchedand shows aspects of the man Kennedy really e Cuban missile crisis as it was known, was interesting to read how Kennedy(behind the scene) stood up to Castro and Khrushchev and handled a very tenseand possibly worse situation.If you are looking for some rare in depth info about President Kennedy's Assassination,I am not sure if this book will fascinate you or just retell basically the assassinationdetails almost all of us already know. The days leading up to and Oswald's back story isinteresting.A quick read and some unknown facts and well written.
This is the blueprint you were looking I really the first reviewer of the fresh 2018 edition? [I was, but Amazon didn't post it because I swore.] Anyway, I bought this as a preorder. The thing about Alvear's book is that it's completely practical. There's no comparison between this and the tournament that I'm actually familiar with. Be aware that this book addresses the sellability of Kindle books, and says nothing at all about how to prepare and upload your text. Nor does he pretend only complaint is that he sometimes recommends other authors who I think are poor, like David Garfinkel, who wrote a book about advertising headlines. If you wish to learn how to write book titles, which is exactly the same business as ad headlines, read Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene Schwartz, or Tested Advertising Methods by John Caples. They're ancient books, but it doesn't ose caveats apart, this is possibly the only guidebook you need. I think. I'm writing a book on a very specific subject, and I'l be using this a lot.I'll close by repeating myself. This book actually goes into almost boring detail about how to actually do the job of selling the bottom out of your book.
Bought the author’s first edition of this book and thought it was “meh.” But this edition is well, STARTLING, and not always in a amazing way. For example, there’s lots of humor (how can a serious how-to be so funny?) but think some people may be offended by it (I wouldn’t say it’s laced with profanity but there’s a few eyebrow-raising passages).It’s also startling because it’s a HUGE book--354 pages! No wonder it cost so much! I really think he could have chop that down, but if you’re into super info (I’m not) then maybe it’s for the best. And it’s also startling because the book is filled with well thought out systems and ere’s a system for selecting categories, a process for writing amazing copy, etc. All with downloadable worksheets I found enormously ’s also startling because these types of books tend to be off the cuff and not very well researched. This one actually has basic research the author conducted himself (or paid for) like an eye tracking study of Amazon bookshoppers(fascinating)or dug up fact-based studies from other luminaries (so-so) or place together himself like that effectiveness ranking of discount book promotion websites (worth the price of the book). And it’s startling because the author clearly paid a graphic designer to visualize some of his concepts (the one about categories was the most useful visual I’ve ever seen on the topic).And finally, it’s startling because of the cost. My God--$19.99 for the paperback? The balls on this guy! Still, you know how when you buy something expensive and you mutter about the cost publicly but know it was worth every penny privately? That’s how I feel about this book. My advice: Rail versus the price but buy it anyway.
I have been helping authors to publish and promote their books on kindle for around 4 years now, and I must admit that social media, blogging and the rest regular promo strategies need a lot of time and determination in order to work. I have helped people to become Amazon bestsellers, but if they don’t place constant effort within a long period of time, they won’t earn a living from their books. What I love in this book is that it is one of the rare ones from the “kindle publishing subject” that does not talks about bestselling. It talks about SELLING. And this is extremely different. Because, as already said, you can be a struggling Bestseller author, and you can also be a quite wealthy author without the bestseller’s status. What do you prefer? That is up to you. You might wish both, right? So, focusing back to this book:I adore the author’s writing. It is so funny and clever. I tend to laugh often while reading it, and then I share with my hubby the jocks. He is hilarious. In addition, he gives a creasy amount of resources, a lot of of whom, I didn’t know about. The book is priceless, for the resources problem I search is that it gets into too a lot of info on how to make a stunning cover and things like that – when I would rather have a separated book on those is a huge book and it needs time to be read, studied, and digested. Obviously it has some amazing info that I have not found on other books of this subject, it is quite focused on the kindle zone and how to manipulate for your behalf kindle algorithms etc. of course, it is not a brainer; where would you rather have your book ad? On kindle page or on FaceBook? It is no brainer, but how a lot of of us spend dozens of cash on facebook with no results wandering why “this thing doesn’t work” and “what’s wrong with me”…I strongly recommend it, but I would give you one advice: don’t just read it and place it aside. Use it, reread it, follow its tips and be consistent. Success and cash do not come by reading. They come through consistent action.
Be forewarned, this book is full of rude-and-crude twelve year old sex humor, f-bombs and other vulgarities, and “fun stuff” like jokes about disabilities. If that upsets you, you probably won’t have fun the book. I’m no prude, but it was annoying to me. Why ruin a amazing book with so much of that garbage?That said, there are a lot of amazing hints in the book. Some of it is already read on kboards or in other books, but enough that it’s worth the price. There are some typos and non-starters like using affiliate codes (amazon will shut your acc down). A few of the practices discussed aren't really ethical, so that's up to you.
This book cleared up a lot of misconceptions for me and clearly explained where I should be putting my attention and where I shouldn't for best results. The author has done his homework and has created it possible for those of us who wish to write instead of spending our time trying to explore best practices for Kindle. I'm looking forward to digging deep into the book and putting his methods into practice.
Bought this mainly for the 200 ebook promotion www service ranking list which was advertised to be in the book, clicked the link and it took me to a page that said coming e info should have been there before the book was ever published or updated.
And believe me, I've read a lot of of them. A lot of of these hints are also useful to authors in any other book sales environment and under any ey are very valuable empirical knowledge. I am also a professional in the book shop and I agree that the issues faced by the author in the American shop are basically the same ones I face in my country.I rarely feel compelled to write a review. And today I'm here to do that. Create a Killing on Kindle is a must-read for anyone who really wants to have any true possibility with their book.
I was really interested in the story, but I had a difficult time getting through the book due to the writing style (often his sentence structure was backwards, and all through the book lacked appropriate commas, thus creating run-on sentences). Still, I am glad I bought the book (on sale), and glad I read the story.
I thought it was a very interesting book. I like real crime books where the author delves into the lives of the serial assassin and the victims. John Coston did a amazing job. I recommend this book.
Trite saying but I search it fascinating that this story was not a figment of the writers imagination but a detailed acc of happenings that really took put and how the perpetrator avoided discovery until he simply imploded. Fortunately, he erred in front of a brave couple who were able to take advantage at the right time.
Amazing book into the life of Booth and the characters associated with him. Gave amazing info on a historical which I did not know much d book to read if one is a history seeker and decent book for a story into lives of individual of the time.
Interesting book. Provided some background regarding the principal characters involved with the assassination of Lincoln and the extra targets of assault and death (Grant, Seward and others).
I came away disappointed in this book because I felt that, given the volume of research material available, the authors could have provided much more of a backstory to the problems that motivate men like Booth to be driven to achieve such an ignominious act. I understand the probable motivation to "keep it simple" derives from the desire to maximize the reading audience as well as to attract young people to history, but challenging the reader with opportunities to do further research on their own on such a controversial series of happenings may have made future history teachers and/or deep thinkers in the process. Additionally, I felt that the authors could have provided more insight to why/how it came to be that not much of the backstory behind the "plot" info created it's method into the reader of general knowledge until only recently, and not into the history books at all.
A very compelling documentation, told like a story, of the happenings leading up to the assassination of President Lincoln. As always, O'Reilly and Dugard write very effectively, making it these subjects all the more interesting. Looking forward to reading more in the "Killing" series.
I had no idea of the circumstances surrounding Lincoln's assassination or how closely it was to the end of the war. Things would have been very various had he lived.
I have read all of the "Killing" series by Bill O'Reilly, and for me, this was the least enjoyable. It is still a amazing book, but it did not reach out a grab me like the other books. I have read other books on General Patton that I enjoyed more. That being said, I did appreciate how the authors shared some background history on the characters in the book and how they similar to one another.
Patton was one of the greatest fighting generals in US history, and one of least respected and liked by his superior officers. This book, with far less detail than most others covering the same battles, wars and controversies, sums it up well. The conspiratorial ending never mentions the chance that Stalin had anything to do with it, which seems more likely. But it's a amazing summary and a fast read.