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First Thrills: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    Fast moving short stories; somewhat spendy.

    I bought this because I am a huge (HUGE!!!) fan of Lee Child, (I've read every 'Reacher' book in the series). It is a collection of short stories, none of them more than 10-or-so pages, by authors belonging to the "International Thrill Writers" organization. Lee only pens one of the stories "The Bodyguard".

    Some of the stories are good, some not so good. All of them are quick, get-to-the-point reads that don't take a lot of time to build characters or explore any real plot line. What you get, basically, is an introduction to the writing styles of the various authors contained in the collection. A taste of many different flavors in the thrill writing genre. This works for you if you're looking to find new authors to invest in, which I am. There are several stories that motivated me to find other titles written by the same author.

    I gave it 3 stars not for the content, most of which is quite good, but because at 295 pages, the $12.95 price tag seemed somewhat excessive. It did, however, serve it's purpose of planting the seeds of intrigue that will lead me to purchase more books by some of the authors contained therein.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2010

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    plenty of chills and thrills

    This twenty-five suspense thriller collection is an interesting way for readers to meet new writers while established authors have an opportunity to thank the audience and the publishing companies by providing entries to First Thrills. "The Dead Club" by Daniel James Palmer and Michael Palmer is the best bet as wagering on death mirrors real life gambling pools. Other strong entries include "The Thief" by Greg Hurwitz and Ken Bruen's "Wednesday's Child". None of the entries from the veterans or the rookies are bad, but few are excellent. Still fans will enjoy dining with Rip Gerber, Sean Michael Bailey and other newcomers and vets like Stephen Coonts, John Lescroart, Karin Slaughter and Heather Graham as each provides readers with plenty of chills and thrills.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2010

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    A Mixed Bag

    The stories in this book are all over the lace. ranging from the very good "On the Train" by Rebecca Cantrell to the absolutely disgusting Chloe by Marc Paoletti. It's hard to know which ones to skip, so I read them all, not to great satisfaction.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

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    Nice Collection

    I'm not really a fan of short stories but I always buy the ones written by mystery writers so I can find authors whose books I haven't read.

    FIRST THRILLS is a collection of 25 short thriller or mystery stories written by different authors and introduced and edited by Lee Child. Some of the stories are really good; i.e., THE THIEF by Gregg Hurwitz, THE BODYGUARD by Lee Child and THE GATO CONUNDRUM by John Lescroart to name a few. Some are okay and others were pretty mediocre, which is typical of this type of compiled work.

    Since this volume had more good than bad stories, I think you'd enjoy FIRST THRILLS. Lynn Kimmerle

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Some interesting stories...

    I'm an anthology lover (grew up reading Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine) and a big Jack Reacher fan. So, when I saw this collection edited by Lee Child, I was hooked. An anthology is like a buffet...some items are more tasty than others (depending on one's taste buds). Rip Gerber's story, Last Supper, is presented as a full course meal which is pretty clever.
    This collection is good, but I found another anthology I recently purchased much better. I suggest "The Game" edited by Sean Ellis. It has 11 stories and costs less (I have nook version). The stories are based on the classic, "The Most Dangerous Game". Try it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 23, 2014

    A wolf

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    victoria

    this book is boring

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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