Blood Dramaby Christopher Meeks
Everyone has a bad day. Graduate student Ian Nash has lost his girlfriend in addition to being dropped from a Ph.D. program in theatre at a Southern California university. When he stops at a local coffee shop in the lobby of a bank to apply for a job, the proverbial organic matter hits the fan. A gang of four robs the bank, and things get bloody.… See more details below
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Everyone has a bad day. Graduate student Ian Nash has lost his girlfriend in addition to being dropped from a Ph.D. program in theatre at a Southern California university. When he stops at a local coffee shop in the lobby of a bank to apply for a job, the proverbial organic matter hits the fan. A gang of four robs the bank, and things get bloody. Ian is taken hostage by the robbers when the police show up. Now he has to save his life.
FBI Special Agent Aleece Medina's analysis of the bloody bank heist drives her into the pursuit of a robbery gang headed by two women. She doesn't anticipate how this robbery will pit her against both the bandits and the male higher-ups in the FBI while the media heats up during a giant manhunt.
The robbers are about to kill Ian, and all he has at hand is his knowledge of the stage.
EARLY REVIEWERS SAY:
"Ian Nash is not an easily defeated man. He is a winner in spite of himself, and we love him for that." - Sam Sattler, Book Chase
"Author Christopher Meeks synthesizes all with elan in this most recent narrative triumph. He unfailingly entertains!" - Gerald Locklin, author, The Vampires Saved Civilization
"Blood Drama is highly entertaining and extremely enjoyable. It is a combination black comedy and crime novel. The characters of Ian and Aleece are memorable, quirky, and unique. Highly recommended." - Lori Lutes, She Treads Softly
CRITICS ON CHRISTOPHER MEEKS'S PREVIOUS NOVELS SAY:
"Charming and endlessly entertaining." - The Midwest Book Review
"It is a given, now, that Christopher Meeks is a master craftsman as a writer... His stance in the echelon of new important American writers seems solidly secure."- Grady Harp, Amazon Top-Ten Reviewer
"I have to say I've gone from being an admirer of his work to a full-blown fan bordering on groupie." - Marc Schuster, Small Press Reviews
"Christopher Meeks captures life's unpredictability while retaining a message of the hope that inspires us all." -Meghan Burton, Medieval Bookworm
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Meet the Author
Christopher Meeks was born in Minnesota, earned degrees from the University of Denver and USC, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1977. He's taught English at Santa Monica College, and creative writing at CalArts, UCLA Extension, Art Center College of Design, and USC. His fiction has appeared often in Rosebud magazine, Lit Noir, as well as other literary journals, and his books have won several awards. His short works have been collected into two volumes, "The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea" and "Months and Seasons," the latter which appeared on the long list for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He's had three plays produced, and "Who Lives?: A Drama" is published. His focus is now on longer fiction. His first novel is "The Brightest Moon of the Century," and his second, "Love At Absolute Zero." His third, "Blood Drama," is his first thriller.
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Christopher Meeks in his new book, “Blood Drama” published by White Whisker Books brings us into the life of Ian Nash. From the back cover: Everyone has a bad day. Graduate student Ian Nash, after losing his girlfriend, gets dropped from a Ph.D. program in theatre. When he stops at a local coffee shop in the lobby of a bank to apply for a job, the proverbial organic matter hits the fan. A gang of four robs the bank, and things get bloody. Ian is taken hostage by the robbers when the police show up. Now he has to save his life. FBI Special Agent Aleece Medina’s analysis of the bloody bank heist drives her into the pursuit of a robbery gang headed by two women. She doesn’t anticipate how this robbery will pit her against both the bandits and the male higher-ups in the FBI while the media heats up during a giant manhunt. The robbers are about to kill Ian, and all he has at hand is his knowledge of the stage. Innocent routine activities. We go to the station to get gas for the car, we go to the supermarket, we go to the movies, we go to the bank. Innocent routine activities where nothing ever happens. Except Ian is caught in a bank robbery and taken hostage and if he doesn’t do something they are going to kill him. Mr. Meeks has given us a mystery thriller. Ian’s life is in deadly danger and he feels it is up to him to save himself. Lots of events happen in this story but this is most certainly a character driven piece. Ian and Aleece are unique individuals seldom seem in this type of story but certainly welcome. Mr. Meeks has given us a roaring good story that will keep you highly interested in what is going to happen next. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Freshly let go from his job and his girlfriend, Ian thinks it can’t get any worse. He’s wrong. Filling out an application for a job he’s over qualified for, he ends up taken hostage by some bank robbers. While held captive, Ian gleans all the information he can about the robbers, just in case his luck changes and he can escape. With a little help, he does, and takes something with him. Something one of the robbers will kill for. I’m a big fan of character driven novels. So Blood Drama was a must read for me. Ian is a down on his luck, sorta handsome guy, with no job and no girlfriend. He’s the kind of guy that grows on you. He’s funny, intelligent, and can laugh at himself. I laughed at him and with him. Aleece Medina, Special Agent,FBI, is assigned the bank robbery case and gets to work trying to find out who the hostage is. She’s been chasing the Busty Bandit and her gang for awhile, and now that they’ve killed some people, she’s more determined than ever. Aleece is confident and tough. She’s in a man’s world in the FBI and has to deal with all the baggage that comes with it. After Ian escapes his kidnappers, circumstances have Aleece partnering up with him to track the robbers. There are two of the kidnappers that stand out to me. Owen seems so Hollywood, but make no mistake, he’s maniacal and killing is nothing but a necessity to him. Get in his way and you’re dead. Zetta, the Busty Bandit, is what you’d call a criminal with a heart. A few things she did made me like her, but remembering what she was, I knew things didn’t look good for her, no matter why she did what she did. There is no one thing that stood out for me in Blood Drama. It was an accumulation of events and characters and their stories that kept me coming back for more. Well written and fast paced, Blood Drama was a lot of fun. I had a few chuckles, said ‘ you go girl’ a few times, and right until the last chapters, didn’t see how it would end. Blood Drama is appropriately titled and the cover art is perfect. Well done Christopher. I received Blood Drama for my honest review. Thank you for the exciting story Christopher. I look forward to reading more of your books.
Excellent suspense 4.5 *Book source ~ Many thanks to the author for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Ian Nash has been dumped by his fiancé and dropped from the theater PhD program at Southern California University. At 29 years old he is broke and has no idea what he’s going to do. Stopping for coffee at a Carrie’s located inside a bank seemed like a good place to think and possibly submit a job application. Unfortunately, the bank is robbed and he’s taken hostage. Ian’s day just went from really crappy to unbelievably screwed. However, after 2 days he escapes. Now, it’s a race to use what he can remember to find the suspects before they find him and take him out of the equation. Permanently. Christopher Meeks really knows how to put a reader right at the center of the action. The more I read from Ian’s viewpoint the more I realize he’s a loser yet I couldn’t help but like him. Aleece Medina is the FBI agent in charge of the robbery case and she’s a great character, strong yet vulnerable, intelligent and highly intuitive. And boy, there towards the end, does she lay it on Ian. Finally, someone who forces him to reevaluate his life and how he deals with things. The piecing together of the clues is fascinating even if Ian butting his nose in is at times irritating. Though I do understand his viewpoint. It’s his life on the line and if the FBI is going to back burner the case then I can see how he would be motivated to find the robbery/murder suspects before they find him. I enjoyed reading the inner workings of the FBI and how they have to cooperate with other agencies in order to get results. Something people tend to forget. I also loved that this is told from Ian’s and Aleece’s viewpoints, so I really got a feel for them. This would be a 5 biter for me if it weren’t for all the stuff Ian spouts about plays and theaters and philosophies. I’m sure others will find it awesome and see something insightful in the ramblings, but it’s just not my thing. Otherwise, this is a great suspense book. Figuring out and following the clues to catch all four suspects is something that Ian is surprisingly good at and something Aleece excels at doing. I loved riding along as all the pieces fell into place.
his is one action packed thriller that you don’t want to put down. The author doesn’t waste time with the trivial, he gets right to the action and stays there. Just when you think things are as bad as they possible could get…wrong! This was different from most thrillers I read in that it also has a little humor, I absolutely loved that aspect of the book. The characters are well written, they seem like real people, flaws and all. There’s also romance in this book, which gives you a little relief from the gripping adventures. I liked this book very much and so I will be checking to see what other books this author has written.
Could not put it down… I picked up Blood Drama yesterday and could not put it down! The book introduces our protagonist Ian Nash, who to put it mildly is having a very bad day! The story opens begins when Nash loses his job, gets thrown out of his graduate program, misses his exit on the freeway, and winds up at a coffee shop filling out a job application. If the day isn’t going badly enough, the coffee shop is in the lobby of a bank. The bank is robbed and Nash taken as the only hostage by the bank robbers—and this is just the beginning. The action continues from the opening scene until the closing scene with no wasted words. Ever scene moves the story forward and leaves you asking, what is going to happen next? What more could possibly happen? Just when you figure things cannot possible become worse author Christopher Meeks delivers, yet another astounding blow to Nash’s adventure. What I loved the best about Meek’s novel is that there was no wasted time describing the leaves on the trees or cumbersome background information to make my inattentive eyes glaze over. I found Blood Drama to be an easy, pleasant, read. I will be on the lookout for more of Meek’s novels in the future.
This is one of THE worst books I have ever read. The other two reviewers must be related to the author. The writing is childish and the storyline jumps all over - the characters never fully get developed, so the reader can't identify with them. In the novel, an educated character says 'I could care less', which we all know is not the correct saying (except maybe the author). By the end, I didn't care if the two main characters got killed or not. Do yourself a favor and skip this read.