Finding Katie [NOOK Book]


In this romantic comedy, the wealthy and sheltered Preston Meadows lives his life safe and secure until someone kidnaps his sister, Katie.

When he ventures out to find her, he discovers a zany world that he never knew existed, and a ...
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Finding Katie

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In this romantic comedy, the wealthy and sheltered Preston Meadows lives his life safe and secure until someone kidnaps his sister, Katie.

When he ventures out to find her, he discovers a zany world that he never knew existed, and a criminal world fraught with dishonesty and danger. Coming to terms with his new reality, he stumbles onto the love he thought he’d never find.

Eventually, he discovers a side of himself he never knew existed, especially after the Drug Lord kidnaps his girlfriend.

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“The author weaves together humor, engaging characters, as well as a bit of mystery, romance with a paranormal twist to make this story one not to be missed!”
~ Brenda Casto
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012438355
  • Publisher: Dark Red Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 790 KB

Meet the Author

John J. Smith (who also writes as Jonathan Black) is an award-winning author of paranormal suspense and romance. He has written five novels and ten screenplays. His most recent paranormal novel, Jester, received an Honorable Mention during the 2008, 77th Annual Writer's Digest Magazine contest. He also received a Writer's Digest award for his romance, Delayed Flight during the 2007, 76th Annual Writers Digest Magazine contest, and awards for 2003, 72nd and 2004, 73rd Annual Writer's Digest contests.

John is a member of the Cambridge Who's Who, for his life's accomplishments and partner with Dark Red Press publishing. He works full time in managing computer performance for an international bank.

John lives in Plano, Texas with his two Shitzu's, Charley and Benny. His passion is writing and most of his work is set in the Dallas area. He is an unrepentant coffee addict.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

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    I wasnt entirely sure what type of book I was going to be readin

    I wasnt entirely sure what type of book I was going to be reading when I
    started. It sounded like a mystery with humor element from what I had
    read before. And it definitely had the humor element, and a touch of
    mystery. But really it was about Preston and what its like for him to
    live in his sheltered family life and how he really grows and learns
    what is important and what life in about while on a search for his
    missing sister. Preston is an incredibly smart man who still lives in
    his parent basement and works for his father helping him to make
    millions. The closest person to him is his sister Katie who goes
    missing one day while trying to help someone out in a dangerous part of
    town. Preston is not able to stand back while the police and private
    investigators try to find Katie and insists on looking for her himself.
    This is a huge step outside of his comfort zone and he is not at all
    prepared to face life and survive in the real world. Luckily he does
    have his fathers credit card, this does help him adjust into a different
    lifestyle even though he cant admit he is the one purchasing the items
    he buys to help out his new found acquaintances. Throughout the book
    you really get to see Preston grow and find out who he is and it makes
    you glad that his sister went missing, because without it he never would
    have become the person he is meant to be. While I did like the story
    there were a couple flaws. One is that the story is about finding
    Katie. But its really finding Preston. Katie goes missing at the
    beginning. But it seems like once Preston leaves home he concentrates
    more on the new people he meets and finding Katie becomes more of a
    background quest. He doesnt forget it, it just seems like he doesnt
    make it such a priority. The other things that I noticed is that while
    the writing is good and the story flows great. It could use another
    pass by a good editor, then it would be a much better work. I would
    read another book by this writer. His main characters were well
    developed and you could really see the progression. And the story
    flowed smoothly which made it much easier and more pleasant to read.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

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    Book Synopsis The very wealthy and very sheltered Preston Mead

    Book Synopsis

    The very wealthy and very sheltered Preston Meadows lives his life protected from even the hint of harm. His world is safe and secure until someone kidnaps his sister, Katie. Against his parents’ wishes, Preston sets out on his own to find her. Preston works hard to blend in with the “regular” people roaming the streets of Dallas – but the real world is zany, insane, full of danger and ruthless criminals. Preston soon begins to learn more about himself and finds he has a knack for foiling certain crimes. In his adventures, during his search for his sister, he makes friends with some of the strangest people he could ever imagine. Along the way, Preston falls in love, comes face-to-face with a self-described Drug Lord, and discovers a side of himself he never knew existed, especially after the Drug Lord kidnaps his girlfriend.

    My Thoughts

    The synopsis for the story in no way prepares one for the rich reading experience that is between the pages of this book. A story that is the sum total of its parts but whose main attraction is young Preston Meadows, a rich sheltered spoiled brat at the beginning who comes into his own hard won persona by the end of the book. A man any parent could be proud to call their son!

    Never have I come across a character like Preston Meadows, both smart and naive, savvy yet unaware, enthusiastic and totally unpredictable this young man will win your heart and mind just like he did mine!

    Sheltered since birth by his wealthy parents Preston has only one real friend, his older sister Katie. When he finds out that she has been kidnapped he makes up his mind to find her and bring her home. Armed with only a no-limit charge card, a few articles of clothing, a stun gun and no knowledge of what he faces Preston leaves home vowing not to come back without Katie.

    Turns out that finding his sister involves becoming an "ordinary" citizen, blending in and acting just like the myriad others who inhabit the downtrodden neighborhood where it is reputed that Katie can be found.

    Preston soon discovers that his existence before has in no way prepared him for a life on the street but at the same time he also finds a well of strength and inner courage that he never knew he had. This is a book that took me by surprise with it's eccentric characters, the eclectic range of emotions that the reader experiences along with Preston and most of all the insight into human nature that the author showcases as the story progresses.

    The different sides of Preston Meadows come to light as he grows and changes as the story progresses. This book tells a story that is very unique, one that is hard to put into words without spoiling it for others but once you meet Preston you will understand what I mean.

    Preston's story is about a young man who sets out to rescue his sister and along the way saves himself in the process.

    A joy to read from beginning to end, I highly recommend picking up a copy of "Finding Katie" because it is a read that has appeal to both men and women of all ages and backgrounds!

    [Ecopy of the book provided in exchange for an honest review.]

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