The Givenchy Code (Codebreaker Trilogy Series #1)

The Givenchy Code (Codebreaker Trilogy Series #1)

by Julie Kenner
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The Givenchy Code (Codebreaker Trilogy Series #1) by Julie Kenner

A mind-bending code spawned from the mind of a madman...or maybe just a jealous ex.
A desperate race through the cathedrals and hotels of New York City...with a teeny bit of time for shopping, it's true.
An astonishing truth concealed for years, unveiled at last...with more than a little help from a supercute new guy.

As if a recent breakup, scrounging for rent money, and lusting after designer shoes weren't enough to make graduate student Melanie Prescott's life challenging, suddenly she's practically living The Da Vinci Code. A mysterious stranger is sending obscure codes and clues her way and she soon discovers she has to solve them in order to stay alive. With stakes like that, her dissertation on "the derivation and primary characteristics of codes and ciphers used by prevailing nations during wartime" is looking a little less important than it was yesterday. Right now she's just worrying about living to see tomorrow. The only bright spot in the whole freakish nightmare is Matthew Stryker, the six-foot tall, dark, and handsome stranger who's determined to protect her. Well, that and the millions of dollars that will be her reward if she survives this deadly game. And she'd better survive. Because that's a heck of a lot of money to be able to spend on shoes and handbags and sunglasses and dresses, and, well, it's hard to be fashionable when you're dead.
Join bestselling author Julie Kenner on a heel-breaking adventure in code-breaking that will bring out the math geek and the fashionista in you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416510086
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Series: Codebreaker Trilogy Series , #1
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 339,909
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Julie Kenner's books have hit bestseller lists as varied as USA Today, Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, and Locus Magazine; have won numerous awards and have been lauded in industry publications such as Publisher's Weekly and Booksense.  Julie writes a broad range of fiction, including sexy and quirky romances, young adult novels, chick lit suspense thrillers and paranormal mommy lit.  Visit her online at http://www.juliekenner.com

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Givenchy Code (Codebreaker Trilogy Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book starts off interesting enough but after a hundred pages or so, you haven't really gone anywhere. It is a fun, light read but not as good as the back cover leads you to believe.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It's super funny, has that romance all girls love, and is a great mystery. it's a good book you'd take to the beach and read. i thought it was extremely well written and the author was really good at making it all believable. i would recommend this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Archibald Grimaldi was a genius when it came to making online games. His first, and biggest, was called 'Play. Survive. Win.' Gamers call it 'PSW' for short. Even today it is considered one of the BEST online strategy/role playing games. Players would send in a profile about themselves. Everything had to be answered honestly because the game clues are generated to match the player's interests and hobbies. Once approved, the player is given one of three roles: Target, Protector, and Assassin. A condensed synopsis of the game is that the Target will solve a clue and run around the cyber-city to the place that the clue leads him to. There, another clue will be waiting. The Protector is the Target's bodyguard. The Target and Protector keep finding and solving clues until they reach the last clue and win the game. However, an Assassin is somewhere in the city. His job description is simple: Kill the Target before the last clue is solved. ............................................. Archibald Grimaldi is now dead at an early age. But before he died, he wanted to bring his cyber game into the real world. He has succeeded and made sure that no one can stop the things he had put into motion. ............................................. Marine Major Matthew Stryker was in counter terrorism when he left the service. Now he is in 'private security'. He turned in a profile for PSW years ago, but never played. Does not seem to matter. He was given a name to protect and twenty grand had been deposited into his bank account. Thinking it was a joke, he did nothing. Therefore, Jamie Tate died. Now he is given another name to protect, Melanie 'Mel' Prescott. Another twenty grand has been deposited in his bank account. There is no way he will let another woman die because he failed to act. ............................................. Mel loves cryptology and has a weakness for Givenchy shoes and handbags. She even entered that on her profile when she played PSW many years ago. Mel is blonde, but brilliant. She won PSW on all three game roles. When she received a coded message informing her that she is a Target, she thought it a sick joke. One body later showed her differently. Mel and her mysterious Protector, who happens to be a hunk, are running for their lives. And the insane Assassin, Lynx, is right on their heels. .................................................................... ...................... ***** This thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat constantly. If you love online gaming, such as myself (GULP!), then you simply MUST read this! Did you enjoy 'The Da Vinci Code'? Then you simply MUST read this! Do you love thriller novels that keep you glued to the pages? Then you simply MUST read this! Highly recommended reading. *****
harstan More than 1 year ago
Before he died, brilliant online game maker Archibald Grimaldi developed the most popular role playing game yet when he created PSW (Play, Survive, Win). The participant would answer questions about themselves and if approved would be assigned as a Target, Protector, or Assassin. The Target would run around the cyber city seeking clues and safeguarded by the Protector while the Assassin tries to kill the Target before the opponent solved the puzzle. Grimaldi placed in motion a real world version of his hit Internet game................................ Former counterterrorist marine Major Matthew Stryker applied to PSW years ago, but never played. He was assigned to protect Jamie Tate with twenty thousand dollars deposited in his bank account. He ignored the assignment and the money until he learns that someone he assumes an Assassin murdered the Target Jamie in real life He is sent anther 20K and told the Target for him keep safe is Melanie ¿Mel¿ Prescott, who has played successfully on line PSW. She rejects the role of real life Target as a hoax until Matthew risks his life to keep her safe leaving behind a corpse as they flee for their lives from a mentally unbalanced Assassin................... This action thriller never slows down once Matthew realizes that the PSW game is played for real. In some ways, the story line will remind the audience of the movie The Tenth Victim, but has it owns freshness. Matthew is a delightful skeptical Protector while cryptographic aficionado Mel refuses to become a victim. Julie Kenner writes a tense suspense novel that will grip the audience from start to exhilarating final countdown...................... Harriet Klausner