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I could not stop reading. I loved the story. The story was full of action and the twists and turns left me wanting more. The plot was extraordinary, one of the best detective novels I have ever read. The characters were well thought and were captivating from the beginning of the book to the end. The family dynamic in the book was very, very interesting. Overall, this is a very entertaining book. I look forward I loved this book, it was a awesome read. Aug 26, Brandt rated it it was amazing. Staged Fright by Sameer Ketkar is a sexy thriller that is a cool blend of unusual and different.

The author has come up with a fresh and quirky approach to a mystery. Ketkar needed unique characters to run through his ambitious plot and he invented some truly memorable one. My only complaint is it could have been longer, luckily Book Fast action! My only complaint is it could have been longer, luckily Book 2 is in the works. Aug 16, Pauline Forrester rated it really liked it. The third, regarded as being of average intelligence, appears to be the most sensible and is narrating this intricate introduction, leaving the reader wondering who, or what, is likely to explode first, causing the most damage.

A serious subject, enlivened by an injection of humour. Jul 30, Carla rated it really liked it. I found this book very entertaining. You've got to read this book, honestly. I really can't wait for the second book! I'll be waiting anxiously. Jul 29, Leslie rated it liked it Shelves: As I've learned from reading Ketkar's other book, Killing Matt Cooper under a pen name , don't expect a typical and average storyline to be included, which is one of the things I liked about this book. Staged Fright is a suspense thriller about bioterrorism, with a splash of CSI and some quirkiness sprinkled in.

All these parts combine to create a funny, entertaining read. As much of a serious topic as terrorism biological or otherwise , considering the current climate, Ketkar manages to infuse As I've learned from reading Ketkar's other book, Killing Matt Cooper under a pen name , don't expect a typical and average storyline to be included, which is one of the things I liked about this book. As much of a serious topic as terrorism biological or otherwise , considering the current climate, Ketkar manages to infuse some humor, wit and a little extra that you wouldn't find in other books with the same storyline.

The story has a dramatic "race against time" vibe, but it stands apart with the variable cast of characters that are involved.

They are the ones that add the fun in this book. The Callahan clan is not your typical affluent family. Larkin and Tigh are not your prototypical scientists which you can say the same about their colleagues at the C. What I find interesting is that amongst the non-typical people in the book, Neil turns out to be most relatable character there is with his feelings of inadequacy and being an outcast among his school and family.

And I know Jack is a musical prodigy, but it was hard for me to take him seriously with him in his "prison garb" and acting thuggish. I appreciated the detail involved in explaining the science behind identifying biological elements and such. You can tell much time and work whether through personal knowledge or research was put into the explanation.

However, it got to be a little much for me. It took me out of the flow of the story and made it a little hard for me to get through those passages. Maybe if it was a little more condensed, it may not have slowed down the story and kept my interest.

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But I do appreciate the detailed narration of those scenes. In the end, Staged Fright was a humorous, quirky, suspense thriller that made for a great read. Ketkar took a familiar plot line and made it into his own. The one thing you can count on from his books is that it's never going to be what you expected. Jul 16, Brenda Ayala rated it liked it Shelves: I wasn't totally sure what to expect with this novella.

I'm going to try and be vague enough to not give anything away I really enjoyed the mystery aspect. Trying to decipher who I wasn't totally sure what to expect with this novella. Trying to decipher who was a bad guy and who was a victim of circumstance was fun and I definitely did not see a lot of that coming. That in and of itself is a feat, because I've found that I tend to guess the major points of a story pretty easily, so I loved that this wasn't a pushover.

How the professor tied to the terrorist group was fun, as was the villain that was revealed in the end. It was absolutely entertaining and I wanted to keep reading. I'm not sure why the story is told from Neil's point of view, but also basically omniscient. It was unique to be sure, and it didn't rub the wrong way, only made me curious. Is it that Neil did his own sleuthing after the fact and discovered all of this on his own?

It's not going to keep me up at night worrying about it.

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I actually really enjoyed the parts about Jack and Rachel. Being geniuses, they each had their little quirks that made them just a bit unusual. But they actually flowed really well, and while I still couldn't help chuckling when I read Jack's parts the "up-nods" were amazing I found that I liked reading about their lives. Again, I'm not sure how all of this ties together. The good thing is that there will be a part 2, so hopefully some things will be answered. Apr 25, Trista Borgwardt rated it really liked it. This was an interesting read. I enjoyed the storyline and the involvement of the CDC and Homeland security.

We meet Larkin and Tigh who head up the CDC team and are called in to investigate a murder--one with a terrorist twist. This leads to the arrival of Homeland Security and a hot agent that puts both Larkin and Tigh in a difficult spot. Larkin and Tigh are a married couple who also have quite the sexual appetite.

We also meet Larkin and Tigh's three teenage children who all attend a prestigi This was an interesting read. We also meet Larkin and Tigh's three teenage children who all attend a prestigious private school with other geniuses. The story is kind of told from the youngest son's point of view. Although there are many parts in the story that he is not involved in so it is told from the third person point of view.

I really connected with the youngest son, Neil as I felt he was the odd man out. Despite his best efforts, he was always one step behind but he never gave up trying and I respect that. He even ended up to be a pretty brave kid in the end. I enjoyed the terrorist spin and the book kept me engaged from beginning to end. I felt the author had a strong beginning that really sank the hook in deep. The characters were well developed and I enjoyed how it all turned out! Jul 09, Kimberly Hicks rated it really liked it Recommends it for: What an interesting and quirky story to read!

Just about anything you could possibly think of, it either went on in this novel or it is about to happen, since this is the first in the series. Imagine yourself in a hotel room, getting your groove on with your lover, only to smell something pretty rotten, and the smell wasn't coming from you or your lover. Hmmm, then all of a sudden a body falls from the drywall and the room is filled with some type of viral disease that explodes all over you Wow!

Hmmm, then all of a sudden a body falls from the drywall and the room is filled with some type of viral disease that explodes all over you and everything in the room! Talk about a horrible scenario, well that's what these poor characters are dealing with. Bodies dropping like flies. This was such a different type of story, and I loved it! I'm most definitely looking forward to Book 2. And even though the killer is still lurking, I loved how Book 1 ended.

I have my own ideas as to who the "real" killer actually is! This is a pretty good read and quick too! Aug 26, William O'Brien rated it it was amazing.


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Ketkar has made this on hell of a mystery suspense and will keep you on your toes throughout. Truly a page-turner of the highest level. I must admit- this is not normally my kind of book but I was given a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Glad I picked this one up!

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A barrel-full of interesting characters are formed, which is a credit to the author. An interesting plot-line creating an emotional and entertaining creation. So, if you fancy something different- this hits the spot. Jul 29, Tracy rated it really liked it Shelves: I would put this in the YA category, and it felt like a nice easy breezy beach read. I really liked Neil and the Callahans, and even it being told in the first person, except for when he jumped to scenes he's re-telling that he couldn't have known about in detail.

This novella is funny, terrifying in some aspects, and even a 3some thrown in amongst these geniuses. It has some great laugh out loud moments, and the family is so interesting that I want to know more! Looking forward to the next one. Jul 05, Kathryn Parry rated it liked it. It was not my usally type of novel but I found myself gripped to the storyline. It was a surprising change and I did find myslef trying to figure out what was comming next with the twists and turns with the book, being a mum their were some things that I did not like, that was why I gave it 3 stars.

Jan 26, P. Winn rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed this book, although a little risque. The Callahan family is headed by Larkin and Tigh, both who work for the CDC and who are brought in when a body is found. The biological hazard on the body is a danger to anyone who was exposed and the Callahan's and Carlos Banks have to find a way to stop it and the terrorist group behind the contamination before it is too late.


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The story is told by Neil Callahan, one of Larkin and Tigh's children and gives the book a perspective from an adolescent' I enjoyed this book, although a little risque. The story is told by Neil Callahan, one of Larkin and Tigh's children and gives the book a perspective from an adolescent's point of view.

Nov 20, C Joy rated it really liked it Shelves: This is more of a 3. It's a murder mystery coupled with bioterrorism on one side and an erotic extra on the other side. Told in the 2nd person point of view, it's sometimes confusing how Neil is omniscient. The author's creativity and imagination is fresh; sex and violence together isn't a breath of fresh air but add mystery and suspense, a little science fiction with a persona who needs more self esteem and you got yourself a worthwhile read.

I can't really say I enjoyed it but This is more of a 3.

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I can't really say I enjoyed it but I was glad to have read it while cruising through some of my queue. Nov 20, Leigh rated it it was ok Shelves: I'm not sure who tagged this Menage but If you pick this book up looking for a good menage story you will be disappointed. There is one mention of a menage and then one sentence that alludes to a menage happening.

While the story was alright I found it a bit to convoluted. The whole terrorism story line is good but weak. This story is told from the POV of a 15 year old boy so maybe I just couldn't connect with the voice. Feb 16, Mike Bray rated it really liked it. Bodies is a fast moving bioterrorism thriller; gripping from the first page.

The Callahan family that the story revolves are a quirky bunch that adds humor and unexpected twists to the action. I'm off to find book 2 in the series. Aug 03, Ryan Windsor rated it did not like it. I received two books from this author for free from a post on a site requesting reviews be cross-posted to this website, so here goes. I'm not sure where to even begin on this one. Though the story being told is quite good, this is one of the worst written books I've ever read. This book reads like it was either written in about 2 days or was written by a middle-school student as a homework assignment, as even a high-school student should be beyond the mistakes in narrative POV and grammar of thi I received two books from this author for free from a post on a site requesting reviews be cross-posted to this website, so here goes.

This book reads like it was either written in about 2 days or was written by a middle-school student as a homework assignment, as even a high-school student should be beyond the mistakes in narrative POV and grammar of this author. The fact that the story itself is actually not bad only makes it that much worse that the writer has destroyed the technical aspects of it the way he has. The story is told in first person omniscient by Neil, who is a living, breathing character in the book.

Ninth grade creative writing is all that is necessary to learn that this is NOT a valid narrative POV in such a story. Even a quick check of wikipedia would have told Ketkar that first person omniscient should be limited to supernatural type plots, where the first person narrator is a ghost or otherwise has magical powers to justify their omniscient knowledge.

Short of that, there is simply no way a living character in the story can know the things an omniscient narrator knows. Ketkar establishes in what to me is the single most telling paragraph in the entire book that Neil has no magical powers and does NOT have omniscient knowledge. This paragraph also demonstrates Ketkar's horrendous grammar, which seems to be a ploy he is using to try to make his writing seem more complex than it really is. In that paragraph, which is the second paragraph of the prologue, we read the following: My older sister Rachel sixteen had been the one who'd first told me about it.

She'd been coming home late that night, and had actually seen it.


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She was almost shaking when she'd told me: Gross gross gross gross gross! Firstly, we now know that Neil the narrator does not have omniscient powers in the story, as his sister had to tell him what was going on in another room of his very own home. We also see that not only does Ketkar establish simple past tense for the paragraph in the first sentence and then subsequently change the tense of the remainder of the paragraph, but we also see that he has no grasp of the correct use of past perfect tense. There is a reason that grammar rules require a past perfect verb to be paired with a simple past tense verb - to avoid grammatical nonsense like 'had been the one who'd,' which of course to be grammatically correct should be 'was the one who'd.

And if Ketkar wants to use past perfect for the paragraph, the first sentence needs a past perfect verb also so as to avoid changing tenses mid paragraph - either 'I had been fourteen when it happened' or 'I was fourteen when it had happened. And lastly - and I don't even know how to describe this weirdness - the parentheses in the above excerpt actually appear in the book that way, and they're not even the only ones.

Who speaks using parentheses? How is it even possible to speak using parentheses? To write like that in a novel defies any logic whatsoever. Ketkar has already established that Neil is fourteen. The next sentence should simply start out 'My sixteen-year-old sister, Rachel Beyond that, everyone can readily determine that sixteen is older than fourteen, so why does Ketkar feel the need to clarify that? But now, grammar aside as I can actually sort of get past that, the POV alone is enough to totally kill this book.

Since we know that Neil does not have magical powers and doesn't even know what's happening in another part of his own home, how is it possible that he somehow does know explicit details of events - all the way down to words spoken and facial expressions and actions of characters - who are miles away. How does he possibly know this stuff? The fact that in this book he somehow does know this stuff is absolutely ridiculous.

Unfortunately, this is a problem with many writers who try to use first person. If the writer does not wish to impose such a limit on the narration, the story must be told from the POV of a third person narrator, who is freely allowed to have omniscient knowledge as he isn't integrated into the story himself as a character. Considering Ketkar's claimed background and education, he clearly should know this. If Ketkar had simply put this story into the appropriate third person POV and stuck with common and proper verb tenses, this book would have easily been 4 stars - and possibly even 5.

As it is, it's an abysmal 1 star. I see that Ketkar's Amazon bio says he has written "dozens of unproduced screenplays and TV pilots", and if this is any indication of the overall quality of those, the "unproduced" part of that makes perfect sense. Jan 21, Joyce Wetherbee rated it liked it. I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to say about this book, so I went back to Amazon and reread the book description. I've watched several episodes of "NCIS" and have a good grasp of the show's premise.

On the other hand, I've never seen "Big Love. Their other two children are Jack and Rachel. He begins by telling us that his parents became involved in a three-way relationship with Special Agent Corban Banks when Neil was fourteen. Banks works for D. There are multiple story lines here that don't really pull together into a cohesive whole. At the beginning of the book I'm reading a story about how Neil's parents came to be involved with Special Agent Banks. To tell us this story, Neil talks about a famous actress involved in her own three-way oh, maybe that's where his folks came up with the idea until a body falls through the wall of the hotel room putting a end to that.

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Potential outbreak, citywide lockdown, and CDC race to find a treatment? Three members of the same investigative team getting into a threesome and deciding to turn it into an ongoing relationship? Larkin and Tigh, the matriarch and patriarch, respectively, head up the C. But when a bioterror attack in their hometown forces them to team up with a Homeland Security agent named Corban Banks, sparks begin to fly!

In more ways than one! Read more Read less. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Phoenix Kindle Single Beatrix Rose. Sins of the Past: Sameer Ketkar has been writing since he was thirteen years old. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California, and has written one feature film, the thriller "Backwaters. Staged Fright" is his second novel and was published in He published "Victory Blvd.

Kindle Edition File Size: Sameer Ketkar 26 June Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. Showing of 6 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Ketkar has made this on hell of a mystery suspense and will keep you on your toes throughout. Truly a page-turner of the highest level. I must admit- this is not normally my kind of book but I was given a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Glad I picked this one up! A barrel-full of interesting characters are formed, which is a credit to the author. An interesting plot-line creating an emotional and entertaining creation. So, if you fancy something different- this hits the spot.

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