The Cactus Garden ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Robert Ward

The Cactus Garden

Tyrus Books
Publication date: January 2012
ISBN: 9781440533952
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
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Daredevil DEA agent Jack Walker cruised down Hollywood Boulevard into the best unscheduled party of his career: a car-jacking featuring a .38 semiautomatic and his own movieland heroics. In any other city, the pretty woman he saved would be a star. Here she was Charlotte Rae, a former B-movie bombshell waving a lottery ticket straight from hell - a chance to get inside her husband's drug-smuggling empire. Charlotte Rae and Buddy Wingate were one of California's self-made platinum couples: the high-rolling discount furniture king and his bottle-blond trophy. It was Jack's job to penetrate Buddy's drug operation - and his marriage - and suddenly Jack's doing a better job than he ever dreamed.
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Thin on substance

I have to agree with the previous review that it would make a good blockbuster, because there you can blind your audience with big bangs, bright lights and winning smiles. But in the intimate forum of the reader-writing relationship the dazzle and glamour can't show through. There are no quick scene changes; with a book the reader can take her time, re-read a delicious line over again, flip back a few pages to revisit clues, and move carefully and slowly through the unfurling plot. This novel, unfortunately, doesn't stand up to this level of detail. If you are after something fast and light (think of a sports car) then it will tick those boxes, but if you like a bit more substance to your crime reading, then you won't find a huge amount of that here.
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The Makings of a Hollywood Blockbuster

The writer of "The Cactus Garden", Robert Ward is actually a tv script writer and this shows through blatantly in his writing. Whether this is a bad thing or a good thing is down to an individuals taste, but I quite like it. The story is straight-forward with semi-predictable twists and fairly generic characters, however this all makes for an easy reading that doesn't take much brain power. I would have really enjoyed this on holiday when I just want to relax my mind. Other people have said that this book would make a great movie and I completely agree. It is a typical hollywood blockbuster, it has no substance...but who cares?!
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