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Dead Man's Hand (Final Destination) [Mass Market Paperback]

Steve Roman
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Black Flame (21 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844161773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844161775
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,059,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chilling suspense inspired by the smash hit movie series. When Annie Goodwin travels to the desert oasis of Las Vegas, she hopes to turn her luck around. Life's dealt her a rotten hand and her current luck seems to be no different. But when Annie has a premonition of a terrible accident, she takes steps to stop it from happening. Annie and four other people survive the ordeal and cheat death. But in a town where the odds are always in the house's favour, can Annie hope to beat the Reaper in this game when she's drawn the Dead Man's Hand?

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1.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man's Hand 3 Oct 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the fourth book in the Final Destination spin-off series and easily the worst. While previous books may have padded out scenes to fill out the word count, author Steven Roman waits an incredible 200+ pages (half the book) before the 'opening' disaster occurs, albeit an impressive catastrophe involving a scenic elevator that shears off the side of a Las Vegas skyscraper. Until this point and aside from an opening death that's unrelated to ensuing events, the book is nothing but a character study of a bunch of unlikeable players, even the heroine is illustrated as arrogant and obnoxious, a fatal error if we're supposed to root for anyone at all to survive. Once the disaster is out of the way, the characters barely meet again, their unimaginitive deaths are written without any build up of tension and telegraphed so far in advance that they house absolutely no shock factor. Roman seemingly ignores the 'rules' set out in the films and polishes things off with a callous 'twist' ending that can be seen lumbering towards us over the horizon. Leave out the opening chapter and the elevator incident and there's absolutely nothing to recommend here.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A different approach 16 Feb 2008
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you're expecting a novel true to the Final Destination formula then look elsewhere. What made the Final Destination series so successful was a formula which hooked the viewer and created elaborate deaths as Fate caught up with those that had somehow eluded his grasp. Dead Man's Hand presents the premonition, which allows the characters to avoid death, at half way through the book - this event should shape the entire plot, yet it appears to be an action scene routinely slotted in. Thereafter the characters encounter their doom, although the deaths may be original in their design, there is none of the foreboding that the Final Destination series is famous for. What the reader is left with is an easy to read horror story, light on plot, light on real character interaction, no suspense, and a skewed use of the Final Destination license.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but tons of character development 20 Dec 2005
By Rory-man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
So all these people end up in Las Vegas after going through bits and pieces of their lives in excrutiating detail... (thats the first 200 pages unfortunately).

Then the casino/showgirls tower in Las Vegas holds this glass elevator, one that leads to the dining room. One where all these people tend to interact and then WOOSH! The elevator collides and the details are grotesque and fun. But then more crap happens and it seems that the survivors are dying in Las Vegas, and you can't beat Death anywhere!

This book was a nice read, considering it was the First of the five (6 now unreleased) that I own and all the books don't relate to each other and are all by different authors if you have to order it like I did. This story is good, but when you read any of the other books (like the AMAZING: Looks Could Kill), this falls out of place.

The shower in the hotel room when dude was getting Chinese food was awesomly creative. The whole guy with the Asian giving 'suck sucky' and getting his naughty bits smashed was a little far though, but it adds to the series nonetheless and all these books should be treasured!

*Note The cover of this book actually has a chick in a red dress screaming and the elevator in the background and Las Vegas surrounding it. IDK why they change covers, maybe there are two different releases. But the cover on Looks Could Kill actually is purple with a model wearing a white mask and a shadow of a man in the background making the cover a lot cooler than advertised on AMAZON!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Final Destination: Dead Man's Hand 18 Nov 2005
By Andrew Schwarz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a fan of the Final Destination film series, I have been reading the books, looking for something to hold me off until the third movie comes out in a few months. "Dead Man's Hand," the fourth book released, is by far the worst. At a little over 400 pages, the book takes 200 pages until the main accident occurs. The author of the book devotes the first half to establishing and developing his characters. Now, I have no problem with character development; it allows the reader to feel something when Death comes calling. However, the author wastes too much time giving mundane details about the characters, and then repeating them over and over so that the reader actually ends up thinking that the author is setting up something for later. How many times do we need to hear the main character enjoys sex? Do we really care that her boyfriend is a Star Trek fan, and obsesses about his girlfriend dressing up as one of the characters? Does telling the reader what each character had for dinner have anything to do with the story?

With all the time his spends describing the characters up until the accident, one would think that the author would devote the same attention to the death scenes that have made the Final Destination series famous. But no; instead of carefully setting up each death scene with little hints and twists as each of the previous films and novels have done, the author just kills his characters out of nowhere. The second half of the book has more pages devoted to police and FBI agents yelling at the characters than the kills. The one time that there are clues to a death scene, there are so many that the reader is beaten over the head with them, making it painfully obvious what's about to happen. And as farfetched as some of the deaths in the movies and other books are, at least they had some creativity behind them.

And then there's the unnecessary and somewhat offensive numerous references to the events of September 11th, terrorism, and AIDS. By the way, does a book like this really need any criticism on the state of the US government?

The Final Destination books are by no means incredible works of literature, but at least they have creative deaths and some neat twists and surprises. The author of this book ruins what could have been a fun and quick read with 200 pages of boring and gratuitous character development, unimaginative deaths, and unneeded political commentary. Skip "Dead Man's Hand," and read the other books, or just watch the movies again
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good book 21 Sep 2011
By JayInAtlanta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've now read all the Final Destination books, as well as the graphic novel. I saved this one for last because I had heard numerous poor reviews of it.

However, I must disagree. It is arguable that it is the best written of all the books (perhaps tied with End of the Line). Yes, there is a plethora of character development, and for that reason, I felt I knew the characters better than any other Final Destination book. In fact, though I remember only sketchy details about the lives of those in every other book, I bet I'll remember these characters for years.

I also thought the plot moved well. Of the 200 pages prior to the accident, the author spent time to lead us up to the reason that all the characters would be in the same place at the same time. Post-accident, the detective angle, the FBI's involvement, and the subplot about another murder being investigated was relatively effective.

In summary, I enjoyed this book as a regular novel more than several of the others. I probably enjoyed the death scenes a bit less. And the ending was interesting and creepy, if not what you're used to from the other titles and movies.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't THAT bad. 12 Nov 2006
By Elle Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sure, there were a lot of different stories going on at once to help develope the characters, but I think the auther did it in a way that it wasn't extremely confusing (which it could have easily been had he not been careful). For the most part the deaths were interesting and depicted well and there was enough to keep me turning the page.
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