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From Vegas With Blood: Tales of Love, Mystery, and Suspense

From Vegas With Blood: Tales of Love, Mystery, and Suspense [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Sturak
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They say that a new light shines in Las Vegas for every person who visits. But unlike the countless millions who visited Sin City this year, today you decided to be part of the 'what happens' that 'stays'.

After exploring the lights, you find a job as a salesperson at a kiosk on the Strip. It's your first night and Daniela is your trainer. She seems friendly providing you with the secrets on living and working in Sin City, but she possesses a quality that you can't place. After quickly learning the job, Daniela gives you a special book containing eleven stories of love, mystery, and suspense-this book.

As you read these stories, you begin to realize this book, Daniela, and the lights of Las Vegas are not what you imagined!

Will your Vegas light shine Blood Red?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 309 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982589425
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pendan Publishing; 1st edition (5 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MDLXL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #564,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jonathan Sturak grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He is a Penn State University graduate and holds degrees in Computer Science and Film. He currently lives in Las Vegas where he uses the energy of the city to craft stories about life and the human condition. "The Place Called Home," Sturak's essay about Eastern European heritage in Northeast Pennsylvania, was featured on Glass Cases, associate literary agent Sarah LaPolla's pop culture blog at Sturak is also a contributing editor at, the premier location for international crime fiction. His debut thriller novel "Clouded Rainbow" was published in December 2009 and has over 200,000 downloads on the Amazon Kindle. Sturak keeps updated information on his website at

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4.0 out of 5 stars From Vegas with Blood / 3.5 stars 6 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The stories in this collection are so complete different from each other that I guess everybody will like at least one story in this book.

So why only 3.5 stars? - Because the different type of stories appear wildly thrown together and don't really fit together. You get thrown from one really sweet and sad story to another one where you think "ick"... and back. A wild ride that others may enjoy.

I really liked a few of the stories - and would rate them with 5 stars - others in this book only with 2 stars. But I guess that's just the way it is when you're reading a short story collection... you won't love every story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beneath the Neon and Glitter of Las Vegas 31 Jan 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on
Jonathan Sturak tested the waters of novel writing with his well written CLOUDED RAINBOW and now he is back with a collection of short stories, a form that many novelists work to perfect before advancing to a major novel. What Sturak has accomplished in this tidy little collection of bizarre tales is to be lauded: he introduces his book with a short 'prologue' that gives us a narrator - Daniela -a bored girl who sells tourist T-shirts bearing 'I Love Las Vegas' etc to suckers on the streets of Sin City. She engages us and tells us she will pass the night sharing stories about her glitzy town, stories that manage to go beneath the surface and share some of the strange tales the city creates. And so the stories begin:

A BRUSH OF LOVE is related by a gal born in Nevada but transplanted to Indianapolis where she secures a brainless job in a law firm. Longing to see something beyond the boring cubicle of her existence, she accepts the invitation of her boss to fly to Florida for a meeting (on company time and expenses). Discovering that her obligations in Florida include dinner with stuffy old cigar smoking guys, she dresses well and escapes to encounter a handsome artist sketching in a café, a romance begins and our heroine finds an evening of beauty in her otherwise mundane life. How she handles that moment is the crux of the story, but we feel a return to a rut that will remain a lost dream.

THE HUNTED weaves a tale of a desolate man out for an adventure after the death of his wife in a car accident who hunts his own measure of change only to discover an indescribably weird world - his? dream? - we are left to translate.

THE HAPPY ENDING tells of a compulsively clean cab driver who has been noticing massage parlor signs that abound in Las Vegas, signs that promise 'A Happy Ending', and finally one night he decides to partake in the sensual pleasures promised by the signs. He enters a parlor, pays his fee, is met by an Asian masseuse who begins what appears to be a traditional massage but the 'happy ending' is anything but happy. The tale involves a loathsome excision but one that the cabbie manages to survive.

Sturak manages to not only keep our attention throughout these eleven stories of the grit hidden by the artificial light of Las Vegas nights while at the same time employing a manner of holding these disparate stories together in a clever fashion. His writing continues to develop along strong lines. Grady Harp, January 11
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark & Creepy! 11 Feb 2011
By Shirley Priscilla Johnson - Published on
Much is said about Las Vegas, some good, some bad, some ugly. Inside the pages of this book we meet, Daniela, a young lady who is selling T-shirts on the Strip and is teaching you the reader how to sell as well. However, Daniela has a few other things to offer as she trains you for the job. Stories, deep, dark tales that will suck you into them like a twirling tornado and not let you go. The stories are of those who never saw it coming, if you will. Take for example an injured hunter who seeks help after falling out of his tree stand, and then becomes the hunted. But just who or what is it that will hunt him forever and why? Or was it just a dream? You decide.
Or how about Stacy who is only trying to do her job by fixing a stove at a hotel. After all, all the occupants in the hotel were Chefs preparing for tomorrow's presentation at a contest. Surely no one would harm her, surely she would not end up on the show as one of the main meals. Or would she? I was not expecting to find what I did in this book. Definitely off the wall, but definitely a page-turner. Some of the stories made me uncomfortable, only because I was not expecting what was placed before me in the read. However, they were well written, dark and twisted, letting your imagination play along with the tale at hand. Good job by the author.

Mr. Sturak definitely brought forth what he set out to do in this read and has a talent of drawing the reader into the depths of the story at hand wondering what dark encounter awaits them. Creepy! The title starts it all and the stories bring you the conclusion. Good job, Mr. Sturak. Definitely one dark and creepy read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, Fantastic Tales 3 Feb 2013
By Roger Deblanck - Published on
Sturak's collection of tales evokes a range of emotions: sorrow, fright, laughter, and warmth. Some of these pieces are perfect in their development and pacing, such as the sad, romantic suspense tale, "A Brush of Love." It is followed up with a dose of chilling horror as played out in both "The Hunted" and "The Chef." The tenderness captured in The Water Princess made way for the disturbing, laugh-out-loud humor in "The Happy Ending." My favorite piece was "A Dance to Remember," where Sturak demonstrates his craft at blurring the lines between the real world and dreams. In fact, several of these pieces are spectacular at merging illusions with reality. These tightly wound stories are also flawless in their delivery. They offer crisp, fresh observations. The writing is so clever and clean that you seamlessly travel with the characters into their alternate frame of mind. I was thoroughly engrossed in this volume of thrilling, fantastic tales.
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4.0 out of 5 stars clever tie in 17 Sep 2011
By R. Laney - Published on
I don't remember reading anything quite like that before.
Their is a T-shirt kiosk that they sell t-shirts to tourists for 5 dollars. Daniela is showing the ropes to new employee. How, why and what to do and telling him that sometimes its slow so she reads this book of short stories. Then in between stories she is showing him more stuff like taking the money to owners,stopping for gas, going to a party but getting lost. Each time she comments on the story just read or the one comming up. I thought it was a clever way to tie the stories together.
The first story brush of Love talks about a secretary goes with her boss to a three day conference in Florida. She has only flown one time before. She went to all the meetings and took notes and the one night left boss wants her to go to dinner with him and two friends. But she calls not feeling good and then takes off to see a little bit of florida. Meets a guy who takes her to private beach where he draws and paints. They make love and he asks her to stay with him but she says no . then wanders what if.
one Story is about a hunter in his tree stand falls and knocks himself out and with broken rifle wanders to cabin where he thinks a women is hunting him.
The stories are told well but some I liked some I wonder what happens next. some I did not like. My favorite was the Water Princess.
I was given this ebook in exchange for honest review.
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the synopsis 21 July 2013
By JS - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Awful, waste of time... a bunch of short stories that really didn't flow together... Don't bother reading not worth it...
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