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Grave of Angels [Kindle Edition]

Michael Prescott
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kate Malick’s first calling was as a Carmelite nun, a life devoted to prayer and faith. Now she runs a Hollywood security service dedicated to protecting its clients. But Kate’s most troublesome client, teenage celebutante Chelsea Brewer, is a walking, talking, slow-motion train wreck who’s testing that devotion. The poster child for the pitfalls of childhood fame and fortune, Chelsea careens from one party to the next, riding the ragged edge between celebrity…and fatality.

When a huge bet is placed on her impending demise,Chelsea disappears, forcing Kate to leap into action. Searching Hollywood’s darkest corners and seediest hiding places in a desperate attempt to find her client, Kate uncovers a tangled conspiracy of revenge and betrayal. But time is running out, and if Kate doesn’t find Chelsea, the bet will leave one person rich, one woman shattered, and one young girl dead. Flying at a breakneck pace and full of unrelenting tension, Grave of Angels journeys full-tilt into the dark side of fame.



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About the Author

Born and raised in New Jersey, Michael Prescott attended Wesleyan University, majoring in film studies, then pursued a career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. In 1986 he wrote his first novel; published steadily since that time, he is now the author of twenty-two thrillers, one of which, Shiver, was recently made into a movie starring Danielle Harris and John Jarratt. Currently at work on a new book, Prescott is also republishing his older titles in e-book editions, which have found a wide new audience.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145589690X
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (7 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OASHRI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Ghostgrey51 TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Central character Kate Malick is a professional security operative to celebrities in LA. She is someone with a past, with a past, as is revealed throughout the book in easily digestible portions. In short a headstrong runaway became a nun, failed at that and is now a tough worldly and street wise woman operating in the darker heartless side of LA, yes we are in Raymond Chandler territory, but Michael Prescott's style is faster (the narrative takes place in less than two days) and the twists and turns are not so challenging to follow.
Basic plot, spoilt star and serial train wreck Chelsea Brewer is a handful to keep out of serious trouble, separated parents of said girl are in denial over her behaviour, her reckless style makes her an easy target for kidnap by a seriously dangerous professional killer Swann, who is apparently being paid by someone else but has his own agendas (yes agendas, this man thinks several steps ahead all the time). This becomes a duel of wits between Malick and Swann not just over Chelsea Brewer, but into just who is hunter and hunted. This in itself is captivating, but there are a series of classic Noir characters; the sleazy, the violent, the loyal, the tragic, the vain and the chancers, some of whom are beyond redemption, others who might just come out wiser. These weave in and out of the narrative each with their important part to play. No more about the plot that would not be fair, for this is a very good page turner and you need to enjoy the proverbial thrills, spills and twist yourself.
I found the central characters interesting in that they were not the cardboard or plastic types in lesser put-together books. Malick has emoitional scars, but not cynical, still something of a compassionate idealist looking for sense in the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent thriller with a modern twist 30 Jun. 2012
By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I wasn't sure what to expect from Grave of Angels. I felt that a plot featuring an ex nun now working as a security professional might be just a reach too far, it does sound wacky, but I enjoy a challenge and gave it a go. It's really good. Kate Malick's the lead character and she must have been a Carmelite nun with some attitude because now she's running "Guardian Angels" bodyguards and referring to people as "smiling turds" however; it soon becomes obvious that there's a mystery surrounding her time as a nun, and nothing's quite as straightforward as it might appear. Kate employs people to run security for the rich and famous. Everything's going well until Chelsea, the client from hell, and a psycho called Swann enter Kate's life and suddenly she's tested to the limit. There's a lot of action, the plot moves along at a cracking pace, and I enjoyed that the dialogue is short and choppy because it adds to the tension. Incredibly easy to read, lots of twists and turns to keep you hooked and excellent character development. Quirky is possibly the best way to describe Grave of Angels, I can't say that I found it "harrowing" or a "journey into the depths of evil..." as described on the jacket, but it's a decent thriller with a modern plot surrounding celebrity and security and I found it an OK read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pacy and all in good faith 7 Aug. 2012
By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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An interesting take on a new PI - an ex-nun, turned security guard to the celebs. Well, it sort of works though Kate Melick is a character not especially developed too well in this story. Her faith or lack of faith rather, gets in the way of her job - a sort of should she kill him or shouldn't she?

When a young star, high on the excessive lifestyle too much money can provide is snatched from under the noses of Guardian Angels, Kate's security company, not unnaturally, Kate Mellick has to find her.

In so doing, we come across a plethora of people, some good, some bad and some, well, they fall through the gap in the middle. The story reads well, though for a security expert, she seems to lose her charges will regular ease, mainly because she similarly loses her various guns. In fact, throughout the book, all the characters who carry a gun seem to drop them or whatever. So, Chelsea Brewer, the young celeb, is found, is taken again, is found, is...oh well, the story does rattle along and leaves the reader rather bemused, none more so when, towards the finale the outcome is determined by a less than earthly scenario.

On the theme of bemusement, I do wonder why a Jaguar XK (Kate's car of choice) purrs like a panther; maybe a Panther purrs like a jaguar? Anyway, if you shut your mind to these offcuts and concentrate on the story, Kate and her rapidly dwindling team are reasonably okay, better than others in this genre but in need of filling out, I think, should the author decide he has a follow-on in mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sordid Storyline 19 Oct. 2012
By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Publicity blurb states author Michael Prescott majored in film studies and then worked as a screenwriter, so perhaps it is not surprising how `Grave of Angels' reads like a form of horror movie. Even so it lacks suspense as the worst of the `baddies' is made known on page 1. and the storyline becomes a sordid exposure of his characteristics as psychopath, killer, torturer, stalker, kidnapper, blackmailer and double dealer. There is little to offset this as other persona come across as 2-dimensional and poorly developed, and they range from unattractive to hideous. There is gratuitous violence and offensive reference to religion, but a major rant about `Grave of Angels' is how it is built around today's obsession with celebrities. At best these are hollow, charmless individuals with only superficially applied appeal, yet more often are vain and boorish with their major objective to be famous. It is bad enough for `Grave of Angels' to endorse celebrity culture, but to promote it via a sordid storyline with crude language is even worse!
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