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Ring A Ding [Kindle Edition]

Sam Stone
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Hotel owner C.C. Dixon has a beautiful fiancée’ and a mysterious million dollar debt. Before he can embrace his future, he’ll have to sort his past... Or die trying.


Ring A Ding is a new cocktail of crime and adventure from the Kindle best selling author of Humdinger.


Chuck Hardin - "Stone did it again. His books are lean, mean, stripped-down engines of action and plunder. Mark my words: This is the Richard Stark of our era. I'm calling it now."


Also available by Sam Stone: The Hollywood Doll, Sunset Slam

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 240 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Publisher: Four Boys; 1 edition (29 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FR2E02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From August 2011, Sam Stone with friend and fellow writer Jackson Marshall:


J - Sam, your writing has clearly been influenced by writers like Elmore Leonard. What else influences the work?

S - I love cinematic crime like Hollywoodland and Confidence. Book-wise, I'm also a big fan of Erskine Caldwell. His characters are most often dirt poor and slaves to runaway libidos and greed. So on some level it's still a bit like watching the traveling salesman being seduced into bed, and then murder, in Double Indemnity. They are all pretty well damned from the start.

J - So it's more about people with complicated lives?

S - Sometimes it's simply making poor choices and other times the characters are social misfits. I can't pass an idling car without thinking it would be fun to take a joyride but it isn't such an inviting lark that I'd do it. Some people don't have that same brake and these are the characters that interest me, people who wander out on a limb.

J - While writing I've often found characters taking unexpected turns I hadn't planned on...

S - Yes, I think of a scene I wrote recently where a character started saying the exact opposite of what I needed him to say and then another character played off of this switch and righted the ship in a manner that was completely unexpected. Those are the fun moments.

J - So you aren't interested in crime fiction in the 'Columbo' sense - a murder to be solved?

S - My next project is a traditional mystery but the principal character is a free spirit and feels like she's cut from the noir fabric so I'm excited about what's developing there.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read 18 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book having just finished 'Humdinger' by the same author, which I thought was absolutely brilliant. This book wasn't quite as good, as I thought the characters could have been better developed. I got the feeling that this novel was written more quickly than Humdinger, although I may be wrong.

Having said that, the story moves swiftly along when the owner of the Trade Winds hotel, CC , brings money troubles back from Las Vegas, along with his new fiance (Stacy). The hotel manager Rick, is an all round nice bloke and tries to help Stacy when things start going very badly wrong for her and CC. The policeman in the story, John, is thoroughly horrible, but as in Sam Stone's other book 'Humdinger' the truly horrible characters get their come uppance in a believable way.

I read this in 2 days flat, and for 99p it's pretty good. Not a classic maybe, but a quick, entertaining read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 8 Nov 2012
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New to Sam Stone, I thoroughly enjoyed this and his other books. Each was seriously written with a light touch and interesting plots. Write more, Sam!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not very good 25 Oct 2011
By Tugs
Format:Kindle Edition
I thought, from the sample, that this was going to be a good detective/gangster-type thriller but it's not. Too complicated for its own good and not very well written. No suspense. Didn't really understand it. It only cost 86p but wasn't even worth that. Don't bother.
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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And He Does It Again! 16 Aug 2011
By Charles C. Hardin - Published on Amazon.com
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It would have been really awkward if I'd disliked this book, since Stone sent me a very kind email thanking me for my positive review of Humdinger on another forum.

Luckily, I needn't choose between honesty and politeness, because Stone did it again. His books are lean, mean, stripped-down engines of action and plunder. The characters are utterly believable, all the more so because they demonstrate their character in their deeds more than in their maunderings. This was the best thing I've read in weeks.

How does he do it? I have no idea, but I'm looking for more of his work. Mark my words: This is the Richard Stark of our era. I'm calling it now.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars twists to thr plot 6 Mar 2012
By Sandra - Published on Amazon.com
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Great author,love all his books. This one had lots of twists to the plot and storylines were woven together very well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused 28 April 2012
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This COULD have been a good book, but it wasn't.

It took half the book to figure out what was going on, then it all changed. When dead people reappeared, I stopped trying to figure it out. The author never explained the reason for the fence. If he did, I missed it.

Just really hard to follow and has too many unnecessary characters.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ring a Ding 9 May 2012
By Linda - Published on Amazon.com
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This was not one of my favorite books. I read it all the way through, but I do not think I would read it again.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I must have missed something 16 Mar 2012
By readon rebuff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read the other reviews on this book after reading "Ring A Ding" Are we talking about the same book? Really bad story. Not only were the characters confusing, but they had no real depth. What was their reason for doing anything? Using just first names made it hard to follow who was who. The last pages were no real ending to the story. What happened to all the main characters? This is one book I would never recommend to anyone ever.
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