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Douglas Kennedy
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7 Jun 2007

David Armitage - husband, father and failure - has lived the life of an unsuccessful screenwriter for eleven years. When one of his scripts is bought for television, David's life is transformed, more dramatically than he could have ever imagined. An overnight success and suddenly the toast of Tinseltown, David's upward trajectory finally gives him everything he had ever hoped for.

New found success means total reinvention, and initiation into the Hollywood world of high-flyers. Life for David quickly becomes a heady rush of celebrities, parties and women - but everything comes at a price. Walking out on his wife and daughter, David climbs to dizzy new heights, brimming with luxury, opulence and scandal. But before long a dark figure casts a shadow on the horizon. When an influential film director presents David with an offer, the opportunity of a lifetime - could this temptation be one that jeopardises everything David has worked for.

Enthralling, vivid and addictive, Douglas Kennedy's Temptation masterfully explores the destructive power of success,and the choices we have to make between personal gain and the people closest to our hearts.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009946926X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099469261
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A finger-scorching page-turner" (Daily Mail)

"This is Kennedy at his brilliant best" (Daily Mirror)

"If you haven't discovered Douglas Kennedy yet, it's about time you found out what you've been missing... Where Kennedy excels is in creating fundamentally flawed characters who are still likeable" (Glamour)

"Kennedy is a clever learned writer, with a beguiling lightness of touch" (The Times)

"Kennedy proves himself an agile and entertaining storyteller. His love stories are mature... and informed by a sympathetic sensibility that would not be out of place in a John Irving novel" (Independent)

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An enthralling page-turner from the No.1 bestselling author of Five Days, The Moment and The Pursuit of Happiness.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning tale of money and morals 4 July 2007
By Ichabod J VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Kennedy has dealt with the ephemeral nature of success before, notably in `The Big Picture' and `The Job'. `Temptation' is the tale of David Armitage, a struggling screenwriter who after years of getting nowhere suddenly hits the big time.

The story is like one of those yuppie nightmare movies popular in the Eighties and Nineties, where a wealthy, successful type gets involved in something they shouldn't, makes some poor decisions and sees their life unravel. It covers a well-worn theme - that money does not guarantee happiness. Kennedy's brand of moralising plays to the crowd, i.e. those of us without millions who may enjoy hearing that affluence does not make all your problems disappear, but it's well-written light entertainment and very readable. Four stars on this basis.

A note to prospective male readers: after a string of bestsellers with female narrative voices, Kennedy's publishers seem to have decided to give all his books soppy covers irrespective of content. Don't be put off giving this one a try because of the Mills and Boon type artwork.

Finally, anyone who enjoyed this tale of money and morals should try Stephen Vizinczey's classic `An Innocent Millionaire' for a more literary (though no less readable) take on similar themes and issues.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this book by its cover 31 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A struggling Hollywood screenwriter gets a lucky break. This (initially) rags-to-riches story is about the fickleness of Hollywood and the ephemeracy of fame. Strange choice of title - temptation isn't a major feature of the book - but the main problem is that glaringly inappropriate cover which suggests a slushy romantic novel. The publishers would do well to preprint the book with a cover more relevant to its content and its target audience. Fans of Kennedy's earlier works, such as The Job and The Big Picture, will probably enjoy this book, but fans of his more chick-lit recent stuff may not. There are some errors which should have been picked up by the proofreaders: Los Angeles' Wilshire Boulevard is several times referred to as "Wiltshire Boulevard", and the name of minor character McHenry is suddenly changed to McHale for no apparent reason. The bahaviour of the main character is irritatingly naive in places, and some of the plot twists strain credibility somewhat, but overall it's a readable enough page-turner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Numerous errors in the copy! 9 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm astonished at the number of typos, spelling mistakes and punctuation blunders in this Kindle edition of the Douglas Kennedy book 'Temptation'. I would generally let one, or even two, go unremarked - but in my Kindle version there are dozens - and I'm only half-way through!

I've paid money for this book: I would expect the copy to have been properly edited before release. I don't see how one can get refunded for a downloaded Kindle book (after all, you can't return it) but I am writing this review in a spirit of protest. Just because a book is an e-book, it doesn't mean it has to conform to the dismal illiteracy of the average blog. Shame on you, publishers!

I'm giving it two stars (not none) because the book itself is reasonably entertaining. The experience of reading it on Kindle is, however, absolutely dismal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Romp 4 Dec 2006
By Sandford TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This is my first novel of Kennedy's that I have read. I found it a nice, easy read; recommended for something light and undemanding. I find his style fluid, keeping my attention throughout. It has left me feeling I would like to read his other novels, which according to some comments here, are to be preferred to this most recent one.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost the plot 22 Jan 2007
By Chris Pearson VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I really loved Kennedy's previous fiction-from his best-'The Big Picture' to his more feminine titles like 'The Pursuit of Happiness'.

But this just doesn't hack it.

I stopped reading before our hero leaves the Island ( I assume he does?). The plot became very thin and the characters were not credible. No intrigue, no promise.

Come on Mr Kennedy you can do better than this!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not his usual high standard 11 Nov 2006
By Jenny
Format:Hardcover
I like Douglas Kennedy's novels for what they are - well written page turners. He has a certain style: a love betrayed, a flawed leading character, a build 'em up the watch 'em fall narrative. Nothing wrong with that.

And nothing wrong with this book either. I enjoyed it very much. It's just that it felt 'phoned in'. I'm sure Kennedy worked very hard on it, but I felt that it could have done with a tighter editing. Some of the parts of the books were over long and it was hard to understand why the main character would put up with some of the behaviour that he had to deal with. Great holiday read, but not much more.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but give it a chance! 18 Feb 2007
By R.O. P
Format:Hardcover
Douglas Kennedy's 7th novel seems to have received quite poor reviews.I read this in a few days, like all of Kennedy's novel's Temptation's a page turner . Kennedy returns to the male character in the first person, in this case David Armitage a struggling scriptwriter gets the breakthrough to the US West Coast big time, writing a succesful sitcom. In the cut throat world of vitrial media, and his encounter with bilionaire tycoon Philip Fleck. It's well plotted with elements of his earlier novels Big Picture and The Job ,yet it does lack somewhat the originality of other Kennedy masterpieces, by the time I read the last page I felt as if I'd been cheated out of a few chapters.Condemed as superficial and poor by other critics, I disagree. Iput this in the same category as his earlier works The Dead Heart,Big Picture and The Job and it's probably the weakest of that group, as Kennedy's other novels covered female characters. But give temptation a chance it's not that bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good
Published 11 days ago by Julie Frost
2.0 out of 5 stars Trite and shallow
l usually love Kennedy's books but I was quite disappointed with this one. It felt trite and moralising and the characters lacked the depth I normally like so much. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kym Hamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival of the human spirit
An amazing story of rising, falling and coming back wiser. Knowing that as humans, we are responsible for own actions.
Published 7 months ago by CATHY ENGLISH
5.0 out of 5 stars Temptation
Another racy book from my favourite author. Loved the subject matter and his way with dealing with all lives problems never able to put his books down excellent
Published 9 months ago by Mary Hooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Temptation
Another Douglas Kennedy classic showing the weekness and the strength of the human being. David is a B-----d but the point is he knows it
Published 17 months ago by williampendry
5.0 out of 5 stars brillian read
This book was another page turner from Douglas Kennedy. I am a huge fan of his already having read a few of his books. It was easy to read and a good book to take away on holiday. Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by mad woman
1.0 out of 5 stars I know about the price of iranian caviar - $160 an ounce
This is not the Douglas Kennedy of earlier books, but a kind of clone, who has learned to write by rote in a similar style, overlaid by all the cynicism and tokenism, all the right... Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2011 by Eileen Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading
I never cease to be amazed at how easy and quick it is to select a book and order it through Amazon. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by Mrs. J. M. Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars another great book
I happened to buy this book by chance in a bargain bin and absolutely loved it. I then went on to buy and read all
the books by this author and loved them all. Read more
Published on 23 April 2011 by A. Ventura
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but...
As always with this author, a very readable book if you disregard the holes in the plot already highlighted by other reviewers. A couple of points occur to me, however. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by King's Man
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