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Up Close and Dangerous Hardcover – 17 Jul 2007


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  • Hardcover: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition First Printing edition (17 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345486528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345486523
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,100,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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Award-winning writer Linda Howard is an expert at mixing danger and romance to create a page-turning hit ... Passion and peril in one heady mix (COVENTRY EVENING TELEGRAPH) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Linda Howard is an award winning New York Times bestselling author. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Emma, avid romantic suspense reader. on 30 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
Like the other reviewers, I've read all Linda Howard's books. This one is really not up to her best, but I did read it in one day and if you want something relaxing and not to brain taxing, then it's fine. But the publishers blurb on the cover feels like it's about another book entirely - what body count? The end was rushed and unsatisfactory. Hopefully her next one will be better, but I'll be getting it from the Library - no more rushing out to buy it as soon as the hardcover arrives.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. T. Young on 8 Aug. 2007
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Please don't buy this book on the basis of the description in the synopsis:
"Upon her return to civilisation the body count starts to rise" - what body count?
"who is behind the string of murders" - what murders?
It is well written and is very like Linda Howard of old, in places, but it didn't develop which left me very disappointed. As for the culprit? A half dozen paragraphs and a "fair enough I did it" - very poor. Ms Howard's romantic element was always fantastic, but again here it all fades away. Surely there is not going to be a sequel, as in her last poor effort about the cheerleader and policeman (can't even be bothered checking on this one's name). But like all her books, I'll read it again. Maybe I've missed something, like a dead body somewhere. Oh well!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LEP VINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2007
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Well unlike the other reviewers, I actually liked this book. However, I do agree that whoever wrote the synopsis on the back (and above) was not reading the same book as I was. Basically this is an adventure story, not a murder thriller as the synopsis implies. Bailey's husband did not leave her his estate; there is no body count and no string of murders.

Real synopsis: A small executive jet on its way from Seattle to Denver crashes on route in the mountains. Its pilot, Cam Justice, one of the airlines owners, keeps the plane airbourne by the skin of his teeth; avoiding the top of the mountain, until he can crash land in the tree line. Its only passenger, Bailey Wingate, the widow of a wealthy company owner, is only badly bruised. However, Cam, she discovers, is covered in blood and has a bad head injury. Fearing that the plane will explode, she struggles to get him out and then tries to stem the flow of blood. She then fights altitude sickness to build some kind of shelter from the icy wind and snow for them both, salvaging what she can from the plane.

After three days it is obvious that they are not going to be rescued and to survive, will have to make their own way down the mountain, or starve to death. Cam goes to survey the wreckage and finds evidence that the plane has been sabataged. The likely culprit appears to be Bailey's step son Seth, who had threatened to kill her.

Bailey's husband had set up a trust fund for his two waster children that he asked Bailey to manage. In so doing he was trying to force his son to change his life-style and pull his weight at the family firm. Instead, both children remain sitting on their bums, frittering away their allowances, and being verbally abusive to Bailey.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
well my first book by Howard was Raintree and I really liked it so I bought two more and I'm quite disappointed.

First the description of this book is totally wrong, as the other review says there is no body count - no one dies in the whole book actually. And does not learn that her husband has left the bulk of his estate to her - because he hasn't and they made a deal about what is really happening before he died - so she knew.

So if you read the book with out reading the cover first it might be more interesting, even so after reading "cover of night" too - I'm wondering if all her books involve someone being stitched up in some emergency. And people making love when their life is basically threatened and they have hypothermia :-?

So I think I will stick with Robert and Feehan for the future.

The end is really a twister but it comes the suddenly that it was still disappointing. So definitely no more then just ok points.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SquirrelB on 7 April 2012
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The first thing I'd like to say is that an awful lot of the reviewers said the synopsis on the back of the book was different from the actual story and they felt annoyed/irritated/angry with this. I bought the large print hardcover copy and the synopsis on this version is 100% correct. I buy a book usually because of the author's name - can't remember the last time I bothered reading the short write-up on the back cover! I hope I'd be open minded enough to actually review the book on the storyline - not on a mistake by the publishers even if I had noticed their error.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Good escapist reading. This reminded me of the Mills Boon Intrigue books which are more action with a wee bit of romance rather than the appalling modern romances (that's a real misnomer - they tend to be the most dated storylines ever!) which are weak, soppy, boring, with loads of ridiculous over-emotion. This book had plenty of the action that I like without making my eyes glaze over with too much luv!! It has a nice amount of humour and for me just enough genuine caring and realistic love too.
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