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Vegas Was Her Name [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Sturak

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NEW for 2013 from Jonathan Sturak, the Amazon Best-Selling Author of Thriller Novels A Smudge of Gray and Clouded Rainbow

At the world's largest technology convention in Las Vegas, Michael Harris, CEO of a top engineering company, debuts Venus, a humanized computer brain that can predict human behavior. He attracts international attention, including the attention of Rachel, a steamy seducer who cons Michael by concealing a secret of her own. Melissa, Michael's wife, flies to Las Vegas to save her husband and her marriage as the events unfold in the shadows of the Las Vegas Strip.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1007 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982589484
  • Publisher: Noir Nation Books (25 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1N3YSE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #927,284 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Adrenalin-Paced Narrative 13 April 2013
By Roger Deblanck - Published on
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With his newest novel, Vegas Was Her Name, Jonathan Sturak once again successfully merges elements of a smooth literary style into a narrative clearly designed to deliver up plenty of suspense and thrills. Sturak employs a clever balance of four different perspectives throughout the story. It takes a talented writer to pull off multiple points of view while not compromising the tension of an adrenalin-paced narrative, and Sturak has made it happen with ease.

The main character, Michael Harris, is a computer engineering entrepreneur and CEO of Bio Algorithms. He travels to Las Vegas for a computer convention where he unveils new lifelike computer software that replicates human thinking and emotions. Soon enough Harris finds himself ensnared in a life-altering game of seduction with a vixen named Rachel. Harris's wife, Melissa, remains back home in Philadelphia. When her suspicions about Michael reach a threshold, she hurries to Sin City in attempts to find her husband. The distinctive voice of each of these three characters lends insight to the plot while the fourth voice belongs to the life form of Venus, the magnificent computer program in which Michael is showcasing at the convention.

The story is gripping and catapults forward through the various angles of perspective and the many surprises that crop up along the way. The writing is flawless and wonderfully done. Sturak captures the mood and ambiance of the sordid side of Vegas, and he provides just the right amount of imagery to keep the plot racing forward. His dialogue is incredibly crisp and sharp. His expertise knowledge of the digital world and of describing Venus's technological capabilities are fantastic too. Overall, the novel kept my attention to the final pages, much like Sturak does to perfection in his thriller A Smudge of Gray and in a number of his excellent stories from the collection From Vegas With Blood. This new novel is also rewarding with its literary flourishes, a component that made his first novel, Clouded Rainbow, a memorable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Vegas strikes again! 2 April 2013
By Gungirl007 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to send Author Jonathan Sturak a huge Thank you for allowing me to read this free.

I really liked how you feel like you just entered Vegas after the first few pages. The heat, the sand and thirst for adventure...

Michael Harris, an Engineer is in Vegas to show off his newest computer program that is going to rival anything out there, her name is Venus--she predicts human behavior or should I say human nature when a person is turned onto a place like Las Vegas. Michael meets Jack at his booth the first day, someone you just know you want shake hands with then use a bottle of sanitizer to get rid of all contact.

During a visit with Jack (I think Michael should of used the sanitizer) to a downtown seedy strip club called the Sapphire Michael thinking he avoided impending trouble by deserting Jack to a handful of strippers stumbles on Rachel the temptress shortly after leaving.

From that moment on Michael has suddenly no time to take any calls from his wife or even give a thought to his dream and future, Venus. Las Vegas owns him.

There is sex, bad oriental food, Chinatown crazies and lots of twists and turns before the story finally explodes with Michael being left to save himself literally from the lure of Rachel and Lusty Lady Vegas before his wife ends up arriving for a showdown no one will ever forget. Will what happens in Vegas stay there? hmm...

Loved this story, the creepiness, the seedy feeling and the hot lure of Vegas. Looking forward to more from this author!
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegas Was Her Name 14 Oct. 2014
By unicorn64 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a mystery. I have to thank Jonathan Sturak for letting me read it for free. The main character, Michael Harris, is a computer engineering entrepreneur and CEO of Bio Algorithms. He travels to Las Vegas for a computer convention where he unveils new lifelike computer software that replicates human thinking and emotions. He leaves his wife of 10 years Melissa back in Philadelphia. Then he meets Jack an investment assistant and Rachael an escort he thinks. The story is told from Michael, Melissa, Rachel, and Venus, his computer algorithms point of view. Rachel proceeds to seduce Michael and he falls prey to her and cuts off communication with his wife Melissa. Michael takes off his wedding ring and falls prey to Rachel's seduction. Back home Melissa is having dreams of an unknown man who seems to mean harm to Michael. Everyone seems to blame sin city, the lights of Las Vegas seem to lead people into sin or so they believe. There's so much suspense and drama in this book. There is also a fair share of explicit sexual content so I would not recommend this for minors. I found the book to be interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end. There are some flashbacks in the book and since the story is told from several points of view, it can be confusing at first but once you get into reading it, it is ok.
4.0 out of 5 stars Femme Fatale. Her name? Vegas. Vegas was her name. 28 April 2013
By courtjester_s - Published on
What a completely enjoyable and fast reading book. Writing concise and there was a touch of noir on the pages, dialogue and setting. Each chapter with just enough information to make you eager to read through the next. Each character developed enough to make them human enough to make them believable - every character....Michael, Venus, Jack, Rachel, Melissa...and don't overlook, Vegas alive, breathing and feeling. This could easily be made into a film and I hope it is. I would surely love to see it.

It is easy to get seduced by the characters.
Easy to follow each scene from each person's perspective and motivation.
Easy to understand that when you get down to it, it's only business - or is it?
4.0 out of 5 stars Real story lines 6 May 2013
By t m cruz dominguez - Published on
I am so glad I got the chance to read this book. I loved the fact that the characters were realistic. Sometimes books feel unreal. This book grips you not only with the plot but more importantly with the characters. The real life struggles and temptations in a marriage. The actions you would take to save your life. I look forward to more works from Jonathan Sturak.
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