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The Players: Taking Hollywood for a Ride Paperback – 2 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (2 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845960602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845960605
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,435,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A scam of a sham of a scam of a sham...hilarious...and for once it's Struggling Writers 1 Hollywood United 0" (Johnny Vaughan)

"You won't be able to put it down" (Celia Walden Daily Telegraph)

"Reynold's book never fails to entertain . . .each chapter is enticingly short and will have you racing to finish it (****)" (The Works)

About the Author

Jo Reynolds was born in 1966 and grew up in Africa and the United States. He has worked in film and television as a producer but is now a full-time writer.

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This is a stunning book. I'm a Londoner through and through and it's a delight to find a writer who can make the ruthless underbelly of our fabulous city spring to life without having to resort to the pathetic fantasies that so many lesser scribblers rely on. The writing style is brutal but economic and smart. The story has an elegance I've not encountered in a first time writer. And the characters yank at even the most withered heartstrings because they are utterly convincing. It's a great read: unpredictable, feverishly compelling, real and funny - like a Jake Arnott novel - but with cred.
A really inspiring piece of work - Jo Reynolds flicks a finger at Hollywood at the very same time as stripping her naked and trying to lure her into bed - wild stuff - can't wait for the movie.
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As other reviews warned, I really couldn't put this down. In short, a riveting story written so well. I was captivated from cover to cover.
This is a double biography - an amazing true story - about a con-man cabbie, his chance meeting with the author and the events that followed. The twists and turns, the tragedy and inspiration - there's no way this is fiction!
Told in the first person by the author, Jo Reynolds shows an incredible talent for keeping the reader right in the action, whilst holding back just enough to build the curiousity to the perfect point for the start of the next chapter. At the same time, he brings a genuine, human touch to the facts with emotional insights and his fair share of self-deprecation. He makes it all seem effortless... even if his words tell you otherwise!
Buy it. Borrow it. Whatever it takes... read it.
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This book is packed with a whole variety of wonderful characters. There are dark film noir-type characters eg the rogue con man, the crooked lawyer, the femme fatale. Plus there are comedy characters eg the exasperated writer, the hyperactive producer, the zen exec. That may sound as if they are all stereotypes, but they're not. They're all completely believable, which is no surprise as they're all supposed to be real, though sometimes - and I mean this as a compliment - they're too good to be true! Great fun. And moving too.
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I guess I am one of the 'Players' in Colin's game in that I met him when I hailed his cab whilst up in town! Colin's patter was exactly as described in the book. Almost to the letter. I wonder how many times he has said it?
The book is an easy read and better still if you have met the man in the flesh.He was due to appear on the Richard and Judy show a couple of days after I met him. You have to take your hat off to him he really does have some nerve. Buy and enjoy as a true life edition of 'The Hustle' . Go Colin Go !
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What a great book! Have recommended it to family and friends already. Wasn't sure what to expect at first but once you have read the first chapter you simply cannot stop. The author has kept his style so concise, not a word is wasted and you feel you know the two protagonists instantly. From very different backgrounds, they are a real liife Odd Couple, and as the story progresses, you are with them all the way. It's not only a compelling read but also packs an emotional punch at the end that is quite unexpected and leaves you thinking about the nature of winning and losing, and life itself. It's also funny, too. It reminded me of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the bestseller of the 70s by Richard Bach, carrying the same inspiring and uplifting message about making your own rules and doing something just because you believe in it. The Players should be a bestseller, too. Thoroughly recommended. This book has soul!
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By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2006
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I love films and this book will make a terrific movie. But don't miss the book because it's got everything. It's a thriller and a comedy. It's funny and sad. It's cunning and yet this true story is honest enough to admit when the main characters messed up. And it's got a surprise ending. If you were pitching the story as a movie, you'd say it's 'Catch Me If You Can' meets 'The Player.' Or 'Get Shorty' in a London taxi. The book refers to a lot of movie stars so I'm hoping for a lot of cameos! I can't wait to see the movie, but In the meantime, you'll love this book.
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My husband was lucky enough to find himself in Colin's cab a few months ago and heard the story first hand. He was buzzing when he got home, and we ordered the book straightaway. What a fantastic, warm hearted, gripping read - kudos to Jo Reynolds for doing it justice.
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By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2006
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it usually takes me ages to read a book but i genuinely made time to finish this one; it is that fast moving !
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