Douglas Kennedy

Temptation : A Novel

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From a "New York Times"-bestselling author comes the brilliant, breathtaking story about a Hollywood screenwriter whose overnight success brings about his biggest downfall. Suddenly a major power player, David Armitage begins to reinvent himself at breakneck speed. Enter multibillionaire film buff Philip Fleck, who proposes an unsavory collaboration to the screenwriter.

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From a "New York Times"-bestselling author comes the brilliant, breathtaking story about a Hollywood screenwriter whose overnight success brings about his biggest downfall. Suddenly a major power player, David Armitage begins to reinvent himself at breakneck speed. Enter multibillionaire film buff Philip Fleck, who proposes an unsavory collaboration to the screenwriter.From the #1 internationally bestselling author of Five Days and The Blue Hour, “a racy page-turner” ( London Daily Express) about a Hollywood screenwriter whose overnight success brings about his biggest downfall.

I always wanted to be rich. I know that probably sounds crass, but it’s the truth. A true confession. Like all would-be Hollywood screenwriters, David Armitage wants to be rich and famous. But for the past eleven years, he’s tasted nothing but failure. Then, out of nowhere, big-time luck comes his way when one of his scripts is bought for television. Before you can say “overnight success,” he’s the new toast of Hollywood as the creator of a hit series. Suddenly a major player, he finds that he’s reinventing himself at a great speed, especially when it comes to walking out on his wife and daughter for a young producer who worships only at the altar of ambition.

But David’s upward mobility takes a decidedly strange turn when a billionaire film buff named Philip Fleck barges into his life, proposing a very curious collaboration. David takes the bait and suddenly finds himself inadvertently entering into a Faustian pact and an express ride to the lower depths of the Hollywood jungle.

Specifications

Publisher
Atria Books
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
Douglas Kennedy
Title
Temptation
ISBN-13
9781451602104
Publication Date
April, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.25 x 5.31 x 0.80 Inches
ISBN-10
1451602103

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Douglas Kennedy takes ...

Douglas Kennedy takes his readers on a roller coaster ride in Temptation. It comes complete with ups, downs, twists, and surprise turns. Temptation was an easy read but I found that I never knew what to expect next and that kept me turning the pages. The ending came as a surprise but not an unwelcome one. As a character I found Armitage to be shallow, selfish, weak, and over the top. These are traits that are usually not good in a character but I think they work here, and he does eventually redeem himself. Don't let the cover fool you. This is not a book about sex. It is about control and the lack of it, fame and the cost of it, money and the effects of it. There was one character where I felt the bad language was a bit much. I know what Kennedy was trying to do with it but I found it a bit off-putting. On the other hand, I absolutely loved the character of Alison, Armitage's agent. She also had some off colored language but it did not seem as out of place. This was an enjoyable read and more like 3 1/2 Smiley, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet. I would suggest giving it a try yourself if it sounds at all interesting to you. Temptation was an interesting peak into Hollywood and it's players. A Library of our Own

Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

I found this book ente...

I found this book entertaining enough to finish, but lacking in the type of tempo that keeps the pages turning. David Armitage is a flawed character who betrays all of those people that stuck with him as he pursued his dream of becoming a famous screenwriter. After he finds success and lives the life of a wealthy individual, he finds himself at the center of a professionally damaging plagiarism scandal. This experience, of course, leads him to do some soul searching and discover what is really important in life. Kennedy's plot seems to be original and the characters for the most part appear to be plausible except for the eccentric billionaire. This of course makes the whole premise of the book a little shaky. Also, as I read to the end of the book, I felt the resolution seemed to drag on a bit. Overall, I thought the book was an entertaining read, but with a few flaws in the plot and character development.

Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars

I keep scratching my h...

I keep scratching my head and wondering why it is that every other review I've read of this book talks about how utterly amazing it is and I keep asking myself why I felt bored while I was reading it. Other reviews of Temptation: A Novel by Douglas Kennedy discuss how "thrilling the ride" is while turning the pages and how they were "enraptured by the story" and I just keep thinking, "Really? Because I had a hard time forcing myself to pick it up." Initially, the story did start off with a promising hook. A writer finally gets his big break and shoves off his wife and kid. See ya later, deadweights. Who wouldn't want to read that? He immediately hooks up with a beautiful, rich producer who would never leach him for his fame and money and gets pulled into a reclusive bazillionaire's plot to get a writing credit. I think this is where the twists and turns are supposed to occur, but, by this point in the story, I no longer cared. David Armitage, the main character of the novel, was unlikable and I had a difficult time wanting to read about him, much less care about why his story should be something I should waste my time reading. My guess is that all the Hollywood type characters were written with a fiendishly cartoonish portrayal so I wouldn't have to stretch my brain cells too far and try to wrap them around the idea that people could be dynamic. Fair enough. I'd give it a 1 out of 5 stars, possibly a 1 1/2, because truly the first thirty or so pages were entertaining. It's a good thing I got this book for free to review because I would have been irritated if I'd spent money on it.


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