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Beyond the Beyond Hardcover – Mar 1997


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  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312150644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312150648
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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When a Hollywood studio, as part of its ambition to launch a new TV network, decides to remake a science-fiction series that became a cult hit after cancellation 25 years ago, all hell breaks loose. This time out, ex-cop Charlie Willis (My Gun Has Bullets, 1995, TV writer-producer Goldberg's debut audit of filmdom's ranking grotesques) has what could prove a mission impossible. As security head at Pinnacle Pictures, he's responsible for protecting a considerable corporate investment in the revival of Beyond the Beyond. But, unfortunately, the actors and production talent associated with the futuristic fantasy's renaissance soon find themselves under intense, often deadly, pressures. Initially, Charlie suspects Clive Odett, head of a rapacious agency known only as The Company, which will stop at nothing to control hit programs. While Odett and his murderous minions are indeed making key players offers they can't refuse, the down-and-dirty work is being done by a band of maniacally devoted fans who view any changes in the cast or format of Beyond the Beyond as sacrilege. Abetting their homicidal efforts to maintain the status quo ante is Guy Goddard (a deranged has-been who starred as Captain Pierce, heroic helmsman of the starship Endeavor on its abortive treks through the dark side of a vividly imagined cosmos). As the death toll mounts, an increasingly desperate Charlie makes himself a target by purporting to replace a slain teen idol in the role of Captain Pierce. In costume (if not character), the down-to-earth house dick, in a fashion befitting the La La Land setting, tempts a host of hostile fates to save the studio's prize property. Black comedy from the Left Coast--and an outrageously entertaining take on the loathsome folkways of contemporary showbiz. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Lee Goldberg is an acclaimed TV writer/producer and a New York Times bestselling author. His many books include KING CITY, WATCH ME DIE, the 15 novels in the MONK series of mysteries, and the international #1 bestseller THE HEIST, which he wrote with Janet Evanovich. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Charlie Willis is back in another TV mystery, this time about the misadventures of a new network attempting to revive a Star Trek-like show from the sixties, called Beyond the Beyond, and a rogue talent agency. Charlie, now a security chief for his old studio, is assigned to protect a studio writer who is being threatened by the talent agency who wants to sign him.
Things get waaaaay out of hand when the actor who once played Beyond the Beyond's Captain, now a psychotic recluse, orders his fans to kill the new cast. In order to figure out what's going on, Charlie has to go undercover as the NEW captain in order to draw out the assassins.
This is an amusing farce and I read the whole book in a single sitting, but I can understand why Goldberg didn't keep writing about this cast of characters - there's only so much about TV you can make fun of...it's already a joke.
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Charlie Willis is back in another TV mystery, this time about the misadventures of a new network attempting to revive a Star Trek-like show from the sixties, called Beyond the Beyond, and a rogue talent agency. Charlie, now a security chief for his old studio, is assigned to protect a studio writer who is being threatened by the talent agency who wants to sign him.
Things get waaaaay out of hand when the actor who once played Beyond the Beyond's Captain, now a psychotic recluse, orders his fans to kill the new cast. In order to figure out what's going on, Charlie has to go undercover as the NEW captain in order to draw out the assassins.
This is an amusing farce and I read the whole book in a single sitting, but I can understand why Goldberg didn't keep writing about this cast of characters - there's only so much about TV you can make fun of...it's already a joke.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Best Book I've Read In A Long time! Feb. 15 2011
By Buddy Gott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I made the mistake of starting this book late at night when I had to get up very early the next day for work. I told myself I'd only read for a half hour or so. Well, that didn't happen. I loved the book right from the beginning and I ended up reading about a hundred pages that night. I was tired at work the next day, but it was well worth it!

I loved this book. The story is very compelling and the characters are fantastic. Also, what I loved most is that DEAD SPACE is hilarious. I laughed out loud many, many times while reading it.

As I got towards the end of the book, I got a little bummed out knowing that my time with the book was close to ending. To me, that's always the ultimate indicator of a great book.

Like I said, I loved this one!

P.S. - I'd like to also suggest two other of Lee's books that I love: MY GUN HAS BULLETS and THE MAN WITH THE IRON-ON BADGE. If you're looking for great reads, you can't go wrong with them!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Complicated satire Jan. 17 2011
By Ginahmk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a very, very funny book, but as one other reviewer said...really 3 books in one. The beginning was complicated with so many characters, in such twisted subplots, I was half-way through the book before I had them straight. That said, this bizarre story is on-target with the sci- fi crowd, those die-hard Trekkies (and die hard they do). Snork (Spock), Pierce (Kirk) are ready to annihilate the evil aliens (the Company) who have are replacing the starship crew with the young and beautiful in the new TV remake. You smile, you laugh and you keep turning the pages. The private investigator part, was forced...how long did this guy have to go until he guessed who may be behind all the murders, explosions, etc??? Yet the action never lets up and you are car-jacked into the third weakest subplot, the killer agents of Hollywood. If you think your boss is bad, wait till you meet these. This was the least funny, just lots of blood. Beware, Goldberg is like Bentley Little, there is no sexual situation or blood bath too extreme to include, so not for the squeamish. Overall, great read, written in the 90's but still better than many over the last decade.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Over-the-top fun! Feb. 15 2011
By Coral Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Making fun of Hollywood isn't new. There are a lot of TV shows and movies that do it. Heck, Kathy Griffin is making a career out of it. But this is the first time I've seen a book hit the mark. Mr. Goldberg uses his extensive behind-the-scenes knowledge of Hollywood to make fun of movie stars, showbiz, Trekkies, Star Wars fan boys, and all the other movers and shakers. There are two relatively 'sane' people the story revolves around and, well, the rest are pretty much bat poop crazy! I hope you laugh, gasp, and chuckle as much as I did.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fun Romp March 6 2010
By K. Peterman - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy Lee Golberg's writing. The prequel to this one "My Gun Has Bullets" was hysterical. This one is too. The characters are well drawn and the author's descriptions are so vivid one can imagine it happening as one is reading it. In fact in recalling on Mr. Goldberg's 'Monk' books I remembered it so vividly I was sure it was an episode from the series.
The characters are indeed characters with a capital 'C'. They are zany, wacky, loony, nutty,impossible, implausible, and yet believable. I would say that one has to suspend reality, which is true, but somehow the author leads you along the path so it seems real, plausible even.
There are several ongoing stories. One deals with a remake of a Star Trek type TV show. Mr.Goldberg manages to deftly parody the obsessiveness of Trekkies who will go do anything to ensure that the original characters stay in the remake of the show. Another deals with a studio security guard and former actor Charlie Willis who will do anything to protect the studios stars. Anything. A third is about the first woman head of a studio with a twist. Then there is the ongoing story of a hapless producer Eddie Planet (pronounced like Plan A...reminiscent or Mrs. Bucket on 'Keeping up Appearances') who is insecure and in a continual stew and always scheming. He has a plaque that says "Reserved for Mr. Planet" that he puts on tables from the finest restaurant to Kenny Rogers Chicken restaurant.
And sprinkled through are a myriad of intriguing folks and plots and subplots and twists and turns that will keep you reading and engaged.
Sit back and enjoy this very funny book and be glad you're not a character in it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Reminds me of Carl Hiaasen... on steroids May 10 2010
By The doctor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Having read the reviews of Mr Goldberg's books I thought they would be interesting reading material - especially when I found the Monk connection. In a way the characters in Dead Space remind me a little of those by Carl Hiaasen as they appear in a larger-than-life way with what appears to be a preposterous plot. But this is not to the book's detriment as i found the characters and situations very amusing. Having worked with some aging stars in a former life I did find some of the stuff very believable - and then you realise these people are serious about stuff you would not believe.

As a father of a young daughter I found the comments about his own daughter being sheltered from the book to be very apposite. Not for those who object to swearing and sexual imagery but for those that do not find these subjects offensive the book is a hoot. Having once been near a video-game convention his description of the sci-fi fans is really accurate. I find the way the characters are described makes them very accessible.

Despite the different themes running through the book I had no trouble reading it as each element seemed sufficiently separated to make the book easy to follow and yet they were cleverly linked together at the same time. I found the book hard to put down!

I'm now about to read his other books having completed The Walk which was equally enjoyable


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