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Full Speed CD-ROM – Mar 2004

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Product Details

  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753123029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753123027
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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'Pithy, witty and fast-paced' Sunday Times 'Among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction' GQ 'Slapstick, steam and suspense' People 'Evanovich's characters are eccentric and exaggerated, the violence often surreal and the plot dizzily speedy: but she produces as many laughs as anyone writing crime today' The Times 'A laugh-out-loud page-turner' Heat 'Romantic and absolute tonic' Good Housekeeping --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the world of Jamie Swift and Max Holt! My good friend Charlotte Hughes and I have teamed up to create a series of books featuring these two characters and they've taken on a life of their own! These books are not set in the same world as my Stephanie Plum novels, but what they have in common is lovable, dysfunctional characters, villains you love to hate, and a cross-eyed way of looking at life. Jamie and Max have intense chemistry-even though they drive each other crazy. Max thinks Jamie is a magnet for trouble and Jamie thinks Max is the most annoyingly sexy, mysterious man she's ever met. She knows she should stay away from him. But boy, oh boy, do the sparks fly when they get together. Jamie is a newspaper owner from a small southern town. And in Full Speed, she's after the story of a lifetime. Max Holt is right in the middle of that story, and so Jamie tracks down the millionaire playboy, forcing him to take her on as partner. What follows is a story of a corrupt minister, a gang of mobsters on the loose, a hound dog called Fleas, a wise-cracking computer genius, and lots of love in the fast lane. Not to mention plenty of steamy action between Jamie and Max.

So have fun with Full Speed. We're going to sign off now and get back to creating more romantic adventures between Jamie Swift and Max Holt. Enjoy and happy reading!

Janet and Charlotte

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would like to suggest that Evanovich did not write any of these "Full" series books. I can't honestly do that, but I would bet that while she may have used an editorial blue pencil once in a while, and tossed in a para or two, she didn't have much to do with any of them. The characters are typical of those imagined by a teen-ager dreaming of a rich knight in shining half-million dollar automobiles and of being the gorgeous girl who finally traps this knight. The plots are clumsily contrived, the humor amateurish and the series overall is definitely not worthy of having her authorship.
Evanovich is a skilled humorist who reminds me a great deal of the wonderful writer-humorist Thorne Smith. Smith wrote the Topper novels, Turnabout, and several others which, like Janet's, could crack the reader up with their ridiculous hilarity. There's no sign of that here.
Janet Evanovich has her name associated with some of the cleverest and funniest books I've ever read.
This was not one of them
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I have always enjoyed Evanovich's books - I even read (and mostly liked) _Full House_, even though it was essentially a romance novel, and lacked a lot of the spark I've come to expect from her. This, though...this...was simply abysmal. Horrid. No good. To be avoided. Awful. Unforgiveable. It isn't even mental bubblegum - it's mental flatulence. I'm no intellectual snob - I absolutely love good, silly stuff, but this isn't at all that kind of bad.
_Full Speed_ focuses a character who vaguely resembles Stephanie Plum (a popular Evanovich character,) only without her wit, charm, or charisma. Then it tosses in a handsome, dashing, wealthy-beyond-human-measure man that is supposed to make us all fall immediately in love with him and go weak in the knees. The trouble is, he's far too cliche, far too "perfect." The book throws these two characters into ludicrous situations, from which they (of course) manage to extract themselves, and oh, did I mention the car? Do you remember "Knight Rider?" Replace the annoying voice of KITT with the computer voice of a control freak woman going through menopause, who experiences emotions and has access to pretty much anything technological on the planet. Insert a lot of badly-done high-tech hijinks, and oh my but hilarity fails to ensue!
There are the too-usual pseudo-sex scenes that are always interrupted, and there are the predictable "aw, isn't the doggie cute and nearly human" scenes (I'm a total dog freak, but the way the authors treat the bloodhound in the book nearly made me gag.) There are the moments when one might kind of say "heh" in a nearly amused way...but that's all. The plot is weak, the bad guys are superficial, the humor is nigh-undetectable...[sigh] I'm hugely disappointed. I'll continue to read (and very likely enjoy hugely) Evanovich's Plum series, but I won't touch another _Full_ book. Ever.
I want my two hours back!
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'Full Speed' is the third installment of the series but only the second one of Max Holt & Jamie Swift. The story starts right where we left off from "Full Tilt." I like that we didn't miss any of the action. Max and Jamie are hot on the trail of Harlan Rawlins. He is a T.V. Evangelist who is somehow tied up into the attempts on their lives.
Max and Jamie aren't together long before Max decides to send Jamie home (to keep her safe). However, Jamie wants the story for her paper so she decided to continue on her own. Since Max literally left her standing on the side of the road, Jamie purchases a beat-up truck with a surprise. His name is Fleas, a bloodhound who comes with the truck. He has his own personality, much like Muffin.
As Max and Jamie go off to Sweet Pea, TN to resolve the mystery that started back in Beaumont, SC, they catch up with each other at the good Reverend's revival. Jamie has decided that since Harlan has a weakness for women, she will get his attention to gain his trust. Max meets up with her here and they start working together...again.
The tension was kept on low during this story. I figure it's sort of like dating...things should be heating up after the third date (in this case the third book in the series) not cooling off. Max and Jamie had their moments but nothing too electrifying. I will continue to read this series but it hasn't made me crazy waiting for the next installment. It's a good series but hard to settle for when the Plum series is SO incredible. It has that something extra that is just missing from this series.
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This book is almost a waste of time. There is very little plot, very little character development, and the romantic scenes between Jamie and Max lack any kind of believable sexual tension or romance, for that matter.
I definitely disagree that this book was better than the first two. In no way, shape or form does the humor in this book match that in Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. In those books, the humor flows from one scene to the other. In this book there are only brief snippets and most of them concern Fleas, the bloodhound Jamie "buys". Any reader of Evanovich could probably pick out the few scenes she worked on. The plot is almost abysmally simple and cliched - Max and Jamie are trying to get the goods on a shady preacher, Max doesn't want Jamie to come along so that she doesn't get hurt, Jamie plays intrepid girl reporter trying to get her "big story", a mobster is blackmailing/controlling the preacher, a murder occurs, yadda yadda yadda. We've been there, done that in too many books, and there's no new twist on it in this one.
By the end of this book, I just found Jamie to be annoying and the scenes of "sexus interruptus" way too predictable and frequent. In this book, Jamie and Max are totally one-note characters lacking any kind of personal depth - if you didn't read the earlier books I don't think that you would care at all what happens to the characters. The secondary characters - the mobster, the preacher, and the sidekick - are all very stereotypical. You know it's bad when you're reading a story and you're rewriting the characters in your mind to make them more interesting.
I've always bought Evanovich's and Hughes' separate books and have enjoyed them. I'll probably continue to do so. I doubt, though, that I'll buy anymore of their Jamie Swift/Max Holt collaborations - I'm just not interested anymore.
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