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L.A. Rain: Three Novels [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Rain
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Elvis, vampires and zombies...oh my! Three #1 bestsellers by J.R. Rain, including:

It's tough being the King. Which is why in 1977 Elvis faked his own death and endured massive facial reconstruction surgery, and disappeared from the limelight to live a normal life as the unassuming Aaron King. Unfortunately, leaving fame behind also meant leaving his fortune behind, too, and now Elvis finds himself broke and living in near poverty in a small apartment in Los Angeles. Luckily for him, it turns out he's a pretty good private investigator. Now in his seventies and contemplating a return to music (discreetly, of course), Elvis is hired to solve a baffling missing person case. A young starlet, at the beginning of a promising movie career, has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth. As Elvis digs deeper, he finds himself surrounded by the seedier elements of Los Angeles, from nefarious Hollywood producers who prey upon the young, to twin brothers with a very dark secret. And as Elvis pieces the bizarre puzzle together, he slowly makes his singing comeback—and will be reunited on stage with someone even the King himself never dreamed possible.

Three years ago, high school student Veronica Fortune witnessed the brutal murder of her parents. Now armed and dangerous, she sets out to hunt down the very thing that destroyed her life. That is, until she disappears. Spinoza is a private investigator who specializes in finding the missing. He's good at what he does. Damn good. But he's also a recovering alcoholic and a royal mess. Hired to find Veronica, Spinoza won't let his personal demons—or demons of any kind—get in the way of finding the truth about the missing girl. Now following a bizarre set of clues that leads him into stranger and stranger territory, Spinoza is about to come face-to-face with something legendary...and something thirsty for blood.

Los Angeles County park ranger, Jack Carter, is about to discover that not all is as it seems in his tranquil life. Once responsible for patrolling the many public parks, in particular the popular Griffith Park with its famous observatory and zoo, Jack is about to discover that a whole new kind of animal roams his woods. The undead kind. It begins when his brother, on leave from the military, arrives sick. Deathly sick. Jack's concern turns to alarm when his own flesh and blood turns on him, forcing the park ranger to take drastic measures. Now searching for answers and help for his brother, Jack finds himself on the run from a lethal group of government agents—and from something monstrous that stalks his woods. Something not of this world...and hungry for flesh.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1515 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O0U2D2
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 great books in one March 1 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed all three stories. All were well written. The characters were engaging and realistic. I had a hard time putting it down and couldn't wait to get back to the story.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A messed up Mess April 21 2012
By Cici - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First of all, the very lowest rating is because of the inaccurate description of this book. I'm glad I have read a lot of other books before I got to this one, because I would have lost all confidence in the Kindle offerings if this had been my first experience with a Kindle book.

The book is marketed as "L. A. Rain: Three novels set in the City of Angels" with reviews of 3 books. I thought it would be a good sample of an author I was not familiar with. The book lists under the LA name, however when I opened it, the title "Sin City" appears, and 2 novels are listed - one by J. R. Rain, and one by Gemma Halliday.

The Amazon description touts "3 novels set in the City of Angels" However what I got was one book set in LA, and the other one in Las Vegas. There is absolutely no common thread or area of interest in the 2 novels, unless it is Elvis in the first book, and a wedding chapel Elvis impersonator in the second. Hardly enough to pair these two books together.

If I had purchased this based on the description, and received what I did, I would have been very unhappy. Fortunately, it was a free offer the day I downloaded it, so I'm thankful for that, but want to warn others before they pay the suggested price for 3 novels from JR Rain, and receive this instead.

As for the books themselves, first - "Elvis has Not Left the Building". I would have rated it 4 stars. I forget now how I felt about it, because my brain has been numbed by the second book. But I do remember being interested and entertained. I noted one of the errors I came across that should have been caught by a good editor:
Loc 692
"Next to the curb was a sign that read: Tow Away After 8PM. I checked my watch, 2:33 PM "
Seems he wouldn't need to check a watch to see if he was close to 8PM at 2:30 in the afternoon

..... 2 paragraphs later, picking up the story line about the surveillance ......

"The morning sky was overcast ....................."
2:30 PM isn't morning, it would be afternoon

Now for the second offering, Viva Las Vegas by Gemma Halliday. This one is more like a 2, maybe a 3 if I'm being generous. The format chosen - to have each chapter written in First person narrative by a rotating character didn't really work well for me. I adjusted, but it still was disconcerting every time the chapter changed. The basic story was pretty predictable, but that is ok, as long as the book entertains along the way.

My biggest problem though is with spelling, grammar and editing issues. I am not going to take away my potential enjoyment of a book by trying to note all the errors I stumble on, but this book is so full of them, it is relatively easy to find some examples to cite.

sipping Blood Marys - would that be Bloody Marys?

My parent are coming to town - s/b parents

Blood Mary - again - s/b Bloody Mary

5146 - this is actually one sentence! Nice try - it was almost long enough for me to forget the "supped up Hummer". Shouldn't that be "souped up"?
"Hangovers make your head pound like the bass in a rapper's supped up Hummer, make the dull glow of your digital alarm clock numbers glare like a spotlight, and produce a feeling of wishing you'd stepped in front of a bus the night before because at least then your death would have been swift and painless as opposed to the torture you're now going through. "

Chap 26
"The phone beside my bed rings. I wade through the dozens of flowers that Ella and Mary sent to the receiver, wincing only ...."
Is anyone wondering why flowers were sent to the phone?

pot roats s/b pot roast

I've only listed a few that I could easily remember and go back to. It appears that I'm very critical of small errors, but those little things can draw the reader up short, and destroy the flow of the story. With some proof reading and/or editing, there is no need for this many errors.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love them all!! Jan. 10 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A must read for everyone, Elvis has not left the building is one of my all time favorites!! if you have not read any J R Rain yet this is the perfect place to start you will be hooked!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis has Jan. 10 2013
By E.B.D. - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a delightful surprise. I happened upon it because it was a free kindle offer, and now I am a J.R. Rain fan. It was really fun to read about a character that we think we know and learn more (in a fictional sense). Additionally, I favor books written in first person, and this one fit the bill beautifully. I also enjoy suspense and great character development. Check, and check again. I highly recommend this read.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters to remember! Jan. 10 2013
By Jessica Linderman - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely love all there of the stories in L.A. Rain! I think I have read The Body Departed several times since I first got this collection. It's different and so good. I'm a big fan of Elvis and I love the story about his alternate life. Very creative! The first in the Spinoza series is wonderful. I just live the creativeness & humor in all of J.R. Rain's books. L.A. Rain is worth the read!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars L.A. Rain: Three Novels by JR Rain Jan. 10 2013
By book_worm - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Here are three books by JR Rain in one. I loved Elvis Has Not Left the Building. It is a very interesting story to read and I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. If you are an Elvis fan this is a great book for you. In this book Aaron Kind (Elvis) finds himself on his latest PI Job and missing his old career. In the Body Departed James Blakely finds himself a ghost. He is afraid of traveling on, afraid of where he might be headed. A very good book to read. In the Vampire with a Dragoon Tattoo Spinoza is a PI hired to find a missing girl, but soon discovers his is following something much more complicated than that. If you like JR Rain you will love these book. If you have not tried JR Rain these are some great sories to start with. =)
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