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Ten Big Ones (Stephanie Plum, No. 10): A Stephanie Plum Novel
 
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Ten Big Ones (Stephanie Plum, No. 10): A Stephanie Plum Novel [Kindle Edition]

Janet Evanovich
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From Publishers Weekly

Evanovich is at her best in her 10th Stephanie Plum adventure (after 2003's To the Nines), which reads like the screenplay for a 1930s screwball comedy: fast, funny and furious. The Trenton, N.J., bond enforcement agent (bounty hunter), accompanied by her trigger-happy friend Lula, an errant file clerk, is after a quirky collection of bail-jumpers—a man who killed a neighbor's rosebushes relieving himself on them, a drag queen musician/school bus driver accused of assault, and a woman who claims she robbed a Frito-Lay truck because she hated her low-carb diet—when she witnesses a convenience store robbery. Unfortunately, Anton Ward, the holdup man, learns that Stephanie can identify him and puts out a contract on her. After she tells her colleague Ranger her predicament, he offers her sanctuary. As usual, she's torn between sexy Ranger and her longtime lover, cop Joe Morelli, with whom she's living. The rollicking plot, replete with car chases, family squabbles, massive doughnut consumption and a frantic, wacky finale, keeps the reader breathless. As usual, Evanovich's eccentric characters—fun-loving Grandma Mazur, anxious to accompany Stephanie on her job; self-absorbed sister Valerie and her hapless fiancé Albert Kloughn (pronounced Clown); Sally Sweet, the transvestite who shows a talent for wedding planning—are a treat.
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Although the strain of keeping her formula fresh and funny shows a bit in this latest adventure of New Jersey's most unusual bond enforcement agent, Stephanie Plum, there's still enough to entertain readers hooked on the wacky, wildly popular series. Plenty of familiar characters and running gags are here: Lula and Grandma Mazur are as comical as ever, and Stephanie still can't hang on to handcuffs and cars or decide between the two men in her life--sexy cop Joe Morelli and scary Ranger, who is hot, hot, hot. This time, though, the tale starts quickly (Stephanie pegs a convenience-store robber as a member of a vicious Trenton gang, then becomes a target on a hit list) but seems swamped by more than the usual absurdities. Fortunately, a dynamite finish--unexpected and very funny--saves the day for both Stef and her fans. Also on the plus side this time are some extraordinary new, hope-to-see-again additions to the roster[...] Not the high mark of an outstanding series, then, but still good fun for the legions of devotees. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312289723
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (April 1 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00179FNRI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars All the stars I give are for Laughs Only July 2 2004
By Betsy
Format:Hardcover
Janet doesn't disappoint in this volume when it comes to the laughs. I found several Laugh out loud moments in volume 10 in the Stephanie Plum series.
Now for the negative.
Without giving away the story too much I will begin by saying that the hype surrounding this book was about the fact that the only place Steph has to turn to in this volume is Ranger! Well, Ranger isn't really involved in the story he is briefly in the beginning then leaves for a trip out of town and is brought back towards the very end of the book. A very clear revelation to me that all the information we do learn about him is completely in vain because the whole love triangle has gone out the window and he will forever remain the elusive HOT guy with no real connection to Stephanie. I found this fact very annoying considering although Stephanie does love Joe Morelli and he's a great leading character he hates her job and continuously holds that elusive "wedding" idea up to her if she'll only QUIT her job as a bounty hunter!
Yes she's in danger that's what we love about the series, the next nut chasing after her.
However, I find it very boring that for her to have a relationship with Morelli he is throwing that little morsel of marriage at her at times when he is either scared for her safety, trying to get her in bed or just out of the blue but never really plays out as part of the story.
By book 10 I have finally had it. We sat back as the triangle was built between Steph, Ranger and Morelli. When she and Ranger finally do the deed it is brief and only skimmed over in later books. So they flirt, big deal it's lost something because no matter what we are pummelled with the fact that Ranger doesn't "LOVE her that way".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Big Laughs! April 28 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the tenth installment of Janet Evanovich's mega best selling Stephanie Plum series, things are hotter than ever. "Ten Big Ones" may be the tenth book in the series, but Stephanie is still as fresh and funny as ever. So grab your doughnuts and your pepper spray and prepare for a roller coaster ride of a book.

"Ten Big Ones" sees Stephanie in big trouble this time around; and the trouble begins at a deli. Standing outside a deli, Stephanie Plum and her sidekick Lula watch as a robber leaves the premises after robbing it.

Only trouble is, Lula has shot out the back tire of his get away bike and the robber has to run on foot - but not before tossing a bottle bomb that bounces off the deli window and hits Stephanie,s new yellow Explorer, blowing it to teeny tiny bits.

Not being one to let any bad guy get away lightly, Stephanie tries to apprehend the would-be robber; he gets away, but Stephanie gets a look at his face. Now able to identify the Red Devil Robber, and put the gang leader behind bars, Stephanie Plum is in more trouble than she bargained for.

The Red Devil has connections to the Slayers, a Trenton based street gang. It's not long before the gang has a contract out on her head and her car is covered in graffiti. Soon, the entire town is filled with rumors of Stephanie's current brush with death and most are keeping their distance.

Wanting to hide so no one she loves gets hurt, she decides to move out of her boyfriend's house. Her boyfriend, Morelli, doesn't like the idea and wants to lock her in the bathroom to keep her safe. He knows Stephanie has a habit of getting herself into trouble.

According to Stephanie, though, she doesn't get into trouble. Trouble finds her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par July 19 2004
Format:Hardcover
I must agree with the other reviewers - there is a very unsatisfying ending - it feels like they dropped off about the last 10 pages when going to print.
However, I don't agree with the comments about a lack of suspense. I felt a high level of tension for Stephanie's safety throughout the story - mounting frequently.
I love the inclusion of transvestite Sally Sweet, first as a 'failure to show' bond assignment for Stephanie, and continuing throughout the story as the wedding planner. I hope we see more of him (her?). Grandma Mazur has good presence, Lula is wonderful, and of course Ranger and Morelli complicate things. In this book, we learn more about Ranger (I could almost smell his soap!)
I'd give this 5 stars, except for the ending. Also the author and/or editor lost track of which vehicle Stephanie was driving, and there were several goofs, which stood out sorely. I expect better quality in editing in an Evanovich novel.
Bottom line - a good read - but don't expect it to be up to par with the first 9.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rush, Rush, Rush....Same Old/Same Old June 25 2004
Format:Hardcover
I've been a fan of Stephanie Plum and Janet Evanovich for years and I eagerly await each new book...Ten Big Ones is the first one I've been disappointed in.
I bought the book at 10pm the day after it came out and finished it around 3am the same night. The suspense of the book didn't keep me up reading though, I am just naturally a night owl and often stay up reading this late. Ten Big Ones seemed very rushed me...hurry, hurry to the next funny scene, hurry, hurry to the next encounter with Joe or Ranger. It never seemed to all gel together, the plot itself seemed like an afterthought, something to mix in with all the repeated family and Joe issues and the business with Ranger's shower gel! How many pages were devoted to that shower gel? I was thinking "Ok, Ok, I GET IT already!"
I love the characters of this series and I'm sure I will be reading #11, but not with the same anticiaption as the others. I don't want to say it's time to wrap up the series, but I will say it's definitely time to give it a facelift. The back and forth between Joe and Ranger is getting old. Pick one or dump them both already.
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I am so happy with this product and am even happier with how quickly it arrived.
Published 4 months ago by Angela Day
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
I loved this book! I love the Stephanie Plum series of books and I love Janet Evanovich's writing. I would recommend this book to everyone I know.
Published 9 months ago by Maureen
4.0 out of 5 stars This series rocks!
I have to say I've read 2 others in this series and there is a consistency to these books that other authors could learn a thing about. Read more
Published on June 8 2006 by April
5.0 out of 5 stars get over it
I have already written a review but after reading some other reviews I had to write another one.You want Stephanie to become a better bounty hunter!where's the fun in that! Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome as usual
I love this book I love all her books.I started with hot six and have been hooked ever since I had to get every other book in this series. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series, but laugh your pants off anyway
It's not the best of the Stephanie Plum serial novels from Janet Evanovich, but it still made me burst out laughing like all the others before it. Read more
Published on July 5 2005 by Saya
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price of admission
I loved this book! What a wonderful colorful romp through Stephanie Plum land! I was expecting to be entertained, having read some of the author's other work, but what I didn't... Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Ten Big Ones
I enjoyed this book as I have all the others but I will admit to being disappointed with this one. The story was just okay (I thought it was going in a whole other direction with... Read more
Published on July 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth any price!
I was worried as a lot of authors have problems maintaining a series, especially one this long and I was worried that the major angles of the relationships had already been... Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Anticlimactic reading....
After the zany reads of One through Nine, I thought this romp was uninspired, and overall a let down. Read more
Published on July 19 2004
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