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In Rio Vista, California, Taylor Greene, the perfect son and heir to a fortune, dies in what is called a suicide. But two hundred miles away in an anonymous motel room, a federal agent waiting to meet Taylor has been murdered. Months later, Dane Rudd enters Rio Vista for a memorial to this young man whom he had never even met. Dane owes his life to Taylor Greene, for he was In Rio Vista, California, Taylor Greene, the perfect son and heir to a fortune, dies in what is called a suicide. But two hundred miles away in an anonymous motel room, a federal agent waiting to meet Taylor has been murdered. Months later, Dane Rudd enters Rio Vista for a memorial to this young man whom he had never even met. Dane owes his life to Taylor Greene, for he was almost blinded in an accident and it is because of the donation of Taylor's corneas that he is able to see again. Soon Dane begins a journey along a pathway lined with liars, thieves, murderers and innocents - a fool's errand, and a dangerous hunt for truth.


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In Rio Vista, California, Taylor Greene, the perfect son and heir to a fortune, dies in what is called a suicide. But two hundred miles away in an anonymous motel room, a federal agent waiting to meet Taylor has been murdered. Months later, Dane Rudd enters Rio Vista for a memorial to this young man whom he had never even met. Dane owes his life to Taylor Greene, for he was In Rio Vista, California, Taylor Greene, the perfect son and heir to a fortune, dies in what is called a suicide. But two hundred miles away in an anonymous motel room, a federal agent waiting to meet Taylor has been murdered. Months later, Dane Rudd enters Rio Vista for a memorial to this young man whom he had never even met. Dane owes his life to Taylor Greene, for he was almost blinded in an accident and it is because of the donation of Taylor's corneas that he is able to see again. Soon Dane begins a journey along a pathway lined with liars, thieves, murderers and innocents - a fool's errand, and a dangerous hunt for truth.

30 review for The Prince of Deadly Weapons

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    RATING: 1.5 Taylor Greene was the kind of young man who would have made a difference in the world if he had lived long enough. As it was, his suicide improved life dramatically for several other people, among them a man by the name of Dane Rudd, who received Taylor's corneas. Dane shows up at a memorial for Taylor as a way to express his gratitude and promptly becomes involved in the lives of his family, friends and associates, both good and bad. Several characters are introduced into the narrati RATING: 1.5 Taylor Greene was the kind of young man who would have made a difference in the world if he had lived long enough. As it was, his suicide improved life dramatically for several other people, among them a man by the name of Dane Rudd, who received Taylor's corneas. Dane shows up at a memorial for Taylor as a way to express his gratitude and promptly becomes involved in the lives of his family, friends and associates, both good and bad. Several characters are introduced into the narrative at a rapid fire pace as the book opens. Each of them has an element of secrecy about them, a sense that they are hiding things from the view of others, both personally and professionally. The sheer number of characters as well as the fact that they are presented in a cloaked manner leads to some confusion. As the reader works their way through the book, some of what is going on becomes clear; much of it remains murky. The bottom line is that Taylor was probably murdered. Dane is a bit of an enigma himself. The reader knows that he is not entirely open and honest, as we hear his conversations with an unidentified person. It would appear that he has his own agenda and is attempting to schmooze his way into the inner circle of depravity that exists in Taylor's world. As he does so, he finds himself becoming involved with Taylor's former fiancée, a woman by the name of Essie. At a crucial moment in the story, Rudd informs Essie about everything that he is, but that remains unknown to the reader. The book twisted and turned its way along until it reached its highly dramatic close. It was a difficult read for several reasons. First of all, Teran follows the Kangaroo school of writing—he hops on one narrative thread, over to another, over to another, back to the first—often in revelations of only a few sentences before he moves on. That makes it difficult to follow the course of events and sustain interest in any individual thread. Secondly, and more importantly, is the way in which the narrative is written. Teran employs an overblown prose style intermingled with moral platitudes and conundrums. Whenever I came across these passages (which was often), I had to stop and try to figure out what on earth he was saying. I gave up on that after a while and skipped anything that smelled of artsy-fartsy writing. The book had the potential to be so much more, if only it had been written in a more straightforward fashion. Teran has a fondness for extremes in both his characters and his plotting, and that could have been counterbalanced by using a more direct writing style. As far as I was concerned, the prince of deadly weapons was firing blanks.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jess | dapper.reads

    I had a hard time with this one when it came to rating it. I have decided that while I actually really enjoyed it, it’s a three-star read. The reasons are as follows: • I feel that there were so many unnecessary details in this story. It felt wordy and it didn’t need to. It was a good story, but it came across to me that the author was trying to hit a certain word count and that ruined the story. • Big words. Lots of them. This is fine, but this is not supposed to be a sophisticated storyline wher I had a hard time with this one when it came to rating it. I have decided that while I actually really enjoyed it, it’s a three-star read. The reasons are as follows: • I feel that there were so many unnecessary details in this story. It felt wordy and it didn’t need to. It was a good story, but it came across to me that the author was trying to hit a certain word count and that ruined the story. • Big words. Lots of them. This is fine, but this is not supposed to be a sophisticated storyline where those big words are not only necessary but helpful and add something to the story. To me, it felt like this actually detracted from the story itself. • Random “main” characters that really didn’t add anything to the plot. I don’t know what else to say here, I think it speaks for itself. The thing though, is that the story was GOOD. It started out slow and I didn’t understand it at first. About 100 pages in, it started to make sense and within another 50 pages I was hooked. Those first 100 pages were filled with introductions of the characters and it was pretty clear that every character with a name was being given an important role whether it was important to the story or not. There was a little bit of “romance” in this story. It felt forced. Like yeah yeah, a girl nicknamed “Flesh” is going to be having sex – but the way the scene was set and introduced was off-putting and totally out of the blue. Overall, the storyline really saved this book. If you take out all the random nonsense (in my opinion it is nonsense anyway) it is an excellent story. I was left with a few questions, but that’s okay. I enjoy it when authors do that here and there. This is a story that doesn’t demand an absolute ending, but also doesn’t require a sequel to fill in any holes. It’s a story that will hold you tight and then leave you thinking about what really happened and how it really ended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hugo

    Teran's first novel God Is a Bullet is one of the very few crime thrillers I have kept to read a second time, so it's disappointing to find this one so disappointing on almost every level: the prose is a little pat and convoluted, the characters clichéd and with unconvincing relationships, and most revelations seem almost anticlimactic in their obviousness - it's only the inevitable pace and intrigue of every whodunnit that makes this at all readable. Teran's first novel God Is a Bullet is one of the very few crime thrillers I have kept to read a second time, so it's disappointing to find this one so disappointing on almost every level: the prose is a little pat and convoluted, the characters clichéd and with unconvincing relationships, and most revelations seem almost anticlimactic in their obviousness - it's only the inevitable pace and intrigue of every whodunnit that makes this at all readable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Swanson

    I couldn't finish this one. The characters were just too, too stereotyped and unlikeable and the situations created to begin the story were simply too marginally believable. From the outset,it seemed clear where this novel was going - nowhere. I liked the author's first and second books and, based on some good reviews on this site, I'll give his fourth book a shot. I have to say though, that there is a gritty violence to his characters and his stories that gets tiresome, empty and unredeemed. May I couldn't finish this one. The characters were just too, too stereotyped and unlikeable and the situations created to begin the story were simply too marginally believable. From the outset,it seemed clear where this novel was going - nowhere. I liked the author's first and second books and, based on some good reviews on this site, I'll give his fourth book a shot. I have to say though, that there is a gritty violence to his characters and his stories that gets tiresome, empty and unredeemed. Maybe that's the reality of some people's lives in some places but, as a reader, I don't like getting hit in the face with it hour after hour. Sooooooooo......close the book - turn the channel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mark Toth

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    mistercollinge

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