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Dire Means quotes Dire Means , litcharts Dire Means , symbolism Dire Means , summary shmoop Dire Means , Dire Means 795bbe17 Can Love Be Extorted An Ingenious Vigilante Launches A Bizarre Mission To End Homelessness In The Coveted Beach Side City Of Santa Monica Randomly Chosen Citizens Mysteriously Disappear After They Are Secretly Videotaped Ignoring Or Exhibiting Cruelty To The Homeless Days Later, Their Corpses Show Up In The Streets, Bearing A Message The Vigilante S Demand Is Clear Be Kind To The Homeless Or Risk The Same Horrifying Fate With Law Enforcement Stymied, Santa Monica Becomes A Virtual Armed EncampmentCitizens Engage In Flagrant Displays Of Public Kindness As The Only Way To Feel Safe Outside Their Homes Businesses Join In, Using Storefront Window Signs To Flaunt Perks For The Homeless And Avoid Being Targeted Mark Denny, A Computer Technician, Is Lured And Then Trapped In The Vigilante S Scheme To Maintain The Public S Fear Fueled Generosity Matching Technological Wits Is The Only Way He Can End The City S Terror, But It Could Cost His LifeThis Taut Thriller Brings You Page After Page Of Nail Biting Tension Laced With Moral Quandaries

10 thoughts on “Dire Means

  1. says:

    Once I started reading, I just wanted to keep reading, which is generally a quality I consider good in a novel This story has a lot going for it, from a interesting and bizarre plot to a great main character, tied together with writing that was easy to read and be involved by.Unfortunately, it took a little while to get there.I thought this when I just a short way into the novel and still think it now that the first four or six chapters or however many there are until Mark was introduced are the worst part of this novel They re written in a super cheesy thriller type way with clumsy attempts at invoking suspense and absolutely nothing that makes me care about what s happening Even after reading the entire novel I still feel like they weren t at all necessary to tell the story and the novel would have been better off without them.Fortunately, it wasn t too much of that until Mark was introduced And once he was, it didn t take long for the story to develop into one that I wanted to read, with a character I liked and cared about The suspense and tension that I think the author was trying to build in the first paragraphs did start to happen much better through the news reports and stuff mentioned in the background of Bonfiglio s For that matter, that diner was a perfect setting absolutely believable and enjoyable while still doing a great job establishing the setting and moving the plot.As far as the plot, well, it was super contrived But I don t think that was a bad thing Just the fact that it s tied so closely to homelessness makes it odd while I appreciate the wacko and amusing plot to go with the anvils, it is kind of weird to have the over the top ridiculousness tied to something so serious and mundane At the same time, if the author wrote this book for the intention of drawing attention to the homeless, then the plot is almost a problem because it starts to overshadow that topic with its later questions about ethics.Like that makes any sense What I m trying to say is that I liked the plot and the questions it evoked It s just odd that while the homelessness thing was almost excessive and almost a turn off, the things I was thinking about at the end were not about homeless folks But they were interesting nonetheless view spoiler While I often thought that in a sophie s choice type situation I may not be using that term correctly I d go for the utilitarian decision, Pop in this story really takes that to its logical extreme, which I found fascinating and made me consider my own thoughts on the matter hide spoiler

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    Moves along briskly enough but requires a large dollop of suspended disbelief The overall scenario and establishment response it a shade too much to swallow although the writing style is readable but needs sharpening.The characters are a trifle thin and a few could be dismissed entirely, or their actions limited, which might tighten up the whole tale For instance, Uncle Leon takes a hunk of text and yet adds very little to the story overall Favors UK favours explanation takes up several Kindle pages and goes nowhere relevant Neva has a drawn out prayer session that could be reduced from several pages to a paragraph and not lose anything.There is also a lot of minor detail that reduces the chance of letting the reader s imagination give its own colour The sort of thing like, Despite the crisp coastal evening air, the sidewalks bustled with shoppers This is fine and sets the scene The reader can fill in the detail unconsciously The next sentence does the opposite of its intention and curtails rather than allows the picture to develop in the reader s head Some carried shopping bags while others sipped steaming drinks cupped with both handsetc Occasionally adverbs detract from the crispness absolutely delicious , absolutely amazing , absolutely fine , absolutely adorable , absolutely exquisite to name but a few.Despite the cavils, the observation is good and the flow is maintained, the plot is merely a little ambitious and the editing too light.

  3. says:

    Great book good story enjoyed it a lot.

  4. says:

    A book that starts out kind and ends up so scary it promises to put you at the edge of your seat A must read

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    I found Dire Means thanks entirely to the Storybundle.com Mystery Suspense bundle earlier this year something I bought intending to give as a gift to my mother in law, an avid mystery reader While I find myself easily satisfied in a good history book or sci fi piece, something made Dire Means stick out among the other books in the bundle and I found myself hanging onto it even while letting the others go on as gifts.Dire Means grabbed my interest immediately The first six or so chapters detail something happening without an explanation Suddenly, the book changes settings and writing styles completely to begin a character story about someone previously unmentioned I spent the remainder of the book juggling two fascinations 1 who is this new character and why do I find myself relating to him so much and 2 how in the world does this character get tangled up in what transpired at the beginning of the book The result of the two fascinations combining was an inability to read a magazine, preview another book, watch a TV show at night or listen to music on the treadmill in the morning until I had completed this book.Geoffrey Neil s writing style was easy to read, his story was easy to care about, his characters were easy to love and hate depending on the character, of course and his narrative moved at just the right pace and chapters broke at just the right places that I was never bored and always telling myself, Well, I can t stop here One chapter I ve said nothing to the plot or morals of the book, both of which I loved Get Mr Neil s book as well as his latest, HR , as I have just done and enjoy the ride He ll surely be a great author to follow as he continues to work and grow.

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    I read Dire Means quite some time ago and am finally getting to the review I am reader and not a writer, is my only excuse The story is clever and different, which is not a statement that comes lightly to an avid reader I enjoyed the suspense and especially, the kick female character, Morana She s one of those types you have a love hate relationship with as you read.The crux of the novel is that a criminally minded homeless advocate takes revenge on the well to do, cruel to the homeless citizens of Santa Monica, CA The city is in a fear induced state of lockdown, but law enforcement can t seem to get even a small break in the case Until slightly bumbling, but technologically gifted Mark Denny gets caught up in the fray and becomes suspect number one He ends up in the dangerous snare of the real mastermind and his cult like company, a departure from his relatively routine, quiet life To save his own life and stop the murderous rampage of the villains, he must use every bit of technological genius he has at his disposal, as well as summon courage he never knew he had.I truly enjoyed this book, and despite a bit of a lag in the middle, I am won over by new author, Geoffrey Neil s ability to spin a wild tale of suspense and terror I definitely took the stairs a few times after reading this bookand you probably will, too.

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    My review from dated 11 13 2013Title An Unique Twist to the Mystery ThrillerThe main character of this book is just a nice guy trying to do nice things for others However, when he attempts to stop someone from jumping off a building, he life changes drastically All of a sudden is a superstar of Santa Monica, a hero during a time of disappearances He gets an invitation to see something that he will like and takes the bait Unfortunately it turns his life around even and he is now in deep trouble.I really enjoyed the premise of this book and was actually was quite surprised where the book went The author definitely knows how to set a book up, by having the main character personally deal with the attitude most people have with the homeless I also really liked how the very beginning told how some of the victims were captured had a Criminal Minds or Without A Trace feel to it.I definitely recommend this book and there is a high chance that I will read the other book by this author that has a character from this book It certainly takes a twist on the normal mystery thriller.

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    I entered the elevator willingly, and couldn t get off until the ride was over Geoff Neil s writing style flows easily from one chapter to the next and I found it easy to keep sliding my finger across the ipad screen, craving .I got a bit emotional as I wended my way through this story I groaned at Mark s stupidity with the gas station guys, and thought, Well, duh How did you think that was going to turn out I also worried far too often for Mark s safety I may have to charge the author for my next hair color jobI m sure I have a few gray s So many characters came to life for me, they were painted so vividly Some you adore, some you think are quirky, and some are so easy to loathe I think I know just who should play Pop in the movie can t you just see Morgan Freeman I liked that we had a really strong female character to root for as well.On a serious tone, I appreciate that Mr Neil is using his writing gift for the benefit of othes I like that a portion of the sales of his book, a bit of my money, is going to support organizations that do outreach with the homeless.Definately looking forward to Mr Neil s next piece of writing.

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    I m not totally sure what I think about this book I just know I couldn t stop reading it Sort of like trying to look away from a car accident, maybe Not that the book wasn t well written It was There were an awful lot of characters and they weren t all well developed However, the concept and the plot were fascinating Even though I love mysteries, I m into the gentle or, at least, less bloody most of the time British type I even caught myself looking away from the page a few times here just to get a break But, as I hinted, this book is addictive It isn t really gorg most of the time But, it has just enough of the horrible and the insane Sticks in the mind and makes me wonder how far away we are from something like this

  10. says:

    No Solitaire for me last night I had to finish reading Dire Means The concept was compelling, and Neil s treatment of it was engrossing Thanks a lot for keeping me up until 2 45 AM, Mr Neil Dire Means is a novel that treats a dilemma I find myself thinking about from time to time how to respond to the homeless I encounter I d like to be like the hero, Mark Denny I m not like the worst people in the book, but just where on the spectrum do I fall Lots of food for thought after reading Dire Means.

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