Thursday, April 25, 2013

Deadly Eyes by Mike Meyer

Publication Date:March 8, 2012
SPRING SALE - only $.99. Regular price is $2.99.
Something unique: This book now has TWO alternative endings, one of which is much darker than the other.
AN AWARD-WINNING SUSPENSEFUL CARIBBEAN MURDER MYSTERY, voted #1 on Recommended Thriller/Suspense list at Goodreads

James Cuffy, better known as Cuff, is living in paradise with his girlfriend, Rosie, on the small Caribbean island of St. Croix, where the sky is as blue as Cuff's eyes, the ocean as pretty as Rosie's cheeks, where the gentle lapping of the waves is a lullaby, and the swaying of the palm trees is a dance. The sandy beaches are as white as sugar, and the horizon is a world away. St. Croix indeed is paradise, the perfect place for living, laughing, and loving.
But the sandy beaches and the turquoise sea can provide no cover from the deadly eyes of the unknown stalker pursuing Cuff. Murder leads to murder as he attempts to untangle the terrible web in which he has suddenly become entangled.

The twists and turns are many, the roads of the fast action leading in all directions. Cuff and Rosie are relentlessly pursued by a diabolical force that shows them no mercy. Do these two good people stand a chance against such sheer evil?

DEADLY EYES has received great praise from some very highly respected authors and reviewers. Here is a brief sampling:

The Kindle Book Review says, "Michael Meyer has once again managed to pull me into a story that totally catches me off guard in the end. The ride is fast and furious and the outcome will leave you blindsided."

Nick Russell, the bestselling author of the Big Lake series says, "Michael Meyer has done it again, weaving a fascinating tale of murder and intrigue in the tropical paradise of St. Croix that will keep you turning the page to the very end."

At the same time, though, some readers have made it clear that they were turned off by the ending, which, indeed, is a downer. Those readers simply did not like to see bad things happen to good people. Cuff and Rosie are good people caught up in a terrible situation. They are relentlessly pursued by a diabolical force that shows them no mercy. Do these two good people stand a chance against such sheer evil? We like Cuff and Rosie as people. We identify with them. We root for them. We want good to prevail over evil, but, unfortunately, the real world does not always operate that way.

With all of this in mind, I am delighted to report that I have come up with an entirely new concept for the book: DEADLY EYES now provides TWO alternative endings in order to satisfy individual reading preference. Readers now have the opportunity to read only the upbeat ending, or they can choose to read the original, much darker ending, skipping either the first ending or the second one. They also have the option of reading both endings, if they so desire. I am excited by this new concept of offering reading preference choices to my readers.

These were not naked eyes, for the distance between these eyes and the beach bar at Cathy's Fancy was too great for the naked eye to discern who was who. No, these eyes had planned meticulously. The eyes were glued to a pair of terribly expensive and unbelievably powerful Swarovski Optik binoculars. The balcony on which they now worked, taking in the scene before them, was the perfect place to see but not be seen. The powerful binoculars saw to that.

The distance, the palm trees, and the rays of the sun all helped. The position had been hand picked, after careful consideration. Every angle had been considered, and, one by one, they had all been discarded for one reason or another until this very spot, the perfect place to observe while not being observed, had been selected.

Yes, the eyes had seen it all. The eyes had seen precisely what they had hoped to see. They were like a master puppeteer. They planned, controlled, and observed, but from a safe distance. They did not miss a trick.

The eyes. The deadly eyes of St. Croix.

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My review
I love a good murder mystery with action and a who-dunnit plot so this book was a perfect fit for me.
With Rosie and Cuff both fluffed out so that the reader could identify with them and a plot that moved at a nice and fast pace this was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. 
The story is set on an exotic island and the author did a wonderful job in taking the reader to this exotic paradise.  But like most stories in paradise this one has a snake.  The nature and form of the snake should have been apparent to me earlier but it was not which furthered my level of enjoyment of the book. 
What makes this book unique is the fact that the reader can choose between two alternate endings, one darker than the other.  Thus far I have only read the first ending.  But be sure I will read the darker one as well.  Why did I not wait until I have read both the endings? Cause I wanted to share that thrill with you guys.  The thrill of anticipation.

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