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4.0 out of 5 starsAaron King is Cool!
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2020
Although I purchased this title a few years ago, I recently read it during the anniversary month of The King's untimely passing & just after the tragic loss of Lisa Marie's son (& Elvis' grandson). Giving myself over to the fantasy, I enjoyed private eye Aaron King in his search for a missing upcoming starlet in modern-day LA. If you'd like a fun, fast-paced read with thrills & a dash of humor, then you'll enjoy this ebook too! Thanks, Mr. Rain, for a fun fantasy read! :)
I truly enjoyed this mystery and would have given it 5⭐'s if there hadn't been so many editing mistakes! The were sentences missing words, or weren't in the proper order, or the wrong word altogether. There was even a an instance where the same sentence was repeated twice consecutively. The mystery itself was well plotted, and the mail character "Aaron" was interesting for the most part. The ending was unexpected if not surprising. Glad I read this one!
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2015
Mr Rain has written a charming "fiction" of what Elvis could have done, in 1977. Aron is a lovable character, very much unlike Elvis. That is not saying Elvis was unlovable, quite the contrary. I smiled when "Aron" described his therapist's desk as possible "penis envy" but, she was a woman he stated so this was not possible. Elvis would no more know "penis envy, then he would say , hubahuba". We forgive you, Mr Rain. The book is fiction, this is clear, yet, this topic has been discussed for decades. Mr Rain does not try to give us a " plausible" Aron, but, a charming one. Throughout this book I felt I knew this author, yet, had not read his other listed books. His style of writing is unmistakable to someone who reads as much as I do. Kudos' to you, Mr Rain, you did not try to convince, but, to entertain and you succeeded admirable.
5.0 out of 5 starsFun fantasy with some reality thrown in!
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2012
Elvis Presley faked his death in the 70s and has been living right out in the open in L.A. He's escaped detection due to extensive plastic surgery, and he works as a private detective.
Okay ... some reviewers complain that the storyline isn't "believable." WHO CARES? A story doesn't have to be steeped in reality to be good! Isn't that why many of us read sometimes ... to escape reality? I would like to think that Elvis is alive and well (albeit a bit stiff from arthritis) and renews his thirst for performing.
And that's what happens in "Elvis Has Not Left the Building." People now know Elvis as Aaron King and he is hired to find a missing actress. During the investigation, he learns more about himself and what he's missing in the anonymous life he's chosen to lead.
This book is filled with quick humor and some very interesting characters. Little bits and pieces finally come together as the story weaves in and around Hollywood.
I noticed a few editing errors but they did not detract from the great story. No, I don't think Elvis is still alive but I wish he was. I wish we could all hear him sing just one more time. Through this book, I got to do just that.
5.0 out of 5 starsIf only this were true Great story
Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2017
I purchased this book not having any idea what to expect. Well let me tell ya son, I LOVE IT! I can see Elvis doing something like this. I thought it when he disappeared. But I was truly surprised. This is a very well written mystery. It is a good story, moves at a good pace and I could not put it down once I started it. It is 2:37am here in Texas and I am wide awake thinking what if.... I know one thing, I am a happy camper and if you are even a tiny bit of an Elvis fan, BUY THIS BOOK!
I adored this book. Didn't want it to end, although I did love the ending. The storyline is sooooo make-believe of course, Elvis surely wouldn't have faked his own death and deprived us all of his talent (would he?). And oddly enough, I can imagine that IF he were still alive and singing, he'd still be just as good. The dialog in this story was what really made it work. Smart-butt comments, sarcasm, the "back and forth" between characters was perfect. What goes on in Elvis' head during his adventures is just downright genius! Makes you fall in love with him all over again (like any of us ever fell OUT of love with him!). A totally hilarious, refreshing read. I really want more! I mean, you CAN write more about his adventures now cause he's NOT dead, right?
What if Elvis Presley faked his own death and has been working as a P.I. in L.A for the last 30 years? This fantasy story combined with the case of a missing actress makes this book an interesting read.
4.0 out of 5 starsBest Free Book I've gotten so Far. I wish that I had paid for this.
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2012
Really, Is there a way to kick in a few bucks... I want let the author know how much I appreciate his great imagination and wonderful writing. I love that the psychologist is actually a professional who keeps her boundaries, even with "The King". I was terrified that things were going too fast and the series that I was hoping for was going to end by the end of the book....Wait, please, can't we go back? I want to know more about this Elvis. He's a mess, but he's a struggling mess. He's trying SO hard to be a happy human. I love this guy, I love this author. More please...I'll pay!
Yeah, there were a few typos, and the three that clustered in one chapter got close to annoying me, but the STORY was so good that I was happy to overlook them. (Please review how to use the word "myself"!)
5.0 out of 5 starsThis Pretty Mamma says "Thank you ver' much!"
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 25, 2017
This book made me laugh! I love the concept that Elvis Presley is alive and well, now a Private Investigator. Aaron King has re-invented himself in the years since he spectacularly faked his death in the 70s. Nowadays, since the plastic surgery, he has therapist, an on again/off again girlfriend (who is gossipy) a friend who's an attorney (and knows his true identity) - so much conflict about what he can say and do around people. He also has terrible guilt over abandoning his daughter, a yearning to perform again while the battle with alcohol and prescription drugs remains on the periphery,
Mr King has earned himself a strong reputation as a PI specializing in finding missing persons (usually children). In this adventure he is tasked with locating a beautiful young starlet; A case which both the Police and other PIs have abandoned when the trail went cold.
I was first introduced to Aaron King as a guest detective in the Samantha Moon series, where the detective is a young mother, forced to work at night since being turned into a vampire. In
American Vampire (Vampire for Hire Book 3)
Mr King is brought in to track down a little girl who has been abducted by a very bad man, they must follow a trail to 'Sin City' to help her escape. I loved the elder statesman JR Rain had created, who tries to keep under the radar yet is unmistakably imbued with a big attractive personality and smooth southern charm. I resolved to read more about him, and this book did not disappoint!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2015
I just love the concept of this book. What if…. Elvis is alive and working as a PI in Los Angeles. And whether you’re a (huge) Elvis fan like me or not, it’s a story that can be appreciated for what it is – a quirky and light-hearted tale that I don’t suppose would actually be beyond the realm of possibility if someone wanted it enough.
Weary of the pressures of his lifestyle, Elvis faked his own death in 1977 and for the last 30 some years has been living as the likeable and sarcastically witty Aaron King. Extensive reconstructive facial surgery has changed his appearance enough not to be easily recognisable although there’s still that fleeting glimmer of something that gives people a sense of familiarity.
The mystery and private investigation procedure aspect of the story is realistic and moves along fairly quickly with a sometimes unpredictable and well thought out plot. Aaron King is hired to find a missing young starlet. Luckily, he’s pretty good at his job, and as he pieces everything together the trail takes him into sleazy neighbourhoods and into the more sordid aspects of human nature.
The narrative is in the first person and reading Elvis’ thoughts and feelings about living a totally different lifestyle, makes identifying with him very easy. It’s entertaining, with emotionally touching moments and a very well presented storyline which flows well. Great character development too with a distinctly unglamorous but charmingly modest and self-deprecating Mr King, who’s hooked on painkillers, likes his booze a little too much and desperately misses his daughter.
JR Rain has made this story work with a sympathetic portrayal of an ageing man who can’t completely distance himself from his previous life, especially when the Elvis legend is still very much alive and Aaron can hear his own songs played at any given moment and see people impersonating him almost anywhere. A fun and cleverly written story with great dialogue. I think this is one for the read again pile.
I am a big fan of Moon Dance books as for that I try to read as much books I can get from this author. I must say that the Elvis thing I found it a bit delusional to be credible but hey ho is all about fiction so after reading the reviews I read it and I did like it, but I did read the Knighthorse series too and I found a lot of similarities between the PI, both of them are addict to painkillers as well as drinking as much as possible , they both also do excessive body building and all the stereotypes you can think of an American PI. So for that the Knighthorse books are a winner over this one mostly because in my mind Knighthorse is a hottie : ) and has got more sense of humor. Also Elvis should been enjoying retirement by now surely.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 28, 2013
J.R.Rain rarely disappoints, and this is no exception. A good fun read, based on the idea that Elvis faked his death, had major disguising plastic surgery and is now living on the breadline as an older, private investigator. This is pretty much a stand alone novel. Which is a shame, as there were some good ideas that could have been carried on, but apart from being mentioned in another novel briefly, when our character here helps out as one of a bunch of detectives, I think this is all there will be. Without wanting to give anything away, the ending brought a lump to my throat.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2011
I have never read any of Rain's books before, despite most of them having really good reviews. Being a cheap Kindle book I thought I'd give it a go and was really pleasantly surprised. The book is witty, fast paced and immensley enjoyable. I liked the idea of Elvis having faked his own death and becoming a private investigator, it worked really well. I am not usually a reader of mystery books but this book has left me wanting more and I will certianly be seeking out more of Rain's works if this book is anything to go by.