Paris to Die For

Paris to Die For Inspired by an actual letter in the John F Kennedy Library written by Jackie and revealing her job offer from the newly formed CIA Young Jacqueline Bouvier s first CIA assignment was supposed to be si

  • Title: Paris to Die For
  • Author: Maxine Kenneth
  • ISBN: 9780446567411
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • Inspired by an actual letter in the John F Kennedy Library written by Jackie and revealing her job offer from the newly formed CIA Young Jacqueline Bouvier s first CIA assignment was supposed to be simple Meet with a high ranking Russian while he s in Paris and help him defect But when the Comrade ends up dead, and Jackie in her black satin peep toe stiletto heels bareInspired by an actual letter in the John F Kennedy Library written by Jackie and revealing her job offer from the newly formed CIAYoung Jacqueline Bouvier s first CIA assignment was supposed to be simple Meet with a high ranking Russian while he s in Paris and help him defect But when the Comrade ends up dead, and Jackie in her black satin peep toe stiletto heels barely escapes his killer, it s time to get some assistance Enter Jacques Rivage, a French photographer and freelance CIA agent who seems too brash and carefree to grapple with spies, though he s all too able to make Jackie s heart skip a beat Together the two infiltrate 1951 high society in the City of Lights, rubbing shoulders with the likes of the Duchess of Windsor, Audrey Hepburn, and Evelyn Waugh Jackie, no longer a pampered debutante, draws on her quick intelligence, equestrian skills, and even her Chanel No 5 atomizer as a weapon to stay alive in the shadowy world of international intrigue and to keep her date with a certain up and coming, young Congressman from Massachusetts .

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    1. I don't even know how to start. I thought this book would be a fun story, a distracting late-summer read. Wow, was I disappointed.First, Jackie was an atrocious main character. Why? Because she never fails to talk herself up. While saying how inexperienced she is and how she wants to find something more in her lifee is simultaneously saying that she is gorgeous, thin, smart, a good writer, a horseback rider, a quick thinker and has an eye for fashion. All in the same breath. And the author has N [...]

    2. This novel was just too far fetched. According to the novel, Jackie Kennedy in her early 20s worked with the CIA in Paris. She had one life and death encounter after another. I typically love books that take place in Paris and so that's why I bought it. The locations described and the French words thrown in now and then were fun for me. The story was too unbelievable.

    3. I agree with a lot of other reviews in that this book does a lot of "telling" instead of "showing." There were so many instances where the authors explained a moment of foreshadowing or a subtle connection between characters or events outright, not giving the chance for the reader to figure it out for themselves, which I think really ruined what is one of the rewarding experiences of reading a new piece of literature.While the name dropping didn't annoy me as much as it did others (although some [...]

    4. 2.5 Stars. Jackie Kennedy is a legendary icon of style, fashion, and class. But what if a young Jacqueline Lee Bouvier had been able to leverage her natural grace, poise, and societal connections into the life of a secret agent? That possibility may not be as far-fetched is it might seem at first blush, as Maxine Kenneth (the writing team of Maxine Schnall and Ken Salikof) takes an actual letter from the JFK Library, wherein Jackie reveals she received an offer of employment from the newly-forme [...]

    5. Basically, this book was just fun. It was exactly what it was supposed to be; a bit cheesy, a bit mysterious, and a bit retro. The basis, of course, is slightly ridiculous. As much as we love to imagine our debutantes have secret lives and secret goals the thought that a young Jacqueline Bouvier was in the CIA in 1951 is sort of stupid. And that they would send her on a mission to Paris with no training and no notice. But, who cares. I didn't want realism, I wanted to be amused. 'Paris to Die Fo [...]

    6. I mean, really, how could I not be pulled into a book in which chapter one begins, “Jacqueline Lee Bouvier wasn’t exactly dressed for discovering a corpse.”? A big fan of the James Bond novels with their suspense and dry wit, and various motion picture romps through Paris and other European capitals (think Hitchcock films; think Hepburn and Grant)I found this book – the first of two novels starring the intrepid, Givenchy-clad, Chanel 5-scented pre-JFK Jacqueline – in possession of all [...]

    7. I can't beleieve I read the whole thing. Well read is a stretch. I actually skimmed it as fast as my eyes would move. I think it was meant to be an elegant, high spirited Audrey Hepburnesque romp, but it was more of a stumble than a romp. The writing was bad, the story line ridiculous in a not good way and Jackie herself comes across as vain, pretentious and a bit dim.Here's a few examples:"By day, the bustling station was filled with the bittersweet romance of lovers parting and the unbound joy [...]

    8. I gave this book 3 stars because I thought the overall premise of Jacqueline Bouvier being a part-time CIA operative was quite interesting. That said, I feel the author Maxine Kenneth could have done much more with this book. For example, she portrays Jackie as a pampered rich girl who is approached by her stepfather's friend (who happened to be the head of the CIA) with an opportunity to travel to Paris on a mission, because of her looks and fashion sense, to be a bit shallow. Also, though Kenn [...]

    9. "Paris to Die For" is fun, sassy, fast-paced intrigue laced with people, places and things that were unique to 1950's Paris seen through the eyes of two protagonists that keep you guessing from start to finish. A young, pre-First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier is cleverly conceived and portrayed as the woman the reader can imagine she would have been and certainly the woman the young Senator Kennedy would have fallen for. But the relationship between Jacqueline and the charming and complex character of [...]

    10. Overall, I really did like it. Its cleverly written, but some things are slightly built up and not as satisfactorily resolved as you may like, but knowing that you need to preserve the character of Jackie Bouvier, I understand. I mean, she was a real person! I do like that she met a few famous people throughout the story in some very clever ways. At some points, didnt like that she was so obviously "blond", but made up for it overall. I can totally see this book being made into a movie and I can [...]

    11. I love Paris in the springtime. And I love this book, which takes place in Paris in the spring of 1951. Its main character is a 21-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier, and she makes for quite a resourceful heroine. Apparently, Jackie really had the chance to go to work for the CIA after she graduated from college, and Ms. Kenneth really takes this premise and runs with it. Jackie spends a lot of the novel on the run from one glamorous Paris location to the next. It's like taking a Paris vacation without [...]

    12. I wasn’t expecting something artsy, as everything about the summary forParis to Die For screamed “for your entertainment only”. However, I couldn’t help but cringe over and over again at the author’s use of cliched phrases and cheesy endings to chapters. Even how the story played out at times made my suspension of disbelief quite difficult.Despite the negatives, the book definitely has some redeeming qualities. The two leading roles are both very likable, and the subject of Paris defin [...]

    13. A premise as elegant as its protagonist.I thought that what makes this book so remarkable is its high concept. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was a young woman with the right background, family connections and milieu to have been recruited to spy for the CIA. After all, Jackie was the "Girl Photographer" for the Washington Post, as well as an interpreter for the UN - positions that she was patronized for, yet they would have made the perfect background/cover for the work that this novel suggests.I d [...]

    14. More credible than "Spy in a Little Black Dress". I like this story more than the sequel. A great way to start off this concept. Of course, the premise that before she became the first lady, Jackie was a CIA Operative is just outlandish. That's what makes the story so fun. I still find it so out of character, that it is ridiculous, but that is when you are supposed to suspend your preconceived notions and just go with the story. It is a fun ride as you stumble your way through history, meeting m [...]

    15. God bless my book club for making me read pieces of shit like this. I'm completely convinced that these two authors (my god, the thought that it took two people to achieve such heights of idiocy) made up their rather illustrious-sounding bios. I don't know what makes me bristle more, the tossed-in bits of italicized French ("plats de fruits de mer"), the dopey name-dropping, the gross inconsistencies in character portrayal or the weird anachronism in the characters' mindsets. In any case, best u [...]

    16. I'm enjoying this series by Maxine Kenneth. The novels are based on the possibility that Jackie Kennedy spent time as a spy in the CIA in the 1950s. They have intrigue, exotic locations and lots of style. They make great vacation or light reads. However, I don't like how the author explains everything, as though her readers have no knowledge of history. For example, she'll name a person of historical significance and then explain exactly why that person is important. I found myself skimming over [...]

    17. I'd give this 1.5 stars. This book was not good. I'm a huge Jackie fan and have read about the CIA links before. I can even believe them. But I cannot imagine her saying or thinking a word of this book. After pretending the main character is just girl X the book is still lacking. Some of the mystery is not mystery at all and other parts are just who cares. Honestly, there was a lot of skimming at the end. Dan Brown and Jack Paterson this is not. I will not be reading the next installment even th [...]

    18. Was a little disappointed with the ending. Fairly predictable and campy - sexual tension between two lead characters was very prevalent throughout the story and then never brought to fruition. (I mean, I know that's how it goes in "real life", but I didn't like it happening that way in my novel.) Really loved every other aspect of this book, though I don't know if I'll read the next one. Might read again after my trip to France so that I can better recognize all the settings in the book.

    19. What a ludicrous idea for a book. So bad on every level. The characters were grating and the mystery-centric storyline bored me to tears. I read the entire book and I still wouldn't be able to explain to you how it concluded (besides the unnecessary and numerous jabs about Jack Kennedy being a womanizer). We get it. Also, do we really need a book where the two main characters are named Jackie and Jacques? Couldn't have picked any other french name?

    20. My wife and I visited Paris a couple of years ago for her 50th birthday. She saw this book recently and bought it, not knowing what to expect. She loved it and then urged me to read it. I was a little reluctant, thinking it was more of a woman's book. But after starting it, I literally couldn't put it down. Lots of great Paris imagery, lots of twists and turns – and lots of fun. I highly recommend Paris To Die For. My wife and I are now planning our next trip to Paris.

    21. The one thing I really didn't like was the incessant (and most of the time inane) name dropping. That said, the story was entertaining enough and if I forgot entirely that the protagonist was supposed to be Jackie O. I liked her too. Definitely not more than a two-star book but that doesn't mean I'm not going to read the next one.

    22. A YA reader might find this a ripping good yarn. The 25 year old Jacquie is recruited as a girl spy (CIA), and sent to Paris, where she meets a long-list of contemporary celebs. Think Nancy Drew without the mystery. A Fluffernutter summer read, suitable for borrowing from the "library" at your rental cottage or B&B

    23. Usually pretty entertaining, with a lot of fluff and some forced dialogue in between. I admit, I started skimming a bit towards the end. I had higher hopes for this one, but I guess the cover should have given it away when I first saw it on a shelf. You'll enjoy the allusions and the celebrities, though the story's a bit lacking.

    24. What a page-turning, breezy read! Paris in the 1950's and an iconic, pre-Kennedy Jackie Bouvier dabbling in adventure. Don't look too deeply, just immerse yourself in the time and place, the glamour and style, and you will have a good time. I'm baffled by some of the more hostile reviews of this book. It's fun!

    25. One of the worst books I've ever read. It is completely unrealistic, lacks subtlety, drops names right and left, and condescends the reader by explaining every little thing. The book is nothing but an excuse for the author to show off her mediocre knowledge of Paris. It reads like it was written by a high school French student. The only reason I'm still reading is because I paid $9.99 for it.

    26. Enchanting Read. Reading this book is like being on an exciting and dangerous trip through Paris. I couldn't put it down. The fascinating, yet relatable, characters, the marvelous descriptions of every location, and the unexpected twists kept me on the edge of my seat. Filled with intrigue, romance, travel and excitement PARIS TO DIE FOR has something for everyone. Very enjoyable!

    27. The premise was soooooo promising. Unfortunately it fell flat throughout. Jackie is portrayed as more concerned about when her French contact will bed her than her life being in danger. She bumbles through from one narrow escape to another. It was painful to keep reading truthfully and the story is strung out like a scavenger hunt. I am so disappointed.

    28. A grand, fun, exciting adventure. One of those keep-you-up-all-night, call-out-sick-the-next-day books, very much a successor to bestsellers like The Da Vinci Code, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

    29. The book started out more entertaining than the way that it ended. I'm not sure that I like a fictionalized version of a young Jackie O as a spy. The scenarios aren't clever and witty enough to make me forget how farfetched the espionage is like a James Bond film, but the book is ok.

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