This was very enjoyable but also very much a middle book, a bridge between the amazingly exciting first book in the trilogy and the I hope gripping finale of the last. So it was good but not especially exciting. Eva and Alex with their trusted associates made their way across Europe barely one step ahead of their pursuers. They learn a lot as they go and the reader does too. This is a book which establishes the who and why and sets everyone up for what has to happen. These are such excellent,sho This was very enjoyable but also very much a middle book, a bridge between the amazingly exciting first book in the trilogy and the I hope gripping finale of the last.
These are such excellent,short,easy to read books. Dec 28, Brenda rated it it was amazing Shelves: She knew the Section, the government body charged with keeping Eva and Alex alive, had failed them. Eva also knew she could no longer trust them — but was there anyone in the organisation left to trust?
Could she continue to escape those who were after them? Highly recommended — but make sure you start with 1. With thanks to the author for my digital ARC to read and review. Jan 19, Richard rated it liked it Shelves: The second book in the trilogy. Bridging the exciting opening story with the runaway train climax of the concluding part. At times it has the smells of a wonderful stew slowly simmering on the back hob.
But it does seem to be that safe transition to keep the tension ticking over. More betrayal and speculation as to the allegiance of those at the top of British secret service. At times it seems like a coach The second book in the trilogy. At times it seems like a coach trip around Europe as Eva and her small team switch cars to avoid detection. Despite this they seem to do little to avoid their facial recognition encounters with cctv and in rural France be unable to shop without such scrutiny.
Well written from at least 3 storyline perspectives that can ratchet up the intrigue, suspense and sense of danger.
But we all know we are biding our time, until, book 3 is released. Jan 20, Eva rated it it was amazing. Cor, this story is not letting up or giving you a chance to breathe! But traveling around Europe, it seems someone is a step ahead of her and th Cor, this story is not letting up or giving you a chance to breathe! But traveling around Europe, it seems someone is a step ahead of her and there are few people left to trust. Meanwhile, Miles is questioning the loyalty of those around and above him and sets out on his own investigation which also has a few surprises in store.
In this episode, we get some information about how Eva ended up with the Section and the assignment that forced her to go into hiding. I felt the pace was a little slower in this one but there was still enough action to keep me hooked. And once again, the story cuts off at the perfect moment, leaving you wanting more which is exactly what a great cliffhanger should do. I absolutely love this concept that Rachel Amphlett is exploring.
All in all, a brilliant spy story by a fantastic thriller author. Dec 28, Ellen rated it it was amazing.
Vengeance Born (The Light Blade, #1) by Kylie Griffin
Suddenly Eva, Nathan and Decker are responsible for not only the safety of another child but the protection of the world from a megalomaniac who is hell bent on releasing a bioweapon. As well as this they are still unaware who is the leak within the Section and unsure who is friend or foe that they come into contact with. Every step closer to the truth they put themselves further onto the path of danger. Assassins Vengeance is a taut thriller with heart that had me racing through the pages, we are left under no illusion that Eva Delacourt will finish what has been started and that whoever stands in her way will be dealt with!
Jan 11, Dee-Cee It's all about the books rated it it was amazing. We find out a bit more as to how Eva became a member of the section and how she has come to be in the situation she is in and I have to say I was totally blown away once again with this story. Eva really is a fantastic character and I said last week that I thought there was more to learn about her character and I was spot on. Dec 28, Dave rated it it was amazing.
Amphlett's stories are always gripping and hard to put down. Well-crafted plots and believable characters. Reading the Assassins trilogy is a must. Two out of three isn't going to satisfy. I had the pleasure of being one of her Advance Copy readers, and what a Christmas it was! May 27, Janine rated it really liked it Shelves: Fast paced and exciting.
Jan 09, Cindy Mansfield rated it really liked it. The trilogy is getting better. Jan 31, Grace J Reviewerlady rated it it was amazing. I know that Rachel Amphlett writes fast and furious novels, but still it takes my breath away when, from page one, I'm plunged right back into the heart of the action and - as this is the second book in this series - all the details of the first come flooding back!
This one advances the story considerably. We, the readers, find out a bit more about the past leading up to the events in book one and doubts about who to trust in the 'Section' begin to appear. Who's doing the back stabb I know that Rachel Amphlett writes fast and furious novels, but still it takes my breath away when, from page one, I'm plunged right back into the heart of the action and - as this is the second book in this series - all the details of the first come flooding back!
It was ok but odd. Dillon is a five-year-old who is sneaky and evil. This is a dark story. The good guy gets revenge but did something evil to get it. It left me with an unsettled feeling. Maria and her son Manuel flee Mexico and live with a priest in a Connecticut parish. Her husband was killed by bad guys. Several years earlier Father Nathan lost his right arm and right leg and wears prosthetics. The ending was pretty good about someone saving the day and getting some revenge. The main character is a killer for hire. Someone wants revenge and to see him in jail. The revenge he gets is unexpected.
This was ok at best. Unabridged audiobook reading time: One sex scene was referred to, no details shown. Another sex scene was a woman tied to a bed, being raped by four men. Most of the short stories were View all 4 comments. Feb 12, Paul rated it liked it.
- Angels of Vengeance.
- Assassins Vengeance by Rachel Amphlett.
- Die Verbrechen des Propheten Mohammed (German Edition).
The problem with editing a thematic collection is that the short stories therein can be formulaic. Child does an excellent job stuffing this anthology with fresh stories with minimal formula writing involved. There was a part in collection when it seemed a tiny repetitive but there were some real stand outs too such as the lehane tale I mentioned in an update and Karin slaughter really outdoing her novel length writing with a dark twisted story that was as compelling as a train wreck yet left an The problem with editing a thematic collection is that the short stories therein can be formulaic.
There was a part in collection when it seemed a tiny repetitive but there were some real stand outs too such as the lehane tale I mentioned in an update and Karin slaughter really outdoing her novel length writing with a dark twisted story that was as compelling as a train wreck yet left an icky after feeling. Lee child's was one of shortest stories in collection yet unsurprisingly among my favourites. The above were a few well creditialled authors but this collection also had some strong stories by authors that were new to me.
Reading the review one may think I am being stingy with my star rating for this one but truth is the exceptional stories lifted the avg rating up as I found no stinkers here but there were a few meh stories. Jan 30, Matt rated it really liked it. When Bosch is tasked with looking into some cold case files with his friend and former partner Jerry Edgar, they stumble across a pattern and an individual whose presence around both crime scenes cannot simply be coincidence, or can it?
When they go to interview her, Bosch is unnerved that she has all the same answers as years before, even though her story all makes sense and fits together adequately enough. When he looks a little deeper, he finds something else; something that could close the c When Bosch is tasked with looking into some cold case files with his friend and former partner Jerry Edgar, they stumble across a pattern and an individual whose presence around both crime scenes cannot simply be coincidence, or can it? When he looks a little deeper, he finds something else; something that could close the case for good.
Alas, it may lead to some messy endings! Connelly on yet another good short story. Jun 25, Joe Young rated it it was amazing. This is a collection of short stories all focused on the theme of Vengeance. Twenty one original authors including the editor, Lee Child wrote stories for this anthology and filled it with original short stories that really grab you and give you a reason to read. I am really envious of authors that can give you a gift of story in such short form and still include every nuance necessary to answer all the questions that might come up about the justification for the actions in the story.
The form This is a collection of short stories all focused on the theme of Vengeance. The form is a miracle in thrift! Another miracle is that Lee Child was able to persuade this great stable of authors to contribute to this book. I was amazed by the range of possibilities for revenge that were explored by these authors. It is also amazing that a stable of stories based on a single theme would cover such a wide variety of plots and actions looking for emotional satisfaction.
I was further impressed that "ALL" of these stories were universally engaging and so well written and original that they easily maintained my interest to the point that I would read two or three stories at a single sitting instead of just picking and choosing the few with interesting titles.
Call Me... Vengeance
Not a single entry disappointed me! Easily one of the best short story anthologies of resent history. Child and his cooperating authors! Nov 02, Colleen rated it liked it Shelves: Very solid collection, not a dud in the book. Most are decidely good, even the ones I wasn't riveted by, have a worksmanship about them. It reminds me of We Need to Talk About Kevin--if that gives an idea of the cheerfulness of this story. After reading it, I wanted to take a shower. Some of the stories are a little iffy on the topic of "vengeance" though.
Oct 23, Raimey Gallant rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this anthology, but I should note that I found it taxing to read so many short stories in a row where the authors chose protagonists with prejudices. I get that it's a reflection of the real world, so maybe it's just the real world that I find taxing.
Jul 17, Byju. V rated it really liked it. A collection of short stories with crime as a joining thread. The stories are selected by Lee Child. It includes some famous names and some not so famous names. A decent read for lovers of crime fiction. Jan 01, Pam Tickner rated it it was ok. An interesting concept - a collection of short crime stories from emerging and established authors. Whilst the theme of 'vengeance' for crimes perpetrated was good, I found the stories disturbing in their content.
This one was not for me. Apr 26, Donna rated it it was ok Shelves: This was a nasty collection of short stories about nasty people doing nasty things to one another, making me feel nasty when I read it. But seriously, I had my doubts about finishing this book. The first half dozen stories were completely foul. And I don't mean that the writing was bad. I mean, the characters and the stories felt soiled in some way. It wasn't until I read Anne Swardson's story "River Secret" that I found something to latch onto, somebody to root for.
It was a depressing story, a This was a nasty collection of short stories about nasty people doing nasty things to one another, making me feel nasty when I read it. It was a depressing story, as well, but well-crafted and the characters seemed real. The other stories left me feeling uneasy to one degree or another, often showing otherwise average people pushed to their limits to become monsters when eradicating the monsters. What does that say about mankind? This book pretty much sums it up.
Mar 01, Tony Warren rated it did not like it. When I saw Lee Child's name on this I thought it should be good. Boy was I wrong, what a load of old cobblers. I tried 3 of the stories and gave up on all of them. The rest I did not even want to attempt. Not my sort of reading at all. Apr 28, Jim A rated it really liked it. A very good collection of short stories. As the title indicates, the theme of this anthology is 'Vengeance'. Most of the stories have an interesting twist ending in addition to the vengeance theme.
Apr 08, Nina rated it it was amazing. This is a great collection of stories. Perfect for an evening by the fire.
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Aug 24, Toni rated it it was amazing. This has been my "desk" book at work for a very, very long time. I honestly should have just taken it home to finish much sooner. The stories in it were perfect for quick lunch breaks, when I had time to take them.
The quality was as high as expected. The stories were all interesting takes on Vengeance. It is always fascinating how many different interpretations there are of the same theme. Feb 07, Kay Vanatta rated it really liked it. I'm not usually a short story fan - but I did enjoy the collected mystery stories I liked being able to compare writing styles of the different authors to decide which ones I wanted to explore more. Enjoyable and quick read! Dec 06, Barbara Nutting rated it liked it. A great pick up put down book when you don't want to be deep in a big novel!!
This was a fantastic collection of short stories from selected crime authors. Some were very dark but enjoyable none the less. Aug 03, Clara Smith added it Shelves: Stopped listening to this audiobook at about story 18 or so mainly because I had heard enough of the theme and just wanted to move on to something else.
I am not typically a short story reader, mainly because I hate to get into a story and then it ends so quickly! That being said, I am a big mystery fan and I thought it would be interesting to hear from a number of authors I either never heard of or at least haven't tried yet. The theme of this anthology is 'vengeance' -- people taking revenge on Stopped listening to this audiobook at about story 18 or so mainly because I had heard enough of the theme and just wanted to move on to something else.
The theme of this anthology is 'vengeance' -- people taking revenge on another or taking the law into their own hands. As such the stories were all quite dark, and more than a few were downright nasty and hard to hear. On my first draft of this review, I started to say that I did not like the majority of the stories; then I went back and re-read the list of titles and authors and realized that, in fact, there were quite a few I did like a lot.
Among the best were the following: It is a true science fiction story though and not one of those where the author tried to make everything look like old times but in space. One thing that maybe sets the story apart a bit is that there appears to be no FTL.
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Yes there are space ships and yes they move about quite a lot but we stay in the solar system. I quite like that actually because I feel it put more pressure on the author in terms of the actual story, pressure that I would say he delivered on. The main protagonist is the likable, ass-kicking, revenge-taking, swashbuckling vigilante and mercenary that you would expect or at least hope for in this kind of book.
During the course of the book he is surrounding himself with a bunch of equally likable and colorful companions when embarking on his quest for revenge as well as number of other friends in high and low places. Then we have the bad guys. Here we have a classical despicable, mean, savage and through and through bad pirate as the main adversary. At least in this first book. I would say that more and even worse adversaries lurk in the shadows.
Anyway, he has just the right bad guy charisma to fit into the story of the book. The universe itself is quite well done. I do like this mercenary guild idea. The science part is good and the action, tactics and strategy works well both in space and on the ground. It is fiction of course so some liberties with physics and reality are to be expected. Bottom line, this book is a clear five out of five for me. This book was a good read. And limiting the story universe just to our solar system, meant not pushing too much against the envelope of our scientific knowledge.
However, I found that the characters in the story were a bit shallow. Nearly all the high ups who all seem to be women are good gals except for one good guy. Seems a bit too simple and straight forward. Our Hero, is a young man with Vengeance on his mind. Suffering from amnesia, he eventually remembers who he is, and then begins his quest. Earning a heavy corvette as his reward, he builds a Mercenary company and from there he begins his quest. Some times you just want a good fast read, that developed quickly, and where there's more good luck than bad. It was interesting and refreshing.
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