One Kick

 

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Hello Dear Reader,

Thrillers are one of my very guilty pleasures.

And I do have my favorite authors, for whom I willingly put aside daily chores to immerse myself in the worlds of their creation; to gleefully discover what’s happening in the life of my favorite dudes. But let’s face it- and be truthful here. There are plenty of male protagonists in thriller/suspense/espionage genres but where are the smart, tough, irreverent women solving crimes and saving the world?

For example, where are the women in the world of Harry Bosch or Elvis Cole?

Waiting to be helped or rescued. Granted Bosch, as written by Michael Connelly, has a strong police captain who is female, but usually in both his world and that of Cole, as written by Robert Crais, the women are loving these guys (I totally do too) and or waiting to be rescued.

Not so in One Kick by Chelsea Cain. While there are plenty of strong female characters in the mystery genre who are smart and fun, few possess the skills needed and depth of character to do whatever it takes to send the bad guy, if necessary, into the next world. Kick Lannigan in One Kick is just such a person. Only two others can compare: Lisbeth Salandar in Steig Larson’s Dragon Tattoo series, and Vanessa Michael Munroe in The Informationist by Taylor Stevens.   Their life experiences make them who they are.

And who they are is tough.  They don’t give up. No matter what.

From the moment the story begins Chelsea Cain draws you into Kick’s world. There’s a sense of being on the edge, a sinking feeling in your stomach. You aren’t sure you want to read this, but you just can’t stop. After a horrific childhood in captivity Kick Lannigan trains to become an expert marksman and knife fighter, as well as a master in martial arts combat.  Kick and her reclusive brother dedicate their lives to searching for those in need, when a tough sexy man, Bishop, hires her for a project of his own.

As Kick Lannigan forces her way through a web of darkness and lies, One Kick kept me gripped on a rollercoaster of excitement, fear, and admiration after which left me wanting another ride. And for that Dear Reader, I give this book four daisies.

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Reviewer: Leigh

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One Kick
Chelsea Cain
Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 1476749876
2014

 

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The Life We Bury

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The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens ranks high on my list of best thrillers of all time and is Eskins’ first mystery. If The Life We Bury is any indicator, we have a lot of great reading ahead. This book has everything you could possibly want: characters who draw you into their lives; intriguing setting, interesting premise, great dialogue, and bone-chilling action. The story revolves around college student Joe who lives alone, works as a bouncer, and likes a girl named Lila, living down the hall from his apartment. His mother is an alcoholic who cannot deal with the fact that she has an 18 year old autistic son, Jeremy, and often neglects him to the point that Joe sometimes must step in to protect his brother.

Joe’s been assigned to write a biography of an elderly person for an English class and selects Carl, an aged ex-prisoner dying of cancer in a nursing home. When Joe discovers that Carl may have been falsely accused and imprisoned thirty years previously, he sets out to prove the man’s innocence before Carl dies. Joe is smart, quick-thinking, and so kind to his brother Jeremy and Miss Lila-down-the-hall that you want to see him succeed in his mission. When Jeremy is beaten, Lila captured, and he himself is nearly killed, all Joe’s talents move into full throttle as he tries to save them and himself, while still trying to prove Carl’s innocence.

I give this book 5 Daisies for a totally un-put-down-able mystery that kept me reading until the last breathtaking moment.

Reviewed by: Leigh leigh 2

Rating:5 daisies

The Life We Bury: A Novel
Allen Eskens
Audio version read by Zach Villa
2014
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ISBN: 978-1-4945-1388-7

About the Author: Allen Eskens, grew up in the wooded hills of Missouri and, after high school, migrated north to pursue his education. A criminal defense attorney for twenty years, Eskens honed his creative writing skills in the MFA program at Minnesota State University. He is a member of Twin Cities Sisters in Crime, and lives in Minnesota.
About the Reader: Zach Villa, a bicoastal stage, film, and television performer and classically trained in acting at Interlochen Arts Academy and the Julliard School, Zach’s audiobook work includes multiple fantasy series. When not voicing a goblin or a knight, Zach writes and records music.
Audio book: tantor. com.