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The Avenger (Bigler County Romantic Thrillers Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jo Robertson
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Book Description

The May 2013 cover for "The Avenger" is the only change in the book; the text and interior are identical to the September 2011 edition. The current cover more accurately reflects the themes and motifs of the book.

"Page-turner!" (Brenda Novak, USA Today Best-selling Author)

"Jo Robertson has done it again with her second romantic thriller" (Award-winning Author Loucinda McGary)

A clandestine government organization called Invictus "recruits" outstanding athletes for secret projects. But their top agent Jackson Holt has special, almost preternatural, qualities not even the Organization can explain.

Olivia Gant, professor of Ancient Studies at a private college in California, was once Jack's childhood sweetheart. But when he deserted her, he left her alone to combat her stepfather's drunken attentions and her mother's careless neglect.

Nearly twenty years later, their paths cross in a mission to fight a bizarre religious serial killer whose methods include crucifixion and burial alive. Olivia and Jack battle for happiness against years of secrecy and distance as they use Olivia's expertise in Latin and Jack's special gifts to track a brutal killer.

Can Olivia forgive Jack for his long-ago betrayal? Can Jack allow Olivia to witness the terrible Change that makes him such an effective killing machine?

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About the Author

Jo Robertson, a former English teacher, makes her home in northern California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 939 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: McKay Lewis Publishers (September 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KSLB3M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,594 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! October 16, 2011
By MsBaba4
Format:Kindle Edition
"Deus est ad portas."

"Everybody deserves a second chance, but not for the same mistakes."
- Author unknown -

4 1/2 stars.

A clandestine government organization called Invictus 'recruits' physically outstanding criminal juveniles and athletes for secret projects. Jackson Holt is one of their agents. He has very special, preternatural abilities. The heroine, Olivia Gant, is a professor of Ancient Studies at Our Lady of Fatima University, in Sacramento, California. Olivia was Jack's childhood sweetheart. Unfortunately, he abandoned her and she's still having a grudge against him. Almost 20 years later, they meet again to catch a sick religious serial killer. Jack needs her specialized help with the notes - Olivia is a Latin expert.

The book starts out in Southeast Africa where Jack is on a mission. We get a little sample of his 'qualities'...Jack is a hunter in search of human prey.

They call the villain DLK for Dead Language Killer because Latin is a dead language. The killer is taunting the authorities. He left Latin notes (his signature) after killing the victims, and he seems to be impatient with the behavioral unit's slow investigation. The murderer has a focus on Latin and an affinity for this time period.

To be able to catch the bad guys, Jack has to take different pills to enhance his physical capabilities. This can be dangerous at times.

[...]Jack's visions were careening out of control. Usually his visions channelled through the eyes of the man he hunted, but sometimes the victim or a third person provided the conduit. Whose head had he been inside in this latest vision? The killer? His victim? Or someone watching the killer?
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag! May 20, 2012
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This book is not for the timid. It contains graphic sex and violence, which I found disgusting. It seemed interesting at first but quickly fell into chaos and stilted language. The writing itself was somewhat odd. The author refered to the "ultimate" action as "penultimate", for instance. There were a couple of other really strange statements that were noticeable. The characters ranged from cardboard to halfway developed. I felt like the author knew her characters and knew what was going to happen but was unable to express her ideas adequately. She has a vivid imagination, though. The reader is left with many unresolved questions and hanging threads. I don't like that kind of writing. Overall, I did not care for the book but was able to finish it. I, therefore, give it two stars and not the one star I would like to award. This author needs better editing.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Different and Quite Compelling December 11, 2011
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'The Avenger' is not like other thrillers I've read. It is fast-paced like other thrillers, with compelling characters, but the hero is very different. Possessed of drug-enhanced powers allowing him to track murderers and get inside their minds, Jack is a dark horse of a hero. His backstory with the heroine, Olivia, is complex, as well, and we learn early on that Olivia is part of the reason Jack became an agent. Olivia and Jack are meant for each other, but so much separates them that it's hard to see how they can ever make their relationship work. Oh, yeah, and there's a really demented serial killer on the loose, too.

One of the things I love about Jo Robertson's books is that there is always much more than one story going on. There's the serial killer on the loose, the hot, tortured relationship between Jack and Olivia, Jack's relationship with the Organization and his boss, The Judge, ADA Torres and her obsession with bringing down Diego Vargas...well, there are more, but you get the idea. Each arm of the story is intriguing and dovetails with Robertson's earlier book, 'The Watcher'. Sheriff Slater is in this book, as well, which was an unexpected bonus.

I enjoyed 'The Watcher' so much, I was afraid 'The Avenger' might not be as good. I was happy to be completely wrong about that. If anything, 'The Avenger' is even better and more complex. If you love compelling, fast-paced thrillers, you must start reading Jo Robertson. There is a teaser at the end of 'The Avenger' for the next Bigler County book. I hope we don't have to wait too long!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you liked The Watcher"....don't bother March 28, 2013
By Renee B
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I'm amazed at the great reviews this book received. First off, it was NOTHING like the first book in the series, "The Watcher". This book took a total turn to the paranormal with super-spy physical traits and drugs to enhance those traits, and just plain weirdness. Which is a shame because the plot didn't need any of that to function as a romantic suspense. And that....the romance. Angst and drama from the past which was quite frankly never really resolved or even explained very well. Even the ending was weird. I didn't like the characters and I hated the plot. There was also way too much coincidence going on in this book to make it even slightly believable. And FYI: if you like your series books to contain characters from the other books, you'll also be disappointed. The only repeat character in this one is Slater, and his main squeeze Kate is NO WHERE to be found. She only gets mentioned once.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
the first book was way better
Published 18 days ago by Rafael Mesa
4.0 out of 5 stars Tantalizing story!
I'm ready for the continuing saga of this book. Surely there will be another Avenger to keep me going! Read more
Published 28 days ago by Sherry Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The villain wasn't clever enough to have held an acceptable place in the story. And the "lady love" didn't show much common sense. The hero had some unbelievable abilities. Read more
Published 2 months ago by nero
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kept my interest.
Published 2 months ago by Elisabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars this was a great book am reading her next one am thoroughly enjoying...
this was a great book am reading her next one am thoroughly enjoying it too would like some more of hers thank you
Published 4 months ago by Phyllis Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Graphic violence and insight to insanity?
Carefully woven plot and intertwined characters with enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and involved. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic at times
I would have given this 1.5 stars. The Avenger character is sort of "understandable", but the other two main characters - what are they for, really? Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Y-Ks
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 5 months ago by Deepa Roychowdhury
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but I didn't care for the ending
The book surprised me in places, which is great. But there's a big discovery towards the end that is not even mentioned again when it wraps up at the very end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JenC
4.0 out of 5 stars Fell short, but better than the first.
I gave this book one more star than the 1st book. Although I enjoyed the first book, it left me with too many unanswered questions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tara C.
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Jo Robertson, a former high school English teacher, lives in northern California, near the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills. She enjoys reading, scrap booking, and discussing the latest in books, movies, and television shows. Any "spare" time she has is spent enjoying her seven children and grandchildren.

When her Advanced Placement English students challenged her to quit talking about writing and "just do it," she wrote her first completed manuscript, "The Watcher," which won Romance Writers of American's Golden Heart Award for romantic suspense in 2006. The second book in the loosely-connected trilogy is "The Avenger," which won the 2007 Daphne du Maurier Overall Award for Excellence. "The Traitor" is the third book in the series.

Jo's books are romantic thrillers, which means they straddle the line between mainstream thriller-suspense and romance. She feels that a strong relationship in a book makes the danger more intense. Readers have commented that they especially enjoy her complex, three-dimensional villains.

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