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Force of Habit [Kindle Edition]

James Scott Bell
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A vigilante nun cleans up the streets of Los Angeles. Sinners beware.

Just who is Sister Justicia Marie? And what is she doing to some of the toughest thugs in L.A.?

When a nun is viciously attacked, Sister Justicia takes it upon herself to find out what happened. The cops don't like that. Neither does her Mother Superior at St. Cecelia's. But when a couple of hoods try to stick up a liquor store and Sister J brings them down, something is unleashed inside her...something that will either confirm her calling . . . or destroy it.

From "one of the best writers out there, bar none" (Library Review) comes the start of a new series featuring a heroine unlike any other in crime fiction--Sister Justicia Marie, rogue nun.

If criminals are the knuckles, she is the ruler.

So be good.

An original novelette from national bestselling suspense author James Scott Bell.


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About the Author

JAMES SCOTT BELL is the #1 bestselling author Plot & Structure and thrillers like Deceived, Try Dying, Watch Your Back and One More Lie. Under the pen name K. Bennett, he is also the author of the Mallory Caine zombie legal thriller series, which begins with Pay Me in Flesh. Jim  served as fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine, to which he frequently contributes, and has written four craft books for Writer's Digest Books. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He graduated with honors from the University of Southern California law school, and has written over 300 articles and numerous books for the legal profession. A former trial lawyer, Jim now writes and speaks full time. He lives in Los Angeles. His website is JamesScottBell.com. You can follow him at Twitter.com/jamesscottbell.

Product Details

  • File Size: 155 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Compendium Press (December 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y2V99S
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh riot April 29, 2012
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I knew I was in for a gut-busting laugh riot when I read the opening sentence:

"Sister Justicia Marie thought it was going to be a beautiful day in LA, full of mercy and grace, until she had to break a man's finger at lunch."

It only gets better from there.

Sister J is an ex-actress with martial arts training for movies she wasn't in, and a tendency to be a smartmouth. This helps her out when dealing with criminals, but not so much when dealing with her priest.

Someone has been beating up nuns, and Sister J takes it on herself to figure out who, and why. Along the way, she ponders some philosophical questions: does God condone violence, if said violence deters evil people from hurting innocents?

This is only a novella with a possibility of being a series. So there's some plot threads that don't get resolved, although the story's main plot is all tied up with a bow. It left me panting for more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE! May 2, 2012
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I downloaded Force of Habit as soon as I got the email announcing it. I started reading almost immediately. I read and laughed and laughed and read--and couldn't put it down! Please, please, MORE OF Sister J! And SOON!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Fun! May 2, 2012
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What fun Force of Habit is to read.

A nun, who used-to-be a Hollywood starlet and party animal, who just happens to know martial arts, becomes a vigilante against dangerous men in LA. Who wouldn't love reading about that? In James Scott Bell's expert hands, this story comes to life. It is well-crafted with quick and succinct dialogue and fun characters.

I'm hoping to see more of Sister Justicia in the future.

Victoria Allman
author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nun Like No Other April 29, 2012
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Sister Justicia isn't your average nun...unless your average nun is a martial arts-trained former celebrity who's gone through rehab and come out on the other side with a distinct call to take up the habit. Unfortunately, she also has some habits--habits that get her in hot water with her superiors but that help her solve a crime wave with nuns the victims.
James Scott Bell has crafted a protagonist who ranks right up there with Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum.

I can hardly wait to read more adventures of Sister J.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, quick read January 24, 2014
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This style is very different from Bell's usual courtroom stories, so it was a fun change. The unconventional main character has unexpected capabilities which render her a worthy opponent for the person targeting nuns. I chuckled reading various scenes and recommend this is a fun, quick read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read. June 18, 2014
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Sort of an unrealistic story. He is so talented. Can do much better. Would like to know more about the Nun's previous life.
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I have read many books by James Scott Bell and I especially enjoyed the Shannon series. Wish he had keep on writing in that genre. In the Force of Habit the nun is not only a former movie star but something of a marshal arts expert. Not only that, she has trouble with the hierarchy especially her mother superior. I could not help but wonder what he plans to do in the future with this, set all the wrongs right, "fighting nun".

There were some really funny and exciting moments in the Force of Habit. I just wonder if James hasn't painted himself into a corner with this one.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pandering, 101 May 3, 2012
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If you like your Catholic spirituality at the junior-high self-righteous butterflies-and-rainbows level, you'll LOVE Sister Justicia.

But if you're actually a Catholic who is intrigued by the potential in the dilemma of a realistic, faithful nun who has a good heart and a genuine conflict between doing what seems to be right and what actually IS right...go somewhere else. You won't get it here.

I had high hopes for this book. Catholics, probably more than any other faith tradition, have a long history of being able to laugh at ourselves. We have a long history of "personalities" and quirky, interesting people who find quirky, and sometimes offbeat, ways of serving God that end up doing amazing good. When I read the description of the book, I thought if anybody could carry off that delicate balance, Bell ought to be able to do it.

I was wrong.

Cataloguing what's wrong with this book would take almost as long as the novella is itself. There are weird timeline things going on here; on one hand, Sister J seems to have been a nun for a long time--but on the other hand, she's young enough and (apparently) new enough that people still recognize her in her old "persona." Several other things happen in periods of time that seem unreal, perhaps because of the constraints of the novella length. But by far, the worst gaffes--over and over--are those misrepresenting Catholicism in general and the consecrated life in particular.

Sister J indulges in violence needlessly, selfishly, and seemingly without much conscience involved-and then justifies it in her so-called "confession." She has no concept of obedience or submission to the nun who's supposedly her superior, even though she would have taken a vow of such at her profession.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
First time reading a James Scott Bell book .
Found myself smiling and especially
liked Sister J.
looking forward to his next book.
Published 15 days ago by Dee's lists
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Funny story.
Published 2 months ago by Nancy Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was not a disappointment. I love this nun
I'll read anything that James Scott Bell writes, fiction or nonfiction. This book was not a disappointment. I love this nun. She boils over with attitude and is all heart. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joyce Erfert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Short read - but good! I want to get the next 2 books in this series.
Published 6 months ago by DIANE ROBERTSON
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, hope there are many more
Witty, funny, hope there are many more!!
Published 6 months ago by Kenneth Geyer
5.0 out of 5 stars This Should be Longer
I love this kick--butt character who struggles with her joy of kicking bad guy butt and wonders sometimes if she should enjoy it so much. Very lovable character. Too short. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amateur
5.0 out of 5 stars force of Habit
Delightfully entertaining book! It is a great story ! I will read its sequel! Can't wait
You will enjoy this book!!
Published 7 months ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars a clever Nun with moves
Bell's first line had me laughing, so I knew I'd love this short novel about a nun that went from bad girl to the convent. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pamela Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Force of Habit by James Scott Bell
Delightful! I enjoyed the character of this nun! It's so good to know that God can change our lives around & use our uniqueness to His glory. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nancy Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars A nun we care about vs. Kardashian Housewives of Tulsa Are Pregnant
*Force of Habit* takes on big ideas with clever twists and a nun we care about.

Sister Justicia Marie had a career before she made crime-fighting into her habit. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A.M. Spicer
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JAMES SCOTT BELL is a bestselling and award winning suspense writer, and one of the top writing coaches in the country. He writes in both the traditional and indie publishing realms. Writing as K. Bennett, he is the author of the Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law series, which begins with PAY ME IN FLESH. In 2012 he became the first writer to have a self published work nominated for the prestigious International Thriller Writers Award (for the novella ONE MORE LIE). He was the fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine and has written four popular books for the Writers Digest line: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers and Conflict & Suspense. Jim taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and continues to teach at numerous writers conferences in the United States, Canada, London, Australia, and New Zealand. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He lives and writes in L.A. He blogs weekly at Kill Zone -- www.killzoneauthors.blogspot.com

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