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Kick [Kindle Edition]

John L. Monk
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dan Jenkins returns from death for a chance to live again. The bodies of killers are his rides.

Before he's kicked out, Dan needs to stop his hosts from hurting anyone else. It's one of the rules if he wants more rides. More rides means more movies and fishing trips, and more of those little apple pies they sell at gas stations and convenience stores, because they're just that good.

For a dead guy, it's a pretty good gig...until someone changes the rules.

Editorial Reviews


"Better than Dexter; thought provoking, funny, brilliant..."
(Carol Kean, Book Critic, Vine Voice Reviewer)

"This was one of the more entertaining and unique books I've read this year...The concept is different and carried out well, and the writing is excellent."
(Thomas Duff, Amazon Top 1000, Hall of Fame, Vine Voice Reviewer)

"The plot of the story is certainly unique. I like the blending of the sci-fi/mystery/thriller genres. The character of Dan is multi-dimensional and very interesting."
(Vine Reviewer, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award manuscript)

From the Author

I've always been fascinated by vigilantes in fiction. In Kick, I coupled that fascination with my natural fear of death.

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  • File Size: 1570 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
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  • Language: English
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique premise and very good writing... October 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was one of the more entertaining and unique books I've read this year... Kick by John L. Monk. The concept is different and carried out well, and the writing is excellent.

The main character, Dan Jenkins, is "living" out some type of punishment for his suicide. Since he's died, he finds himself in a "nothingness" existence, but he doesn't stay there constantly. At random periods of time, he's transported into the living body of someone who has been suppressed while Jenkins is in there. The person is normally someone who isn't a very nice individual (think murderer or other criminal element). Jenkins has no knowledge of the person, no idea where he's at, and no idea of what situation he's in the middle of. He only has a limited time before the real person comes back, which is signalled by the "kick" of the person trying to re-emerge (hence the title of the book). He tries to set the criminals up to pay for their crimes when they come back, which is normally very easy. But when he comes back in a guy who seems to be normal and who has it all, he's conflicted over just how far he should go before he's kicked out.

The idea of occupying bodies of living criminals to mete out justice gives Monk a lot of room to work with, and he uses it well. Jenkins "speaks" in a very self-depreciating manner and comes across very likeable for someone who is nearly always a "bad" person when he's alive. I enjoyed watching how each occupation played out, and the various clues that Jenkins had to use to figure out enough context to not get himself killed before he was kicked out.

Kick is well worth reading, both for entertainment and for "something different". I really hope this is the first of many books from Monk...

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Similar to Levithan's Every Day, but aimed at adults September 25, 2013
By Kaivorb
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To be fair, my official review number would be a 4.5 out of 5, but that isn't doable on Amazon. I reserve a rating of 5/5 for a perfect book, and although this book was very fun to read, I don't believe it was perfect (I have only ever given one 5/5 review and that was for Cline's Ready Player One).

As a junior high teacher, I read Levithan's novel Every Day over the summer, and I enjoyed the premise (main character wakes up every day in a new person and highjacks their body for a 24 hours period) but I wasn't super connected to the book. The protagonist, A, was a bit too whiny for me (I have similar issues with Harry Potter, Bella Swan ad Percy Jackson). Well, Monk's book is a great take on that same idea. It's "body highjacking", but it goes in a much darker direction. And one that is a lot more fun. I felt the process of why Dan, the protagonist in Kick, jumps from one body to the next was well done (punishment for a suicide) and if not believable then at least feasible and easy to follow.

What I liked about the book was that Monk seemed to really enjoy writing it. There are some story lines that don't further the plot except to give you more detail about Dan's life and personality. That's just fun. It was fun to "ride" with Dan through this bodies and follow his thinking. The "journey" in the book was fun. I would connect it to a Hiassen and Grisham novel in that I don't have to care about the main character, I just enjoy the writing and the journey. That's what John gives us. A few journey. Plus, I kind of liked Dan. He's still a bit whiny (but what would you expect from an emotionally stunted adolescent suicide), but he's likeable.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Writing July 24, 2013
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Kick is one of those rare reads that stays with you for a long time after you put it down. Great characters that surprise you, dark comedy that makes you nervous that you laughed at it, and a story that makes you want more. Monk's story leaves you hoping for the next "Kick".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more! July 28, 2013
By Toto
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Great character development and plot. Enjoyed the different twists and plots and read in one setting. One of those books that leave you thinking about it way after the fact and wishing the author had more books to read. Would love to see a sequel so I could enjoy reading about more "rides". Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Anyone suffering withdrawal, now that America's favorite serial killer is out of commission? Good news: a much better hero is dispatching bad guys, thanks to John L. Monk. The prose is better, the man is better--oh, all right, the man is DEAD, but hey, that doesn't stop him from finding bullies and administering vigilante justice to them, American style. By that, I mean with cunning, wit, plotting, planning, and good old fashioned bullets. Or whatever means of death is at hand.

Sorry, I'm doing no justice to this novel at all. It's so much more than a Dexter adventure. Ethics, theology, how best to combat evil in our world, all these things require thought. And I just spent a good part of my day (and a chunk of last night) reading KICK because, darn it, I couldn't put it down. The dishes still aren't done, and it's bedtime. I'm mad at John L. Monk for distracting me from the long list of other things that demanded my attention today, but no, KICK got all my attention. Thanks, John. Send over a maid, okay?

Tomorrow, I'll hit the "edit" button and say a lot more about this novel and why I love it so much. With 5,000 titles in my Kindle Fire, I've skimmed a lot of page-one or chapter-ones, but rarely, oh, too rarely, does a new book grab me like this one. The voice is authentic,darkly comic, cynical, yet at times poignant, and always thoughtful. Sometimes, reading a book seems like an ideal way to get to know a person you've just met in real life. Not that I've met John L. Monk, but just from reading his novel, I'd like to. And I've often entertained the same thought he attributes to Daniel: "If there were a bar in America with people like the cast from Cheers, I'd go there every chance I could." Shakespeare spent a lot of time at just such a bar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!
Possibly one of the best books I've ever read. I recently decided to start reading more and this was one of the first books I got. Did NOT regret it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Albert Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars I never read anything quite like it. Unique. Fulfilling.
A regular kind of guy--the guy with regrets, who never dated the prom queen--and who comes back from the dead again and again into the bodies of other men, But only until his host... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Very different
ok I liked this book a lot. great story line, good writing but in the case of getting to no a character , I think it should be the 1st thing you do. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
First, it kept my interest. I couldn't wait for the next page. I'm only disappointed there isn't a continuation of the story
Published 1 month ago by Roberta Wilkerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
I highly recommend this book - it's a very original, unique story with an interesting and likeable protagonist. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhhh
holy crizzap...more than fabulous!!! started good but ended so freakingtastic!!!! hooked! I want number two now!!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Honour Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the ride!
This is a very entertaining book that will keep you turning pages and telling yourself "just one more chapter before I put it down". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scott L Billups
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
i loved this book from beginning to end. this book will pull you in. i simply could not put this book down for nothing.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Original Piece of Fiction
It is not often when a reader comes across something original, so when that piece not only comes along, but it is also excellent writing, that book needs to be grabbed and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonathon K
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
this book has a great and NEW storyline. a unique read that will keep you hooked. nice redemption at the end also. definite good choice
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John L. Monk lives in Virginia, USA, with his wife, Dorothy. A writer with a degree in cultural anthropology, he moonlights as a systems administrator by day and Honey-do consultant on the weekends.

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