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Weekend Warriors Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2004

Book 1 of 20 in the Sisterhood Series

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Readers beware: this book is not for the faint of heart or for fans of Michaels's more traditional romances (Kentucky Rich, etc.). There is no happily ever after here; indeed, the primary emotion fueling this story is not love, but anger. Anger leads wealthy Myra Rutledge, who lost her daughter to a hit-and-run driver with diplomatic immunity, to found the Sisterhood, a secret vigilante group of women who have been unable to seek justice through lawful means. Assisting Myra in this effort are former MI6 agent Charles Martin and defense attorney Nikki Quinn, who was Myra's daughter's best friend. High on estrogen and hate, the women pinpoint their first target—the Weekend Warriors, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who brutally raped Kathryn Lucas, one of Nikki's former clients. The women decide on a Lorena Bobbitt–style punishment and carry it out with very few misgivings—so few that readers will have trouble seeing them as sympathetic. With its paper-thin premise and lack of a rational or moral grounding, this overwrought story isn't likely to satisfy or inspire.
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As Nikki and her best friend, Barbara, are walking, a car comes out of nowhere and kills Barbara and her unborn child. Unfortunately, the driver, a Chinese diplomat, isn't subject to prosecution. Barbara's mother, the fabulously wealthy Myra Rutledge, who also raised Nikki, goes into a two-year depression, only snapping out of it when she sees television coverage of the mother of another murdered child taking the law into her own hands. Barbara and Myra recruit five female vigilantes, all victims of a legal system that, in their experiences, favored the criminal. The group's mission: to right the wrongs perpetrated against them and other women. The first woman to be vindicated is the one who was raped by three white-collar bikers while her disabled husband was forced to watch. Mission Impossible meets Lorena Bobbitt in prolific Michaels' latest, the first of the Sisterhood series. Readers who grow weary of seeing the bad guys get away with their crimes will enjoy seeing what happens when well-funded, very angry women take the law into their own hands. Shelley Mosley
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.; Reprint edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821775898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821775899
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fern Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Once, Sweet Revenge, The Nosy Neighbor, Pretty Woman, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

Customer Reviews

Keeps you glued to each page and all are fast paced!
C. Nash
The type of book you can finish quickly and this one makes the reader feel good.
fitness
I love this series and find each book hard to put down once I start reading.
LuAnn Pendry

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Kale on October 17, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unlike some of the others, I do find the anger real. Is it hard to sympathize? Yes, these women are doing vigilante justice, they are not sweet and shy, they are pissed and out for business. BUT it seems to me that there are stories like this where the vigilante is a man, and people can sympathize.

This is a quick read, I didn't buy it expecting perfection, I bought it to keep me interested. I am surprised at the anger express by some of the other reviewers. `I am never going to buy another Zebra book'? Since I am not a Zane Grey fan should I give up on Dorchester?

There are parts of the story where you know it just couldn't happen the way described but most novels have parts that just couldn't happen. The dialogue was weaker than I expected and the characters less developed, but I expect that is so the series has room to grow.

Don't buy this book if you are excepting sweet and nice. This is not a "nice" story but it keeps you cheering most of the time.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2005
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When the seven women in Fern Michaels's "Weekend Warriors" get their dander up, dander is not just a bit of ire - they're dealing out dynamite. In addition to friendship, what binds these women together is a mutual feeling that the legal system has done them wrong. Prior to forming a sisterhood, each felt helpless, victimized. Now, they're empowered and going to set things right.

Founder of the group is rich Myra Rutledge whose daughter was run down by a man with diplomatic immunity. He could not be prosecuted and Myra is left to grieve. After some time she realizes that perhaps there is something she can do and turns to her late daughter's best friend, lawyer Nikki Quinn, who witnessed the fatal accident. Together they find the remaining members of their avenging party.

First person to be vindicated is a woman who was raped by a group of motor bikers, the Weekend Warriors. When I say these women seek revenge in spades - think Lorena Bobbitt.

Laural Merlington gives an aces reading to this tale of women who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.

- Gail Cooke
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Stormy Reading on August 26, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book kept me up late for two nights. I did not want to put it down. I enjoyed the story, I sympathized as well as empathized with the characters and I wanted in on the action! Ms. Michaels really out did herself with this one and I was left wondering if she was writing from personal experience. I can't wait to get to the rest of the series!
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80 of 96 people found the following review helpful By romance reader 22 on August 18, 2005
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This is definetly one of the worst books I have ever read, if not the worst. As other readers have pointed out, it borderlines on feeling a bit creepy. On the one hand, I can understand the desire to take revenge into one's own hands - rape in particular is an issue that our legal system often isn't able to handle adequately. And while I certainly felt no sympathy for the rapists themselves, something about the whole book left me feeling rather disturbed.

Subject matter aside, the writing style is truly the worst I've ever encountered. The diologue was painful to read...almost unbelievable in its simplicity. Also, the inconsistencies were obvious - I cannot understand how the editor missed such big errors as character name confusion and time frame inconsistencies. Not that they were detrimental to the story, but it only added to the overall immature feeling of the book. Also, the characters were the flattest I've ever read.

I would give this book zero stars if I could. I'm only wasting my time writing this in order to encourage others not to waste their money, or time reading this (although it is almost laughably short with huge print).
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful By V. Ardito on January 2, 2008
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I've been a Fern Michaels fan for almost 30 years now, but this book was a real disappointment. Fern Michaels takes what should be an emotionally-charged topic--women seeking justice when the system fails them--and reduces it to a voyeuristic aura. Aside from the inherent problems with castrating males in a tractor-trailer, the first operation reads as a clinical how-to, sounding plucked verbatim from WebMD or some other online surgical site. We don't get any feel for how Catherine reacts to gaining her revenge. Narration is flat, but that could be because the prose itself is blase and distanced from the action. The dialogue is superficial and juvenile. Errors in research abound--from truck drivers "keeping" empty trailers on their rigs to solar energy running thousands of megawatts of computers in an underground bunker. Aside from some errors already mentioned how about a woman who's never driven a manual transmission spending five minutes toodling in an empty parking lot and is suddenly an expert?
Too bad. This could've been something stellar.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By mick olson on October 7, 2005
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On the faint hope that the nasty seven would get caught I actually finished this mess. Dang! A Harlan Coben twist would have been wonderful.

The writing is childish and the dialog flat. The worst thing is the profound ignorance of the way the world and the language work. Other reviewers have mentioned some, here are more: Renting a car with a three speed manual transmission, A search where the officer agrees not to touch anything, (do DAs ever do the actual search???) Truckers interfering with an arrest, Deadheading with a load, Humming the words to a song.

Then there are the stupid things these purportedly really smart people do: Holding a secret meeting in a secret room like kids under a table but leaving the cars in the yard for all to see, Throwing the bug back in the ADA's face.

Jury tampering and a not-guilty verdict would have been much more interesting and satisfying than exile for the shooting mother.

The concept of this book is very interesting and has lots of potential. The execution? Yuk!

On a more positive note, the reader did pronounce the word "forte" properly. It's just one syllable.
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