Beyond the Reach of Judgement: a paranormal romantic tragedy Kindle Edition
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"This book is a breath of fresh air to the vampire genre and the author gives promise for more interesting work to come!" - klschuby
"Jo Bissell is a master at weaving adventure, mystery, romance and the paranormal into a realistic story... I was so engrossed in BTROJ from the beginning." - Tina E. Williams
"Beyond the Reach of Judgement is a vampire story like none I have read before." - MJ
From the Author
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 300 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00JNUJ810
- Publication Date : April 12, 2014
- File Size : 1165 KB
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,012,525 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Beyond the Reach of Judgement is a story of survival and second chances at love in the world of vampires and mortals. A human named Ruth is the victim of an abusive marriage and looks to escape this part of her life by becoming a prostitute. Her first client is a vampire named Julien. Due to the unanticipated tragic circumstances of this first encounter, Ruth and Julien run away together and eventually fall in love. During this time, they are being tracked by a government agent who knows Ruth's husband and also dealing with the circumstances of Ruth's sudden disappearance. The agent eventually catches up with Julien and Ruth towards the end of the story.
As far as the characters go, I have mixed feelings. In his pre-vampire life, Julien was a priest, and the author made it very clear that this part of his past still played a significant role in his immortal life. Religious phrases in Latin appear throughout the story, but I felt it was a little bit much at times and the author could have cut back on the number of them. I was surprised how easily Ruth was able to accept Julien as a vampire. Ruth also came across as a very weak, codependent character.
There were a few parts of the story that I felt could have used a little more development. Julien's maker makes an appearance, but it was unclear what the purpose of her appearance was in terms of the big picture. Also, the concept of vampires able to walk in sunlight was introduced with little development. Personally, I think this last concept could play a significant role in a future novel, if the author chose to go that route.
Running from an abusive husband Ruth finds herself having to do the unthinkable and use her body to make money. On her very first night on the streets she meets Julien, nervous but desperate she goes with him to a hotel. Julien has been a vampire for many years but has never really been comfortable with the killing side of his nature. As he is draining the life out of Ruth he hears the fluttering of a heartbeat, realising she is pregnant guilt overtakes him and he tries hard to save both Ruth and the baby.
Beyond the Reach of Judgement is a vampire story like none I have read before. Julien began his life as a Jesuit priest so becoming a killer went against everything he believed in. Meeting Ruth, having someone depend on him and trust in him was like a gift to Julien, and it was sweet to watch him as he began to find peace with himself.
Although I started out liking Ruth, she became overly confident to the point of arrogant and the switch in her personality as the story moved along frustrated me. At first she seemed sweet and innocent but it didn’t take long for my feelings to change toward her until I got to the point where I really didn’t care much for her at all.
The end was shocking, I didn’t see it coming and thought it added an interesting twist to an already fresh plot. It was sad and made me feel quite angry towards agent Wolfe, another character we met along the way. Her deception was cruel and made me question who the real monster was in this book.
The pacing was steady and overall this was a good read.
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