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Beyond the Reach of Judgement: a paranormal romantic tragedy Paperback – June 2, 2014
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From recent readers of Beyond the Reach of Judgement:
"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
About the Author
Jo Bissell started writing in middle school with fantasy stories inspired by books such as The Hobbit, and in fact once turned in a journal project written entirely in Dwarfish Ruins. Now, after many years of study, she spends most of her time working as a full time physician caring for hospitalized adults. When she is not writing or doctoring, she enjoys reading, movies, traveling, archery, thrift store shopping, and snowboarding. She currently resides in the Iowa City, IA area with her husband and two cats. Beyond the Reach of Judgement is Jo Bissell’s first original novel which evolved out of a 2012 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) project. She has previously written works of short fiction, fan-fiction, and poetry. Future planned novels include a sequel to Beyond the Reach of Judgement, other works of urban fantasy and paranormal romances, and a science fiction novel. She continues to participate in NaNoWriMo.
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Written with depth and maturity, I was instantly SUCKED into the story of a European priest, turned vampire some 400 years earlier when Iroquois warriors of New France, now Ontario, Canada, captured, tortured, and staked him to the ground as a sacrifice to the Devil in the woods. This devil was the priest's vampire maker and her name was Tawiskala. Together, he and Tawiskala savagely hunted the Iroquois. Tawiskala had no mercy and enjoyed killing but the priest also killed for vengeance. Eventually, the vampires part ways and the priest, Julien Durant, wanders the earth for centuries, living with remorse and guilt, despising the monster he knows himself to be. Then came Ruth, the beautiful prostitute Julien intends to feed on. Nothing will ever be the same again. The hunter will become the hunted and the consequences will be forever.
I screamed in agony when I read the last chapter. I did!! I wanted the story to continue. I wasn't ready for it to end. However, Bissell has assured me that she is currently working on the sequel. Well, do hurry!! Like a vampire craves blood, I crave more of Beyond the Reach of Judgement. Who knew that I would be TURNED into a vampire lover! I LOVED this delicious read right down to it's very last drop of blood!!
> Beyond the Reach of Judgement is a standalone book with a tragic ending.
>The book opens as the vampire, Julian, sits in jail. He is being held by an agent who knows what he is. Julian is thinking about his love, Ruth. The book then flashes back to the first meeting between Julian & Ruth. Ruth had escaped an abusive relationship, but circumstances forced her to turn to prostitution to make ends meet. Her first client? Julian. Julian's intent was to drain her in order to feed, as he usually does every few weeks. No spoilers, but he decides to let Ruth live. They are drawn to each other, Ruth inexplicably accepting that Julian is a vampire. No disbelief at all. Paranormal is the fantasy among reality. The story must be able to be loosely, believable. The characters must act as realistically as possible in the fantasy situation. This is not the case with Ruth.
>A Special Agent, friends with the estranged husband of Ruth, begins to stalk the couple. Ruth and Julian go on the run/vacation, in order to hide, while having fun spending tons of money. There is a superfluous character of Julian's maker, which show up for no reason really. If she played a larger part of the story, I could understand her introduction. The ending takes the reader back to the jail cell, with Julian and a hell of a tragic secret.
>Julian was a priest in his past life. The use of religion and religious prayer, especially in Latin, was a bit much. Beth was a Wiccan, barely mentioned, but there was a still an instance of her religion ceremony in which not much happens and isn't used to advance the story. I enjoyed being introduced to the day walker vampires. Once again, other than tipping off the special agent, the story could've used any type of character to fill that role. The day walker phenomenon was introduced and forgotten. This book had a great idea that just didn't deliver. The purpose of the book seemed to be as a support for the book's very last sentence.
> This book is for an audience of 18 or older, due to implied sex in the novel.
Most recent customer reviews
Julien is actually a pretty scary guy. Not the modern glam vampire like Edward from Twilight.Read more
Great New Adult Paranormal Romance!Read more
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