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Bounty (Volume 1) Paperback – June 1, 2015
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"This book embraces what indie books are all about. J.D. Cunegan gives readers something they'd never run into in the mainstream publishing world. This is why I love indie books so much." -- A Drop of Ink Reviews
About the Author
J.D. Cunegan introduces his debut novel, BOUNTY, a mixture of murder mystery and superhero epic that introduces the reader to his comic book-inspired storytelling and fast-paced prose. A 2006 graduate of Old Dominion University, Cunegan has an extensive background in journalism and a lifelong love for writing. Cunegan lives in Hampton, Virginia, enjoys reading, and is an avid racing fan.
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He gives us a heroine of the truest sort, one with every reason to be bitter and sulky, but who chooses instead to rise and take a stand and be the one to make her world better.
He provides that heroine with just the support she would need: a loyal work partner, a hard but just captain, a sympathetic friend... And a family she believes is worth the difficult task of reconciliation.
He gives that heroine an aspect that is often her greatest strength (literally) but could also become her deepest flaw: she is a cyborg, with an optical implant for an eye, and a reinforced skeleton. It's a classic recipe for the best sort of "superhero vigilante" story—but a flaw because of the need to stay hidden, which does not lend itself to letting anyone get too close, and a need that her enemies would willingly exploit if they knew.
He crafts a dire mystery with red herrings, misdirects, betrayal, and twists aplenty. And he resolves it all just enough... But not too much.
I really enjoyed Cunegan's writing style; each character had his and her own distinctive personality, and those personalities stayed true throughout the book, in each circumstance. Scenes were set up with plenty of atmosphere, and the imagery evoked just the right kind of emotion.
I fell in love with the characters, intrigued by the mystery, entertained all the way through, and by the end, I wanted more. I am definitely going to want the rest of the series! BOUNTY and the rest of the Jill Andersen mysteries promise to be perfect for avid fans of the "superhero vigilante" trope, the mystery/crime genre, and are looking for a new, fresh voice to rejuvenate the fandom!
The characters are wonderfully fleshed out, particularly Jill, and you'll definitely find yourself rooting for her, and feeling sympathy for her throughout the story. Her relationships with the other characters are wonderful to read, especially the partner dynamic between her and Ramon; you don't see many close female/male friendships that don't have romantic undertones these days, and to see Jill and Ramon have such a deep, close relationship that's pure friendship is really refreshing to see.
The story itself is intricate and captivating, with many different characters, all with different motivations, and is definitely an exciting read from beginning to end. Cunegan also has a knack for description, enabling the reader to really visualize the setting, and to feel what the characters are feeling, both physically and emotionally.
I thoroughly enjoyed Bounty, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Bounty is a thriller mystery about Jill Andersen, one of Baltimore's finest just trying to do her job, with a little cybernetic help. It was written by J.D. Cunegan and is available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and in paperback. It is part of my “support Indie Authors” pledge for this year.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the female lead and how I could relate to the struggles and choices she faced. I loved the relationship she shared with her partner, not a romantic one but close and loving none-the-less. As much I love romance it has a time and a place and that is definitely not within the confines of a partnership.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who needs an interesting beach or weekend read that they can feel free to pick up and put down without being lost when they return to it. Fulfilling and enjoyable all the way.
Bounty is the first of a series so if you love this one then there are more to enjoy. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on book two and sharing more of Jill's adventures.
While reading, I discovered an amazing thing happening beneath the surface. I could feel the grit of the setting, the darkness or the light, even without any obvious scene descriptions. It's an amazing piece of writing to be able to convey the setting without saying it outright. I'm impressed!
This is a super-hero, sci-fi, crime thriller that kept my attention and kept me wanting more. With a strong female lead, who isn't like any other, Jill takes charge while allowing her friends to help her when she needs them. Thank goodness she isn't one of those unrealistic heroines who are too perfect.
A wonderful read! I'm so glad I picked up this one.
My biggest put off about this book is, honestly, the cover. It kind of goes back to that whole “I’m not too fond of sci-fi for these reasons” thing. I am slowly starting to get over it, but I still have that problem where, when I see a cover with something like robots or cyborgs I tend to just skip over it. I am glad I picked this one up though. While it didn’t pull me in like most fantasy novels, it was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone who likes mystery/thrillers and wants a great female lead.