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Extreme Prejudice (Jinx Ballou Bounty Hunter Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Extreme Prejudice is highly recommended for prior fans and newcomers alike. It's a gripping thriller about a survivor's confrontation with both her training and the elements that make her human. The action-packed scenarios don't quit, right up to the story's unexpected, satisfying resolution.
-Midwest Book Review
About the Author
- ASIN : B07JFLQK6V
- Publisher : Dark Pariah Press (December 7, 2018)
- Publication date : December 7, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2278 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #593,716 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sometimes the foreshadowing seemed a bit heavy-handed but to me it did not interfere with suspension of disbelief. As with her previous novels I enjoyed the way the characters (not to mention the author) knew their way around different firearms without getting too deep into all the technical aspects - i.e. there were both Glocks and 1911’s but no discussion about the differences or why a character preferred one or the other. Same with vehicles: the main character primarily drove a SUV but no big emphasis on Ford versus Chevy versus Jeep versus whatever. To me, this added a touch of realism that made the story seem more real. Seriously, it’s difficult to imagine someone going around returning bail jumpers to custody without using firearms or having a reliable vehicle but the focus was on the characters and the action, not the props they used.
Let me reemphasize that last part: The focus is on the characters. This book is full of characters who don’t “fit in” to society’s standard norms and they’re creating their own way in society, setting their own norms. They’re not slinking in shadows; though the novel does include them supporting LGBTQ+ businesses and events, they’re also eating in cafes, going to stores, doing everyday things everyone does – in short, just being people. The humor interspersed throughout the book added to that, gave a feeling of normalcy to people and events that might not seem “normal” to a lot of folks. I think this should speak toward anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, whether that may be because of gender or sexual orientation, religious beliefs, social or political stances, body image/appearance, or whatever.
. . . or at least those who like the Dashiell Hammett/Mickey Spillane-type action novels. This AIN’T no Harlequin Romance novel, after all! I’m looking forward to reading her next books!
Jinx has what we all have, or aspire to have: family, friends, relationships (current and former), career, and some of the time these things conflict with each other. Probably it's the most interesting when these things conflict as they often do.
The characters all have unique voices, cadences, rhythms, perspectives, and backstories. Several of the ensemble could hold novellas or complete books on their own. The author knows each of these characters, and after reading the book, I could have coffee with any of them (to me that's the highest of compliments).
Jinx is strong inside and out, knows herself, knows much of human nature, and has complex/flawed relationships not only with others but with herself. She will grow and evolve, so will her relationships. Again, that's compelling.
Looking forward to when Jinx is back with her next adventure.
I'm compelled to find out.
Top reviews from other countries
I have long enjoyed Dharma Kelleher and all her writing, which takes a well-established genre and spins it with some unique elements. Keen to promote some of the areas to which she is well-versed, Kelleher educates readers on queer lifestyles (her word) and how the stereotypes remain misunderstood. Jinx Ballou has quite the life, both with her work and at home. She has been able to handle herself well and finds the balance within her control, at least until she is thrown the odd curveball. Working to advance an understand of the transgender community, as well as trying to settle in with Conor, Jinx must also rub elbows with some of the criminal underbelly around Phoenix, never shying away from a fight. Others who grace the pages of this book help to sketch out many of the themes Kelleher wishes to explore throughout. The banter on many levels helps to elevate the narrative flow and provides a great deal of information on a variety of subjects. The story is quite well written and keeps the action going throughout. There is a great deal of information on a variety of subjects, particularly the gay-transgender-straight equality as the reader is provided with terms and lifestyle choices to help better explain to the less educated on the subject. I wish not to misidentify terms or anything like that, but I did find the discussion refreshing, even as it is set against a backdrop of white supremacy and ignorance to those who differ. Kelleher uses this series to tackle some weighty issues, but also keeps the core ‘chase the criminal’ theme that is highly entertaining. I have read both series she has written and love them both, as well as some of her short stories, which leave the reader guessing at how things tie off. A fabulous book that pushes the limits for some, but in a highly inclusive manner.
Kudos, Madam Kelleher, for another wonderful book. I cannot wait to begin the third, an ARC that awaits me.