- File Size: 969 KB
- Print Length: 354 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692432477
- Publisher: Crosshair Press (May 21, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 21, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Y32P47A
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fake sadness abounds. Grinning. I am super excited about the opportunity to read this story again, and to share with you all snippets and points that I enjoyed. No promises that it will be COHERENT, by the way.
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Kenan: the Katkiller Book 1
Written by: Karis Waters and Carrie Lemke
Published by: Crosshairs Press
Date Published: May, 2015
Amazon's brief description: "A Turkish hit squad goes rogue. An American surgeon faces a life-and-death choice. A terrorist group bent on murder draws ever nearer."
Cue suspenseful music... and here are my thoughts.
The first line caught my attention, ok? What's NOT to love about a book that starts with this: "What a beautiful day for an assassination."
Okay, I'm hooked. Then you start fleshing out the good part: a highly trained hit squad right before the crap hits the fan, hinting that they are being used, not asked, to accomplish dangerous missions and four "brothers" who would do anything for each other.
Yup, still hooked.
Kenan is the title character, and this story highlights his character: a man who loves explosives, is really good with charming the public (ladies specifically) and is the "baby" of the group. And... he's been shot.
She didn't intend to get involved, but Kris is a surgical resident whose caring and compassionate streak is a mile wide. She was trying to keep a man from dying... and got a whole lot more than she bargained for.
The story introduce Bener (the group's leader), Savas (the sniper) and Eser (the computer expert) seamlessly, weaving dialogue and character development together so you have a good sense of who each one is before the second chapter.
Add Kris' two friends -- more like sisters -- and you have a recipe for shenanigans, sass, and conflict. Jena is the calm one, and Stef is the mouthy, unruly sidekick who is dragging along a huge purse throughout most of the book.
The action is quick paced and believable, with the fight scenes balanced with the "down time" and the scene where Stef is driving the get-away ride is priceless.
I really liked the snap of dialogue. For example, in the middle of fighting off an attack, Kenan's reassuring answer to what is happening is simple: "Just a little domestic squabble. We'll have it cleared up soon."
Or Kris, trying to take care of a man who keeps re-injuring his injured self: "What am I supposed to medicate him with? Cough syrup?"
I don't want to give away spoilers, so I won't share too much more on the plot points or the dialogue, but the book played out like a movie in my mind. I could see the characters. The reactions felt totally "right" and the story didn't take any improbable leaps in logic.
I read this story on the Kindle, and there was only once or twice toward the beginning of the story where there was a technical glitch where the point of view changed from one character to another, but I back tracked and it was easily caught.
I had this book on my to be read list for a while (you may have read about it in two previous posts, actually) and part of what made me want to read it were the little dialogue and character snippets on Twitter.
Then there were also the story "shorts" on their website -- you don't want to miss those!
I really liked them all. The characters felt like friends and family at the end of the story. I was emotionally invested in their well-being and survival, and I cannot wait to see where the next story (stories) go with these people. In other words, WRITE FASTER!!
I also really liked how the characters' faith in God was present, but never in your face. And I liked that the story didn't take a long chronological time, but isn't rushing anything else. You get a sense that there are relationships forged -- friendships and the potential for more -- but it isn't a romance book. Nothing is forced.
At the end of the day, my verdict and advice? GO READ IT. It's worth it.
Oh yeah, I guess I should also state that a) I have no financial gain in reviewing this book favorably or unfavorably, b) I did not receive a book in exchange for a review and c) the only thing I'm prejudiced about is that I liked the book and think others might as well. Simple.
The best aspect of Kenan was the characters. The authors juggle a cast of seven regular characters and each one was a fleshed out person. I knew each character's name and nature by the end and cared what happened to them all. The hit squad were endearing, I know that sounds slightly odd, but it's true. Kenan especially was charming. He carries his story well and you can't help but like him. I am a sucker for a band of brothers, or a band of "kardes" as they would call it and I loved this one.
The girls were fun as well. Being both strong characters and yet still decidedly feminine. Stef provided a lot of comic relief and without giving anything away, she has a great relationship with one of the guys. ;) Kris was a good, stable balance, helping to keep the story together and giving the reader a fairly normal presence to balance out the more eccentric characters.
The story reads like a Bourne movie, but with a team instead of a lone man. There are the thrilling international chase scenes, plenty of well written fight scenes (there was even an exploding grill), and the whirlwind of who to trust. If you like strong characters and plenty of action this is the book for you.
I'm excited that this is book 1...there will be more! Yay!!! Im loving it and I think you will too!
At first I was worried that this was going to be a "romance-on-the-run" type book but I like the way it turned out. Yes, there are some hints of romance but it's a more natural progression. I liked the girls for the most part. They were pretty good characters and all had completely different personalities. As for the members of the hit squad who want nothing more than to leave the Ghazi? I loved every single one of them.
The dialogue was quick and snappy and I loved the interaction between the four "brothers". I hated to see the ending of the book and I can't wait for the rest of the series! Highly recommended for anyone who likes fast paced adventure, light romance, and strong male/female leads.
Content warning - there were a handful of mild curse words as a heads up if you don't like that. And several times characters were worried about what would happen to the girls if the Ghazi captured them. Nothing explicit though. None of it detracts from the story at all, so if you're ok with it, give this book a try!
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A great, engaging read!