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A Killer Thriller Collection - Eight The Hard Way (Mystery Thriller Suspense) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00H8OZW1I
- Publication date : December 11, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3561 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 231 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,579 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Eight short (in some cases, extremely short) “thrillers” with the obvious objective to get the reader to buy books by each of the authors. Sorry, but I found them all lacking.
Paydown introduces us to Leopold Blake, a rich guy who likes to “help” Mary Jordan, an NYPD detective. Leopold isn’t as enticing or personable as Richard Castle. Can’t say if he’s “ruggedly handsome” because we’re never told what he looks like. He does have a handsome bodyguard named Jerome (just Jerome), who’s got a dry wit and a winning personality. Formulaic, no real twists, not enough to entice me to read another book with Leopold.
Off the Leash was even more formulaic. Ex-cop-turned-PI Cal Corwin is trying to find a missing teenage girl. She runs into her ex-partner at a crime scene, and he allows her to do as she pleases as long as the turns over whatever evidence she finds. Any real cop would lose his badge if he behaved like the cop (don’t even remember his name, which is how memorable he is).
There are actually two Cal stories in this collection, neither of which would entice me to read more. She comes across as bitter, caustic and angry, and there's nothing appealing or likeable about her.
Mr. Mockingbird Drive was intriguing. This was the only one that made me want to know more about the protagonist. Made me think of John Wick. This was a nice snippet. Excellent writing, nice suspense, even if the final outcome was predictable.
Ladies’ Weekend is billed as a “delightfully twisted story”, but I can’t agree. Too damn many women to figure out who’s who, and I didn’t care for any of them. Viewpoint shifted, making things even more confusing. It was short, depressing, and there was no real point to it.
Veritas: Concubine - A journalist is writing the memoire of a serial killer on his way to execution. I didn’t care enough about either of them to read more.
Divide and Conquer – Auntie is babysitting her twin nieces when home invaders break in. The plan is to hold Auntie and the girls hostage until Mama gives them the combination to the safe. I couldn’t get into any of the characters and felt none of them acted the way normal people would. The twins would be screaming their heads off, auntie would be more concerned, and the bad guys would be a bit more threatening. I didn’t care for Super Auntie at all.
Recidivist was like an episode of Twilight Zone. A 12-year-old boy with 97 arrests to his record is given a “deal” that sounds like something I’d expect to see on an episode of Supernatural. Again, none of the characters are memorable.
Return of the Bride – I finished the entire book a few days ago, and I’m sorry to say that I don’t remember this one at all. That’s how memorable it is.
If you’re looking for a “book” you can finish in a short time, this might work for you. The shortest story is (gratefully) 2,000 words, the longest (Paydown) 25,000. If you’re looking for a meaty read with good characters and actual plots, I’d advise you to keep looking.
I prefer Castle to the story, but I still found this kept a nice pace without a large amount of tedium. The story has a satisfactory conclusion that does not leave us wondering.
LOOSE ENDS: Took too long to get started, but still worth reading.
When 10yo Talley is kidnapped, her mother, Mira, is told not to involve the police so she hires Cal (ex cop turned PI) to get her back safely. Cal gets the feeling that something isn't right, but she is determined to rescue Talley; and she had better hurry.
MR. MOCKINGBIRD DRIVE: When a couple of men approach their victim as he leaves the ATM, they think they have found the perfect mark. They've been watching him for two weeks now, and they know his routine well. However, sometimes what you know isn't nearly as important as what you DON'T know.
Very short but interesting story. Worth the few minutes it will take to read it.
LADIES WEEKEND: The three Biddle sisters (along with a daughter and two daughters-in-law) were off to the beach for a "ladies weekend". Cathy hated these women, but she had a plan: "The image of Ruby's face when she finally discovered what her daughter-in-law had done made Cathy smile despite her agony." Surely she could manage a couple of days with them. Yes indeed. This weekend was definitely going to be a surprise. The kind that changes lives forever.
Fine little story with a twist in the end. This takes only minutes to read. Even though I figured out what the twist was going to be it was still worth the time I spent with the Biddle ladies. Check it out.
VERITAS: CONCUBINE: Inside most (if not all) of us lives the belief that the hard core actions of evil (wo)men should be punished - and NOT just a slap on the wrist with some weak attempt to dole out justice. For instance: someone who kidnaps, rapes, tortures, and mutilates a child should be put to death - NOT given a (let's say) 15 year sentence which is even further diluted by being reduced to 6 years with the prisoner's parole. Weak justice is not justice. Criminals know that. Why don't the courts?
Well, this is the story (literally being told to a journalist) of Shale Veritas - a man who also believes in true justice. What has shaped him into the man he has become? What does the journalist think about him and his attempt to correct the "failure" of the courts? What ties these two people together?
Unlike the story Return of the Bride, I am very well pleased with this story. In real life I could not in good conscience support the actions of Shale Veritas. However, in fantasy (make believe) I can fully support him. That is why I watch TV or movies and especially why I read fiction: to escape the limitations of our civilization. I am not confined to ineffective sentences that let evil people more or less "get away with it". I can expect - nay, DEMAND - justice be accurately meted out to fit the crime. I find (and applaud) that in this story which is why I can most definitely recommend it to you.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER: What would you do if 3 masked gunmen were standing in your living room when your 4yo nieces were there so you could babysit them? Oh - did I mention the fact that your hands were zip-tied together as were your feet? Well if you were June Kato, you certainly wouldn't waste a lot of time crying. You would be thinking about how to outwit the leader of the pack. Read this great little story to find out whether or not she was successful.
If this is the only story you read in this collection, you will not be disappointed with the purchase. Nor will you have wasted your time. What a marvelous little story!
RECIDIVIST: This was a strange little story to say the least. In America there was a program called Scared Straight. The idea was to take young criminals and scare them into changing their behavior by giving them a taste of what they could expect if they continued on their current paths. While there is a similarity to that cause and effect relationship in this story, there are also significant differences. The question is whether or not these children can see any reason to change.
RETURN OF THE BRIDE: First of all, let me say that this is a terrible story! Sear's brother had been killed, and his sister-in-law, Mahvash , had been taken. Sear was on a mission to bring her home. The story ends with two words: "Promise kept."
I can tell you without reservation that I would never send Sear to get anyone I know! His idea of keeping a promise is certainly not what I would consider to be a promise kept.
This is only 8 pages long (as per the description given of the story at the beginning of the book), but even so it was not worth the time it took to read. My suggestion: skip this one!
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The product page has a precis of each story, so I am not going to spoil things by addding any more info.
You can't go too wrong - the typos and formatting issues I can read through - so that aside, download, enjoy and then pick up more novels by those you liked most.