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Killing Instinct (Michael Sykora Novels Book 3) by [Helle, Darcia]
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Darcia Helle lives with her husband in a home ruled by spoiled dogs, cats, and the occasional dust bunny. Suspense, random blood spatter, and mismatched socks consume Darcia’s days. She writes because the characters trespassing through her mind leave her no alternative. Only then are the voices free to haunt someone else’s mind. Join Darcia in her fictional world: The characters await you.

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  • File Size: 845 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D477B7Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After reading all the previous Michael Sykora novels by the author, of course I had to have this one....the author does not disappoint. This one has a really terrifying monster as a villain called the Sandman who makes millions catering to the sick, twisted fetishes of his customers. This story is not for the squeamish. It also features more of Michaels friend, Sean, an accomplished professional assassin and Sean's new love, Maria. I really love this series because the bad guys finally get what they deserve, which doesn't happen much in reality. Please keep this series going Darcia's unique, fast paced with great characters....well worth the reading time.
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In June of this year I received a publisher's news release offering me a complimentary copy of Darcia Helle's novel Killing Instinct: A Michael Sykora Novel in exchange for an honest review on This like all my reviews are based on my opinion only with neither monetary nor benefits nor influence from others. I review books and products as a hobby.

Prior to this invitation, I had never heard of this author or book; but, if I had known how much I was going to enjoy Killing Instinct, I would have found time to read it earlier. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that after reading the first 100 pages or so at one sitting, I downloaded and read Darcia Helle's free short story, "The First Kill" and then purchased her first two books in this series online at too--"No Justice" and "Beyond Salvation."

After ordering the earlier books, I dived back into this unique character driven thriller, plowing through it in record time. I was intrigued from the onset when I learned that a couple of contract killers were the good guys in this mesmerizing tale.

Michael Sykora is a computer geek who hires hit man Sean Riley to find the person responsible for his wife, Christina's murder and ends up going into business with Sean bringing vigilantly justice to perverted and murdering scums who have otherwise escaped their just due.

Michael's lover, former prostitute, Nicki, his street smart assistant and trusted employee has her own crosses to bear.

As a child, Sean Riley, after watching his abusive father murder his mother felt no remorse for his young adult roll as a mob enforcer turned murderer for hire while leading a double life as soon ex-husband to Jillian and ex-father to their two year old toddler, Anthony.
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Although this was a rather violent action-packed book, it was very good. Two hit men; one blatant and one by default, set out to right some wrongs. Sean was the lead character in this story, with Michael in a more supportive (but not less important) role.

Consistent character development, nice follow-up to "No Justice" and "Beyond Salvation", occasional humor and great action. I recommend reading all three Sykora books for better continuity and flow.
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I bought this novel because I read a description of it in one of those lists of '50 indie books worth reading', and I'm glad I spotted it! Great story, about an organisation set up to satisfy the requirements of all manner of sickos (torture, rape, etc), and an excellent explanation of how the 'dark net' works, too - the underground internet. The books is extremely well put together, with no superfluous detail, no wandering from the plot. Darcia Helle has done something clever - she has written likeable hitmen. I loved Sean, who has that Jack Bauer sort of thing going on.

The other thing that impressed me about this is that it's a pretty grisly novel written by a woman, and it's not girly at all. The women are the sort of women I want to read about. The guys are alpha males. This is actually the fourth in the Micheal Sykora series, which I didn't realise until I was a little of the way in, but it's very neatly executed so it reads perfectly well as a stand alone. One of the elements that makes it so very readable is that the dialogue is terrific - always appropriate, realistic, sharp and sometimes amusing. I'll definitely be reading more of these books (starting with No Justice, which I believe is the first), and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good murder thriller and isn't too squeamish!
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My review is based on a free copy received from the author but reflects my own honest opinion. This book centers around an underground internet "service" where one can get buy anything they want to murder, rape, torture, etc. run by the mysterious Sandman. Michael Sykora's partner Sean gets wind of this operation when he is hired to torture and kill a woman (Maria). Sean violates his big rule and gets involved with Maria and decides to protect her and go after those who wanted her dead.

Sean and Mcihael provide their own service in that they are both private investigators and hitman for hire (note: they only kill bad people). They soon realize the type of organization that Sandman is behind and know that it will take careful planning and determination to have a chance to bring the Sandman down.

I really tried to like this book a lot more but it reads a lot like a low budget action film. The two seem like a team-up from the old 1970's films like the ones that would star Jim Brown and Fred Williamson. The author goes overboard in descriptions of torture and revenge. You wonder how they can remain under the radar from both the police and the bad guys.

It is scarry that such an organization as Morpheus (Sandman's organization) could exist and based on the way it is portrayed it is probably based on something real (think the underground fights in garages portrayed in the movie Lionheart). The book does try hard to keep the reader engaged and some of the book is well written but the overall plotting is just too weak to give it more than three stars.
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