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Kim Oh 1: Real Dangerous Girl Paperback – August 18, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
One Ninja motorcycle, a 357 Magnum, and some training from Cole later and she is ready to change her life.
I got this book for $.99 from Amazon. Not because of the price but because I was pointed toward this author by a (still) respected person whose blog I follow. The concept sounded good and I was looking forward to reading all three titles in the series.
But when I finished this one I realised that it was incomplete. The writing was good, no problem there. It just didn't end where I thought it should have ended. I suspect the ending I want is at the end of book 3.
I realize that we are in a period of turmoil while everyone works out what is going to work and what won't in this new world of publishing and e-books. This book is an example of the trend of taking a whole and cutting it in to pieces, so that you end up paying what the author wanted originally for the whole, but at a more palatable cost. Not quite serialization.
For me the problem was that it seemed like a cynical way of getting the money out of my pocket. Perhaps I mis-read the blurb and the serialization aspect was there for me to see, but I just didn't see it. This might be a way for me to consume e-book content one day, but not right now. I won't be consuming parts 2 and 3 unless they are on sale. If only this had been a whole story unto itself ...
I give it '4' for being a good story and writing, and '2' for not being a whole story. Average score '3'.
I read the Kindle edition (Editions Herodiade, October 2011, 172p), which I bought from Amazon.com.
Right on all counts. Our no-nonsense narrator, young orphan Korean-American Kimmie, a veteran of the Child Protective Services system, grows from a "Little Nerd Accountant Girl" in a routine cubbyhole job to an independent, confident, competent, professional killer (with a heart of cool gold, of course). She's small and not what you'd call threatening-looking. But she's sharp and determined and street-smart and feels authentic, convincing, in that way so many other cool action heroes don't -- someone you'd like to follow through as many adventures as she's willing to tell us about.
It's a fun, light, quick read, and at this price you can't beat the bang/buck ratio. The snappy story plugs the great old hardboiled pulp traditions firmly into the 21st century as smoothly as a USB port, and reminded me favorably of when I used to read John D. McDonald and Mickey Spillane and Raymond Chandler by the tall stack. And if you've ever had a revenge fantasy about getting back at a REALLY rotten boss, this is a book for you.Read more ›
Jeter has a way with words which stays with the reader. Years after reading his Dark Seeker (1987) horror novel, a snide remark about college grads who think they are entitled to make decisions because of the letters after their last names comes quickly to mind. Such as anytime someone rolls out their advanced degree in an argument. Or his quick put-down of high school jocks as "footballers" from The Night Man (1989).
With the Kim Oh series, Jeter has moved into a new territory: the thriller. E-books are perfect for what he is accomplishing. However, he's also offering them in print-on-demand form for those who like their reading material made out of paper. Narrated by the main character, it shows Jeter strengths as a writer he can tell the story from a young woman's point of view.
Kim Oh is a small Korean American girl working as a book-keeper for a shady company on the California coast. She's also taking care of her invalid younger brother. Both of them live in a crappy apartment in a crappy neighborhood.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love a suspenseful novel and this is in a line of them from a really good author!Published 1 month ago by truth trumps propaganda
KO has written a novel about a mob hitman and a young girl who is a numbers cruncher for the same people. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent, and quirky, young woman (adult but not legal to drink) who is a 'nerdy to a fault' bookkeeper until bad things (broken promises by her crime-lord boss) happen to her. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jonmontanavega
Too much talk and not enough action. The book has no ending as it is used to “set-up” an ongoing series of Kim Oh adventures as she transitions from young Korean bookkeeper into an... Read morePublished 5 months ago by TARPON JOE
Good to read something different, the character of Kim makes you want her to succeed but worry what will happen if she does. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Angloscand
I really enjoyed reading this novel with a female lead character, fast paced and keeps you on your toes.Published 9 months ago by Benny Lynn Mullinax
Kim Oh 1 is a different kind of book than what I usually read. Glancing through the blurb on it I expected it to be a spy book. It wasn't. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David M. Ross
I liked this book and can't wait to read the next one. Kim is not the typical girl heroine and I like her for that. The characters are multidimensional with surprising depths. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Book Mouse