- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Road To Babylon Media LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: May 10, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FED01W4
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Saint/Sinner: An Allie Krycek Thriller, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I mean, just wow.
"Saint/Sinner" by Sam Sisavath is billed as a thriller and it is every bit of that and more. The second book in Sisavath's series featuring Allie Krycek, saying that this novel is "action packed" just doesn't begin to describe this thrill-a-minute story. It starts fast and the pace doesn't let up until the final page.
Allie Krycek is a wonderful character; a woman with a hidden past, she is working as a secretary and dating a nice guy whose teenage daughter doesn't approve of the relationship. Her life seems, on the surface, not very different from other single, working women in their 30s.
There are, however, hidden depths in Allie; and the men who intrude into what is supposed to be a quiet weekend with her boyfriend and his daughter are about to learn just how deep they are.
There are many things to like about Allie, starting with the fact that she is not a superhero. She's learned how to fight, for example, but she knows when she's over-matched and so she doesn't foolishly try to take on a much stronger, bigger man in a physical confrontation. Instead, she waits until she can gain an advantage and then strikes.
She's smart and, though not fearless, she is fierce in defense of those she cares about.
She is also relentless and, like many of the strong female characters in Indie fiction, she has a take-no-prisoners attitude when it comes to dealing with those who have threatened her and the people she loves. In the tradition of Lisbeth Salander from "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and Helen King from Sharon Brownlie's "Betrayal," this is definitely NOT a woman you want to mess with if you have any sense of self preservation.
Allie Krycek is the protagonist in "Saint/Sinner" but Sisavath hasn't skimped when creating secondary characters. Allie's boyfriend Walter and his daughter Lucy are, for example, fully realized. So too are the men who intrude on their lives during what is supposed to be a vacation that will allow Allie and Lucy to do some bonding and, perhaps, learn how to get along even if they do not become BFFs. I would be remiss if I didn't also mention Apollo, Allie's courageous - and smart - dog who plays a major role in the story.
The plot is as twisty as a mountain road, a fact that kept me guessing throughout the book. As a writer of mystery novels myself, I can say that doesn't often happen and the fact that I didn't see some of these twists coming really enhanced my reading experience. The narrative is fast paced - okay, it's lightning paced - with just enough descriptive detail to give the reader an opportunity to "be in the moment" without being overwhelmed by lengthy ruminations on wallpaper and the glow of a 40-watt bulb.
As I said, this is the second book in a series but it can definitely be read as a standalone novel. I say that because I was unaware that there was a previous Allie Krycek adventure but still had no difficulty investing in the characters and the story.
The verdict: An excellent thriller with a great heroine, interesting secondary characters, and a well-thought-out plot.
I like that the author has allowed Allie to get a little complacent and "soft" during the past couple of years because she thinks her life as a revenge/hitwoman is over. Needless to say, there are a few stumbles, but Apollo, the hunting dog - who is now Allie's shadow - is there to have her back. An unexpected ally in Lucy, the boyfriend's daughter, leads to the next in the series.
Enjoyed it, and immediately - in fact at 2 am, downloaded the latest in the series and kept reading until the early morning news at 6 am.
Allie has a huge white and brown dog named Apollo who is suspiciously smart! When they reach the isolated destination, they are greeted by 3 masked men and tied up. Thus begins another bloody mess for Allie to try to live through! Lucy immediately looks to Allie for help as the 2 of them escape after Apollo manages to bite one of the men in his neck and kill him.
This story moves at the speed of light with lots of blood and gore. Allie has no idea what is going on, but wonders what Walter has done to cause these men to threaten their lives. She is just trying to save their lives and get away, but it seems the more men she kills, the more new men with guns show up! A great, quick, exciting read!
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