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- Print Length: 223 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546758682
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- Publication Date: June 7, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B072BLV2SL
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A young woman on a mission of vengeance becomes the savior of the underworld in author J. David Core's On the Side of the Angel. Part of the A Bartering Angel series, this story explores a mystery woman's role as a fixer and the complicated tale she weaves to save various criminals. Here's the synopsis:
Lina Forman has an assumed name, a vendetta, a résumé of varied skills, and the knowledge to make her a force to fear.
Known in the criminal underground as The Bartering Angel, a mysterious “fixer” whose help keeps the bad guys out of trouble, she assumes the name Lina when she arrives in the Pittsburgh area in 2005. When the son of a local drug runner murders a convenience store clerk during a botched thrill robbery, Lina must keep him out of jail to prove her worth to the local criminal underground. Despite her elaborate scheme to confound the evidence and mislead authorities, two local cops threaten to disrupt her plans and steer the FBI on a path to avoid her red herrings.
Can Lina preserve her reputation and make good on her promises before she has to abandon her vengeance, change her name, and start again? Or will a careless oversight expose her secrets?
What I really found interesting when jumping into this story was that it is the first in a series written by various authors. It's all centered around Angel, or the Bartering Angel. Each author writes in their own unique voice, but focuses on this singular character and her journey. It's a unique premise that led me into this gripping tale. Each novel can stand on it's own, and this novel by J. David Core delivers a fantastic thriller. A mix between the films True Romance and Goodfellas (with a Bourne Identity element for good measure), this story is incredibly powerful and fueled by fantastic characters. The story is fast paced and action packed in it's delivery, and the hints at Angel and her backstory led the reader into wanting more and more of this incredibly complex character and her story. The story delivers a satisfying ending while leaving the reader not only wanting more, but giving them a reason to go out and get the next author's book in this series. It does a great job of creating an emotional pull to characters that are often billed as villains with no redeeming qualities. It proves that everyone is complex in their own right, and the line between good and evil are easily blurred.
Overall this is a must read tale. Every fan of thrillers and action packed stories will be able to pick this novel up with ease, and will be left wanting to jump head first into this adventurous new series. If you haven't yet, be sure to pick up your copies of On the Side of the Angel: A Bartering Angel novel by J. David Core today!
The Angel's past is briefly explained, but enough is left out to keep the mystery, but even with this abbreviated back-story her character is still complex and believable.
Each of the plot lines is detailed and clearly explained so even though there are the interlinking plots, it is still easy to follow all the threads of the story and to understand how they all come together at the end.
I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the author, and have voluntarily written this review from that copy.
Lina Forman is a ghost who has left her old life and anything that can point to her previous existence, behind. She starts all over as Lina and has a vendetta planned. But to get there she needs to prove her worth. Attie and Dino are two troubled teenagers in love and take on heists for thrill. But things go terribly wrong during one such break-in. Andre has been buying lottery tickets since years, hoping to hit it big one day with the help of his algorithm. These, together with some other characters, are tied in this story of crime and deceit that is sure to enthrall the readers with its witty story line.
On the Side of the Angel has a very to-the-point narrative that is fast paced, which I love. The story line is excellent, a heady mix of thrilling moments. The writing style is impressive that manages to hold the reader's attention well, so that basically seals the deal. There aren't a train of characters here but the ones there, are descriptive enough for the reader to reminisce about long after the book is finished. My favorite character has to be the protagonist, Lina/Angel. She is this strong fearless character, very skillful at the art of deception.
All in all, a good read with fascinating turn of events. Well written and interesting from a crime lover's point of view.
You will have to read book to find out. Are was she just trying to survive?
I highly recommend this for suspense lovers.