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Wild Penance (Wild Mystery ) Paperback – February 1, 2011
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Jamaica believes someone wants to disguise a murder by making it look as if the ancient Christian sect Los Penitentes, who reenact Jesus' crucifixion as part of their extreme penance, committed the act. She learns the corpse is Father Ignatius who warned her to stop asking questions about Los Penitentes who react rather swiftly and ugly to inquiries and loathe outsiders asking questions about them. Three men break into her car to steal a book Jamaica is writing about this sect. A car follows her and her house is broken into. However, the trauma she faces is raised when someone tries to kill her at a lingerie show. Not one to idly sit back, Jamaica with an unexpected ally goes after her tormentor with help from the late Father Ignatius.
Fans are going to love the latest Wild thriller as we are thoroughly drawn into the world of a little known sub-culture that receives support from the masses. The sect conducts much of its practices in secret because the Catholic Church would prefer they vanish as their modern day penance is considered extreme by most people. The protagonist is a strong woman who may receive a lot of punishment, but obstinately refuses to back down as she remains dedicated and committed although the danger mounts. Jamaica is terrific, but Wild Penance is owned by Los Penitentes.
Now that won't stop me from reading this author, she does have a style that is engaging and her subjects are always interesting.
Investigators found that the cross was connected to an ancient religious group by the name of Los Penitentes. The members of the group performed excessive self-penance, sometimes to the point of death.
Seeing the cross at the bridge reminded Jamaica of the meeting she had with Father Ignacio Moradas several months before. He was an expert on the Pententes and Jamaica had been studying the history of the group, drawing sketches and keeping notes in a special journal.
Jamaica is an agent for the Bureau of Land Management. Her most recent assignment is riding the fence line during the night to check for broken links due to rustling in the area. Her new partner is a Forest Service ranger by the name of Kerry Reed.
Shortly after the incidence at the bridge, her sketch book is stolen from her car. Then she finds that someone is out to stop her from learning anything more about the Pententes. As the bodies begin to pile up, Jamaica finds her own life in danger.
Sandi Ault has written a wonderful mystery set in the Taos area of New Mexico. She writes with such beauty that the reader feels like they are a part of the landscape. The characters are written with a depth that helps draw the reader into the story and feel like a part of the action.
Wild Penance is a great read, and I really look forward to reading the rest of the series. From what I understand, this is a prequel to the other books, so I am coming into the series from a different direction. Catching up should be very enjoyable.
The Preface quote "time before time" clues readers as to the storyline to follow. Jamaica is not yet the one-man-band sleuth she develops into as the Wild series progresses, but her incurable knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time prevails when she witnesses a body swan dive from The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. In the uncertain light of early dawn, Jamaica questions whether the form is an illegal bungee jumper or a suicide...or a crucifixion as the body appears loincloth clad and lashed to a cross. She also spots two hooded individuals watch the human sacrifice plummet into the gorge and then flee from the overpass. The entire scenario reminds Jamaica of rituals once performed by Los Penitentes, an antiquated religious sect that her insatiable curiosity has compelled her to study. Merely a witness to a crime at this point, Jamaica steps aside to let the local badges do their job while she returns to hers...Read more ›
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The story was absolutely terrific, but I don't understand why this is the third book and not the first. It's going to be tough to recommend this authorPublished 21 days ago by Rosalie Zahn
I won't be reading any more of Ault's books. I found this book boring & derivative. Simply pedestrian writing, unbelievable, poorly contrived occurrences.Published on July 21, 2014 by C. Wagers
you can only get stabbed thrown or shot so many times. superwoman rides again. good local knowledge of the country and the people.Published on February 7, 2014 by Sam Carpenter
Jamaica Wild an agent for the Bureau of Land Management in Taos, New Mexico, witnesses a body nailed to a cross being tossed in to the river. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by Fable
I just finished this book last night, and shed a few tears as I hit the final chapters. Exciting, entertaining, breathtaking, heartbreaking. Ms. Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by Norman J. Riddell
When first reading this book, I had the sneaking suspician it was actually a prequel to the first book. Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by C. Quist
"Wild Penance" is set against the backdrop of the native lands of New Mexico and features Bureau of Land Management Agent Jamaica Wild. Read morePublished on April 5, 2011 by CJ-MO
Sandi Ault is a very talented writer. I enjoy the Jamaica Wild series, but I didn't get the point of this book, which is a pre-quel to the series. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by T Reader