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Posted July 9, 2012
Lee’s wife and daughter will killed because he worked for the Russian mafia. Since then, he has gone of the grid and is taking out different members of the family to get revenge for the deaths. While trying to kill another member of the mafia family, he stumbles upon a petite brunette placing a large red bow and gift card on the all ready dead family member that Lee was planning on killing.
Cyn lost her family to the same Russion mafia. After loosing her sister in foster care, Cyn started training to get her revenge on the family. Although she is small, she packs a powerful punch and has great aim with her knives. Although they work alone, when Lee stumbles upon Cyn at another kill he decides to follow her. They then try to work out a plan to continue their work.
Owen is the FBI agent that has been assigned to the Grudge Ninja case. Owen is having one heck of a time. None of the information matches up, profilers are not helping, and he is having a hard time with his marriage. Owen is torn. He wants to catch the Grudge Ninja, but he is taking care of a larger problem, the Russian Mafia.
I really enjoyed this book. I felt for Cyn and Lee but they managed to overcome what happened to them. Cyn. I loved Cyn. I can’t get enough of strong female characters that will stand up for themselves instead of waiting for someone else to help them.
This is a great thriller. I recommend this to everyone that likes thrillers. You will not be disappointed.
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted February 16, 2012
Vengeance is a wonderfully crafted tale of two unlikely people who choose a dark path after tragedy strikes; a story of two victims who strike back. Cynthia Beller was a child when her parents were killed by the Kurev family. Lee Maxwell’s wife and daughter were killed by the same Russian mafia family because of his work at a financial firm who handled the mob’s accounts. Instead of moving on with their lives, they disappear in search of payback. Cyn, now nineteen has become known to the FBI as the ‘Grunge Ninja’ because of her skilled hand to hand fighting and use of knives and throwing stars. Lee on the other hand, is a stealthy gunman, killing and leaving no traces. The unlikely pair first meet when both had planned to execute a mob enforcer at the same time and the same place. With both seeking vengeance against the same family, their paths keep crossing and soon a friendship and partnership forms between the middle-aged man and the young woman. Thrown in to the mix is Owen Dunham, an FBI agent who is tracking down the serial killer known as the Grunge Ninja. But his challenge is to find clues where none exist and overcome his personal feeling that the ninja should be allowed to continue since she is taking out mobsters, not the innocent. The story develops as the assassins run from state to state taking down mobsters with Dunham on their heels. The three different perspectives of the events are well blended and the gritty story telling is well above par. Scudiere’s action scenes are well paced and perfectly placed throughout the story. The characters are well rounded and very unique. She also does a great job of exploring the character’s physiological makeup; their need for revenge, retribution and the loneliness that comes from solitary lives that result from working to obtain those needs. Vengeance is an excellent gritty thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the twist at the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 10, 2011
Vengeance by A.J. Scudiere is appropriately titled; it's about getting vengeance, and lots of it. Claymore Beller was an accountant for the Russian mafia, until the day he tried to turn them over to the IRS, resulting in the murder of his entire family, and of Claymore; or so they thought. Claymore's youngest daughter Cynthia survives and makes it her mission to get vengeance on the men who killed her family.
Lee Maxwell's family was also killed by the Russian mafia for his own betrayal. He, like Cynthia, yearns to get vengeance for the deaths of his wife and daughter; and upon meeting, they decide to make the mafia pay for their crimes. Law enforcement and the media refer to them as the "Grudge Ninja".
Owen Dunham has been following the "Grudge Ninja" case, but none of the evidence/profiles seem to get him any closer to apprehending the suspects. Until he figures out their motive, leaving him to decide whether the "Grudge Ninja" has the right to deal out payback, or if it's his sworn duty to report them.
After reading A.J. Scudiere's Resonance, I was excited to read Vengeance, especially after reading the book blurb. The characters were very unique and well developed, and the plot was definitely solid, two of the many reasons that the book took off as soon as I started reading. I love a good thriller, but most times I find them predictable, so the fact that I was constantly on my toes trying to figure out what was going to happen earned this book huge Brownie points. I also appreciated the level of detail, particularly the grittiness, violence, and gore associated with the pairs' vendetta. I wouldn't be surprised to see this as a movie or as the plot in one of the many crime shows currently on television. This fast-paced thriller is definitely on my recommended list!
Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)
*** I received this book from Griffyn Ink in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Posted September 24, 2011
Have you ever felt like murdering someone? Ever had your whole life turn upside down? The reader is privileged to live vicariously through the main characters in this novel. The book is a thriller and very fast-paced, perfect for readers who have been bored with their previous reads.
There are two very well-developed characters in this book. They come from very benign backgrounds as far as who you might expect to go on a killing rampage (only the bad people though). One is an accountant for the Russian mafia, his family is killed when he tries to report them to the IRS. The other is a young girl by the name of Cynthia; she saw her family die at age eleven...by the Russian mafia. The two connect through their mutual need for vengeance and the book takes off from here.
The events are very fast-paced, slightly gory in parts. The ending is maybe not as satisfying, but it couldn't have ended another way. This book is recommended to adult readers.
Posted November 10, 2011
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Posted October 16, 2010
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