No Justice: A Michael Sykora Novel

No Justice: A Michael Sykora Novel

by Darcia Helle


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Driven by grief, Michael Sykora started his life of killing in a blind rage. But then it became something he was good at. Even something he...liked.To most who know him, Michael is a software designer, a smart-but average-workaholic. To a chosen few, Michael is something else: a part-time hit man whose specialty is eliminating hard-core criminals.When Nicki, a close friend, finds herself in trouble, Michael steps in. Having lost his fiancée to a brutal crime, Michael will do anything to keep from losing another woman in his life.Michael Sykora has managed to keep his two personas separate. Until now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442195332
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/13/2009
Series: Michael Sykora Novels , #1
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

Customer Reviews

No Justice: A Michael Sykora Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Trudie_Collins More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I didn’t think I would be on the side of a hit man, but I was. The characters are realistic and portrayed well, the pace is just right and the element of mystery keeps you reading. Details about the main character’s past comes out without it feeling like a history lesson. It ends in a way that you can stop readying the series without being plagued with unanswered questions, but you won’t want to. I will definitely be reading more. I hope this is the first in a very long series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Time well spent, good reading story, will look forward to the next book, as the story continues.
JFHilborne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Would you take justice into your own hands to protect those you love? Would you kill to save them? In No Justice, software designer, Michael Sykora, does just that. Known only to a few, he's also a killer for hire, a part-time hit man who takes scum off the streets. Driven by his own tragedy, Sykora steps in where the justice system fails. The pace is quick, the characters believable. Sykora wastes no time eliminating his targets. His love for his friends and his concern for the vulnerable is clear; it explains why he does what he does, maybe even justifies it, and makes him human. His personal relationships are engaging, more so when they overlap his night-time career. He hides the fact he's a paid assassin from his closet friend; a cop. Despite what he does, Michael Sykora has a conscience. He won't murder a target if there's the possibility they might be innocent. He's a vigilante. Does it make him bad? As bad as his targets? Or is he doing the world a favor? You decide. Remember the title before you decide. This is an excellent book filled with action, good dialogue, wit, and great characters. The bonus feature at the end raises the question again; the moral dilemma - how far would you go to do the right thing?
callmejacx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn¿t know how I would feel about reading a book about a ¿nice¿ guy killing the ¿bad¿ guys. My belief is that killing is wrong. The end. The day I received this early reviewer, I read the back cover and the first two sentences of the story. That first line intrigued me. I couldn¿t wait to read it.The reader didn¿t have to warm up to the story. The story was red hot right from the start. The suspense made the pages turn faster than what I had expected. Here was an everyday guy doing the everyday things, but can¿t ignore the feelings he has toward the men that abuse women and young girls (children). It all started when his fiancé was brutally murdered. Michael Sykora went seek out revenge. From that day on, he lives two separate lives. His talents for revenge get known. He is sought after by people to eliminate hard-core criminals. And he is good at it. He doesn¿t leave clues. He gets the job done and done right the first time. He has everyone baffled on who he is. No one knows who is committing these crimes. They all refer to him as ¿the ghost¿.When an ex-prostitute has nowhere to turn, Nickie turns to the only man she feels she can trust. A man she met in her past. At first, she doesn¿t know how he can help, but after a short time she realizes that Michael gets involved personally to help her.It¿s a fast paced exciting read. You start to understand why Michael does what he does. You urge him to catch the bad guy. You are on his side. You get involved in the story. You think twice about if killing is wrong all the time.
mikedraper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Sykora's life changed when Christina was killed. She was his whole life. The killer was a steroid abuser with a history of sexual assaults. Michael needed closure. His associate, Sean, found Christina's killer and Michael took his life in return.So began Michael's dual life as a businessman and a part time killer of those who prey on the innocent. He was surprised at how good he was at this new position.He gets a call from Nicki, a rormer prostitute Michael had a former relationship with. She's gotten out of the street life, returned to school and received her associate's degree. Now she worked in a women's shelter. One of her clients, Isabel, had been beaten by her boyfriend, a crack dealer named Antonio Lott. Since this wasn't the first beating Isabel had from her boyfriend, Nicki persuaded her to leave Antonio. Eventually, she did return to Lott and now he was infuriated with Nicki. She was afraid of what he would do to her and couldn't go to the police because of her former occupation.Michael decides to help but Antonio has a gang, with two cousins and two other main followers. If he just takes care of the leader, the others may still go after Nicki.Then Michael learns from his police friend, Isaac, that the police are also following Lott and want him for drugs and in distribution of child pornography.How can Michael take care of Lott with an entire gang and not be seen by the police.The author, who tells this reviewer of her influence by Tami Hoag and James Patterson, among others, has written a fine book. Michael is an excellent protagonist. He is a common man with an ailing father and a business to run. However, he is also compassionate and in a world where people hesitate to take action, Michael acts to right wrongs and make sure no one else feels the hurt he did when Christina was raped and murdered. Nicki's character is well drawn. Here, the author's influence by Janet Evanovich can be seen. One of the characters repeating in Evanovich's work is a reformed prostitute, succeeding in turning her life around.Well done and recommended.
Grizzly21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. Kept my interest and was entertaining. Characters were good and the storyline was good. Would recommend to others to read.
GarethLewis More than 1 year ago
This is a well-paced thriller, with a lead character who's relatable despite his sideline in assassination. The characters don't act dumb for the sake of the plot, and the story deftly avoids some of the predictable tropes, offering a fresh and exciting read. It deals with some harsh elements, but more how they affect the characters than gratuitously lingering on them. While it's the beginning of a series, and some subplots are to be continued in later books (which are already available), it ties up the main plot, and none of the subplots feel like they're dangling precariously. It's a complete story, but one which'll probably bring you back for further installments.
Novelist_Sylvia More than 1 year ago
Where was Michael Sykora when I needed him to take out my evil ex? That's all I want to know... Seriously though, when I first got this novel and realised it was about a paid assassin, I thought I'd keep it for later. I wasn't in the mood for assassins at the time. Much, much later, I got a head cold and decided to read a novel to help me forget my miserable, runny nose. Well, it worked! I read No Justice in just one day, and it really helped to make me forget about everything except the fast paced story. I liked the fact that this wasn't a "hardboiled" type of thriller. It had a touch of romance, humour, drama, and of course, suspense. So in conclusion, I really enjoyed No Justice, and I'm about to get started on the next novel in the series. Overall, a great and entertaining read!
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Left me flat for some reason; could it be that the female often was just stupid in some parts of this story, or that the author never developes what could have been a good backstory dealing with the murders that results in the hero becoming a vigilante, or that the author never explores whether the cop know that his best friend was a hit man. This good the potential to be great but the author could pull it off!
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Grizzly21 More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. Kept my interest and was entertaining. Characters were good and the storyline was good. Would recommend to others to read.
DesperateLands More than 1 year ago
I really didn't know what to expect when I first started reading "No Justice." Author Darcia Helle does a fascinating job in writing and presenting an intense story of a software designer by day and a professional killer for hire at night. Michael Sykora is known as the Ghost and is a part-time hit man whose specialty is eliminating hard-core criminals, pedophiles, rapist, drug dealers, and murders. The story captures the reader's attention and is able to envision every scene as if you were with the characters and with Michael Sykora moving closer for the kill. Your heart begins to beat faster as he makes eye to eye contact with these criminals as "Justice is Served.". The book is a thriller with action, and a suspense story. Darcia Helle expertise and writing style holds everyone's attention, while the plot sweeps you along an incredible unimaginable journey of hunting down most wanted criminals and the life of a professional killer. A "Must Read" for anyone, wanting a better understanding of a professional killer's views and of his decision making and struggles facing in today's society of Americas most wanted hard core-criminals in the United States. I thank, Darcia Helle for sharing this incredible story. I look forward to her next novel."
Luv2readSS More than 1 year ago
I liked the concept, and the plot, though slightly predictable, was well thought out. The characters are real and identifiable. The author takes great care to paint the scenes in vivid detail so you feel like you are there. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Jacqueline McNulty More than 1 year ago
Gonma read more from this author
Cindy Anderson More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read, and I've read quite a few!
Doug_DePew More than 1 year ago
Wow! I just finished "No Justice", and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Darcia Helle is a fabulous writer. The pace of the book is quick. The scenes and characters are well developed. The dialogue is realistic. This is an excellent book. I enjoyed the Michael Sykora character very much. He seems quite likeable for a hit man! I've always been a fan of vigilante type stories, so this one was right up my alley. Darcia has pulled off the difficult feat of getting the audience to root for a lead character who is a murderer. There is an undercurrent of romance throughout the book, and there are also some surprisingly funny comments and scenes. "No Justice" has many different threads that are weaved together quite nicely in this page-turner. I can't say enough good things about this book. I mainly read non-fiction, but I enjoyed this novel a lot. I look forward to reading more of Darcia's work. She's a very good writer. I was enjoying the book so much that I had to stop reading parts of it to my wife as I read it so I wouldn't spoil it for her! I wouldn't hesitate to buy this book again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago