One Woman's Vengeance

One Woman's Vengeance

by Dennis R. Miller

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ISBN-13: 9781257992270
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 10/12/2011
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

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One Woman's Vengeance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Redhead10 More than 1 year ago
I started reading this late one evening thinking I'd read a chapter or two before bed and found that I couldn't put it down! (Darn the author, I had to go to work the next day). Nora is every woman's super hero. The book contains the full circle of emotions. I found myself near tears one minute, and laughing the next. I am not a sexist, but it amazed me that the male author could get into Nora's mind and express her thoughts so precisely....guess that's why the book intrigued me so much. I would highly recommend this book. It stayed with me for several days after reading it.
Jelaina More than 1 year ago
No one ever wants to experience what Nora Hawks had to go through. In a matter of minutes her dream of living life on the western frontier literally went up in smoke when Butch Wheeler's gang rode in, killed her husband, and left her for dead. Unfortunately for Butch and his gang, Nora survived, and now she's out for carnage, blood, and vengeance. Enlisting the help of retired bounty hunter Peter Clawson, a grizzled gunslinger whose knowledge of the lawless west rivals even that of "the man with no name," Nora sets out to seek her revenge. But firs, she has to learn how to shoot, and shoot to kill. Dennis Miller, Mansfield University's Public Relations Director, has created a character in Nora Haawks that would put Wonder Woman to shame. Filled with hate and determination, Miller reveals a character that readers will love to triumph with. Nora's unwavering determination to master the ways of the western wilds and sheer strength of will makes her the perfect western heroine. Few can become masters of the old west. Even fewer survive it's pure lawlessness. Dennis Miller not only brings to life the rough and ready spirit of the old west, but revels in it. Through his characters, Miller has fabricated an old west that captivates readers and leaves them basking in the blood of Nora's victims. In a land without rules or fences, his unique storytelling seamlessly weaves a tale that would leave Zane Grey envious. Rich with action, blood, and dry humor, the tale of Nora Hawks is simply unforgettable. The dynamic created between the willful Nora and her stubborn teacher Peter is complete genius. In the front of the novel is a forward by Miller who wrote, "In this novel, I aimed for three things: To make the characters real, the language precise, and the violence pure." He succeeded.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected a simple western, but got so much more! A quick read that I couldn’t put down. It isn’t exactly a western and it isn’t exactly a revenge novel. It is the story of someone, most people can identify with, taking a justified stand against some bad people when it would have been so much easier to just go away. In the days after the American Civil War, the West was full of opportunity and unfortunately this also attracted some vile and violent men. Miller wrote a good book that will appeal to western fans, as well as, feminists. Not only were the character’s compelling, but the plot took moved along at a satisfying pace too. The two main characters - Nora Hawks and Peter Clawson are an unlikely pair, but together they are deadly. They had good solid back stories and the dialog seems realistic. One only hopes this is the first entry in a long series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well written book that will hold on to you tight until the very end! Hard to believe it's written by a man! He knows the feelings  of a woman that has been wronged and doesn't let you forget it! This isn't the type of book I usually read, but knowing the author, I had to read it. So glad I did! Keep writing  Denny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned." -William Congreve, The Mourning Bride Truer words were perhaps never more appropriate than for the character of Nora Hawks. In his latest book, Dennis Miller has finally quenched my thirst for real violence and never ceased to convince me that the vengeance in this book is real. The plot is solid; the characters are compelling; the action is gripping and exciting; and the storytelling packs a punch worth taking. Bravo, Mr. Miller, on a job well done. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author Dennis R. Miller is a crafty storyteller and someone who gets women. His heroine Nora Hawks is a shining example of a woman who lives out loud and does it without apology. Who couldn't root for this woman? She will have you speed reading as she speeds toward redemption.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that, as a Women's Studies professor, I approached this novel with some trepidation. I was intrigued by the idea of a violated woman seeking vengeance on those who raped her and killed her husband, but I was afraid that Nora, the novel's protagonist, might come off as Dirty Harry in skirts. I'm delighted to say that that was not the case at all. I love the way that Nora blows stereotypes of women as nonviolent victims way out of the water. As a poet I've written a chapbook that bounces off the apocryphal story of Hebrew widow Judith of Bethulia who saved her people on the eve of battle with the Assyrians by seducing their general Holofernes, getting him drunk, and cutting off his head. At readings, I've had audience members object to the idea of violence as a solution and, especially, to the idea of a woman resorting to such violence. I'm as anti-war as the next liberal feminist, but I was--and continue to be--intrigued by instances in which women characters--such as Nora and Judith--who are not raised to be violent resort to taking matters into their own weapon-wielding hands when those in charge (in Nora's case, the law, in Judith's case, the town elders)are apathetic and/or ineffectual. In addition to thoroughly enjoying Nora as a character, I loved her relationship with Peter, her mentor in shooting and killing. It especially tickled me that what enticed him to come out of retirement and work with her was his desire to learn to cook. His exchanging killing lessons for cooking lessons cracked me up, but I also love the irony of it--that one kind of lesson leads to ending life and the other leads to sustaining it. Kudos also to Miller for resisting the temptation (I assume he was tempted; I would have been) to turn the mentor/mentee relationship into a romance. Instead he shows the possibilities of true friendship between the sexes. There is much more to be said about the delights of reading this novel, but instead I'll just say READ IT.
Jascha More than 1 year ago
Dennis Miller - “One Woman’s Vengeance” – A Review by Kenneth Sarch Mild mannered Dennis Miller has an inferno burning inside as witnessed by his second novel “One Woman’s Vengeance”. Miller has written a novel of drama, passion, action and revenge –a wronged woman who can’t rest until the unspeakable deeds perpetrated on her including the murder of her husband has been avenged. The novel reads like a Clint Eastwood movie, a female “Dirty Harry” film – actually “Dirty Harriet.” From the first sentence describing a bullet ripping a hole in the target of a man’s figure, Miller tells his story with the skill of a fine writer of Old West suspense – in the tradition of a Zane Grey or a Brett Hart – realistic, with a justice system carved out of the hills and prairies of New Mexico, where might and guns made right unless someone sets out to bring justice for brutal wrongs committed by evil men. Yes men – for the heroine of this novel is dead bent on ridding the West of men who are both evil and lawless. Once I got hooked by Nora’s plight and her passion to get vengeance for what a gang of barbaric thugs did to her one terrible night, I couldn’t put this book down. I had to find out if Nora would accomplish her almost impossible mission to destroy the dirty brutes she was pursuing single handedly or whether she would succumb to the lawless gang and become another of their conquests. Dennis Miller is a masterful storyteller, but more than that he has the ability to understand and bring out the emotional wrath of the woman who had been victimized. He expresses her feelings and thoughts, including her disgust and ranting of men gone bad, with skillful writing and convincing insight. Miller states in the introduction his aim “To make the characters real, The language precise, and the violence pure” The characters come alive, the reader cares what happens to Nora, the reader gets to detest and hate the crude gang members to the point of cheering for Nora to succeed! Yes, there is a love interest, but Miller gently sneaks this in so as not to detract from the feelings of revenge building until the exciting outcome – perfectly balanced so as not to diminish the intensity of the emotions or the action. The language is not only precise, but believable. This is the way outlaws, Old West adventurers, western town folk, and a woman determined to set things right talk. The realism is captured in the language of the west that Miller uses so well – crude, direct, brutally honest and based on life’s hard experience. I can’t tell you what “pure violence” is but you know it when you read about it! “Shoot that bastard so full of holes he won’t have a shadow….” Or “he jerked backward from the bullet that drove through his nose and exploded out the back of his head.” If pure violence means that the gore is described without sentimentality, man, you got it in “One Woman’s Vengeance” and yet it is not violence for violence’s sake – it is direct and, well, pure – the kind of violence you don’t think twice about. This novel keeps the reader interested and emotionally involved until the end. One of the best novels of its kind to come along in years!
CJMartin0 More than 1 year ago
Simply put...can't wait to get my hands on the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This gritty novel is set during the era of lawlessness following the American Civil War--when atrocities abounded. Miller should be congratulated for his vivid characters, deft writing, and killer plot, not to mention his audacious subject matter. My advice: don't start reading this novel at 9 P.M., as I did, or you might be up all night.
DaniE13 More than 1 year ago
It didn't take me long to read One woman's Vengeance, because I had a hard time putting it down once I opened the cover. The writing style of the author created visions of Nora Hawks that have stayed with me long after reading the epilogue. I loved the characters of this book, especially Nora. It was easy to relate to the woman she used to be; and I found myself on the sidelines cheering (and I don't usually cheer for murder) for her to become the dangerous, unemotional, violent woman she so desperately wanted to become. If you are looking for an easy read that makes you cringe and cheer at the same time, READ THIS BOOK! You won't be disappointed.
Jim_M28 More than 1 year ago
An easy read; gripping, enjoyable and very well written... A woman, Nora Hawks, with nothing left but pain and abiding revenge in her heart, is of a single mind – to make those who caused unthinkable suffering, pay with all they have. I quickly became convinced she would make it happen. It was satisfying to see the wealthy power who orchestrated the intimidation and eventual brutality upon local farmer ranchers, properly humiliated before his inevitable, slow death. Peter, Nora’s teacher in the drills of guns and violence, was the most likeable and convincing character, starting right off with the lines: “A gut shot’s good. Man knows he’s dying when he’s gut shot -” Though the word happy does not fit, the story has a relatively happy ending once the more than dozen, despicable, bad guys have been dispatched, one or a few at a time.
David03 More than 1 year ago
One Woman's Vengeance, by Dennis Miller, is strong, descriptive, and moves at the pace of a cold, black steel locomotive pumping down the tracks. The characters are vibrant and the story demands the reader's attention. Nora Hawks forces you to become emotionally involved in her quest for vengeance while you quietly cheer for retribution. Through it all, you find yourself holding your breath as Nora's plot to rid the earth of the evil-doers that tore her world a part unfolds. The language is strong and succinct. The pace of the story is particularly impressive. Miller does an excellent job at making you turn the page from the very first line to the end. There is no dead space to be found, and each word is purposefully chosen to further the plot. Extremely well-written and very entertaining. I'm looking forward to the next installment in Miller's repertoire.
crowsfoot More than 1 year ago
What is left when everything good is torn away? Nora Hawks finds out it is hatred. It is not hatred that doesn't consume her. It is hatred that becomes her and guides her through the training and conditioning she needs to kill the men who destroyed everything she cherished. Dennis Miller does an excellent job of telling this woman's story.
Talekyn More than 1 year ago
Alright, look: the truth is I can count the number of Westerns I've read on one hand. This, and Elmore Leonard's short story collection 3:10 To Yuma a couple of years ago. (I keep intending to add Charles Portis' True Grit to the list, as it's been sitting on my TBR pile for over a year now, but that hasn't happened yet.) I have nothing against the genre, it's just not an area I'm widely read in. I don't seem to be inexorably drawn to the genre the way I am to, say, pulp adventure novels or Holmesian mysteries. So the draw to One Woman's Vengeance was (full disclosure here) the fact that I've known the author for almost 20 years, that I loved his first book (The Perfect Song, not a Western), and that I've eagerly awaited his next work. It also helped that I knew Dennis expected an honest review from me, and not a "this is my friend so I'll say nice things no matter what" type of response. Had I disliked the book at all, or even outright despised it, Dennis would have taken my opinion in stride and our friendship would have continued the same as before. Thankfully, I didn't dislike the book at all, as evidenced from the 5 star review. Nora Hawks is a strong, capable female lead. She's been through a great trauma and has battled her way back. She's not perfect. Her experiences have left her unable to let herself be touched even gently by a man, and her temper flares at times that don't warrant it. She can be impatient and slightly domineering. But you feel for her right from the start. You want her to heal, and you realize that for her, healing can only really come in the form of revenge. Peter Clawson is almost a trope at the start of the book: the grizzled retired bounty hunter just hoping to live peacefully on his land but who can't cook a decent meal to save his life. He wants to turn Nora away, tries to convince her to move on, but ultimately can't help himself getting involved in her mission and in her healing. Miller doles out the deepening of both of these characters throughout the book. By the end, both are very real people and both have grown beyond the stereotype. The book may be about One Woman's Vengeance, but it is clearly a tale about teamwork as well. Miller takes these two characters, and builds a suspenseful story around them that is hard to put down. There's no doubt Nora will pursue her revenge; it's clear from the start Peter will never talk her out of it. The tension of the book comes a little bit from how long Nora will suffer to wait until Pete thinks she's ready, and more-so from the deliberately slow measures she takes once she has decided the time is right. Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but Nora Hawks proves that the recipe still has to be written and followed if you intend to serve it at all. And even then, things can go horribly wrong. Nora's revenge is by no means easily achieved. It plays out over a good span of pages, with rises and falls of tension and bloodiness and several points that pose the very real possibility that one or both of our main characters will not survive the closing pages. Absolutely well-worth the read, both for hard-core Western fans and for neophytes like me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nora Hawk is a woman that no man should mess with! Very suspenseful and couldn't put it down! Will Dennis R. Miller continue with another Nora Hawk saga?
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