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Nine years ago, Claymore Beller tried to do the right thing. It was the last thing he did. In retaliation for his efforts, his mafia bosses laid waste to his family. Only the youngest - Cynthia - came up fighting.Three years ago, Lee Maxwell made the same error. His wife and daughter paid for his mistake. In a haze of booze and regret, Lee disappeared.Now, Owen Dunham is f Nine years ago, Claymore Beller tried to do the right thing. It was the last thing he did. In retaliation for his efforts, his mafia bosses laid waste to his family. Only the youngest - Cynthia - came up fighting.Three years ago, Lee Maxwell made the same error. His wife and daughter paid for his mistake. In a haze of booze and regret, Lee disappeared.Now, Owen Dunham is following the trail of the 'Grudge Ninja' - only all the evidence is false and the profilers can't get their heads around anything except the obvious fact that the Ninja is extracting a deadly revenge for an old wrong.As the Ninja gets bolder and far more dangerous, Owen is forced to recognize that he hasn't always made the best decisions - he's spent far too much time trying to be right. Even as he questions whether bringing in the ninja is the right thing to do, the voice in the back of his head is telling him it will make his career . . .


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Nine years ago, Claymore Beller tried to do the right thing. It was the last thing he did. In retaliation for his efforts, his mafia bosses laid waste to his family. Only the youngest - Cynthia - came up fighting.Three years ago, Lee Maxwell made the same error. His wife and daughter paid for his mistake. In a haze of booze and regret, Lee disappeared.Now, Owen Dunham is f Nine years ago, Claymore Beller tried to do the right thing. It was the last thing he did. In retaliation for his efforts, his mafia bosses laid waste to his family. Only the youngest - Cynthia - came up fighting.Three years ago, Lee Maxwell made the same error. His wife and daughter paid for his mistake. In a haze of booze and regret, Lee disappeared.Now, Owen Dunham is following the trail of the 'Grudge Ninja' - only all the evidence is false and the profilers can't get their heads around anything except the obvious fact that the Ninja is extracting a deadly revenge for an old wrong.As the Ninja gets bolder and far more dangerous, Owen is forced to recognize that he hasn't always made the best decisions - he's spent far too much time trying to be right. Even as he questions whether bringing in the ninja is the right thing to do, the voice in the back of his head is telling him it will make his career . . .

30 review for Vengeance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Please note: Originally read 9/14-15/2011; I am re-reading the book before I read the 2nd book in the series, Retribution. I received the original file from JKS Communications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Book information: Genre: Suspense Reading Age: Adult Trigger Warnings: torture, murder, rape (not on page, historical), suicide (historical) Animals: Several guard dogs are killed; deer is killed for food My Thoughts and synopsis: Vengeance is exactly my kind of story. Please note: Originally read 9/14-15/2011; I am re-reading the book before I read the 2nd book in the series, Retribution. I received the original file from JKS Communications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Book information: Genre: Suspense Reading Age: Adult Trigger Warnings: torture, murder, rape (not on page, historical), suicide (historical) Animals: Several guard dogs are killed; deer is killed for food My Thoughts and synopsis: Vengeance is exactly my kind of story. That is probably the most important thing I can say about it – it is a thriller, very well-written and filled with well-defined characters that are unique and interesting. Essentially the plot revolves around two people who have lived through terrible things and are, as a result, out for vengeance. Thus the catchy title! Each of them has been after people of the same general ilk, removing the scum from society – but they’ve started running across one another and duplicating their efforts. When an attempt to divide and conquer goes awry, they decide to join forces. We also spend some time with an FBI agent who is trying to track them down – while he is sympathetic to their cause and doesn’t mourn the people they’ve taken out, he feels compelled to track them down anyway, due to his need for answers. Added Thoughts from May 2014 Re-Read: The nice thing about re-reading books is you catch things you might have missed the first time around. In my case, I first read an uncorrected proof/ARC, so I couldn't really comment on editing issues anyway. This copy I'm reading though is the final edition, one which I picked up on Amazon during a sale. I have noticed that the spelling used is inconsistent. It's running about half and half between the correct duffel (bag) and incorrect duffle (which is a type of heavy coat). The correct discreet is used a couple of times, but more often the incorrect form discrete (meaning singular) is used. T-shirt is all over the place, and always incorrect, as tee shirt, tee-shirt, t-shirt... When discussing clothing, it's T-shirt, V-neck, that sort of thing: capitalized. A lot of these wouldn't be noticed by anyone but pedants like me, but... they are there. Recommendations: This was the 2nd book I read by Scudiere and I continue to be impressed. She has a great style and paces her story well. I truly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next one. You should definitely pick this book up if you are a fan of thrillers and suspense.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Rose

    While I do know I loved this book, I'm afraid of what that says about me. Do you fancy a murder romp? Two revenge serial killers are taking out a list of bad guys. Mobsters, hired guns, rapists, drug dealers - in other words, the scum of the earth. Yay! It's vigilante action at its worst. Yes, I said worst. You see, the bad guys don't die quickly, or cleanly. Not without suffering, as their victims did. Yay - er - no, *cough, cough*, I think? Am I really that immature? That unethical? I'm afraid While I do know I loved this book, I'm afraid of what that says about me. Do you fancy a murder romp? Two revenge serial killers are taking out a list of bad guys. Mobsters, hired guns, rapists, drug dealers - in other words, the scum of the earth. Yay! It's vigilante action at its worst. Yes, I said worst. You see, the bad guys don't die quickly, or cleanly. Not without suffering, as their victims did. Yay - er - no, *cough, cough*, I think? Am I really that immature? That unethical? I'm afraid I might be. Because repeated scenes where the evil men get tortured to death didn't trouble me. A.J. Scudiere is careful to win the reader's heartfelt sympathy for the serial killers before she really cuts loose. And to establish just how much these criminals deserve to die (the mafia types, and a few rapists and paedophiles along the way, not the vigilante criminals). And of course, the vigilantes have me rooting for them all the way, not to mention chuckling over the funny bits. (If you are at all politically correct, run away now. This book will trample your values.) Ultimately, the person I sympathised with most was Owen, the lead FBI agent on the trail of serial killers he's not sure he really wants to catch, never mind his oath, or what the law says. If, that is, he can even manage it. Because the evidence, what there is of it, is making no sense. Who wins? In terms of the outcome of the story, I'm not going to spoil it by telling you. The answer is the reader wins. Because this is hugely entertaining, so long as your morality on revenge is at the level of, say an eight year-old, while your tolerance for gore is that of, say, an eight-year Vietnam veteran. And it has one of the very best, cleverest endings I have ever delighted in. To read or not to read is your choice. I give it five stars. And I'm embarrassed about that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aղցela W.

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Terryann

    At the age of 11, Cyn is brutally attacked and watches as her parents are murdered right before her eyes by the Russian Mafia. Lee is an accountant for the same bad guys. After Lee tries to get the them back for their evil ways, his wife and daughter are murdered. Both Cyn and Lee independently go out for vengeance. Cyn by turning ninja, Lee by guns and brute force. Unfortunately, they keep running into each other, while going after the same guys. They also have to contend with the FBI. This boo At the age of 11, Cyn is brutally attacked and watches as her parents are murdered right before her eyes by the Russian Mafia. Lee is an accountant for the same bad guys. After Lee tries to get the them back for their evil ways, his wife and daughter are murdered. Both Cyn and Lee independently go out for vengeance. Cyn by turning ninja, Lee by guns and brute force. Unfortunately, they keep running into each other, while going after the same guys. They also have to contend with the FBI. This book is darkly funny and very fast paced. highly reccomended! Everything you want in an action book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Crazy for Books (Stephanie)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked this book. Trying not to give too much away, the relationship between Sin and Lee was ever evolving and great. You could read the hard shell slowly sloughing off of both of them layer by layer as their relationship evolves, giving them something to live for. Each backstory for Lee and Sin, made you understand how they had both chosen a path of killing and how it had almost killed their humanity. Their coming together, even under such horrific circumstances allowed them to trust and I really liked this book. Trying not to give too much away, the relationship between Sin and Lee was ever evolving and great. You could read the hard shell slowly sloughing off of both of them layer by layer as their relationship evolves, giving them something to live for. Each backstory for Lee and Sin, made you understand how they had both chosen a path of killing and how it had almost killed their humanity. Their coming together, even under such horrific circumstances allowed them to trust and care for another human being again. They were the only two who could understand what the other had been through and why they were doing what they were doing and not judge. The first quarter with the FBI story was a little slow and boring. It was hard to break from the action and get in to the meandering of Owen discovering the little pieces of what what happening, but eventually that section ramped up as well. I loved the dichotomy of doing your job as an FBI agent, but knowing that what the killer was doing was ridding the world of really bad people and asking yourself the question of do you really want to stop him/her/them. Owen's relationship with his wife was a nice part of the story. He was aware enough to know that his job took him from his family and to fear losing them from the neglect. He knew he had to eventually leave the FBI in order to keep his family, though Annika said she would never leave him. Most stories like this, I find are wrapped up too easily, too completely, but this had all the urgency of people wanting to get their lives back and doing what they needed to do, even to to the point of almost getting caught in order to get out and have a life again. Knowing the only way to do that was to expose the people who could eventually get to them, but not turning themselves in. I'm a independent producer and could see this as a film. I highly recommend this book. The only reason it's not getting a full 5 is because the beginning FBI part was slow. I would say it was more of a 4.5.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aleisha Allen

    The best thing about Vengeance by A.J. Scudiere a heroine, named Cyn and her night Lee. She is no damsel in distress and she can safe herself. She is fully capable of protecting herself and avenging the murder of her family. Yes, she saw her whole family murder in front of her. Lee has similar motive and seeks out Cry after stumbling upon her at several times. They are both want to murder the same person. Lee discovers her true identity and urges her to help him kill. Together they go out on a ki The best thing about Vengeance by A.J. Scudiere a heroine, named Cyn and her night Lee. She is no damsel in distress and she can safe herself. She is fully capable of protecting herself and avenging the murder of her family. Yes, she saw her whole family murder in front of her. Lee has similar motive and seeks out Cry after stumbling upon her at several times. They are both want to murder the same person. Lee discovers her true identity and urges her to help him kill. Together they go out on a killing spree that keeps the reading until the end. I love how Lee and Cyn try to get even with the murder. You get to see each one of these characters grown stronger in each chapter. All you can do is cheers for their successes and bit your nails.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I needed this book to help break me from pattern-serial killer novels, the killers become the heroes in this novel. First, everyone gets what they deserve. Bad men have very bad things happen to them by a delicate teenage trained killer on a path for vengeance, and later, a life of normalcy. I was so suprised at the details with weaponry and fighting scenes applied to a female heroine. Her partner[another killer hunting bad guys:]and her relationship is fun and intriguing as the plot unfolds. I l I needed this book to help break me from pattern-serial killer novels, the killers become the heroes in this novel. First, everyone gets what they deserve. Bad men have very bad things happen to them by a delicate teenage trained killer on a path for vengeance, and later, a life of normalcy. I was so suprised at the details with weaponry and fighting scenes applied to a female heroine. Her partner[another killer hunting bad guys:]and her relationship is fun and intriguing as the plot unfolds. I liked it, I recommend it. You can order it from Amazon or with a quick Google search find the author's website. The autographed copy was an awesome bonus with my order.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Antigone Walsh

    Two vigilantes join forces, wreaking justice. Lee and Cyn are both strong, interesting, motivated characters. Their skills are impressive and their motivation pure. Each earns the grudging respect of the other. The development of their relationship is slow, steady but also authentic. While dodging angry criminals they are also evading a persistent if befuddled FBI agent. this is a terrific read. Fast paced and fun it pits two likeable combatants against each other and the world. told from the pe Two vigilantes join forces, wreaking justice. Lee and Cyn are both strong, interesting, motivated characters. Their skills are impressive and their motivation pure. Each earns the grudging respect of the other. The development of their relationship is slow, steady but also authentic. While dodging angry criminals they are also evading a persistent if befuddled FBI agent. this is a terrific read. Fast paced and fun it pits two likeable combatants against each other and the world. told from the perspectives of the two assains and the FBI agent it is an enjoyable romp,.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Intense FBI procedural! First time with this author. Read the Kindle edition of the book. Character development has been well done. The plot is a roller coaster ride that makes the book difficult to put down. My only comment about the execution is that there were times when the scene transitions could be improved, although they seemed to become self explanatory later on.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Cochrane

    Not your typical serial killer story I liked it. A pair of serial killers team up and do their best to wipe out the bad guys. The two main characters are developed nicely. It’s not often that you can root for the killers but here you can. And I really liked the ending. It’s fit and proper. Recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Martin Pingree

    Completely different twist on the vengeance theme. Extremely awesome read with great characters, loads of action and a fantastic story line. Two different people screwed up by the same crime family begin totally separate revenge killings but soon cross paths and that’s when the real fun begins. This is definitely a must read !

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hanna66

    Very Well Written Wow. This is an interesting story. These two vigilantes meet up on a couple of kills and decide to join forces. They are both victims of mafia violence in different ways. They’re both super clever and committed to their craft. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    This is a wonderful book. It has great character's that have a great unique goal to avenge their wrongs from the past. I love how they met and interacted with each other. The plot was great. It has many twists and turns that kept me entertained with no down time. I need to read more books from this author. A great book that I will remember. This is a wonderful book. It has great character's that have a great unique goal to avenge their wrongs from the past. I love how they met and interacted with each other. The plot was great. It has many twists and turns that kept me entertained with no down time. I need to read more books from this author. A great book that I will remember.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Faktor

    Wow Ok so it took a little getting into the book not because the story was bad, but because it is disjointed in the beginning. It jumps from person to person and it's hard to follow. The story is Was keeps you reading trying to figure out what is going on. It smooths out about a third of the way through. Other than a few words used the wrong spelling it's a great book. Wow Ok so it took a little getting into the book not because the story was bad, but because it is disjointed in the beginning. It jumps from person to person and it's hard to follow. The story is Was keeps you reading trying to figure out what is going on. It smooths out about a third of the way through. Other than a few words used the wrong spelling it's a great book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wayne Jacobs

    Excellent Good action packed mystery/thriller. Could this happen in real life? I am sure it does. A lot of unsolved cases for police could have happened this way. You assault a woman and this could happen to you.

  16. 4 out of 5

    C.A. Knutsen

    An exciting, well-written Thriller An engaging theme in that we all would like to see the ruthless people in organized crime be brought to swift justice. The main characters, what they went through and how they developed were all very believable. I really liked the ending.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Good Thrill Ride A good thrill ride, even though knowing the hero’s will survive. (It is a series, LOL). Well written and thought out. It kept me entertained and wanting to know what was coming next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Faulds

    Retribution Overall I really enjoyed this book. I found it a little slow at times, but pushed my way through and found I couldn’t put it down. Definitely recommend it, I loved the ending.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chanda Curry

    Kudos for Vengeance Can’t even be mad at Cyn and Lee. They are taking out the worst of the worse. I rooted for them through the whole book and prayed they never would get caught. Nothing like a good vengeance killer to get you hooked in a book. On too book 2.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    WOW. Twists and turns on every page full of didnt see that coming.. Great book I cant wait to read #2.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Garry

    A plodder Prodded my way thru ..but it was well worth it..good read good characters and a great ending ..well worth sticking with

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

    I enjoyed the book and will be reading the rest in the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Good this book is one that keeps you reading and questing why they this young woman is murdering the people she going after.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Candy

    This book grabbed me from the first chapter and kept me interested LONG after I should have been in bed!! I can't even imagine where book #2 will go!! This book grabbed me from the first chapter and kept me interested LONG after I should have been in bed!! I can't even imagine where book #2 will go!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Robertson

    What a great start to a book series. Nothing but action for the whole book. Looking forward to reading the next installment.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dave Kaye

    Rather slow moving at times..a predictable plot..an ok book

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shanique Bailey

    Great Riviting from start to finish. This kept me guessing with every turn. Its really worth the 3 days it took me to finish.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steven T.

    It was a bit long, but the storyline was intriguing and kept my interest. I enjoyed it and look forward to what is next for Cyn/Sin and Lee.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angela Blackwell

    An ok read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steven Brandt

    A J Scudiere’s first audiobook, Resonance, was a sci-fi medical thriller about the earth’s magnetic fields going through a polar shift. Her second audiobook, Vengeance is about a couple of mafia crime victime who decide to fight back, embarking on remarkably similar paths. Does Scudiere suffer from a split personality? No, I think she really is that versatile. These are two very different novels but Scidiere writes both like a pro. I suppose some credit has to go to her researchers, but ultimate A J Scudiere’s first audiobook, Resonance, was a sci-fi medical thriller about the earth’s magnetic fields going through a polar shift. Her second audiobook, Vengeance is about a couple of mafia crime victime who decide to fight back, embarking on remarkably similar paths. Does Scudiere suffer from a split personality? No, I think she really is that versatile. These are two very different novels but Scidiere writes both like a pro. I suppose some credit has to go to her researchers, but ultimately it is the author who decides which details to include and which to leave out. Scudiere’s attention to detail is very good and she seems to have a knack for including the interesting details and leaving out the tedious ones. Vengeance is a full cast audio production complete with music and sound enhancements. Just as with Resonance, Vengeance features an all-star cast of voice actors including Don Leslie, Kristoffer Tabori, Stephanie Zimbalist, Richard Brewer, Cassandra Campbell, Tom Schiff, Judy Young, and Harlan Ellison. I also heard the distinctive voice of Stefan Rudnicki in two or three minor roles although he is not credited. Oh, and if you’re thinking that the name Stephanie Zimbalist sounds vaguely familiar, you’re right; she starred on that 80’s television show Remington Steele alongside Pierce Brosnan. I’m really beginning to like Scudiere. Her audiobooks are exciting, her characters are interesting, and her cast of narrators is nothing but the best. This genre of fiction, which only loosely fits the “crime fiction” category I put it in but it was the closest I could come up with, isn’t typically my cup of tea but I found myself enjoying it quite a bit anyway. That’s why I always say if you never read outside your favorite genre you’ll miss out on a lot of good fiction. Steven Brandt @ Audiobook-Heaven

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