This thriller grabs your attention in the first chapter when Michelle's brother gets killed during a drug deal. Nobody knew Michelle was there so she grabbed the case full of money and took off. Her Uncle G arranged for her to go to Thailand where she lived for 3 years, learning to be an assassin. When she returned, she wanted revenge for her brother. Between contracts and with the help of her friends (rowdogs) she set out to find not only her brother's murderer but the person who ordered it.
Michelle had been trained well and was very thorough when planning and executing an assassination. She made sure that she could handle anything that might unexpectedly happen. The planning was very much like what most women do in their lives but planning an assassination is a bit different than planning our daily errands. Just that we all have to be organized. I liked her friends and how they never hesitated to help her with her revenge plan. Everybody wishes they had friends they could count on like that.
The descriptive look at life in the "hood" made it easy to picture what living there was like. I was impressed with how in-depth the details were involving the assassinations.
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Sick at heart. . . Mad to the bone. . .Witness to her brother’s murder, Michelle is dead set on revenge. But how?
Neither a gangster or a cop, she’s just a regular person, an “everywoman.” Now, she’s also hunted and homeless.
Her life in shambles Michelle discovers the hero living in the heart of each of us. She uncovers the strength we know we’d have if faced with the same life destroying disasters.
Full of determination but lacking skills, street savvy, and information she sets out to exact the revenge the killers so richly deserve.
Powerful women all, Michelle and her two lifelong friends buck the odds of street crime, life in the hood, dirty cops, and crappy boyfriends.
The system is stacked against them. Steeped in messages of distrust, failure, and being lesser, can these friends succeed where generations of others have fallen prey to the easier way out?
Rated R for language (she's from the hood and has a potty mouth).
Previously released as Sister's Revenge by Lori Jean Grace
Praise for Michelle:
“I love Michelle, she is ruthless, and yet loyal to family and friends. …give(s) you the feeling you are part of the story.”
“Charlie’s Angels meets the hood – three friends struggle building a better world.”
“…complex character development that has you rooting for Michelle, an urban anti-hero/Robin Hood/assassin and her merry band of sister’s.”
In his debut novel, Hard Revenge, Jason Stanley sets the stage for the ongoing Michelle Angelique action adventure pulp thriller series. Michelle is unique among all the kick ass female heros in books today. Rather than a disgruntled, betrayed, or rouge, military or secret government agent, she is the hero in all of us. She faces the horrible decisions, that “but for the grace of God, go I” each of us could face. It’s the hero within that she brings to all of the books in the series. She is also the friend you'd count on, and would help if she called. You know, "that one" the one friend who you'd drive across state lines to help bury the body.
More in the Michelle Angelique Series:
Hard Revenge: Action Adventure Pulp Thriller, Book One
Hard Betrayal: Action Adventure Pulp Thriller, Book Two
Hard Win: Action Adventure Pulp Thriller, Book Three
Hard Run: Action Adventure Pulp Thriller, Book Four
Hit Hard: Action Adventure Pulp Thriller, Book Five (coming soon)
Hard Justice: Action Adventure Pulp Thriller, Book Six (coming soon)