Retribution: Book 2 - The Vendetta Trifecta

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Griffyn Ink, Apr 8, 2014 - Fiction - 383 pages

Book 2 - The Vendetta Trifecta

Will and Diana Kincaid have left their pasts behind. They’ve even discarded their identities as Sin and Lee, but the past will never leave them.

When the body of mafia leader Ivan Kurev turns up in her district, Diana is forced to take a hard look at how well she has—or hasn’t—covered her tracks. It turns out, no matter what she does, it isn’t good enough. A stronger generation of Kurevs is growing out of the wasteland she left behind and the Kurev sons have a memory that is long . . . and angry.

In the past, the fight and the choices that go with it would have been easy. But now there are friends to protect, a home she doesn’t want to leave, and a boss she likes, even if she’s more than a little suspicious of him.

It’s hard to choose sides when Diana can’t even determine what the sides are anymore. She can’t run, she can’t stay and she can’t protect what she fought so hard for, not when a newer, more dangerous breed of assassin waits around every corner . . .

This is the second book in The Sin Trilogy. Book 1, Vengeance, is available now and book 3, Justice, will be released in Spring 2015. Follow this female protagonist has she deals with her family's murder, hitman after hitman, and the FBI. Can she work with Lee to create her own vigilante justice?

Winner: The Pinnacle Award for Best Suspense 2014

Contains elements of: Assassin, Killer, Assassin action, Adventure, Action adventure, Ninja, Martial arts, Assassin dagger, Dragon tattoo, Assassin female, Assassin fiction, Assassin hero, FBI, Assassin novel, Revenge, Vendetta, Retribution, Justice, Revenge books, Vengeance, Revenge code, Revenge fiction, Weapons, Revenge heroine, Female lead, FBI agents, Police procedural, Detective fiction, CSI, Mystery, Kidnapping, Thriller, Suspense, Murder

For fans of: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton, Harlen Coben, Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Andrew Mayne, C. M. Sutton, Kendra Elliot, Lisa Gardner, Patricia Gibney, Blake Pierce, Tami Hoag, Hank Phillipi Ryan, Steig Larssen, Lisa Regan, Rachel Amphlett, Jane Gorman, Linda Castillo, Catherin Coulter , John Altman, J. T. Elliot, C. J. Ryan, Melissa F Miller, Karen Harper, Mark Olshaker, Carla Neggers, Nina Laurin, Laura Griffin, Jefferson Bass, Robin Burcell, Alafair Burke, Rachel Caine, C. J. Carmichael, Tess Gerritsen, Allison Brennan, Lisa Jackson, Karin Slaughter, Tom Piccirilli, A. G. Riddle, Ian C. P. Irving, Ninie Hammon, Eric Rickstad, Eric Greyson, Mark Gimenez, Joseph A. Turkot, Jeff Lindsay


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After Vengeance, I was unsure A.J. could do better, but I was wrong. When most authors write a series, the things they
cannot seem to get right are: making each book work as a standalone; giving an idea of the previous story, but not repeating too much, and knowing how to end each book at the right point. Few authors can do it well. A.J. Scudiere hit it on the head with all three, just as she has done with her “The NightShade Forensic Files” series. Whenever you read a book by A.J. Scudiere you know you get certain things: the book is well-structured, well-proofed and well-edited; the storyline is fast-paced, without trite or contrived scenes; the story is strongly written, the characters are complex and well-developed and the dialogue is honest and believable.
Retribution is a fun read that has all of the excitement and suspense you could ask for in a “You know who done it.” The book is hard to put down as the story unfolds in front of you because you want to know what is going to happen next. The twists and turns of the story leave you wondering “What now?” in a good way. I don’t like to put spoilers in a review, so all I can say is that you are not going to expect what is happening. The story is filled with the action you expect and just as you get back to a normal state, something else happens that gets you racing through the book again. I’m just glad there is a third book, “Justice,” in “The Vendetta Trifecta,” since Retribution left me wanting so much more Sin and Lee. It is that desire for more that makes A.J. Scudiere one of today’s favorite authors.

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Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33

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