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Michael Scott Miller
on Oct. 07, 2012 :
No Justice, by Darcia Helle, is an edge-of-your-seat crime story. As Helle tends to do so adeptly, she weaves the story around powerful characters that feel exceptionally true to life. The protagonist, Michael Sykora, is effectively a vigilante for hire, readily embraced by the reader for only taking on jobs where justice has not been appropriately served. In this story, a woman from Michael’s past, Nicki, comes to him for help protecting her from Antonio Lott, an underworld figure who is convinced that Nicki possesses information that could be harmful to him and his organization. Helle brings the characters to life, both the good guys and bad guys, and throws in a few colorful peripheral characters as well. The sexual tension between Michael and Nicki provides breaks from the seedy goings-on and gives the story a nice balance. I look forward to seeing where Michael and Nicki head in Helle’s sequel.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 22, 2011 :
magine your fiance and your best friends wife and child were all raped and murdered in one terrible night. Would the court system provide enough justice to satisfy you? Or would you take matters into your own hands. No Justice is the story of one man who decided to do that, and then continue to do so for others who didn’t feel they would be satisfied by the system either.
Software designer by day, Michael Sykora’s hobby is vigilante hunter. He takes money to rid the world of people he has decided are evil enough not to deserve to live. Then, when an old friend calls out of the blue and asks for help, he may just get in over his head.
The characters in Darcia Helle’s book are deep, complicated characters with realistic feelings. In a word, fantastic! The plot twists keep you on the edge of your seat and this is a book that I couldn’t put down. The descriptions and the dialogue were well written, detailed and at times laugh out loud amusing.
I received the EPub version of No Justice free from Library Thing giveaway.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 09, 2011 :
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?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 28, 2010 :
I kept thinking that I could not decide between 4 or 5 stars review for the book. Finally, I decided on 5 stars, because the only ones better would have been the absolute masters of the mystery like Agatha Christie, early Robert B. Parker, M.Connoly and etc.
"No Justice" brings to life a complicated character who is a software designer by day and a killer for hire at night. Only he does not kill everyone, he gets rid of the worst criminals justice system seems to overlook or punish with a slap on the wrist. Sometimes he gets paid for his work, sometimes he does not.
The book is past paced, all the characters are well developed, language is flawless. I found it easy to relate to Michael Sykora, the Ghost, self-made vigilante, a person with many layers, with mysteries in his past and present. He is part comic book hero come to life, part everyday Joe figuring out his relationships with his parents.
I liked Nikki, ex-prostitute turned women's counselor, but I did not think she was believable as ex-prostitute. Otherwise, the big question for me was: how likely am I to read the next book in the series? Very likely!
(reviewed the day of purchase)