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Killing Sarai: A Novel (In the Company of Killers) | [J. A. Redmerski]

Killing Sarai: A Novel (In the Company of Killers)

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years. Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape.
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Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years. Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don't go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another. While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead. As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor's brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.

©2013 J. A. Redmerski (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 06-07-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 06-07-14 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "AWESOME!"

    Dude! This was so good... Ok... so no this was not in the romance section...but who cares...it was still romance... but the true story lies with Sarai and Victor... OMG! So good.

    So Sarai was kidnapped like years ago...when she was 14 I think...but she grew up the play thing of a drug cartel king pin... so when Victor comes strolling in, she knows he is her only way out.. So she eventually gets out, by hiding in Victor's car...but Victor is like the bad-to-the-bone assassin and so he knows she was back there...

    Anyway...a lot of stuff happens, and Victor ends up keep Sarai with him... and which is not a good thing...because the company he works for...wants Sarai dead... So... what a roller-coaster this book was... I was on pins and needles throughout most of it...

    The romance is a bit subtle in this one... but it is there... the angsty tension between Sarai and Victor...WOWZA!

    Again with dual narration... Ok... I hate dual narration...hate it... but this one I tolerated because the book was just so darn good. I like the male and female narrators alone, and I wish if they were going to do the dual narration thing...they would do it simultaneously... but it wasn't... When your in Sarai's head...the female narrator reads, and when your in Victor's head the male narrator reads... it works, but it could have been a bit better...

    All in all.. the book deserves a 5 for awesome of the storyline, a 4.5 for narration, and a 5 for overallness... The rest of the series is an Instant Download...

    Great Buy, Credit or Sale!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    laura Morgan City, LA, United States 04-22-14
    laura Morgan City, LA, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2008

    I love Audible! Being a full time wife, mother, and career leaves no time to actually read. Audio books give me my fix anytime and anywhere.

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    "I LOVED being in their company"

    First I want to say that author J.A. Redmerski is a very good writer. Her style is thoroughly descriptive and imaginative without being to much and has a way of developing unusual characters to the point of them becoming real people within your mind. Redmerski's skill and authentic talent for story telling is reason enough to read/listen to any one of her books but
    In The Company Killers series has become my favorite.

    "Killing Sarai" is not for the faint of heart. It is not from the cookie cutter mold of familiar romances or action suspense....It is of its own mold all together
    It is a literary sculpture sophisticatedly created to enthrall you, thrill you, break your heart, painfully put it back together, and completely change the way you think for a little while.The end result bringing you just enough satisfaction to have you ADDICTED!!
    At least, for me, that is how I interpret this dark and disturbingly beautiful novel.

    "Killing Sarai" is no story of redemption or absolution or good conquering all. This is a story of survival, retribution, vengeance, and being bound by deathly obligations. There are really no "good guys". This is about how sometimes only bad can defeat bad; on how you must have one wing in the fire in order to beat back demons. The romance built with in the walls of this alarming and bone-chilling world can hardly be referred to as "true love" or anything so conventional. The developing connection between these two conflicted-complicated-multifaceted characters is so strong and impacting it reaches beyond the simple guide lines of "falling in love" and touches more on a sense of belonging and ownership in equal measurements. The sense so heavily forceful and strange that they aren't able to really comprehend only left to follow carnal instinct that they can never be separated or go back to the way they were. Its so atypical that I am having a hard time explaining....but the notion grips me and I can't seem to let it go.

    I don't want to really touch on the narration since the other reviewers give explanation enough. All I want to say is that while the pairing of voice and character might not seem perfectly matched, as this novel progresses it will hardly detract from the experience. "Killing Sarai" is COMPLETELY worth your credit/money. Download NOW!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MObetta 06-18-14
    MObetta 06-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "It's a good mindless listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Perhaphs I'm just not into the subject matter of the book but I wasn't made to look forward to listening to the rest of the series...so I didn't. I absolutely loved the female narration of the book. Her tone and inflection was spot on. I'm positive she is the only reason I listened to the whole book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 06-15-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 06-15-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Go immediately to book 2!"

    I enjoyed this listen, a different take on a thriller/romance. There were complaints that the male narrator sounded too old but I thought the female narrator sounded too young; however, they both grow on you. This is a series and I am looking forward to #2 and #3 as there were a lot of open ended questions that were left unanswered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    carla Shallowater, TX, United States 04-08-14
    carla Shallowater, TX, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    The story was really good. I really like dual narration except I did not care for the male narration on this one. He sounded to old for the part. That took away from the story and how it was presented. The male part sounded like he was old enough to be her father not her lover.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Tovar 07-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely amazing"
    Where does Killing Sarai rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its definitely not what i was expecting and I loved every second of it, I couldn't wait to be in my car alone so that i could listen. It had me from the moment that i started listening.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Bel Davies and Kate Reinders – was your favorite?

    I loved all the characters, I even used real actors to get a picture image of what I was listening to.


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    Wendy Vorwerk 07-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"
    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story. Very entertaining but it could of used a little more heat and some things was maybe too far fetched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Swansea, MA 06-24-14
    Karen Swansea, MA 06-24-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Surprisingly Good Read"
    If you could sum up Killing Sarai in three words, what would they be?

    Good suspense and characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, wondering what Victor would do next with Sarai - would her save her or kill her...good suspense.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Bel Davies and Kate Reinders ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No -


    Any additional comments?

    This book grabbed me right away and kept me entertained. Is it excellent prose, no, but a good action and intrigue book - kept me going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tee NJ 06-23-14
    Tee NJ 06-23-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Okay..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not the audible version. The female narrator is excellent but the male narrator voice is completely wrong for the character. His voice takes you out of the book. It would be more enjoyable to read this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sarai's spunk & determination.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Bel Davies and Kate Reinders ?

    Kate Reinders was great but I would have liked Michael Kramer, Rob Shapiro or George Guidall.


    Did Killing Sarai inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    Lindsey Durham, NC, United States 02-27-14
    Lindsey Durham, NC, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a winner"
    Would you try another book from J. A. Redmerski and/or Stephen Bel Davies and Kate Reinders ?

    Yes. I read the Mayfair Moon books which is why I decided to give this one a try. This was soooo different. I guess Mayfair Moon is more of a YA series, where this is definitely adult.


    What was most disappointing about J. A. Redmerski’s story?

    I found a lot in the story disturbing. I know things like prostitution rings and drug lords and all of that exists and I hate to think of the awful things that happen to people who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I don't like to read about it. It was all just too specific and gruesome for me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Oh my gosh. The man reading for Victor? Terrible! I can't believe how much I hated the way he read his part. For one thing, Victor is supposed to be youngish. I'm thinking late 20s, early 30s, something like that. The guy reading his part sounds way too old and I just didn't like him as a narrator anyway. The woman narrating was fine. She's the same one that did the other books by JA Redmerski and while I didn't think she was amazing, she wasn't bad.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Killing Sarai?

    The very graphic sex scenes. I can handle the violence as lot better than the sex. Ugh!


    Any additional comments?

    I was just overall disappointed in this one. I'll be skipping the sequel.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    "My first from J.A, and what a First!!!"

    My first from J.A Redmerski and what an introduction!!! Wow. So deep, complex, gripping, riddled with a dark dirty underworld of secrets..Have to read more for J.A now... I am Hooked!

    I listened to this on Audible.... and I loved Sarai's narrator, she was perfect! Perfect for her...I really enjoyed having the male narrator for Viktor too. Although he seemed a little older than i was expecting, but got used to him and grew to love his tones!


    Now the story, oh my goodness i was not expecting this at all, so intense, so gripping, so emotional, so ohhhhhh.

    I was hanging on every word spoken, I couldn't wait to listen more, Grabbing every chance to take a listen.....

    I loved Sarai's fight, with everything she has been through, she had an inner strength like no other. Determined.

    Viktor, oh I can see the attraction Sarai had to him, I was engrossed, such control, but Sarai got under his skin, made me chuckle how she managed what no one else could.

    Loved the ending.... loved it, I do like a 'What is going to happen with them?' I can not wait for the sequel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
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    "I found it a bit of a plodder!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am afraid that I would not as I found it rather boring overall. It did have some good parts but they were few and far between.


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. A. Redmerski? Why or why not?

    Probably not after reading this book!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No problems with the narrator!


    Do you think Killing Sarai needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please God, no!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really sorry to say that I did not like the book. The story, simply, could have moved along at a quicker pace!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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