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5.0 out of 5 starsJill Kismet on the job fighting Scurf, hellbreed and law enforcement
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2020
Jill is back, fighting of scurf, hellbreed and law enforcement correction. Saul is away dealing with family matters. Leon and Theron are Jill's backup in this case and it's all going to hell fast!!! Get it going to hell Aaf aaf. A must read for any Jill Kismet fan. Lilith Saint Crow's done it again with another great story from the hunter we all love. Looking forward to the next book
4.0 out of 5 starsJill Kismet and Redemption Alley
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2009
The plot in the third Jill Kismet saga twists like a rattlesnake and bites like one: fast, hard and deadly. Jill is up to her ears in Traders, Hellbreed, scurf, crooked corps, crooked politicians, lies, misdirection, and a particularly gruesome form of biological warfare, all tied together to bring something very, very nasty into the nightside. Cops have always been the Hunters' allies, they back each other up, but this time Jill doesn't know who to trust, and who is out gunning for her.
There is as much blood and gore as in the first two books, and Jill is the target for more than usual. At times I couldn't understand how she kept going. This is a good story, a great, convoluted plot and the inwardly conflicted Kismet character continues to evolve. Maybe I'm wrong, but I felt that Jill was almost sorry for a couple of Traders, even though she killed one of them in the end.
The only thing to give me pause in Redemption Alley was the actual prose. Ms. Saintcrow's writing style has always been all over the place, in some parts conventional punctuation; in others, punctuation seems to be used only to indicate a pause in thought, speech or activity; in others, run on sentences lack any punctuation. I'm not a fanatic where punctuation and sentence structure is concerned, so that does not normally bother me. But when I have to go back and reread sentences and paragraphs, well, that does bother me.
"Jacinta Kutchner's corpse hung from a white and blue striped nylon rope looped over an exposed beam creaking slightly as the house settled for the night."
What was creaking? Kutchner's corpse? The beam? The rope?
But on the whole, I enjoyed Redemption Alley and look forward to reading number four: Flesh Circus.
This book is definitely the best book in the Jill Kismet series so far and has Lilith and Jill hitting their prime with an action packed, plot twists laden, science fiction fantasy. If you are in to the Nightside and love action novels this is your book. We learn more about the entanglement of Perry (Pericles) and Jill, scarf infestations and who is behind the organ trade touched on in earlier books.
This is definitely a book I couldn't put down with little downtime in story. I highly recommend this novel.
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2009
Something is missing, in the previous book in this series there was so much potential. The hunter free of her obligation to the hell breed. The Were so much in love with the hunter that he is willing to defy his culture to be with her. Where did it all go? How did the meeting between Jill and the Were clan go? What is the true consiquence of Perry's violation of the deal between him and Jill? Obviously Jill still has her powers but why does she need redemption?
No this book is just a filler between and after more important stories that havent been told. The writing seems gruding, cookie cutter paragraphs from previous stories. Little new information or story line still there is hope. Saintcrow has potential if she can only get out of her current rut. In relation to her first two Kismet books this is not her best work though it is a worthy read just so she comes up with something better next time.
Good addition to the series. These books are pure escapism, but I find them to be well written, and I like the characters. I will definitely be reading the entire series and In look forward to trying the other series by Ms. Saintcrow!