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  • 07/2014
  • B00LU1BQKG
  • 248 pages
  • $0.99
Jade Dragon
Seductive, manipulative and a master of martial arts. Jade Dragon is the lead character of a chart topping videogame franchise. But someone in San Francisco is playing for real. The deadly game begins when a masked, leather-clad woman kidnaps Dragonsoft president Toshigi Tasoto, and delivers a ransom note to his daughter Nicole. In a daring move, she contacts the police, but they arrive too late to save her father. When more company employees fall prey to the unknown assassin – who themes her killings around famous Dragonsoft characters – it becomes clear Jade's vendetta has just started. Like the female ninja she imitates, the killer is an expert in combat, stealth and deception, as lethal with her bare hands as a samurai sword. On her bloody trail are veteran homicide Detective Lakeysia Symons and her young, womanizing partner Kyle Travis. Their investigations lead them to Nicole, who looks increasingly guilty as people connected to her continue to die. Kyle believes Nicole is a potential target whose life is in danger. But Lakeysia questions his judgment when he becomes intimately involved with the Japanese beauty. As their relationship heats up, so does the body count. Nowhere is safe. Jade Dragon strikes in her target's homes, their place of work, and even the police precinct. Nicole's past is the key to the mystery, but is she an innocent scapegoat... or a scheming killer about to complete her masterpiece?
Reviews
Booklore.co.uk

(Review for first print edition)

Kindly sent to BookLore by the publisher, Utopia City Books, Jade Dragon is Andy Phillips’ debut novel.

The title character is a rather ruthless woman who feels ill done to by her peers and sets out on a revenge rampage most people dream of but refrain from actually carrying out... how many times have you wanted to ‘murder’ your boss? Well, Jade takes this to the next level and systematically wipes out everyone she feels has in any way slighted her, real or imaginary. I suspect if you served her the wrong coffee you would end up on her hit list.

I did find that the book at times tended to read like a computer game, stepping from scene to scene with no real substance to the background. For example, the relationship between the two cops is there, but never quite convincing. I think this is because no single character is the main focus of the book, with almost all the characters getting equal treatment. However, what it lacks in style it more than makes up for in action packed gruesomeness as characters are dispatched with page turning regularity and no one is safe.

This is a very good debut novel and with time and experience this author has a bright future.
Nigel (30th November 2006)

Formats
Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 07/2014
  • B00LU1BQKG
  • 248 pages
  • $0.99

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