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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  171 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Hailey Cain has a history of testing the limits of her fate: as a fearless bike messenger on the twisted, competitive streets of San Francisco; as a young female cadet in a sea of men at West Point. But Hailey also has secrets--the biggest of which led her to leave the academy just two months short of graduation, two months away from becoming a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. ...more
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published (first published May 21st 2010)
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Tara Chevrestt

The word adrenaline is what comes to mind as I try to find a way to describe this story. This book is like a sleek, sexy, ten cyclinder sports car going 180 mph in a world full of four door, four cylinder Ford Escorts going 45.

Hailey is 24, has failed or dropped out of West Point, and is living paycheck to paycheck as a bike messenger in San Fran. She's got this friend tho, Serena, a hard as
This book caught me completely by surprise. I expected it to be more young adult than adult and for some reason I really didn't expect it to be such a great thriller.

Hailey's War is complusively readable (as in I dare you to put it down). Smart, engaging, elegantly plotted, this is a thriller with a difference - interesting and competent female characters run the show here - and what a show it is.

Ms. Compton has carefully created characters who feel real, but who also have plausible reasons for
This was an unexpectedly compelling thriller. And just when you think it's all wrapped up or that there are some loose ends you're not meant to tie up, there's a final twist. It was a satisfying read. Hailey's War read a little bit like Chevy Steven's Still Missing and Hilary Davidson's two books. There's also a tiny bit of a modern day Kinsey Millhone of Sue Grafton's alphabet series.
A book not to be missed this year is Hailey's War by Jodi Compton. Hailey's life has gone deeply south as she doesn't graduate from West Point with her class. She goes West in search of her cousin C.J. who has made it big in hip-hop and would love to give her a place to stay. While driving her beater car one afternoon, a toddler runs out in front of her and is killed. Not her fault but the child is the only son of Lucius Marsellus. A music mogul in his own right and not a person to be messin' wi ...more
Amy Meyer
Title: Hailey's War
Author: Jodi Compton
ISBN: 978-0307588050
Pages: 336
Release Date: June 2010
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Genre: Mystery; Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Publisher: Twenty-four-year-old Hailey Cain has dropped out of the US Military Academy for reasons she won't reveal. She has had to leave Los Angeles and it would be too big a risk for her to return. Now working as a bike messenger in San Francisco, Hailey keeps a low profile, until her high school best friend Serena Delgad
William Bentrim
Hailey’s War by Jodi Compton

Hailey is a bike courier with a secret. She left West Point under unknown circumstances but what she learned there, keeps her alive through some harrowing circumstances. She truly believes in honor, respect and loyalty.

Hailey is an enigma in this story to both her friends and her enemies. She has a secret that she refuses to share. The author did a great job in maintaining mystery regarding that secret until the final conclusion.

There is artful misdirection in much
Susan Botich
This story was very well-written but it took me a while to get into it. At first, I thought it might not be something I wanted to finish - the main character too foreign from me in her view of the world, the plot too urban L.A., the driving force behind the story too acerbic. But, I was drawn in by Compton's expertise in threading the subtlety of the characters' "faults" with certain virtues and taking the simple who-done-it mystery genre into whole new territory. Excellent writing there.

I would
As a first-person narrator, Hailey is a smart, spunky, and entertaining raconteur. She knows her own strengths, but is also funny and self-deprecating. To enjoy this book, one must have a great deal of tolerance for gang-slang, since Serena and her male and female compatriots speak a particular lingo that is indigenous to those living "la vida loca" in Los Angeles. Although the adventure on which Hailey embarks is action-packed and engrossing, the characters are thinly drawn and, as the story pr ...more
Compelling and surprising. I listened to this in Audible audiobook format. The narration was very well done.
Heidi Chickerell
I couldn't connect with this and I tried. Adding it to my DNF
This was a very fast read for me and a nice change from the chick lit I normally read. I had the same basic issues that I do with most suspense/thrillers in that I find the whole plot hard to believe and that the characters all can do what they do in the book. That said, I enjoyed the story and the fact that it was set in CA only added to my enjoyment.

BTW - the Barnes and Nobles synopsis that Goodread shows for this book is NOT for this story. This one is about a kidnapped girl and the gangs in
Aug 01, 2010 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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After dropping out of West Point four months before graduation, Hailey gets to play soldier while directing a reconnaissance mission between a Latino gang and a Greek organized crime boss. An unexpected ending, something I've never read before. I don't want to use the clichéd “she's facing her inner self,” but I'm glad she finds direction in the end.
i thought this was a good book, it was interesting and i liked the suspense of what was to come. Hailey made for an interesting character and i liked reading about how her life was progressing whilst some parts of the book made me cringe at its graphic description it made for a fantastic read.
Loved this book! Never wanted to put it down. It's action-packed and you really get sucked in. You care about the characters immediately. I was actually really mad at the abrupt ending though! Glad the sequel will be out next month!!!
i loved hailey. i loved all of the characters in this book. particularly good characterization over all. i was a bit disappointed in the ending, but am hoping there is a sequal:)
Absolutely not what I expected, but I ended up really enjoying this one. I was sitting on the edge of my seat. The ending held a few surprises that made me reevaluate the entire story.
Tess Martinez
Absolutely my favorite protagonist since Nicola Griffith's Aud (from The Blue Place, Stay, and Always)or Steig Larsson's Salander. Thank you for this character, Ms. Compton!
Sucked me right in...likely won't come back up for air until I finish. Best kind of book for a winter storm warning night.
This is a gritty story, but the writing is very compelling. I enjoyed the suspense and the twists of the story.
Sam McCarthy
made a nice change from my normal choices. not too long and easy reading, felt the ending was a little abrupt though.
This is one I didn't want to put down. It moves quickly but certainly not quietly.
A quick easy read and a real page turner. One you won't want to put down.
Megan Libby
Skipped around a lot. Couldn't get into it even tho I wanted to.
I enjoyed this book. It was well written and easy to read
First person, very entertaining character.
A very easy read. I couldn't put it down!
Interesting characters and unexpected story line.
Good suspense, surprising conclusion.
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Jodi Compton, like Hailey Cain, is "Californian in a way a lot of people are Californian; I was born someplace else." Jodi has lived in California since the age of one, except for a brief stint in Minneapolis. In addition to the two Hailey Cain novels, Jodi is the author of two novels about Minneapolis detective Sarah Pribek, The 37th Hour and Sympathy Between Humans. She currently lives outside S ...more
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