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Killer Instinct by Zoë Sharp
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Jan 17, 2012

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Read from January 17 to 21, 2012

Count me in for this series. I like Zoe Sharp's heroine, Charlie Fox: she's skilled in the martial arts; she takes care of her friends; and she refuses to back down from an opponent. At the same time, she thinks about the consequences of beating someone down, and--at least in this, the opening installment of the series--she hesitates before using lethal force. This compassion is refreshing, as most protagonists who know a thing or two about bare-handed fighting go through a moral crisis along these lines:

1. This person wants to hurt me.
2. I can kill this person with my bare hands.
3. Killing is bad.
4. But what else can I do?
5. Skadoosh.

There were some instances where I thought that Sharp was applying the inner conflict stuff in overly thick amounts, and some of the transitions from present narrative to flashback infodumping are choppy, like sitting in a five-speed with a novice driver. Overall, though, I enjoyed getting to know Charlie Fox and watching her learn about her limits and abilities in mortally dangerous situations. The last 20% (thank you Kindle for changing the way I track my progress in a book) of the book really pulled me in, and despite acute fatigue and a post-midnight hour (why, yes, it was a Saturday--and for some reason, it's getting harder to wile away the wee hours) I kept on trucking to the final showdown.

Major ratings to ebooks, as this format allows Sharp to keep her worthy work available to the reading public.
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8.0% "I think that I have finally found the female equivalent of Jack Reacher; so far, I'm into it."
20.0% "This could turn out to be a smart thriller."
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