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Jezebel's Ladder

(Jezebel's Ladder #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A Vegas magician’s assistant with a drinking problem, Jezebel is being chased by the men who murdered her fiancé. After she reads an odd, golden page, she wakes with the ability to sense other actives within thirty feet. Benny, the handsome former actor, is the only one she thinks that she can rely on, but even he has secrets. Each page stretches the mind beyond what our c ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Createspace (first published March 31st 2011)
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Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good sci-fi story
Shelves: ebook, i-edited
This book is currently FREE on Amazon if you would like to read it!

Disclosure: I edited this book, but do not receive any remuneration for sales. My having edited the book in no way affects my opinion of the story.

My synopsis: This fast-paced novel, which includes a segment of formerly released novella The Icarus Transformation, centers around a fascinating idea – what if some … entity had, at some point in the past, distributed special documents throughout the world – ones that, when read, gave
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This book would make for a good TV show on the SyFy Channel. Not only does it have the sci-fi stuff like mysterious alien tech and geeky science discussions, but it also has action, a sexy leading lady to provide sexual tension, soap opera drama, and no bad language. There's also plenty of meetings chock full of minutiae and board room filler to help keep costs within budget. Patients recovering in hospital rooms are such a common occurrence that they could get a discount rate for use of the set ...more
Sep 20, 2012 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Jezebel's Ladder is a weird case for me - the premise is intriguing, I like a fair bit about the core characters, and there's nothing wrong with the writing style, but I still completely lost interest about 20% in and haven't been able to make myself continue.

It's one of those books I feel like I should like more than I do. I want to care about the secret of the pages and the powers they bring but the book has lost me. The pacing seems off - it feels like I've been waiting forever for certain t
Brian Jeffreys
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm learning to respect the way Rhine does it, but this novel will grab you from the first pages and propel you through to the end at a heart-wrenching pace that will leave you breathless. This is some well written, hard SF that has considerable depth and great characters, similar in style to Frederik Pohl or Greg Egan. Jez (code named: butterfly) is brilliant and compelling as she joins an organization tracking down advanced pages that embue their reader with special abilities, sometimes at the ...more
Jezebel's Ladder is the first book in the sci-fi series by Scott Rhine which is quite spectacular. His imagination continues to innovate at all levels as he creates new technologies that are of alien origin; alien in the sense that the origin is unknown and clearly not human. This first book is far more then a set up for the rest of the series, it is a self contained thriller all by itself, and Scott pulls out all the stops as he plunges the reader headlong into a war between multiple factions. ...more
David King
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Jezebel's Ladder” is the first book in a sci-fi series written by Scott Rhine which spans a total of 5 novels. In this novel we are introduced to an ex-magician's assistant named Jezebel who reads an alien artefact, resulting in her being recruited into a corporation run by millionaire Elias Fortune who has been tracking down these artefacts. The artefacts seem to imbue those who read them with almost magical abilities which of course means that many governments and corporations are willing to ...more
Weston Kincade
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jezebel's Ladder is a great new story with a plot interwoven with Rhine's earlier novella "The Icarus Transformation." It's a great story with very well developed characters that will keep you squirming with anticipation, lust, envy, and at times open-mouthed surprise. I even found myself looking around to see who else overheard the dialog. (Seriously, I did this, then about slapped myself when I realized it.)

If you could gain abilities that would allow you to excel in mathematics, astronomy, or
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fast moving first book!

This is a good read that moves at mach speed. The story and plot are solid start for more adventures. Be aware of some adult inferences and the fact that the end is so fast you almost need to take notes. Bit a good first book!
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Jezebel is a magician’s assistant in Vegas with a heavy drinking problem and a dead fiancé. When she’s in a bar, she’s warned desperately about men who are coming after her – the same men who killed her fiancé. When she’s touched by a strange golden page, she passes out and when she awakes, she’s filled with a new ability. Absorbing as many pages as she can (a la The Matrix), Jezebel becomes very powerful and a higher-up into an organization who wishes to keep the populace deaf and dumb to the p ...more
Stephine Yoshikawa
Oh boy! I hate ties, but I'm deadlocked between Foundation for the Lost and Jezebel's Ladder as my favorite Rhine book to date.

For a darn reasonable price you get a speculative sci-fi thriller/mystery packed with humor, philosophy, religion, sociology, adult-flavored romance, and of course technology.

Honestly, I'm kind of amazed that he pulled it all off so wonderfully, seeing as most of the science, math, and technical jargon was way over my head! However, the plot just pulls you in and doesn't
S.M. Johnson
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sci-fi isn't always my cup of tea, but I have to say Jezebel and teenage paraplegic Daniel sucked me in immediately. I love a smart kid, and paired with a resourceful ex-magician's assistant - well, that's just plain irresistible.

I had moments in which I struggled to keep up with the details - names and code names and groups and golden pages - but that has a lot more to do with the genre than this particular writer - I'm just not science or math minded! Despite those moments, this story zips al
Scott Rhine
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-wrote
A lot of fun to write -- sex, drugs, rock and roll, with top secret alien conspiracies in the background. This one surprised me in the first week by selling half what I'd sold on my other three books in six months. The characters ignored my attempts to move along with "and the next week," because they had issues *they* wanted to resolve. I felt like I just sat back and listened to my wife dish to her best friend from college--with world destruction and paranormal abilities thrown in. Jezebel Joh ...more
Charles  van Buren
A rollercoaster ride of a book

If Mr. Rhine has not already joined the ranks of major science fiction/science fantasy authors in the minds of the public he should soon do so if his writing continues at this level. I have now read VOID CONTRACT, SUPER GIANT, UNION OF SOULS and JEZEBEL'S LADDER, all of them interesting, exciting and with innumerable plot twists. Unlike some sci-fi authors who deal with the subjects of God and moral absolutes by ignoring them, Mr. Rhine's books contain a moral compa
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
On reflection (it took me a while to get through) this was a good story. Actually, saga may be a better description.

I found that I kept dropping this one and going back to it because the story was a little disjointed in places...or was it disjointed because I kept dropping it? Not sure.

Enjoyed it and may pick up the series at some point.
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
An enjoyable read with an interesting and unique (in my experience) premise. Despite the lukewarm synopsis, the book is an engaging read. Sometimes the pacing is stuttering and awkward, and the book really feels like two books collapsed into one, but overall an enjoyable read.
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Well written, and with good characters, but somehow, despite the high rating, I have no desire to follow up with the sequels. Worth the time, though, since the story is nicely self-contained.
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it
I liked it in spite of its faults.
There were some interesting ideas, though the execution was a bit disappointing in spots.
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Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Watch out. I believe this book is directly inspired by Scientology. It’s addictive, and not in a good way. The morality doesn’t match mine. The descriptions of what “ought” to be a spiritual path are materialistic. As a piece of literature it’s not high quality and there are some gaping holes in the plot and storytelling, but nevertheless it’s a gripping, exciting read and the series gets better in the second book. I would recommend not reading it.
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Scott Rhine wanted to find a job that combined his love of reading with math problem solving, so he studied both short stories and computer languages. As a techno-gypsy, he worked on optimizing some of the fastest and largest supercomputers in the world. A couple of degrees, patents, and children later, at forty-eight, he still didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. When his third publi ...more

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