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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN-10: 1514140179 / ISBN-13: 9781514140178.

Jill Andersen is one of Baltimore's best and brightest detectives, but she harbors a dark secret -- a secret that threatens to come out when the body of Dr. Trent Roberts is pulled out of the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Roberts' connection to Jill reveals a past that involves a tour in Iraq, a
Paperback, 358 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by Createspace (first published May 31st 2015)
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I’ve been meaning to read this book for awhile, and I’m glad I finally did! Normally, I find mystery/detective stories to be somewhat cookie cutter-ish, but the sci-fi elements of the plot definitely make Bounty stand out, and it gives it that extra boost. I don’t know a *whole* lot about the franchise, I’ve only seen a couple of the films, but the backstory of Project Fusion almost reminds me of elements in X-Men. Jill’s background, in particular — as in, how she came to be half-cyborg — almooo ...more
Casca Green
Tonight’s book review is a two-for-one special, since both the novel Bounty and the novella Boundless by J. D. Cunegan are very quick reads and part of the same series.

I really enjoyed both these books, in an adrenaline-saturated, violence-for violence’s-sake, action flick type of enjoyment. The narratives are one part police procedural, one part espionage thriller, two parts near-future science fiction suspense. The protagonist is snarky good fun, her personality somewhere halfway between Dead
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bounty is a fast-paced mystery/thriller with an awesome female lead. Jill is a person that works tirelessly to make sure that justice is served. Her number one priority is her job and doing what is right. And when she can’t catch the bad guys with the law, she has another trick up her sleeve to catch them.

My biggest put off about this book is, honestly, the cover. It kind of goes back to that whole “I’m not too fond of sci-fi for these reasons” thing. I am slowly starting to get over it, but I s
Sharon Brownlie
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a debut novel for J.D.Cunegan, it's a great start. His main character Jill Anderson, is a strong and forceful womman who has her own agenda.She also has a softness to her that will endear her to the reader. And a woman with a secret? Love it.
I don't usually read conspiracy ir cybernetic based book but this is not what I expected. I actually loved the cybentics in it and the author explains everything so well.
The plot has been planned out thoroughly and has it's twists and surprises. Although
K.J. Simmill
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jill Anderson had already spent three years serving the people of Baltimore, it had allowed her to build up a tolerance to crime scenes, but it took every ounce of her restraint not to react to this one. If her peers knew she had known the victim she would be off the case. But she knew her special insight would help to find the people responsible. The victim of the brutal murder was Trent Roberts. He was a recognised scientist, best known for his work in prosthetics and cybernetics. There was, h ...more
E.A. Copen
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jill Andersen is a cop. She's also a vigilante cyborg. If that piqued your interest, this book might be for you. It's not quite an origin story, though there is one mixed in. There's also a subplot concerning dirty cops and government cover ups.

The good:
Bounty has a lot of characters, giving you many perspectives on a complex crime. The world and characters presented are neither good nor bad, but mostly complex. The cast is diverse and I love that the plot doesn't fall into a hole, forcing two
Christy King
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the conversations and banter in this book. It flows well and you can feel the various relationships through how they talk to each other.

While reading, I discovered an amazing thing happening beneath the surface. I could feel the grit of the setting, the darkness or the light, even without any obvious scene descriptions. It's an amazing piece of writing to be able to convey the setting without saying it outright. I'm impressed!

This is a super-hero, sci-fi, crime thriller that kept my atte
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gritty super hero, police drama rolled into one

Love the characters! Especially, Jill, Ramon and Juanita. You can picture the what front and Baltimore streets. Very descriptive. Good storyline.
S.E. Anderson
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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If I had to write a one word review of Bounty, I would say this: Fun. This novel was pure fun, start to finish. You never really know what to expect when picking up a self published novel, but this one really grabbed me and would not put me down. I binge read this novel in about two hours, and loved every minute of it.

Jill is one of those characters you can’t help to love. Stubborn and headstrong, she is made up of 100% determinat
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am also interested in murder mysteries, they are my guilty pleasure, and this one did not disappoint.

J.D. Cunegan's writing is read with ease, and I found the tone and flow of the sentences to be poetic. He knows how to use similes and metaphors flawlessly, and doesn't over describe scenes or characters to the point of boredom. Instead, his plot focused more on the mystery at hand and I found myself guessing at answers throughout the novel.

The best thing about this novel was how Cunegan was ab
EJ Roberts
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely have to say, this was a fun book to read. Jill Anderson reminds me of Kate Beckett from Castle. She is tough, no one is going to stand in her way, and she'll do what's right, no matter what. Jill's secret is given to the reader fairly early on in the book, so you don't need to wait long on that. How it plays out in solving Dr. Roberts' murder is fascinating. Unfortunately, it's the MAIN thing that fuels the entire story, so I can't say anything about it until you read it yourself. T ...more
Willow Woodford
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bounty was a great read that kept me turning pages until the end. As Jill Andersen tries to balance her double life they start to bleed into each other and she must be sure she's being true to herself above all else.

Bounty is a thriller mystery about Jill Andersen, one of Baltimore's finest just trying to do her job, with a little cybernetic help. It was written by J.D. Cunegan and is available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and in paperback. It is part of my “support Indie Authors” pledge for thi
Mary Head
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lately, I've been having trouble sitting down and focusing long enough to start a book, let alone finish one, but I had a lot of trouble putting Bounty down. The story sucks you in right away, and I found myself staying up late because I didn't want to stop reading.

The characters are wonderfully fleshed out, particularly Jill, and you'll definitely find yourself rooting for her, and feeling sympathy for her throughout the story. Her relationships with the other characters are wonderful to read,
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jill Anderson is a woman on the police force, Detective to be exact. She has a keen eye, when it comes to anything of what she does. She has a partner, that is practically like her best friend, and a boss that she thinks of as a second dad. She also has a double life that she keeps secret from everyone else. Everything is perfect for Jill right?

Jill comes to a crime scene and sees the victim missing a heart. She knows this man. This man was the same man, that turned her into her secret she keeps
S.J. Higgins
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. This story has it all. Action, drama, suspense, humour.

Jill Andersen a detective with the Baltimore Police Department is passionate about fighting crime in her city so much so that when she is off duty, she fights crime as the vigilantly Bounty, but she has a secret, she is part cyborg and a full-on superhero.
JD’s character development is brilliant. Every single one of his characters became very real to me but my favourite was hands down Jill. She is fiercely loyal, passionate, driv
Boundless Book Reviews
I didn't really know what to expect from this book, but I was very pleased. It was a very good read. It tells the story of a woman who is "modified" due to taking part in a hidden experiment. She is not only a cop, but a hidden vigilante.

This book is written well and is full of crime drama and suspense. I absolutely love Jill and find her strength honorable. She went through a lot when she was young, but never let it stop her. She continued to grow and now she is doing what it takes to help out
Ben Mariner
Bounty was a really interesting take on the superhero story. I don’t want to reveal too much, but Bounty is basically a female version of DC’s Cyborg. While that particular character has always been kind of lame for me, Bounty was fresh and interesting. There’s a lot of really good humor and the relationship between Jill and her team is always entertaining. Bounty is a well told story that keeps you guessing until the very end. The action was well written and entertaining, and there was plenty o ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that book is amazing.
I mean I would have been okay with a story about a homicide detective solving her cases and being awesome at that
but the cyborg thing was an added bonus I enjoyed way more than I first thought was possible

all in all I think this book deserves to be read and the characters are awesome and I have nothing more to say
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun for me. I enjoyed the character of Jill very much. She is a great tough female character. There are many different elements in this book from mystery to action. This book has many things I enjoyed very much! * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad at all for a debut novel. I really enjoyed the comic book feel in novel form -- it was colorful, fast-paced, full of rich characters and realistic dialogue. The time jumps were a little jarring at first, but not a deal-breaker. Great read for anyone who enjoys sci-fi, comic books, superheroes, and the like.
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic!! A unique style, distinctive characters, a compelling mystery and superb storytelling makes this a definite win for fans of "crime-fighting vigilantes" and a heroine worth rooting for! ...more
Norma Todd
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Female Super Hero!

Fast paced and fun to read. I'm not a fan of switching back in time, I found it unnecessarily distracting. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Michele bookloverforever
1 part science fiction, one part murder mystery, one part thriller..all of it a pretty good story. bad guys, grey guys, betrayals of all sorts...a thirst for justice...
Rose Montague
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a fun, action-packed read from start to finish. Jill Anderson is a cross between Terminator and The Six Billion Dollar Woman. Great fun and on to the second book in the series.
Charles Dillon
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definately a got-to read.

When I first startef reading this book, I really wasn't too sure about it
The outline sounded promising, but the readability went up & down a few times. Still, by the end I had to admit I really enjoyef it.
So, I have to really recomend that you get it and read it yourself.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very interesting concept! I enjoyed one or two of the characters in particular, and already have two of Mr. Cunegan's other books in my TBR pile right now! Looking forward to the further adventures of Jill! ...more
J C Steel
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Bounty, the ass-kicking sequel to Blood Ties, Jill and her partner Ramon are called to investigate a gruesome murder – just another wonderful day in Homicide, or so they assume. However, Dr. Roberts’ murder quickly turns out to be only the start of Jill’s problems, as his death threatens to bring the top-secret modifications she underwent in the Army out in public – something the military and the unscrupulous billionaire who bankrolled the research will do anything to prevent. Jill is relucta ...more
Eldon Farrell
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
There was a lot to like about this book. With Bounty, author J.D. Cunegan has expertly crafted a narrative with the best elements of the comic book genre; all that's missing is the four colour pictures.

This was a fun read more than anything else; I thoroughly enjoyed it. The pacing was pitch perfect right from the start and moved the story along at a brisk clip. I particularly enjoyed the short, punchy chapters in the style of James Patterson. The world building was done in a natural way so as t
Daryl Ball
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into reading this book knowing full well I should expect a combination of a story about a police officer and the idea of a superhero/vigilante. The story is beautifully laid out and structured so that with each new chapter, another layer is pulled back in the crime the MC, Jill, is investigating. As such it becomes increasingly enthralling the longer you read it. You feel the pressure mounting, and the author is also very good at making sure you get sucked into feeling what the characters ...more
Carl Xiong
Very well written. The author has described scenes in great details and the interactions between characters are natural and humorous, specifically those between the protagonist and her "sidekick".

The biggest drawback is the pace of story telling. The plot is very predictable and with few twists. Action scenes are well written but bring no excitement or thrills. IMO, some details should be omitted. Half through the book, I already found it hard to finish, save for some fun interactions/dialogues.
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J.D. Cunegan is known for his unique writing style, a mixture of murder mystery and superhero epic that introduces the reader to his comic book-inspired storytelling and fast-paced prose. A 2006 graduate of Old Dominion University, Cunegan has an extensive background in journalism, a lengthy career in media relations, and a lifelong love for writing. Cunegan lives in Hampton, Virginia, and next to ...more

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