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Riker's Calling

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  17 reviews
From school bullies to the crime-ridden streets of his hometown of Los Angeles, Jeremy Riker has always felt the need to do something about the injustice surrounding him. Just as he sets out on his journey as an urban warrior, he unknowingly gives rise to an obsessive adversary, who ends up becoming one of the most notorious serial killers the city has ever known. Dubbed ...more
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Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Roll the mental camera, sit back and enjoy a brief tale of intrigue and mystery. As the main character, Jeremy Riker fights the injustices in the world around him, he becomes the focus of a mysterious psychopath as the media gives this dark and twisted killer his place in public infamy.
Unable to become a police officer, Jeremy becomes a P.I. with an eye to solving the
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, thriller
A 110 page fast paced crime thriller.

This novella could be an episode of any crime TV show. It packs a punch and features a psychopath. From a puzzling question of who? to a twisty showdown.

Meet Jeremy Riker- bullied in school by one of the security staff, Riker decides that getting involved in the police force is something he should do to protect the other vulnerable people. An unfortunate event, however, sees the police force dream of Rikers being flushed down the toilet as hes no longer
Stephanie Jane
I was pleasantly surprised by just how good this novella is! Despite its short length, there is gripping tension throughout and good character progression for the main two protagonists. I liked the contrasts between the locales in which scenes take place - the gentle harbour, pristine hospital, seedy city streets - and Lamoureux has paced his story perfectly so there is never a dull moment, but I didn't feel the narrative was overly rushed either. A smattering of typos do detract slightly from ...more
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
- Warning - the descriptions in this review, while whitewashed, may be offensive by themselves...
Jeremy Riker's a veteran at being down but not out. After a tragic stray bullet prevents him from becoming a policeman, his police friends assist him in rebuilding his life in a vain attempt to make it back into the running to join the force. In a depression, he goes to the train station, considering ending it all, when he notices a woman weeping, sitting on a bench. He goes up to console her, but
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When an author submits a review request for a novella/short novel, I find myself crying a little inside. Don't get me wrong, I've read some that have been absolutely amazing, but for the most part I've found that, in order to keep it short and sweet, the content tends to be lacking...making it really hard to become submerged in the plot. There's nothing worse than finishing a book and feeling like something was it could have/should have been so much more!

Let me begin this review
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! Now this is a crime thriller!

I was fortunate enough to receive a ARC of Riker's Calling in exchange for an honest review. This is the third story I've read from this author, and am very impressed with his ability to go from one genre to another, with his talent as a storyteller never faltering as he does so.

I was immediately drawn into Riker's world, and never wanted to leave. The character had a tragic beginning but fought through it to become the man he seems destined to become. His
Richard Gallagher
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave
This would make a great film!
Nada Sobhi
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received a free copy of Riker's Calling from its author in exchange for an honest overdue review.

Riker's Calling by Rico Lamoureux is fast-paced thrilling crime-mystery novella with a mastermind of a villain. Brilliantly wicked!

Bullied in his teens, 21-year-old Jeremy Riker looks to become a police officer to do some good and stop bullies. But an injury renders him slightly deformed and obliterates his dreams of joining law enforcement. Despite extensive training, he is denied the
Amanda ChocolatePages
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story line involves a psychopathic serial killer, and I particularly like a book whereby the Author very cleverly leads the reader to see into the serial killers mind so that we can kind of understand where his thought process is going with regards his victims, his reasons and his methods. Of course, we never empathise with serial killers, but if an Author can show his thought process, then it makes me think that the Author is very talented. These are my thoughts about Rico Lamoureux.

Namrata Ganti
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The first thing I would like to emphasize on is that this is a novella. A short read, packed with a fast paced plot, action and murder! Lots and lots of killings.... yes! you guessed right, we have a serial killer on the loose. Dubbed by the media as the "Spyderco killer", he haunts our protagonist, Jeremy Riker. This about sums up the two main character's in the plot.

The story starts off with an action
Mahathi Ramya
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am reading a crime thriller after a long time. I loved Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, enjoyed thrillers from that time, but crime and violence don't interest me much.

This is the story of Jeremy Riker who wanted to join the police force but, ends up starting a private detective agency with his guide Max. Due to some reasons, he becomes an enemy to a serial killer and thus loses the lives of a lot of his close friends and supporters. He is stuck in a dangerous situation where he doesn't
Ashley Tomlinson
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I thought this was a very interesting book with some great scenes. Since I am a fan of kick ass action scenes with maybe some mild violence thrown in there this called out to me. Seeing as this book is so short I'll keep my review short as well.

The pace of this was pretty fast and moved right along but there were a few scenes that bogged me down some. It was easy enough for me to jump right back into it but it did lose my interest at times. The character's backgrounds were easy enough to
Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
I do love a good mystery/thriller! Riker's Calling is a very fast paced, action packed, enjoyable book. There were a few times when it lost me a bit, but for the most part I found it to be a pretty good read. I do think that the reason I found a few things lacking in the book is that it was indeed a pretty short book. There didn't seem to be quite enough character development for my liking but that is generally what you get with books this length.

If you are in the mood for a mystery/crime
Natasha Murray
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Gruesome Thriller

This novella was fast paced, with high action and was a hell of a ride.

Jeremy Riker, the main character, is a tough private investigator and a brilliant martial artist. His world is blown apart, when a serial killer latches on to him; taking delight in causing Riker emotional pain.

Rico Lamoureux, the author writes a disconcerting, rapid, murder mystery with excellent narrative. I believe that this novella would be the first in a great TV series.

You never really get to know
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
You know, for a short-ish book, this certainly packs an awful lot between the covers.

Told from a dual point of view, this story becomes all the more interesting as the reader gradually becomes aware of the identity of the perpetrator.

The plot line is reasonably straightforward, and that concentrated approach to the story telling really keeps the reader's interest throughout.

If you like short, punchy crime thrilllers, then you could do worse than to add this to your TBR list.

I received a copy
Amy Shannon
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A new form of vigilantism

This book is extremely intense, and Lamoureux definitely writes this story well. Edge of your seat, quick to turn the pages, but taking the breath to read and envelope the entire story on each page. Read this story, word for word, and embark on the journey that is Riker. Jeremy Riker, a man bent on righting the injustices of crimes, and who crosses the Spyderco Killer. It's the life of the modern day warrior, and how he can enter the sights of a psychopath, with threats
Marika Charalambous
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fast action packed novella which I've read in about 50 minutes. Riker is a likeable character whom you can't but feel for, having been bullied all his life and seeing his future crushed by this or that. And when the psychopath targets him and his family and friends, all the best are really off.

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