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Oracle [Kindle Edition]

J.C. Martin
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn't need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they've got one anyway.

Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter's disability.

Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victims.

One of whom could be his own daughter.

Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer's only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 452 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing (22 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OA0SD2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #768,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J.C. Martin is a displaced Malaysian living in South London, England, with her husband and three dogs. After working in pharmaceutical research and in education as a schoolteacher, she decided to put her 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun to good use. She now teaches martial arts, and writes whenever she can. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies for New Asian Writing, Pill Hill Press and Static Movement, and she is the winner of the 2010 IFWG Publishing Story Quest Short Story Contest.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold medal debut for author J C Martin 30 July 2012
By mike
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first heard about J. C. Martin's book Oracle I thought "What an interesting idea to write a thriller about a serial killer at the Olympics" and then I thought "Oh no! What if this is just a run of the mill serial killer book with a few references to the Olympics forced in by the publisher's publicity department to allow for a bit of cashing-in to go on". Well, I needn't have worried. As someone who doesn't really take to serial killer plots (far too many of them around for my liking) I'm delighted to say that I loved this book.

The events in Oracle could only take place at the time of the Olympics (not to give too much of the plot away) and J. C. Martin has written a riveting, fast paced, page turner of a debut novel with plenty of twists and turns along the way. The pace never lets up from page 1 and I never felt the need to skip a passage or two (again very rare for me!).

I really liked the central character Kurt Lancer and his domestic set-up with daughter Megan and brother Reggie and also his working relationship with colleagues Blaize and Holloway. There is a tendency these days for books to be padded out with reams of stuff about the private lives of the detectives and indeed, in Oracle, we learn a lot about Kurt and his personal problems and also those of Blaize and Holloway are also touched on. But for me there wasn't enough. I really engaged with all three characters and hope J. C. writes a sequel so we can find out what happens next to these three very interesting, different characters.

The book has been very well plotted and researched and I strongly recommend it to anyone who likes crime novels of any type - I guarantee you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great, exciting read 29 July 2012
By SC
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed J C Martin's Oracle. From the dramatic events of the first chapter to the last, I was gripped, intrigued and amused and wanted to keep reading more.

I liked the characters and in particular the relationship between Kurt, Meghan and Reggie but also that between Kurt, Blaize and Holloway. The unresolved issues, particularly regarding Reggie, suggest a follow up book which I would encourage J C Martin to write! However, I thought at times that Kurt's personal "issues" were a bit overdone and intruded into the story too much. I know it's important to get to know characters but I was much more interested in who the killer was and how Kurt was going to catch him.

I read this book as the Olympics were starting and the Olympic backdrop was interesting although the book will be very readable at any time. I also enjoyed the mythological aspects which gave the book added interest.

I also particularly liked the way the story was told from different points of view. I thought this was dealt with very well and that each voice was convincing.

Although there is no great twist at the end, the book is fast paced and the tension builds to an exciting and satisfying end. This is a very good read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes crime thrillers. I look forward to reading more by J C Martin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ 15 Sept. 2012
By david
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I purchased this book I was unsure to what I would find, thrillers can be so hit and miss, but this thriller was a real hit. As I was travelling to and from the Olympics as a volunteer I though this would be a good book would give me a good read on the train, I was not disappointed, it only took a few journeys to complete the book as I was hooked on who was the real killer. The authors knowledge on Martial Arts and general knowledge of the subject in hand gave the book a real life feeling.
I believe the author had a great insight into her ideas and where she wanted the book to go.
I along with others am waiting for the next book which I hope can meet my expectations

A great read that kept me from putting the book down, well done!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read 4 Sept. 2012
By PBN
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a fast paced serial killer novel, but unlike others in the genre is not derivative and has several interesting and thoughtful plot progressions. The main character being a policeman wasn't drunk and abusive which made a pleasant chnage, he had his issues and I thought that they were sensitively and cleverly dealt with.

The link to the Olympics did not seem forced and I thought the use myth was very cleverly used.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes contemporary crime fiction, an excellent first novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 8 Aug. 2012
By HAM
Format:Kindle Edition
I havent even finished reading the book yet and im hooked. I am a friend of J.C.Martin's husband, I thought he was bigging the book because his wife wrote it but it is genuinely a brilliant read so far. What with the Olympics happening right now it is all so very wierd...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sleepless Nights 9 Aug. 2012
Format:Paperback
Thank you J.C Martin for a sleepless night reading Oracle! I just couldn't put the book down, and before I knew it the clock was telling me it was 5am! A gripping story, and a thoroughly enjoyable read. The hard part is putting it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 12 Aug. 2012
By Joe
Format:Kindle Edition
J.C Martin's intense thriller is brilliant, the first few chapters pull you in and doesn't let go. It was perfect to read this book at the time of the Olympics, I couldn't put it down. A must read!
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