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Price of a Bounty (Reliance on Citizens Makes Us Great! Book 1)

Price of a Bounty (Reliance on Citizens Makes Us Great! Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

S. L. Wallace
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Keira Maddock has never considered herself a lady. In fact, she often acts in ways that would be considered downright un-ladylike. A hired killer and thief whose only goal is to provide the necessities of life for herself and her sister, she has learned to be brutally effective in her trade, with skills as sharp as the weapons she prefers. And when the head of a huge, shadowy corporation hires her to remove a powerful and wealthy opponent, Keira is happy to oblige. Until she meets him...

Scott Maddock is a hardened Terenian soldier-for-life. His job, to uphold the motto of the realm: "Reliance on Citizens Makes Us Great!" Soldiers work for the Gov, and the Gov is run by heads of corporations. But where do Scott's loyalties really lie? Only he and his best friend know for sure.

April Maddock is trying to make it on her own and has taken a job with a wealthy family. She has chosen not to fight the system like Keira, nor to fight for the Gov like Scott. Unlike her siblings, she recognizes the good in everyone. Even so, outside appearances can be deceiving. April knows that better than most.

Infested with greed and divided by power, the realm of Terene bears remarkable resemblance to our own society. But opposite despair, there is always hope. Whereas Keira Maddock brings destruction, Guy Bensen brings promise. Wealthy and powerful, yet thoughtful and caring, he is an anomaly who throws her completely off guard. When she learns of his connections to Scott and April, Keira knows she has made the right decision in not only sparing his life but in joining his cause.

In book one of the Reliance on Citizens trilogy, S.L. Wallace introduces a world divided in which not everyone is who he seems to be. In a seamless blend of action, sci-fi, romance and political suspense, we are encouraged to consider the bonds that makes us human.

"The action keeps you guessing and the story doesn't let you down." Melissa Wright

"For a debut novel, Price of a Bounty, delivers. The story gradually becomes more complex as it goes, interweaving multiple stories. I really like the technique Wallace uses with chapters, in that she keeps the same setting for subsequent chapters but from different characters' points-of-view. It's a technique you don't see often, and it's used well here." Marc Buhmann

"Somewhat reminiscent of George Orwell's iconic masterpiece, 1984, this book thrives on it's political influences while it creates a diverse narrative following several characters' viewpoints." Andrew Augustine

About the Author

S.L. Wallace is an upper elementary Montessori teacher and life long writer who is a descendant of the famous William Wallace. Like him, she believes in freedom and independence. Unlike him, she fights her battles with the pen. Interested in current events? Stop by and share your point of view and interesting links at or visit S.L. Wallace online at or on Facebook.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466268107
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H93BBE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #452,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and thoroughly enjoyable. 3 Jan 2012
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Price of a Bounty by SL Wallace -Review.
`Price of a Bounty' is a fast-paced novel with plenty of action. With main protagonists that all have their own secrets and inhabit an unequal world where; as they are all drawn together into a web of intrigue, they have to decide who they can and cannot trust.
Around this, with an assassin, resistance movement, murder, theft and a dash of romance, SL Wallace deftly takes us on their journey with surprising twists and turns that keep you wondering what is going to happen next; right up to the last chapters.
Her skilful style of telling the story through the viewpoints of different characters giving insights into the personality and logic of each persona, gives the reader a chance to get to know and care about them.
Well written and thoroughly enjoyable. I am genuinely looking forward to the sequel `Canvas Skies'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Futuristic Thriller 25 Nov 2011
By Annie
Format:Kindle Edition
Keira Maddock is trying to survive in an Orwellian purgatory where the government is run by Elites who are for the most part greedy and self-serving. Meanwhile, ordinary citizens are starving and doing without, basically just struggling to survive. Within this damaged society, a resistance is brewing.

Keira is the daring heroine, a hired bounty hunter (called a Freelancer) who is in danger of being double-crossed and triple-crossed. She doesn't know whom she can trust, but she longs for a world where freedom and decency reign. She accepts a job from one of the most powerful Elites in Tkaron, but suddenly finds herself siding with the man she's supposed to kill. Can she trust him? Whose side is he really on? And how does her brother know him?

This is a compelling, entertaining thriller and love story that is an allegory about the hazards of privilege and power, where absolute power corrupts absolutely. I felt for Keira immediately, a smart and conscionable woman who pines for the past as she listens to her mother's favorite records, like "I've Got Rhythm," the simpler songs of a bygone era, and yet who bravely confronts the future and will sacrifice everything for a good cause. Full of twists, genetic manipulation and subterfuge, it kept me turning pages. The ending was totally unexpected and I look forward to the sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read! 30 Jan 2012
By Cowie49
Format:Kindle Edition
From page one, this book had me hooked. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. Every spare moment I had I was engrossed in the plot where the mystery deepened as it unravelled. The book is seen from several different characters prospectives, each with their fair share of secrets, which are revealed throughout the plot. The book is set in a fictional world, but not too unlike our own. It seems set in the future and leaves the reader questioning what direction our own world is heading. I look forward to reading more from S. L. Wallace!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of a book! 17 April 2013
By Diane
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This book appealed to me right from the beginning. I found myself picking it up at every opportunity possible - I simply had to know what happened to the characters in the story. The author's creativity and ability to write the story from 4 different people's perspectives totally held my attention. There are four lives entwined through fate. The story takes place in the future when the world is divided into two distinctive groups, the rich who are powerful and the poor. Even in such dangerous times there are people who want to make their `country' a better place to live. It is easy to visualise the characters in this book and I became totally absorbed in the adventure. Definitely my kind of read, in fact I loved it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time, money and patience. 16 July 2014
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I normally don't go out of my way to give a bad review but this book is just really bad. The characters are flat, with an emotional age averaging 10 years, and the plot is predictable and rather stupid.
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