- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Famous Books (10 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0987796712
- ISBN-13: 978-0987796714
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,452,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
K.A.R.M.A. Paperback – 10 Jun 2012
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About the Author
Born in Scotland, living in Canada and writing fast-paced U.S. fiction, Grant McKenzie likes to wear a kilt and toque with his six-guns. An internationally published thriller author (Switch; No Cry For Help) often compared to Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay, Grant also has a secret identity as mystery writer m.c. grant whose series debut Angel With A Bullet is being released by Midnight Ink in September. http://grantmckenzie.net
Top Customer Reviews
The synopsis of the story is listed above, so I won't go into that. I will only comment that it was an interesting story concept and well executed by the author. There is some 'colourful language' and some scenes which are graphic in nature. Therefore, I might suggest that 'sensitive souls' might be better finding something else to read. However, there is nothing I haven't read elsewhere in popular thrillers currently available. Everything adds a realism to the characters and story setting.
The tension is taut throughout the story and you constantly have that nagging feeling that there are some twists on the way but you can't be sure exactly what. The twists do come and build to a satisfying climax.
Overall, this is another winner from the storyspinner, Grant McKenzie!
KARMA (Kids Against Rape, Murder, Abuse) is a group of kids taking violent, bloody revenge against their abusers - all coordinated through secret online chatrooms by the mysterious Cypher.
Hackett - a freelance photographer - gets lucky and captures photographs of the first murder scene but that only drags him, his friends and family in to KARMA's web.
The plot fizzes along, the characters are well drawn and interesting. I certainly hope we get to see more of Hackett, Fats and Chandra!
It's a thoroughly good read that keeps you turning the pages all the way to the end. I never noticed any spelling mistakes (they seem commenplace elsewear :) ) so either there are none or the story was too good for them to spoil.
Don't miss out, buy this book.
It's not a "child abuse" story as such. In fact it's pretty hard to categorise it at all. Hackett is a pot smoking freelance photographer, scanning the police radio to try and get his scoop. When he heads to a public toilet in a park, following up on a lead of a brutally murdered man, little does he know what chain of events he is setting in motion.
But the underlying current of the book (without giving too much away) is the pain and helplessness of abused boys and girls. The writing is skilful as, at times, it only takes a paragraph describing a boy who's tired, dirty, hungry and scared to go home to paint a vivid picture. Powerfully written.
And, in between, we come to know Hackett's dysfunctional family, his beautiful and ambitious girlfriend (Chandra) and his deaf geek-withdrawn-from-the-world friend, Fats. When the chips are down and Hackett is in trouble will Fats be able to overcome his crippling agoraphobia?
Don't be put off (as I almost was) by an early passage of chat-room speak between Cipher, Needle, Theresa and others. It's a crucial part of the storyline that the characters in this book are all chained to the Internet in different ways. And not all of them are using it for good things.
I have to recommend that you read this book. There are some difficult (fairly brutal) scenes - but they are kept short and don't feel gratuitous.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the best but not the worst. Something to pass the time with but didn't keep me gripped.Published 16 months ago by Alice
Good, original storyline ... a little slow to start (hence 4 stars), but then I was hooked to the end. My third book by Grant McKenzie ... No Cry For Help and Switch... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Liverbird5
Great read fast paced , must admit it was very gory in some parts , saying that I did read it in two sittings,Published 18 months ago by linda rawson
Brilliant book from a brilliant author. Who would think the kids wanted revenge,and would kill. Be prepared for the kill,. Def recommend this bookPublished on 7 April 2015 by kim
An unusual read, but I could not put it down. The author was subtle with the underlying subject and I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published on 31 Jan. 2015 by vivwilly
I really enjoyed this. Pacey and exciting. Definitely give it a go, but it is not for the faint-hearted!Published on 7 Nov. 2014 by Flossy