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The Kill Shot: A Jamie Sinclair Novel by [Christoff, Nichole]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Alibi (17 Mar. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N6PEWOG
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Private Investigator, Jamie Sinclair is asked/ordered by her father, Senator James Sinclair (a man who never takes no for an answer!) to fly to London to help a physicist from a Middle Eastern dictatorship escape to America. It sounded like a straightforward plan, that is, until Jamie together with Dr Oujdad and Katie DeMarco, a State Department courier find themselves being targeted when arriving in London by people obviously just as interested in ensuring that none of them return to the USA.

The author has chosen a light, almost jaunty way to tell this story. Jamie, funny and confused about her love life, is also dead serious in the task of ensuring that the physicist and her father reach the safety of the USA. The plot is tight, well thought out and has some surprising twists and turns, making it enjoyable enough to keep reading until the last page.

I’m sure that Nichole Christoff is going to pick up a large audience, especially amongst women, looking for a heroic female to follow. -Treebeard

Rating: Three Stars.

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This is the second in the Jamie Sinclair series. Her father, Senator James Sinclair (former Army Major General), is asking Jamie to accompany Katie DeMarco, a State Department Courier, to London. Jamie notices Katie is carrying a diplomatic pouch that exempts her from any search and seizure at the airport. In London, as they were making their way from the airport, someone grabs the pouch. But before they could take off, Jamie retrieves the pouch. Now it is torn and she can see it contains S Passports for people planning to defect. Katie finally explains it is for a physicist from a Middle Eastern rogue state who will trade secrets about a nuclear weapons program in exchange for asylum.

Jamie is escorting Katie, the physicist and family when once again they are placed in danger. She ushers them into a bookstore and faces the man who then opens fire on one of her charges. But, someone takes him down before he can get a kill shot. Jamie thinks that someone looks an awful lot like her boyfriend and military police officer, Adam Barrett.

The story is in Jamie’s first person account. I love that she wears square rimmed glasses; I think it helps us realize she is more like us and not some super-model. She’s portrayed at being very skilled and professional in her job, which is that of a PI and Security Specialist. However, I couldn’t completely understand why she would have been asked to escort someone in an international situation. Once she realized Barrett was also in London on the same mission, she complained that her father did not trust her. However, after shots are fired, it is clear to me that her mission would have failed if not for Barrett. I think she made mistakes in judgment in this novel and I felt frustrated that she seemed naïve about who to trust. I rated The Kill Shot at 3.5 out of 5.
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HASH(0x903ab4f8) out of 5 stars Not the Brightest Heroine Ever 17 Mar. 2015
By avidreader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The action kicks off when Jamie, a senator’s daughter, accepts her father’s request to provide security for a state employer on a London trip. As usual in political thrillers, however, all is not as it seems. Although this is a high-adrenaline page-turner, many of the clues were flashing neon beacons that only an idiot could have missed. Also, for a security specialist, Jamie lacked both the cognitive and physical skills of her trade. (For instance, she had been to the UK many times, yet didn’t know enough to avoid CCTV cameras. And after being chased by bad guys, she carefully shakes them off, but checks into a hotel under her own name using her own credit card.) She usually didn’t realize when she was being followed and got her a** handed to her in almost every physical fight. She was usually several steps behind her opponents and failed to pick up on the most obvious clues. The ending was so far-fetched as to be ridiculous.

The positives: the writing itself was excellent and I assume from the quality and lack of errors that it was professional edited.

Worst quote: “My father was an army officer [2-star general]. They don’t make a lot of money. Not even the generals.” I couldn’t decide whether to be insulted or amused by this. 2-star generals’ (O-8) base pay starts at $9,399 per MONTH. Plus $2.000+ quarters allowance (housing) and $200 or so for rations (food). But that’s for 18 years of service, and no one makes 2 stars at 18 years, so actual pay is much higher.

All in all, an okay read. 3 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x903ab54c) out of 5 stars The Kill Shot by Nichole Christoff (thoughts) 4 April 2015
By Samantha.1020 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Summary from Goodreads:

"Jamie Sinclair’s father has never asked her for a favor in her life. The former two-star general turned senator is more in the habit of giving his only child orders. So when he requests Jamie’s expertise as a security specialist, she can’t refuse—even though it means slamming the brakes on her burgeoning relationship with military police officer Adam Barrett. Just like that, Jamie hops aboard a flight to London with a U.S. State Department courier carrying a diplomatic pouch in an iron grip.

Jamie doesn’t have to wait long to put her unique skills to good use. When she and the courier are jumped by goons outside the Heathrow terminal, Jamie fights them off—but the incident puts her on high alert. Someone’s willing to kill for the contents of the bag. Then a would-be assassin opens fire in crowded Covent Garden, and Jamie is stunned to spot a familiar face: Adam Barrett, who saves her life with a single shot and calmly slips away. Jamie’s head—and her heart—tell her that something is very wrong. But she’s come way too far to turn back now."

My Thoughts:

The Kill Shot was just as explosive and page turning as I had hoped that it would be. (Page turning as in finger tapping since this was an e-read. LOL!) In all seriousness though, I had really high hopes for this book after enjoying the first book so much. This follow-up was just as fast paced and intense as the first book and I found myself having a hard time putting it down. What I love about this series is how this author includes details of military life within her books. Added to that was the fact that for the majority of this book Jamie is abroad in Europe. I absolutely loved all of the details that the author included to bring London to life. As I've never been, it was those details that really pulled me into this book and allowed for me to immerse myself within it. I could picture the different places that she was describing and it allowed for me to live a bit vicariously through Jamie and her adventures. What fun! This book was quite a ride and although I managed to figure out a few of the twists early on, for the most part I was kept in suspense which is just the way that I like it. I am very eager to continue on with this series and see what kind of trouble Jamie finds herself in next!

My one and only complaint with this book is that I felt that Jamie missed a few important details that she shouldn't have. As a security consultant, I felt like there were a few irregularities (trying not to share spoilers here) that really she shouldn't have missed when she is supposed to be so good at her job. It didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book but I just felt that for her to be as good as she is portrayed to be....well, she should have caught on a bit faster to what was going on big picture wise. This is just my opinion though and I do realize that the fact that she didn't led to a more thrilling experience for me as the reader. So there is that. Just worth mentioning as it might bother others more than it bothered me.

Overall this was a great reading experience for me, and one that I enjoyed from the first page to the last. I love how the author is able to create such a sense of place in her books so that I feel like I am experience everything right along with Jamie. I'm very eager to get my greedy hands on the third book as these books seem to be getting better and better. What kind of craziness will Jamie find herself in next? Who knows but I do know that I will be there to read about it! Easily recommended but especially to other mystery lovers. You don't have to read the first book before reading this one but I would recommend it just so that you get the full reading experience. Plus, you will understand more why I am such a huge Adam Barrett fan!

Bottom Line: A nail bitingly good read! I need more!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this books thanks to the publisher and NetGalley as part of a TLC book tour. Thoughts are my own!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x903ab984) out of 5 stars A London Assignment Gone Terribly Wrong Action Thriller 30 Mar. 2015
By VicG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Nichole Christoff in her new book, “The Kill Shot” Book Two in the Jamie Sinclair series published by Alibi gives us another adventure with Jamie Sinclair.

From the back cover: In an explosive thriller for readers of Lee Child, Alex Berenson, and Brad Taylor, P.I. and security specialist Jamie Sinclair finds herself caught in a dangerous game of international cat-and-mouse.

Jamie Sinclair’s father has never asked her for a favor in her life. The former two-star general turned senator is more in the habit of giving his only child orders. So when he requests Jamie’s expertise as a security specialist, she can’t refuse—even though it means slamming the brakes on her burgeoning relationship with military police officer Adam Barrett. Just like that, Jamie hops aboard a flight to London with a U.S. State Department courier carrying a diplomatic pouch in an iron grip.

Jamie doesn’t have to wait long to put her unique skills to good use. When she and the courier are jumped by goons outside the Heathrow terminal, Jamie fights them off—but the incident puts her on high alert. Someone’s willing to kill for the contents of the bag. Then a would-be assassin opens fire in crowded Covent Garden, and Jamie is stunned to spot a familiar face: Adam Barrett, who saves her life with a single shot and calmly slips away. Jamie’s head—and her heart—tell her that something is very wrong. But she’s come way too far to turn back now.

It should have been an easy assignment. Her father asked her to accompany the messenger with the passport for the Middle Eastern physicist and then turn around and escort him back to the United States. Simple. Except things do not always work out that way for Jamie. First they attack her then they try to kill her and they almost succeed. I had never heard of a security specialist before. It is not a job I want however it is fine for Jamie. “The Kill Shot” will keep you guessing as to what is going on. There is plenty of action, suspense and a fair amount of thrills within these pages. What I recommend is you take the phone off the hook, go to the bathroom, then make a big bucket of popcorn to hold you because you will want to finish this book in one reading. I like Jamie Sinclair and I am so looking forward to her next adventure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x903abd50) out of 5 stars Solid, enjoyable second outing for Jamie Sinclair. 19 Mar. 2015
By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In the second Jamie Sinclair novel, The Kill Shot, the reader is reunited with Jamie and Barrett, but interestingly, The Kill Shot is not a straight up crime thriller. In fact, to me Nichole Christoff's sophomore outing read more like a spy novel. I was surprised by this shift in flavour to the narrative, though the general style of the book is very much the same as its predecessor. Jamie remains a kick-ass heroine and I really enjoyed reading about her next adventure.

After The Kill List, I was looking forward to learning more about certain secondary characters from the previous novel, such as Jamie's assistant Matty. Unfortunately, other than Barrett and Senator Sinclair the secondary characters from the previous book were largely missing from The Kill Shot. Instead, Jamie is enlisted by her father and sent on a mission to London, where we get to meet an entire new set of characters. My favourite of these was Ikaat Oujdad, a young woman from an unnamed Middle Eastern country, who Jamie is supposed to help defect to the West with her father. I loved her spirit and her dreams; her joy at being able to do what she longs to do in peace and in the open, without fear of reprisal due to her gender, was lovely and was transmitted on the page very well.

Ikaat's father Armand, was interesting too, but more in his role as Ikaat's father and as a figure who reinforces how people will do anything for those they love most, than in and of himself. That sense that people will do anything for those they hold most dear, be they a child, parent, spouse, potential partner, or friend, is I think the major theme of this book. It invades all the story lines and character arcs, from Armand and Ikaat, to Jamie accepting her mission for her father's sake, on to Barrett, and the other two new characters, the State Department Courier Katie DeMarco and British Foreign Office official Philip Spencer-Dean.

While I enjoyed Katie as a character - she had a great connection with Jamie - at the same time I found her storyline the weakest, as it felt somewhat predictable. On the other hand, Philip's arc didn't feel predictable at all, if you leave out the inevitable triangle with Jamie and Barrett. Philip is the suave, British gentleman, almost Bond-esque in ways and he's the one that could have been the one in Jamie's past. The one who's such a close friend that the risk of moving them out of the friend zone and having it fail is too painful to contemplate. While I liked the dynamics and chemistry between Jamie and Philip, I never felt as if it might truly happen, because as a reader I was already too heavily invested in Jamie/Barrett (should we call them Jarrett, is this a thing?) and additionally, I found Philip's behaviour towards Jamie almost bordering on the creepy, as he essentially doesn't take no for an answer and keeps pushing the issue. And while there were some testosterone displays between the two men, Barrett seems far more respectful of Jamie's capabilities and letting her decide for herself.

If doing anything for those you love is a major theme in The Kill List, then Jamie's arc is a direct outflow from this. The only reason she takes on this mission is to gain her father's approval and it's his silence she feels most when in London. Yet while we learn more about the why of Jamie's daddy issues, we also get to see a softer side to Senator Sinclair, one that shows that the martinet has a softer heart than previously publicised. I also liked the other aspects of Jamie's character development, mostly focusing on her inability to fully trust anyone with her feelings, including herself and her fear of becoming involved with anyone to the point that they might hurt her. But she acknowledges to herself at least that one day she might want just such an attachment and she realises she'll need to grow to be able to do that, which I found interesting to see.

In a way, The Kill Shot is typical for an on-going crime series, it's not so much about the cases as it is about the characters and in my opinion, Nichole Christoff writes her characters very well. I couldn't help but root for Jamie and Barrett, but I found myself caring about Katie and Ikaat as well. There is still much for Jamie to do and learn in her road to a happy ending, with or without Barrett, and I for one look forward to reading her journey and whatever scrapes and adventures she'll get into along the way.

This book was provided for review by the publisher as part of a blog tour.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x903abe34) out of 5 stars Well Crafted Mystery Suspense 26 July 2015
By M. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Jamie Sinclair is a private investigator and a security specialist. When her father, who is a retired two-star general, asks her for help, she agrees to help him. Little does she know that when she agrees, her lives, both her physical and love, will be in serious danger.

I did not feel like I was reading a book but rather listening to a friend tell me a story. I do not know how the author did that, but the whole book felt personal and that is an awesome experience for a reader to have. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in creating tension and suspense with just the written word. I could not turn the pages fast enough to see what would happen next. There is more than one secret to unravel in this book and my attention never wavered. There are many twists and turns that had me second guessing throughout the entire book.

The characters are well developed and three dimensional. Jamie is one tough woman and she knows how to take care of herself. But she also has a vulnerable side which made her seem more human to me. The way she tries to win her father’s approval and her relationship woes made for some very touching moments.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery suspense with lots of twists and turns. This is the second book I have read by this author and I really liked them both. Do yourself a favor and check them out.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group-Alibi for the opportunity to read and review
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