Princess of Wands

Princess of Wands

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Buffy meets Desperate Housewives meets killer demons Fast-moving fantasy action from a New York Times best-selling master of edge-of-the-seat adventure.

Special: distinguished by some unusual quality . . .
Circumstances: a piece of evidence that indicates the probability or improbability of an event . . .
Barbara Everette, homemaker living in a small town in Mississippi, had the perfect life. Perfect husband, perfect children, perfect house, perfect Christian Faith. She cooked and cleaned perfectly and managed all of the chores of the modern suburbanite, toting the kids, running the PTA, teaching kung-fu in the local dojo . . . Perfectly. But perfection has a price and the day came when Barbara snapped. She simply had to have "one weekend off." God had to grant her that much. It said no where that she was a slave. Waving goodbye to her hapless, entirely undomestic husband, she set out on the quest for a weekend of peace and maybe some authentic Cajun food.
Detective Sergeant Kelly Lockhart, New Orleans Homicide, had a perfect record on his latest case: not a single suspect. And there should be at least five or six, given the DNA traces on the many bodies. Furthermore, his sole really outstanding clue, a mysterious fish scale, had disappeared into the recesses of the FBI Crime Lab. But the old fortune-teller was sending him into the bayou, down in the land of authentic Cajun food, on the track of a mysterious pimp with the admonition to "watch for the Princess." Or die. Barbara and Kelly were heading to a rendezvous that might be fate and might reveal the hand of God. There was more cooking in the swamps than jambalaya. Unknown to either, the mystery of the Bayou Ripper had Special Circumstances.

Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, 2006.
ISBN: 9781416509233
1416509232
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 25 cm.

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brettorlob
Jun 10, 2014

Excellent read. I really enjoyed the variety of the characters, and the fact that the one Christian in this book actually works on being Christ-like. (and yes, that's relevant to the book...so if that's scary, you might want to stay away) Having now read the sequel, this is by far the better of the two books, and the less preachy. The ending of the second one...well, let's say I'm not necessarily going to bother reading the third until I get bored.

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Gompo
Feb 14, 2013

i have really become a fan of John Ringo lately. i was never a big fan of his "polseen" (sp, i know) stories, mostly because they seem impossible to know in what order to read them in. this one was a fun book to read for me. it was reminiscent of an old trilogy of novels called "bureau 13" and while not quite the same, it was in the same vein. i loved the main character and the way that she was shown to be very spiritual without pretentiousness. so often people make assumptions that in order to be spiritual, you have to be perfect, Barb (the heroine) is one of the few who really lives her faith and i like to think that there are many more like her in the real world today. i am looking forward to the next book.

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