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Retribution

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An intense pager turner involving love, redemption, and the importance of family ties. This is one for people who love action.

Instantly, I love the character of Carmela. She is passionate, sexual, manipulative, powerful, ingenious and turns gender stereotypes on its head. She is fascinating from the start. Baldi is fantastic at building tension and intrigue every step of the way. From the dynamics between the characters, to the action in some chapters, readers are enraptured with the storyline. There are themes of love, betrayal, family, and redemption. There is action, romance, and a reminder to everyone that behind the tough exterior of the greatest manipulators in the world, there lies deep motivation for what they do.


With a novel that includes a lot of complicated history, there comes a lot of different webs of characters. At some points, it became confusing to determine whose bodyguard was whose and what the importance of their perspective is to the story. I didn't like the women hating women section because it seemed to rely on tropes. Of course, readers know the truth of Carmela's every decision, but I didn't get why her lover's mother hated her so much.


As I said, this was told from the angle of multiple characters. At some points, I found this detrimental to the story because I couldn't keep track of who was who. One massive positive to this is that characters are set up as parallels. When Nick is on a job hunting for his prey, Carmela is also stalking a family with the intention of infiltrating them. It made for an interesting look at the difference in the characters and what sets them apart.


Overall, this novel is very enjoyable for people who love action and spy books. There is a rape that occurs, so anyone sensitive to that should be vary of the content. There is also violence and murder which would not settle well with some people. I liked the fast paced action and reading along as the plans of the characters unravel and get complicated. The confusion of the structure took away from my full enjoyment, but I would suggest this book for other people.

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About the author

Nominated for Georgia Author of the Year for Redemption, Stephanie gives her reader’s fast-paced, high stakes, page-turning stories full of surprising twists. Stephanie’s second novel, Retribution is the thrilling sequel to Redemption. She is hard at work on the last book in the trilogy. view profile

Published on June 15, 2019

Published by Dancing Crows Press

100000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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