Review of “Kick” by John L. Monk

KickI picked up a copy of Kick after they talked about it on the To Be Read Podcast. From the description they gave: a dead guy returns to possess the bodies of criminals and put things right, it sounded good. A bit like Quantum Leap if Sam only leapt into the bodies of serial killers.

From the start, Kick has a fun, conversational tone from a protagonist that’s easy to like. Dan Jenkins is far from perfect. Unlike Sam in Quantum Leap, Dan doesn’t pull any punches and isn’t afraid to get lethal when it’s called for.

The book is divided into three separate stories, which gave me the impression that it might have been three novellas that the author combined. Each story has no bearing on the others, apart from Dan being involved. The first two stories are very enjoyable, however, with believable characters and situations.

The third story starts in the middle of the book and does drag somewhat, but it picks up a lot by the end. I was getting a little bored about halfway through the book, but I persisted and that persistence was rewarded.

I’ll be picking up the second book to read, so I’d definitely recommend this book. I give it 4/5 stars (5/5 on Amazon), grab a copy over here.

An explanation of my ratings

Some people have asked about my ratings, so here’s how they break down:

1 star – I didn’t like it. I usually don’t leave these ratings, as I won’t finish books I don’t like and I don’t review books I haven’t finished.

2 stars – It was okay.

3 stars – I liked it.

4 stars – I really liked it.

5 stars – One of my favourite books of all time.

Amazon have each of those as being one star higher. I liked it is four stars, for example, so my rankings are one star higher on Amazon. I prefer to have a rank higher, however, so I’m able to give some things an outstanding rating.


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