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Princess of Wands

de John Ringo

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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.… (més)
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Quite interresting little collection of 3 small books in the fantasy genre. It's rather light reading and sometimes a bit silly. The ease by wich people are convinced that there are deamons and such like nasties roaming the earth is rather laughable for instance. Also the constant harping about her Christian faith can be a bit tiresome but on the whole it's an okay light read. ( )
  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
A young, married woman of strong Christian faith finds herself trapped in a small Louisiana town while spending a restful weekend away from home and crosses paths with a serial killer. He's a serial killer with a diabolical goal that involves Barbara Everette and she has to stop him or get run over by him. An interesting dark fantasy that pits a homemaker steeped in Christian faith against the forces of darkness. Three tales of various lengths fill this book which is billed as the first in a series. When more appear, I will snap them up. ( )
  NickHowes | May 24, 2015 |
I don't know. It's exciting, certainly. Coincidence - or possibly the hand of God (one or another) plays a major part throughout. I find Barb a little uncomfortable, as a Christian believer - it's not a viewpoint I can understand. Church as community, yes; God as a guiding principle, maybe - but simple belief that God takes a direct interest in her and her actions...awkward. Especially when the story shows she's right. The first story, in the bayou, is so heavy with coincidence (in getting her and the cop there, just at the right time) that it didn't really catch me. The story at the con was better, if only because I could recognize and enjoy a lot of the setting (though I generally avoid most of the backbiting and in-groups at cons, so that part was less interesting). And the third one was weird - a lot of belief, but no actual power until Barb showed up. Lazarus and the effect on her daughter...seem a little excessive and setting up for the next adventure. Silly coach. The end is - somewhere between awkward and amusing, as Barb's husband finds out she's no longer completely obedient to him. Whatever. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Sep 24, 2013 |
This book is very different from John Ringo's books (or at least the ones I have read). This one revolves around a cross between a soccer mom and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Its a fun, relatively light read and doesn't have nearly as much combat as the other Ringo books I've encountered. The book takes the form of two short stories and a novella, with the novella having a pretty obvious dig at David Drake, which I thought was a bit odd. Overall, I enjoyed this book.

http://www.stillhq.com/book/John_Ringo/Princess_of_Wands.html ( )
  mikal | May 23, 2011 |
The first section of th book was the best when our heroine battled a beasty incarnation. I appreciated the fact that Barb was a Christian warrier -- perhaps the most redeaming aspect of the book.

The second book was really poorly written. It was basically a lecture on what goes on at a con and a mini-tutorial on demons. How many times does he have to infer that DragonCon is the place to be to ogle women?

The third book was brief and basically a pointless addition. The book would have been MUCH better if it flowed fom Book One to an expanded Book Three -- building the drama of your teen being possessed by the devil while you're a Bible believing Christian. ( )
  skraft001 | Oct 7, 2009 |
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Dedicated to the memory of K. Steinberg, a fine Southron Jewish woman. Raise a glass of something pink, frosty and alcoholic. Her voice and presence will be sorely missed. As this book was being prepared for printing, Hurricane Katrina came ashore and utterly destroyed many of the sites included in the story. It can only be hoped, at this time, that those scenes will someday return to us. Our prayers go out to the people of Louisiana and Mississippi.
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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.

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