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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Fantasy, 2013
Special: distinguished by some unusual quality... Circumstances: a piece of evidence that indicates the probability or improbability of an event...
Barbara Everette, a 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.
©2005 John Ringo (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Suzy Jackson performs with aplomb, making the vivid characters come to life.... Her variety of female voices makes it easy to differentiate the characters, and her deep, gruff voices for men are fully believable. Listeners will be drawn into Barbara's world and find themselves happily rooting for the good guys as Barbara works to save the day." (AudioFile)
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By Captain Skurvy on 02-25-12

Not a Novel but a collection of 3 short stories

This is not a novel but a collection of 3 short stories based around the book's heroine Barbara Everette, a very religious, gun toting, martial arts & weapons expert who sees her self as a christian homemaker but who who's antics when she goes into action is best described as a souped up Lara croft.

The description given by Audible is basically for the first story where Babara is "taking a break from the family". Her couch potato husband main concern about her going away for a few days, is who is going to wait on him and the look after the children.

The second story is based around a Convention and the last is a very short one based around her home home turf.

The first is probably the best paced.

The second drags a bit but the action kicks in at the end.

The last well I will leave that one to you it seems more a filler.

I am trying to understand who this book is aimed at

If you are religious you may like it, but there is a lot of violence, gore & demonology especially near the end of each story and whilst the heroine is very religious all bets are off once the action starts she does not believe in turning the other cheek.

If a book with a fair bit of religious overtones turns you off then you probably would not like this book.

You might be upset because the description given by audible / the publishers does not state this is a collection of 3 short stories & not a novel.

The Stories are linked by Barbara Everette and yes another world wide society which exists in secret to fight evil.

The narrator is excellent.

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23 of 24 people found this review helpful


By Kindle Customer on 03-03-12

Know your Authors

John Ringo writes adventure based fantasy, with lots of action and gore. That is what he is known for, and what his fans expect. This book is no exception and has both action and gore in spades. The most interesting thing about the protagonist is that she is a committed Christian, It makes a nice break from all of the characters that have little or no religion.

In some ways the book reminds me of a D&D campaign based around a cleric, The cleric must be both devout and a true believer in order to recieve heavenly aid.

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14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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By Mrs OI on 09-14-14

Mistake

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Absolutely no. An underlying premise of this book is that men should be dominant over women. It's such a shame, because the idea of this story is very good. Just done, unfortunately, by a man who is stuck in the 1950's.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Ringo again?

No.

Which character – as performed by Suzy Jackson – was your favourite?

No-one, really. The narrator did a very good job, however.

Could you see Princess of Wands being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

This was quite disappointing. I'll finish the last couple of hours of it, but I won't be buying anything more by this author.

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By Mr Harvey M Bell on 12-01-13

Load of action, good storie and excelent performan

What made the experience of listening to Princess of Wands the most enjoyable?

This is a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat with many twists and turns, you will be drawn into Barbara's world and find yourself happily rooting for the good guys as Barbara works to save the day and stay alive against all the odds.<br/><br/>

What did you like best about this story?

"Suzy Jackson performance makes the vivid characters come to life. l was drawn into Barbara's world and find myself rooting for her as she works to save the day.<br/><br/>

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The action in the church.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are too many moments that make you think, they will never get out of this situation, to list.

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