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A highly paid stuntwoman by day and vigilante by night finds her dual life turned on its head when her prosecutor father discovers her secret. In this light-hearted action thriller, Callie Monroe is a stunt double for the world's #1 female action movie star, but spends her nights trying to avenge her mother's murder. Callie is aided in her quest by her grandfather Hank DemA highly paid stuntwoman by day and vigilante by night finds her dual life turned on its head when her prosecutor father discovers her secret. In this light-hearted action thriller, Callie Monroe is a stunt double for the world's #1 female action movie star, but spends her nights trying to avenge her mother's murder. Callie is aided in her quest by her grandfather Hank Dempsey, a career criminal who runs a repo yard, and her personal assistant, Aryana Koubalt, a bubbly Valley Girl who's smarter than she seems. All is going well for Callie until her father, Assistant District Attorney Nathan Monroe, discovers her secret during a botched sting operation. Nathan, who is also troubled by his wife's murder, is conflicted: He doesn't know whether to tell his boss the truth, or to help Callie in her quest for justice. But when Aryana is kidnapped by the vicious thugs Callie is investigating, Nathan has no choice but to help Callie and Hank get her back -- though he does have a few conditions first......

Title : Victory Blvd.
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ISBN : 22402296
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 88 Pages
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Victory Blvd. Reviews

  • Derek White
    2018-11-07 15:33

    This is an action thriller with plenty of both. It was, for me unfortunately a book of two halves. In the first part I got the impression that the author lacked the experience needed to pack as much into each page as was done. However, the second half (or really the last three quarters of it) more than made up for what came before. Once the scene had been set Sameer’s writing ability could not be faulted and I was amazed at how much was fitted into the sixty four A4 pages of PDF (the format used for my copy.)My only complaint is that this tale would be better extended to some 80,000 words or even more to do justice to the author’s brilliantly thought out idea of a girl being a highly paid stunt double by day and a vigilante by night. Like, I am sure, everyone who has read this, I look forward to reading the sequel when we will see the murderer of Callie’s mother dealt with. (Together with a large number of others unfit to live.)

  • James Ross
    2018-11-05 16:56

    "Victory Blvd." is an exciting piece of action-adventure entertainment. Equal parts fun, sexy, quirky and action-packed, the story never lets up. I found myself flipping pages like nobody's business. And when I got to the end I wanted more! I hope there's a sequel coming, because there are so many interesting story threads. A vigilante who works with her family is something I've never seen before. Reminds me a bit of that old movie "Family Business" with the oddball relationships between the stuntwoman Callie, her district attorney father Nathan, and her grandfather -- a career-criminal -- Hank. You'd never think that cast of characters could work together, but they do, and oh-so-successfully!

  • Tom
    2018-11-03 19:28

    Victory Blvd. is a short thriller by Sameer Ketkar. The author has a background in screenplay writing, and his experience with the movie and television production industry is apparent in this novella. The story reads like an episode of ‘Burn Notice’, minus the explanatory internal monologues, and it is a cheap and easy read packed with action and feel-good vibes.Los Angeles has fallen into corruption, and its citizens have become disturbingly accustomed to fearing the police as much as they fear the numerous gangs and crime outfits. Callie Monroe is a woman living two lives, three if you count her confused on-and-off-again personal life. By day, she is a successful stuntwoman for movie giants like Michael Bay; by night, she prowls the streets of San Fernando as a masked vigilante who hunts down those that the police are unable—or unwilling—to put behind bars. The story is a fast and fun read, alternately viewed through the eyes of baffled cops, a suspicious boyfriend, conflicted family and friends, and the balaclava’d vigilante herself. It is also a surprisingly modern thriller in that Callie uses Twitter hashtags to actively toy with the cops and communicate with her rather impressive number of fans. The flow of the action reads like an episode of a TV thriller as well, fast and full of action. Several miniature stories are carried out that divert too much attention from being placed on the main drama at any one time, and the danger only ever increases until the very end.In a story this short, there shouldn’t be much time for hemming and hawing, but there is actually quite a bit of this in the dialogue. Also, the author has a particular adoration for em-dashes—the elongated hyphen that this is enclosed by right now—but in ignorance, perhaps, of their proper usage. Commas or extra words would be better for many of these instances. In addition, there are a staggering number of ellipses present in many of the character interactions. While it was helpful to know when a character was hesitant or nervous about saying something, these tended to have a distracting effect.I was also confused by the opening chapter of the novella, in which the vigilante is described by our narrator as a man. The gender might have been concealed for the purpose of a shocking reveal later, but that would have only worked in a TV show or the opening minutes of a movie; the gender and identity of the vigilante are plainly stated in the book description. Similarly, I found the detectives to be stiff and hard to believe as characters, often ten steps behind the vigilante and constantly fighting amongst themselves.Sig Reau might be my least favorite character. Despite the author’s assurance that he was handsome, he came off as creepy, controlling, and clueless about how Callie actually feels about their relationship—and then came a surprise in Chapter 4 that made me think much less of Callie herself. There isn’t any chemistry between these characters except for friendly kisses and forced smiles, yet both suddenly feel that it is time to take their relationship up a notch. These two give in to each other’s requests way too easily, and it doesn’t feel at all like an on-and-off-again relationship as described at the beginning. Finally, Sig/Siggy/Skid Row/Siggy Sauerkraut/Sauerkraut has way too many potential nicknames, none of which sound like names he’d actually appreciate being called by his friends. “Sig” sounds cool enough as it is.My favorite character by far is Sonny Madison, a badass gangster type who isn’t introduced until nearly the end of the story. There is a lot of potential in his backstory, and hopefully we’ll see more of him in the future.There are a few other minor issues with the text. Aside from the abundance of ellipses and dashes, there were some awkwardly-worded sentences and fragments, as well as a couple typos. On one occasion, the story slipped into the present tense for a sentence; elsewhere, there was a noticeable use of “you” that slipped through during the description of some prison inmates, breaking an otherwise consistently detached third-person point of view.As for some smaller things: I’m fairly certain that “sonumbitch” is not a common alternative for “son of a bitch”. I’m likely unconvinced that vibrators have “low battery” signs, or that fifty-caliber wadcutter shells would work as described in the book.Sadly, I did not like the ending. The rest of the plot was solid, and future installments in the series would be welcome, but the final scene of this novella was very disappointing.Victory Blvd. is not a literary masterpiece, but it is as enjoyable as any action-packed TV show and takes about the same time to read through. It could definitely be improved in places, particularly the characters and their interactions, but pulpy fight sequences and descriptive action are not lacking in this story. Sameer Ketkar has set up a lot of potential for future stories following the stuntwoman vigilante, and if more attention is paid to the aspects pointed out above, the rest of the series could easily be 4 and 5 stars.3.5/5 stars.

  • Jada Ryker
    2018-10-20 14:56

    Another "Victory" for Sameer KetkarCallie has a secret identity. She's the Vigilante, hell on two wheels as she roars through the streets. Feared by criminals and sought by the police, Callie uses her stunt skills to bring miscreants to justice.Talented and versatile author Sameer Ketkar offers readers Victory Blvd, an exciting, action-packed short thriller. Given the author's reputation as a screenwriter, it's not surprising to find wonderful, true-to-life dialogue. He also does an excellent job with the characters. They fill the pages with personality and humor, with a soupçon of angst thrown in for good measure.

  • Black Butterfly
    2018-10-29 15:40

    QUICK ACTION PACKED WITH A BIT OF HUMOR READ. IT'S AMAZING HOW MUCH CAN BE PUT IN 88 PAGES. I THINK WE ALL SECRETLY WISH THAT SUPER HEROES WERE REAL, I KNOW I DO. I ALSO KNOW THAT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN. IF ONLY REAL COPS WEREN'T SO KEYSTONE'ISH MOST OF THE TIME OR HAVE THEIR HANDS TIED BY THE BAD GUYS. THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS BOOK IS, IT LEAVES YA WANTING MORE. I FELT THE SAME WAY AFTER READING BODIES BK#1: STAGED FRIGHT, BOTH WERE REALLY GREAT. I WANT MORE PLEASE! (insert Oliver Twist look here) ;D

  • Brendon
    2018-11-02 15:48

    Quick read for a lazy afternoon. Solid writing. Simple story that was engaging and suspenseful. I got the e-book for free on Amazon, definitely worth it at it's original price. Looking forward to a potential sequel!

  • Denise
    2018-10-16 18:38

    I loved 'Victory Blvd'. the whole story pulled me in. For me this was a quick read. The storyline got better and better as it played out. I loved the heroine, Callie. She is a no nonsense kick ass lead. Very smart and has the ability to pull anything off that involves her cause. The characters were all great. Some surprised me. Well written and well executed. A definite add to your tbr list. Highly recommended read.

  • Kathryn Parry
    2018-10-30 16:56

    An interesting read but not usually my type of story.

  • Harley
    2018-11-06 20:30

    This short novel was much better than I expected. It pulled me in and kept me reading. An action-packed thriller. Well worth the time it took to read.

  • Kari Morandi
    2018-10-19 20:38

    BlahWas getting ready to just abandon the book when I noticed that I was 80% done, so I finished it. I didn't enjoy any of the characters and didn't care what happened to any of them.

  • Melanie
    2018-11-05 15:44

    My review can be found here!http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/view...