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ISBN13: 9781476749785
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Staff Pick

Cain begins a new series — featuring an engaging, intelligent, badass protagonist named Kick — with more of the great writing, multifaceted characters, and heart-pounding plot twists her readers know and love. Fans of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series or mystery lovers who have yet to encounter Cain should not miss this one.
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From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers: The first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set.

Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Now, twenty-one, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in a missing child case that will put her talents to the test.

Trained as a marksman, lock picker, escape artist and bomb maker by her abductor, Kick could not return to the life of the average young girl after her release. So, in lieu of therapy, she mastered martial arts, boxing, and knife throwing; learned how to escape from the trunk of a car, jimmy a pair of handcuffs, and walk without making a sound — all before she was thirteen.

Kick has trained herself to be safe. But then two children go missing in three weeks, and an enigmatic and wealthy former weapons dealer approaches her with a proposition. John Bishop uses his fortune and contacts to track down missing children. Not only is he convinced Kick can help recover the two children — he won’t take no for an answer.

With lives hanging in the balance, Kick is set to be the crusader she has always imagined herself. Little does she know that the answers she and Bishop seek are hidden in one of the few places she doesn’t want to navigate — the dark corners of her own mind.

A heart-stopping, entertaining thrill ride, One Kick announces the arrival of a blistering new series by a stunning talent in the thriller realm.

Review:

"Bestseller Cain (Let Me Go) introduces a truly compelling new heroine, Kit 'Kick' Lannigan, in this stellar first in a new thriller series. Kick made national headlines when she was kidnapped at age six and again when the FBI rescued her five years later. But being in captivity, even with a relatively benevolent kidnapper, took its emotional toll, and the now 21-year-old Kick, who lives in Portland, Ore., is obsessed with child abductions. In particular, the disappearance of Adam Rice and Mia Turner piques her interest — and triggers her guilt for the role she once played in ensuring the anonymity of a vast ring of child pornographers. When the mysterious John Bishop, a former arms dealer turned private security man, asks her to help find Adam and Mia, Kick knows she can't say no. Kick has little to go on, except her ability to see the situation through the eyes of the children. Readers will want to see a lot more of the feisty Kick. Agent: Joy Harris, Joy Harris Literary Agency. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“Chelsea Cain has staked her claim to new territory with One Kick which heralds an exciting new series. Fresh, original, engaging and tension-filled, this is a perfect introduction to Kick Lannigan, whose quest for justice you’ll champion.” Sue Grafton, #1 New York Times bestselling author of W is for Wasted

Review:

“Author Cain has done it again. One Kick is superb! From its breathtaking opening sequence, through scenes of wrenching evil and heart-clutching emotion to its roller coaster finale, this novel will stay with you for a long time. And what a heroine... Here's hoping for more Kick Lannigan soon!” Jeffery Deaver, author of The Skin Collector

Review:

“This is an edge-of-the-chair thriller, and Cain negotiates the twists and turns with finesse while keeping her foot firmly on the gas pedal. Excruciating yet always compelling.” Booklist, starred review

Review:

"Chelsea Cain's One Kick has all the bones of a great thriller — a high-octane story that will never let you catch your breath, non-stop action, and twists galore. But it's Kick Lannigan that really gives this stellar read its heart and soul. Kick is a total badass, armed and dangerous. But you'll cheer for her, worry about her — and you'll pray that, if you ever meet anyone like her, she'll be on your side. Chelsea Cain has outdone herself — and that's no small feat." Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of In the Blood

Review:

“Prepare to read One Kick with your heart in your throat. Chelsea Cain has created a world that’s both utterly exhilarating and emotionally rich. With Kick Lannigan as our protagonist — resilient yet broken, conflicted yet righteous — we find ourselves willing to go anywhere, even to the darkest places, knowing she’ll protect us, surprise us, move us.” Megan Abbott, author of Fever and Dare Me

Review:

"Kick Lannigan is my kind of heroine, brave and honorable, with a big gun and a sharp tongue. Chelsea Cain is at the top of her game here with crisp prose, rich characters, and breakneck pacing. Read the first chapter, and you'll be hooked." Alafair Burke, author of All Day and a Night and If You Were Here

Review:

"In her Heartsick series Cain might cut your heart out. With One Kick she breaks it. If you're not crying by page 188 and terrified by page 290, you're not reading the right book." Chuck Palahniuk, New York Times bestselling author of Fight Club

Review:

“Avenging angel Kick Lannigan is a compelling, original heroine who takes readers on a hair-raising quest for justice and redemption. Alternately terrifying and moving, this blistering thriller kept me riveted right up to its powerful conclusion.” Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Birds of Paradise and Origin

About the Author

Chelsea Cain is the author of the New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, Kill You Twice, and Let Me Go. Her Portland-based thrillers have been published in twenty-four languages, recommended on the TODAY show, appeared in episodes of HBO’s True Blood and ABC’s Castle, been named among Stephen King’s top ten favorite books of the year, and included in NPR’s list of the top 100 thrillers ever written. According to Booklist, “Popular entertainment just doesn’t get much better than this.”

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BJ Simon, October 30, 2014 (view all comments by BJ Simon)
A first in a new series from Chelsea Cain. A fast, fun read! Not that the subject matter is fun mind you but it was an enjoyable book that did not bog down along the way. All the relationships are intriguing so lots of material there for further exploration. I look forward to the next book.
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Ryan DeJonghe, August 19, 2014 (view all comments by Ryan DeJonghe)
You’re going to love ONE KICK: lots of action, lots of heart, and full of turn-paging readability. Sara Colleton, executive producer of DEXTER, is already lining up ONE KICK as a show. So, yeah, expect Kick Lannigan to be kicking a** on a TV set near you, but meanwhile start digging into this new book series now.

Kick (also known as Kit, or as Beth, which was her name while abducted) has some baggage. It’s what makes her as a character and it’s precisely why we read: we want that diamond-like imperfection. This past history is what makes this action story so nuanced. Author Chelsea Cain dips back into Kick’s history throughout the story, causing tension, anxiety, and pain. As the scenes flip through, you feel where Kick draws her power.

Speaking of power, Kick has reason to be pissed off. As you can imagine, not everything was hunky-dory during Kick’s abduction. She received some training while captive, but received other training under the post-rescued watch of the FBI, as well as on her own. In other words, Kick is a powder keg of violence. This is brought about when certain events trigger her into action. And boy, is there action!

The pages will flip mercilessly through your fingers. Occasionally your brain will kick up and say things like, “hey, wouldn’t the brother hear them fighting upstairs?” or, “surely he’d hear a helicopter landing on the roof”, but let those little thoughts go. Most of this is tightly packed, balls-to-the-walls (sometimes literally) action: you’re along for the ride.

The editor said this is mainly PG-13 level writing, with a little bit of pop to make things interesting. For the most part, I agree. There’s nudity, but no sex. There’s cursing, but I don’t recall seeing the f-bomb being dropped.

Bottom line: awesomely entertaining book with lots of room for continuation. There are a few logic hiccups, but the dips, turns, and surprises make up for it tenfold. I’m looking forward to more!

Thanks Simon and Schuster for providing this book to me electronically for review. I had a blast (and lost a lot of sleep��"it was pretty darn exciting).

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781476749785
Author:
Cain, Chelsea
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
A Kick Lannigan Novel
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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Product details 320 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781476749785 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Cain begins a new series — featuring an engaging, intelligent, badass protagonist named Kick — with more of the great writing, multifaceted characters, and heart-pounding plot twists her readers know and love. Fans of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series or mystery lovers who have yet to encounter Cain should not miss this one.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bestseller Cain (Let Me Go) introduces a truly compelling new heroine, Kit 'Kick' Lannigan, in this stellar first in a new thriller series. Kick made national headlines when she was kidnapped at age six and again when the FBI rescued her five years later. But being in captivity, even with a relatively benevolent kidnapper, took its emotional toll, and the now 21-year-old Kick, who lives in Portland, Ore., is obsessed with child abductions. In particular, the disappearance of Adam Rice and Mia Turner piques her interest — and triggers her guilt for the role she once played in ensuring the anonymity of a vast ring of child pornographers. When the mysterious John Bishop, a former arms dealer turned private security man, asks her to help find Adam and Mia, Kick knows she can't say no. Kick has little to go on, except her ability to see the situation through the eyes of the children. Readers will want to see a lot more of the feisty Kick. Agent: Joy Harris, Joy Harris Literary Agency. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Chelsea Cain has staked her claim to new territory with One Kick which heralds an exciting new series. Fresh, original, engaging and tension-filled, this is a perfect introduction to Kick Lannigan, whose quest for justice you’ll champion.”
"Review" by , “Author Cain has done it again. One Kick is superb! From its breathtaking opening sequence, through scenes of wrenching evil and heart-clutching emotion to its roller coaster finale, this novel will stay with you for a long time. And what a heroine... Here's hoping for more Kick Lannigan soon!”
"Review" by , “This is an edge-of-the-chair thriller, and Cain negotiates the twists and turns with finesse while keeping her foot firmly on the gas pedal. Excruciating yet always compelling.”
"Review" by , "Chelsea Cain's One Kick has all the bones of a great thriller — a high-octane story that will never let you catch your breath, non-stop action, and twists galore. But it's Kick Lannigan that really gives this stellar read its heart and soul. Kick is a total badass, armed and dangerous. But you'll cheer for her, worry about her — and you'll pray that, if you ever meet anyone like her, she'll be on your side. Chelsea Cain has outdone herself — and that's no small feat."
"Review" by , “Prepare to read One Kick with your heart in your throat. Chelsea Cain has created a world that’s both utterly exhilarating and emotionally rich. With Kick Lannigan as our protagonist — resilient yet broken, conflicted yet righteous — we find ourselves willing to go anywhere, even to the darkest places, knowing she’ll protect us, surprise us, move us.”
"Review" by , "Kick Lannigan is my kind of heroine, brave and honorable, with a big gun and a sharp tongue. Chelsea Cain is at the top of her game here with crisp prose, rich characters, and breakneck pacing. Read the first chapter, and you'll be hooked."
"Review" by , "In her Heartsick series Cain might cut your heart out. With One Kick she breaks it. If you're not crying by page 188 and terrified by page 290, you're not reading the right book."
"Review" by , “Avenging angel Kick Lannigan is a compelling, original heroine who takes readers on a hair-raising quest for justice and redemption. Alternately terrifying and moving, this blistering thriller kept me riveted right up to its powerful conclusion.”
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