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Her Name Is Knight (Nena Knight Book 1) Kindle Edition
A smash debut novel from rising star Yasmin Angoe, Her Name Is Knight features an elite assassin heroine on a mission to topple a human trafficking ring and avenge her family.
Stolen from her Ghanaian village as a child, Nena Knight has plenty of motives to kill. Now an elite assassin for a powerful business syndicate called the Tribe, she gets plenty of chances.
But while on assignment in Miami, Nena ends up saving a life, not taking one. She emerges from the experience a changed woman, finally hopeful for a life beyond rage and revenge. Tasked with killing a man she’s come to respect, Nena struggles to reconcile her loyalty to the Tribe with her new purpose.
Meanwhile, she learns a new Tribe council member is the same man who razed her village, murdered her family, and sold her into captivity. Nena can’t resist the temptation of vengeance—and she doesn’t want to. Before she can reclaim her life, she must leverage everything she was and everything she is to take him down and end the cycle of bloodshed for good.
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Driven by revenge and passion, Nena finally opens herself up to the possibility that there could be more to her life than living as a killer, and for the first time...she disobeys her orders.
Told in dual timelines, Angoe’s debut seamlessly oscillates between Nena’s heartbreaking childhood in Ghana and the present, where now she must avenge her family’s death. Her Name Is Knight is both a character story and an espionage thriller about a woman who learns her true purpose, regardless of what the world forced her to become.
—Megha Parekh, Editor
"This stunning debut...deftly balances action, interpersonal relationships, issues of trauma, and profound human questions in an unforgettable novel." --Library Journal (starred review)
"A parable of reclaiming personal and tribal identity by seizing power at all costs." --Kirkus Reviews
"Angoe expertly builds tension by shifting between her lead's past and present lives. Thriller fans will cheer Aninyeh every step of the way." --Publishers Weekly
"...an action-packed thriller you can lose yourself in." --POPSUGAR
"A crackerjack story with truly memorable characters. I can't wait to see what Yasmin Angoe comes up with next." --David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Yasmin Angoe's debut novel, Her Name Is Knight, is an amazing action packed international thriller full of suspense, danger, and even romance. It's like a John Wick prequel except John is a beautiful African woman with a particular set of skills." --S. A. Cosby, award-winning author of Blacktop Wasteland
"It's hard to believe that Her Name Is Knight is Yasmin Angoe's debut novel. This dual timeline story about a highly trained Miami-based assassin who learns to reclaim her power after having her entire life ripped from her as a teenager in Ghana is equal parts love story, social commentary, and action thriller. Nena Knight will stay with you long after you've read the last word, and this is a must-read for fans of Lee Child and S. A. Cosby. I found myself crying in one chapter and cheering in the next. I couldn't put it down!" --Kellye Garrett, Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty Award-winning author
"This was a book I couldn't put down. Yasmin Angoe does a brilliant job of inviting you into a world of espionage and revenge while giving her characters depth and backstory that pull the reader in even more. This story has depth, excitement, and heartbreaking loss all intertwined into an awesome debut. The spy thriller genre has a new name to look out for!" --Matthew Farrell, bestselling author of Don't Ever Forget
"This brave and profoundly gorgeous thriller takes readers to places they've never been, to challenges they've never faced, and to judgments that leave the strongest in tears. Her Name Is Knight is a stunning and important debut, and Yasmin Angoe is a fantastic new talent." --Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life
"Her Name Is Knight is a roundhouse kick of a novel--intense, evocative, and loaded with character and international intrigue. Nena Knight is a protagonist for the ages and one readers will not soon forget. Her Name Is Knight isn't just thrills and action, either--the book lingers with you long after you've finished. More, please." --Alex Segura, acclaimed author of Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall, Secret Identity, and Blackout--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B08R75GRWM
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 November 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 4832 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 389 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 20,195 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Perhaps it is the difference between the pace of the other books I read. In the end at the end of my read, I just felt frustrated.
to survive. Can't wait for the next one.
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Firstly, I would like to draw the attention of potential readers to the fact that this novel contains subject matter that some people may find offensive or distressing. You should not even consider reading this book if you are likely to be disturbed by any of the following: frequent use of expletives; emotional, sexual and physical abuse; parental death; decapitation; human trafficking; rape and other examples of both physical and sexual violence. Where these events occur they are also often described quite graphically rather than simply being referenced in passing.
That aside, I would acknowledge that plenty of other early readers and reviewers have rated this highly, so it may well be that my opinion is a bit of an outlier in this instance. Not that I don't think there are aspects of this debut novel from Yasmin Angoe that are praiseworthy - there are certainly some impressive elements, but I found it disappointing in other respects. I felt the narrative needed to be tighter and there were sections that simply meandered when they should have been more concise and punchy.
The narrative runs across two non-specific timelines referred to only as "Before" and "After". The "Before" chapters relate to Nena's earlier life, initially in Ghana, and is told in the first person present tense. The "After" sections use the past tense and the third person. For the most part the chapters alternate between "Before" and "After", which works okay, but there are occasions when the quite regimented alternation of timeframe disrupts the flow of the story and has an adverse effect on the maintenance of excitement levels or the readers' emotional investment in the characters.
On the whole, I found the "Before" sections to be more engaging and impressively written. For the most part this is where we are able to see a strong female character who has battled through adversity. The "after" sections tend more towards the superficial and have an air of "playing to the crowd". There were also other times when I found the author's style to be strangely inconsistent with the pitch and choice of language seeming disjointed or out of place. I can accept, to a point, that this may have had a deliberate element designed to display the changing nature of Nena's character, but, if that was indeed the intention, I am not sure that it always achieved its aim.
I believe that a sequel is planned to "Her Name is Knight" but while this debut novel has its merits, I am not sure that it has done enough to tempt me back for book two.
The warnings at the beginning are pretentious. No woman is going to be able to associate with a child bought up in an African native village who goes through terrible atrocities via unbelievable implausible coincidences to become a trained assassin.
I say atrocities, in the real world they are, but they are treated here with a soft centred slushy novel approach.
I've read reviews on here criticising the level of violence. For a fictional novel it's certainly not excessive or shocking. Perhaps for her intended audience it is.
I shouldn't have bought this book in the first place and I certainly shouldn't have finished it.
As for the book itself. The style of writing it, in two timeframes is just annoying it adds nothing and gives the impression that the reader only has an attention span of a few pages.
As for the story line. Simplistic, full of unlikely coincidences and totally ungripping (I don't think that's a word). It certainly isn't a page turner.
If you like sloppy reads, buy it. You won't be offended. If you want a good quality read buy it and be offended.
Nena has experienced worst inhumanity possible. Her whole life, her family, her people all destroyed. Yet she survived and now she will make sure this will never happen again. Now she dispatches the threats.
A book is written in both the past and present. The past is written in the first person send you present in the third person. For all the brutality it story of survival and rebuilding that makes this story great for me. I have heard the next book has some good things in store for Nena. I am looking forward to it. As well as her taking out more bad guys as well.