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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
“I preferred talking to people I didn’t like with my feet and hands rather than my mouth,” says Karma Johnson just at the start of this breathtaking story, and she isn’t wrong because she’ll have to do a lot of kicking and smacking of balls. Karma is the first book in Balancing the Scales series by RJ Blain, a hard-to-put down detective slash action packed crime fiction. Karma Johnson, the committed and hardworking member of FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment unit is kidnapped with a little child. Through skill and cunning, she escapes into the woods where she is met by her partner, Jake. But it’s just the start. It seems like the kidnapping isn’t the whole challenge Karma has to face. It’s just the beginning of an evil far more dangerous than she could even imagine.
Karma is a great read, hilarious and exhilarating. RJ Blain’s writing has a lot of focus because of his masterful use of the first person narrative. The author has the gift of absorbing readers into the narrator’s viewpoint and drawing them completely into the intense action. Karma and Jake are characters who are well-developed and crafted to offer the best entertainment to readers, a pair to follow through their witty exchanges, their attraction to each other, and the relationship they enjoy. I enjoyed the language, the humor, the suspense, and most of all, the well accomplished dialogue of this novel. The author seems to know just what he is doing and he does it so well that readers will want to find out what happens in the next books of the series.