Professor of Anthropology Bruce Hardy makes headlines for his study on the cognitive abilities of Neanderthals. A science-writing initiative will empower Kenyon students to artfully articulate important scientific topics. In a book this long, over pages, it would be easy to populate it with 'filler' characters but in this case the flow and development of the story incorporates the secondary characters quite well.
Another aspect that I really enjoyed was the attention to detail presented throughout the book. The ins and outs of being a hit man as well as the information on the Witness Protection program was very interesting to read. I enjoyed the adventure as D and Jack went on the run as well as the more relaxing times as they hunkered down and got to know each other.
Reading the book I could so clearly see what a fabulous movie it could be. Two heroes, one noble and kind, the other a tortured soul needing to be saved, bad guys galore, lots of thrills and adventure and through it all a wonderfully emotional love story with some super hot sex scenes. I'd plunk down my money at my local movie theater to see it.
And buy the DVD to watch it again and again. This absolutely fantastic story is intense and gripping from page one to the very end and you just won't want to put it down. The plot is fast paced yet flows really well throughout. The strength of the story however is in the characters themselves, Jack and D and the dynamics of their relationship. I loved how Jack was slowly able to get D to let him see the real man under the hit man facade and that D was able to lean on Jack and come to believe in himself once again.
While there are several explicit and hot sex scenes in the book they are not in any way the main focus of the book. Instead it's the emotional bond and the trust and love that develops between these two very different men that's the focus of the book. Zero at the Bone is one of the most intense and satisfying stories I've read this year. Wonderfully written with great characters and a tightly woven plot this is a book that I know I'll enjoy reading many times over. Definitely 5 stars and I highly recommend it.
View all 32 comments. Jul 17, Mel rated it it was ok Shelves: m-m , e-book. In fact: I might lose some, ha! It started out well: I really liked the premise of the story, I liked the fact that Jack held his own despite being helpless in the situation and I was intrigued by the dark and brooding D. I loved D's internal monologue about his vault, in which he kept his dark secrets hidden from the world, and I really liked the way the men interacted Sadly: as the story progressed, the plot became more silly, the characters more annoying Jack and flat D and the whole thing just got too sappy for my taste.
Jack turned into a damsel in distress. And I don't use the term 'damsel' loosely: he became a girl. His level of passive aggressiveness rivaled that of many annoying PNR heroine. On top of that, he kept wanting to talk. And when I mean 'talk' I mean: pressuring D for his inner most thoughts -to the point of coming across as inconsiderate and demanding. And as for D: his short sentences and his aggravating accent does anyone actually talk like that?
He seemed like a caricature, the archetype of the brooding, dangerous mystery man. Intriguing initially, but silly after a while. The plot was far fetched but made some sense until about halfway into the book. Ending the story there and leaving it semi open would have been a better idea, I would have given it a 4 star rating at that point.
But no: the book just went on and on and on. And with that, the story lost its pace, excitement and most of all: credibility. It became a weird mixture of bad action movie meets bad soap opera.
The main plot about the bad guy following D didn't make any sense at all. Besides: I was surprised by the fact that all supposed professionals turned incompetent and the amateur Jack suddenly had professional skills. I also didn't get how our guys changed from grown men to two adolescent girls, to the point of getting into some PDA while they had a gun to their heads. Also: minor detail but no less annoying what was up with sex in the beginning? No lube, no preparation? And to top off all this silliness: there was a huge dose of sap.
And I hate sap. So, all in all: Zero at the Bone was a huge let down for me. I'm sure it's enjoyable for some, but if you're one for a more realistic and nuanced approach and you're not a big fan of sap, skip this. View all 28 comments. Oct 18, LenaRibka added it Shelves: fbi-cia-sf-spy , military-marine-uniform , everyone-likes-but-me , dnf. Normally I give a book that I couldn't finish only one star.
And write at least a small explanation WHY I didn't like a book. I didn't care about the plot. I didn't care about the main characters. I didn't care even if it would be dry or with lubricant.
Or when and how. Did I answer your question? This book and me just don't have chemistry. Read Adam's review , he nailed it. Sep 25, Meep rated it it was amazing Shelves: thriller , angst.
Re-read my this is wordy and angsty and D is stuck in his head talking with odd accent. Found it daunting at first, ridiculous too, but I still kinda like it! A big bad killer with a heart, the man who saves him while being saved. A touch ridiculous but so what. I like the contras Re-read my this is wordy and angsty and D is stuck in his head talking with odd accent. I like the contrast of characters, the different strengths and how they come together.
It's a PTP for Brokeback which I've not watched life is to short for shitty endings but such a different story premise it would be churlish to complain. Also there's 'extra fics' in the verse available. View all 10 comments. Shelves: read-in , recommendations , genre-contemp-romance , ebooks-i-own-not-bn , genre-romantic-suspense , sigh-worthy , mm-romance , stand-alone , e-pcs.
First off, I've gotta say that I love this cover D is sort of badass and standoffish, Jack is a bit more boyish and nervous. I love it!!! This is a story about a hit man, D, and and his mark, Jack. You'd think that no excuse is good enough to convince you that a man who kills other people for a living could be a good person, but D can change your mind.
He's not ALL good. He still kills people. But he gets to choose which jobs he takes, and he would normally pass a job like Jack up D does have some scruples. Under threat of exposure, D is forced to put a gun to Jack's head At least he still felt hunger, and cold, and the craving for nicotine. How long until event hose animal sensations left him?
Would he eventually be left with nothing but a set of skills that suited him for only one profession, and a head full of things he didn't want to know? Maybe he's disconnect enough that he would no longer swear, or piss, or get stupid songs stuck in his head. He's been told over and over again that he'd have to become a machine, but he hadn't really believed that he would. He knew better now. But now life as he know it is over.
He's under witness protection after witnessing a mob like hit on an innocent woman, and has been forced to give up everything he's ever known Now they are on the run together, hiding from some really bad people But D's really freaking good at hiding.
Which leads to a lot of down time for these two. A lot of time to to know each other. And their romance is so slow building, growing by miniscule increments. It's easy to see how these two fall in love A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience wont allow him to murder an innocent man.
Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville Synopsis: After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.
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