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I will avenge my husband and children. Former Marine Corps colonel Amanda Collins and her lethal team of women warriors have vowed to avenge her family's murder. And they have nothing left to lose.... BookShots LIGHTNING-FAST STORIES BY JAMES PATTERSON Novels you can devour in a few hours Impossible to stop reading All original content from James Patterson


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I will avenge my husband and children. Former Marine Corps colonel Amanda Collins and her lethal team of women warriors have vowed to avenge her family's murder. And they have nothing left to lose.... BookShots LIGHTNING-FAST STORIES BY JAMES PATTERSON Novels you can devour in a few hours Impossible to stop reading All original content from James Patterson

30 review for The Women's War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Patterson brings Shan Serafin into his coterie of BookShot authors and develops this highly entertaining and unique story. Heading a covert and well-trained group of Marines, Colonel Amanda Collins has a single target in mind, drug lord Diego Correra. Working throughout Mexico, but happy to send his product up into the United States, Correra has been a thorn in the side of many, particularly Col. Collins. When Collins takes her all-female team on a mission to scrub him out, they discover he rema Patterson brings Shan Serafin into his coterie of BookShot authors and develops this highly entertaining and unique story. Heading a covert and well-trained group of Marines, Colonel Amanda Collins has a single target in mind, drug lord Diego Correra. Working throughout Mexico, but happy to send his product up into the United States, Correra has been a thorn in the side of many, particularly Col. Collins. When Collins takes her all-female team on a mission to scrub him out, they discover he remains a step ahead, having evacuated his compound moments before, but leaving a significant gift behind to mock Collins. Using her continued intel from the elusive 'Fat Man', Collins hopes to have another opportunity to catch this most vile of drug paddlers. Returning stateside, Collins arrives home to discover a personal tragedy, one that has her leave the Marines and settle in the small community of Archer, Texas. Two years thereafter, Collins is working off the books but still have some of her team together, Carrera still in their crosshairs. Fat Man continues to provide intel about Carrera shipments, but Collins continue to feel as though they are draining the ocean with a teaspoon, breaking laws to derail this single drug pipeline. After a threatening visit by the DEA, Collins remains determined to remove Carrera herself and organises a mission to Mexico to destroy all his factories. That mission has some glitches of its own, but Collins can chalk it up to at least partial success. Feeling slightly cocky, she lets down her guard and is taken into custody before being left stranded in the heart of Mexico City's slums. With a bounty on her head and a burning need for revenge, Collins and her team wage one final "Women's War", giving all they've got. A great story that keeps the reader enthralled throughout, this is precisely what BookShots should be. I have come to really enjoy the BookShot collection for a number of reasons. While it does allow Patterson to continue crafting ideas with some authors with whom he has worked effectively before, it is also a a showcase of new and exciting talent. These stories are also highly varied, which enables the reader to see that not all will be showstoppers; there is gold and garbage in equal measure. Serafin surely ups his game in writing this story, developing a collection of gun-toting women who have a mission and work effectively to plod through the narrative in order to find some measure of success. The characters suited this short story and the plot kept things moving without issue. While there was a slight dramatic corniness in the "freedom fighting, tragedy, and capture" equation, Patterson and Serafin work around this by keeping the reader focussed on catching Diego Carrera and trying to rid the world of one more drug runner. Easily read in a single sitting for those who are inclined, this BookShot has flecks of gold. Readers should keep an eye out for Serafin in future, either on his own or in future collaborative efforts. Kudos, Messrs. Patterson and Serafin for developing a great story. I am eager to see if this pairing is something that could work in future, or if this BookShot is the only stellar piece we will see. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    This little novella probably has one of the least likeable and sympathetic characters in any of the books put out under the James Patterson brand. Amanda Collins, a former colonel in the Marines has built a secret life as a private warrior against Mexican drug lords with the help of two of her friends. Much of this is tied to the fact that her husband and two daughters were murdered by a drug czar 2 years earlier during her final mission with the Marines. Now, she and her two best friends mainta This little novella probably has one of the least likeable and sympathetic characters in any of the books put out under the James Patterson brand. Amanda Collins, a former colonel in the Marines has built a secret life as a private warrior against Mexican drug lords with the help of two of her friends. Much of this is tied to the fact that her husband and two daughters were murdered by a drug czar 2 years earlier during her final mission with the Marines. Now, she and her two best friends maintain a private arsenal they use to sneak across the border between Texas and Mexico to cause as much damage as she can against that drug czar. Her ultimate goal is to destroy and kill him. Things take an interesting turn when what Amanda and her team are doing is noticed by an agent in the Drug Enforcement Agency. He clearly seems to have every intention of blocking what she is doing not because he doesn't want the drug czar (and all drug dealers) removed from power, but because what she is doing is evil. The real question is how much he can and will interfere with what she is doing. I really didn't like Amanda, which is pretty sad to say because her story starts with such horrible tragedy. I think it might be because she is such a two-dimensional character and doesn't really have an opportunity to connect with the readers as a result. I just didn't feel vested in her or what she was doing in the least. It is not tied to the short length of the work, but more to the lack of infusion of her as a realistic person in the writing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melenia

    The women's war was decent. I guess I am finding that I didn't enjoy books about the bad guys fighting the even badder guys. The whole premise is based on something you don't really believe or get into because the book is so short. You lose detail obviously, but this story line couldn't take it in my opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marleen

    I've come to this conclusion, and yes, I told myself this before; book-shots are not for me. Furthermore, I think that it's immensely difficult to write a decent story in only 80 pages - but it can be done. I think only the rarely talented authors can do it - and it's not the case here. I've read better books by Patterson, but never a good short story. The plot was similarly disappointing. There was a lot of gratuitous violence, which is automatically a turn-off for me. I tried to empathize with I've come to this conclusion, and yes, I told myself this before; book-shots are not for me. Furthermore, I think that it's immensely difficult to write a decent story in only 80 pages - but it can be done. I think only the rarely talented authors can do it - and it's not the case here. I've read better books by Patterson, but never a good short story. The plot was similarly disappointing. There was a lot of gratuitous violence, which is automatically a turn-off for me. I tried to empathize with these three strong-willed and determined ex-Army women, but there wasn't enough background or depth to their character to sincerely get to know them. I understood their battle and I was in awe of their skills, but the story wasn't up to the standard I hoped for.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This was a little bit farfetched but I still enjoyed it. It was different from most of the other bookshot stories I've read so far. I'll still keep reading them though.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)

    A bookshot that not only did I find very confusing, but also very high on violent content! Main character Amanda Collins used to be a colonel in the Marine Corps. When her family gets murdered, she is out for revenge and will do anything to track those responsible down. Taking place between the USA and Mexico, there was just so much going on, in so little time that I couldn't connect nor visualise the characters or setting. I was also surprised to see how much violent content there was, and no tr A bookshot that not only did I find very confusing, but also very high on violent content! Main character Amanda Collins used to be a colonel in the Marine Corps. When her family gets murdered, she is out for revenge and will do anything to track those responsible down. Taking place between the USA and Mexico, there was just so much going on, in so little time that I couldn't connect nor visualise the characters or setting. I was also surprised to see how much violent content there was, and no trigger warnings for that on the edition I had.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rash

    If you like stories about bad ass women then this is the story for you!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was a great story. Amanda was an amazing character. I hope to read more about her and her friends

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    The Women's War by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Shan Serafin (Goodreads Author) I like these really quick and easy "book shots" that you can read in an afternoon. This one was pretty good but one thing I didn't like is making your main character inept simply to advance the story. Colonel Amanda Collins, a former Marine that has been in many of the world's hotspots before her family was killed. In just about every scene she makes rookie mistakes that almost get her or her team injured or kil The Women's War by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Shan Serafin (Goodreads Author) I like these really quick and easy "book shots" that you can read in an afternoon. This one was pretty good but one thing I didn't like is making your main character inept simply to advance the story. Colonel Amanda Collins, a former Marine that has been in many of the world's hotspots before her family was killed. In just about every scene she makes rookie mistakes that almost get her or her team injured or killed. It's insulting to the reader that she never makes the right choice/move. I get not having the main character always make the right call, you need tension and action in a story, but making the wrong call every single time is insulting to the reader and the story. I know that Patterson teams up with youngish writers for these stories. I doubt he contributes anything other than his name, so I hope Shan Serafin gets better with every new book written. This could be a decent series if Serafin stays away from easy cliches about women warriors like other authors (looking at you, Brad Thor) have done.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou Webb

    The storyline is excellent. If what happened to her happened to me, I’d certainly be tempted to do what she did, even though I lack her skills. The plot is well thought out, the characters are realistic and sympathetic, the setting supportive of the story, and the action appropriate. I would love to see more books with these characters moving past the trauma of the first book. Well done, Mr. Patterson! Another winner.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mcat

    This was a quick read (or listen, in my case). I wish it had been longer, with the characters and their backgrounds more fleshed out, but I know this is a novella and not meant to be super detailed. I enjoyed this, as I enjoy all stories of military/soldier/warrior women, and I liked Amanda’s snark and sarcastic wit in her narration. Her story is an exciting, albeit tragic, one, with a lot of action packed into a short story. I recommend the audiobook. The narrator was awesome.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nise'

    Marine Colonel Amanda Collins and team have suffered a devastating mission failure. She is given a message that she doesn't understand until she arrives home to find her family murdered. She sets out on a mission to once and for all get her revenge. Her team of tough as nails women have her back and they work to take this drug lord down. Robin Miles narrates this quick, entertaining Bookshot.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Bland, unrealistic, full of characters with barely a single dimension, and some fairly strange word choices in places. Despite there being 5 (!) authors listed for this book, the whole thing feels like something written for a piece of high-school creative writing. I doubt this would ever have been published if James Patterson hadn't put his name on it. The only saving grace? It is very short.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Amanda Collins returns home from a mission to find her husband and daughters murdered by a drug lord she had been pursuing. Now the hunt is on for revenge. Several reviews on goodreads slammed it for being unrealistic. However when I read these types of stories I'm looking to be entertained not for realism. As entertainment, It's a good little story that kept me engaged.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Buscher

    What would you do if your husband and daughters were killed by a ruthless, Mexican drug lord? If you’re a former colonel you would enlist your best friends to help you hunt the man down and destroy his evil empire. An engaging story about a military woman desperate for revenge.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I like BookShots because they are quick reads. Amanda Collins experienced one of the most horrific things imaginable. She is a bad-ass looking for revenge with the help of her fellow soldiers. A good short thriller!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Amanda is a former Marine colonel out to avenge her family's death. A wanted drug lord killed her husband and children, now Amanda and her friends take him on. Badass women ready to rumble. Short book. Fast read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kolleen Daniels

    I have really enjoyed reading the Bookshots collection by James Patterson. The personalization of violence between legitimate government actors and criminal targets, however, is very trouble. I enjoyed it has a cautionary tale of why we should follow proper methods when dealing with others.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This unlikely action story follows a group of unauthorized soldiers in their quest to hunt down a Mexican drug lord. The characters are 2 dimensional, and the plot is far fetched.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Kass

    Bookshots: A female colonel and her BFFs hunt down a Mexican drug supplier who murdered thousands and her family.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary Rowe

    Second winner in"Kill or be Killed" Bookshots multi-story volume. Tidy, neat, wrapped up but open door for further adventures (unlike the last one, "Heist", which was definitely closed-end!).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Not one of James Patterson's best but was a goo quick listen.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    A Quick Reads book featuring Amanda Collins who is trying to avenge the murder of her family.

  24. 5 out of 5

    jane king

    Really?!!! Ridiculous.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Crissy

    Couldn't find it anywhere in print but was able to find it on CD. Threw me for a loop when they first left the Marines but then it all became clear. Moved quickly as expected with a bookshot.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    2.5 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sparklin

    Really enjoyed reading this book. Like how the author captures you into the story from page one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sam Allen

    Disappointing at best!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leeza

    Loved this book about strong women.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Windyhill

    quick read

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