First Contract

  • Title: First Contract
  • Author: Frank Westworth
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  • Page: 358
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  • First Contract FIRST CONTRACT A decade ago JJ Stoner was a soldier He killed people for a living and made no bones about it On a scorching day in the Iraqi desert when British blood stained the sand he over stepp
    FIRST CONTRACT A decade ago, JJ Stoner was a soldier He killed people for a living and made no bones about it On a scorching day in the Iraqi desert, when British blood stained the sand, he over stepped the mark Men died in compromising circumstances too many men for an easy explanation Faced with a dishonourable discharge and accusations of murder, Stoner accepted aFIRST CONTRACT A decade ago, JJ Stoner was a soldier He killed people for a living and made no bones about it On a scorching day in the Iraqi desert, when British blood stained the sand, he over stepped the mark Men died in compromising circumstances too many men for an easy explanation Faced with a dishonourable discharge and accusations of murder, Stoner accepted an offer from a stranger who represented an intelligence agency Suddenly, Stoner found himself half a world away and about to execute his first private contract FIRST CONTRACT, a short story, introduces the central character from the JJ Stoner Killing Sisters series The first full length book in that series, A Last Act of Charity , is published in September 2014 As well as a complete, stand alone story, First Contract includes an excerpt from A Last Act of Charity and a sneak preview of the second book in the series, The Corruption of Chastity Writing about A Last Act of Charity , R J Ellory, award winning author of A Quiet Belief In Angels , said Guns, girls, guitars and scenes of gruesome violence, all shot through with a wit sharp enough to draw blood With terse and brilliant prose, Westworth delivers a plot that drags you along relentlessly Loved it, unconditionally About the author Frank Westworth shares several characteristics with JJ Stoner they both play mean blues guitar and ride Harley Davidson motorcycles Unlike Stoner, Frank hasn t deliberately killed anyone Instead, he edits a classic motorcycle magazine and has written extensively for the UK motoring press.

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    1. Frank Westworth shares several characteristics with his literary anti hero, JJ Stoner they both play mean blues guitar and ride Harley Davidson motorcycles Unlike Stoner, Frank hasn t deliberately killed anyone Instead, Frank edits a monthly classic motorcycle magazine see RealClassic and has written extensively for the UK motoring press.Frank s Killing Sisters series starts with A Last Act Of Charity , continues in The Corruption Of Chastity and wraps up in The Redemption Of Charm.However, you can start with any of the books in the series they re written to be enjoyed if you come in halfway through.You can also meet key characters from the Killing Sisters series in the JJ Stoner short stories, which begin with First Contract.Please note the Stoner stories and Killing Sisters series are intended for an adult audience They re violent and explicit and contain the occasional intellectual challenge.If you d like to know feel free to ask


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    1. I have to admit I am not a big fan of short stories but this book was an excellent introduction to the character JJ Stoner and I would certainly be interested in reading a full length novel featuring him. JJ Stoner used to kill people for a living, he was a soldier. One day in the Iraqi desert he over-stepped the mark. Men died in compromising circumstances; too many men for an easy explanation. Faced with a dishonourable discharge and accusations of murder, Stoner accepted an offer from a stran [...]

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    2. Jean-Jacques Stoner is fresh off the battlefields in Iraq where as a soldier he took out the enemy without batting an eyelid and anyone else was just collateral damage. A man who is comfortable with killing, perhaps too comfortable. Stoner ends up back in the UK taking on a new civilian role as a hit man of sorts, awaiting orders on who is target is and efficiently making sure the target it taken out, forever. His first job is to go to Dublin, Ireland. Stoner himself hails from Northern Ireland, [...]

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    3. A short literary type of story about a highly trained soldier, JJ Stoner who is requested to be an independent civilian assassin. Where he comes from and where he was located was lost to me as I read the account of the Iraqis bloodbath and then on to his conversation with someone called ‘Hard Man’. The writing style is clearly that of someone with a sophisticated British dialect which can be confusing to me in a story. I am a simple reader and struggle with elaborate or convoluted sentences. [...]

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    4. I contacted the author because I was interested in reading A Last Act of Charity and The Corruption of Chastity otherwise known as the Killing Sisters series. The author very kindly furnished me with a digital copy of this short story suggesting that this would be the place to start. And I am so glad I started at the beginning J.J. Stoner is a soldier, a man who had to kill during his service. What sets him apart is that killing does not seem to bother him. Facing a dishonorable discharge and po [...]

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    5. Meet JJ Stoner. He’s a killer. He’s in the Army. That’s what they do. But Stoner goes beyond… He’s removed from his role and offered another, if he’ll take it. It’s that of a contract killer. Initially things aren’t as straight forward as he might have hoped.This is a short story but it’s not short on ideas or action. Stoner is a callous killer yet a curiously attractive character. The story is beautifully told and packed with characters and incident. This is the start of a new [...]

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    6. First off, I have to say that this is not my genre of choice. I don't particularly care for war stories, espionage, or even mystery. However, I do like good writing, and First Contract has plenty of that. The dialogue is snappy, the characters are sharply developed, and the plot moves effortlessly forward. Once I started reading, the pages turned quickly and willingly.I know nothing about military operations, but the details certainly felt authentic. Westworth didn't cram every paragraph with so [...]

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    7. This is an amazing, well researched trip into the world of John Stoner, former military man turned mercenary by the powers that be in the chain of command. It takes us from the depths of Hell during the Iraqi conflict to back streets in a city as far removed from traditional war as Dublin. Here the wars are fought more secretly with death being dealt by mercenaries who care only that they walk away unscathed to get paid. Enter John Stoner, hired killer employed by an agent higher up the chain of [...]

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    8. "I honestly feel like I have read a six hundred page novel and not just a short story. Frank Westworth has an undeniable talent for writing thrillers and packing a story full of all the punches it needs. You get dragged in from the first paragraph. It has all the qualities you need in a thriller. It has intrigue. It has beautiful women. It has guns. It has murder. It has mystery. It has a hero (make your own mind up as to whether he is a hero or not) and it has the power to make you want to come [...]

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    9. Jean-Jacques Stoner is a soon to be ex soldier who isn't afraid of a bit of dirty work. This short story perfectly introduces us to him and his new joba man for hire no job too messy.This was an interesting one which i enjoyed, well written and leaves you wanting to know more. I really like The Hard Man also, who added intrigue to the story.A great short story to get you interested in the author's work

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    10. Written with a lyrical flow that is pleasing to brain and soothing after reading the hard and fast technobabble that was sometimes apparent in my last read, First Contract was a solid short story from Frank Westworth.It was, in essence, the best parts of an action movie shoved into 44 measley pages, and I enjoyed almost every second of it. There was one particular scene that was done so well I could see it, and blood-lusting female that I am, it made me give a happy giggle. The only real critcis [...]

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    11. I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.This book introduced the character JJ Stonor a highly trained military operative who has been approached by the Hard Man to undertake an assignment. The story is fast paced and very quirky.The dialogue between the characters was one of my favourite parts of the book was the conversations between Stonor and Bernadette was the dark humour was superb.Stonor as a character in this short introduction is presented [...]

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    12. A very promising debut short story written in sophisticated wry style with plenty of humour amid the body count. JJ Stoner is an anti-hero that fans of tv series Banshee, Breaking Bad, Ray Donovan, Tony Soprano, Boardwalk Empire, and Justified will appreciate. Am very much looking forward to the novel released on Sept 25th 2014 - A Last Act of Charity and the further adventures of Stoner and the Killing Sisters.

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    13. A standalone short story that introduces the JJ Stoner, the anti-hero of a series of novels yet to come. It's intelligently written, with excellent characterisation, sharp wit and punchy back-n-forth dialogue. The author makes no apologies for Stoner's pragmatic attitude towards the elimination of his targets, and the result is an solid well thought through action thriller, intelligently handled. A good taster for what is to come. Looking forward to the full-length novels.

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    14. Loved it - read it in one sitting. I find it hard to believe that that much information can go into so few pages. I am looking forward to more short stories in the JJ Stoner/Killing Sisters series. In the meantime, I highly recommend this short story.

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    15. Synopsis/blurb…FIRST CONTRACT: A decade ago, JJ Stoner was a soldier. He killed people for a living and made no bones about it. On a scorching day in the Iraqi desert, when British blood stained the sand, he over-stepped the mark. Men died in compromising circumstances; too many men for an easy explanation. Faced with a dishonourable discharge and accusations of murder, Stoner accepted an offer from a stranger who represented an intelligence agency. Suddenly, Stoner found himself half a world [...]

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    16. A good short story to whet the appetite for a series A decade ago, JJ Stoner was a soldier. On a scorching day in the Iraqi desert, he over-stepped the mark and men died in compromising circumstances, too many men for an easy explanation. Faced with a dishonourable discharge and accusations of murder, Stoner accepted an offer from a stranger who represented a clandestine intelligence agency. Suddenly, Stoner found himself half a world away and about to execute his first private contract…This i [...]

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    17. First Contract is a short story centering on the main character in the book A Last Act of Charity. The short story is set before the events of the book and show how J.J. Stoner got into the hitman business.As a short story, it wasn't bad. It was fairly easy to get into and was filled with action. I understood why J.J. didn't want to know what the circumstances were for the hit, but I feel as a reader, it would have been interesting to know. Honestly, I didn't feel much for J.J. as a character or [...]

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    18. First Contract (JJ Stoner short story #1) was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This is a short story, yet the author manages to bring so much into the few pages here that it still somehow feels like a much longer novel. This is a fast paced story where things keep happening and I didn’t find myself getting bored a single moment. The main character is very interesting and I think that the author has manages to use every page of this short story to develop his characte [...]

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    19. Breathless!A fast paced, brutal but enjoyable short story. More action packed into its forty odd pages than most novels. The JJ Stoner character has mileage; I have no doubt we shall see more of this Harley-riding, guitar-playing ex soldier with a penchant for violent altercations with the bad guys. Just let me get my breath back before the next story please!

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    20. Following the shooting dead of four Iraqi prisoners during the Gulf war, Sergeant J J Stoner finds himself being interviewed by “the Hard Man”, a figure without military rank but with an evident connection to some branch of the Security Services. Stoner will be honourably but immediately discharged from the army and will in future be expected to kill people on the instructions of the Hard Man. Cold-blooded killers who, even if inclined to ask too many questions, won’t insist on an answer a [...]

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    21. Sergeant J.J. Stoner has just brutally executed five Iraquis in retaliation for an attack on one of his men. His punishment? He becomes a civilian black ops assassin under the direction of an urbane but totally ruthless handler called, simply, The Hard Man.In this excellent short story by standout author Frank Wentworth, human life is cheap and the principal player waxes philosophically about the killing for which he's just been recruited:‘I don’t care.’ Stoner appeared to be looking at hi [...]

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    22. Having read Westworth's latest Stoner story, I decided to delve into the origins of his interesting protagonist, and I was certainly not disappointed. This title introduces the reader to JJ Stoner, the remorseless killer for hire. The best aspect of the writing is the dialogue, sharp and fast-paced, delivered like machine gun fire. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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    23. Fast paced short story about a soldier doing his job, killing. Stoner is a strong-minded and efficient but lacks the depth of a lead character. It was a good introduction to a new series.

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