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RELEASE DAY REVIEW: “Les Recidivists” by Nicole Castle


Two years following the events of Chance Assassin, Frank and Vincent are living in France, struggling with retirement. And with each other. When someone from Frank’s past shows up and threatens to bring his personal and professional lives together with a bang, it’s up to them to find out who ordered the hit and take them out first. Things may not be what they seem, but they may be exactly what Frank and Vincent need.


Les RECIDIVIST:  A person who continues to commit crimes even after being caught and punished.

What a perfect title for this story and it’s characters, and God, did I missed these cooky, deranged characters or what?!

Let’s start at the very beginning, shall we?  So, I’ll be honest and say that I  found the start a bit slow. Maybe that’s because I’d been keening to reconnect with the two devilishly psycho characters of Chance Assassin for quite some time – so I just kept on waiting for something crazy to happen… and geez, when it did – IT REALLY WENT BANANAS!!!  I mean, that’s what we’re waiting for:  Frank and Vincent in all their blazing sociopathic glory, right? ;)

As the story progressed I thought we were getting the continuation of Frank and V’s story; then I thought we were getting a twofer (two stories in one); but now I’m seeing that Les Recidivists is really opening the playing field for a whole lot more scope for Frank and V’s future. The end of Chance Assassin had many of it’s readers wondering why there was such a change in direction.  We all wondered why such a full story was suddenly derailed and sent off into a totally different direction… and now we know why.  Because now, in  Les Recidivists, there is Frank and V and more…

The “more” comes into play with more page time for side characters that we met in the previously book. There are also alternating POV’s that navigate the story in it’s varying directions… and I’m happy to say that each chapter is noted with a marker.  I urge you to take a deep breath at the beginning of each chapter and prepare yourself for the wacky direction the characters take you.  It’s also quite heavy on the suspense, while we try and figure out who has plotted behind the scenes and lead our fabulous duo on a crazy hunt for answers.

I have to admit, I wanted MORE of Frank and Vincent page time.  You can’t blame me really; there just aren’t any other characters that are quite so delectably strange as them. But don’t fear, they’re there and they still come alive and positively feel as though they’re jumping out the page.  Their spark and tenacity continues, but there are just more things happening in this story.  Casey and Bella return too, and they bring A LOT to the story.  You can’t help but love Casey and his innocent effervescence for everything around him.  He brings a great dose of sweetness to the story, while Bella, well, um – let’s just say she’s a real mixed bag.  I ended up really routing for her too.

There’s humour, suspense, action, tenderness, spunk and lots and lots of gore.

“The dogs were on someone’s trail.


I bolted after them through the woods, practically singing “Whistle While you Work” in my excitement even though my temples were pounding and my civilian family members were likely being killed.  A gunshot drowned out the noise of barking, and left only silence.  Until I got closer.  Then I could hear the yelling.  The accent was Russian.  Or demon.  Or both.


Now I said, “Shit.”

In the end, I think what I loved most was the way this was comedic and animated, or dark and tense.  And often they were all those things simultaneously.

Frank and Vincent live on, and I can’t wait for more. <3



LR coverTitle:  Les Recidivists (Chance Assassin #2)
Author:  Nicole Castle
Publisher:  Self Published
Pages:  447
Release Date:  May 19th, 2014
Purchase Links:  Amazon

One comment on “RELEASE DAY REVIEW: “Les Recidivists” by Nicole Castle

  1. Great review, Sue. You and I definitely have the same affliction for Frank and V.

    And you’re right, it’s the humor mixed right up in with the dark that makes this so special.


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