Black Skyy Paperback – Jul 10 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Cook's debut, a series launch, stars a dynamic African-American crime fighter and vigilante, Sandora Sandy Knight. While gorgeous Sandy may not have super powers, she's a martial arts whiz as well as a businesswoman on track to become the first black female Fortune 500 CEO. After the murder of her heroin-addicted mother in New York City in 1977, Sandy supports her younger brother by prostitution until Master Kwan, a neighbor and martial arts expert, intervenes. Vowing vengeance for her mom, Sandy graduates from Howard University, works as a spy and concocts her secret Skyy identity, amazing New York with her daring exploits—all while working for a womanizing monster with a criminal past that she's determined to unmask. Skyy/Sandy's upfront, sometimes raw narration pulls no punches, giving this vibrant thriller a comic book ambience that's very pop, bang, wow. (July)
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About the Author
Janet Stevens Cook hails from New York City and is the quintessential marketer. Armed with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University, Jan spent several years with a number of brokerage houses, including Dean Witter, before launching several family businesses. She has always maintained a flair for the creative, hosting her own radio show on IM4Radio.com and planning a host of media events and promotions for restaurants and businesses in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
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As the story progressed, I begin to question Sandy's skills, experiences and past. The story was imaginative, but unbelievable at times, particularly her stint as a covert spy. Some things just didn't add up. This book brought about an array of feelings. Reminiscent of my younger days watching "Superman" and "Wonder Woman," I would get caught up in the story and applaud Cook's creativity, and other times I thought, "Is she serious?" with some of the McGvyer-like over the top stunts. I grew annoyed at the repeated references to Skyy's hair. The multiple names, nicknames and aliases and two characters with the same name was also confusing. Despite all that, I'm happy to see an author step away from the norm and do something different. I liked the idea of a strong, black female doing her thing and fighting crime. Overall, Cook's debut was entertaining. It was fun to read, too. It has something for every kid at heart.
Sandy has taken it upon herself to avenge the wrongs that are done to children. She sincerely believes that it is her mission from God to seek revenge against those who have harmed or are harming children. Some of the scenes were so graphically violent they were at times difficult to read. It is also clear that Sandy's mission is to avenge the death of her mother. BlackSkyy generates heat with its sexual scenes.
What made BlackSkyy: The Lady in Black Series enjoyable for me were the underlying stories of her concerns for her community and how she did not allow her past to stop her from improving her life or that of her brother. I recommend the novel to those interested in a fast-paced, action-packed erotic thriller. I am definitely interested in reading book two.
Black Skyy: The Lady In Black Series is a wonderfully daring novel by Janet Stevens Cook. Cook did an exceptional job in creating The Lady In Black character. Skyy is doing what she believes is her destiny to do while she struggles with just being an average, everyday woman. Skyy is a modern day super-hero but you won't find any of the cliché super-hero attributes like super-human strength or magical powers. What you will find is a woman that's trying to do what she can to make the streets a little safer. This novel is full of high drama and heart-stopping action that will leave readers begging for more. Black Skyy: The Lady In Black Series is a suspenseful and exciting novel that is perfect for a reader that is looking for a fresh new story with a twist. This is the perfect start to The Lady In Black Series.
Sandy is vice-president of Bledsoe Communications, Inc., where she started out as a mailroom clerk while attending college. While developing her career, she was able to put Malcolm through law school. Her after hours are spent chasing predators who victimized young children, her most recent being the School Yard Murderer who is known for abducting young African-American females from schools, torturing and killing them. When his latest quest is a little too close to home, Skyy has to fight to stay ahead all the while plotting to avenge her mother's killers.
BLACK SKYY is the first book in the Lady In Black series from Strebor Books. With elements of mystery, adventure and intrigue, this series shows promise. The plot was laden with too much background information for the minor characters. There were also too many characters to keep up with, two of whom shared the same name. Cook is adept at building the suspense, which worked well for the story. Hopefully, with future installments, the characters will be streamlined and the focus can be on those characters and developing their storylines.
Reviewed by Paula Henderson
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Growing up, Sandora and her brother witness the brutal murder of their mother, she is determined to avenge her mother's death by not falling victim to her circumstances. Skyy's on a mission, an assignment from God to put a stop to the transgressions that are taking place against the youth in her community.
A serial killer is on the loose and Skyy is determined to find the murderer before anyone else is victimized. Even though Skyy has put everything into resolving this crime, she has not been able to capture the maniac who has become a threat to every woman's young daughter in the community. Time is running out for Skyy; she knows that at any time tragedy could strike again.
I loved the role of the sophisticated, strong, sexy, beautiful, black female heroin, although I did find some of the characters and her daredevil rescue missions unbelievable and over the top, even for fiction. Also her label dropping throughout the book was way over done.
This book was like a breath of fresh air - it strayed from the status-quo and provides you a story that is an action-packed thriller with a flavor of eroticism thrown in.
I would recommend this book to a friend that is interested in reading a different genre or a super-hero lover, either way they wouldn't be disappointed.
Reviewed by - Mary Walker
Sisters Sippin' Tea Literary Group, Inc. - Tulsa Chapter
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