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Once the hallmark of macho fantasy, payback moves to the heart of modern romance in the spotty second installment of Michaels's Revenge of the Sisterhood series, as the heroines of Weekend Warriors regroup for mission number 2. Revenge is a dish best served with cloth napkins and floral centerpiece, according to the Sisterhood members: heiress Myra Rutledge; her adopted daughter, Nikki; Kathryn, the truck driver; Alexis, the African-American broker turned personal shopper; Julia, the plastic surgeon; Isabelle, the psychic; and Yoko, the nursery owner. It's vigilante justice for Julia this time: she's "contracted AIDS from her philandering senator husband." Frail Julia gets strength from her friends and guidance from Myra's lover, Charles, an ex-MI6 British operative and gourmet cook who plays a different kind of Charlie to Myra's Angels. ("Now, girls," says Myra, "let's devour this wonderful luncheon Charles has so wonderfully prepared so we can get to work and do what we do best: going after the scoundrels who have turned your worlds upside down.") Charles arranges invites to an exclusive Washington party where the gorgeous avengers kidnap the senator, but a good-looking assistant district attorney threatens to interfere with their plans (if only he and Nikki weren't out to right past wrongs, they could rekindle their old passion!). Michaels grinds out bestsellers by concocting videogenic plots filled with strong heroines and effortless costume changes. Her fast-paced, sentimental, occasionally silly novel puts poetic justice first; romance must wait for the next installment. (Jan.)
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FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood series, Mr. and Miss Anonymous, Up Close and Personal, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is apassionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Revenge Is Sweet May 15 2005
By Shari B. Itkin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Sisterhood is at it again and the revenge will be even sweeter then it was in Fern's First book Weekend Warriors.

To the outside world Dr.Julia Webster is married to a senator who has given Julia a "gift" that is going to change her life fovever.

The mission the sisterhood has to accomplish is not easy but seeking revenge will give them the stregnth and courage they need to prevail in the mission.

The book is FANTASTIC and once you start you will be hooked until the very last page.

Now we have to sit back and wait for the next mission.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Gail Cooke - Published on
Format: MP3 CD
Laural Merlington proffered an aces reading of "Weekend Warriors," the first novel in Fern Michaels's celebrated Sisterhood series. She delivers again with a robust, easy to listen to telling of what these seven dauntless women are up to now. Many will recall that the women are bonded not only by deep friendship but also by a desire to right wrongs. And, when this group gets together over sparkling iced tea and shrimp fritters, someone better look out.

In "Payback" that someone is Julia Webster's husband, a U.S. Senator. Turns out that the politico isn't all his press office says he is. Julia has suspected this for a bit, realizing that her partnership with him has advanced his career to the detriment of her own. But, now that she knows he's also a philanderer it's time for revenge. In her case revenge will be mighty sweet.

The cast of characters becomes even more endearing with the second in Michaels's series, especially Charles, who is not only Myra's lover but also a gourmet cook, and Isabelle who is blessed with psychic powers.

Justice has never been so entertainingly done - give a listen.

- Gail Cooke
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Not this authors best, in fact, the worst... Jan. 15 2006
By Karyn L - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I didn't like this book for a number of reasons, some of which have to do with my own philosophical viewpoint on issues of payback, however, primarily because this book is illogical crap. Michaels isn't one of my favorites, meaning, I'll occassionally pick up a book of hers but I'm not the one running to the bookstore as soon as one of her books come out. That said, I've previously enjoyed the books of hers that I've read. This one is ridiculous


Philosophically, I don't buy into the concept of revenge, however, I've read several revenge stories and have found it credibly done by other authors. In this book, we're supposed to believe that these women kidnap a United States senator and a family that runs an HMO and not only do they get away with it, there are no repurcusions. The Senator's crime, he gave his wife AIDS. Instead of saying anything she keeps quiet for A YEAR, while he blithely sleeps with anything that stands up, because she wants to get revenge and we're supposed to have sympathy for this woman? And this woman is a doctor! Let's say she has no sympathy for the women he sleeps with, what about their husbands, children etc? Please! Additionally, they ship an entire family to some foreign country, have them hypnotized to forget who they are and live out their lives as slave labor on a farm! It is just implausible and ridiculous.


I got to a point where I stopped reading and started skimming and then I just jumped to the end to see how Michaels was going to resolve this ridiculous hodge podge. Save your money, take it out from the library if you most or just read the last two chapters for a laugh.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Payback by Fern Michaels April 4 2006
By Donna R. Richardson - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In order to understand Payback and other books in this series,

You have to put yourself into the shoes of the characters who

have been failed by the Justice System. If you had the money

to correct such a travesty, what would you do? Fern's series

of Weekend Warriors is not for the usual romantic fiction

reader. If you want sweet romance, go elsewhere. If you want

excitement, fun, sense of belonging to a special "family" and

revenge even when you have to give up what you want for the

good of the group, then by all means enjoy this series.

Someone else reviewed this series after reading one book...

that's not possible and the books are not "disjointed." The

series is for serious, adult, educated, highly functional

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Preposterous Feb. 3 2009
By Tara - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second in the Sisterhood series. The Sisterhood being 7 female vigilantes that have been wronged by the American justice system. I enjoyed the first one, but this one was ridiculous. First of all, I had a hard time believing that a local lawyer is going to actually sell most everything he owns and take a month leave of absence from his prestigious job just to spy on these women. Jack is a very annoying character and if he is in the other books, I may not bother to read them. Anyway, this edition of the Sisterhood is about exacting revenge for Julia, a doctor married to a philandering senator that gave her AIDS. There was no real tension or suspense leading up to the vengeful moment and the outcome was ridiculous and displeasing. Are we really to believe that a bunch of HMO people were just secretly spririted to Africa and hypnotized and forced to work on a farm? Get real. I am not completely giving up on the Sisterhood series, but I hope the rest of them are better.

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