Nora Hawks must overcome her own inner demons as she battles to survive in a world where men want to kill her as a "prize." One Bullet Beyond Justice is the sequel to the highly acclaimed One Woman's Vengeance. Nora Hawks is one of the strongest, most realistic female heroes to come along in years. "She came back from the dead to kill. Now she kills to stay alive." It is aNora Hawks must overcome her own inner demons as she battles to survive in a world where men want to kill her as a "prize." One Bullet Beyond Justice is the sequel to the highly acclaimed One Woman's Vengeance. Nora Hawks is one of the strongest, most realistic female heroes to come along in years. "She came back from the dead to kill. Now she kills to stay alive." It is a novel of fully realized characters, gritty dialogue, twists, turns, and a final epic battle. Within it is a unique love story between a strong, intelligent woman and her retired bounty hunter partner....
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One Bullet Beyond Justice (Vengeance #2) Reviews
“A person who acts according to his convictions, however imperfect they may be, can never perish entirely, whereas nothing destroys the soul more surely than an appeal to external legal forms in contradiction to one’s inner sense of justice.” This statement by a 19th century mystery writer points to the complexity with which Dennis Miller treats the sequel to _One Woman’s Vengeance_. In it, Nora Hawk takes the role of an amoral force of nature who (or which) pursues the degenerates who killed her husband and raped her. She is certainly a human being, one imbued with an inner sense of justice. Where has her “inner sense of justice” gotten her? This question is one reason she has become a legend out of the same territory Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday “tamed.” The author is careful to show her confronting a set of individuals from vigilantes to showmen and writers, who see her in various lights, and try to define her. When she offhandedly dismisses them (“will this never end?”), she discounts what she has become, and what her vengeance means to her contemporaries, both in the western territories and in the nation’s power centers. Miller is at the peak of his descriptive powers as he depicts the helpless, pain racked mess Butch has become, post-Nora’s vengeance. He is also very good at reducing to proper perspective the Old West as a shrine to individual initiative. It was that, but what does initiative do to people who dream in America only of security. See Dylan’s “I Pity the Poor Immigrant.” “American exceptionalism—a buzz word. What is that, really?The one bullet in the title was what she gave the stripped-naked Mr Parker, who incited the repulsive Butch’s gang to run amok among the people in the area he needed to exploit for his fortune. After killing Butch’s moral imbeciles, she gave Parker one bullet and sent him off into the mountains. He did not kill himself with it, but a friendly trapper who tried to help him. So Nora misjudged there, also. Now she must face his vengeance. She thinks she is prepared. She is, after all, a figure of myth. She also is fallible. And there is that eerie prediction given by lady seer, whose vision Nora respects. There’s got to be a core of vulnerability in her, despite that inner sense of justice and that destiny “never to perish completely.”Beyond the suspense, Dennis Miller is dealing with issues not only of gender and race, but of how what we do isolates us at the same time as it completes us. His book is also about how exceptional human beings change the community in which they live, and their communal sense of justice and preparedness. If_ One Bullet_ is a western, it is also a noir novel, as the title, which is also the last word, shows..
I admit I am not well-read in the Western genre. I've read more western novels in 2014 (2!) than I have in the previous 5 combined, and only a relative handful of Western short stories in those 5 years as well (and most of those by Elmore Leonard). So I can't say with any certainty how unusual Dennis Miller's Nora Hawks novels are within the genre being that they focus on a female lead with several strong female supporting characters. I certainly now that when I scan the Western shelves in any given bookstore, most of the books seem centered on male protagonists, so I think perhaps Dennis' series bucks the trend a bit.Nora's life is not an easy read. In the first book she survives rape and abuse, which lead her to a violent revenge; in this book many of the supporting characters, male and female, suffer brutality after brutality. Miller does not shy away from these moments or put them "off-screen." There are some stomach-churning moments for the protagonists and antagonists alike. Miller doesn't revel in these scenes, he's not including them to be gratuitous; they are vital to the progression of the story and the reader must endure them alongside Nora. I think it's a testament to Miller's ability that he can couple the violence with scenes of deep emotional heft and have them flow seemlessly.Because amongst the horrific scenes there are moments of beauty and of deep contemplation. The beauty comes in the quiet moments when Nora and Pete are alone in the wilderness. The contemplation is present in several of the conversations between Nora and the preacher who takes up residence in town after a church is finally built, and between Nora and the young eastern-born traveling musician determined to sing her to fame; the types of conversations we can all relate to: why has my life taken the turns that it has? has the good I've done outweighed the bad? is this all worth it? what could I have done differently, and would I if I could? For Miller, it's not enough to write to the genre "formula," although the formula is present. The author strives to do more with his characters' internal life than just have them hit their marks and speak their words. Because of this, he's expanded the point-of-view in this second Nora novel beyond Nora and Pete (the former bounty hunter who taught her how to shoot and also managed to find a way into her heart) to several other characters. It feels a bit disjointed in places but overall works well to set the stage for the large final shoot-out, and more importantly the aftermath of that shoot-out. The multiple-POVs also allow for a great amount of suspense as to how things are going to play out.I won't spoil the end of the book, except to say that as befits a thriller (set in any time-period) a majority of the characters are in danger of dying, and not all of them survive. Even here, Miller plays with the tropes of the genre and I think manages to surprise the reader with the outcomes.
In his sequel to his Western, One Woman's Vengeance, Dennis Miller delves more deeply into the character of Nora Hawkes, a woman whose husband was killed by outlaws who also gang raped Nora, killing her unborn child and making it impossible for her to bear children. In the first novel, Nora hires Peter, a retired bounty hunter, to teach her to kill and is successful in wiping out the men who attacked her and her husband. However, Nora's national fame/notoriety makes her a target for men who are especially incensed that she relieved one of the men of his "pecker," and Nora is in danger of becoming some man's trophy (dead or alive). In the new novel Nora gains in complexity, as do the issues around gender and race. Although many men in Nora's town admire her (changing the name of the town in honor of her), there are others who find her threatening; one man even threatens violence to her if she doesn't stay away from his wife. Who knows what kinds of ideas wives of abusive husbands might get from associating with a woman like Nora? But it's not only the men who find her threatening. Miller reveals a deep understanding here of the nature of oppression and the ways that women shun and berate other women who step outside the bounds of accepted womanly behavior. However, another strong woman in town--the town brothel's owner, Juanita--is Nora's friend. In the first novel she and her "girls" had helped Nora conquer her enemies. In this one we see a deeper friendship when Juanita confronts Nora about her heavy drinking and the ways it is ruining her life. It's especially impressive that Miller doesn't model Nora on the cliche of the lone gunslinger. Her relationship with her former mentor Peter (now her friend and her love), as well as her friendships with Juanita, an African-American blacksmith/singer, and a wayward musician, show her as someone deeply connected to others despite her emotional wounding.The question of what a woman is and/or should be is braided throughout the novel. Nora realizes that her inability to become a mother cast her outside the normal sphere women occupy even before she became a killer. In this novel the pain of never being able to bear a child reveals a softer side of Nora. When Juanita insists that men take off their boots when they enter her brothel, she also reveals not only her strength as a businesswoman but also her pride in her home. These complexities make this book an even more satisfying one than Miller's first novel featuring Nora.
“One Bullet Beyond Justice” by Dennis R. MillerWhen this book came out, I reread the first book “One Woman’s Vengeance” as it had been a few years and I needed to refresh my memory about the major players in the story. Now I was ready to begin the second book in the series. “One Bullet Beyond Justice” takes place a few months after the revenge was exacted on the men who raped Nora Hawkes. Today we would term her mental and emotional state as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and she would probably have been medicated until she came to terms with her life. However, this is the Wild West and PTSD was not a diagnosis in that day. Nora is struggling with the demons of the men she killed and is heading down a dark path. She struggles with staying alive against all the revenge minded gunfighters who want to make their name as the one who shoots her down. As appalling as the actions of the other men and women are in the book, it is a story that could take place today as we read about domestic violence and sexual assault. There were parts of the book that I enjoyed and parts that made me sad as Nora journeys down a road that I have been lucky enough not to travel. The ending left me worried for her, as she is not a person who should be alone. While she is strong enough to protect herself, she needs the company of others to civilize her and help her find some good in the world. I did find the revenge minded gunfighter’s reactions to her actions a little repetitious but I suppose that is to be expected. There were some funny scenes as well as some heartbreaking parts in the book. I would recommend both books as they point out an issue that still faces men and women today.
With a cast of characters as wild as the untamed west, One Bullet Beyond Justice will draw in readers of all genres. Fortune tellers, undertakers, outlaws and musicians interplay vividly and seamlessly in this tale of revenge, redemption and exploration. Miller’s action scenes, character development, landscape and subtle humor make this a must read. Anyone who has personally experienced or worked with survivors of trauma may find this book empowering as Norah Hawkes takes on her demons with forceful grace rising above the commonplace while maintaining a firm toehold in daily routine. Miller uses a historical context to explore modern themes and does it well. Put this on your list of 2015 must reads.
I love strong female characters, and Nora Hawks does NOT disappoint. I read the first book in this series a few years ago. But I think this could definitely be read as a standalone book (the author does a good job of weaving in what happened in the first book so that the reader feels grounded). My favorite scenes were the ones with Nora and Peter who are two very different, very broken people who have found solace in one another. The novel is a combination of action-packed adventure, humor, and reflection. And I was left wanting to know what happens to Nora next. I hope the author continues because I think he has a winner here.
The book was amazing! I loved the story and how Nora got herself out of some intense situations ! The book was a wild ride ! Loved it!