Wild Penance

Wild Penance It was a magnificent sight that Jamaica hopes to never see again a man tied to a cross his loincloth catching in the wind as he plummeted down into the Rio Grande Gorge to his death That is if he w

  • Title: Wild Penance
  • Author: Sandi Ault
  • ISBN: 9780425232323
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It was a magnificent sight that Jamaica hopes to never see again a man, tied to a cross, his loincloth catching in the wind as he plummeted down into the Rio Grande Gorge to his death That is, if he wasn t dead already.Ever since she learned about Los Penitentes, a secret, ancient religious group that reenacts Jesus crucifixion and practices excessive penance, Jamaica sIt was a magnificent sight that Jamaica hopes to never see again a man, tied to a cross, his loincloth catching in the wind as he plummeted down into the Rio Grande Gorge to his death That is, if he wasn t dead already.Ever since she learned about Los Penitentes, a secret, ancient religious group that reenacts Jesus crucifixion and practices excessive penance, Jamaica s been fascinated, putting together a book of sketchings and research And this death in the Gorge seems to fits with everything she has learned But a haunted old priest warns Jamaica to put down her pencil Her superiors wouldn t mind if she kept her nose out of things, either But too many strange things are happening for Jamaica to pay any mind For one, her medicine teacher, Momma Anna, has given her a cryptic assignment And when someone makes an attempt on her life, Jamaica sets out on a fact finding mission that could very well send her, like the crucified man, over the edge

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    • Lynn Lerch says:

      Sandi Ault has another winner. This is a prequel to her other books. Jamaica Wild is with the BLM and riding the fences. While on the trail she sees a man fall off a bridge. When she actually sees the victim below she realizes that he was on a cross. This is just before Easter in the area of Taos NM.Jamaica is very interested in the Penitentes, a group of men who re-enact the cruxifiction of Christ and flaggate themselves. She has been studying them and finds that her notebook is stolen, someone [...]

    • Janice says:

      Another really good volume in this series; in this one Jamaica Wild is accumulating information, and her own drawings, of shrines used by a secret group of priests in New Mexico who are called the Penitentes. This group seems to have historic roots from hundreds of years earlier, and Jamaica is intrigued by their beliefs as well as their rituals.

    • Barbara Brabank says:

      I would have given it a higher rating, but since it was a prequel it should have provided the readers with new information about Jamaica's early life. Instead it was a repeat of everything we had already learned about her in later books put together into a volume.

    • Marlyn says:

      Although this is the fourth of the Jamaica Wild mysteries to be published, the events in this story actually take place before the other three.Jamaica Wild, a resource protection agent for the Bureau of Land Management (Taos Field Office), is out for her morning run when she sees a body on a cross falling off a cliff into the Rio Grande Gorge.Jamaica soon makes the connection between this incident and Los Penitentes, a secret, nearly forgotten religious group she's been researching. But would th [...]

    • Gail says:

      Jamaica Wild is an agent for the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico. She rides the range at night, living a solitary and austere life. She is investigating an obscure Catholic cult, one that is very secretive and brutal in its practices. She discovers a bizarre murder that points to this sect, and she begins to be plagued by a series of accidents, attacks and petty crimes. Always curious, she pursues the mystery to her danger and her sorrow. This is an excellent series; this one is a preque [...]

    • William says:

      Fans of Sandi Ault series will be delighted with the Wild Penance,which pre-dates the other three books,and therefore provides some interesting back story.This book includes all the elements that brought the Wild series so much attention.Protagonists Jamaica Wild is a complex character who needs to solve some issues in her own life. Descriptions of the New Mexico landscape are evocative, and a unique mysteryI hope she continues to write the series because it just brings a interest in the couture [...]

    • Vontel says:

      Although this is Jamaica Wild #4, it's really the first story, the 'prequel'. I'd recommend reading it first before starting the rest of the series, since it's rather strange to fill in some of the 'back story' to the subsequent volumes. There may be some benefit to the hindsight (or perhaps foresight) of having read the other books, and knowing how some of these people came to be in Jamaica's life and adventures, but I think it's better to start here if you have the option.

    • Pat says:

      Liked this book very much. I think the wonderful descriptions of the amazing Southwest (New Mexico) wildlands and wonderful pueblo Indians pretty much took me back to a place I dearly love and miss. I can visualize the people and the land in my heart so it was like experiencing an adventure right along with the character in the book.

    • Lauren says:

      I've read the previous three Jamaica Wild books, so it was disconcerting to start reading this one and have some characters missing. Took me awhile to realize it was going back to the beginning; I would have liked it better if that was more obvious at the start, as it kept distracting me from the story line.

    • Heidi Thomas says:

      Another winner by Sandi Ault.She writes edge-of-the-seat action mysteries, ala Tony Hillerman.BLM sleuth Jamaica Wild witnesses a shocking crime and discovers a secret society with chilling rituals that put her life in the danger zone.Sandi's books are recipients of several awards, including the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the WILLA award and SPUR finalist. I recommend it as a good read.

    • Dean Miller says:

      An intriguing "ride" through the San de Cristo Mountains in search of answers and a killer. This is my first exposure to Ms. Ault's work and look forward to exploring further. I was hooked from the prologue/intro.

    • Lindig says:

      Lovely writing about nature in northern New Mexico, a state I like a lot. The subject matter, Los Penitentes, is absorbing and gruesome at the same time. My only quibble is that a woman with a name like Jamaica Wild shouldn't be a blond.

    • Frank says:

      Good but is set earlier in the time sequence of the primary character so if you have read previous books in the sequence, this is fill in for the earlier references. I didn't like it as much as Wild Inferno but like the other novels, the characters and setting are well laid out.

    • Casey Hickman says:

      Not sure why I continue to read this authors books. They are slow and fairly boring with all the southwestern Indian background.

    • Rrshively says:

      This is a very good mystery with excellent writing. The New Mexico setting is one of the characters in the story.

    • Rebecca Williamson says:

      The opening is compelling and the southwestern setting is great. The theme of penance is interesting, but overall the plot and characters were too slim to work for me.

    • Kelly says:

      I thought I had read one of thebooks in this seriesand did. Not like it. I must have been crazy! This was verygood and I will read more asap.

    • Carol says:

      Enjoyed this book a lote's becoming one of my favorite authors.I didn't think anyone could compete with Nevada Barr but she's close!

    • Shelley says:

      I enjoyed this book, sort of a prequel to the other three Jamaica Wild books. I'd love to see one more following this one, and I wish Ms. Ault were writing faster! ;o)

    • Melise Gerber says:

      This was an enjoyable book--interesting story, fast read. It jumped from a 3 to a 4 because I love the setting (Northern New Mexico around Taos) so much.

    • Timna says:

      eh - it was OK

    • Shomeret says:

      This is a poignant story line centering on the controversial Penitente order. Jamaica Wild also deals with her past. There's a lovely poem about Jamaica that I particularly liked.

    • Sheila says:

      The story grabbed me from the beginning and did not let go. What a wild ride!

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