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The Trial of Joe Harlan Junior

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The Trial of Joe Harlan Junior by JK Franko is an interesting prequel, introducing us to what promises to be a fascinating series (Talion Series).

It’s written mostly as a trial transcript. It’s very brief, introducing the crime, the jury decision and the main characters. It’s an intriguing story that has me hooked enough to read the first book of the series.

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A short novella that you'd swear was nonfiction true crime!  Instead it's the prequel to a series,  If this is the prequel, I can't wait to read the series!!
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This was a very short book, not what I was expecting at all. The book mostly was written like a court transcript and was able to easily read. This is a prequel and has made me eager to read the next book just to see what happens.
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I think I just mis-read the blurb for this book as I was unaware it was a novella or I probably wouldn’t have requested it. That said I did read it and thought the trial was too brief to make any decisions about whether or not Joe was guilty. So it seemed rather silly and so despite the concept for the book being good it failed to convince me to read any more novellas. I prefer something I can get my teeth into.
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This prequel to Eye for Eye is a concise account of the trial of Joe Harlan Junior. Despite being unexpectedly  brief, it gives us insight into not only the trial, but also the characters involved, Joe, Kristy and Kristy's parents, Tom and Deb Wise. While I was familiar with them from having read Eye for Eye, I liked having this context provided in the prequel. Franko also gives us a glimpse of seeds sown very early on in Deb's life, the consequences of which unfold in Eye for Eye.
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This is the prequel to Eye for Eye which has already been released. I have not read that but it is now on my TBR after reading this book. Not sure the order matters. Only time will tell...
This book details the trial of one Joe Harlan Jnr, accused of a most heinous crime. We follow what happened through a trial report which basically puts both sides and that of a witness on display. There is also some multimedia that you can follow but I can't comment on that as it was not available to me when I read the book.
As a book on its own, it isn't quite as substantial a read as I would have liked but, in the context of the universe in which it belongs, it gives plenty of background to what I imagine is more of a read. In it we meet Joe and Kristy and find out what happened. I say what happened, well, obviously there's Joe's version and Kristy's version. And then there's a trial. And then there's a verdict. And I assume that Eye for Eye deals with the aftermath...
All in all, a taster of things to come and also an introduction to a new author whose writing and delivery style I really clicked with. Hopefully I can squeeze Eye for Eye in soon.
My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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Firstly I didn’t knew that this was a prequel. And I didn’t even know about the other book.
So anyways this book was interesting. 
I’m curious about the next book. I’m surely going to read the other book.
The authors writing is simple yet interesting.

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to the author and publisher for giving me a chance to read it.
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I'd like to start off by saying that I think the marketing for this novella, and the series to follow, has been brilliantly done. The book more than lives up to the hype. The trial report is clear and concise, in keeping with real procedure in a court of law. Franko's writing engages the reader from the first page and accurately conveys the frustration (and often devastation) caused by the judicial system. I flew through it and found the subject matter intriguing and current. I can't wait to read the Talion series now!
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