Reckoning

Book Three in the Sicario Files Trilogy

Fiction - Thriller - General
476 Pages
Reviewed on 08/22/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Reckoning is a work of fiction in the thriller genre and serves as the third and final installment in the Sicario Files Trilogy. It is aimed at the adult reading audience and was penned by Stephanie Baldi. The book follows two dangerous men who know that they cannot live free while the other still walks. Miguel is hunting Nicholas as revenge for the killing of his lover Carmela three years prior. Nicholas is hunting Miguel after he stole the thing Nicholas loves the most as retribution. The two men must hunt each other in a tense duel to the death now that neither can simply walk away.

The Sicario Files trilogy is an excellent set of thrillers for fans of the genre, and one thing I admired about the second in the series was its escalation and development from the first. The third book manages to do this once again, bringing the saga to a breath-taking crescendo by escalating the drama and pushing the existing characters even further than they’ve gone before. Stephanie Baldi proves herself an excellent writer of thrillers with a gift for ratcheting tension higher than I, as a reader, thought possible, all while getting the reader fully invested in the characters and what they have at stake. Readers don’t need to have read the entire series before this to enjoy Reckoning. Still, I’d certainly recommend doing so to anyone wanting to get the most out of the experience. Nicholas’s three-book journey comes to a stunning conclusion, and fans of thriller novels will do well to give Reckoning a whirl.

Jennifer Ibiam

Nick D’Angelo, Dalton, and their men were trained killers. They were silent as ghosts; unmatched by anyone else in the business. The team killed Carmela and left her lover, Miguel Medina, with an angry scar on his face. With Carmela out of the way, life returned to normal for Nick, Dalton, and their families. Unfortunately, they’d gained a sworn enemy in Miguel. Brutal, heartless, and without scruples, Miguel was their only match. He wanted revenge after years of hiding: there would be no holds barred or rules to govern the game, just pure survival of the fittest. Miguel was back for his pound of flesh, flushing out the ghosts. He was no fool and had them surrounded. Could they take on a determined man? Find out in the action-packed novel Reckoning by Stephanie Baldi.

Lies, deceit, scheming, friendship, loyalty, sacrifice, and enduring love are the themes explored in Reckoning by Stephanie Baldi. The novel was full of suspense and every page was adrenaline-charged. I could not stop reading the story until I finished it. The plot was brilliant and skillfully developed into an unforgettable story. A masterpiece! I felt like I was watching an action movie. I found it difficult to dislike any character or name a villain except Jack because they all had valid reasons for their actions, whether right or wrong. The characters were all flawed yet balanced and relatable. I’d say Bianca was a formidable woman to put up with her situation, even though she knew it could all blow up. However, Carrie was my star girl. Stephanie has written a fascinating story, interesting to read and easy to follow. Thumbs up!

Ruffina Oserio

Reckoning is the third book in the Sicario Files Trilogy by Stephanie Baldi and a spellbinding conclusion to the series. It reads well as a standalone story for those who haven’t read the first books in the trilogy, thanks to the author’s ability to weave backstories into the narrative without distracting readers. Miguel Medina is determined to get his revenge for the tragic night in which Carmela Santiago was killed in Tahoe. He still bears the scar of that night on his face. The man he plans to bring down is none other than Nicholas D'Angelo, a hitman with impressive skills. Miguel’s plan is sophisticated - he is not only going to kill Nick but take Natalia, Carmela’s daughter. But can he bring his plan to completion given the high stakes?

A fast-paced, engaging thriller filled with action. This is one of those stories that I would love to watch on the screen. The author creates two strong characters, hitmen with rich backgrounds, and writes strong motivations into them. These characters are pitted against each other and as the reader follows them from one page to the next, they are anxious to discover what happens next. The suspense is impeccably written, the internal dialogues and the streams of consciousness adding depth to plot and fleshing out the characters. Reckoning is a gorgeous treat for fans of crime thrillers; the narrative is never lacking in realism and the characters are humanly and genuinely flawed. Stephanie Baldi deftly handles conflict and explores themes of family, love, revenge, violence, and parenting in a context that is sophisticated. Reckoning is a page-turner.