A stand-alone novel based on high-profile child abductions, which have been followed by millions of concerned parents on the news. Five-year-old twins are abducted from a tent in the Lake District and the hunt for a dangerous paedophile ring begins. Police procedure follows the premise that 60% of abducted children are murdered within the first four hours of being taken. The first hour is called "The golden hour" and the longer a child is missing, the less chance there is of them being recovered unharmed. The Child Taker follows the desperate search for the missing twins.
©2008 Conrad Jones (P)2014 Conrad Jones
Child Taker is a British action thriller focusing on the efforts of a grandfather and his pals to recover his kidnapped grandchildren. Five year old fraternal twins Sarah and Zak are abducted from their tent while on a family camping trip. Their mother, Hayley, is understandably distraught and welcomes her father's help in trying to find the children. The Major, a counter terrorism agent, and his elite team pull out all the stops in their search for Sarah and Zak.
When I began listening to and reading The Child Taker, I was leery that a female narrator could pull off a believable action thriller. In spite of my reservations, Julia Farhat does, in fact, do a splendid job with the multitude of characters in the book. The pacing of the novel and the narrative performance kept me so involved I devoured the book in a single day.
Anyone with issues regarding child and sexual abuse should look elsewhere as those themes are integral to this story.
I bought the Kindle book and received the Audible book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
I was hesitant at first when listening to the beginning of the novel and its subject matter, however Conrad Jones really does know how to write a gripping tale that has you asking questions and pointing fingers all the way round.
Tell us about yourself! : I am an author who loves to read, more like loves to listen, since I spend so much time writing.
No. Just because there are too many books I still need to read
Tank. He's tough but compassionate for good.
First time listening
Yes, but life called so I couldn't. I had responsibilities to fulfill.
I don’t often give a book five stars, but I couldn’t give anything less in this gripping, thrilling novel. Conrad Jones weaves a tale so sinister and attention grabbing that it chills me to the bone.
The Child Taker is John, who, as the name implies, takes children to sale them. He’s messed with the wrong crowd, however, when double crosses a ruthless pedophile ring Lord and also when he takes the grandchildren of a powerful military officer.
The story has plenty of villains with a competent staff of heroes to balance them out. My personal favorite is Tank. I hope we see more of him in future stories. You think the story might be predictable, but be prepared for the twist the story takes.
The narrator, Julia Farhat, does an outstanding job and handles the difficult task of capturing the various characters superbly.
My only negative feel thought is that this is supposed to be the Alec Ramsey series, but he was hardly in the story. That confused me.
I do not hesitate to recommend this book. There’s a lot of violence, though, so beware. Also the subject matter of the pedophile ring is a giant tug on the heart.
The Child Taker is takes us back to the familiar overused horror story--darling children are taken from the adoring wife and absentee, uncaring father. Along the way we discover a myriad of characters and wonder who the kidnapper is.
Once I figured out the connection and significance of the subplot actually involved in the kidnapping, the story got better. But I almost moved on because the relationship subplot was wearing me down with vulgar language and cliches.
I liked the ending.
It inspired me to not write subplots with cliched relationships.
This is one of the best thrillers audiobook I have lisen to. It's well written, and the characters well developed. It's a real suspense with an unexpected twist to finish. I look forward to listening more of Conrad Jones's work
Didn't get more than 2 minutes into the book before turning it off. Can't comment on the story!
A very strange combination - a powerful disturbing story subject unfortunately written and narrated as if aimed at a audience of 10 year olds!
Overall very disappointing
"Stick with it - its a twister"
one half of me says yes, because i feel i missed a few points as the narrator doing different voices and accents got a little confusing at first.
the other half of me says no i wouldn't, because it was rather slow moving - but only at the start.
the most memorable part HAS to be when the children are abducted at the start
that was quite nailbiting
I am not sure she brought anything to be honest.
A few of the descriptions of the child takers customers and what they DID made me absolutely CRINGE and RECOIL but it was not anything that would make someone cry thankfully.
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