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The Child Taker: Detective Alec Ramsay Series, Book 1 | [Conrad Jones]

The Child Taker: Detective Alec Ramsay Series, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    helen melbourne, Australia 07-11-14
    helen melbourne, Australia 07-11-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Chilling!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Schwimley 04-08-15
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    "Thrilling Read"
    Would you listen to The Child Taker again? Why?

    No. Just because there are too many books I still need to read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tank. He's tough but compassionate for good.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Farhat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time listening


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but life called so I couldn't. I had responsibilities to fulfill.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    🐈 nospin_ngb🐈 04-01-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Well done British Action Thriller"



    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trixie 02-09-15
    Trixie 02-09-15
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    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Eva
    Dublin, Ireland
    12/9/14
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    "Stick with it - its a twister"
    Would you listen to The Child Taker again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Child Taker?

    the most memorable part HAS to be when the children are abducted at the start
    that was quite nailbiting


    What does Julia Farhat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I am not sure she brought anything to be honest.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. Palmer
    Kent, UK
    8/25/14
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    "Dreadful narration."
    What disappointed you about The Child Taker?

    Didn't get more than 2 minutes into the book before turning it off. Can't comment on the story!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Conrad Jones again?

    Don't know.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Farhat’s performances?

    Definitely not.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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