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They were just kids when Claudette McPhearson took them all in. Eight of them all together. All different races and ethnic makeups, but she loved them as her own. One woman taught them how to love, trust, and respect one another. She was the only glue that kept them together, the only one they wanted to please and never let down. She had been their light at the end of a long troublesome tunnel - it shined so bright.

Then, one dreadful day, it all came to a crashing halt. She was walking to the bus stop from the juvenile correction center where she volunteered her time, and someone gunned her down in a drive-by shooting. It was a seemingly random murder. The culprit snatched her away from her family in the blink of an eye. Her kids were back to being the orphans no one wanted, even the ones who had aged out of the system. As they stood around Claudette's grave, holding hands and trying to choke back many tears, they all knew their lives would change forever.

They now owned a house, and a $500,000 insurance policy was to be split between eight kids. In conjunction with that, they soon discovered that they were left with enemies no one had known existed in Claudette's world. Their uncle Snap was well aware of those enemies, and after one of the children embarked upon a lockbox with keys, codes, and monetary figures, Uncle Snap presented them with a video Mama had left, telling them who to trust and explaining her nefarious activities. A secret bunker underneath the house opened their eyes. It was filled with money, drugs, and specific directions from Claudette, who had built an empire from the ground up.

A syndicate is what Uncle Snap called it, and since Claudette was dead, it was up to the kids to keep it going. Somebody had to step up to be the leader. One of them had to take her place, and they had to do so swiftly. The Syndicate waited for no one, and it was a criminal enterprise that trafficked in millions of dollars of drugs throughout the United States yearly. From the Port of Miami to the border of Canada, the Syndicate was a force to be reckoned with. Unbeknownst to every child, Claudette had been training them for this moment, this time. She had honed each of their skills, knowing that they would one day step up and run this f--king city.

©2016 Brick & Storm (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Love Brick and Storm

I can't wait for part two!!!!!! I have never been disappointed by these two. Awesome writers!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Smh..... great book

I want more and more. Brick and Storm are the bomb ! The narrators where on point . Please don't have me waiting years for part 2. I need closure

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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The narration is monotone & boring. Ok story line.

The narration is monotone and boring. I am finding it hard to get through story line. It seems to be a good story line if only....

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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So Great

A lot of twist and turns but awesome none the less. I can't wait until 2. The narrators were great, I hope you use the same for the next installment.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Never ever dissatisfied with these writers!!!

Loved it from start to finish cannot wait for part 2!! Excellent storyline, well developed characters!!! 👏👏👏 Great writing!!! And narrators might I add! 👏👏👏👏

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Slow to start

The story started off slow, but started to get pretty interesting towards the middle. Good read to pass the time, but not the best. I'm going to finish the series. Interested to see what happens....

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Seemed Familiar...

It reminded me of the Family Business by Carl Weber & the movie Four Brothers. The story was unoriginal and it took a while to get started but overall a decent book.

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  • A Genie
  • Columbia, SC, US
  • 04-01-17

The Syndicate

Any additional comments?

I would have enjoyed it more without the graphic sexual details and all the profanity

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Explosive!!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Syndicate to be better than the print version?

Yes!! I got so much more out of the audio version. The cast really brought this story to life & added a great deal to the listening experience

What other book might you compare The Syndicate to and why?

It was good!! I really like crime dramas. I found The Syndicate fascinating. It was explosive. There was a little more violence & language than I normally like, but I felt it was necessary to the story line.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

JoJo & Naveen. I'm hoping there is a little more of them in Book 2. The narrators were outstanding!! I really enjoyed having more than one person reading the book.

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

Yes. It was very addictive. I had to find out what happened next.

Any additional comments?

I have a few unanswered questions. Hopefully that will be taken care of in the second book. I really enjoyed The Syndicate. The story line had me hooked from the start.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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horrible

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I hated this book. It had a great premise but with the siblings in a relationship together and unrealistic situations I could not finish it. I want my credit back

Would you ever listen to anything by Brick and Storm again?

no

Any additional comments?

do not waste your time

1 of 1 people found this review helpful