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FBI Special Agent Jeff Rinek had a gift for getting child predators to confess. All he had to do was share a piece of his soul...

In the Name of the Children gives an unflinching look at what it's like to fight a never-ending battle against an enemy far more insidious than terrorists: the predators, lurking amongst us, who seek to harm our children.

During his 30-year career with the FBI, Jeff Rinek worked hundreds of investigations involving crimes against children: from stranger abduction to serial homicide to ritualized sexual abuse. Those who do this kind of work are required to plumb the depths of human depravity, to see things no one should ever have to see - and once seen can never forget. There is no more important - or more brutal - job in law enforcement, and few have been more successful than Rinek at solving these sort of cases.

Most famously, Rinek got Cary Stayner to confess to all four of the killings known as the Yosemite Park Murders, an accomplishment made more extraordinary by the fact that the FBI nearly pinned the crimes on the wrong suspects. Rinek's recounting of the confession and what he learned about Stayner provides perhaps the most revelatory look ever inside the psyche of a serial killer and a privileged glimpse into the art of interrogation.

In the Name of the Children takes listeners into the trenches of real-time investigations where every second counts and any wrong decision or overlooked fact can have tragic repercussions. Rinek offers an insider's perspective of the actual case agents and street detectives who are the boots on the ground in this war at home. By placing us inside the heart and mind of a rigorously honest and remarkably self-reflective investigator, we will see with our own eyes what it takes - and what it costs - to try to keep our children safe and to bring to justice those who prey on society's most vulnerable victims.

With each chapter dedicated to a real case he worked, In the Name of the Children also explores the evolution of Rinek as a Special Agent - whose unorthodox, empathy-based approach to interviewing suspects made him extraordinarily successful in obtaining confessions - and the toll it took to have such intimate contact with child molesters and murderers. Beyond exploring the devastating impact of these unthinkable crimes on the victims and their families, this audiobook offers an unprecedented look at how investigators and their loved ones cope while living in the specter of so much suffering.

©2018 Jeffrey L. Rinek and Marilee Strong (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with BenBella Books

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Rollercoaster of emotions

This book will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as you learn about some of the most violent offenders. There are times I cried and times I laughed. Its an interesting look inside the workings of the FBI and those they protect.

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just okay

I struggled with this book. I don't know if all former agents have a model when they choose to write about their lives and cases, but every one I've read had the same tone. three was interesting information about some cases that I didn't know, but I just didn't vibe with it. it felt hollow and for a man who's lived such an amazing unique experience I thought there'd be more to it. and I hated the narrator, but that's not how fault he isn't Kevin Pierce

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Terrible narrator

Tough listening to this speak and spell narrator so coldly and robotically divulge such a sensitive, horrific topic.

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one of the best ever

This was just a great story, told by a master storyteller. What a true hero Jeff is!!! Absolutely love the book; highly recommend it. One of my favorites of all time.

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Tedious listening...

There was absolutely zero inflection or emotion present in the reader’s voice. I honestly thought it may have been the same automated voice that answers when I need to pay my credit card company.

As far as the content of the book itself, there was a lot of unnecessary personal anecdotes on the part of the author.

For that reason, the book seems to lack focus.

This issue is somewhat remedied as the story progresses but is still a consistent issue throughout.

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Terrible narration

The narrator was so awful! I almost returned this book a couple times because it was so robotic and weird but I’m glad I stuck it out. Be warned..you can’t “un hear” the truly horrific cases Jeffrey was involved it. I had to take several mental & emotional breaks from his book.

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Predictable and Bad Narrator

It's not story driven, its a collection of accounts about the authors involvement in various crimes, most not involving children, despite the title. Author casts himself in the typical trope of a law enforcement officer who is the only officer among his peers who is interested in solving crime instead of pursuing career status, and thus casts himself as type who is always ruffling feathers because he is such a good guy who knows everything and his peers just get in his way. Don't expect this book to inspire confidence in what is supposed to be our highest level of law enforcement.

Narrator sounds terrible, almost robot like, can't believe I managed to continue listening.

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Awesome

This was a real page turner it was excellently written and well told. I will recommend to all my friends.

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You might be different after this book

Wow. Especially if you are an ordinary civilian without exposure to this branch of criminality, you might be a somewhat different person after finishing this book.

Be aware that although author Jeff Rinek handles the rougher parts in a compassionate and sensitive way, he doesn't flinch from the brutality of these crimes, touching almost every trigger. I don't complain that he shared the painful details of what happened to the victims, as it is important to understand just what did happen in order to evaluate the effort put into the investigation, the later consequences to both perpetrators and victims, and the importance of the movement to protect children from human predators. Although it may be more than some want to know or are prepared to handle, nonetheless we never seem to run short of the kind of people who treat the most precious, innocent and defenseless members of our society in appalling ways. Some of these perpetrators are predatory strangers, but some are the children's own parents.

Rinek presents these cases a bit differently from some of the other ex-FBI true crime authors. He looks less at the overview and statistical perspective and more at the individuality of each case. Rather than getting the details in summary teaching style, we see the case as the investigation unfolded, following it as this agent remembers each new development.

He does not pull punches when it goes to some of the shortcomings of a few individuals and of the FBI itself, in his eyes. Nor does he stint on praise for the agents and law enforcement personnel he feels regularly work above and beyond the call of duty, on behalf of the children.

The cases are intriguing and engaging. Most of these cases were new to me, even though the chronicle of abuse was worse than any I had heard of before. It is a bit mind-boggling to contemplate just why certain crimes hit the national radar to the point where they become part of the culture, while others that are just as gruesome and riveting, sometimes with even more horrifying details and perpetrators, not to mention child victims, never make it out of the local sandbox, media-wise.

If I could pass one message on to author Jeff Rinek, it is that I hope he continues to find peace, and that these children would like him to think of them not as they died, but as they lived. Who they really were when things were good for them. So that you can think of each of them with a smile, not a heavy heart of grief.

The narrator gets some special commentary for being an odd choice for this particular book. The book shares many of the strong emotions this investigator held and still holds for the victims. It opens with deeply emotional situations, and closes with an account of the author's journey through the depths of sorrow and anger. By contrast, the narrator is a Joe Friday sort with a flat, abrupt, clinical delivery and tone.

This narrator sounds more like a statistics professor than he sounds like the psychologist that is needed here. Descriptions of "developing concern and understanding" and "showing emotional closeness" in interrogations, but delivered in Joe Friday's rat-a-tat-tat voice, were strange to listen to, and muddied the meaning of what the author wanted to say. It was odd, and I felt changed the point of some deeper passages. In some passages the narrator tried hard to layer on emotion. But even an occasional slight quaver in his voice did not overcome his natural flat tone style.

Overall I recommend the book to true-crime fans who are prepared for some terrible details of crimes against children. The crusade to protect children gains new meaning and purpose from the insights in this book.

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Not really a true crime story

I chose this book thinking it was a typical true crime story - written by an FBI agent assigned to crimes against children. What I read in and between the lines is story of a man with a passion for justice who almost let his job kill him.Between the unbelievable horrors he faced in his work, he also had to fight the bureaucracies within the FBI and local law enforcement. Resources were slim as a majority of funds went to fight the "war on terrorism" and not the war on children.

I heard and felt the author's fears, anxiety, horror, despair, frustration and anger. J. Rinek is the flawed hero - a character who populates some of our best stories... and he is the real deal. Although I gave the book 3 stars, I give the author 10 stars for his bravery, dedication and self-sacrifice.

Although I indicate I didn't find this a real true crime story, the crimes covered are heinous - made even more so when they involved children. Sometimes I just had to put the book down and take a break.

The books ends with his retirement and II felt happy for him and his family but yet feeling that he'll be emotionally scared for life.