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    The series picks up pace with this second entry

    Gone in Seconds is the second book in the Special Agent Max Carter series by best-selling author, Ed James. Max Carter is a FBI special agent leading a rapid response unit specialized in abduction cases. In the aftermath of the previous book, he’s still on the trail of a person of interest. However, a new abduction soon has him and his team scramble for another race against the clock. A baby has been taken from a family who’s been using their fortune to fund charitable causes. But, behind this honorable facade, secrets, a siblings feud, and shady dealings, threaten to derail the case and the fate of the kidnapped baby. The unusual writing style Ed James used for Tell Me Lies is there again. The first person narrative focuses on one of the perpetrators, while we follow Max Carter and his team through a third person narration. And, even if I didn’t expect this literary device to make a return, this feels more natural the second time around. Unlike the first book, however, and in spite of this focus on a secondary character, we learn a lot more about Max Carter, his personal life, his past, and his motivations. He’s still dead serious, focused, and not letting anything get in the way of his job and the law, but we get a better picture of what makes him tick. As unexpected is this second novel serving, in part, as a sequel to the first. And, if you thought the author was blurring the lines between good and evil in Tell Me Lies, prepare for more of the same as this new story is downright heart-wrenching From start to finish, this is a book that doesn’t let you escape its grasp. It is more thrilling manhunt than whodunnit, and It’s hard to get more fast-paced, with a clock ticking on the page frequently evoking the legendary sound of the « 24 » split screen chapter breaks. While, by the last pages, the main plot points are resolved, the book nonetheless ends on a personal cliffhanger for Max Carter and, aside from this obvious one, the acute reader will have noticed a few other threads left dangling. This makes me think that, even if each book stands on its own, the start of this series has been planned as a trilogy. Judging by the quality of the first two outings, this couldn’t be more welcome. Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the ARC provided in exchange for this unbiased review.
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    Things are not what they seem!

    Gone in Seconds is a fantastic read! It’s a police procedural, a family drama, the story of a kidnapping and a fast-paced psychological thriller with the Russian mob thrown into the mix. It’s definitely a 5 star read! Landon and Jennifer Bartlett have a picture perfect life in their Seattle home with their 6 week old baby boy Ky. He’s the millionaire head of a family foundation, she’s a stay at home mother. When after a fundraising gala, they discover that Ky is missing, the FBI is called to investigate. Agent Max Carter is the lead investigator. He soon discovers that there is something off about this family. Landon’s brother Chase is definitely hiding something. And what is the connection between Kaitlyn, the young kidnapper, and the mysterious Layla, wanted for her involvement in another crime? And who owes money or favors to Boris Zangiev, a ruthless Russian mobster who is taking an unusual interest in the kidnapping case? All these questions will be answered but not before secrets are peeled away to reveal the truth that has been hiding just below the surface. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Ed James for this ARC.
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    Great series! Love Max Carter

    Kidnapping , murder , the Russian mob and most of all Max Carter , Special Agent to the FBI. Although this is book 2 in the series it can be read as a standalone (but I am off to read book 1) There are stories within stories in Gone in Seconds and that just keeps you on your toes, dodging curve balls and storing clues. Lots of action, the pages flew by for me and I for one am now a Max Carter fan ! Can't wait for book 3.
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    Race to find the baby taken from his crib

    This ARC was provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 6 week old baby Ky is abducted from his crib, while his parents are at a dinner and his nanny is watching TV. Each chapter in this book centers around a character and what they are doing during the abduction/investigation. The story is set in Washington state, and there are ferry rides back and forth between the mainland and islands. It takes a while to understand why the baby is abducted. The father and the uncle are rich, there is Russian mafia ties and a woman with ties to Syrian war. This is the second book in the Max Carter series, so about half of the storyline is follow-up/sequel to the first book, but I was not lost. The author did a good job explaining everything that was going on. I will say, Max Carter is not very likable. He is a gruff FBI agent that comes across as having no warmth. Since there is a bit of background to his story, it makes sense. I would really like to read the first and look forward to reading the next. Because there was so much going on and so many characters (not too many that you get lost), I was not bored.
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    Amazing Read

    A baby missing. A family in pieces. A shocking secret that can’t be told. Landon and Jennifer Bartlett have everything—money, influence and a picture-perfect family. But it means nothing when their lives are torn apart the day someone breaks into their plush mansion and takes their newborn child right from his cot. FBI Agent Max Carter investigates child abduction cases. He has a reputation for working all hours to find every missing child on his watch—after all, he was once one himself. When he visits the Bartletts’ sprawling home in an exclusive estate in the suburbs of Seattle, he’s immediately suspicious of Landon Bartlett and his brother Chase. As Carter delves deeper into the lives of the brothers, he finds a web of dubious business deals and lies that could cost the Bartlett’s their entire family fortune. And it’s clear they will do anything to keep their secrets—but would they withhold vital information that could lead him to baby Ky’s kidnapper? As Carter begins a cat-and-mouse game with the kidnapper, he receives some startling news from home, which stops him in his tracks. And when a young woman is spotted boarding a bus out of town with a baby fitting Ky’s description, he must decide whether to risk everything to find the missing child or save his own family. This is a brilliant read. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believeable. Great suspense and found myself second guessing every thought I had continuousluy. Can't wait to read what the author brings out next. Recommend reading. I was provided an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher. This is my own honest voluntary review.
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