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    Great start to a new series

    Solid start to a new series. This is the first novel I've read by this author. I will definitely be checking out book 2. It was a very heavy read and pulled at your emotions. It was well written with a lot of detail and great character development. The plot seemed fairly believable to me. With the multiple pov's and time jumps you have to pay close attention to stay present in the timeline. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys conspiracy, procedural, and suspense. I have to leave a trigger warning as it deals with difficult subject matter.
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    FBI - Child Abduction

    Tell Me Lies by Ed James Detective Max Carter #1 The first chapter set my teeth on edge and that might be because I have lived overseas in the Middle East for more years than I have lived anywhere else. Having a young boy taken from school by “military” types during an “exercise” then finding out little by little what happened or did not happen to this boy with a Muslim father made me...angry. I have to admit I skipped ahead to find out the gist of the story rather than just closing the book and not trying. I did not read every word in the book but this is my impression from what I did read… What I liked: * Max Carter – seems to be a good man intent on finding and saving abducted children. He is married to a good woman and has a little girl. He has issues with his father that encouraged him into the job he has with the FBI * The writing – it was well done, fast-paced and executed well Words that came to mind while reading: * Dark * Grim * Greed * Revenge * Big Business * Government * Black Ops * Torture * Child Abduction * Torture * Terrorists * Evil * Religion * Radicals * Terrorists What I did not like: * What happened to Faraj * The manipulation of grieving parents * Bullying that began the book * Not being able to invest enough to read every word Did I like this book? Not as much as I had hoped to from the description Would I read more in this series? I might give one more book a try Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. Star Rating * 4 for writing * 2 for topic * 3 overall
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    Can be confusing

    The story line is good and so is the characterization but the telling gets knotted up at times and it’s easy to loose the thread or identify the characters. I prefer Simon Kernick. Sorry Ed.
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    An exciting story that introduces a new series.

    In this first book in a new series by Ed James, readers are introduced to FBI agent Max Carter. His past and family issues are touched on, and those things are imperative when it comes to seeing how hard Carter works on his cases. Max Carter certainly does not have an easy job. As he directs the FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, his cases are hard-hitting. Max focused on this work because he himself was abducted as a child. His current case involves Megan Holliday's two children as they were abducted while she was drugged. It is immediately learned that her husband Christopher is a U.S. Senator. Max cannot help but have suspicious ideas from the very start. Christopher's sudden disappearance definitely raises Max's suspicion. Tell me Lies is not for the faint of heart. It is full of danger and despair and the action starts and continues at breakneck speed. This story, often quite tragic, is an excellent first book in the new Max Carter series by Ed James. I could not put this book down, despite the devastation I felt while reading. Carter is a thorough FBI agent and I look forward to reading more of his cases in the future. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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    a good, fast read

    I received a free ARC copy of this mystery from Netgalley, Ed James, and Bookouture. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my personal opinion of this work. Ed James writes a tight, engrossing tale. We see this story unfold in several different prospectives but this is handled well. I am pleased to add Ed James to my list of authors to watch for. Tell Me Lies is the first of a series featuring Mac Carter in the Northwestern US, but there are several other series including the Scott Cullin mysteries set in Ireland, and also those featuring DI Fenchurch set in Scotland that Ed James has brought to us. Max Carter is an almost burned-out FBI agent in Seattle. We begin with a bit of serious bullying in a school gym full of 9-year-olds, followed by what could be a possible abduction, then cut to a Seattle Mall a year later where Meghan, the wife of Senator Christopher Holliday, is herding their bored and cranky 3 and 4-year-old children, hopefully in the direction of the parking lot. Meghan is unaware of their near-miss with a kidnapper in the mall shopping center but her ice cream promise will delay her getting home - and gives Mason time to get there first, knock Meghan out, kidnap the children and make his getaway. This was the only part I found confusing - I got so deeply invested in these young Holliday children that I failed to keep the 9-year-old school children from last year in mind. This story continues to evolve through the 1st person chapters of FBI Carter, Senator Holliday, bad guy Mason and eventually a chapter from the viewpoint of Faraj, one of the nine-year-olds in the opening chapter, bringing that year-old possible child abduction back into play, and ties the story into one tale. My only complaint about Tell me Lies is the fact that though there are several interesting and well-developed women woven into this mystery, they have no voice, and little if any effect on the mystery
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