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The E-Book Murders (Global Crime Prevention Unit #1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 91 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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All the gee whiz gadgets and beautiful women of a James Bond story, but brought up to date with the intelligent and highly competent women in charge, and Will, the newcomer, learning the ropes.
AK Mystery Mom
If you are interested in how technology will shape our future and love a good crime and mystery story, you should definitely pick up this book. 
JoannaM
The Kindle Murders is a fantastic murder mystery which is captivating from beginning to end. It portrays a whole different outlook on the development of technology and the dangers of its uses.
KT King
The book has a genuinely new take on the genre, but at its core are great characters and a great mystery that kept me hooked right to the end. 
Crossy1979
Normally I find the Crime genre a little too heavy going for me and rather dark but this book was gorgeously not so. I loved the thrill of the team solving the crimes and found it very hard to put down when I had to go to bed one evening.
J Mountifield

Product Details

  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Birch Publishing (December 8, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 8, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K23CFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All the gee whiz gadgets and beautiful women of a James Bond story, but brought up to date with the intelligent and highly competent women in charge, and Will, the newcomer, learning the ropes. The latest e-book and social media networks are at the heart of this fast-paced story that takes us all over the world. And this is just the beginning - the story is set up to continue into future books. A fun series.

-Lisa Hall Deckert
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I enjoyed this short futuristic novel very much; but it needs editing!!!! There are so many typos [72rd St.?] and grammatically mangled sentences, that it gives the reader a feeling of reading a first draft.
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The good - I enjoyed the storyline and the premise. An interesting plot that kept me engaged. I enjoyed the characters and the setting, although some of the characters, particularly the villains seemed one dimensional and cartoonish. Even so, I can overlook those problems because I expect those characters to be fleshed out in future stories.

The Bad - the book has so many editing errors and mistakes, some typographical and others just poor use of the language, that it was distracting and kept pulling me out of the story. As one reviewer put it, it felt like I was reading a first draft. There was also the clumsy use of explanations that could have been broken up and sprinkled throughout the story that would have made the flow a little more smooth.

Even so, I enjoyed reading it for the ideas and the plot. Hopefully future volumes will be better.
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The Kindle Murders is a fantastic high-tec, fast-paced crime novella. The GCPU use cutting edge technology to monitor crime patterns across the world, looking for modus operandi that may be linked, and then do something about it. I remember writing an essay in my college days - how criminals could cross borders, leaving the police helpless to follow after them. The GCPU address this issue with all gadgets blazing.
As a mystery story, or just because you love anything with gadgets, this is well worth a read, but I also got drawn into the characters, who each have their own strong story to tell.
Very modern, very well written and truly innovative.
Now waiting for the next in the series...
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First off let me say I really liked the book. The characters were well developed and fairly believable. From the sister and brother who were estranged to the cast of team members who were technically gifted the mix is great.

What I liked:
A story that reveals the technological possibilities that will be available to track via Social Media. Social Media leaves footprints forever - some of the methods used in the book I am sure are here today - others should follow soon (if not already here).

Gadgets - I love gadgets and this book is full of them! From large airships to small remote control devices - these will catch your interest.

The characters - Chloe - the older sister who started the enterprise , Will the previously estranged brother with a military background and some blank spots in his memory were my favorites.

What I did not like
the constant use of 'Her' - Sentences that begin with or contain 'Her and I' - proved distracting to me, The good news in this is less of a bother in the subsequent books.

Chloe's way of talking about multiple scenarios in the same paragraph - reminds me of some Type A friends I have - can be hard to follow in a book

The 2.99 price per Novella - I have three novellas so far which brings the price to around $9, comparable to a standard size eBook from a seasoned, well edited, author.

That said, the price did not keep me from buying the next two novellas as they were available when I finished the previous books. - It may keep me from purchasing the 4th if and when it comes to market.
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By JoannaM on December 28, 2011
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I purchased this book on the strength of the sample and intrigue in regards to the title. It surpassed my expectations and I am already waiting with baited breath for the sequel. Mr. Vates has pulled off a rare feat; he has managed to create compelling characters as well as pulling one of the more original plots you will read in quite some time.

Recently, I have read a lot of similar books where storylines drag on far too long and characters become boring. I really like the idea of this being a series of novellas rather than novels, because it means the plot stays sharp and focused and the books are a thrill ride from start to finish. My only worry was that it would be hard to differentiate one team member from another, but by the end of the book I had a definite sense of each major character. My favourite so far is Nepthys, who is given some of the best lines in the book.

Without giving anything away, the story line took me by surprise as I had not encountered anything like it before. I was worried how it would play out, but the resolution was perfect and there was plenty of mystery and unanswered questions left over for future instalments.

If you are interested in how technology will shape our future and love a good crime and mystery story, you should definitely pick up this book.
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