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

A.D. Vates
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Global Crime Prevention Unit - a new way of tackling mysteries and fighting crime.

Will Doyle had not spoken to his sister Chloe for five years. But after she invited him to her house in South London, he is asked to join the mysterious G.C.P.U. - an elite team who utilise the power of the internet and modern technology to solve complex mysteries and crimes.

Unsure if he will join, Will nevertheless shadows the team on a particularly unusual case...

The E-Book Murders is the first novella in an exciting new series of futuristic crime novellas called G.C.P.U.
(Word Count: Approx. 30,000 words)

Extracts:

"Sorry to interrupt but can we backtrack here for a second - what is Foursquare - look, I do know about Facebook cos a few mates of mine made me sign up, but..."
"I'm prayin' to God ya didn't put all your info up there," Nepthys interrupted. There was no mistaking her Californian accent when it was set against the others' middle class London accents.
"I just filled in all the forms, like you would with any form."
"Even your birthday and hometown?"
"Of course. Should I not have?"
"Facebook's a bit like Hotel California - 'You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave'."
"What Nepthys means is that once you upload your details onto Facebook they'll hold them forever - even if you eventually remove yourself from their site." Chloe said. "How are the modifications to the MQ1 Predator coming along?"
"I'd rather talk about it when we know for sure if he's on our side." Nepthys replied, while glaring coldly at Will.


But it wasn't just her dress sense, she had also mastered the art of moving with stealth in an urban environment. She found that if she walked at certain angles in different enclosed spaces and repeated these movements, most people would fail to notice the repetition of her movement. And this led to strange experiments, such as when she walked across the same crossing near Tottenham Court Road Station two hundred and twelve times before anyone noticed her and thought she was lost, or when she managed to walk around the dance-floor in the Ministry of Sound without being accosted by a single guy for the entire night.
Now, she decided that she needed to examine the men's toilets to see if she could find any evidence there. She looked around the room to see how many men were sitting on the ground floor, she counted four and then she went to the first floor and saw seven men. As she walked round the first floor, giving the impression that she was looking for a friend, she examined each of their drinks to see how much was left. Half of the men though, had closed white cups for their coffees, so she tried to work out how much was left in these drinks by looking at how they lifted their drinks and to see if this gave away their drink's weight and in turn how much was left in each cup. To her delight, when she looked at one of these cups after one of the men left the first floor, she learned that her guess for his cup was emphatically accurate.


Editorial Reviews

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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: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Birch Publishing (December 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K23CFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Beginning December 26, 2011
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and innovative crime novella January 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime fighting Clifhanger! January 4, 2012
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The Global Crime Prevention Unit is a fast paced, quick witted, team of brilliant, beautiful, rich, crime fighters, like James Bond for the Prada set.

This author created an entertaining, inventive crew of women who solve the crimes that otherwise go under the radar. They catch the bad guy with a combo of brains, technology, and bravado. The narrator, a young but experienced vet of Afghanistan combat (much like Dr. Watson!) finds himself way above his head when he gets selected to join their team. Will he be an asset or a drag? Have they stumbled on the organized crime that rivals their own secretive and skilled selves or are they way off base?

The book ends with one crime solved but something else hanging that makes me VERY anxious for the release of the next book!

All in all, a fun read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JoannaM December 28, 2011
By JoannaM
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new crime series December 21, 2011
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This is a great book, based on an intriguing idea: how can modern technology be used to track down murderers? 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. The writing is great, the pacing is excellent, and I hope there'll be a sequel soon!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Desperately in Need of an Editor July 3, 2014
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I don't know where to begin. This book may have had a great premise, but I'll never know. The writing was so sophomoric and grammatically challenged, that I couldn't make it past the first chapter. Too many run-on sentences, poor punctuation, and non-sequiters.

I can appreciate how hard it is to write a book - lord knows I don't have the imagination - but if you have an idea but not the grammatical skills, at least hire an editor!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars - Good read that would be better with editing
First off let me say I really liked the book. The characters were well developed and fairly believable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by FloB
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERNINJAAWESOMENESS!
This book was beyond spectacular in my opinion. Fast paced from the beginning. Can't wait to read the second story!
Published 20 months ago by Suzanne Bates
3.0 out of 5 stars book
Although the storyline is ok, the misspelling of many words (not counting no z in many words) is aweful. Read more
Published on July 24, 2012 by headshotfive0
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kindle Murders
This book was really terrific. It is so fast moving that you don't even realize that you have almost finished the book and when you are finished the story, you cannot wait for the... Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by Michele Stegman
5.0 out of 5 stars High-Tech Murder, Anyone?
War veteran Will Doyle, recently evicted from his residence, is invited to join the Global Crime Prevention Unit at the request of his sister Chloe. Read more
Published on January 20, 2012 by R. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully modern
Normally I find the Crime genre a little too heavy going for me and rather dark but this book was gorgeously not so. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting murder mystery
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... Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by K T King
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