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Extended Family [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Kendrick
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dr. Harmon Gettys is the perfect man: tall, dark, handsome, and brilliant. He’d seemingly be a catch for any woman—especially those who desire an apparently charmed offspring. But Gettys uses his seed for murder, to create a legacy of violence.

For Fire Marshal Greymon Gift, gruesome burn-related murders are nothing new. But a sudden spike in his jurisdiction has Gift on high alert. When an FBI investigation links multiple arson scenes to the deceased Dr. Gettys, Gift is pulled even deeper into a case that’s hot enough to start a conflagration. He knows that even if Gettys were alive, such an assortment of violent crimes could never be committed by just one man. So who is spreading these horrors from coast to coast?

Gift and FBI Agent Rose Cleary partner up to stop the growing number of savagely murdered victims, but can they uncover the truth before they wind up on the list of the dead? Extended Family offers a thrilling look into the heart of darkness. Horrifying and suspenseful, the novel explores the idea that evil can be passed like a torch from one generation to the next. As Gettys proved—and Gift is about to find out—sometimes all it takes is a spark to set the family tree ablaze.

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This remarkable novel spins subjects we've been hearing about lately: psychopaths, serial killers,
terrorists, and genetic tinkering. It contains some of the most gut-clutching murders in modern crime
fiction, one after the other, fascinating and repellant, like watching a rattler close in on a mouse. Hero
Greymon Gift has an unusual occupation: he's a fire marshal, applying detective methods to burn scenes.
The one he's investigating in the opening chapters goes strange: FBI agents swarm in, along with creepy
types, CIA or worse. The link seems to be a sperm-donor bank, and suddenly we're confronting evil as
something carried in the genes. Can it be manipulated, as with the Nazis' attempts to breed superwarriors?
This is the underpinning to the thrill-a-minute plot, carried along by vivid writing: "The sun was so bright
shadows could not exist." And also by a sinister conceit: we are not just victims of evil but often its
unknowing agents as well. There's a bit of Dexter here, without the fey humor. The colorful style is a
constant delight. And the undercurrents are unsettling. Put Kendrick on your must-read list, and move him
near the top of the pile.


"Patrick Kendrick knows of what he writes (he spent 30 years in the fire service) and that's why this definite non-cozy chills you to the core. You just know Extended Family could be for real. It's a remarkable premise developed into this can't put down thriller by Kendrick's gifted prose." - Jeffrey Siger, author of The Andreas Kaldis Mystery Series

Product Details

  • File Size: 886 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183107
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OASHB4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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96 of 104 people found the following review helpful
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If being tipped off on some of the many, many ways people get murdered in this book will spoil it for you, then read no further. That being said, this book is all about murder. So much so it is as if the author wrote twenty or thirty or forty of the most gruesome murder scenarios he could possibly think of and then, as an afterthought, came up with some weak way to tie them all together and call it a book. I have never read anything quite like it.

What might you be in for if you try and read this shock effect driven drivel? Vivid descriptions of people burning alive, skinned alive, dismembered, sexually mutilated, tortured, beheaded, enucleated, shot, strangled with their own intestines, throats cut or crushed and I could go on. The violence is inflicted on men, women and animals. Victims include various nationalities and age groups from children to adults - even the disabled. And then the murderers start getting murdered. I kid you not.

The mystery and intrigue is minimal in Extended Family. The story line feels contrived and not well developed - more like an excuse for a gross out fest. After two hundred and fifty pages of this three hundred and fifty page book, I was so annoyed at slogging through all of the blood and gore and guts I finally gave up. I still resent the time I spent reading this trash. Extended Family is to literature what Texas Chainsaw massacre is to action films - only worse. I give it more than one star because the writing mechanics are decent, although there is a lot of awkward switching in and out of first person perspective.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4-Star Serial Killer Saga May 31, 2012
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What makes a serial killer a serial killer? Is it nature or nurture? Patrick Kendrick's take on the serial killer saga is a well-written book with a memorable main character and supporting cast as well. The story mixes in detective work, serial killer sprees, government agents, and a bit of genetic science and Kendrick balances everything out with aplomb. The only ingredient this book is missing, in my mind, is suspense. Due to the first person narrative, I never bought into any danger the main character was actually facing. That's my only quibble, but it's a big one.

Overall, this was enjoyable and I will eagerly read the sequel hinted at in the last few chapters.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it, as a fan of... June 11, 2012
Enjoyed it, as a fan of the genre, the concept of a serial killer of serial killers is a great twist. The graphic nature did not disturb me, as a huge fan of Thomas Harris (Hanibal Lechter) and the Dexter series. If you can stomach that type of suspence, I highly recommend it for the summer!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The breeding serial killer... May 30, 2012
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This suspense thriller was high on bloody, grisly detail and short on plot development. The premise: an intelligent and attractive serial killer donates his sperm and his progeny develop a proclivity to mimic their father's kill lust. Lots of mayhem and murder centered in Florida where a fire marshall, Grey Gift, and an FBI agent, Rose Cleary, are working the cases as they pile up -- one burned victim after another. The pair tries to figure out what is going on as soon it seems that no one wants them to continue to investigate the murders.

The inevitable romance is forced and the characters aren't really well developed or likeable. No tension builds and the climax is not a surprise. The book moves fast and would be a fine mindless read for the commute or the beach -- if your stomach can handle lots of gory mutilation descriptions. I give it 2 1/2 stars.

The narrative is ridden with metaphors and similes to the point of distraction. Cliches and long descriptive phrases abound. The novel could have been shortened significantly with good editing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars intense June 18, 2012
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I read a lot of crime books, especially serial killer- both fiction and non. This book, however, was intense. You aren't reading about what just one crazy person is doing, but many.

The premise is that certain behavioral characteristics are somewhat genetic. So a serial killer, for reasons discovered later in the book, becomes a sperm donor. Many years later, we find him tracking down the offspring from that "experiment", and describing their activities. He is looking for the perfect one to carry on his new "mission".

The chapters go back and forth between the "father's" journal on his "children", and the agent and crime scene analyst who get mixed up in trying to stop him. Throw in some government big wigs with closed mouths that get in the way of stopping a serial killer, and it makes for an interesting story.

I found both the plot and the characters interesting. The serial killer "father" is a somewhat complex character- one you almost have to admire. And you come to care about the crime scene analyst and the federal agent, and wondering how it all ties together. The science isn't great, but the premise will get you thinking about genetics and people as weapons. The descriptions of the violence are vivid- do not read this book if you are easily disturbed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engrossing, disturbing mega-serial killing June 11, 2012
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This novel by a former firefighter centers around Fire Marshal Greymon Gift, who is called in to determine the source of a blaze at a homicide-fire scene. There he meets Rose, an intense FBI agent who's convinced there's more going on than a simple murder. As the two team up they're confronted with threats and obfuscation, both from outside and inside their organizations. As they begin to notice a pattern in the killings, the conclusion seems unbelievable. Oh, that it were! There seem to be not one but many serial killers, and after a while it seems as if someone is killing the killers .... but who, and why?

This is a very intense mystery. Actually, there's not a whole lot of mystery, as much is revealed early on, and the revelations, while interesting, aren't the key element in this novel. Instead, the author reveals a talent for coming up with dozens of disgusting serial killer scenarios. These near-constant vignettes are difficult and disturbing to read. But there's no denying that this author has a great plot here, and interesting characters.

I don't know if it's accurate to say I enjoyed the book, with all its gross killings, but I couldn't quit reading it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but a little hard to follow at ...
Good book, but a little hard to follow at first. Would have like to seen a more romantic finish.
Published 1 month ago by Paul M Novak
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
A good book that kept you wondering! I would recommend it to anyone who loves mystery thrillers.
Published 2 months ago by Miguel Keaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good vacation
I read this after reading his other novel Papa's problem. This one has an unusual twist to sperm bank donation. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting book!
Published 6 months ago by Deb Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and well written
Very creative story and very well written. Not for the faint of heart, but outstanding if you like a hard-hitting thriller populated with compelling, believable characters and you... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book kind of a let down ending
Published 9 months ago by Gina Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read
Published 9 months ago by Darelle Sedgers
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my type
It's not my kind of book. I personally don't like explicit & crude sexual references. I read about 2 pages.
Published 11 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
The book is suspenseful, action packed, and entertaining. It is well researched and very well written. Great read!
Highly recommended.
Published 13 months ago by Bookworm
2.0 out of 5 stars Snide remark
For the most part, I was enjoying this book until the "snarky" remark referencing the perceived lack of intelligence of our former President, George W. Bush. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Linda N.
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More About the Author

Patrick Kendrick worked an entire career in the fire service before retiring to write full time. While in the service he also worked as a freelance writer, publishing articles and short stories in numerous newspapers and magazines. One of those assignments brought him into contact with a serial killer that he corresponded with for several years...until the killer began to threaten him and launched a series of lawsuits against him. The killer was eventually murdered in prison but his frightening and graphic "diaries" describing his crimes became the basis of "Extended Famlily."

Kendrick was knighted by the Fraternal Order of Police for his articles on crime. He's won honorable mentions from the Mystery Writers of America and the Beverly Hills Film Festival, the Opus Magnum Discovery Award from the Hollywood Film Festival and the Florida Book Award for his first novel, "Papa's Problem."

He lives in South Florida and when he is not writing, spends as much time as possible in, on, or under the ocean.

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