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Legal Thriller: Predatory Kill, a Courtroom drama (Brent Marks Legal Thrillers Book 2) Kindle Edition

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  • This entertaining novel takes murder, corruption, and predatory practices, and ties them all together in courtroom drama, making it a riveting must read!" Ind'Tale Magazine
  • "Fans of Grisham will find equal talent here in Eade's ability to captivate and hold readers with the unexpected, both in character development in nonstop action which lays the foundation for a story that's anything but predictable.  The realistic dialogue is - well - simply killer; while action points in one direction, then often takes a 360-degree turn. In a world where plot and outcome are often predictable from the start, this will prove more than satisfying to readers already well versed in the legal thriller format."  Midwest Book Review
  • "If you are a fan of fast-paced, action-packed thrillers that combine corruption and murder with courtroom drama, then 'Predatory Kill' by Kenneth Eade is the best choice you could ever make. The author's compelling writing and brilliant dialogue will remind you of John Grisham's first novels, which makes Kenneth Eade an author you must follow because his writing will become even better, and each new novel will take you by surprise. The author is already well-known for his bestselling novel 'An Involuntary Spy', for which he was praised by both critics and Amazon reviewers."  Jo Ammons, NY Book Examiner
  • "Kenneth Eade is the well-known author of the bestselling political thriller "An Involuntary Spy". Recently, he has published his second novel, "Predatory Kill", which is an edge-of-your-seat legal thriller that will take readers by surprise and raise some thought-provoking questions about law and justice in the world we live in today."  Independent Publisher News

From the Author

       I like to reward my readers for loyalty. Please sign up for my mailing list at kennetheade.com.
       
     "I always try to tell a good story, one with a compelling plot that will keep the pages turning. That is my first and primary goal. Sometimes I can tackle an issue-homelessness, tobacco litigation, insurance fraud, the death penalty-and wrap a good story around it." -John Grisham. That is the idea behind this book, which I hope does both.       If you like this book, then check out my latest novels,  A Patriot's Act, ASIN:B011CWAY1O, the prequel to Predatory Kill (When a naturalized American citizen turns up missing in Iraq, Brent Marks fights the Goliath U.S. Government's Patriot Act with its own Constitution to set him free), and the latest novel in the series, HOA Wire, B00QPD8HF6  (the president of the homeowner's association is murdered and all the residents are suspects) and the newest additions to the series: Unreasonable Force B00YKG8YTY and Killer.com B0117UFSCG, In the eco-thriller genre, try An Involuntary Spy ASIN: B00GQPBLZ6 (Seth Rogan was a bad spy. That's because he wasn't a spy at all. Just a guy trying to do the right thing. As a biologist for the largest biotech company in the world, he had a great job, and enjoyed all the perks. But when asked to do some tests on the company's genetically engineered (GMO) foods, he became entangled in a trail of corruption, fraud and conspiracy that he wanted no part of, but could not escape from.)
   
Reading order:  Each novel in the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series stands alone, and may be read in any order.  However, if you prefer to read the series in chronological order, I suggest:
  1. A Patriot's Act
  2. Predatory Kill
  3. HOA Wire
  4. Unreasonable Force
  5. Killer.com
  6. Absolute Intolerance
  7. The Spy Files
 

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      Full review from Midwest Book Reviews:
Just as its title says, Predatory Kill: A Legal Thriller combines the genres of a good detective thriller with an exploration of legal process and, much in the manner of John Grisham, laces all this together with strong, believable protagonists who face the impossible.
 
All this comes from a lawyer/author, so the legal process is authoritative and specific as it relates a lawyer's move to take on cases that involve wider-ranging, more difficult issues of social importance.
 
As chance would have it, Brent's first venture into new legal realms involves one April Marsh, who instigates a case revolving around the predatory lending practices of big banks who have foreclosed on her parents' home.
 
It all seems pretty cut and dried ... until murder enters the picture.
 
With April's mother dead and her father severely beaten, lawyer Brent Marks finds himself confronting an impossible conclusion: that big business has moved beyond the boundaries of predatory lending and into the realm of predatory killing. But why? What is so important about a single home that would cause a bank to hire a killer?
 
That's the crux of an investigation that becomes more convoluted and complex as chapters go on, immersing readers in a series of legal and social encounters that involve twisted purposes, perspectives, and emotions gone wild.
 
Fans of Grisham will find equal talent here in Eade's ability to captivate and hold readers with the unexpected, both in character development in nonstop action which lays the foundation for a story that's anything but predictable.
 
The realistic dialogue is - well - simply killer; while action points in one direction, then often takes a 360-degree turn. In a world where plot and outcome are often predictable from the start, this will prove more than satisfying to readers already well versed in the legal thriller format.
 
Another note: there's plenty of legal process and background incorporated into the chain of events. This lends Predatory Kill more than a realistic feel, with courtroom proceedings and arguments fueling the fire for out-of-courtroom drama.
 
Atmosphere is not neglected for the sake of either legal process or character development (as is too often the case in this genre): take (for example) an opening chapter in the salvo of a battle that crosses into different territory: "To the novice, it may have a appeared that a storm was rolling down Stagecoach Road, accompanied by dark clouds and the roar of thunder. But it was not an act of God; rather, a pack of hogs rolling into the Cold Spring Tavern Saturday night. The clan of bearded men and tattooed women rumbled in on their bikes, peeled their leather coated bodies off their saddles, and packed into the bar area."
 
What does this rough-and-tumble piece have to do with lawyer Brent's courtroom appearances, which liberally dose the book with realistic arguments and legal encounters? Read Predatory Kill to find out.
 
One thing's for certain: you won't be bored by this page-turner's wealth of characters, settings, and unpredictable cat-and-mouse games.  D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 2295 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Times Square Publishing; 27 edition (April 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JNNFEJ2
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Described by critics as "one of our strongest thriller writers on the scene," author Kenneth Eade, best known for his legal and political thrillers, practiced law for 30 years before publishing his first novel, "An Involuntary Spy." Eade, an up and coming author in the legal thriller and courtroom drama genre, has been described by critics as "One of our strongest thriller writers on the scene and the fact that he draws his stories from the contemporary philosophical landscape is very much to his credit." He is often compared to John Grisham, whom many regard as the master of the legal thriller.

Says Eade of the comparisons, "Readers compare me in style to John Grisham and, although there are some similarities, because John also likes to craft a story around real topics and we are both lawyers, all of my novels are rooted in reality, not fantasy. I use fictional characters and situations to express factual and conceptual issues. Some use the term 'faction' to describe this style, and it is present in all my fictional works."

Eade has written eight novels, which are now in the process of being translated into ten languages. He is known to keep in touch with his readers, offering free books and discounts to all those who sign up at his web site, www.kennetheade.com.

Email: info@kennetheade.com
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I'm not usually a huge fan of courtroom dramas on TV. However, my wife suggested I try reading one instead. Since I think the movies and TV shows don't have enough time to fill in the details needed to make a story great, I agreed. Boy was I right about TV! In his book "Predatory Kill: A Legal Thriller", Kenneth Eade leaves no stone un-turned and no loose threads to try to reason out yourself. I thought it was very well written.

I really liked the writing style that the Author used for the book in general. Since a good legal story always seems to parlay back and forth between characters throughout the story-line, you can tell the book was well thought out in advance. It is apparent right away that the author has full command of the English language and of legal terminology as well as courtroom proceedings. But I also liked that the Author didn't speak down to readers that may not have such a broad knowledge of the legal system and kept things real enough to grasp by the average Joe.

The story flowed very well and the characters seemed to come naturally into the story. The characters didn't seem shoe-horned in just to get from one place to another in the story-line. I thought the Author told the story very well. I could tell the Kenneth Eade was fully invested in his book right from the first chapters. The predatory nature of the story-line drew me in. The story kept me interested and the Author filled in the details in all the right places. What more could you ask? I would give this Author and book a few thumbs up!
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I cannot agree with any of the positive reviews - they appear to have been made up, as quite frankly this was an unbelievable story - and not unbelievably good. Poorly written. Poor grammar. Basic spelling errors. A weak plot. Loose ends all over the place as though the author had had an idea and then was either too lazy to finish it, or just lacked the skill. Either he knows more about any other writer about what goes on in court and other writers are totally wrong, but what he described was nothing like any legal thriller I have ever watched or read. This can by no stretch of the imagination be compared to an offering of a writer such as John Grisham. But of course you get what you paid for and having downloaded it for free, I got nothing in return.
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I gifted Kenneth Eade's "Predatory Kill" to my father, who happens to be a lawyer, for his recent birthday. He owns every John Grisham novel, and this was recommended since it is in the same genre. He was riveted by the first chapter and didn't put it down for a solid two days. I had to read it for myself -- Eade's writing style is captivating, suspenseful, and from a realistic first-person point of view. I figured my father was into the novel since he is in the field of law, but not true! An absolute page-turner from the beginning. Amazingly developed and complex characters, and a phenomenal ending (I won't give it away...), "Predatory Kill" is a great read for any reader looking for an adrenaline rush. Will definitely recommend to my friends.
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I like legal thrillers almost as much as I like westerns and Kenneth Eade has written a real page turner in Predatory Kill. As the story unfolds Eade puts his years of experience as a lawyer to good use in taking the reader through complicated labyrinth of the legal process making you believe that you actually were in court watching the trial unfold. His characters are believable and well written and and his description of the bad guys was riveting. but this book would have benefited with a good editor. I came across a few annoying typos, but I don't judge a book by typos, I judge the book by the merits of the story and this story was a good one. Eade should write a sequel and continue the character of Brent Marks. I liked reading about Marks and the way he handles himself both in and out of court. Eade is what Grissom initially was when he first started writing, and I know that readers will enjoy this legal thriller written by a fresh new writer, Kenneth Eade.
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After reading An Involuntary Spy on a whim, I didn't waste any time purchasing Predatory Kill as well. Once again the author Kenneth Eade doesn't disappoint. This is a fast pace legal thriller. Like An Involuntary Spy, this book was hard to put down. The momentum of the story continues to build the further you read. I really enjoy his writing style. Looking forward to his next book.
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First, please disregard the one-word descriptions above: they are the "codes" that MUST be used to get to this personal review box. What I really think is certainly nowhere near as flattering! I know that the writers associated with the many "publishing houses" owned by Amazon are rarely accomplished writers; however, they are willing to pay for their books to be published, or they submit their work for free--and Amazon seems to be quite willing to accept any collection of "sentences" for publication. I know these publishers are staffed with Amazon.com employees who are referred to as "editors;" but, the title seems to bare little resemblance to real-world editors. (I believe that the majority of "excellent" reviews of Amazon.com books are written by these editors--they must have to do SOMETHING--and the books that are published are certainly not being edited.)

This book,"Predatory Kill," is an example of no-to-low standards for book publishing. If the purpose was to produce a sample case for law students to review and determine if all the steps necessary to present and plead this case, then maybe...just maybe, it has some value. If you read courtroom novels for the excitement, the intelligent ideas, the how-did-he-ever-come-up with THAT idea; you''ll never find that in this book nor, I doubt, in any other book from this author. His characters are flat: Brent Marks is seemingly void any human emotion: his mourning for his friend is superficial at best, his "attraction" to Angela is wooden--almost non-existent. The line, "they kiss." is as exciting as this author gets! Any one who compares this author to John Gisham is clueless as to what makes a great courtroom drama.
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