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Legal Thriller: Predatory Kill (Crime Thrillers, Suspense and mysteries, pulp thrillers, political thrillers, courtroom drama, financial thrillers, legal ... (Brent Marks Legal Thrillers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kenneth Eade
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Book Description

Experience the mystery, thrills, and suspense of #1 best-selling Legal Thrillers Mystery Series

Can "too big to fail" get away with murder?

In Book One of the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series, Kenneth Eade delivers another solid and intricately plotted financial thriller. At its core, "Predatory Kill" is an examination of the chaos and corruption of the 2008 financial crisis, and asks the vital question: “are banks above the law?”

A maniacal killer is on the loose. April’s mother is brutally murdered and her father beaten within an inch of his life. Enter Brent Marks. He’s already paid his dues as a lawyer, having taken his share of divorces and drunk driving cases over his 20 year career, but has finally reached a place in his life where he can take on cases of social importance. What he least expected was for April Marsh's predatory lending case against the big banks for wrongful foreclosure on her parent's home to turn into a murder investigation. As the courtroom drama heats up, the action outside the courtroom spirals out of control. Get new prequel, "A Patriot's Act" now!

Searing, exhilarating and topical, Predatory Kill puts a new spin on the greatest financial crisis of the age

  • #1 Financial Thriller
  • #1 Political Thriller
  • #1 Pulp Thriller
  • #1 Legal Thriller

˃˃˃ Go on a wild ride where the action never stops

"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." D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

˃˃˃ Discover what other readers already know

"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. A master of mystery, thriller and suspense, 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

“If you like fast paced, action packed legal thrillers, then Predatory Kill is the book for you. Eade is a master of dialog and presents a well developed fictional tale that is full of drama both inside of the courtroom and out. Of course, this is a work of fiction, but the premise is believable and hooks you right away. The RICO statute has been used to prosecute many facets of organized crime; why not the perpetrators of the largest investment fraud in the 21st century? The hero of the story, Brent Marks, is tough to sell on his client's claims that the foreclosing bank is responsible for her parents' murder, but as the case unfolds, the evidence seems to mount up. Fact or fantasy, the issue of banks being above the law is a fact, and the murder angle makes for an excellent metaphor, well deserving of five stars.” "As good as any on the New York Times Bestseller List"

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  • "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."  D. Donovan, 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 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, 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 An Involuntary Spy (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.)  
 
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"Even though the story primarily focuses on the drama unfolding in the courtroom, the added elements of the investigative portion of the trial, as well as, the glimpse into the personal life of the protagonist, adds depth to the story. As it progresses and more evidence is revealed, the tension builds, drawing the reader further into the suspense.   
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
     
      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: 2168 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494988488
  • Publisher: Times Square Publishing; 20 edition (April 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JNNFEJ2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! You won't be disappointed! August 5, 2014
By kb7sqi
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Predatory kill August 5, 2014
By Molly p
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This was a very good book. I couldn't stop reading it. Th only thing that was not mentioned in the book was if they ever found the body of the pi. Bank employees killing people, falsifying records, hiring hit men to cover their tracks. Awesome book can't wait to read another book by the author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi Octane Legal Thriller April 16, 2014
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read. August 5, 2014
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This was the first books by Kenneth Eade that I read. I must said his book did not disappoint me.

This legal thriller has a great plot involving murders,lawyers ,FBI and bankers. I like the way the author lay out the development of the story as it get me wanting to continue reading. The dialogue helps to convey the interesting characters in the book.

If you enjoy thrillers, do not miss this one and I am already waiting to pick up the next book by the same author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Vinny
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Predatory kill August 5, 2014
By Laura
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The suspense was alive And lived thru the end of the book. I love it when a book keeps me wanting more. The facts during the bank and housing fraud of 2006 was right on and many people lived though that and didn't survive and it also shows just how our court system works great book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High-intensity, action-packed read! April 23, 2014
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING: Big Banks = Government= TARP= PONZI July 9, 2014
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Thrilling legal suspense that brings to light, the truth behind the felonious crimes committed against hardworking Americans. How big banks via blanketed security trusts robbed them of their homes with the glad assistance of Uncle Sam!! Crimes of GREED that knows no bounds committed against "The People" by corporations (banks, mortgage brokers, securities & its commissions, POTUS & all legislative/judicial branches)! Highly recommended for anyone going up against such heathens! Where were all the good lawyers to assist homeowners in need as a matter of principle & not GREED? Shame on all of you! GOD sees all & his vengeance is MIGHTY!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I would definitely recommend against reading this book - unless you...
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. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Alli1958
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Could have done with less extensive detail on the intricacies of the banking/mortgage, but it was easy to speed read through it all. Recommend this book, absolutely.
Published 10 days ago by Val LeClair
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well thought out and executed, well rounded characters.
Published 14 days ago by dave
4.0 out of 5 stars only disappointment was the whole thing was cleared up in the ...
A gripping enough tale, only disappointment was the whole thing was cleared up in the last few pages. Could have played it out a bit more, I like my 'baddies' to suffer a bit. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Rob. H
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!!
I enjoyed this book immensely!!! The characters see well developed and there was never a dull moment. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Tina- Arbutus, MD
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks some character development
While I enjoyed the storyline,I didn't really get to know the main characters very well. They appeared without much descriptive background.
Published 18 days ago by charleen h tyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it would enjoy another from this author,
Published 1 month ago by r. markham
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. Enjoyed it and it was a quick read
Very good. Enjoyed it and it was a quick read.
Published 1 month ago by Fran Ousky
2.0 out of 5 stars not good
Story line was weak

Character development was uninspiring.

FBI murder did nothing for the plot.

Ending was silly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judith
1.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed and Disappointing
Offered for free, this book is barely worth the price. The number of dead bodies over one bad mortgage is extreme. And the story is just this side of unbelievable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Benarroe
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Kenneth Gordon Eade is an American author and lawyer, best known for his legal and political thrillers. Eade's first bestseller on Amazon.com was "An Involuntary Spy," a fictional spy thriller about a rogue scientist working for an American biotech firm who goes on the run from authorities after stealing information from his employer which proves government collusion and a cover-up of fraud surrounding the dangers of the company's genetically engineered foods. His second novel, "Predatory Kill," is the first of a legal thriller series in which the series character, lawyer Brent Marks, tackles a wrongful foreclosure lawsuit against a major bank that turns into a murder investigation. His third novel, "A Patriot's Act," is a prequel in the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series, which matches Marks against the United States government, in an attempt to free a naturalized U.S. citizen from detention at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

Kenneth Eade attended the Honors Program at El Camino Real High School, which allowed him to attend classes at Los Angeles Pierce College at the age of 15. By the time he graduated from high school in 1975, he had amassed over two years of transferable credits. He graduated from California State University, Northridge, before attending Southwestern Law School, where he graduated in 1980 the youngest member of his class. After Southwestern, he practiced civil and criminal law for about a decade, then went into business law with an emphasis on securities law, and civil litigation.

In 2011, Eade began writing opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Two of the articles centered on the subject of the unconstitutionality of the now defunct Monsanto Protection Act, and the dangers of genetically modified foods and neonicitinoid pesticides and their adverse effect on bees. This led to his first book, the non-fiction work, "Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It" in 2013, as well as the children's book, "Bee See: Who are our Pollinators and Why are They in Trouble?"

Eade practiced law from 1981 through 2013, mostly in Ventura County, California https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventura_County,_California, practicing business law and civil litigation with an emphasis on securities. The notable cases of his career included cases against the credit behemoths, Experian, Transunion, and Equifax, as well as against the major banks.

In 1998, Eade began producing television programs; first the celebrity interview series, "Faces and Names," which he succeeded in syndicating in the United States, and then the award winning celebrity interview series, "Autograph." In 2006, he produced the feature film, "Say it in Russian." for which he obtained an avant-preimere at the Monte Carlo Television Festival and a limited release in 2008 in Carmike Cinemas in the United States.


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