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The Flesh Cartel #1: Capture [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Haimowitz , Heidi Belleau
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this first installment of the exciting new psychosexual thriller, The Flesh Cartel, orphaned brothers Mat and Dougie Carmichael are stolen in the night from their own home. Taken to a horrifying processing facility, they are assessed, microchipped, and subjected to unspeakable brutality—all in preparation for sale to the highest bidder.

In a world where every person has a price, the beautiful and subduable PhD student Dougie is highly prized. His brother, a rough-edged MMA fighter, is less desirable—and potentially too dangerous—but he still has his own appeal.

Abused and locked up under round-the-clock surveillance, with no idea where they are or even why they’ve been taken, escape seems impossible, which leaves staying together their only hope. And after being separated once by the foster system, they'll do anything to keep it from happening again. Anything at all.

(Reader discretion advised. This title contains explicit male/male sexual situations of a non-consensual nature.)


Product Details

  • File Size: 378 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BB1AU52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and dark in the best way possible March 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There have been very few books that are too hardcore for me to read. The Flesh Cartel is right on that border. There were sections of this book that I seriously considered to putting the book down because of how far it pushed my comfort zone. This isn't your typical BSDM novel of master and servant. This is a story about two brothers abducted and forced into sexual slavery. There are no limits to how gritty this novel gets. The torture scenes are more degrading than my imagination thought possible. If graphic scenes bother you, don't read. If m/m bothers you, don't read. If rape scenes bother you, don't read. If you can't stomach incest, don't read. If none of that stuff bothers you, then prepare for a mental roller coaster as you read this book. It's the novel equivalent of the movie Cannibal Holocaust. Apparently, Amazon removed it from their site for a while because of content issues and I can completely understand why.
This is part of a series and one I will most definitely be continuing. A+

(I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the story, hate the pricing scheme July 29, 2013
By Thistle
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you're looking for dark, brutal, slashy, hot M/M, this is the story for you.

If you're looking to pay more than $24 for an ebook, this is the story for you.

While I loved the story, at $3 per chapter/50 pages, getting all 8 chapters will have you paying $24 for a book of about 400 pages.

To put that in perspective, Stephen King's ebooks, which are a lot longer, go for about $10.

Based on story alone, I would have given this series five stars.

Based on price alone, I'd give it one. (Or less than one, if I could.)

Balanced out to three stars.

Edit: More chapters have been released, which drives the price of the book even higher. Also, I realized my page count included two 'about the author' sections (multiple pages each), reviews and advertisements for other books put out by this publisher, and other padding. You actually get less than 40 pages of story per $3 "book". The amount of padding seems to be going up by the chapter, so the early ones don't have as much.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done, But Read at Your Own Risk March 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars

Choices is the start of Season Two: Fragmentation in the Flesh Cartel serial. In the previous two books, Mat and Dougie Carmichael were abducted from their home, tortured and raped repeatedly, and sold to the highest bidder as part of the human trafficking trade. At the end of Book Two, I was left wondering how much more the human mind and body could endure. What other possible tortures were in store for these brothers?

Book Three in this incredibly well written, dark erotica series picks up when brothers Mat and Dougie are leaving the sadistic Madame, where they were broken down, abused and "prepared," after being purchased by the very mysterious Nikolai Petrovic. Dougie insisted that they be purchased together, but that came with a heavy price, and Mat's the one who has to pay it.

As they are transported to the home of their new owner, Mat suffers enough torture to kill a lesser man. Thus far, the mental and physical torture received at the hands of their captors has been relentless and brutally sick. In this episode, there is no reprieve.

Nikolai Petrovic is a mastermind of slave training. He's hired to prepare these slaves for their very particular, highly disturbed owners. Whilst the beatings and rapes appear to have ceased for now, we see that their future days at this training facility, under the "care" of Nikolai means something very different for each of the brothers. He has purchased Mat for an owner who desires a fighter, so Nikolai's strategy is to keep him constantly on the edge of his breaking point. He has a different training method for Dougie, who is Mat's opposite in many ways.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to review February 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is definitely hard to review.

3.5 stars

The writing was brilliant and completely sucked me in, I cringed, had some tears, got angry..... alot of emotions for 60 pages!!!

It's hard to judge a book when you only have a small part, and it seems to be the "in" thing recently where we're getting more and more books released this way. If I'd read the whole thing my rating may have been different but as it stands I struggled to put it as high as I have.

Like I've already said the story telling was brilliant, and you will get emotionally attached to these characters but nearly all 60 pages filled with violence, brutality, rape...... my stomach was churning and I was on the edge of my seat waiting for one of them to do some serious damage to their captors.

So that's the reason for my low rating, I will read the next one and I hope things get better.

It's definitely not romance so please be aware before reading but it makes a hell of a psychosexual thriller
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be Warned March 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There's very little story here. Just lots of graphic sexual torture scenes heavy on humiliation, pain and rape. If that's of interest you should also be aware this purchase is very short. I read it in just an hour. Nothing compelling enough for me to want to buy the next installment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Deeds Reads Review
I received The Flesh Cartel: Capture in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This is definitely not a series for the faint of heart. Read more
Published 29 days ago by creativedeeds
4.0 out of 5 stars The Flesh Cartel: Capture
This episode is just what the title suggest. Mat—a professional MMA fighter—and Dougie—Mat's brother and Psych PhD student—are captured and "erased" from their lives. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mineliz
2.0 out of 5 stars HUH ?
I don't really quite get the logistics of why these boys were picked,not a great way to start a story.I feel like I started reading in the middle.
Published 2 months ago by Brobot
2.0 out of 5 stars Yawn
I loved the premise, overused as it is, but this reads like a slashy fanfic story that you can find on any decent internet site for free. Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. A. White
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly crafted work of dramatic fiction about sex trafficking
The Flesh Cartel by authors Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau should not be considered a romance. It is a brilliantly crafted work of dramatic fiction about human sex trafficking,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by DaVinciKittie
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hyperventilating here!
My review that I wrote contains cussing and general mumbling. Which would not be allowed on here. So here's a shortie;... Read more
Published 7 months ago by AvidAbbie
4.0 out of 5 stars True Grit
Having recently discovered this series I have been on a reading marathon completing #1 to #14. I wanted to walk away countless times but could not as it proved almost compulsory... Read more
Published 10 months ago by caramello
1.0 out of 5 stars No stars
Horrible torture porn. Passive voice abounds. Pricing is insulting. If this is a what Riptide thinks passes as quality writing, I'll pass.
Published 10 months ago by Reading Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series
2-in-1 review of books 1 and 2

I have to start by saying this series is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted. Read more
Published 10 months ago by LBAS Book Blog
2.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing story but no subtance
This was the first book I read from Riptide publishing and I must say they have come a long way. If you want to read LGBT books with innovative story lines and good/great writing... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sheena-kay Graham
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