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The Inner Circle (Man of Wax Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Swartwood
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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From USA TODAY bestselling author Robert Swartwood comes the exciting second book in the Man of Wax Trilogy ...

Two years ago Ben Anderson woke up in a rundown motel, three thousand miles from home, his family missing, and the words LET THE GAME BEGIN written in blood on the back of the bathroom door.

Now, with his past life gone, Ben has become a soldier in Carver Ellison's army against Caesar.

But when a mission goes wrong and one of their team members is murdered, it's the last cryptic word spoken that will lead Ben and the team one step closer to the Inner Circle -- a step that may bring them salvation ... or get them all killed.

With his trademark action and suspense, Robert Swartwood has delivered his most ambitious thriller yet.

Praise for The Inner Circle:

"The Inner Circle is a crafty, clever, white-knuckle thriller. If you haven't yet read Swartwood, you're missing out." --Brian Keene, bestselling author of The Rising and Ghoul

"Not for the faint of heart." --Cannonball Read


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About the Author

Robert Swartwood is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Serial Killer's Wife, The Calling, Man of Wax, and several other novels. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Daily Beast, Wigleaf, and PANK. He created the term "hint fiction" and is the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. Visit him online at robertswartwood.com.

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  • File Size: 1026 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RMS Press (November 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094MUNTI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait For The Third Book! April 13, 2013
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Within 2 minutes of finishing the first book I had this one downloaded ready to read. The concept is fresh and the pace keeps moving - not a book you want to lay down for long. To date I have read about 80% of Robert Swartwoods offerings. He has quickly moved up into the top 10 of my favorite authors. Looking forward to book three!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series March 29, 2013
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I really am enjoying this series. The action is fast, the suspense is intense, many surprises and real horror to think that such people could actually exist in our world. The story is very believable, though I hate to think these things could really happen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, part 2 of a winning series September 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you were lucky enough to read "Man of Wax" you will already have an idea of the background involved in this story. If not, "The Inner Circle" can work as a standalone novel, but you will understand more if you have read the first novel in what is looking to be an excellent trilogy. Definitely not light, entertaining fiction. Instead this is a book that delves into the darker side of human nature and an examination of the Edmund Burke quote "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". Exactly how far would you go to stop an evil larger than you? That spreads beyond your life and randomly attacks innocent people? What would you sacrifice? How many battles could you fight before deciding that you have had enough? Or, would you have the strength to fight to the end, even though the end will take your own life, too?

We are back with Ben, Carver, the Kid and the rest of the gang as they try to rescue players from "the Game". A reality show that first takes your family, then forces you to destroy everything about yourself that you thought was good, or an essential part of your self. This part also examines more closely the type of people that would be involved in a reality show like this, from the people that run interference to make sure the "gamer" performs as ordered to the people that pay to watch the games. We also get the first real introduction to Caesar and asked the question "What was the greatest thing the Roman Empire gave the world." The answer is not roads (just a clue).

We had to wait almost a year for the second installment of this trilogy. I am eagerly awaiting part three!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising! October 18, 2013
By Anthea
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I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one, and a lot more than I thought I would. The pace was quick and the characters were believable. A couple of nasty twists, and a thoroughly enjoyable book.The violence and sadism was a bit graphic though, not for the squeamish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bring On The Third Book January 27, 2013
By Harv W
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If you liked Man of Wax, you'll like this one too. Picks up two years later and never stops. To say that what Robert Swartwood puts his characters through is intense would be an understatement. Can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful yet disturbing twist on a reality show! September 1, 2012
By CG
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the fourth book I've read by Mr. Swartwood, the second in the Man of Wax Trilogy. I can honestly say that I was sucked in and totally immersed in this Trilogy! After reading the first installment, Man of Wax, I didn't think it could get any better. Boy, was I wrong, it did!

It had been awhile since I finished reading Man of Wax and I wasn't sure if I would remember the storyline. Not a problem there! I had signed up for Mr. Swartwood's newsletter updates and received an offer to read an advance copy of his second book in the Trilogy, The Inner Circle. From the first page on I was hooked all over again. Now I will have to sit back and wait on the third book, but I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

Overall, if you'd like a great thriller with horror, suspense, exciting storyline, and more, you will love this book! Thank you, Mr. Swartwood for the great entertainment. Can't wait for more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We've been waiting September 5, 2012
By Condor
Format:Kindle Edition
So many of us who have had the fortune of coming across the extremely well-written extremely tense, edge-of-your seat thriller, Man Of Wax, have been waiting for this one with indescribable anticipation - it does not disappoint.

Two years on, our former prey and protagonist, Ben, is relentlessly on the hunt for the mysterious and seemingly omni-potent, Caesar, a ruthless entity connected to the highest echelons of social order, and whose aim it is to offer up the common man as victim and sacrifice in a game of death - a game that is streamed across the deepest, darkest corridors of the net, to those with tastes for the extreme.

In this gripping sequel, we are lead into the realm of this depraved society of Venetian mask-wielding voyeurs, known as the Inner Circle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inner circle Robert swartwood September 3, 2012
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I read Man of Wax- from the first page - i couldn't read fast enough - what a ride - then it ended - and I had to wait - and wait- thankfully i got an arc to the inner circle - and could read some more and once again - I am taken on a ride and wonder where the storyline of the book will go. It is thrilling, scary, a little more rough than man of wax - but of course it has me reading to find out what will happen and why -and now - once again i must wait for the third book - -It is a must read book for anyone who loves psychological thrillers!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love this author and series!
Published 3 days ago by scorpio11
5.0 out of 5 stars The Inner Circle
Graphic? Definitely. Violent? Absolutely. Believable? You bet and that is why I LOVED it. Fast paced and action packed. Well written. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Sibyl Irwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep `em coming
Let me just start by saying Swartwood is criminally underrated! I have said it once and I 'll say it again...if you want to read something unique and fresh he is your man. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Loves to Read
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy the books written by Robert Swartwood and this book ...
I really enjoy the books written by Robert Swartwood and this book was really good like every other book I've read by him.
Published 4 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the third book in the series!
I'm enjoying the heck out of this series and its prequel. To my mind The Inner Circle consists of three distinct parts. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bartleby
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!!!
Robert Swartwood is a fantastic writer and story teller - I cannot wait for the next book in this series.
Published 4 months ago by Donna Eller
3.0 out of 5 stars slow start, but what an ending!
In this second book, I got kind of bored with the characters hanging around the farm house for what seemed like half the book, but every time they left, the action made up for it! Read more
Published 4 months ago by JohnRinggold
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted to the trilogy!
Am addicted to this trilogy! Cannot wait for the third book. Robert Swartwood has my vote as a new favorite author to follow!
Published 4 months ago by Leana Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this second book of the series and can't wait for the third.
Published 5 months ago by Ryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not what I expected.
Published 5 months ago by Ann Michaels
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More About the Author

Robert Swartwood is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Serial Killer's Wife, The Calling, Man of Wax, and several other novels. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Daily Beast, Chizine, Space and Time, Postscripts, and PANK. He created the term "hint fiction" and is the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. He lives with his wife in Pennsylvania. Visit him at www.robertswartwood.com.

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