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Thugbook [Kindle Edition]

CJ West
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Digital Short
19,000 words

Blaine Stevens and his friend Jones team up to build a new kind of social network. Thugbook arms citizens with cameras and gives them the power to take back the streets.

At first only the brave dare photograph a crime in progress, fearing retaliation, but soon gang members are the ones who are afraid.

Criminals appear on the web by the hundreds, their pictures on a city map identifying them and their turf. The cops ignore the crime-stopping technology, but a more sinister group embraces Thugbook and begins stopping criminals permanently.

Thugbook is engulfed in a swirl of lawsuits and threats to shut the company down. As the stock soars skyward and the site rivals the popularity of Facebook and Google+, two founders with very different agendas battle to fulfill their mission.

Product Details

  • File Size: 241 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 22 West Books (May 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082HT3GU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,773 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 CJ West does it again! May 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
CJ West has definitely done it again! His unique insight into the possibilities of crime and punishment, and where they COULD go, will certainly make you think. This is a thoroughly entertaining, fast-paced, page-turner, that you will not be able to put down until you have finished reading it. The characters are believable, the twists and turns are unexpected and the concept, completely intriguing. Two thumbs up! Well worth much more than the asking price!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking watchdogs to a new level May 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In "Thugbook", there's an internet site where people are asked to send in photos of criminals that are committing crimes in their area. This takes the "Family Watchdog" site to a new level. The corporation that runs the site explain that it is a boon to the local community, and they present it to the media and the police as a tool to help keep everyone safe. Amidst doubts of safety from sceptics, they continue to run the site even though some of the criminals posted have been killed by "vigilante justice".

Are the creators of "Thugbook" heroes, or do they have a different agenda? Why are the police so opposed to the site? Are they reluctant because they think that it's wrong, or are they worried that they might look incompetent if the site catches more criminals than they do? How many people are committed to this site, and on at what levels? How much can greed justify killings? How might people peripherally involved with the site, including criminals, benefit from the results of the hits on the thugs?

"Thugbook" is one of those stories that challenges you to evaluate your own feelings about having a site like that in your own community, in our world of ever-present, easily accessible informational access. What is the cost, what is the payoff, and who would stand to profit?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thugbook: May 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Author: CJ West

Mug shots are often shown to victims of crimes and their families to help identify a suspect in a crime or hopefully bring down a killer. But, what about a website that you, the citizen can contribute to by sending photos of people that you think are in gangs, killers or have committed crimes? Would you help the police by downloading pictures of gang members and criminals? Would you take job as a photectors? One man named Blaine Stevens created Thugbook along with another man named Jones, which is an online site where his people can download pictures of gang members and dangerous people in their neighborhood. People use this site and click on different maps to find these people and hopefully help the police make arrests. Thousands of photos are processed daily hoping to convince the police to use their service to catch these criminals. Unfortunately, the success rate of trying to convince the police has not been successful. Even with one member of the team scheduling a demonstration no one really showed up and their stock answers that they could do better and did not need their help wasted the time of a member of their team.

When one of their team working security pays the ultimate price for taking these pictures and the end result is quite startling as no one knew, including the gang called the Reds, that he was part of their team. Spotted on his job taking pictures this man wound up dead at his job when someone called Gman spotted him taking these pictures. But, what would happen to their business if these photectors stopped taking pictures? Photos pasted up in the rest of the country helped reduce crime but for some reason not in their counties.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a nice little novella / short story from CJ West: I could see this plot outline as a full-length novel or even a successful movie or TV miniseries as it was very compelling, plus I could see a future where the scenes and situation as described in this story come true.

The author does a great job of quickly getting you into the heads of his characters and fully immersed into the story, and there is really nothing over the top or extraneous here - the dialogue is crisp and on target vs. endlessly droning on for word-count sake. Just when you think you think you have the ending figured out, West takes a hard right turn and fools you.

As I type this review, the Kindle version of this story is 99 cents - it is well worth it and is an enjoyable read. If the author should take this short to a full-length novel concept, I think it would be very successful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thugbook May 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
CJ West has cornered the market on creating new worlds. His insight into what may become our futures is refreshing and keeps you hanging on every word. The plot twists keep you guessing as to what the networks really purpose is. Blaine Stevens has a unique idea that could very easily become a reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thugs Beware! May 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Thugbook is an ingenious concept that could be the next Facebook. Seriously. Why isn't someone doing this? Or are they? Empowering victims to expose their attackers in a safe and secure way seems like a no-brainer to some. To others, it's like slapping a "Most Wanted: Dead or Alive" on the criminal's mug shot and allowing bounty hunters and vigilantes to shoot to kill. But what if .... CJ West has a great concept here and it could, as other reviewers have said, be extended into a novel or even a series of novels. As a novella length fiction, it's satisfying, but leaves you wanting more. Nice job!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick action, easy read
Blaine and Jones have put together a social network unlike any other. Users submit photographs of criminals linked to a map of the city - you can see where crime is taking place,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kara K. Prem
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Have become a new fan of Mr. West, this book is good, an unusual concept, but I like the way he plays it out!
Published on February 12, 2013 by KCinTC
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I've read other work by this author and he continues to entertain me. Thugbook is such an original idea I had not run across before. Read more
Published on January 1, 2013 by Kim Mullican
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wicked Cool Premise
I read the novella, Thugbook, quickly enough and the premise was startling and original. That alone is worth the five stars to me. Read more
Published on October 23, 2012 by Just A. Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars not thrilling
I enjoyed The End of Marking time so much, that this one seemed to fall short of my expectations. I enjoy C.J. Read more
Published on August 10, 2012 by Bren~O
2.0 out of 5 stars Uncertain
I though the book had potential, but it was as though major parts of it were chopped out.
It wasn't a favorite and although I finished it, I don't think I'll be back for... Read more
Published on August 9, 2012 by Ann Marie Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but Sweet
A short novel that put new meaning to the word "social network". A social network site set up for citizens to post pictures of criminals in the act of committing crimes. Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by Sterljoy
3.0 out of 5 stars Who Are The Ciminals?
Thugbook...a site set up for citizens to anonymously down load illegal activity in their community has turned Blaine and Jones into a millionaire company that is shunned by... Read more
Published on July 7, 2012 by L.Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise but poorly executed
The author presents an interesting premise of people, and maybe corporate executives, using technology to not only eliminate crime but the criminals too. Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by azgrad
4.0 out of 5 stars Like to read an expanded version
Facebook and vigilantism combine in an interesting and somewhat off-beat high tech/future tech storyline. Read more
Published on June 27, 2012 by Sharon
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More About the Author

Amazon Bestselling Author C.J. West's first novel, Sin And Vengeance, was adapted for film by award-winning screenwriter Marla Cukor, and optioned into development by Beantown Productions, LLC.

Edgar nominated author, Tim Hallinan says, "C.J. West is a powerful and original writer, and I look forward to reading him for a long time."

Vincent Zandri, author of The Innocent, says, "C.J. West is one of my favorite indie authors writing today."

Avid fans insist that any mystery or suspense lover who reads Sin And Vengeance and The End of Marking Time will become a C.J. West fan.

C.J.'s Randy Black series features Sin And Vengeance, A Demon Awaits, and Gretchen Greene. The series is unusual because Randy Black undergoes a major transformation in the second book. Many readers are amazed at how strongly they root for a character they despised.

The End of Marking Time provides a touch of sci-fi as Michael O'Connor navigates a criminal justice system that substitutes counselors and monitoring technology for prisons and guards. This intense psychological novel challenges readers to consider all they know about crime and justice.

For traditional mystery readers, C.J. offers the Lorado Martin Mystery Series about a junk man who splits his time between the worlds of antiques and collectibles and his work providing housing and jobs for recovering addicts. The first book in the series, Dinner At Deadman's was released in 2012.

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