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Total Victim Theory [Kindle Edition]

Ian Ballard
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Six months have passed since a faded, black ledger mysteriously appeared on FBI Agent Jake Radley's doorstep. Puzzling over the document's sinister entries, Jake pieces together a story of mass murder near the Texas-Mexico border two decades before. If Jake's theory is correct, the names listed on the ledger's final page are the victims of a previously unknown serial killer. Leads are scarce until a gruesome new crime scene, deep in the Mexican desert, shows a chilling connection to the border deaths of long ago. . .

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  • File Size: 1515 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484102630
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G2V35L2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the mind of a serial killer October 8, 2013
"Total Victim Theory" is a creepy journey into the mind of a serial killer--his development, his thought processes, even his ramblings---all intertwined with crimes which are pretty horrific. (If you don't have a strong stomach, don't read this book.) There are enough twists and turns along the way to keep you turning the pages, even if you think you know where it's going! Ballard writes a really believable sociopath, and he tempers that with scenes of incredible sensitivity. Some of his chapters literally blew me away. This is NOT a beach read, nor is it a book you should read right before going to bed, unless you are partial to nightmares featuring mutilated victims. UGH. But for those who crave blood and gore in your bedside story, you couldn't pick a more intriguing one. Ballard is a good writer who is on the way to becoming a GREAT writer.

"Total Victim Theory" would also make A GREAT HALLOWEEN GIFT for your blood-thirsty pals.

I highly recommend this new--and unique voice!!
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner! MUST read. September 30, 2013
This book is seriously a page-turner. I was hooked from the get-go, and have been staying up later than I want to at night because I simply cannot put it down.

The chapters are short, and each follows a different character's storyline within the main story. Each storyline sucks you in, with a juicy plot and exciting cliffhangers. The author has found the perfect balance between keeping you in suspense and simultaneously satisfying you with a thick plot the entire way through.

One of the things I love about this book is it is written in first-person, but from the perspective of the various characters, so you get into the minds of everyone in the story. It's addicting and eerie.

I'm not gonna lie... this book has permeated my dreams, and there have definitely been a few times throughout the experience I have double-checked the locks and peeked behind the shower curtain.

I'm almost at the end of the book and, frankly, I'm freaking out. SO good. Highly recommend Total Victim Theory.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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I was prepared for the story to unfold the way that many do: as a slow-moving train departing to its destination. However, I quickly learned that, from the beginning, Total Victim Theory would hurl its readers through a rocket-fueled journey. Along the way, I laughed, was left slack-jawed in disbelief, cringed with anxiety, empathized with the characters while angrily cursing their decisions, felt relief, terror, disgust, happiness and sorrow. I am delighted to have experienced this roller-coaster of a tale. The story's twists and turns make this book one that you can't put down and boasts an ending both shocking and well-played.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overdone Extreme Violence November 9, 2013
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A little too much for me. It was also confusing from the start. The author mixes two timelines unknowingly to the reader and this doesn't become clear till the last third of the book. Each character, evil and good guys have at least two names. It takes work to keep it all straight and reading should not be such a chore. It all falls apart in the last half. Do not read if you like animals, small children or nice people in general. Do not read if you don't like lots and lots of blood and guts. Do not let young children read this book.

It could have been a good book if the author wasn't so obsessed with that brutal over the top violence and that starting unseen timeline. The story itself was a good plot line but this was not really a mystery but a horror outing with much too much senseless horror seemingly written only to disgust.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars omg January 22, 2014
By nmorton
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Was this book written by two different people? What started out as a great mystery, turned into something just awful. I cannot imagine why the writer changed it up. It had such great potential. I draw the line at animal abuse but skimmed and forgave because I felt the author was making a statement to refer to later. Without spoiling the story for you (and God knows I should save you from this book) there was no need to kill off a particular victim. What a shame-this could have been great. Just a stinking shame!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Violence, Violence, Violence February 15, 2014
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At the beginning of the book I found the plot and characters intriguing but as the author proceeded I was treated to a veritable blood bath of violence, plus with its two timines and double plots, the book became ungainly.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bummer December 7, 2013
By Les
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Gore is one thing, but this has sick details! Not a good read, gave up halfway through. Would not recommend.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book! October 13, 2013
Ian Ballard is an absolute master of the intelligent thriller. His beautiful prose and incredible character development deftly guide the reader to frightening places - inside the mind of a ruthless serial killer - the moments before a terrible crime. As the reader I was willing to go with him and dare to see the savagery unfold and be terrified along with the victims. If FBI Agent Jake Radley is ever going to know his past he must embark on the journey that is Total Victim Theory. Ballard sets forth an intricately plotted and extremely satisfying novel that will keep you breathless, terrified and turning the pages 'til the end. I recommend this book highly - It is a must read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
If you are squeamish, forget this one. I would say I couldn't put it down but at times I had to, just to give my mind a break. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Rebecca L Calaway
3.0 out of 5 stars kind of gory.
It's a little hard to believe that there could be a whole family of murderers. Also, it seemed unnecessarily gory.
Published 4 hours ago by Mary J. Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot and some great twists. Dive in suspense reader
This book grabs you right from the get go. Interesting plot and some great twists. Dive in suspense reader.
Published 22 hours ago by liz decaracena
4.0 out of 5 stars One book I really did enjoy reading.
Although violent I didn't think it was overly so. It was just right for the story. I loved the very different angle of the plot! A story that kept my interest. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mountain Momma
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! Really draws you in from beginning to ...
Great Read! Really draws you in from beginning to end. Loved it.
Published 2 days ago by C. Arndt
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Good Read, Timely, with the events of today. Author is up to date with the story. Find it, likely could be true.
Published 5 days ago by tedtedde
3.0 out of 5 stars First person plural
Ballard has crafted a book from the inner lives of his key characters. He captures their hopes and despair, pulling you into the narrative with the immediacy of the first person. Read more
Published 6 days ago by J. Crowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes I would suggest this book to anyone who likes a good mystery. Now...
STOP!!! Do not read this book if you have a weak heart or palpitations (had to look up). Small area seem to drag or maybe you want it to get on with it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Margaret Childress
3.0 out of 5 stars serial killers
really hard to read, such terror and violence.Good if you're into that kind of thing.Just way too violent for me.
Published 9 days ago by daniel danner
4.0 out of 5 stars a true horror story
I wish I could say I liked this book. I really do. It's expertly crafted to keep you glued to it until the last sentence. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jilly of the Valley
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