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Marie has taken an interest in the welfare of children for many years. Her own parents have served as guardians for the foster care system for more than a decade, giving Marie the opportunity to meet many children who have come from troubled backgrounds. All too often, the children Marie encountered were victims of sexual abuse, either at the hands of their biological parents or while living in one of the temporary foster homes in which they had been placed. Marie saw the lasting effects that a child who is the victim of abuse can carry well into adulthood and made the decision to be their advocate through her talents as a writer. With her childhood experiences and determined personality working together to form her career goals, Marie Crist became a student of criminology with the intention of becoming a forensic anthropologist. Her attention turned to her family, however, when she became a mother. The birth of her own children added another element, this time intensely personal, to her efforts to create a safe world for the most innocent members of our society. As her young family grew and her kids started school, Marie realized that her love of writing would be the ideal avenue for her desire to be an advocate for children while continuing to make her own home the primary focus. Through the pages of The Citizen Chronicles: Citizen Out, Marie Crist is able to use her first-hand knowledge of children who have been abused and the adults in our society who feel compelled to protect them to create a powerful statement about justice and our role as individuals in strengthening our communities. While we certainly are not all intended to operate within a secretive and complex organization to eliminate the evildoers in our society, Marie challenges us to think about the time and energy we give to our own families and to make a greater investment, in one way or another, to improving the lives of those around us. It is through her personal encounters with victims of abuse and her observations in diverse social compositions around our country that Marie is able to provide a strong testament about the role of each citizen.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Reaction Press (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983580901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983580904
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,298,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Viviane Crystal VINE VOICE on September 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Citizen Out opens with a ghastly scene, a predator spying a group of little girls, picturing what he could possibly do with one of them, and then choosing who will be his willing, in his sick mind, partner. The plan is to enjoy her even up to the moments of her death. It's a breath-stopping scene and makes the reader disgusted and then horrified - that is until the mind-jolting second when the perpetrator is hit in the neck with a death-dealing knife. A sigh of relief pervades the reader's being, for this death is preferable to the suffering an otherwise innocent young girl would have endured prior to her death and her family's devastating reaction.

Sound implausible? Not. For in spite of Amber alerts and vigilant neighbor watches, etc., little girls and boys are being abducted, abused, tortured and sometimes murdered, leaving behind scars and grieving beyond description. This is a fictional story that could become reality, a group of citizens who are highly trained, globally connected, and motivated to stop each "mark" as the perps are called before each devastating crime begins, not after.

Kevin and Celeste are one team of this team of citizens with a lovely family and a good marriage. In fact, it's the one point in this book that was rather annoying, not that they were happy but the way the author expresses dialogue is very stilted and almost artificial, plainly unnatural. The point is obviously this juxtaposition of happy family versus the sickos destroying families but it needs to be more relaxed and normal. Anyway, several plot lines now begin to follow.
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When reading this book and I found myself rooting for the Citizen's and shocked at the thoughts of the ones who want to hurt kids and teens. But what I found more important is how this book opened my eyes to all that is around me and our children. I watch even more carefully out for not only my children but for those other kids whose parents may not be able too. This book taught me alot as well had a great story and plot. Of course who can forget the humor and funny side to it as well. I cannot wait for the 2nd book and I would recommend this too anyone. I decided if I ever worked for the Citizen's I would want to work in the data area.
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