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Extended Family by [Kendrick, Patrick]
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Starred Review
This remarkable novel spins subjects we've been hearing about lately: psychopaths, serial killers,
terrorists, and genetic tinkering. It contains some of the most gut-clutching murders in modern crime
fiction, one after the other, fascinating and repellant, like watching a rattler close in on a mouse. Hero
Greymon Gift has an unusual occupation: he's a fire marshal, applying detective methods to burn scenes.
The one he's investigating in the opening chapters goes strange: FBI agents swarm in, along with creepy
types, CIA or worse. The link seems to be a sperm-donor bank, and suddenly we're confronting evil as
something carried in the genes. Can it be manipulated, as with the Nazis' attempts to breed superwarriors?
This is the underpinning to the thrill-a-minute plot, carried along by vivid writing: "The sun was so bright
shadows could not exist." And also by a sinister conceit: we are not just victims of evil but often its
unknowing agents as well. There's a bit of Dexter here, without the fey humor. The colorful style is a
constant delight. And the undercurrents are unsettling. Put Kendrick on your must-read list, and move him
near the top of the pile.

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"Patrick Kendrick knows of what he writes (he spent 30 years in the fire service) and that's why this definite non-cozy chills you to the core. You just know Extended Family could be for real. It's a remarkable premise developed into this can't put down thriller by Kendrick's gifted prose." - Jeffrey Siger, author of The Andreas Kaldis Mystery Series

Product Details

  • File Size: 886 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183107
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OASHB4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By knitting ninja TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2012
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
If being tipped off on some of the many, many ways people get murdered in this book will spoil it for you, then read no further. That being said, this book is all about murder. So much so it is as if the author wrote twenty or thirty or forty of the most gruesome murder scenarios he could possibly think of and then, as an afterthought, came up with some weak way to tie them all together and call it a book. I have never read anything quite like it.

What might you be in for if you try and read this shock effect driven drivel? Vivid descriptions of people burning alive, skinned alive, dismembered, sexually mutilated, tortured, beheaded, enucleated, shot, strangled with their own intestines, throats cut or crushed and I could go on. The violence is inflicted on men, women and animals. Victims include various nationalities and age groups from children to adults - even the disabled. And then the murderers start getting murdered. I kid you not.

The mystery and intrigue is minimal in Extended Family. The story line feels contrived and not well developed - more like an excuse for a gross out fest. After two hundred and fifty pages of this three hundred and fifty page book, I was so annoyed at slogging through all of the blood and gore and guts I finally gave up. I still resent the time I spent reading this trash. Extended Family is to literature what Texas Chainsaw massacre is to action films - only worse. I give it more than one star because the writing mechanics are decent, although there is a lot of awkward switching in and out of first person perspective.
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What makes a serial killer a serial killer? Is it nature or nurture? Patrick Kendrick's take on the serial killer saga is a well-written book with a memorable main character and supporting cast as well. The story mixes in detective work, serial killer sprees, government agents, and a bit of genetic science and Kendrick balances everything out with aplomb. The only ingredient this book is missing, in my mind, is suspense. Due to the first person narrative, I never bought into any danger the main character was actually facing. That's my only quibble, but it's a big one.

Overall, this was enjoyable and I will eagerly read the sequel hinted at in the last few chapters.
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Enjoyed it, as a fan of the genre, the concept of a serial killer of serial killers is a great twist. The graphic nature did not disturb me, as a huge fan of Thomas Harris (Hanibal Lechter) and the Dexter series. If you can stomach that type of suspence, I highly recommend it for the summer!
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this book may have a lot of burnt body parts but it lacks quite simply - a heart.

I enjoy reading serial killer books sometimes. I get in and out of them obsessively. but they have to be well written. what compels me - is not simply the killers and the killing, but what goes on in everyone's head: the shocking and or devious thought processes behind what they do, how they do it, why and the often incredibly meticulous thinking. this has to carry over to those determined to stop them.

to carry such a terrible burden as a serial murderer, the story has to have dramatic intensity from all players. it's not enough to come up with terrible tales of murder and all the grisley details. you have to go into everyone's head deeply, the whys, the gratification, even what they're doing when they're not being the horrific people we know them to be. killers who perform intricate murders are never not intricate themselves, they're clocks ticking with history, with obsession. and while they may be evil there must be an interesting human quality, something seductive or different suggesting there's some kind of hope even when there isn't any at all.

dread can compell a reader that is feeling the tension in the mundane, because a reader is intimately knowledgeable. they know there is something unthinkable very possible. and killers are always doing the mundane - going to the store to buy eggs, brushing their teeth, tying shoelaces. often while they perform the chorse of the living their thought processes are about death. and they can stop a reader in their tracks and remain in a memory forever. THAT is good writing - getting the readers into the heads of the killers and those that have to find them, not just the terrible acts.
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This suspense thriller was high on bloody, grisly detail and short on plot development. The premise: an intelligent and attractive serial killer donates his sperm and his progeny develop a proclivity to mimic their father's kill lust. Lots of mayhem and murder centered in Florida where a fire marshall, Grey Gift, and an FBI agent, Rose Cleary, are working the cases as they pile up -- one burned victim after another. The pair tries to figure out what is going on as soon it seems that no one wants them to continue to investigate the murders.

The inevitable romance is forced and the characters aren't really well developed or likeable. No tension builds and the climax is not a surprise. The book moves fast and would be a fine mindless read for the commute or the beach -- if your stomach can handle lots of gory mutilation descriptions. I give it 2 1/2 stars.

The narrative is ridden with metaphors and similes to the point of distraction. Cliches and long descriptive phrases abound. The novel could have been shortened significantly with good editing.
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