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A former FBI profiler uncovers The Killing League
Wallace Mack, a former FBI profiler, races to shut down The Killing League, game among serial killers where you win, or you die.
A competition among active serial killers
And she's the grand prize.
From a bestselling and award-winning author
Dan Ames is an international bestselling author and winner of the Independent Book Award for Crime Fiction.
"Dan Ames writes fast-paced, gripping tales that capture you from Page One and hold you enthralled until the last word."
-author J.D. Rhoades
"Ames is definitely one to watch."
-- Edgar-nominated author Craig McDonald
"Dan Ames's writing reminds me of the great thriller writers --lean, mean, no nonsense prose that gets straight to the point and keeps you turning those pages."
-author Robert Gregory Browne
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- Publication date : July 11, 2014
- Print length : 421 pages
- File size : 4938 KB
- Publisher : Slogan Books (July 11, 2014)
- ASIN : B006NAAGBO
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #492,517 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Amore's novel, "The Killing League" centers around a mysterious figure named, The Commissioner, who has invited a group of serial killers to participate in a killing game that he has named "The Killing League". The story alternates between The Killing League's members and two characters that are the ultimate targets, Mack, former FBI Agent and Nicole, a woman who narrowly escaped after a flubbed serial killer attempt and has been trying to rebuild her life in Los Angeles.
There were several things that drove me nuts about this book.
First the structure. It's incredibly formulaic. The book goes through every character and then circles back around. We hear how each member of The Killing League kills their victims in each round of the game. The kills are unique to the individual (like the nurse who kills her victims with an injection), however none of the kills are very unique overall. It's pretty straight forward and quite dull. The formula then goes back to Mack and Nicole, who each get those alternating chapters, whether or not the info conveyed in the chapters adds much to the story. It's filler.
Thank goodness it was a short read, because the pacing is incredibly sluggish, especially the last half.
The characters are flat. The serial killers might as well melt into one person. They are all stereotypes and lack real motives or depth. Mack and Nicole were particularly uninteresting. I was rooting for them to die the entire story.
It's like the characters are from a comic book, with the villains and heroes existing in a black and white world.
The worst part of the story was the lack of conflict. None of the killers seem to have a big problem with receiving a mysterious invitation from a person who knows about their kills. They all show up at a hotel for a conference to receive their instructions for the league. There is zero conflict. Mack seems to solve crimes with ease. There is never a good explanation of how betting on the KL is allowed in Vegas. This story has too many convenient explanations and holes.
What really bothered me the most was the missed opportunity. I like the idea of a game with a group of serial killers. It made me think of stories like Ten Little Indians, Clue and Rat Race, but with killers. I love the competition aspect and the mysterious commissioner. I wanted to get into the minds of the killers and to have the story be truly twisted and creepy. I think that Nicole and Mack should have been eliminated as primary characters. They shouldn't be the story. The story should have been about the Killing League itself and should reduce Mack and Nicole to minor characters.
Although it had gruesome parts, it was definitely rated PG. It's a beach read. I wanted it to be full on sick and twisted, like a Saw or Hostel movie. I wanted the commissioner to have a more valid and compelling motive for creating the league and I wanted see more of its origins. I wanted the killers to struggle and get creative.
This story could have been so much more entertaining.
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She yanked the crude punji stick out of her thigh.
Nicole plunged it into his neck.
Then pulled his knife out of her hand.
3-yrs. later. Charleston Municipal Hospital Room # 211. Patricia Sirrine (7) an IV in her arm was fast asleep.
Dr. Ruth Dykstra was her attending physician.
Quantico, VG (Stafford County). FBI Academy Hoover Auditorium. Students & faculty were introduced to the legionary FBI Director Wallace Mack (retired FBI SA profiler, U of Virginia: criminology/psychology).
Along the I-75 highway there are 7-male prostitute victims were uncovered.
Chicago, IL. 11 female corpses (17-23).
At Fort Walton Beach, FL.: 7 middle-aged prostitute males were found dead.
Roger Dawson (OTR truck driver) was cruising his Peterbilt semi-tractor/trailer down Highway # 75 (Alligator Alley). He stopped to pick up a young male.
Down the road it was time to feed the gators.
Ft. Walton Motor Lodge Room # 232 (FL., # 30) Amanda Dekins (prostitute) just finished having sex with a client.
Messiah (aka cult leader) watched as Jedidiah (disciple), Matthew (disciple), Joseph (disciple) prepared Bartholomew for the sacrifice.
Florence Nightmare was selected to compete in the Killing League.
Dr. Ruth Dykstra had been selected to participate in the Killing League.
Mr. Roger Dawson (Truck Drivin’ Man) has been selected as a competitor in the Killing League.
Ray Skittlecorn (Skittlecorn Meats butcher) was selected to compete in the Killing League.
Amanda Dekins (Lady of the Evening) has been selected as a competitor in the Killing League.
Brent Tucker, Douglas Hampton (Family Man), Blue Blood, & the Messiah were chosen.
On the right-hand side: district attorney, crime novelist, psychologist, reporter, a retired cop, a Judge. A Governor, a former victim, & 2 FBI SA were also chosen.
The Killing League odds had been posted. Florence Nightmare. 10-1. Truck Drivin’ Man. 15-1. The Butcher. 30-1. Family Man. 15-1. Lady of the Evening. 7-1. Blue Blood. 5-1 The Messiah. 5-1, The Commissioner. 3-1.
Down to 3 now.
Who will take it all?
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A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written serial killer thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great serial killer thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. It seemed way to long & what I call book filler (Blah, blah, blah) but I am still going to rate it at 5 stars.
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Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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Dani has managed to keep the chapters to a comfortable length which also gives you a potted history of the bad guys and gals characters and their somewhat unusual 'hobbies'.
The main characters, the good guy and gal both have their own personal/professional baggage along with dealing with the present and the unknown.
Once you have digested who's who and what their track record is, things fall into place and once 'The Commissioner' makes an appearance the book really does become a rapid page turner.
I would highly recommend The Killing League to anyone who enjoys a crime thriller with certainly some originality.
p.s. If you do like a flutter, stick to the Lottery, Grand National or Derby. Happy reading.
I really wish I had as it had me gripped from page to page.
A great story line with an interesting twist.
I can’t wait to read the second book.
I hope that the second book is better, and we get to see the skills of Mack, rather than being lead by the nose.
Its an easy 5 stars from me, looking forward to reading more from this author