- File Size: 760 KB
- Print Length: 338 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 27, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0044XUV4O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Program (Jack Carpenter series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Linderman tries to solve a series of murders and suspects the mastermind is a serial killer who is already in prison. Swain tries to draft a Hannibal-esque character from Silence of the Lambs all the way down to the muzzle, but it's less creepy and a lot less believable. Predictable, Linderman resolves his sole personal issue by the book's final chapter in a hurry-up-and-finish-the-book sort of way.
The Program isn't very satisfying by Swain standards and the Kindle edition i read was filled with typographical errors that were distracting at times. Fine for the beach, but don't pass on your favorite author's newest to read s one.
I have enjoyed some of Swain's other books, particularly his "grifter" series. This one, while a fast read that holds the interest, seemed wildly implausible, with a convict in virtual solitary running a serial killer on the outside who recruits to killing through the "program," which seemed to be hardly novel or unusual. And yet the implausible is intermixed with the prosaic but little actual investigation. And the Danni business. Didn't buy it. But the cookie business was interesting (sorry, you'll have to read the book to see how that fits in.)
To me the book was excessively psychological and tedious. Many scenes and events seems implausible and much of the dialogue didn't quite ring true--all this just my opinion. The final event involving the missing daughter seemed to pat, especially regarding the agent's mental state.
Swain's fans will probably enjoy, others could probably take it or leave it.
A serial killer, Mr. Clean, is kidnapping violent teenage boys and putting them through a horrifying ordeal called "The Program" in an attempt to turn them into sadistic, vicious killers---mirror images of him. He's aided by Crutch, another greatly drawn villain who's as cruel and brutal as Mr. Clean. Crutch is serving time in a federal prison, but manages to communicate through a smuggled cell phone.
The main character, FBI Special Agent Ken Linderman, a profiler, and another FBI agent, Rachel Vick, are using all of their resources to get inside Mr. Clean and Crutch's heads and rescue the abducted boy before he's turned.
You can tell that Swain did a lot of research for this book. The insight he shares about the mind of a serial killer and the inner workings of the FBI are fascinating.
There are plot twists and turns in this book and a surprise ending you won't see coming.
One of the things I like most about Swain is his ability to grab you and not let go. I was reading this book on my iPad when I ran out of battery power. I was so eager to get to the next page that I ran around my house searching for my charger. The cord was too short, so I sat on the floor near the outlet to finish the book.
This is one of those books that stays with you long after you've read it. If you read this book, make sure your digital reader is fully charged and get ready for a thrilling ride!
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