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Thugbook by [West, CJ]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 241 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 22 West Books (May 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082HT3GU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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In "Thugbook", there's an internet site where people are asked to send in photos of criminals that are committing crimes in their area. This takes the "Family Watchdog" site to a new level. The corporation that runs the site explain that it is a boon to the local community, and they present it to the media and the police as a tool to help keep everyone safe. Amidst doubts of safety from sceptics, they continue to run the site even though some of the criminals posted have been killed by "vigilante justice".

Are the creators of "Thugbook" heroes, or do they have a different agenda? Why are the police so opposed to the site? Are they reluctant because they think that it's wrong, or are they worried that they might look incompetent if the site catches more criminals than they do? How many people are committed to this site, and on at what levels? How much can greed justify killings? How might people peripherally involved with the site, including criminals, benefit from the results of the hits on the thugs?

"Thugbook" is one of those stories that challenges you to evaluate your own feelings about having a site like that in your own community, in our world of ever-present, easily accessible informational access. What is the cost, what is the payoff, and who would stand to profit?
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CJ West has definitely done it again! His unique insight into the possibilities of crime and punishment, and where they COULD go, will certainly make you think. This is a thoroughly entertaining, fast-paced, page-turner, that you will not be able to put down until you have finished reading it. The characters are believable, the twists and turns are unexpected and the concept, completely intriguing. Two thumbs up! Well worth much more than the asking price!
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This is a nice little novella / short story from CJ West: I could see this plot outline as a full-length novel or even a successful movie or TV miniseries as it was very compelling, plus I could see a future where the scenes and situation as described in this story come true.

The author does a great job of quickly getting you into the heads of his characters and fully immersed into the story, and there is really nothing over the top or extraneous here - the dialogue is crisp and on target vs. endlessly droning on for word-count sake. Just when you think you think you have the ending figured out, West takes a hard right turn and fools you.

As I type this review, the Kindle version of this story is 99 cents - it is well worth it and is an enjoyable read. If the author should take this short to a full-length novel concept, I think it would be very successful.
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Thugbook
Author: CJ West

Mug shots are often shown to victims of crimes and their families to help identify a suspect in a crime or hopefully bring down a killer. But, what about a website that you, the citizen can contribute to by sending photos of people that you think are in gangs, killers or have committed crimes? Would you help the police by downloading pictures of gang members and criminals? Would you take job as a photectors? One man named Blaine Stevens created Thugbook along with another man named Jones, which is an online site where his people can download pictures of gang members and dangerous people in their neighborhood. People use this site and click on different maps to find these people and hopefully help the police make arrests. Thousands of photos are processed daily hoping to convince the police to use their service to catch these criminals. Unfortunately, the success rate of trying to convince the police has not been successful. Even with one member of the team scheduling a demonstration no one really showed up and their stock answers that they could do better and did not need their help wasted the time of a member of their team.

When one of their team working security pays the ultimate price for taking these pictures and the end result is quite startling as no one knew, including the gang called the Reds, that he was part of their team. Spotted on his job taking pictures this man wound up dead at his job when someone called Gman spotted him taking these pictures. But, what would happen to their business if these photectors stopped taking pictures? Photos pasted up in the rest of the country helped reduce crime but for some reason not in their counties.
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Blaine and Jones have put together a social network unlike any other. Users submit photographs of criminals linked to a map of the city - you can see where crime is taking place, and who the perpetrators are. Unfortunately, the cops aren't fans of the site, some of the "photectors" are being hurt and killed, some of the criminals have been killed as well. Plus not everyone at the company is really all about seeing justice served, more about making money, no mater how.

This book was easy to read, I found my opinion changing several times as to whose side I was on.
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The author presents an interesting premise of people, and maybe corporate executives, using technology to not only eliminate crime but the criminals too. For me, though, the execution just fell short. I don't doubt that this would make for good TV but as a novel it just didn't flow right. I couldn't find one character I could empathize with from among the executives, the employees, the police or even the public. The "twists" in the story seemed contrived and the ending was somewhat unrealistic. All-in-all this story felt more like a chore than a fun read.
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