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Without Consent (A Tony Dante Novel) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 8, 2014
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A 22-year veteran and one of their leading profilers, rescued children across the country from those that would harm, abduct, or kill them. He helped inspire the hit CBS TV series CRIMINAL MINDS. Clemente came to understand the criminal mind of child sex offenders the hard way. As a teen, he suffered the ultimate loss of innocence... then grew up to become a relentless New York City prosecutor before being recruited into the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit where he hunted violent sex offenders and serial killers.
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Many readers have written to me and told me that WITHOUT CONSENT was very helpful in their journey to understand or overcome childhood sexual victimization. That alone is a victory. But we can all do more by dispensing with our fears and talking about the truth: Most kids who are sexually victimized are abused by Family, Friends, or Trusted Acquaintances who pose as wonderful people but who have a very dark ulterior motive.
...Also, just finished reading it. There are some pretty significant continuity errors. Part of the story clearly takes place in the nineties (Madonna's Live to Tell referenced like it's present day and a teenaged character that was supposedly born in 1977), but later he mentions watching Netflix! P.S. - This is all supposed to take place over the course of a few months, not thirty years!
I feel kind of bad being critical after reading the author's final notes describing the personal nature of the story, but it seems like no one edited this book. Seriously.
How do you know a book is a very good one?
After reading it, the book doesn't leave you alone. The message keeps coming back and makes you think about it over and over.
Before I started "Without Consent" by Jim Clemente, I knew very little about his past, only those stories that the media has been telling. But I knew that this is Clemente's first novel. To be honest, I was a bit wary about the book. What happens most often, is that new writers first tell their own life stories in their first novels, either in fictional or true form.
"Without consent" is no exception. But here comes the BUT.
I was impressed how Clemente has been able to turn his own - and really intimidating - life experience into such a good narrative novel. "Without Consent" makes you live with all the steps the fictional character Anthony "Tony" Dante takes. It makes you fume with anger when Tony is angered at the court by anfair treatment of judge. It makes you cry about the "Dismissed" decision. It makes you ache, when Tony has his flashbacks from the past and it makes you feel compassion towards the little boy who once was abused in his tender teenage years.
It's a story of lost innocence, how young boys are molested and abused either by their coaches or people they had been respecting. And how the victims minds and mouths are silenced by threats and shame.
It speaks volumes for those who have been abused and victimized by other people.
Even though the narration is sometimes harsh, it's very honest. And here lies the basis for it to be a very good book.
It takes you through the whole court process by minutes. You learn the Voir Dire, you learn how this is all "just a show" and those who are not experienced in it, will take it too personally and will be hurt in a process. Good prosecutors won't - and Tony Dante is dancing on thin ice on that.
Jim Clemente has created a very believable and multilayered character, who not only - is clever and sharp - but also human.
One final word, I forgot to mention that there's love, too. It's here and there, splattered, and in the end I cried, again. But this time with joy.
It was because of a most wonderful love letter, written by Tony Dante.