Stolen Lives (The Lives Trilogy) is a thriller on the topic of child abduction and the search for missing children. Based upon the author's work as a counselor and the research he did on the topic while working with a foundation for sexually exploited and missing children as an out-reach educator.
The Book has been published via True Visions Publications and is available as eBook & Paperback - 472 pages - released in November 2014.
About the Book
Three fourteen year old boys, Brett McGovern, Stephen Bailey and Michael Erickson are inextricably linked by abduction and murder.
Brett, who was abducted from Indianapolis, fears that his captors will decide to kill him. More recently, two boys from a Milwaukee, Wisconsin suburb, Stephen and Michael, have been abducted, and the detectives on the case know that if they are not found within 24 hours, any chance of finding them is remote and they will be gone forever. A fourth boy, George Tokay, a Navajo, holds a key piece to this puzzle and doesn’t realize it.
Pete Kelliher and his team of FBI agents from the Crimes Against Children Unit have been tracking the murders of children for the past two years. He believes that if they can find these two boys, they might find the answers to the questions that have been eluding them. He and his team race to find Stephen and Michael before they disappear forever. There isn’t much to go on, and each time he gets a break, potential witnesses are found dead. As Pete and his team investigate, the stories of these boys are like loose threads on a sweater: pull the wrong one and it unravels completely. Slowly, Pete comes to the realization that one or more members of his own team might be behind it all. There is injury and death, some of which is Pete’s fault and that causes him to question his effectiveness and his future.
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- "Joseph Lewis has created a cast of characters that you grow to care about. Their story is filled with twists and turns that keep you reading. When the book ends you will be left anticipating the next one! This was a story I could not put down! [...]" - Elizabeth Nickolson
- "While reading this book your going to find yourself on an emotional roller coaster. You will love and admire the courage of the young boys and be appalled at what happens to them. Make no mistake this may be fiction but this happens everyday in this country and others, Read this then go hug your kids and find out what you can do to help others. " - Jeffrey Bruff
- "This was a well written book. Kept me riveted even when I had trouble with the content. Hard to accept the depravity that is present in our world. Hoping this helps expose and make people not be willing to allow these kinds of things to go on." - Sharon King
- "[...] Stolen Lives is fiction, but it reads like true-crime nonfiction, thanks to the author’s extensive research of the subject and his experience as a professional counselor of abused children. The staggering statistics on the number of vanished and murdered children that Lewis skillfully inserts into the narration give the novel a feeling of case study.
Stolen Lives reads as a stand-alone novel, but it is the first book in the trilogy. There is a prequel to it too, also published this year, titled Taking Lives, which introduces the main characters and depicts events transpiring two years earlier.
Strongly recommend." - Nadezhda (Amazon)
- "The story is very compelling and Mr. Lewis does and excellent job of creating the world of his book. I don't want to give away too much of the story but the best part is the characters. Whether it was a tug at my heart by one of the boys or the revulsion I had for the men involved in the system, each of the people in the book brought an emotion out of me." - Amazon Customer
About the Author
|Author Joseph Lewis|
His first book, Taking Lives, is the prequel to his trilogy and introduces him to readers and readers to his trilogy. Based in part on fact and research, both Taking Lives and Stolen Lives are works of fiction, with Stolen Lives being the first book of his trilogy.
Lewis works to shed light on the horrible truth of child trafficking and child abduction that unfortunately takes place in our society. He is married and has three children, and lives in Virginia.
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