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Integration (Mark Baines Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Edger
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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Book Description

THE OFFER
Mark Baines is a Team Leader in a call centre. He dislikes his job and dreams of the day he can afford to give up his job and buy the house of his dreams. Following a terrifying burglary at his home, he is contacted by a group prepared to pay him one million pounds in return for a favour.


THE CATCH
The offer seems too good to be true, and he begins to worry about what they might expect in return. The group calls again and tells him to integrate their laundered monies through the bank he works for, but he refuses. When Mark's girlfriend Gabrielle goes missing and his brother is attacked, Mark begins to realise just how far the group will go to get what they want.


EVERYONE HAS THEIR PRICE
As the game begins and the pressure mounts, Mark finds himself risking everything he has to find Gabrielle and save his own life before the group and the police catch up with him.


INTEGRATION
Blackmail, murder, suspense, conspiracy and money laundering: Integration is a British crime thriller set in the murky depths of the finance industry.




Reviews:
“Integration is a real page turner. I couldn't put it down and just wanted to see what was going to happen next and found it very compulsive reading with a good ending.” (Carol Drinkwater)
“This was a real page turner…I was completely hooked and because of the shocking twist at the end I can't wait to read the sequel. Would highly recommend this book.” (Emma Jayne Knightley)
“Really enjoyed this book from beginning to end, couldn't put it down. One of the best I have read in ages. Had to get the follow up to continue the story. Brilliant.” (David H Robertson)


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About the Author

Stephen Edger was raised in London but has lived in Southampton since studying law at University over a decade ago. He is one of the most exciting thriller writers to emerge in the UK in 2011 and 'Integration' is his debut novel. Stephen and his wife Hannah celebrated the birth of their first daughter in November 2010 and it was the early morning wake up calls that enabled him to find the time to write. Stephen works for one of the UK's largest banks and it is his detailed understanding of the financial services industry that adds authenticity to his work.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2026 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Stephen Edger (20 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056NY8JK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Edger is one of Britain's up and coming new crime writers.

Stephen is the author of 9 novels and 4 short stories.
> 'Integration' was published in May 2011 and tells the story of Mark Baines, a young banker who is blackmailed by a strange voice on the end of his phone. 'Integration' spent three weeks on Amazon's Top 100 thrillers list in 2014
> 'Remorse' was published in November 2011 and is about John Duggan, a manager at a local supermarket, struggling to come to terms with recent fatherhood, who has killed his wife or daughter in the last seven days. 'Remorse' spent a week on Kindle's Top 100 list in 2012.
> 'Redemption' is a follow-up to 'Integration' and continues the story of Mark Baines, as he uncovers the truth behind who set him up.
> 'Snatched' was published in October 2012 in controversial circumstances and recounts the investigation into the abduction of a young girl from her school. 'Snatched' was Kindle's most downloaded book in February 2014.
> 'Shadow Line' was published in May 2013 and is a follow-up to 'Redemption'. Three seemingly unrelated incidents (a plane hijacking, office shooting, and suicide bomber in a shopping centre) mark the final case of D.I Jack Vincent's career.
> 'Trespass' was published in December 2013. A young girl witnesses the brutal rape of her mother in 1989; now an adult herself, she hires Private Investigator Johnson Carmichael to prove that a recently deceased convicted predator was the man she saw all those years ago.
> 'Crosshairs' was published by Endeavour Press in August 2014. A terrorist has planted a bomb on a bus in Southampton. He's told the police that one of the passengers is holding the detonator. He hasn't told them which one. Told over 12 hours, it is a fast-paced twisty thriller. It is the first book in 'The Cadre' series.
> 'Complicit' was published by Endeavour Press in December 2014. Connor Price witnesses his friend Dylan kill two Russian gangsters and abscond with their money and cocaine. As the villains come calling for what they're owed, Connor is in a race against time to find Dylan. This is the second book in 'The Cadre' series.
> 'Double Cross' was published in June 2015. Aaron Cross is still hunting the men responsible for the bus bomb in Southampton. Dylan Taylor is hunting for the same men. When their paths collide, Aaron and Dylan realise just how much they need each other if they are to bring an end to The Cadre's corruption. This is the gripping conclusion to 'The Cadre' series.


Stephen was born in Darlington in NE England but was raised in London. He moved to Southampton to study Law at University but after graduation decided his future lay outside of a courtroom. Stephen works in finance and has used his experiences of the industry in each of his books.

Stephen had an urge to write from a young age and regularly received school reports praising his vivid imagination. He was inspired to start writing in 2010 after being burgled while on holiday in Spain. The trauma of returning to his villa to find it burgled became the inspiration for the first chapter of 'Integration' and the plot developed from there.

Stephen loves to read thrillers, in particular British thrillers. He cites Simon Kernick, Stephen Leather and Mark Billingham as influences though is also a fan of Dan Brown, John Grisham and James Ellroy.

For further information about Stephen and any of his works, please visit
www.stephenedger.com. You can also follow Stephen via his 'Author Page' on Facebook and as @StephenEdger on Twitter.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great plot, shame about the writing 13 Jun. 2012
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The plot of this book is brilliant and very clever. I had no idea where it was going next and it was compulsive reading. It's a shame the writing is so clunky - I'd love to be Mr Edger's editor and found myself almost reaching for a non existant blue pencil all the time I was reading it. It's a measure of just how compulsive it is that, despite that distraction, I can't wait to start reading the next one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a good read !!! 5 May 2012
By Chappo
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Great book with a good plot & an unexpected ending, which made me buy Stephen's follow up book "Redemption". My only criticism is that some of the descriptive passages are a bit "wordy". Apart from that I'd recommend that you give it a go. Well done Stephen Edger, I'll be watching for future output.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conflict 19 Feb. 2014
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I feel the need to make it clear at the outset that I enjoyed this story before the next sentence. I found myself in conflict over this book as the rational part of me was arguing than any normal person would go to the police as soon as he heard the message, after all who is going to give you that sort of reward for a legitimate "favour"? At the very least most would have reported their car missing, BUT the book reader in me argued that if he had done that, there wouldn't be any story so of course he couldn't. There were so many points at which Mark could have got out of this if he had just thought things through rationally.
I had so many people lined up to be the bad guys, or at least in cahoots with them, including every one of Mark's named colleagues, and at one point even his girlfriend. Despite being monumentally stupid, he does appear to have some good friends - but will one or more of them turn out to be less than a friend in the long run - who knows? There is a hint of who might be behind it at the end of the book, but is it who we are led to believe it might be? It will take another book to discover that.
I am also in two minds over the ending of the book, part of me loathes it when an author doesn't finish a story properly in one book but leaves us waiting to find out more. As a standalone book the ending is totally unsatisfactory but as a hook into a second book it is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Budget fiction that doesn't disappoint 13 April 2012
By mrmatt
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I'm always nervous about the `budget' fiction that does the rounds on the Kindle Store - I know there's not much at stake, but I've wasted more than a few pounds on sub-standard work. I'm happy to say that Integration isn't in this category - I
it's a good read, well paced and with believable (if very naive) characters. It might not be the most polished work, but it left me wanting more (the sequel is out 1st May) and I will definitely be keeping up to date with Mark Baines.

As an aside, for anyone who has had to sit through anti money laundering training (as I have) this book is a far better way of keeping the training in your mind than any corporate video!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A not bad holiday read 22 Aug. 2013
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Having read a mixed bag of reviews, I decided to risk my 99p and download it for reading by the pool on holiday. The story isn't bad despite it being completely unrealistic in places, and for the price you cannot complain. The downsides are the author's tendency to dwell on superfluous detail, factual inaccuracies that highlight inadequate research, and spelling mistakes. It really does feel that this book was published before anyone had read it through. Having said all that, I am currently reading the next book, Redemption. My review of that book however, will not be much different from this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of proofreading spoils this book... 30 Jan. 2014
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This is a good original story spoilt by a lack of proofreading and the author's use of idiomatic grammar. Other reviewers have commented on poor grammar already, but the author should be educated enough to know that there no "curbs" alongside roads in Southampton, there is no Scotch "whiskey" in Britain, in the context "he was stood/sat", "standing/sitting" are (is?) better grammar, the pub chain is not "Weatherspoons"; as far as I know - and Wikipedia seems to confirm - "Jane Doe" is not used in Britain.... I could go on and on. The author professes to be an expert in the banking field used as the background to the story. Whether this is true or not, he would do well to do a bit of research into other areas before writing about them. I don't really believe an undercover cop would hide her warrant card in a pub toilet - it would more than likely be found by a junkie. Overall, a 4 star story let down by lack of presentation. Even the hook at the end won't persuade me to part with money to read the follow-up. I've given 3 stars because I can't give 2 and a half.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was this proof read?? 19 Sept. 2012
By Susie F
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The storyline was enjoyable (although I would have liked to know that there was a sequel at the start) but the grammar was dreadful. I thought if I read another 'was stood', 'was sat' (not in dialogue), I would scream. Also author doesn't seem to know difference between 'there' and 'their'. Thought proof reader or editor or someone(!)would correct these very basic grammatical errors!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!! 27 Sept. 2012
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I can't remember what I paid for this book but it was probably less than £2 as I was new to Kindle and just getting some cheap reading matter to start with. I was captivated from the first page to the last, and had to force myself to put it down and get some sleep I was that enthralled with it.

The author has a unique way of setting the scene, he gives you clues to what is going on, let's you decide and then he lets the story take over and you can see whether you were right or wrong, but never upset about the thread of the book. The book probably won't win any literary prizes but it had me right to the end and I almost felt cheated when it came about and I realised there was more.

I've just bought the second part and hope I'm as happy with this one as I was with the first one.

Go on, give it a go!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grabs you by the short and curlies
The synopsis on this sounded good and I was looking forward to getting started. It was a very easy read and instantly you can’t help but like Mark Baines, just because he is an... Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Best Crime Books
5.0 out of 5 stars The price u pay.
From start to finish,this book Wii keep u on it toes. What is the price you would pay for your life. Loved the book,loved the author. Would recommend this book. 10/10
Published 1 month ago by kim
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK
Published 2 months ago by Les M.
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but far fetched and poorly researched
Aargh! Where do I start? I know this is a work of fiction but when using police processes/policies the author should really do some research and get things right. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Woolders
5.0 out of 5 stars integration
Unbelievabe book .It is a great story and plot tbat keeps you riveted from start to finish .Ive just downloaded the next one as I cant wait to read the follow up . Read more
Published 4 months ago by karen
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Published 4 months ago by libbymc
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best book I've read!
This book was truly hard work and I don't know why I finished it. But if you're going to write a review, you've got to read it all. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars stantheman
This is the first half of an incomplete story . Do you really want to pay more to read the second half in a sequel ???
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great read
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great really enjoyed it.
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