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After the Execution [Kindle Edition]

James Raven
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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From the bestselling author of MALICIOUS and STARK WARNING.

'Here's a good book to take on your hols, perfect sun-lounger reading. The exciting storyline will have you gripped from start to finish. James Raven has written a great story. His sentences are short and snappy and there’s no hanging around as the reader is taken at break-neck speed on a mission for justice. Expect many twists and turns. You’ll be up on the edge of your seat with this heart thumper.' DoMore Magazine

‘If you like a page turning thriller with plenty of surprises and plot twists - this one is for you. It would make an excellent book club read as there is plenty to discuss - conspiracy theories, politics, justness or otherwise of the death penalty, could this happen in real life? I loved it!’ Newbooks Magazine.

'Just reading the blurb for After the Execution made me want to find out how Raven pulled off this extraordinary tale - you won't be disappointed...' Books Monthly

'This is by far one of the best books I have ever read, and I've read a lot! It constantly leaves you in heart grabbing suspense and there's so many twists and turns within the plot! It's so amazing and I would recommend to anyone wanting a good book to keep them on the edge of their seat and eyes glued to the page!' Goodreads Review.

'This is a great crime / mystery book! I've never ready anything by James Raven before but I'll be looking up more of his work. I don't want to say too much regarding the story as it would give away far too much and the whole point is to learn as you go along!' Goodreads Review.

'From the start this book grabs you and doesn't let go... A man on death row receives his lethal injection, only to wake up in a house... that is all I'll tell you to avoid spoiling it... but it's a great book from start to finish! Now I have to go and read more by James Raven!' Goodreads Review

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Lee Jordan has spent ten years on death row for a murder he didn't commit. He's lost everything - his wife, his dreams, his future. He finally enters the death chamber at the famous 'Walls' prison in Texas. He's strapped to a gurney and given an injection of lethal drugs in front of witnesses. Minutes later he's pronounced dead. But that's not the end of it. After the execution comes the shocking revelation - Jordan is still alive. And to stop him talking he has to die all over again - before he brings down the entire American justice system.
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James Raven has been a journalist for most of his working life. After reporting for newspapers he moved into television as a news scriptwriter. He then worked his way up to become Director of a UK News Division. He now runs his own TV production company. James spends much of his time writing and travelling. He is also an accomplished magician.

He is the author of a number of crime novels including bestsellers MALICIOUS AND AFTER THE EXECUTION. His other books are Rollover, Stark Warning, Urban Myth and Arctic Blood.

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'Wow, this book completely blew me away; I loved it. I was hooked from page one. An explosive psychological thriller that really hit home,' SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW.

'This is a chilling story, superbly written, with captivating and unique characters,' NANCY SILK REVIEWS BLOG.

'Malicious is a wonderful, fast-paced work of fiction. The plot is timely and the details add to the authenticity.' BESTSELLERS WORLD.

'Tense, gripping and filled with clever clues. There's a lot to enjoy in this mystery: most of all the unpredictable storyline. It will draw you in and immerse you until the last page,' D Donovan, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW.

'Wow, that was one heck of a good book. I mean...really, really good. Fast- paced, tight, gripping and terrifying. It has characters I care about and a crime ripped from today's headlines. Mr Raven has other works out there and I'm all over that,' BEACH BUM BOOK REVIEWS.

'I really wish there was a 6 star system because this book deserves that. It was absolutely enthralling,' ASHLEY NEMER BLOGSPOT.

'From the first paragraph, Raven draws his readers in, grabs hold of them, and doesn't let go until the very end. The riveting story is full of unexpected twists and turns,' LUXURYREADING.COM REVIEW.

'If this thriller does not give you the willies and make you want to never turn on your computer again, nothing will. James Raven has expertly woven a twisted tale that comes a little too close to reality. Suspenseful, heart-pounding and all too real. Superb!' READERS' FAVORITE REVIEWS.

'I read from cover to cover in one day. I love crime stories. The story allows u to connect to the main character, Robyn Tate. This is a great read,' GOODREADS.
'This is one of the best books I've ever read, and I've read a lot! It constantly leaves you in heart grabbing suspense,' GOODREADS.

'This is a great book. It gave me nightmares, but I couldn't put it down,' LISTED MAGAZINE.

'Rollover is a cracking crime novel. The plot is compelling - the essence of the polished 'unputdownable' novel,' VIEW MAGAZINE.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks James 17 July 2014
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Yet another brilliant book from this author who I had never heard of before I downloaded stark warning which I read in one sitting. I have done exactly the same with this.
A man on death row being led to his execution and what follows is a rollercoaster of a read. I had an idea fairly early on how it would turn out, but did not expect what happened on the way.I have just downloaded two more and will be reading them as soon as I can. I could do with the books being a bit longer, but because of the length I don't lose too much sleep when I stay up reading!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - Brilliant! 13 Jun. 2014
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I was so engrossed in reading this absorbing novel that I missed my station on my daily commute. I would love to see this masterly tale transferred onto the cinema screen because the story-lining is so gripping and original that it would knock the shoddy fare being churned out by Hollywood right into the cesspool. Stark Warning by the same author is equally as good. I refuse to give anything of the plot away - other than to say - READ IT for yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and intriguing 14 Jun. 2014
By Keely
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Recently I have struggled to find a book that has really gripped me and made me want to keep picking my kindle up! This one did. The storyline was simple and easy to follow but the plot was intriguing. Yes it's far fetched and luck seems to always be on his side (nearly all the time), but I loved it.
This is far better than 'Malicious' another of James Ravens which I bought at the same time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Enjoyable in its way conspiracy novel although predictable - even so, you keep reading as you want to find out how things turn out so a perfect read for holiday or a long flight. There is also one question posed that does make you think.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning. Soggy middle. End! 12 Aug. 2014
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I downloaded this book as a quick holiday read, not expecting very much. But I was pleasantly surprised. The idea that the FBI might fake an execution in order to pursue its nefarious ends is an intriguing one. I have no idea whether that has or could have happened in reality, but it certainly makes for a good plot for a book.

The first half of the book was really pacey, the plot seemingly far-fetched, but who knows? I had a bit of a problem with the main character whose story is told in the first person. I just felt that a man who had been incarcerated for as long as he, culminating in a mock execution, would have been so affected by the experience that he would not have been able to think and act in quite the way he did. A long stay in an American prison is a debilitating experience for most, yet the book's 'hero' seemed relatively unaffected. However, I enjoyed his bafflement as to why he had been spared death. I was equally baffled and like he, desperate to know the answer - so a good build-up.

How does James Raven reveal what is behind this extraordinary state of events? Well about two-thirds of the way through the book, a new character is introduced who very quickly explains almost everything. I felt very let down at this point. I wonder if the author had thought this through before he started writing, or whether he simply had to invent something quickly to resolve the complex intrigues developed in the build-up.

From there on, the book rather went downhill for me. And I hope I am not spoiling by suggesting the end was a rather tame version of '...and they all lived happily ever after'.

But the book was a great idea. And just right for holiday reading. I may try another by James Raven.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Compelling 15 Aug. 2014
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
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What an intriguing premise for a book, it really doesn't stretch credibility too far to believe that an execution could be faked for a variety of reasons. We cannot always be sure that those whose purpose is to protect us will always do it in ways which the rest of us would find acceptable, nor that they won't resort to dirty tricks to cover up their misdeeds.

It was always obvious who the original killer was, and what the motive for that killing might have been, but the emphasis of this book is more on the survival of the protagonist than it is on putting wrongs to rights. Our protagonist is obviously a credible and personable man with a strong streak of decency, despite his living arrangements for the last ten years. His integrity is sufficiently obvious to persuade a vulnerable young woman to trust him enough to save him in difficult situations and to hold onto his confidences.

For most of the book we feel Lee's confusion over what has happened to him. He cannot understand any of it and as it has cost a number of lives he is determined to find the reasons and people behind it all. Once he gets that information he can ensure both his safety and that of Kate and Anna, but only after he has confronted the original killer who has cost him so much, his liberty, his family life, and even his life.

I found this an intriguing and compelling read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 11 April 2014
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A terrific thriller with a great ending although it might seem a bit obvious. I thought it was just right. I have had trouble sleeping but this gripping story has taken my mind away from reality into a thriller master piece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 21 April 2014
By julia
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Really enjoyed this one, keeps you on the edge of your seat whilst the plot twists and turns. Thrilling right to the end and makes you wonder if this kind of thing really does happen. Definitely recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this so
Really gripping....enjoyed this so much
Published 5 days ago by shazza
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Editing poorly "executed",spoilt decent read.
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Published 10 days ago by Janet 679
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was interesting and it was fast-paced. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good book with twists and turns. Probably was easy to work some of story out but most was a surprise twist of events
Published 18 days ago by Mrs A Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
A good, if implausible, read. Held my interest throughout despite its implausibility.
Published 21 days ago by Hemingway's Proofreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a brilliant story and is highly recommended. I struggled to put it down. Just hoping it gets made into a film.
Published 24 days ago by Phil Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good book
Published 28 days ago by Mr. A. Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!
Such an interesting idea, that a prisoner due for death sentencing could be used by government agencies for absolutely any reason whatsoever-=without a soul knowing! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kerry Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good story, lots of twists keeps you guessing all the way through
this is a great book interesting characters. good story line keeps you guessing all the through, lots of twists.
Published 3 months ago by Tova
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