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This Time You Lose [Kindle Edition]

Chris Stralyn
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What would you do if street thugs invaded your home? What if you’re a daycare provider, caring for a dozen children at the time? Lisa Kaamp, a most unlikely heroine, faces just such a nightmare in This Time You Lose, the suspense driven story of one woman’s struggle to survive when she and the children she cares for become victims of a home invasion gone terribly wrong. Lisa Kaamp operates a small childcare business out of her home in Nogeksum, Michigan. Highly respected and known for going the extra mile for her daycare kids, she thinks she’s handled every daycare emergency possible. But nothing prepares her for the horror she now faces. Lisa finds herself bound and gagged, four strange men in her home, and the daycare children held hostage in the next room. Terrorized by her captors as the authorities work to meet the ransom deadline, she tries negotiating with the men for the release of the children, but soon realizes they have no intention of letting anyone go. With the deadline approaching, Lisa must do the unimaginable to protect the children and get everyone out alive. In 2008 This Time You Lose was named a finalist in the TNBW Strongest Start Novel Competition. Four months later it earned the distinction of being a TNBW Readers Choice Top Ten Novel, and has remained on the Top Ten list ever since.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2348 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Chris Stralyn; 1 edition (11 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I never intended to be a writer. Short-order cook, security guard, safety officer, childcare provider, and teacher were all titles I'd worn - but never writer. Then I entered an essay contest for "The Worst Vacation Ever" and won. Writing became my new hobby, and soon I had several articles in print with local publications. This was followed by a short story, The Khaki Pants, which was published by RDR Publishing in an anthology that went on to sell over a million copies.

A suspense thriller was my next undertaking, and in 2008 This Time You Lose was named a finalist in the TNBW Strongest Start Novel Competition. Four months later it earned the distinction of being a TNBW Readers Choice Top Ten Novel, and has remained on the Top Ten list ever since.

I continue to put pen to paper in my endeavour to appease the Muse within. I live in Michigan, USA with my husband and family.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding tension 2 Jan. 2013
By Paul
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This is the story of a burglary that goes horribly wrong.

Lisa is a daycare owner and a much liked person in her neighbourhood but things take a turn for the worse when her home is invaded one night.

Brilliantly written story which is full of tension and has very likeable characters (especially Lisa & Jeff).

Well recommended book for anyone who enjoys a good tense,action packed thriller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best thrillers I've ever read!! 27 Aug. 2012
By pixip
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This book popped up on my recommended reads and I didn't really expect anything of it so thought i'll read the sample and see what it's like. OMG best decision i've made in ages once i started reading that sample i bought the book straight away. I haven't read a crime thriller so well written in a long time. To be honest I had actually got a little bored of the genre but this book yanked me back in so fast I never found my feet. It was fast paced but didn't scrimp on details once, I constantly felt like I was right there with them all. I quite liked the fact she didn't try to hide from the violence but instead embraced it as being part of the genre. I find that too many authors find it harder to accept that violence is a part of the crime thriller world and it's ok too write about it. I read this book in a day and literally could not put it down. Anyone who is unsure read it and you will absolutely love it.(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast! 24 Jan. 2013
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I felt as if I'd held my breath while reading this story until the very end - phew - not being sure what was going to happen next. It was certainly fast-paced, filled to the brim with action and extremely well-written. I also thought it was a wonderful exploration of what constitutes as evil - and Lisa found it in spades.

That's all I will say about the plot, I don't give spoilers, but if you like suspense and to sprint along with the characters at a an amazing pace, then you'll love this tale of right and wrong and how to be strong in the face of such wickedness.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this now! 28 Aug. 2012
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Although I may have titled it differently, this book engaged me from the first page. I got this book as a freebie and on the off chance and I have to say, it blew me away!

The plot is engaging and intriguing and you do empathise with the parents and children and Lisa all the way through. This lady has a gift.

The characters are so well plotted you can envisage them with no problem at all - even the children are very realistically detailed for their ages and manners.

A freebie has definitely turned me from a freebie getter to a possible purchaser from now on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and tense thriller 19 Nov. 2014
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Great psychological thriller - Lisa, who runs a daycare for neighbouring children, wakes to find herself tied up and gagged, imprisoned by four men. As her 'charges' arrive with their parents, children and adults are also taken hostage, leading to a stand-off with the police over a ransom. In her house, Lisa has to try to protect the children and the other parents from their captors, one in particular who seems to loathe Lisa and takes pleasure in making things difficult. A tense rollercoaster of a story, well-written with good characters - 8.5/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what if? 22 Nov. 2012
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i read his book in a few short hours because i could not put it down. characters are extremely believable and the fight scenes keep you on the edge of your seat while hoping the characters win their fight for survival. i am a mother of one and it made me stop amd think what if that happened to me? would i be as brave as lisa? i like to think so. i think the scariest thing about this book is that it has probably happened somewhere in the world and will happen again. there are some people that are truly evil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 4 Dec. 2012
By Julie
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I couldn't put this book away. I was rivited to my kindle when I had time to spare. I thought the bravery and guts of Lisa were tremendous. Her oneman fight against the invaders of her home and workplace was inspirational and makes me hope that I would be as couragous as her in a given situation. (one which I hope I am never in). She would of fought to the death to save the children if she had to. A great book which I would recommend to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced hostage drama 26 Oct. 2012
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I liked this book and found it hard to put down. The main character is gritty and believable and the baddies are bad!!! I didnt think this book needed answers to everything, in fact it made it more realistic. Sometimes bad things in life just happen there doesnt need to be a reason and often isnt. The story is compelling and believe me you will finish it quickly as you wont be able to put it down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Had potential
I liked the fact that the book got into the action really quickly but I was slightly annoyed by Lisa who was just a pit too perfect and got fed up hearing about how much all the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Book Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars This time you lose
A very Tense from the start to the finish! A fantastic read! So wish it had been longer though! Cheers
Published 20 months ago by mrs j e steel
5.0 out of 5 stars One sitting was all it took
Once I started reading this book, I really could not stop. It was gripping from page one and the suspense was maintained all the way through. Read more
Published 23 months ago by M. Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars is not enough!
One of the best books I have read in ages - and I am comparing to the "big names" here, too. Cannot recommend highly enough!
Published on 26 May 2013 by Af3
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
An enjoyable book but found in the end I was getting frustrated as a lot seemed to be happening yet i couldn't imagine it doing so in such a small place
Published on 30 Mar. 2013 by Mr. H. Seddon
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a one sitting read
Thank you Chris Stralyn! I didn't get a wink of sleep last night, was glued to this, from the moment I read the first line yesterday evening until I finished it during my lunch... Read more
Published on 26 Mar. 2013 by EveJJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
This was a good read, even though the heroine is too good to be true, but aren't they all? Exciting and good value.
Published on 11 Feb. 2013 by Jonny Monny
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
I really enjoyed this book, you did not know which way it was going to go. Well done to Chris Stralyn.
Published on 7 Feb. 2013 by Fends
4.0 out of 5 stars a page turner
had me hooked from the first page although it was hard to believe that the heroine of the story could sustain the beating she took
Published on 6 Feb. 2013 by grandles
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked this a lot
Good plot good characters . Just kept on reading this and could not wait to get to the next chapter.
Published on 3 Feb. 2013 by Arth
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