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3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  587 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
How far would you go to get your children back......?
A stand alone novel based on high profile child abductions, which have been followed by millions of concerned parents on the news. 5 year old twins are abducted from a tent in the Lake District and the hunt for a dangerous paedophile ring begins. Police procedure follows the premise that
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published October 10th 2012 by Thames River Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 31, 2015 Nospin rated it really liked it

Child Taker is a British action thriller focusing on the efforts of a grandfather and his pals to recover his kidnapped grandchildren. Five year old fraternal twins Sarah and Zak are abducted from their tent while on a family camping trip. Their mother, Hayley, is understandably distraught and welcomes her father's help in trying to find the children. The Major, a counter terrorism agent, and his elite team pull out all the stops in their search for Sarah and Zak.

When I began listening to and re
Aug 14, 2015 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 23, 2016 Candice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is mind blowing. I finished it in three days. The authors words of description is amazing. I pictured every scene, explosion, argument and setting in my head. The characters played their part well it was almost perfect. I did feel that Tank and Grace's relationship could have been revealed more in the beginning instead of towards the end of the book. I know why it wasn't revealed because it wasn't relevant but why reveal a tidbit toward the end after all they are partners. Besides that ...more
Darren Keighley
Jul 29, 2012 Darren Keighley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a difficult book to read with the nature of it, but a very good story non the less.
Very disappointed with the abrupt end, makes you feel that a part has been left out.
Nov 29, 2012 Midnight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This gripping thriller starts with a family camping holiday in the Lake District. Things go horribly wrong when the young twins are abducted. Then we flip over to Somalia to read about a Special Forces mission.

The two storylines are deftly combined as Major Stanley Timms and John ‘Tank’ Tankersley from the Special Forces unit become involved in the hunt for the missing twins back in the UK. I don’t want to go into further detail as it will spoil the story for other readers - I’ll just say it’s v
Jamie Rose
The idea is good. Unfortunately, this is not particularly well written. It reads like a draft, not a finished novel.

The dialogue is terrible and the whole thing needs a decent editor. I get the impression the author hit the synonym key quite often, instead of thinking it out... for example, calling a mother whose children are missing ' whiny' is just wrong.
Nicky Bailey
Gripped by this book, and couldnt put it down at times.
Slightly disapointed as the finale seemed to come to an abrupt stop. As if an after thought.
Would definalty try another book by this author.
Would award this book 3.5 stars, slightly let down by ending, or would be 4 star.
Mar 28, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crime thriller, sensitive issues that will bother some, but a good read.
It took a few chapters to get into but then I couldn't put it down. However I wasn't to keen on the last few lines.
Elizabeth Edgar
Sep 16, 2012 Elizabeth Edgar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent book, first Conrad Jones book I've read, highly recommend
May 03, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent book bit slow first few chapters but then had me hooked couldnt put it down
Tami Brewster
This book has the worst grammar I have ever experienced. It's more than the fact that Mr. Jones needs someone to go to his home and remove the comma key from his computer. There are also many run-on sentences, paragraphs formatted so poorly that on a kindle, one paragraph can run for 3 pages, and instances where the wrong word is used. And then there are spelling errors, and I don't mean British vs. American spelling, either.

That said, the story is a decent one. It's certainly compelling enough
Beth Wolf
Jan 19, 2017 Beth Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me from page 1
Mary Thomas
Mar 08, 2017 Mary Thomas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Needs a thorough edit, Too many missing words in first half especially. Ridiculous over the top characters. Stupid ending.
Carla Kovach
Sep 28, 2016 Carla Kovach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent fast-paced crime thriller containing highly emotive and upsetting subject matter. I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy a crime read full of action. Once you start reading, you have to finish.
Denise Goodhand
Dec 31, 2016 Denise Goodhand rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
Excellent book on a very sensitive subject. Graphic, great characters, thrilling from beginning to end. I will be reading more from this author.
Laura Hoyano
Sep 18, 2016 Laura Hoyano rated it did not like it

Very Violent and implausible plot. It is also written in a clunky style. Alec Ramsey who is billed as the hero makes only fleeting appearances and is flat as a character.
Mimi Davis Hopkins
Feb 15, 2017 Mimi Davis Hopkins rated it it was amazing
Children And Drugs

This it's a very easy read. The characters and the plot of the story are expertly crafted. The investigators are so touchable. Great story.
Barry Lillie
Aug 23, 2015 Barry Lillie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, the action was paced well and the characterisation was strong. The sensitive subject matter was dealt with superbly, never was it gratuitous or pornographic. I didn't like many other reviewers find the killing OTT, in fact I felt the descriptions of killing and what happens when bullets hit flesh had obviously been researched well, and are part of this genre, to leave them out would have watered down the

I felt the history of Mogadishu was unnecessary, it slowe
Victoria Schwimley
I don’t often give a book five stars, but I couldn’t give anything less in this gripping, thrilling novel. Conrad Jones weaves a tale so sinister and attention grabbing that it chills me to the bone.
The Child Taker is John, who, as the name implies, takes children to sale them. He’s messed with the wrong crowd, however, when double crosses a ruthless pedophile ring Lord and also when he takes the grandchildren of a powerful military officer.
The story has plenty of villains with a competent sta
Aug 09, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Child Taker starts out with a kidnapping by a man who has abused and murdered children in horrendous ways throughout his life, having taken 5-year-old twins for a child trafficking ring. But the Child Taker hasn’t taken just anyone’s children—he’s taken the grandchildren of a military officer. Although the police, including Detective Alec Ramsay, are on the job and trying to get the kids back from these human traffickers, the real action starts when the military grandfather orders his own te ...more
Mar 09, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, kindle
** Copy of my review on Amazon **
I have to be honest, I had never heard of Conrad Jones (Sorry Mr Jones), and really only bought the book as it was a bargain on the Kindle and I'm open to reading any thrillers from any authors.
Initially I couldn't work out where the book was going as in the first 4 chapters, two were dealing with a child taker and the other two were dealing with a secret ops unit in somalia. When it became apparant where the book was going I was enthralled and couldn't put it d
Feb 01, 2015 Ila rated it it was amazing
The Child Taker (Soft Target ) by Conrad Jones My review refers to English language Kindle Edition: I loved this book despite the subject matter which might be off-putting to some. I worked 15 years in Law Enforcement and a lot of my time was spent helping on cases like the one in this book. Despite the frightening subject matter this is a wonderfully written book that I devoured. Lot of plot twists, an ending that was unexpected, & that left me wanting more (and I found out just prior to posting this that there is). At times while rea ...more
Paul Devall
Not well written and I found it a bit like a bad TV programme. "The Missing" was superb as a TV programme. I have to say I gave up on this. Not my genre!
May 08, 2016 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twists and turns, though went in many directions"
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The Child Taker is takes us back to the familiar overused horror story--darling children are taken from the adoring wife and absentee, uncaring father. Along the way we discover a myriad of characters and wonder who the kidnapper is.

What was most disappointing about Conrad Jones’s story?
Once I figured out the connection and significance of the subplot actually involved in the kidnapping, the story
i debated whether or not this was worthy of even 2 stars. i gave it that many because the writing and plot weren't half bad. so what WAS my objection to this book? it was one of the most senselessly violent books i've ever read. now i'm no prude when it comes to violence. but this was simply too far over the top even for me. when a bullet hits someone in this book, it doesn't just enter and exit. not ever. when a bullet hits in this book, it shatters bone, tears off jawbones, disembowels the vic ...more
Jul 01, 2016 Moya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Child Taker is a disturbing shorter-than-normal crime thriller book around the life of a fugitive who steals children regularly (usually from traveling families) and sells them into a trafficking sex ring.

Short, action packed, descriptive, brutal, chilling and all too real. This is what I felt while reading. Especially the thought of all these children and we know it happens - children going missing never to be found again, family members being suspected, and no real outcome ever providing itsel
Black Butterfly
Jul 16, 2015 Black Butterfly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Ralph Jones
Nov 21, 2016 Ralph Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a relatively fast paced thriller with an excellent plot and plenty of action. I really don't understand the 1* people whining on about lack of proof reading. Surely as long as errors don't make a book unreadable then I can't see a problem. These authors are generally amateurs just enjoying their hobby and thank you Mr. Jones this was a very good effort which kept me entertained for a couple of days.
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jun 04, 2015 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am torn regarding my star rating. The book will not appeal to all. It is graphic, the human trafficking very real. The basic degenerative psychology explored and explained but not made into an excusable offense. However the graphic violence is very graphic.
Still. This book is good. And I would far easier up my rating than lower it. So. Try it.
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