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Childhood Games

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Childhood Games

They stole her from her family when she was just a little girl. They broke her down and rebuilt her as a weapon. A killer.

They Trained Her to be Unstoppable... They Succeeded
They Raised Her to be Obedient... They Failed


She was a government experiment, a young child stolen from foster care and trained to become a weapon. A killer.

Against all o
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Roach City Publishing
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Rick Fisher
"Childhood Games" is the first really enjoyable goodreads giveaway I have had the opportunity to read. JM Roach has done a great job of creating some wonderful characters with interesting possibilities. The story reminds me of a cross between "La Femme Nikita" and the old television series "DarkAngel" with Jessica Alba. So much so, this is how I actually pictured the heroine of the novel, Samantha/Jennifer.
From the second chapter, not the short first chapter, but chapter two, the author introd
Feb 04, 2016 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readers-favorite
Reviewed by Julia for Readers' Favorite.

Childhood Games is the amazing debut novel from screenwriter, J. M. Roach. Security consultant, Samantha Black, awakes in hospital, the only survivor of the brutal massacre of her nearest and dearest and the kidnapping of the girl that’s like a sister to her. That’s more than enough for anyone to cope with, but Samantha also has a guilty secret: she was born and fostered as Jennifer, but adopted and raised as Blackjack, a trained killer, violent operative
Patricia Bergman
Apr 09, 2015 Patricia Bergman rated it it was amazing
The author sent me this book to read and to give an honest review.

Samatha Black, an assassin trained through a government experiment from childhood, survives an attack that kills the people she loves most. She proceeds to find the killer/or killers which leads to an excellent surprise ending which, in my opinion, earns 5 stars. I can highly recommend this mystery/thriller to fans of this particular genre.
Alaina Maxam
Nov 19, 2016 Alaina Maxam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oct 17, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Right from the fantastic cover, this was a book for me! It was a well written story that flowed very well, and kept my attention from cover to cover (almost in one day). Great action, good story, interesting characters, even a hint of romantic emotions.

Jennifer/Lindsey/Samantha Black was abandoned at a young age by her biological parents. She bounced around the foster care system until she was given to a family that embraced her, only to have that dream shattered by a government funded project t
Anna N.
Aug 06, 2016 Anna N. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Rating: 2.5

I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway and received a free copy of this book from the publishers in return for an honest review. So a big thanks to both for this book.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. I've just finished reading it and I'm reminding myself I have to be fair. It wasn't a bad book. It was more just meh. In fact that's what I felt while reading it, well when I could force myself to read it. I found myself setting this book down a lot and it really
Crystal Robertson
Mar 27, 2015 Crystal Robertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to obtain a signed copy of "Childhood Games" through a Goodreads giveaway. This is J.M. Roach, screenwriter, editor and directors first novel. As this is not the typical type of book I go for, I stepped out of the box and was pleasantly surprised. Although I put it down several times during the beginning chapters, I found myself very drawn into Samantha Blacks story and by the end I was left craving more. The brilliant plot twists and tie ins are wonderfully written and kept ...more
Jul 09, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something different. A mystery/ thriller that takes a young woman as the protagonist who must recover having endured a horrific attack on her work place, while her past as a very small child is being chronicled to be programmed as the ultimate soldier against terror. "Childhood Games" by J.M. Roach, is a fast paced, non stop, of action, guts, perseverance, with incredible guile winner. Samantha Black AKA "Black Jack " otherwise was an office worker in a very small security company. Book opens ...more
Sep 27, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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First, WOW! I love thrillers and this was everything I expect from a thriller and more. The main character is well developed and has you cheering for her right up to the end, despite learning she is not a traditional female, loving hearts, lace, and flowers and an insatiable desire for chocolate. She is none of these things, yet still you are cheering for her, despite learning her history of how she came to be who she is as an adult, and maybe you come to like her even more because of her ...more
Kayti Raet
Jul 02, 2014 Kayti Raet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In J.M. Roach’s novel Childhood Games, Samantha Black (not her real name by the way) works for a private investigation team and has been living a normal civilian life for two years after escaping from Father, a man who trained her to be the ultimate assassin. By working for Able Security Team and Henry, Sam hopes to regain a piece of her childhood lost after being snatched from the first foster family she felt was good to her. But those hopes are soon dashed when she wakes up in a hospital and ...more
Cheryl (I Heart Fictional People)
In Childhood Games by J.M. Roach, Samantha Black wakes up in a hospital to learn that the only family she’s ever had has been murdered, except for the girl she thinks of as her sister. With the help of Dr. Ryan, she is determined to figure out who is responsible and save her sister before something terrible happens to her. Samantha was taken as a little girl by a man she knows as Father, who trained her to be a cold-blooded killer. She managed to escape him and that life, but now she must use ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Sunshyne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After receiving a signed copy of this book from the Author. I waited until I was on vacation to give it my complete attention.

They Trained Her to be Unstoppable... They Succeeded
They Raised Her to be Obedient... They Failed

Samantha Black was taken from her foster family whom loved her and she loved very much. She was taken and trained to be the perfect soldier. Only she escaped. Samantha used the knowledge and tools that her (Father) had instilled in her and used those means to escape from the
R J Mckay
Aug 10, 2014 R J Mckay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-shelf
I received this book from Goodreads for an honest critique.

Samantha Black is part Nikita and part Jason Bourne with a healthy dose of Emily Thorne tossed into the mix! Taken from her loving foster family as a child, Samantha is stripped of her identity and raised to be a cold-blooded killer. When she finally escapes, she has to recreate herself with a new name and face. There is no way she can reveal who she really is, but she still longs for the connection to her lost family. With her new ident
I just received this book today in my mailbox. It is a Goodreads contest won book. I'm excited to start reading. I'd like to thank Goodreads and the author for having selected me as a winner

I found this book to be exciting, adventurous and gripping right from the start, and it remained that way at minimum, but at maximum I was biting my nails!!

It's the story of Samantha who was brought up in foster care system , got to have a "family" for her, but then it was all taken away one night. Everyone
Tom Donaghey
I recently finished a pair of books about a child who was taken from his parents and forced by someone calling himself Father into becoming an assassin. Now I have read CHILDHOOD GAMES and I see a similar scenario and it makes me wonder about synchronicity and worlds aligning and things of that elevated nature. But not to worry, just by reading a few paragraphs anyone can tell they are widely different tales with entirely different and unique plots and characters.
After all, the other killer wa
Tony Parsons
Sep 24, 2014 Tony Parsons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Samantha Black (8-18; BlackJack, Jennifer) lives in a foster home with her foster parents; Henry Able, Claire Able (wife), & Lindsey Able (14, foster sister.

Samantha is shot & ends up in Nohaven Central Hospital. She cannot recollect much of anything.

BlackJack (Samantha) is abducted by Dr. Jerry Harmon (father, drugs, arms, human trafficking) & his Able Security team & is trained to be a killer/weapon (government experiment, Initiative 38-1).

How will Dr. Gregory Ryan become play
Jul 08, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book thru a Goodreads giveaway. This book was, simply put, fantastic. Very fast paced with never a dull moment. The plot had twists and turns and right when you thought it couldn't get any better it just goes on to blow you away. And the interactions between Samantha and Ryan are just hilarious. Their conversations while escaping from the hospital had me laughing out loud and drawing looks from people nearby. I can't remember the last time a book actually made me laugh out loud ...more
Jun 11, 2014 jwals rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a review copy of this book.
Samantha was taken from a foster family she loved, and that loved her, when she was eight years old, by a secret organisation to be trained as the perfect soldier.
Ten years later she escapes the organisation and after several years and several plastic surgeries latter find her foster family again without their knowing it’s her.
When she wakes up in hospital with several gunshot wounds and no memory of what happened, she finds most of her family dead and her
Aug 06, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads.

This was the first Goodreads giveaway that I've received and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The story caught my interest from the first chapter. I enjoyed the characters and the action kept the plot moving really well. The timeline of events was confusing to begin with, but it started to make sense after awhile. There were some grammar errors that were distracting, but I still caught myself thinking about the book unti
Jul 15, 2014 Quan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Childhood Games was written by J.M. Roach, and I received an advanced copy from the publisher, but this will still be a honest review.It is very excellent book. Is it going to blow people's mind. No, it is not one of those books. It is a book you read out of pure enjoyment. I recommended this anyone who lose good action, characters, and overall plot. I loved everything about it from details to the little twist in the end. However in the end, I realized that this story is a female version of the ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Tee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this for review a long time ago but because i was in a reading slump i procrastinated. Hooray for me for getting it done before the new year!

This book was decent, the main female character is different from many characters i've read. I cant necessarily say i had any favorite moments or points but i did love the ending between the two main characters. Just the way it was worded i really liked it.

What i didn't like was deep descriptions, there was just so many descriptions that i would kind
Brent Dotson
Jul 25, 2014 Brent Dotson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. From the blurb, I thought it might be a knockoff of Nikita. It wasn't. The book was hard to put down. Twists and turns, a surprise or two, a strong woman antagonist (something I am a sucker for) and lots of action. The author manages to convey an incredible amount of violence without being too graphic. Just enough detail to effectively tell the story and show the horror of the situation without dwelling on the specifics too much. I recommend this book; ...more
Aug 20, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book for free through the Goodreads first reads program.

I really enjoyed this story. While I don't have a lot of time in my day to read, I did spend every second of it in this book! I could not get through it quick enough. The detail of the story is just enough to leave you hungry for the next page. I do really hope there is a second book in this story. I'm so interested in how Blackjack handles Father :)
Jul 14, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Simply put this book is really amazing. Samantha Black is one awesome character and I was definitely rooting for her throughout this entire book. I can only hope that we will see more of her, Ryan and even Cow at some point in the near future. If you want a thrilling action packed book this is one I would highly recommend, I had a hard time putting it down.
Jun 03, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was insanely good. I could not put it down. I don't like putting too much information about a book in a review because I don't want to give anything away. I can tell you that it was very fast paced, very well written and suspenseful. Samantha Black is a bad ass and this book was awesome. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Jul 14, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this signed copy from a Goodreads contest. Overall, I enjoyed the book and look forward to a sequel (hopefully). The plot kept me interested and eager to discover what would happen next. One suggestion that I would make to the author is to invest in a better editor, because there were several grammatical errors as well as sections of the book that could have been cut. Keeping in mind that this was the author's first novel, I felt that his efforts were successful.
I received this book in exchange for a fair review. Thanks!!

I really wanted to love this book. There was a lot of action, but I just felt like the story line was muddled. I also could not like any of the characters no matter how much I tried. The ending was definitely great though, and I did not expect it at all.
Aug 05, 2014 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a GREAT book!

(I won this free off of

I was immediately pulled into the book and had a hard time putting it down (which was bad since I had to put the finishing touches on my wedding day and went on my honeymoon as I read it!)
The action and suspense were written very well and worked together nicely. This is a book I would definitely recommend to others!
C. Stuchl
Jul 16, 2014 C. Stuchl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wonderful, really a great thriller. Confusing at first then I got into it and started to understand what was going on. Samantha was kidnapped as a child, trained to kill. She managed to escape and change her identity. This book is just full of action, twists, and turns. I'm not going to spoil the ending, but you won't see it coming. Thank you Goodreads and J. M. Roach for the free book.
Aug 18, 2014 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot of edge-of-your-seat moments. J.M. Roach took the Hot'n'Deadly chick-power to another level. I really enjoyed this story and the writing style was flawless. I would love to see this made into a movie. Great book, and great addition to my collection. I will definitely read this one again.
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Before becoming a novelist, J.M. Roach's previous storytelling took place in the world of film. He has worked as a screenwriter and editor on many projects. In 2003, he formed his own production company, where he would produce and direct several short films as well as two features. His film, The Devil's Gravestone, is available in numerous countries and has been translated into five languages. In ...more
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