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4.45  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
What's the most dangerous gift a fan could send to an author? And if that fan was a professional assassin? New York-based writer Nic Stiles receives a strange package in the mail. It's not long before he realises what it represents will change his life... with deadly consequences. Others want the package's contents too, including a high-tech Intelligence agency who will ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published September 18th 2014 by Createspace
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Ronel van Tonder
Dec 11, 2014 Ronel van Tonder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Outsourced is a thriller following the story of two authors as they attempt to decipher the mystery behind a serial killer’s success without injuring innocent people in the process. In this fast-paced thriller, Eric J Gates combines many elements of the perfect thriller - a fast pace, well-defined characters and a deceptively twisty plot.

Add some paranormal elements, a touch of humour at just the right times, and thorough research an
Oct 01, 2014 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read. I have thoroughly enjoyed every page of this well written and equally well thought out novel.

Mr Gates creates some nicely rounded and wholly three dimensional characters together with a plot which should be totally unbelievable, yet is so carefully and precisely presented and explained I never once questioned the possibility of it happening for real. The Author's obvious knowledge of his subject is as evident as it is impressive, and is delivered in a manner which brings to m
Mark Fine
May 12, 2015 Mark Fine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend persuaded me to read ‘Outsourced’, and I'm so glad he did. It was thrilling, topical, unpredictable and after the dramatic climax; an immensely satisfying read. Eric Gates succeeded in taking me to that rare place--the suspension of my disbelief--by making the effort to substantiate his rationale for the deadly artifact at the center of the plot. Without slowing the page-turning high-tempo pace of his thriller, Gates provides a mind-bending primer on quantum mechanics! From that moment ...more
Seumas Gallacher
Eric J.Gates is a man of several talents... his in-depth knowledge of matters most of us can never even sniff at include martial arts, and hi-tech security... add to those the skill he has honed over the past few years in writing crime thrillers, and you have a dynamic, highly-readable author... OUTSOURCED is not your run-of-the-mill crime fiction... the art of good story-telling is the presentation of credible characterisation, and there’s bundles of that in this book... Gates draws on his ...more
Sabrina Devonshire
A famous New-York writer, Nic Stiles, receives a mysterious package—a wooden box containing a pen composed of a rare meteorite. A note enclosed explains its extraordinary powers—the ability to write destiny. Stiles believes a recently acquitted Polanski, who had been accused of murdering hundreds of people, used this powerful tool as a murder weapon and sent it to him. Not grasping the full spectrum of powers the tool wields, Stiles composes pages with the tool. When this decision results in ...more
Jaye Rothman
Apr 28, 2015 Jaye Rothman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book started out with a bang. An assassin named Polanski has recently been acquitted of several hundred murders, caused by a mysterious pen that changes the course of destiny. By chapter 7 his lawyer comes to a sticky end.
Nic Stiles is a best selling mystery author who receives a package containing the pen. He uses the pen and immediately his world starts to change, but not for the better. His wife dies suddenly, and he is plunged into a violent, dangerous world. Who sent the pen to him?
Shirley McCann
Dec 09, 2014 Shirley McCann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this one down. Imagine an object that can create a unimaginable power. Add to that a couple of unsuspecting mystery writers and a female special ops agent, and you've embarked on a whirlwind journey of intrigue and conspiracy. The pace kept me reading until late into the night. Recommended for anyone who loves a good mystery.
Nev Murray
A copy of Outsourced was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the author Eric J. Gates in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. This book is published by Amazon.

Eric J. Gates. Another one I have to confess never reading before but I enjoy a good thriller and it sounded right up my street so I thought why not? I love it when my instincts are right.

Nic Stiles is an author going through a rough patch. His relationship with his wife is on the rocks. He is suffering from the cursed writ
Colleen Chesebro
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, which follows.

A mystifying package arrives in the mail of New York writer, Nic Stiles. Inside the package, Nic finds an old-fashioned fountain pen made from the remains of an ancient meteorite enclosed inside a carved wooden box. Accompanying the mysterious artifact is a message, which explains that the user of the pen has the capability to change destiny.

Nic uncovers a horrific plot instigated by Robert Polanski,
Cathy Ryan
Jun 08, 2015 Cathy Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
An intriguing, complex and multilayered thriller beginning with the acquittal of mass murderer, Robert Polanski. Even though his lawyer and the police know he’s guilty they can’t prove it conclusively. Before disappearing into obscure and tropical ‘retirement’ from his crimes, Polanski has one last task. The package he sends off in the mail launches an incredible chain of events.

Nic Stiles and fellow author, Grayson Fallon, have been under media scrutiny for years. They share the same publisher,
Mar 11, 2015 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outsourced by Eric J. Gates

Nic Stiles a New York writer, receives a package in the mail. Soon he realizes what he holds will change his life forever. Many people want what he has, even though he is not sure he wants it. A high tech Intelligence Agency is after him to retrieve what he has. For Nic it becomes a race against time, and he must use his quit-wit to outsmart (them) and save himself.

A fast paced page-turning thriller. The plot is original, the pace is rapid and the action/thrills are ve
Nov 13, 2014 Angelica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am normally a romance reader, but occasionally branch out to see what else is out there. This book was worth the excursion. It captured you from the beginning, held your attention and had you guessing until the last. The subject matter was complicated and outside my realm of knowledge, and yet the author was clearly well versed and able to make a plot that would at first glance appear not feasible, believable and jumping off the page engaging the reader thoroughly. I thought I had it figured ...more
Fleur Ferris
Dec 12, 2014 Fleur Ferris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet again Eric J Gates has written a gripping thriller that keeps you turning pages well into the night. With enough twists and turns to keep you perched on the edge of your seat, Outsourced is anything but predictable (but totally believable). The characters in this are so strong and vivid, even though I was completely satisfied with the ending of this novel, I’d love to read more of them. I hope Gates writes a sequel! I refuse to include spoilers, as part of reading a pacy thriller like this ...more
Stefania Mattana
The premises of Outsource immediately grabbed my attention: amongst the 'normal' thriller plots filled with revenge and murder matters as trigger for the story, Mr Gates came up with a package question. What's inside? Who sent it?

Starting from that, the story develops with a series of no-stop unforeseen twists and turns which kept me in suspense to the very last page.
A great reading for the (techno)thriller lovers - the fast-paced rhythm and the nice writing style are the cherry on top.
Worth e
Ruby Barnes
May 05, 2015 Ruby Barnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast-paced action thriller, Outsourced had me turning the electronic pages on my Kindle every time I had a few minutes spare. An interesting premise based upon a mysterious “Object” capable of interacting with destiny and prone to misuse by the unscrupulous. I would have liked to have heard more about the events caused by the various possessors of the “Object” but perhaps that was a deliberate decision by the author not to go in that direction. As a result, the mysterious “Object” is really ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Emmie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is easy to see where Mr Gates get his inspiration from, you just have to read his bio! This book was outstanding. It was one of the few action thrillers that truly kept my attention throughout the book. The story was riveting... I could not put the book down until the last page was finished.

The only problem was that I was a bit confused in the first few pages, but that solved itself as I read more of the book. I kept thinking and still feel that this will make an excellent movie! The ending
The Haunted Reading Room {Cthulhu Down the Chimney Tonight}

An exciting and convoluted thriller with a strong thread emphasizing the Federal Government's insertion into the lives of private citizens, and a strong "paranormal" type element. I'm reminded of Hitler's capacity to alter mob behavior by speech; here the instrument is a certain formerly Tibetan object, now used as a pen. Those readers of science fiction are surely familiar with the concept that in dimensions in which thought or words alter reality, proper focu
William O'Brien
Dec 10, 2014 William O'Brien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and gripping

Outsourced by Eric J. Gates

A spectacular creation from Gates in this rapid-paced action-filled page-turner.

On thing for sure, you won't be able to put this one down once it takes hold with it vice-like grip. Superb from beginning to end, well developed characters, fast paced, while highly entertaining and gripping to the end.

With mystery and murder - Outsourced provides the tension you would expect from a great writer.

A blinding 5***** imaginative read!
Ken Grace
Mar 03, 2015 Ken Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eric Gates has created an intriguing story that takes you on an edge-of-your seat ride, through to the conclusion. As two of the main characters risk their lives to uncover the secrets of a mysterious gift, the reader is thrown into a world of action and suspense.

There is plenty to keep the reader guessing and interested. A real page turner, with short, sharp chapters; perfect for the busy reader.

Eric has really done his research, which creates a very interesting, thrill-packed adventure that
Barb Taub
Mar 19, 2015 Barb Taub rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s a drawing by M. C. Escher showing a hand drawing the hand that’s drawing it. (Come on, you know you remember that one from your cool Escher period…) I was thinking of that drawing—and no, I wasn’t smoking anything—when reading Eric J. Gates’ fantastic thriller, Outsourced.

In some ways, Outsourced is a conspiracy thriller boiled down to its essence. Think Robert Ludlum’s Bourne series meets Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code. There’s the somewhat inexplicable murder at the start, which quickly devo
Glenn Conley
Apr 23, 2015 Glenn Conley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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Mike Billington
Oct 16, 2014 Mike Billington rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mystery writer who has lost his focus, a rival writer whose popularity continues to grow, a mysterious package, a seriously badass female government operative (who carries a gun with armor-piercing bullets), a retired killer-for-hire and Schrodinger's Cat; put them all together and you have "Outsourced," a crackling good novel by Eric J. Gates that is anything but a run-of-the-mill thriller.
In this novel Gates takes his readers into the fascinating world of quantum mechanics, where things are
Apr 03, 2015 Jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,377 pages.

That was a number large enough, and out of context enough, as to be almost meaningless – until this morning. Now, I can tell you what 4,377 pages means.

4,377 pages means that if you think that the book you’ve been staying up too late reading can probably just be finished quickly because you are 77% of the way through – you are wrong.

4,377 pages means that even if it’s spring break and you can hear the kids happily playing upstairs, giving you no pressing need to get out of bed, you s
Owen Jones
Oct 08, 2014 Owen Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By Eric J. Gates

Outsourced by Eric J. Gates is a typical book of its kind. In fact it is just what I would have expected...

From Eric J. Gates that is, because it is up to his normal, but well-above average, high standards of suspense-thrillers. I have read several of his novels now, because I look out for them - unfortunately, you have to do that with Indie authors who don't have the advertising power of a publishing house behind them.

Unless you sign up for his newsletter, like I have
Firenza Cole
Feb 06, 2015 Firenza Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without giving too much away, the plot of this novel is very original. Most thriller writers would run a mile from including magical artefacts, but it totally works. Best of all, it's actually sort of 'believable' and written in a very realistic way.

I was hooked from the first scene. The main character Nic Stiles has to team up with his rival and this adds a lot of tension into the narrative. I was pleasantly surprised by all the issues that Outsourced takes on- the publishing industry, the con
Ronovan Hester
Jul 25, 2016 Ronovan Hester rated it really liked it
Nic Stiles and Phil Beasley are two writers who are publicly at war with each other in the world of thriller novels. The truth of their relationship unfolds as the story plays out. One thing they have in common is ‘the device’, an object that can make things happen for the owner. It sounds too good to be true and it is. Nic and Phil use their writer talents to face off against the US government and the assassin who owned the device before they did. The problem is, nothing turns out quite the way ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outsourced is an impressive thriller that will keep you up all hours of the night; from the masterfully-woven plot to the memorable characters that move through it, I was glued to every page. Right from the get-go I was hooked--the drama of a courtroom sentencing the ruthless murderer Robert Polanski becomes a tale of revenge, surveillance, and paranormal mystery as thriller author Nic Gates is entangled in a strange artifact that may turn the destiny of the world into a dark, destructive abyss. ...more
( This book was giving to me by the Author in exchange for my honest review )

4 Stars

This was a whirled wing of crazy.

Every time I thought I had this mess (not in a bad way) figured out I was twisted around.

This was a different read for me. It had a tab bit of the paranormal, and in truth is reminded me of the popular anime Death Note I made the connected almost right away, and I couldn't stop from there on.

I don't want to say to much, this is the type of mystery that has many twisted and tu
Judith Lucci
Nov 10, 2014 Judith Lucci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinary! Eric Gate's thriller, "Outsourced" does everything a thriller should. It keeps you on your toes to the very end and keeps you guessing and thinking even after you have finished the book! The incredibly woven plot presents us with some memorable characters...some not so nice, but nevertheless, descriptive, powerful and memorable. Outsourced is the story of best-seller mystery writer Nic Stiles, who has lost his writing "edge" to his lifetime rival. Nic, who is living in virtual ...more
Alan Hardy
Jun 27, 2015 Alan Hardy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thriller with a stunning premise, a stunning beginning and a stunning development and conclusion! Robert Polanski is found innocent of mass murders which in fact he has committed. Coldly and calculatedly he gets rid of his lawyer (who knew the truth). The story then switches to the perspective of Nic Stiles, a successful writer now plagued by apathy, dissatisfied with producing anything but the best, which is just beyond his grasp. He receives a package from Polanski containing a ...more
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Eric J. Gates has had a curious life filled with the stuff of thriller novels. Writing Operating Systems for Supercomputers, cracking cryptographic codes under extreme pressure using only paper and pen and teaching cyberwarfare to spies are just a few of the moments he’s willing to recall. He is an ex-International Consultant who has travelled extensively worldwide, speaks several languages, and ...more
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