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Eleven

(Brandon Fisher FBI #1)

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Eleven Rooms. Ten Bodies. One Empty Grave.

In this international bestseller, rookie FBI Agent Brandon Fisher takes on his first case with the Behavioral Analysis Unit, but will he survive long enough to catch the killer? Eleven is a fast-paced, spine-tingling thriller that will have you gasping for breath at every twist...

When Brandon Fisher joined the FBI Behavioral Ana
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Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published November 4th 2011 by Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc (first published November 1st 2011)
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"Avonna
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to reading this based on the description, but I was disappointed. I did not like the main character at all and all of the other characters to me were very two dimensional. The plot and the character interactions kept reminding me of an episode of Criminal Minds and I really like the show, but not this story.
Mirrani
Even after I finished this book I have difficulty putting in to words how I feel about it.

The story seems to be a direct copy of the Criminal Minds bible. I found myself often visualizing the scenes in just such a way. However, though the show itself is very good, turning it into a book appears to have been somewhat difficult. This story felt somewhat jumbled and rushed, often the characters would gather and just start telling each other about the suspect they were looking for, pulling things o
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Linda Strong
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
In this instance, 'eleven' is not a number .... it is the number of underground graves found ..but only ten bodies.

This book introduces us to Brandon Fisher, a brand new Special Agent with the FBI on his first field outing. He's accompanied by his boss, who Brandon sorely wants to impress, and feels that he is failing.

There are all kinds of complications that shadow him. First of all, he is severely claustrophobic which is a big deal considering he must be climbing underground. Along on this cas
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Sherry Fundin
First, I would grab this book because it was written by Carolyn Arnold. Second, I have been reading her work for a while now, and I now she won’t disappoint my, but she may blow my mind. Third, SHE DID!

Carolyn Arnold’s novels read like Criminal Minds episodes. I love how she breaks down the crimes and the criminals, taking us through the process, step by step, clue by clue. And this is one mystery that keeps on giving. I was super creeped out early and it never stopped. I wonder where Carolyn ca
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Ubiquitousbastard
So, I found this for free as an ebook and decided I might as well give it a go even though I'm less than fond of self-published endeavors. Overall, I was less than fond of this book as well. The grammar was mostly on point, although there were several instances where it was clearly not. Far worse was the word choice/phrasing. Sometimes it seemed like the author was trying too hard to fulfill the writing class motto "unique description is better than the same tired old description." No it's not, ...more
Kris
Mar 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book where I am going to start by saying “I wanted to like this book but...”

Let's start with the positive aspects before I dive into my reasons for not giving this book anything but 1 ½ to 2 stars. The story had an interesting premise. A serial killer was on the loose and one of his signatures was the coinherence symbol.

The coinherence symbol was never adequately explained to the reader in a way that tied into the actual story. In fact, I went outside the book to get some inform
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Ankit Garg
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I was very excited to have finally started reading this book. The succinct title was mysterious enough to create interest, and when the blurb mentioned 'FBI' and 'serial killer', I was sold.

The amount of research Carolyn would have done in order to write this book is visible from the attention to detail prevalent in the story. The overall plot is interesting, but the way it concludes is disappointing. You just do not end a mystery thriller the way it happens in this one. The climax is unfair, an
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Lynda Kelly
Nov 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: deleted
Gave in and deleted this only 2% in. It's way too confusing and irritating. THREE times by this point she'd used this expression-"I pulled out on the collar of my shirt" which is just awful English...then I wondered if it had a humorous side when we read a guy's in prison for killing 2 cows and assaulting a neighbour.....for real ??
Then the narrator suddenly starts telling us about another team member apropos of what you think is nothing till you realise he joined them in the room but nobody tho
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Robert
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Thrillers
Eleven is an FBI thriller that has great character development, a unique writing style that dares to "break the rules", and an excellent overall story.

Character Development

I think this is where I enjoyed Eleven the most. The characters in Eleven were very well-written. They each had their own unique personalities and it is evident that Carolyn Arnold put a lot of time and care into developing them. They were created in a way that didn't overwhelm you with a lengthy back story or flashbacks, bu
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Jamie Rose
Mar 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eleven

I'm not a fan of first person. Especially when the person is a selfish, whiny douche. I'm definitely not a fan of characters that cheat on their wives and reading the mindless attempts to excuse it. The inclusion of a tacky affair adds nothing to the story. I'm not even sure why the author felt the need to give him a wife, because his personal life adds absolutely nothing to the story other than providing pages of pathetic whining about 'how he loves her'. Which seems implausible, given hi
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Bob
There were several problems with this book. One of them is just bad writing and editing. There are wrong verb tenses used. Wrong words. Unexplained jumps in plot and logic. Lots of things that should not be problems in a published book. In addition, the main character, an FBI agent, is totally unconvincing. The author is a woman, and the FBI guy reads as if he is a she. The emotions, reactions, and thoughts are all female. I had to keep reminding myself that this was supposed to be a male charac ...more
Bruce McLennan
I read it. I didn't particularly like it. While the plot involving a pretty nasty serial killer with a liking for the number eleven was good it didn't make up for the generally unlikeable cast of characters. Authors generally set out to make you like the principal character, especially in a first person narrative. But not this one. Brandon is about as useless and unlikeable a character as you're likely to find. As an FBI agent (special agent no less) he comes across as totally whimpy. And unfort ...more
Chelsea
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Is this her first book?

The writing was simple and disorganized. There's missing punctuation in quotes, the quotes aren't clear as to which character is speaking until it's no longer relevant, there's a lot of unnecessary information, a lot of missing information (actions and such i.e. Did he drop the gun and grab her hand? Did the report mention another child or is Brandon just psychic?)

The plot had seemed promising and I had actually been excited to read this as I love crime thrillers, but this
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Black Butterfly
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
I WOULD HAVE GIVEN THIS 4 ½ *stars BECAUSE OF ONE PART OF THE STORY LINE CHEATING (I hate cheaters) SO THIS GAVE ME A PROBLEM RIGHT AWAY. I DO HAVE A PERSONAL PROBLEM WITH CHEATER’S AND THREESOMES I REALLY DON’T LIKE THAT IN A RELATIONSHIP. FOR ME A RELATIONSHIP IS TWO PEOPLE IF YOU GET TIRED OF ONE ANOTHER THEN MOVE THE F*CK ON. THIS IS WHY THE TWO CHARACTERS INVOLVED I COULDN’T REALLY LIKE THEM IT WAS JUST WRONG. OTHER THAN THAT I REALLY ENJOYED THE POLICE BAU PROCEDURAL PART (was super mild s ...more
Christa
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the story was interesting, there were a few things I could not get past in this book. There is a central plot point that never made sense and was never explained. The main characters are rather unlikable, and not in a "love to hate them" kind of way. Finally the writing was not great, which I can usually overlook if I like the story enough. While I appreciate the need to explain some jargon to us lay people, the explanations were included in rather inelegant ways that really took me out of ...more
Monica
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you Still Hear the Lambs?

Well, not really. This story did have elements of Silence of the Lambs, down to an obvious character comparison of Jack Harper with SOL's Jack Crawford. That said, I don't mean to imply that is anything negative. The plot is engaging,the characters are flawed yet endearing and the villian(s) are disturbing. I finished the entire book in one day, which means it kept my attention and was a great thriller. I also enjoyed the comparisons in character as well as by name to
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Audrey Grant
If you like the show Criminal Minds on TV...this is the book for you!! The badies are really bad and the good guys are smart and sweet and tough...a great combination!
This case covers at least two states 20 bodies, more than one killer, local law enforcement, FBI, BAU...And all with a newbie who's dealing with marriage problems in the middle of it all!!
It is pretty graffic, but if you have a stomach of steel, and love a good who dun it...I highly recommend!!
Allyson Abbott
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be very readable. I very often read later into the night than planned, just to find out what happens next. A good plot that keeps the reader guessing as different turn of events sends the FBI chasing leads. The characters are realistic, with all their troubles in life while trying to keep up with a major murder hunt. I will definitely look out for more of Ms Arnold's books.
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4.5 rating
Interesting, but a little slow in the middle, most of the action happened at the start or end but overall a good read
Ramona
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gut wrenching

Really intense thriller. Great cast, smart, inventive, great flow. Serial killer hits close to home, turns out it's connected to another old case. I'm looking forward to the next book.
alice Tileston
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recieved free for review:
2nd book by this author I 've read.
Just as good as the first!
Missed a little sleep so I could finish it.
Looking forward to reading more by this author ♡
Zain
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haunting!

My first book in the Brandon Fisher FBI Series
It was just haunting! I was filled with terror and suspense the whole time I was reading this book.
Frederick Brooke
When I read TIES THAT BIND by Carolyn Arnold a few months ago, I was very impressed with many aspects of the book. Now I've read her latest mystery, ELEVEN, and I have to say she has outdone herself. This is one tremendous book.

ELEVEN is an FBI procedural novel about a serial killer. The man's crimes are so gruesome, even the CSI and FBI professionals are feeling queasy. What is fascinating about ELEVEN from a structural viewpoint is that the killer is already in prison and his identity is alrea
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Rick Soper
Carolyn Arnold has written a lot more books than I have. She seems very supportive of other authors. I follow her on Twitter and read her tweets. She seems like a nice person. All of which means I really wanted to like her book, but I didn't. The concept of finding a whole series of hidden burial chambers under a house is great, and a whole bunch of the twists and turns of the novels were pretty good too. But what lost it for me was the characters themselves. I just didn't like Brandon Fisher. T ...more
Ashley Fontainne
As a fellow Indie author, I picked up Eleven by Carolyn Arnold for two reasons: one, to support a fellow trailblazer and two, because this is my favorite genre.

I am SO glad that I did!

This mystery/thriller was very fast paced, written as if from the hands and mind of a former FBI agent! Carolyn's ability to layer the spellbinding suspense from one chapter to the next was fantastic. I found myself awake twice at 2:00 in the morning, on work nights no less, to finish.

The interplay between the cen
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Teresa
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had wanted to read this free kindle download for quite some time now. Needing a break from my usual historical romances, I chose to dive right in. The story was a bit difficult to read starting out. Had Goodreads not told me this was the first in this series, I would have thought it was the second or third. I thought the characters had connection, but it seemed like obvious connections I'd missed. Also, the narrative was a bit choppy for me at times. Once I got used to the author's style, I wa ...more
Jane
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you know how a lot of the free book deals out there leave you rather bored in tears than wanting for more? Well, this one was definitely the latter for me as it was really engaging and throughout the novel I found myself not wanting to put the book down. It may not be the best mystery book out there but it was very enjoyable and intriguing nonetheless. It was exactly the thing I needed at the moment.

More of my thoughts (and other reviews) can be found on my book blog HERE.
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Tulay
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seven sins.

Narcissist, psycho killer. This was the first book I read from Carolyn Arnold, will be reading the second book in this series. One thing I don't understand; how come someone smoking in the car with other non-smokers and car with ashtray.
Sher Brown
Not worth the effort

First of all , there were so many typos it was distracting. The main character was so whiney you couldn't help but dislike him. I kept reading, thinking it would get better, but found I was relieved when it was over.
Lee
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really just 1.5 stars - one star for the premise and a half for the effort.

The plot premise was interesting, but the writing was just awful. Missing punctuation, contorted sentences, no clear indication of who was talking during conversations. I had to constantly stop and re-read so I could figure out what was going on.

There was no lead-in to the story, nothing introducing the characters -- it just started in the middle of a murder scene. A serial killer, or killers, had buried ten victims with
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CAROLYN ARNOLD is the international bestselling and award-winning author of the Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher, and McKinley Mystery series. She is the only author with POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town, but that never kept her from dreaming big. On par with her large dreams is her overactive imagination that conjures up killers and cases to solve. S
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