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Trafficking is big business and those involved show no remorse, have no mercy, only a deadly intent to protect their income. Afina is a young Romanian girl with high expectations when she arrives in Brighton but she has been tricked and there is no job, only a life as a sex slave.

Facing a desperate future, Afina tries to escape and a young female police officer, who comes to her aid, is stabbed. Powell's life has been torn apart for the second time and he is determined to find the man responsible for his daughter's death.

Action, violence, and sex abound in this taut thriller about one of today's worst crimes.

©2015 Bill Ward (P)2017 Bill Ward

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Trafficking

This is a thriller from Bill Ward.
I love the two lead characters Afina and Powell, and the baddies are a very nasty bunch who treat woman like commodities rather than human beings. Its a real page turner and I could not put the book down.

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  • Melissa A. Botticelli
  • 02-11-17

Very good story!!

First time “reading” this author. The book kept my attention from the beginning. The story was good and can’t wait to see what happens in the next one. I recommend this book.

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  • Andrea Bennett
  • 26-10-17

Great Book with Lots of Action

This book was really great! There was so much action and suspense in it that I was often on the edge of my seat. I felt the author did such a great job in describing everything and I felt that it was so realistic. The ending is going to leave you wanting more and I can't wait to find out what happens!!!

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  • Sara
  • 28-12-17

Good story, didn't knock my socks off

I was surprised with how much I liked this book. I have a thing for crime shows and the FBI files, this read just like one. I also really like the characters; Afina and Powell were just fantastic! It can be an emotional listen; we are talking about the horrible world of human trafficking. I can’t even imagine dealing with something like this. Bill Ward made this horrendous crime relatable and it seemed like it really could happen to anyone… isn’t that such a scary thought!

The narrator, Chris Hymans, did a great telling of such a subject. I have a few things that are super important to me in narration… clear and concise speaking. I have to be able to understand the speaking otherwise, what is the point? I also need some type of emotion. I can’t handle it when a narrator sounds bored to tears! Hymans did a good job with all of my needs.

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  • Kelli Rae Meacham
  • 15-11-17

Eventful

Great Book, nothing like I expected at all. It had many twist and turns and keep me interested.
Narration was good, and could hear clear and well.

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  • D. Backshall
  • 28-10-17

Reads like an episode of a crime documentary

Trafficking is a simply constructed novel, reading more like a documentary or an episode of Forensic Files than an action thriller. The point of view is that of a distant observer, who occasionally knows a character's thoughts and motivations, which is off-putting at first, but settles in as the story progresses.

A solid story told basically and without gimmick feels like it's missing something, but is it really? Perhaps as a compulsive reader of crime and thriller fiction, I've been spoiled by all the intricate twists, flashback/flashforward jumps, and out-of-the-blue revelations utilized by modern authors. Despite the lack of luster or common contrivances, Trafficking was still a compelling read, and I found myself going back to it eagerly, wanting to hear what happened next to Athena and Dan/Powell. As well, now that I know this is a series, I do want to get my hands on the next in the series.

It is my hope a different narrator is used for subsequent audiobooks in the series. Chris Hymans read blandly, and much too deliberately, which slowed the pace of the book to a nearly excruciating crawl. Speeding up the playback helped a bit, but without any inflection in his reading, the narrator detracted from, more than he added to, the presentation.