Three fourteen year old boys, Brett McGovern, Stephen Bailey and Michael Erickson are inextricably linked by abduction and murder. Brett, who was abducted from Indianapolis, fears that his captors will decide to kill him. More recently, two boys from a Milwaukee, Wisconsin suburb, Stephen and Michael, have been abducted, and the detectives on the case know that if they are not found within 24 hours, any chance of finding them is remote and they will be gone forever. A fourth boy, George Tokay, a Navajo, holds a key piece to this puzzle and doesn’t realize it.

Pete Kelliher and his team of FBI agents from the Crimes Against Children Unit have been tracking the murders of children for the past two years. He believes that if they can find these two boys, they might find the answers to the questions that have been eluding them. He and his team race to find Stephen and Michael before they disappear forever. There isn’t much to go on, and each time he gets a break, potential witnesses are found dead. As Pete and his team investigate, the stories of these boys are like loose threads on a sweater: pull the wrong one and it unravels completely. Slowly, Pete comes to the realization that one or more members of his own team might be behind it all. There is injury and death, some of which is Pete’s fault and that causes him to question his effectiveness and his future.
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“Everyone should read this series. Everyone!”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Carol Vitucci

I hesitated to read this book. Now I recommend everyone read the trilogy plus the original. I was going to do a critique of the writing and the explicitness (which is pretty strong) but I’ve changed my mind. Even though these are novels, it’s based on truth and that’s what has stuck with me. I think everyone who has children, grandchildren or is thinking of having them should read these. This is a horrific and ongoing problem. These stories focused on boys but ti’s happening to both sexes of very young children to teenagers and it is exactly what it’s called SEX SLAVERY. I saw a movie a few years ago. Don’t remember the name, the actors and it wasn’t well written but the last scene has haunted me ever since. It was a girl waking up in the dark. She was one of the two friends that were kidnapped(on holiday in Mexico) but this one lived. She woke up in a shipping container, with snack and junk food, water and a bucket, swinging in the air, being loaded onto a container ship at a dock among thousands of other containers being shipped to some slave market or sex business in a place like Thailand or Morocco etc. She didn’t know where she was, how she got there, where she was going, or what would happen to her. It literally made me sick. I’ve never gotten over that movie and I’ll never forget these books either. Again, forget the story (it’s good and interesting on its own merit) but read the trilogy because this should never be happening in the US or any country in the world. EVER! Most of us have no clue this is going on but all of us should because it is, and much more often than we can possibly imagine.

About the Author

Joseph Lewis has published four books so far: Taking Lives, (August 2014) a prequel to the Lives Trilogy; Stolen Lives, (November 2015) Book One of the Lives Trilogy; Shattered Lives, (March 2015); and Splintered Lives, Book Three of the Lives Trilogy (November 2015), all in the thriller/mystery genre, and each has garnered outstanding reviews. Previously, Lewis published a short story, Dusty And Me (1989). He writes a weekly inspirational blog, Simple Thoughts From A Complicated Mind, Sort Of located at .
He can be found on Twitter at @jrlewisauthor and on Facebook at:

Lewis has been in education for 39 years as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, of 23 years, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.

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