Choke Point

Choke Point

Book - 2013
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When an award-winning foreign journalist reveals the existence of an Amsterdam-based sweatshop known as a "knot shop" that employs and enslaves young girls as laborers, private security firm Rutherford Risk is hired by a philanthropist to find it and shut it down.

David "Sarge" Dulwich, Knox's former boss from their government contractor days, knows that Knox's cultural knowledge, combat skills, and sympathy for the abused make him right for the job. Joined by Grace Chu, whose more subtle skills for acquiring sensitive tech information help to balance Knox's improvisational style, he heads to Amsterdam in an attempt to dismantle the child labor operation and rescue the girls. In their way is a crime organization that has permeated the neighborhoods with goodwill turning even the victims' parents against their would-be saviors. With enemies around every corner, Knox and Grace can't tell the good from the bad.
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons,, c2013
ISBN: 9780399158841
0399158847
Branch Call Number: M PEA
Characteristics: 399 pages ;,24 cm

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sillymelinda
Oct 31, 2014

A good book, but hard to read. It is about human trafficking, especially in children. Also about rug factories in 3rd world countries that use small children to make the rugs, mistreating them terribly, often chaining them by the ankles to their places. Undernourished, cold, often kidnapped, working most of the day (or night), paid little or unpaid. Sometimes the parents make their children work in these places to help support the family, knowing what goes on, or not wanting to know. And this is just one industry that uses children, some as young as three or four, there are many more. To say nothing of the sex trade in children. As I said, a hard book to read. It is necessary to know these things, though, and not turn our eyes and hearts away from these children, and not just blindly buy the products they are forced to make. A wake-up call sort of book, with characters you will care about. Sad, but a good read.

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dinkthecat
Nov 15, 2013

I am super impressed. Believable plot, great, human characters, very good writing. I will have to get more of his books.

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Jan 06, 2014

The solution of one problem bringd us face to face with another.

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SEBoiko
Jan 06, 2014

We don't control our memories. They control us.

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