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Cain Foley committed his first murder before he could even drive a car. Not that he would've had anywhere to drive to. When he was fifteen, America was one of the poorest countries in the world, and its' citizens took their hatred of that fact out on each other through gangs and violence. Children that were barely tall enough for carnival rides peppered the streets sellingCain Foley committed his first murder before he could even drive a car. Not that he would've had anywhere to drive to. When he was fifteen, America was one of the poorest countries in the world, and its' citizens took their hatred of that fact out on each other through gangs and violence. Children that were barely tall enough for carnival rides peppered the streets selling drugs (or themselves) so they could buy their next meal. Every night on the news, Cain watched as an angelic blonde woman who lost her own child swore she'd end it. She assaulted America's televisions with praise for the Parental Morality Law: a set of rules that spells out exactly what it takes to be a parent in the eyes of the government, and the consequences of breaking those rules. He prayed every night that she would come and rescue him before his father took his belt off again. Before she could save him, Cain faced a fatal choice: fight back or die on the basement floor. He chose life. Now on the run, he finds himself being hunted by a police officer with his own special brand of torture. Before he can save even a handful of children who have been swept up in the gang life, he must first cover up not one, but two murders: his father's, and one committed by a teenage madam who is either the love of his life, or his final undoing. As he feels himself being pushed further and further to the edge, he realizes that surviving his father was just the beginning....

Title : Between the Cracks and Burning Doors
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ISBN : 9780996002967
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 170 Pages
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Between the Cracks and Burning Doors Reviews

  • S. Usher Evans
    2019-03-15 06:49

    Between the Cracks and Burning Doors is the second book in the Extraction List series, centering on the brooding Cain Foley before he learned how to brood. In the Extraction List, Cain is Riley's savior, the one who helps her and her mother reach safety. In this book, he's just a poor boy from a poor family, spare him his life from this monstrosity who accidentally kills his father in the first chapter. And by accidentally, I mean the guy had it coming. The first couple of chapters were hard to read for me, which is a mark of just how awesomely terrible this world that Meland has built. Cain finds himself an unintentional father figure to a bevvy of runaways, falling for a young madame who's just trying to make it in the world. Cain is at times a scared young man, and at other times, he's got shades of the badass man that we meet in Extraction List. This world is not good and evil, and that's why I love it - Meland actually makes you feel bad for this madame - a sixteen year old who is making kids sell drugs and their bodies. Again - this is just a Godawful world. There's quibbles, of course - maybe it was because I devoured it so quickly, but I just wanted it to be longer. There were times when the start and stopping that is quintessential to Meland's writing style was a bit too much and interrupted the story. And the end of the book was wrapped up too quickly, I wanted more more more from it. Still, excellent effort from Meland, and we're all impatiently waiting for Book 3 in the Extraction List series.

  • Michelle Bryan
    2019-03-08 11:49

    Between the Cracks and Burning Doors, the prequel to The Extraction List does not disappoint! It is a solid, action packed ride that chronicles Cain's transformation from victim to stone cold killer. I very much enjoyed reading Cain's history and seeing how he became such a badass. His journey is written with such skill and finesse that you cannot help but root for him to survive in this harsh, cruel world Meland has created. On the run from the police, he is taken in by a priest and for the first time in his life knows what it is to be treated with kindness. He returns this kindness in spades by taking in kids off the streets to keep them from becoming drug dealers and prostitutes and being used by a sixteen year old madame. That's when Meland throws us a twist and instead of making her the villain of this story she becomes a love interest! The whole book is written with twists and turns and that's what I loved about it. I also enjoyed getting to see how Cain and Jordyn met and how they forged such a loyal relationship. I loved this book from beginning to end and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a great story!

  • Chelsie
    2019-03-04 08:40

    Faced with a life or death situation, Cain takes the fight path. What would the world, children be like if parents got children taken away from them for not being "good" parents. What if there was no rules or laws, and police could act as they saw fit? Kids have turned into acting like the adult parent to survive on their own in a world that is crumbling out of control around everyone, while everyone else has an opinion on how things should be ran. Fast paced read, lots of action and morale decisions having to be made on the spot.

  • Kelsey Wheeler
    2019-03-08 05:29

    Review Coming Soon!

  • Ariel
    2019-03-13 08:45

    We get to know a little about Cain Foley and the place he called home. And in the first paragraph, the last sentence..."For my first kill, I accidentally killed my father when I beat him to death with a pipe"What? Anyways, it wasn't much of a if you couldn't tell from that one line! He was abused both verbally and physically by his father and one fateful night, everything changed, it was his life or his fathers and he chose his. He ran from the scene of his crime after his mother found him and stated she would take care of the problem. "I was now public enemy number 1"This is where he meets Dom, a priest, in an alley, getting beat to a pulp. I mean, gruesome much?? However, he saved the priests life and in return the priest allowed him to take up with him. It was here that he began to see what having a family meant, someone to look after him and actually care about what happens to him."The idea of "we"--a family or a friendship, for that matter--was something I only saw while looking out my bedroom window.."He found that family when he took up for Dom when he had to leave for a little while. In comes Maureen. You really hated to love her, but you think of the empire she built for herself and think wow, she had to do something to survive this awful world they are living in! Cain takes up with her as well."I don't know what I had expected Maureen to look like, but the woman in front of me definitely wasn't it. Barely sixteen, her dark green eyes stared at me, looking me over from the bottom of my feet to the top of my head."The premise of this book is actually quite scary, because like with most dystopian novels, you can see it happening. America being the poorest country around. Little kids joining gangs, just doing what they can to survive this cruel world. Hmm..sound familiar?? There wasn't much meat to this novel, I mean, it was a prequel, but it was enough to give you the chills, and leaves you wanting more!! At the end of the book, you're frustrated, surprised, and angry, or at least I was. Ms. Meland has a way with her words that just leaves you begging for more. It was so amazingly written that I finished it in just a few short hours, and that was only because I had two kids to tend too! It just leaves you saying....And you don't even truly know why. Is it because it's so realistic it's scary?? Or is it because Ms. Meland's writing is just so beautiful you think "Dang it! This is another series I have to read!" And for people like me, that TBR list just keeps getting longer and longer and longer. And it now has another series to add to it! Well played Renee, well played. So don't take my word for it, go check it out for yourself..and tell me you aren't mesmerized!!!~*~This is for week two of the #fallfortheindiebook2014 challenge~*~

  • Samyann
    2019-02-26 10:44

    Know a young adult you’d like to get hooked on reading? Christmas is coming and the first two books of this series are great stocking stuffers!In the first book, the dystopian world of Riley is presented with an immediate rush of adrenaline filled action. A well intended law, initiated by her mother, has backfired. The Taskforce has shown up on her doorstep, prepared to take Riley into custody for the mandatory Extraction. Your heart will thump within the first scenes as gunfire and blood pepper the pages. From this point forward, the story doesn’t slow down.It’s apparent that a thrilling opening will become a signature of Renee N. Meland, because Between the Cracks and Burning Doors opens with an equally thundering scene. Cain, a character from the first novel, is a child severely abused by his father. In a desperate act, Cain kills his abuser, and almost instantly is thrust into an equally abusive situation. While hiding in an alley, he is witness to the brutal beating of a priest and steps in to the rescue.Thrilling? You bet! Well worth the investment of time, even for someone uninterested in YA or dystopian literature. But, most importantly, this author has opened the door for many young adult readers. I’ve always thought that if a YA author can get one kid love a book they have given that child the gift of a lifetime. How great is that?Very much enjoyed these stories, recommended.

  • Marinda
    2019-03-17 09:47

    f you haven't read The Extraction List read it first before reading this. This is Cain's story told from his POV, before the Parental Morality Law takes effect. We get to learn what and who made Cain the way he is and why he hates Keegan so much and wants him dead. Why he's become a guide is explained more and we finally see deeply into his character. We also meet Jordyn and learn about her meeting Cain and how she becomes his partner. We also learn about Dom and how they started the "Compound" in Cuba. Another fast paced read from page one I was hooked l couldn't put it down. I love the way the characters come to life and how caring they are but how bad ass at the same time. I can't wait to read book 3 I'll be grabbing it as soon as it's available. If you like fast paced action packed stories then this series is definitely for you. Grab your copy as soon as you can and plan on not being able to put it down. Independent reviewer for Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock.

  • Amy
    2019-03-05 08:48

    I loved this book! I read it first and will now go back and read The Extraction List. What I loved was how the author didn't over tell the story. She sets us down in the middle of the action and it never lets up. Cain is such a complicated, wonderful character! He's such a nice guy with noble motivations, but he's sooo good at killing! Everyone needs a talent, huh? I love the backdrop of the economy crashing and all the fall out from that and thought it was great that Meland didn't overdo it--just enough to tantalize.My only criticism is that it ended too soon. Thank goodness there's more in the series! Nice addition to the YA dystopian shelf.

  • Renee
    2019-03-19 09:47

  • Renee
    2019-03-01 11:30