Saturday, August 6, 2011

Citizen Out: The Citizen Chronicles (Fiction/Thriller) Authored by Marie Crist

Citizen Out (The Citizen Chronicles)

This book is on my list to be reviewed. I am featuring it at this time due to the subject matter being one that I care deeply about. It is child abuse. I hope you take the time to read the book blurb and check out the websites of both authors. I will be posting the book review in the future.

About the Book:

A man patiently watches a group of young girls walk home from school, waiting for the perfect moment to take the one child he has designated as his next victim.

However, what this predator does not know is that he, too, is being stalked. There is someone in the shadows-a trained Citizen-who is ready to make sure that the child under his assigned protection is never harmed.

One pedophile, one abuser, one killer at a time; this Citizen and others like him will take a stand against those who prey on the weak and the innocent.

Publication Date:  Jun 07 2011
About the Author:

Marie Crist

Marie Crist

Marie has taken an interest in the welfare of children for many years. Her own parents have served as guardians for the foster care system for more than a decade, giving Marie the opportunity to meet many children who have come from troubled backgrounds. All too often, the children Marie encountered were victims of sexual abuse, either at the hands of their biological parents or while living in one of the temporary foster homes in which they had been placed. Marie saw the lasting effects that a child who is the victim of abuse can carry well into adulthood and made the decision to be their advocate through her talents as a writer.

With her childhood experiences and determined personality working together to form her career goals, Marie Crist became a student of criminology with the intention of becoming a forensic anthropologist. Her attention turned to her family, however, when she became a mother. The birth of her own children added another element, this time intensely personal, to her efforts to create a safe world for the most innocent members of our society. As her young family grew and her kids started school, Marie realized that her love of writing would be the ideal avenue for her desire to be an advocate for children while continuing to make her own home the primary focus.

Through the pages of The Citizen Chronicles: Citizen Out, Marie Crist is able to use her first-hand knowledge of children who have been abused and the adults in our society who feel compelled to protect them to create a powerful statement about justice and our role as individuals in strengthening our communities. While we certainly are not all intended to operate within a secretive and complex organization to eliminate the evildoers in our society, Marie challenges us to think about the time and energy we give to our own families and to make a greater investment, in one way or another, to improving the lives of those around us. It is through her personal encounters with victims of abuse and her observations in diverse social compositions around our country that Marie is able to provide a strong testament about the role of each citizen.


Books make readers re-evaluate what can be done to save world’s young victims

Marie Crist and her mother Pamela Wright have teamed up to help prevent child abuse and human trafficking, and to further the controversial debate over whether there is ever cause for someone to take the law into their own hands – showcasing perhaps how uncomfortably satisfying such a notion can be.

Both debut authors, Crist and Wright have released separate novels this summer introducing readers to fictional secret groups dedicated to protecting the innocent. Readers find themselves rooting on these passionate citizens who hunt down and kill sick and twisted child molesters before they are able to strike again.

“If there are such groups in real life, I’m not aware of them. But I am very aware of the public sentiment that is growing stronger with every lost loved one,” Wright said. “That sentiment is, the public is sick and tired of a failed system that continually favors the rights of pedophiles over the rights of victims.”

 Crist’s Citizen Out and Wright’s Justifiable: Oregon, the first in two separate book series, capture the emotions of anyone who has felt helpless in the wake of tragic violence or who works in law enforcement and understands the frustrations officers can feel when investigations are hampered by bureaucratic hurdles. The duo hits the streets this summer and fall for events across the country to raise awareness, educate and inspire citizens to take action against child brutality.

“Every time I turn on the television, I see another child has been taken, molested or murdered. I’m infuriated,” Crist said. “Now, I can’t go around and enact vigilante justice on these people. The only thing that will end it is for the stories to be told, to educate parents on how to protect their children and avoid those that wish them harm.”

 8 tips from the mother-daughter team on keeping your children safe:

1.     Know where your child is … always.

2.     Stay in contact with their friends’ parents, as well as your children’s teachers and coaches.

3.     Be a parent first, friend second.

4.     Make time each day to have conversations with your child and listen to what they have to say. Don’t be afraid to check things out to make sure everyone is on track.

5.     Know your neighborhood. If you see something or someone unusual, check it out or phone it in to the police.

6.     Change your routine frequently. Pedophiles will watch and wait for the few minutes your child is usually alone. They know parents are busy and routines are how families keep it all together.

7.     Subscribe to a website that alerts you when a predator moves into your area.

8.     Be vigilant in speaking with your children about safety and take them to any workshops put on in your communities.

Crist lives in Pleasant View, Tennessee, and her mother in nearby Glasgow, Kentucky. The emotional attachment to this issue for both comes from their family making a home for many foster children who shared stories of neglect and abuse in former residences. A student of criminology, Crist integrates her knowledge of the criminal mind into scenes that evoke a sense of terror and to demonstrate how such a person is tracked and captured using a combination of technology and simple human instinct. Wright brings a professional background in writing to her work, having written for local newspapers and through her studies in creative writing.

The mother and daughter are at work on their second novels, Crist’s Citizen Ally and Wright’sJustifiable: Mexico, which will include crossover characters. Visit them online at

Pamela Wright

Pamela Wright grew up in Seaside, OR and later studied creative writing and Journalism at the University of Texas.

Writing for local papers under her personal by-line was rewarding and then Ms. Wright began fostering and adopting children through the DCBS of Kentucky.
Ms. Wright studied child psychology through the department for years and is currently involved in the care of medically fragile children requiring trained services around the clock.

Ms. Wright states:

"I’ve personally seen the devastation of children whom have been abused in every conceivable way. My entire family has been committed to these children. We know the psychological damage and the years of rehabilitation it takes to recover their self-esteem." 
Sometimes a child doesn’t recover from the psychological damage and sometimes they become an abuser, repeating the cycle of damage perpetrated on others.

The safety and protection of children is everyone’s business and everyone’s charge. Be committed to the preservation of children and the world will change.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing the info about both of the child abuse series. It's almost too sad to think about, but thanks to people like this who spread the word and try to change the world.


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