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Title: Cotton FBI Ep. 01: The Beginning (Cotton FBI: Season 1)
Author: Mario Giordano & Frank Keith (Translator)
Publisher: Bastei Lübbe
Acquired Via: JKS Communications
Release Date: January 31, 2014
Last episode: July 18, 2014
New York City. A Chinese woman was brutally murdered and Jeremiah Cotton, a young cop with the NYPD, just can't let go. He suspects that the woman is the victim of a serial killer, but no one believes him and he is taken off the case. While carrying out an unauthorized investigation, Cotton encounters a division of the FBI whose existence no one knows about: the "G-Team." Stubborn and persistent, Cotton asks uncomfortable questions about the mysterious unit - and runs afoul of Special Agent Philippa "Phil" Decker in the process. When he narrowly escapes an attempt on his life, Cotton realizes that this is no ordinary killer hunt and the hotter the case is getting, the more determined he is to stay involved...
A new legend is born! Cotton FBI is a remake of a world famous cult series with more than one billion copies sold and appears bi-weekly with a self-contained story in each e-book episode.
Since serials are becoming quite the trend in publishing, so I figured it was time for me to give one a try. I didn't know what to really expect from Cotton FBI, but I gave it a try because I really like the people over at JKS Communications. I received the first episode of the first "season" and took it for a spin.
I must say that I was impressed with Cotton FBI. Within the first paragraph, I was sucked into the writing. I was running along with Jeremiah Cotton as he was trying to catch the guy who mugged him. And to be honest, I was quite surprised where the little job took Mr. Cotton and myself.
The most important thing I feel I need to point out in this mystery is the immaculate attention to detail. Everything is described so well that I can nearly see everything going on. (The last time I read anything this descriptive, it was when I decided to give up on The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.) While this level to detail is beneficial to all stories, it works especially well with the mystery because I got to see the clues nearly as distinctly as Cotton. I also had a good time guessing at the "whodunnit", which I generally do not like.
Fans of mysteries and crime dramas will have a good time reading Cotton FBI. The only thing that makes it different than a regular novel (being a serial) is that it's short, less than 100 pages. I think something like this would be ideal for those of you who say, "I never have time to read." Make time for Cotton FBI.
About Bastei Lübbe
After more than 60 years of success in the European literary market, German publishing giant Bastei Lübbe is venturing into brand new territory and launching projects in the United States for the first time.
The revolutionary publishing company is expanding with the introduction of new book series and digital apps beginning this spring. Making its American debut, Bastei Lübbe has a strong reputation for issuing popular fiction titles by esteemed authors and up and coming writers.
Bastei Lübbe has proven to be a master of innovation by taking on projects beyond traditional publishing. The company is rolling out its fact-based, cross platform project “Netwars – Out of CTRL” starting this spring, which includes a graphic novel app simultaneously made available in five languages, an e-book series, audio book series and several interactive video documentaries for television and the web. Netwars will be available on IOS, Google Play, Amazon and Samsung.
“These are exciting times for digital publishing and especially for our team at Bastei Entertainment,” said head of international sales Colin Lovrinovic. “Netwars is a great example of how we work. It’s a gripping story told through various channels, which gives you the possibility to dive incredibly deep into it – or to just choose your favorite medium.”
A successful IPO and tirelessly working to develop engaging cross vertical products puts Baste Lübbe in a unique strategic position regarding the early digital capture of new markets.
Bastei Lübbe is the publisher behind “Cotton FBI,” the most successful crime series in Germany with 1 billion copies sold. And after only 11 weeks, its e-book series “Apocalypsis” by German author Mario Giordano hit the 1 million mark for downloads in China. Its “Laura’s Star” app for children hit No. 1 in iTunes in three separate categories.
Bastei Lübbe is based in Cologne, Germany but will be launching several hundred foreign language titles over the next months through its digital publishing arm Bastei Entertainment. The company is the largest independent trade publisher in the country and a major player in the audio book industry.
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To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a copy of this episode from the publisher through JKS Communications in exchange for an unbiased review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All expressed opinions are awesome, honest, and courtesy of me.