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Taken e-book

Author:

Robert Crais

Language:

English

Category:

Mystery

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Thrillers & Suspense

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1348 kb

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Rating:

4.7

Publisher:

Orion Publishing Group (January 1, 2012)

ISBN:

1409116042

Taken e-book

by Robert Crais


Robert Crais (pronounced to rhyme with 'chase') (born June 20, 1953) is an American author of detective fiction

Robert Crais (pronounced to rhyme with 'chase') (born June 20, 1953) is an American author of detective fiction. Crais began his career writing scripts for television shows such as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Quincy, Miami Vice and . Law. His writing is influenced by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Robert B. Parker and John Steinbeck. Crais has won numerous awards for his crime novels.

No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission

No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission. Published simultaneously in Canada. ISBN 978-1-101-55427-2. Book design by amanda dewey. This is a work of fiction.

Robert Crais knows how to spin a good yarn, and he proves that once again with "Taken. Other fans will undoubtedly love the book, and that's certainly ok, as Mr Crais is still trying to grow as an author, which is a good thing

Robert Crais knows how to spin a good yarn, and he proves that once again with "Taken. He sucks you right in and never lets up, and there's nothing wrong with that approach. However, having read all his previous novels, I've come to expect more from this author than simple entertainment. Other fans will undoubtedly love the book, and that's certainly ok, as Mr Crais is still trying to grow as an author, which is a good thing. I own and have read every book the author has published, and while I was glad to see him write another Elvis-Pike novel so soon after his last book, I rate this one a bit below his better efforts.

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With Taken, Robert Crais put to rest my fears that maybe Crais might start phoning it in. He took a fairly basic kidnapping plot and did great things with it. The thing that sets Taken apart from other kidnapping books is the structure

With Taken, Robert Crais put to rest my fears that maybe Crais might start phoning it in. The thing that sets Taken apart from other kidnapping books is the structure. While I bemoaned Crais's shifting viewpoints in the past, he used it to marvelous effect in this book. The viewpoint shifted between the kidnapping victims, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, and Jon Stone, not only shifting between characters but jumping around in time as well.

Crais begins the story with deceptive simplicity but ratchets up both the tension and the action with surgical precision. The scenes in which Joe saves Isabel from her captors and the final shoot-out among a colorful array of hit men, police, and . Marshals stand as high-water marks among Crais’s illustrious crime oeuvre.

Crais Robert - скачать бесплатно все книги автора. Книги 1-21 из 21. Chasing Darkness. This is the last thing the local sheriff wanted after all, he left the force in . because of the stress, and this is about as stressful as it gets.

I think it’s in Brentwood or one of those canyon places, but I’m not sure. Does Krista keep an address book?

Jack Berman wrapped his arms around his girlfriend, Krista Morales, and watched his breath fog in the cold desert air. Twenty minutes after midnight, fourteen miles south of Rancho Mirage in the otherwise impenetrable darkness of the Anza-Borrego Desert, Jack and Krista were lit in the harsh purple glare of the lights that blossomed from Danny Trehorn’s truck, Jack so much in love with this girl his heart beat with hers. Trehorn gunned his engine. I think it’s in Brentwood or one of those canyon places, but I’m not sure. Does Krista keep an address book? Her phone, for sure.

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Another excellent Joe Pike, Elvis Cole and Jon Stone book. This on is about abductions of "pollos" (alien immigrants brought across the border by "coyotes") from the people they paid to gain their self passage by "bajaderos," bad guys from cartels who hold the pollos for ransom. When their parents can't pay, or have paid all they can, the pollo is killed.

Being in the wrong place at the wrong tomes gets Krista Morales and her boyfriend abducted by the bajaderos. Jack happens to be the wealthy nephew of Nancie Stendahl, an assistant ATF deputy chief. Nita Morales calls Elvis Cole because of a feature article in the paper that hails him as, "The Greatest Detective." Nita is Krista's mother, and is understandably anxious and terrified when she realizes her daughter has been abducted. Elvis calls in his buddies, Joe Pike and Jon Stone, and after a lot of blood and gore, and shootings, Krista and Jack are rescued.

There are no spoilers because how could Elvis, Jon, and Joe lose? The shoot-em-up stuff is vintage Robert Crais--but in addition, the reader can learn a lot about illegal immigration. I gave this book 4 stars because there were so many "bad guys" it was very hard to keep them apart. More detail about how Koreans have entered into the melee might be helpful.
Kajikus
Robert Crais knows how to spin a good yarn, and he proves that once again with "Taken." He sucks you right in and never lets up, and there's nothing wrong with that approach. However, having read all his previous novels, I've come to expect more from this author than simple entertainment. All the characters seem rather one-dimensional. It's as though he decided that, having previously spent a great deal of time developing Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, there's no need for that here. And the rest of the bunch, particularly Jon Stone, come off as caricatures rather than fully realized characters.

I also found Crais's "time-shifting" method a bit gimmicky ("six days after they were taken ... eleven days after they were taken ... five days after they were taken"). Ditto for Elvis Cole speaking in first-person and the rest in third-person. And did we really need the whole Nancie Stendahl/ATF scenario?

Despite those complaints, I gobbled up this novel in two days.The action was relentless. So perhaps I'm being picky.

Regardless, while this novel certainly stands on its own, if you're new to Robert Crais I urge you to go back to the beginning of the Elvis Cole saga. Heck, I wish I were new to Crais, since it's been such an enjoyable ride with him over the years.
Celen
This is a violent book with a lot of bullets, but it would be a mistake to categorize it as simply an action book. Cole is always snarky and Pike is the ultimate tough guy, but above everything else the Cole/Pike books—and TAKEN especially—are about loyalty and friendship.

Longtime readers will know that Pike always keeps his Jeep pristine … but Cole with his Corvette? Not so much. There is a beautifully written scene in this book where Cole is missing and Pike is in limbo waiting for something to do—and he washes Cole’s Corvette. It illustrates perfectly the many layers and complexities of this novel. It’s not only about the bullets.

If you are an Elvis Cole/Joe Pike fan then all you really need to know about this book are two words: “Got you.” Pike is the one talking, and the first 300-plus pages are worth reading just to set-up this one statement.

If you are not already an Elvis Cole/Joe Pike fan … then you should buy this book, because you’re missing out on an incredible series.
Tejora
"Taken", by Robert Crais, is the latest mystery thriller featuring his popular characters Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Below are my impressions of this novel. (Note that I don't give spoilers on works of fiction.)

This time out, Elvis is hired by a mother to find her missing daughter, who she suspects has run away with her boyfriend to elope. However, if this were the case (heh, a pun), it would be a rather boring book, so Elvis quickly determines that this not true, and as usual in his tougher cases, enlists the help of his partner, Joe Pike.

Mr Crais tries several new techniques in this novel, as compared to his other works. First, he has the point of view shift between multiple characters. I would estimate that maybe two-thirds of the time the point of view is with either Elvis or Pike; the rest of the time it's with other characters. The author also shifts the timelines back and forth. For example, one chapter might feature Elvis 2 days before a critical event, then the next chapter is with other characters 7 days before that event.

Although the plotting is clever and this is a clear attempt by Mr Crais to "shake things up" a bit, the multiple characters and shifting timelines didn't work for me. It gave me a disjointed feeling, plus I wanted to read more what Elvis and Pike were doing, not what the other characters were doing. I would have rather read a more straightforward story focusing more exclusively on Elvis and Pike.

There was not much of Mr Crais's trademark humor in this book, either, aside from a few quips by Elvis. The subject matter is grim, but that hasn't stopped the author in the past. On the other hand, Elvis isn't wallowing in self-pity in this book, and that's a definite plus. (Ok, "wallowing" is a bit strong, but if you've read Mr Crais's last few Elvis-Pike novels, Elvis has definitely been in the dumps lately, and it's nice to see him be more Elvis-like.)

Overall, I find this book a bit disappointing, although even disappointing Elvis and Pike is still better than most other mystery thrillers out there. Other fans will undoubtedly love the book, and that's certainly ok, as Mr Crais is still trying to grow as an author, which is a good thing. I own and have read every book the author has published, and while I was glad to see him write another Elvis-Pike novel so soon after his last book, I rate this one a bit below his better efforts. Three stars.

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