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Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15 | [Robert Crais]

Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....
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Publisher's Summary

Crais has never written a book with the power and intensity of Taken.

When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only "that boy", and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them."

But she is wrong. The girl and her boyfriend have been taken by bajadores - bandits who prey on other bandits, border professionals who prey not only on innocent victims, but on one another. They steal drugs, guns, and people - buying and selling victims like commodities, and killing the ones they can’t get a price for.

Cole and Pike find the spot where the couple were taken. There are tire tracks, bullet casings, and bloodstains. They know things look as bad as possible.

But they are wrong, too. It is about to get much worse. Going undercover to find the couple and buy them back, Cole himself is taken, and disappears. Now it is up to Joe Pike to retrace Cole’s steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers to find his friend. But he may already be too late.

Thrilling, emotional, passionate, with some of the best characters and well-crafted writing in all of crime fiction, Taken is further proof that "Crais just keeps getting better." (Publishers Weekly).

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

©2012 Robert Crais (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kindle Customer 02-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good But Was Expecting a Little More"

    I am a big Robert Crais fan and was really looking forward to this one. I thought it was going to be another Joe Pike novel, but it was split between Joe and Elvis Cole. I found that, because it was told from both points of view, it lacked a little depth. The story was still good, but I missed the more personal reflections of Elvis or of Joe. Also, it was a bit more violent than usual. The first Elvis novels were really funny. I think Crais needs to go back to that style and lighten up a bit.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 01-02-15
    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2009

    dianne

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    "Not his best"

    I found this story a bit flat.
    Not sure why but it wasn't as engaging as the other books by Rbt Crais.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Crosby, TX, United States 02-20-12
    Barry Crosby, TX, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Witty Detective - or tries to be."
    What did you love best about Taken?

    Good story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Pike - no nonsense tough partner.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings out the characters traits really well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was hard to put down. You were kept on the edge of your seat hoping the kids would be rescued safely.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Langlois 02-20-12
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    "Typically Great"

    I've always enjoyed Robert Crais' Cole and Pike series...this one didn't let me down. I can't wait for the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 03-24-12
    Richard Delman San Francisco 03-24-12 Member Since 2013

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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    "Crais's material is getting tired."

    Twenty years ago, Robert Crais introduced two very entertaining characters: the wise-cracking, self-deprecating Elvis Cole ("the world's greatest detective") and his pal Joe Pike. Pike has always been cartoonish, an ex-Marine who has two red arrows tattooed on his deltoid muscles, pointing forward. Pike grunts few words, is mostly invisible, but always helps Cole solve the case. This sounds a little like Robert B. Parker's Spenser and Hawk. Initially the humor was fresh and Crais seemed to be a modern day Raymond Chandler. The material managed to stay fresh for a long time. For several years Crais introduced Lucy Chenier, a woman from New Orleans with a son, who established an interesting love life for Cole. However, it seems to me that Crais is now running out of material. "Hostage" was clearly made for the movies, and "Taken" is a complex jumble of Syrians, Korean and Mexican gangs, and a new character who is even more of a caricature than Pike, John Stone. This guy is so macho, speaks nine languages or something, works as a mercenary, and can apparently jump over buildings in a single bound (not really, but even so...). Two guys like this is one too many. In the past I could not imagine putting down a Crais novel in the middle, but with this one, I did. Crais is hyping up the violence and simultaneously running out of humor, sadly. Maybe he is in a rut and should create a new character. In any case, not good. Cole is no longer the world's greatest detective.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie Charlotte, NC, United States 02-20-12
    Bobbie Charlotte, NC, United States 02-20-12
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    "Another great book by Robert Crais"
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    Loved the narrator for this book. Thought his voicing of different characters were spot on.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    louis 02-06-12
    louis 02-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Crass does it again"
    What did you love best about Taken?

    The thing I hated most about this book is that it ended and I have to wait another year for Crais to write another book. Like every book of his ( I have listen or read them all) Crais' characters of Cole and Pike make you want to believe that men like that exist.
    Here Cole is on the hunt for a woman and her boyfriend who were kidnaped and there only chance to survive is Cole. But in his pursuit he is taken also. Pike is now looking for his friend and with John Stone ( another recurring character that I love) are out to find them. pike and Stone are good men who do bad things and all I can say is I hope to have friends like that looking for me if I'm taken. A plus book!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MS 02-04-12
    MS 02-04-12
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    "love this series"
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    My only complaint about Crais' books is that they are too short! This one was a page turner. I listened all the way through the night and was disappointed when it ended because I wanted more.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie hayward, CA, United States 06-26-15
    Bonnie hayward, CA, United States 06-26-15 Member Since 2013

    When my younger sister learned to read'd beg me to listen as she brought words on the page to life. That's how I got addicted ....

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    good intro to characters and almost plausible story. reader didn't distinguish much among the characters

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    Francine Broomfield, COLORADO, United States 05-21-15
    Francine Broomfield, COLORADO, United States 05-21-15
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    "best in the series!!!"

    Thank you Mr. Crais for an excellent story that I will read many many times.



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