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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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    Gloria Feerst 03-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "I Couldn't Wait for it to finish."
    What disappointed you about Taken?

    Poorly written. What was happening???


    Has Taken turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Probably


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I already knew the drug trafficking from Mexico to the U.S. was disgraceful. I also knew the trafficking in human beings was horrendous.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like the option to rate a book with a zero or with a minus or with a comment that says, no redeeming features.
    I am currently completing The Orphan Master's Son.
    This book has more violence, more ugliness and at the same time, more truth and beautiful passages in it than Taken. It is also more believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lesli ATHENS, OH, United States 03-12-12
    Lesli ATHENS, OH, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2010

    full plate

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    "Good but not great"
    What did you love best about Taken?

    I have followed this series for awhile and have really enjoyed books that feature both Elvis and Joe Pike.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    anticlimatic


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    It was a great story but I feel like he wrapped it up too quickly. Nice development of the characters and situation but it felt like he ran out of steam in the last third of the book and just wrapped it up.
    I also didn't like the flash forward, flash back at the beginning of the book-thought I had somehow dowloaded it out of order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    --------------- California, USA 03-09-12
    --------------- California, USA 03-09-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Book - Great Reader and Plot!"

    For those of you that read the Michael Connelly and Lee Childs' books, If you like Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch you will absolutely love this book. This was my first introduction to Elvis Cole the detective (similar to Harry Bosch) and Joe Pike (similar to a combination of Jack Reacher and Mitch Rapp. The story is engaging from the beginning and once you are hooked you will have a hard time putting it down. The reader does a great job with the voices of the different characters. I must warn you there are some evil bad guys in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Goldens Bridge, NY, United States 03-03-12
    Andrew Goldens Bridge, NY, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2006

    Long time listener, road warrior and crime detective fan. Himes, Parker, Patterson, Crais, Grafton ....

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    "Beware of recording"

    I'am a big Crais fan and greatly looked forward to this book. The performance was screwed up as they failed to read the chapter numbers. I was on road traveling and kept thinking I was missing chapters. I even wrote them down when they were stated and reversed a couple times when somewhere skipped. The way the book is written (jumping around) made the readers technique even worse. Maybe the reader could have said something at beginning of recording about skipping the chapter numbers. In the end totally ruined my enjoyment of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Spokane, WA, United States 03-02-12
    Carl Spokane, WA, United States 03-02-12
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    "Confusing. There is a big gap in the recording."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There is a big gap in this recording. Chapter 2-3 are missing!


    What did you like best about this story?

    great series


    How could the performance have been better?

    fix the gap


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

    fix the gap


    Any additional comments?

    fix the gap

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Pope Bonne Terre, MO United States 02-24-12
    K. Pope Bonne Terre, MO United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Yay Elvis Cole & Joe Pike!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Taken to be better than the print version?

    Right now audio editions are my favorite.


    What did you like best about this story?

    New format


    What about Luke Daniels???s performance did you like?

    voice


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy and like Robert Crais and Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books - then ENJOY

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Silverton, CO, United States 02-22-12
    Carolyn Silverton, CO, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Worth every penny"

    Liked it a lot
    Can,t go wrong with Elvis
    Fast paced and very enjoyable well worth it

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria Tucson, AZ, United States 02-20-12
    Gloria Tucson, AZ, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "All of Crais' books are great. Can't go wrong."

    We love Cole and Pike and read everything Crais writes about their adventures. Now that Crais has decided to headline Pike in the latest books, we would only wish he would "humanize" Pike a little more. Cole is funny, self-deprecating, compassionate, but Cole can be ruthless, too. He's a well-rounded character. Pike seems to be a little too cold, removed, not as entertaining. Not to say that the book is not great; it is. I'd just like Pike to get a girlfirend or something that makes him more human.
    Read the book. It's very entertaining.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Hammond, ON, Canada 02-20-12
    John Hammond, ON, Canada 02-20-12 Member Since 2000
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    "Fantastic book"
    Where does Taken rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I would have to say that this book was one of the better joe and Elvis books I have read. I would have to agree with other people on it does seem short. It may only feel that way because it's so good. In fact it's length is about the same as all the other books in this series.


    Which character ??? as performed by Luke Daniels ??? was your favorite?

    Luke's does a fantastic Elvis Cole. I seems natural and great to listen too. The joe pike is a little strained but still very good. He would be a great person to perform all new books in this series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yeah, too bad my ride to work only lasts 40 minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a must get. It's a shame the author takes so long to create new books in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    emjayef Highland Park, Illinois, United States 02-20-12
    emjayef Highland Park, Illinois, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2011

    emjayef

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    "Taken by Storm"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Taken to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    What other book might you compare Taken to and why?

    Other Crais books


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Very clear and realistic


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Pike pulling the Jiminy Cricket out of his pocket.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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