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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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    Peggy Coleman Eagle River, AK, US 03-19-12
    Peggy Coleman Eagle River, AK, US 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Robert Crais Books"

    This was a well written book only problem was jumping between characters was a little confusing. But still a good read

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    Randolph Mccormack EDMONDS, WA 03-19-12
    Randolph Mccormack EDMONDS, WA 03-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story"

    Starts with a different twist on the illegal immigration issue and then develops from there. Well read, intense drama. I recommend this to anyone.j

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    Robert EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada 03-17-12
    Robert EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada 03-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "As usual a great read/listen."
    What did you love best about Taken?

    Good story and a new character that could be a lot of fun in future books.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    A new twist on the sequence was great.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good voice and character visualization through accent and cadence


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

    a friend in need, needs Joe Pike!


    Any additional comments?

    Crais should write more books about Pike. He is every bit as interesting a character as Mitch Rapp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Donath LaFayette, NY USA 03-16-12
    K. Donath LaFayette, NY USA 03-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "One of the better books in the Cole/Pike series"

    Crais is one of my favorite authors and this book does not disappoint! I group the series into three parts: books 1 through 7 (Indigo Slam), 8 through 12 (Chasing Darkness), and 13 (First Rule) to present. The books in the second part tend to be my favorites with Watchman being my overall favorite. This book is the best in the third grouping. Taken is the 15th book in the series and continues to build on previous themes, like John Stone.

    The book moves fast, with time running out for Cole and the two kids he's trying to protect. The book does make an odd jump near the beginning that threw me at first - it jump forward in time after Cole has been taken, then jumps back, so be aware that's coming.

    Luke Daniels is my favorite Cole/Pike narrator and he continues to do an excellent job in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria Feerst 03-12-12 Member Since 2008
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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

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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.

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    --------------- California, USA 03-09-12
    --------------- California, USA 03-09-12 Member Since 2011
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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.

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    Andrew Goldens Bridge, NY, United States 03-03-12
    Andrew Goldens Bridge, NY, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2009

    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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