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.
Maybe I am spoiled by Vince Flynn.
This book looks for loooooong excuses to have no action and no interest.
I kept trying and finally just quit.
huh? What characters?
Starting with chapter one and all the rest
Great ride. Enjoyed the flash forward and flash back techniques. Narrator was one of the best; captured the characters really well. As usual, includes suspense and wit.
Scary - too real!
Typical Crais ending... it all comes together.
Trying to get attic door open.
I drive and listen... so... no...
It seems that his books are getting shorter in length. While the subject matter of this book was pretty serious... I really missed the underlying humor of Elvis and Joe that are usually present - those are the things that draw you into their characters.
Yes, story was really good and the best Robert Crais books are those with Elvis and Pike
Joe Pike is my favorite character.
I always want to do that, but rarely get the chance.
Luke Daniels is a narrator that I will listen to again.
This was a well written book only problem was jumping between characters was a little confusing. But still a good read
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
Good story and a new character that could be a lot of fun in future books.
A new twist on the sequence was great.
Good voice and character visualization through accent and cadence
a friend in need, needs Joe Pike!
Crais should write more books about Pike. He is every bit as interesting a character as Mitch Rapp.
Poorly written. What was happening???
I already knew the drug trafficking from Mexico to the U.S. was disgraceful. I also knew the trafficking in human beings was horrendous.
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.
I have followed this series for awhile and have really enjoyed books that feature both Elvis and Joe Pike.
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.
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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