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Taken Audiobook

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

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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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    CG in Colo Colorado Mtns 04-02-12
    CG in Colo Colorado Mtns 04-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Crais again?

    Nope


    Did Luke Daniels do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    huh? What characters?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Taken?

    Starting with chapter one and all the rest


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    Lee Farmington Hills, MI, United States 03-31-12
    Lee Farmington Hills, MI, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Outstanding narration"
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    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.

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    Rob Mooresville, IN, United States 03-21-12
    Rob Mooresville, IN, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow Start but Stong Finish"
    If you could sum up Taken in three words, what would they be?

    Scary - too real!


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

    Typical Crais ending... it all comes together.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Trying to get attic door open.


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

    I drive and listen... so... no...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jacque 03-19-12
    Jacque 03-19-12
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    "Crais just gets better"
    Would you listen to Taken again? Why?

    Yes, story was really good and the best Robert Crais books are those with Elvis and Pike
    together.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Joe Pike is my favorite character.


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

    Joe Pike


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

    I always want to do that, but rarely get the chance.


    Any additional comments?

    Luke Daniels is a narrator that I will listen to again.

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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 2015
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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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    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.

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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 2016
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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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