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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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TELEGRAPHED rather than TAKEN!

More like a short story that ran too long. Hardly a twist or wrinkle to hang your sleuth hat on. Not much on suspense either. Not only Pipe on the job, but this maniac Stone on a rampage too!
Saw it coming a mile away. Bad guy turned out to be kind of a wuss. Not Crais' best work.

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okay book.

okay book. but nothing that really excited me or that would ever make me think about the book again. I liked it but 3 days will be trying to think of what was the last book I listened too. and the one before this will pop to mind. this one will be forgotten. nothing to make it stand out.

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More twists and turns

In this Elvis Cole/Joe Pike mystery, there are even more twists and turns than usual in these mysteries beginning with the realistic theme of the book. The plot is based on the current horrific activities of Latin American drug cartels as well as international human trafficking. The plot unfolds in a methodical and believable manner (well mostly believable). And the cliche: It's "a page turner" definitely applies here. Very entertaining and it made a long car trip seem far shorter than it was.

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Fast paced

Excellent. Well written. 2 sessions and I finished the listen. Great author and voice work.

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Great story & narrator

Story has good plot and characters. Narrator has a very good voice and did great job with characters

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  • Debbie
  • Tehachapi, CA, United States
  • 08-04-16

Awesome story!

I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. I loved the storyline and all the characters. The narrator did an excellent job!!! Love this series

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  • 07-11-16

Good as usual

Very good story a lot of it is what is happening all along the border.

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Awesome

I have listed to most of the Elvis Cole series. This is the best one.

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Convoluted Timeline Detracted from Story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I wasn't really engaged by the characters. And I think the book would have been better had the sequences of events been presented in chronological order. Also, some violence seemed unnecessary. I guess I must be a law and order nut too because I wasn't thrilled when the "good" guys - working for the gov't - blew away some of the bad guys on their own recognisance. I accept James Bond has a license to kill but not these guys.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Chronological order. See above.

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think I've listened to other performances by this reader. I liked the reader fine. It was the story I had a problem with.

Could you see Taken being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yeah, I can see this as a movie. In his prime, Arnold could have been one of Elvis's friends - Cole or Pike. I see Elvis as a (young) Dennis Farina. Krista could be Gina Rodriquez....

Any additional comments?

Not my cup of tea.

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  • sherril
  • patterson, ca, United States
  • 01-12-16

Abosultely great!

Great story and a book that got me hooked on audible!! I listed to the series after this book and loved it as well.