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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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  • Victoria
  • Tucson, AZ, United States
  • 04-19-12

Typical Crais

Would you try another book from Robert Crais and/or Luke Daniels?

I always enjoy Robert Crais' books, if only because I like the characters, humor, and action. It's pretty much mindless enjoyment

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Crais? Why or why not?

yes.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

There were times I could not tell which character he was speaking for. Elvis and Joe Pike are always identifiable, but there were times I had to listen carefully to the plot to figure out who was supposedly speaking.

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

yes, it has great characters and an interesting plot.

Any additional comments?

I HATED the back and forth time lines in the book. Just as I get caught up on one phase, I'm jerked back to days before with another character. Very frusterating.

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  • michael
  • south pasadena, CA, United States
  • 04-19-12

good but not his best

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I like the setting (California Desert) but thought the plot line was not as interesting or textured as some of his others.

Would you recommend Taken to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. Still a good listen

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

About the same

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

Not necessarily. I like them to last awhile

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Bo-ring

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

Outstanding narration

Any additional comments?

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

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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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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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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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

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.

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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.