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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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  • Lesli
  • ATHENS, OH, United States
  • 03-12-12

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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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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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.

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  • Carl
  • Spokane, WA, United States
  • 03-02-12

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

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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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  • Carolyn
  • Silverton, CO, United States
  • 02-22-12

Worth every penny

Liked it a lot
Can,t go wrong with Elvis
Fast paced and very enjoyable well worth it

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  • Gloria
  • Tucson, AZ, United States
  • 02-20-12

All of Crais' books are great. Can't go wrong.

We love Cole and Pike and read everything Crais writes about their adventures. Now that Crais has decided to headline Pike in the latest books, we would only wish he would "humanize" Pike a little more. Cole is funny, self-deprecating, compassionate, but Cole can be ruthless, too. He's a well-rounded character. Pike seems to be a little too cold, removed, not as entertaining. Not to say that the book is not great; it is. I'd just like Pike to get a girlfirend or something that makes him more human.
Read the book. It's very entertaining.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Hammond, ON, Canada
  • 02-20-12

Fantastic book

Where does Taken rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

I would have to say that this book was one of the better joe and Elvis books I have read. I would have to agree with other people on it does seem short. It may only feel that way because it's so good. In fact it's length is about the same as all the other books in this series.

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

Luke's does a fantastic Elvis Cole. I seems natural and great to listen too. The joe pike is a little strained but still very good. He would be a great person to perform all new books in this series.

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

Oh yeah, too bad my ride to work only lasts 40 minutes.

Any additional comments?

It's a must get. It's a shame the author takes so long to create new books in this series.

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  • emjayef
  • Highland Park, Illinois, United States
  • 02-20-12

Taken by Storm

Would you consider the audio edition of Taken to be better than the print version?

Don't know

What other book might you compare Taken to and why?

Other Crais books

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

Very clear and realistic

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Pike pulling the Jiminy Cricket out of his pocket.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Another Great Elvis and Pike Story

Where does Taken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks right up there with the best from Lee Childs, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor or any of the other great Thriller writers.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Taken?

When Pike and Stone took on the Smugglers in the desert. It showed Pike's take no prisoners mentality.

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

I could easily tell which character was speaking simply by the change in his voice.

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

It's an action packed suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the way the plot unfolded. I couldn't stop listening, and finished it in record time.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful