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Publisher's Summary

Ben Brice lives alone in the New Mexico wilderness, where he battles memories of Vietnam with oceans of Jim Beam. Miles away in Texas, his estranged son, John, an Internet geek turned billionaire, half watches his daughter Gracie’s soccer game while conducting business on his cell phone. When her mother, Elizabeth, arrives, the coach reports that her uncle has already collected Gracie. But Gracie has no uncle - she was kidnapped.

From international best-selling author Mark Gimenez comes a terrifying child-in-jeopardy thriller in which dark family secrets make the finding of 10-year-old Gracie Brice more uncertain with every passing minute. And so begins a furious race against time to save Gracie from unknown kidnappers. With the FBI camped out in the Brice mansion, the family offers a reward of $25 million.

Somehow, Ben and John Brice must find Gracie before it is too late. As the story unfolds with riveting twists and turns, the listener discovers that behind the kidnapping is an extraordinary government plot that could change the course of American history.

©2007 Mark Gimenez (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Entertaining Story, Disappointing Narration

I enjoyed the story and found myself looking for additional opportunities to listen. Would have been better if the characters were less clichéd. I also found the narration to be distracting, particularly in voicing multiple characters. For example, the CEO sounded too much like the 10-year old.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Listened to it twice

I really enjoyed this. Like Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird, the little girl Grace was special. I found many the other characters fascinating as the story unfolds particularly her grandfather Ben, her mother Elizabeth and her father John.

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Awesome Read

Enjoyed my first book by Mark Gimenez. Looking forward to his other books. This was a book filled with very interesting characters whom were fleshed out well and plots lines that kept you guessing as to what was around the next turn.

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A New Fan!

First Mark Gimenez book. Already looking for the next one. I also found the performance by Buck Schirner to be a total 5 star.

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Best book I've read this year!!!

Very exciting. I especially enjoyed learning about the characters and the histories that made them the way that they are.

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Slow boil mystery with multiple plot twists

This audiobook begins as a stereotypical soap opera with a dysfunctional family that includes a drunken Vietnam vet, the computer geek on the cusp of becoming a billionaire, his distant, hard charging lawyer wife with a past full of secrets along with a genius 5 year old, and the most adorable ten year old female soccer phenom. What appears to be a finely balanced "rube goldberg" unspoken setup that hold this family together quickly unravels with a kidnapping. In a supporting role, the FBI and local law enforcement are competently incompetent as well as Machiavellianly evil.

The early phase probably injects a bit too much introspection on the part of the characters that is informative for revealing how stuck they are since they spend an inordainment amount of time ruminating over their past. But as Ben Brice (the drunken vet) assumes greater and greater influence over the course of events, the story unfolds into a much more complex and nuanced tale. The characters mysterious pasts produce multiple plot twists that almost become difficult to follow.

In the end, the story is about each individual have a special role to play due to their unique talents and that their personal failings and demons are inextricably intertwined with those talents such that we must accept the bad in order to partake of the good.

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Awesome

Great story, great writing. Love the adventure with twists and turns. I would really love more books by Mark Gimenez!

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  • Dwight
  • SUPRISE, AZ, United States
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great book

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

yes great story

What other book might you compare The Abduction to and why?

na

What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

brought the story to life

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

yes

Any additional comments?

you find your self not wanting to stop

0 of 1 people found this review helpful