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The Hostage (A Sarah Roberts Thriller, Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Jonas Saul
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Hostage (Sarah Roberts Book Four)

Meet Elmore Ackerman. He idolizes Sarah Roberts from afar, and has done so for more than five years. He has studied her pictures, memorized her news clippings and now waits in the dark for the day when he can make Sarah his hostage.
A steel cage waits for Sarah, where Elmore has practiced what he will do to her. The other girls he has practiced with now lay discarded, buried about his property. He keeps their fingernails and toenails to roll between his teeth, to savor their strength, to feel the nails weaken and give in, just as his victims do.
Elmore has a plan for Sarah, and she walks right into his trap.
Sarah Roberts is his hostage and no one knows where they are.
In Sarah Roberts Book Four, The Hostage, Sarah is in a fight not just for her freedom, but also her life.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    "Sarah Roberts does not get a break! This book is amazing, tantalizing, exciting, edge-of-your-seat good! Can't wait for the next one! Kudos Mr. Saul!" -Kristina Santa-maria

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    Product Details

    • File Size: 595 KB
    • Print Length: 280 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Imagine Press Inc. (January 12, 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007SO4MIM
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    138 of 144 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Did I miss something...? November 8, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Okay, admittedly, I did not read the previous books in the 'series', however I am not accustomed to a character series of books that end in a cliff-hanger.
    I enjoyed the book for the most part, was able to keep up with the myriad of plots taking place at once... but found myself completely frustrated at the end.. wondering what happened to the final chapter.
    Am I missing something that the 5 star reviewers have figured out?
    If it had been a 'paper book', I'd have been looking for the torn out pages where the final chapter (or two) should have been.
    It's as though the publisher called and said "Time's up!! Send it over!"
    Well-written and complex, but.... can't give it more than 2 stars for the ending alone. It was a couple of rainy afternoons I'll never get back.
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    67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Needs work September 26, 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I tried to like it, I just couldn't. The "Sarah was captured again" theme was ridiculous. I can only imagine how many times she's been kidnapped, escaped, and kidnapped again in all the series. I have no desire to find out, reading only one in this series was enough.
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    80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I've ever read August 14, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I know, that title is very harsh but it's true. I could not believe that I kept reading it. I'll try to break down my disappointment in the shortest way possible.

    1. If you haven't read any of the previous books in the series, you are out of luck. The story begins without any sort of background information on the main character, you are just supposed to figure it out; even though the author doesn't give you much to go on. At first, I thought it was interesting because it made me want to keep reading, but eventually, it just pissed me off because it took almost 10 chapters to finally get to the point. It was so drawn out, that by the time it finally got there, I had just stopped caring.

    2. It's almost as if this book was written by three different authors. I actually found myself looking forward to reading the "bad guy" point of view because that is the only time I felt I was actually reading an author's work who wasn't 12 years old.

    3. The "love story" part of this book is so absurd, it made me physically angry. If I had actually bought a book instead of reading it on my kindle, I would have thrown it across the room. It feels as if the author asked his teenage daughter what kind of magical fairy tale she thought would be interesting, and went from there.

    I read a lot, close to 5 books a month. I can easily tell you this book is THE WORST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ, and that includes the Twilight series garbage. Do not waste your money, or your time. The only "good" thing about this experience is that I didn't waste money on it because I borrowed it out of the Kindle Owner's Lending Library...but then again, that means I wasted my one free rental a I take that back. No good can come from this experience.
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    66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars I don't know why I finished it. August 18, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Other than the phrasing and grammar mistakes, this book started out okay. It was interesting and would have earned a 3 if the author hadn't gone off on a wild tangent(s) that took over the book. Okay, I got the whole "crazy guy wants to take her hostage" thing. Then, she's being chased by some whacked out government (I think) secret agency who wants her for her "abilities". Between dodging those guys she's about to be killed by some foreign mob (can't even remember why, really). Don't forget the few days she spent with the first serial killer. Add in a mix of middle school level crush, and you've got THE HOSTAGE. The entire book got way off the main idea and was so far-fetched it was tough to read even for fiction.
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    44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Badly written, needs editing and proofing. July 25, 2012
    By Cindy
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I don't review a lot of books, because if I did, it would take up all of my time.
    However, I felt compelled to write about this one, because it was my opinion, of course. I am not asking anyone to agree with me, and I certainly have nothing against the author. I really admire people who write fiction (just so you know) even if I don't always admire the end product. So if the author does read this, please understand, dear writer, these are just details that a good proofreader would have picked out.

    I read the first page....then read it again...trying to comprehend what it was actually about. You shouldn't have to read a synopsis of a story in order to understand the first few paragraphs (my opinion.)

    There were so many odd, incorrect sentences...."The cabin crew and myself...." (should be "the cabin crew and I)

    "...and the consequences will be severe. Got it." (Got it is a question. He was ASKING her..."Got it?")

    "...We're hunting a you really want that on your conscience if they kill again?" (it is killer, singular, and the character knew it was a woman, therefore it should have been written "she." Not "they."

    "It's frequency range blocks anything....." (its, not it's)

    "...Even though it was dark and her eyes wide, she saw nothing...." (..and her eyes were wide....)

    And my personal favorite...."...When everything was over he would hunt Sarah down and find her." (a bit redundant, don't you think?)

    Then there was the language. F F F F F....I lost count very early on. The writer needs to expand his vocabulary. It made me disgusted by Sarah, not sympathetically inclined towards her at all.

    Much of the dialogue was incredibly silly....
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Trapped by a used female panties vending machine salesman
    Yes, that's right. And who but Jonas Saul thinks of these crazy scenarios for Sarah and newly conjoined Drake. I wondered if she'd get a shot at love. But is Drake it? Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
    1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time or money
    This book is a retread of the last two books. The author dusts off his tired formula of "Sarah is free. She is kidnapped by bad guy. Sarah escapes. Gets chased. Kidnapped. Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced thriller!
    Another winner from Jonas Saul. If you are looking for a book that will grab you and not let go, this one's for you. Happy reading!!
    Published 12 days ago by Heather Morneau
    5.0 out of 5 stars Can't...Stop...Reading...these...books.
    Jonas Saul does it again. I can't seem to get enough of this author and his character Sarah Roberts. Read more
    Published 18 days ago by K. S. Boyd
    5.0 out of 5 stars edge of seat
    The twists and turns were fantastic. Couldn't put it down. Well done!
    Can't wait to read the next one in the series.
    Published 28 days ago by Beth Davies
    5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Put Down!!! LOVE!!!
    LOVE the Sarah Roberts Series!!! Highly Recommended!!! Read books 4 & 5 in two days on my Kindle Fire!!! On book 6 now & can`t put it down!!!!
    Published 1 month ago by shootah800
    5.0 out of 5 stars The hostage
    Like all the first books about Sarah they keep you on the edge of your seat could not be better
    Published 1 month ago by sally keen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great series
    Published 1 month ago by ROBYN TURNER
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
    Really into this series. Sarah is quite a girl..glad she has sort of found some romance in the fourth book.
    Published 2 months ago by Avid reader
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    I liked this one just fine.
    Published 2 months ago by Lola Mathis
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    More About the Author

    Meet Jonas Saul, an international bestselling thriller/horror author.

    "I have read a lot of Koontz, Patterson, Connelly, Coben ... they were starting to blend together ... in my opinion, Jonas Saul is my favorite author out there." -Reviewer

    Jonas Saul's published novels include:

    The Sarah Roberts Series:
    1. Dark Visions
    2. The Warning
    3. The Crypt
    4. The Hostage (*Featuring Drake Bellamy from The Threat)
    5. The Victim (*Featuring Aaron Stevens from The Specter)
    6. The Enigma
    7. The Vigilante
    8. The Rogue (*Featuring Darwin and Rosina Kostas from The Mafia Trilogy in a cameo appearance)
    9. Killing Sarah
    10. The Antagonist
    11. The Redeemed
    12. The Haunted
    13. The Unlucky
    14. The Abandoned (Available for preorder -> Release June 24)
    15. The Cartel (Coming Soon)
    16. Losing Sarah (Coming Soon)

    The Mafia Trilogy (Starring Darwin and Rosina Kostas)
    1. The Kill
    2. The Blade
    3. The Scythe

    Standalone Novels
    1. The Threat (Starring Drake Bellamy)
    2. The Specter (Starring Aaron Stevens)
    3. A Murder in Time (Starring Marcus Johnson)

    Short Stories
    1. The Burning
    2. The Numbers Game
    3. Trapped
    4. Twisted Fate (Tales of Horror)

    3-Pack Compilations
    Sarah Roberts Series Vol. 1-3
    Sarah Roberts Series Vol. 4-6
    Sarah Roberts Series Vol. 7-9
    Sarah Roberts Series Vol. 10-12
    The Mafia Trilogy
    The Jonas Saul Thriller Trilogy (The Threat, The Specter, A Murder in Time)

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