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No Good Deed: A Psychological Thriller (The Mark Taylor Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M.P. McDonald
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Book Description

Mark Taylor knows his actions scream, guilty--but he was only trying to stop the horrible terrorist attack. Instead, the government labels him an enemy combatant and throws him in the brig with no rights, no trial, and no way to prove his innocence.

Mark's just a regular guy--a photographer--who finds himself in an extraordinary situation when an antique camera he buys at a dusty Afghanistan bazaar produces photographs of future tragedies. When he discovers that he can prevent the events in the photos from occurring, he can't live with the guilt if he doesn't try to stop the tragedies.

When he sees September 11th, his efforts fail when no one listens to his frantic warnings. Then he learns that being an 'enemy combatant' means the government can do anything they want to him. Anything at all.

Editorial Reviews


"It's a frightening tale of an innocent man trapped in the kafkaesque brave new world of paranoia and terror. An important subject written with true passion by Ms. McDonald." ~ Stephen Carpenter, (Creator of the NBC hit show, Grimm)

Winner of 2011 Red Adept Reviews Indie Awards for Thriller/Suspense
5 Stars  "The plot to the novel was not only unique, but it was wonderfully executed. Mark Taylor was a deep, complex character. He was a good hero, but had enough flaws to be completely believable." --Red Adept Reviews
"The author also makes you sit back and think about what is going on in the world of our anti-terrorism policies. Prior to reading this book, I had one set of preconceived notions of what is acceptable or not for those labeled as enemy combatants; about a third of the way through I found myself rethinking my own idea of what is the right thing to do. From the plot lines, getting into the head of the character, and the overall writing style I found I didn't want to put this book down." ~Michael Gallagher (Amazon Top 10 Reviewer, Hall of Fame Reviewer)

"I am surprised this book has not been picked up yet by a major publisher. This book in well crafted on all accounts. It is immensely readable, and will grab your attention and refuse to relent." ~Ionia Martin (Amazon Top 500 Reviewer)

"Twenty years ago this book couldn't have been written. Partly because the events of 9/11 figure into the plot, but more importantly because the actions of the government would have been unthinkable pre-9/11. "No Good Deed" is both entertaining and suspenseful, but, regardless of your politics, should get you thinking."  ~BigAl (Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer)

From the Author

I have always loved a good guy reluctant hero in books, movies, and television. Add a supernatural twist where the hero can see into the future or the past and change it, and I'm hooked! None of it would work for me if there wasn't plenty of action and adventure woven into a suspenseful thriller. With this series, I took all the elements of a story I longed to read, combined with a character I wanted to come alive and meet, and wrote The Mark Taylor Series.

In No Good Deed, I had read in the news about an actual American held as an enemy combatant--think Guantanamo Bay, aka, Gitmo. I didn't feel sorry for the guy because, hey, he got what he deserved, right? But wait!  I wondered how horrible would it be if you were completely innocent of the charges, but had no way to tell anyone or prove your innocence? And that was how No Good Deed was born.

I hope you'll enjoy reading No Good Deed as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1822 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: MP McD Publishing; 7 edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PPDB8K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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165 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book You Can't Put Down June 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was highly recommended on one of the "What Are You Reading on Your Kindle" informal polls, so I tried out the free sample on my Kindle, enjoyed it, then bought the full book. For 99 cents, this is an excellent value: I certainly received as much - and probably more - value and entertainment out of this book than most of the "major publisher" authors, and you will, also.

The author does an excellent job of getting you into the head of the characters, where you quickly can relate to the main character. I think I had just about every range of emotion possible while reading this book, and I distinctly remember at 62% of the way through the Kindle version feeling a little depressed because Mark was depressed, then around the 80% mark feeling elation because Mark was elated; this was a consistent happening throughout the book. To me, anytime the author can literally grab you and make you feel as if you are playing the role of the main character is a good thing.

The author also makes you sit back and think about what is going on in the world of our anti-terrorism policies. Prior to reading this book, I had one set of preconceived notions of what is acceptable or not for those labeled as enemy combatants; about a third of the way through I found myself rethinking my own idea of what is the right thing to do. From the plot lines, getting into the head of the character, and the overall writing style I found I didn't want to put this book down - I'm still thinking about it 24 hours after finishing it!

Bottom line to me is this is a great book and certainly worth more than the 99 cents, and I have purchased the next book in the series eagerly awaiting to see what else happens to Mr. Taylor.
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313 of 332 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! October 10, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a prolific reader who nearly always reads the reviews here on Amazon before purchasing a book, but I have never reviewed a book myself. Thought about it often, but have never actually taken the time to write one. I'm also a new Kindle owner who has spent a lot of time searching the kindle book discussions here and at before my kindle arrived, looking for cheap, but interesting books to download. I have to say that I was highly skeptical about downloading books from indie authors, mistakingly thinking that the books would be of low quality. On the other hand, I have found many books by indie authors that looked interesting and had good reviews. I went ahead and downloaded around 20 books, all under $3.00( I have to say that price was a big factor since I was trying to stretch out an Amazon gift card to the max). No Good Deed was the first one I read and I was not disappointed. This book had everything that I always look for in a book, well developed characters that were beleivable and made you care about what happened to them, a captivating story that had me glued to my kindle to the end, a little action, a little romance, and that paranormal element that often atracts me to a book. The only thing I was disappointed in was the length....I didn't want the book to end.

I'll never judge a book again by whether the author is published by a publishing house or on e-books. I'm sure there are many other good indie authors out there and I'm looking forward to discovering them. I'm also looking forward to more books by Mary McDonald and hope there's a new one out soon.
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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From "Red Adept Reviews" January 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

The plot to the novel was not only unique, but it was wonderfully executed. The book opened with Mark Taylor, the main character, trying to find a specific apartment. Soon, I learned that he was actually looking for a baby that would die if he didn't get there in time to warn someone. The book only got better from there.

After Mark was arrested, I thought the tension would lessen, but Ms. McDonald managed to keep ratcheting the suspense with every chapter. The story unfolded skillfully, giving me just enough information at the right times to keep me wanting more without making me feel like I was being dragged. I just couldn't put the book down. I had to know what happened to Mark and how it would all turn out.

One thing that I really liked was how the author handled the political question of whether torture is a viable means of getting answers and information from terrorists. Through different character viewpoints, she showed both sides of the debate. Rather than taking one side or the other, the book allows the reader to really think about the issue and make their own conclusions.

There was one instance of severe coincidence that allowed Mark's girlfriend to save some of his personal effects. It was just a matter of lucky timing, I guess, but after so long, it was really lucky timing. I think that portion could have been done differently to somehow avoid the happenstance measure.

I think the description gives away too much of the storyline. So, if you happen to be reading this review on my blog, or reading it prior to reading the description, to get the most out of the suspense, skip the book description on the Amazon Page. I was lucky in that I hadn't read it when I started the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars E excellent read
Kept me on the other edge of my couch. Loved every word of this novel. Ending was a bit predictable but still engaged me,
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Thought it was a clever idea, I cared about the main character, however the ending was too abrupt.
Published 1 day ago by Tracey Gesell
5.0 out of 5 stars No Good Deed Review
A Thriller!
Published 1 day ago by Liza Culvert
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
A very good book. Considering the recent CIA Torture report, this is poignant.

The end is pretty anticlimactic though.
Published 2 days ago by Becki
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Well done
Published 5 days ago by Bryce Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars No good deed indeed.
A brilliantly dark story of "gifts" being more than one has bargained on.
I really liked the story and had a lot of sympathy for the poor man who got gifted with this... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Found this story riveting. Couldn't put it down until ...
Found this story riveting. Couldn't put it down until I finished the book. More please!
Published 18 days ago by nk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this book & am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Published 19 days ago by debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kept me reading even after I should have been in bed asleep!
Published 19 days ago by ARTHUR J DUKES
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book. Well written. Interesting story line. Going to buy the whole series!
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M.P. McDonald makes a living from taking your breath away... then giving it back via a tube or two. She lives in a frozen land full of ice, snow, and abominable snowmen. On the days that she's not taking her car ice-skating, she sits huddled over a chilly computer, tapping out the story of a camera that can see the future. She hopes it can see summer approaching, too

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No Good Deed: Book One ( The Mark Taylor Series)
Hi Jan!

Thanks so much for commenting here. I'm not used to seeing posts, so I didn't notice it right away. :-) Currently, book two in the series is available now, it's called March Into Hell. Book three is still being written, but it will be titled Deeds of Mercy.
Jun 2, 2011 by MLeMieux |  See all 5 posts
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