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Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel [Kindle Edition]

Janet Evanovich
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,377 customer reviews)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Powerhouse author Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are “as entertaining as ever” (Entertainment Weekly), “brilliantly evocative” (The Denver Post), and “making trouble and winning hearts” (USA Today).

 
Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn’t take him down, he may take her out.
 
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
 
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor. 
 
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Janet Evanovich's Top Secret Twenty-One.


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Praise for Janet Evanovich: Pithy, witty and fast-paced Sunday Times Making trouble and winning hearts USA Today A laugh-out-loud page-turner Heat Will delight [Evanovich's] legion of fans - and with good reason Daily Mail Romantic and gripping, this novel is an absolute tonic Good Housekeeping Among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction GQ

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novels, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

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  • File Size: 2622 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (November 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0OPD6O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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325 of 340 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The one with the giraffe December 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Maybe that's it with Stephanie Plum now? Evanovich does Business as usual again, and does so at least since book 16. There is always this little hope that she finally gets around to being brilliant again, but maybe she is just tired of Plum herself? Never mind, there are other funny female detectives out there, but newer and fresher, like in Heads Off (A Lisa Becker Mystery).

The book feels like copy and pasted from the other 19 books, but this time a giraffe on the loose is in it. That's almost worth it, ridiculous and stupid, yes, but not predictable as the rest of the novel. Stephanie still can't decide between Ranger and Morelli - this has gone on so long it's just tedious. Even Grandma Mazur is more creepy than funny, Lula delivers her lines, the guys come in and leave again, absolutely nothing happens. The bounty hunting is nothing special and follows the beaten track. Stephanie says in the book we've done this before". Indeed we have.

If you treat this series like a sitcom with its repetitive humor, it's still enjoyable. But if there is going to be more, I would like to see some development. By which I mean: Dump Joe. Or Ranger. As long as I still care.
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410 of 438 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Completely disappointed November 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was not impressed at all by this installment. Not only was nothing resolved whatsoever in the Morelli-Ranger-Stephanie triangle, Ranger and Morelli had zero depth. They essentially show up, spout tired, cookie-cutter lines and exit their scenes. Same old, same old. I could have been reading any one of the last six or seven installments. Stephanie's visit to Morelli on game day is a weak excuse for her to back off from commitment, and that's the last nod we get to the triangle. Morelli even hands Stephanie off to Ranger a few times so that he can get back to his cop work. Sure, that's realistic. I understand it's fiction, but it would be nice if the characters actually showed believable traits.

The giraffe was mildly amusing, but once again, completely unbelievable. There is no way that a giraffe is going to go unnoticed or unreported in suburbia for that long in this day and age. I like a good story with a funny twist, but when it's that far out of the realm of reason, I can't even manage to hang onto the storyline.

Stephanie just seems to be going through the motions at this point.

It's really too bad, because I loved the earlier installments of this series.
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340 of 374 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is the end for me -- I just don't care anymore November 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the first twelve books in this series. I liked parts of the next two. The past five, though? Total crap. I decided to give it one more shot. I don't want to give up on a series before it's over, so I hang on long after I should. Boy am I disappointed. This book is lazily written and plotted -- and I'm beyond caring about Stephanie anymore. She shows no growth. She shows no maturity. She shows no self-awareness.

You can have a series and still let people grow. Evanovich refuses to do that, though. In fact, she's actually had Stephanie regress. And why? To keep up this tired love triangle. I don't think any reader actually doubts where this triangle is going -- even if they have a dog in the fight (which most readers have long since ceded). So why not have Stephanie actually make the choice and move forward? Have her learn a thing or two? Have her take a step forward instead of a step back?

I will always look back on the first twelve of these books with great fondness -- even pulling them out from time to time to revisit the world. I will, however, be dumping books fifteen through twenty (I find modest amusement in certain scenes of books thirteen and fourteen -- enough to keep them) on the nearest donation center. I know it's mean to give those in need substandard things -- and these past few books definitely qualify -- but, if nothing else, they can be used to kindle a fire during these cold winter months.

Goodbye Stephanie Plum. I just no longer care.
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154 of 169 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Recycled Material November 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Lost Interest!! I fell in love with this series a couple of year's ago and could not put the books down! Takedown Twenty is a huge disappointment!!! It's time to make a decision between Ranger and Morelli and give Stephanie her Happily Ever After!!!! It feels like the storylines are being recycled! Nothing new ever happens!! Even the chemistry between the guys and Stephanie is Boring!! This series is over!!!!
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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Phone in... November 23, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really hoped JE's slump in this series would be over, she would read the last several books reviews, and personally eject some humor into each chapter, as only she can do. I agree with an earlier review that she is using a ghost writer to flesh out outlines, and it just isn't funny. I have been shushed before for laughing so hard, this time, I could have been in church reading it and no one would have known it. I am unsure how much time has passed in Stephanie's life since book one and now. Two or three years? I was actually sad to read that Lulu takes more pride in her home than Stephanie does. She shows no growth as a person at all. Being in your early 30's and buying a vacuum cleaner isn't growth, it is pathetic. All of that aside, I was disappointed in Joe the most. He has impromptu parties for the Mets games, that she knew nothing about. They play close to a 100 games a year, and she never knew about these? He doesn't go all policeman like when his grandmother is harboring a fugitive, who is trying to have the love of his life killed? Bella can brandish a gun at Stephanie, and it is all okay? Not true to character, and since when does he trust Ranger with her so much? My last observation has to do with the reviews that have been published. The 4-5 star ones are very, very short. Nothing to back them up as to why this book deserves the highest rating, other than, I really loved it. The 1-2 star ones were very descriptive in their reasons why, and disappointment. Both the high raters and the low raters express their love for the series, but the low raters were honest in their review. I don't see myself ever buying a book because a random, to me, person writes, "Oh, I love this series so much"….
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Oh, Stephanie, wake up !!!!
Published 1 day ago by Helen Diane Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old....
I totally agree with the other reviews. With the exception of the giraffe, this is the same story line as the last five or six books - Stephanie is collecting bail jumpers, going... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Patricia Walch
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe #20 was still interesting
I love the Stephanie Plum books. Read this one in 2 days. It's what you expect. The giraffe was a nice addition.
Published 1 day ago by New mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on to your hat...
Take Down Twenty was chaotic and full of action as only Stephanie Plum can cause. Stephanie and Lulu do it again. Read more
Published 2 days ago by carol
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope she never stops writing her great books.
I have read all of Janet Evanovichs' books. I hope she never stops writing her great books.
Published 2 days ago by Evelyn Zeitz
5.0 out of 5 stars More of what I love
Funny, funny, funny. Always enjoy interaction with Lula. And the turmoil of the relationships with Ranger and Morelli. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Published 4 days ago by Mayra
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoy everything she writes
Published 4 days ago by judi lamere
5.0 out of 5 stars great book! Evanovich is always good
great book! Evanovich is always good.
Published 5 days ago by Nana Andretti
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
IT WAS GREAT LIKE ALL HER BOOKS.
Published 6 days ago by PATRICK L. LOREY
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Vacation Book
I'm a Plum fan, and #20 holds up as a fun read. It was entertaining enough to maintain my interest all the way through. Not spectacular, but not bad, either. Read more
Published 6 days ago by DontStealMyPen
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

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What do you do when the Author doesn't listen
The series will never come to a planned ending because it's the family business for the Evanovich family. Both of Janet's children work for her and make their living off of the books. The books still make the best seller lists. They still make money. It's obvious very little effort goes into... Read More
Dec 3, 2013 by Suzee2 |  See all 5 posts
How fans REALLY feel? Next Newletter topic, PLEASE! .
Several years ago, when I was so frustrated and disappointed with the direction the series had taken, I searched the Internet to see if other fans felt the same way I did. I stumbled upon an interview with Janet Evanovich. She said she was no longer writing the Plum series as a coming-of-age... Read More
Nov 29, 2013 by Suzee2 |  See all 14 posts
Do I dare?
If you buy the book, you're giving your approval and compensating the author for a poor product.

On the other hand, the book could be good. Borrow it from the library. If you like it after you've read it, you can always buy it.
Aug 31, 2013 by Kindle Customer |  See all 33 posts
I can't help myself, I'm going to splurge.
I am on the fence myself. I used to laugh out loud at her earlier works but the last six have been blah... I may wait and go to the library for this one.
Aug 6, 2013 by Gail Wilson-jones |  See all 21 posts
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