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Taken (Alex Verus Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Benedict Jacka
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This time last year, I could go weeks without seeing another mage. In mage society I was an unknown and, all in all, that was how I liked it. It’s hard to say what changed. Whatever it was, I got involved in the magical world again and started getting myself a reputation.

Alex Verus’s insights into the future used to be the best-kept secret in London. Now, with the aid of his apprentice, Luna, his unique investigative talents are all the rage. He just has to be careful about picking his employers, because everyone—even the beautiful woman who practically begs him to run security for a prestigious tournament—has motives that can be hard to predict. And Alex doesn’t do unpredictable.

But his latest gig just might be impossible. Apprentices have been vanishing without a trace—and someone on the Council could be involved. Alex has no evidence, no witnesses, and no suspects. All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. And after assassins target Luna’s classmate, Alex sees that he doesn’t know the half of it—and that he could be the next to disappear.

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""The action is fast and smart, playing with thriller conventions so that while [listeners] get excitement they also are encouraged to think about what magic might mean in human terms. A superb book in an outstanding, provocative series."" ---Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Benedict Jacka is the author of the Alex Verus series and the Ninja series. He earned a BA in philosophy from Cambridge University and has held positions ranging from civil servant to bouncer to teacher. He lives in London.

With acting credits that span stage and screen, Gildart Jackson is most often recognized for his role as Gideon on Charmed. Other notable TV roles include Jackson Palmer on Providence and Simon Prentiss on General Hospital, and his theater roles include Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Adrian in Private Eyes at the Old Globe.

Product Details

  • File Size: 650 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0356500268
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EXNV8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

TAKEN is the third book in the Alex Verus series which is fast becoming a `must read' for me. All of the books are evenly paced with action, witty dialogue, and they never spend too long on info dumps which tend to drag plots to a screeching halt. Each book expands the universe a little bit giving more insights into Alex's past and how the mage community works.

Alex's power of seeing into the future tends to give him an unfair advantage in battle so it's always scary when he encounters some barrier that makes blocks his ability. Luckily Alex is resourceful and crafty enough to make do without his power for awhile.

Alex Verus definitely reminds me of Harry Dresden in The Dresden Files being a mage working on the outside of the official magic community with a motley crew of friends helping him out of dangerous situations. One my favorite of his friend is Arachne (a giant seamstress spider) who acts as sort of mentor/mother figure for Alex and Luna. Luna, Alex's apprentice, is one of the more interesting and complex of his friends. I was curious about what Jacka was going to do with Luna's power to curse people since it seemed so unwieldy and dangerous in FATED that I had no clue about just how she could control it without killing everyone around her. In TAKEN we get to see Luna take charge of her powers in some very creative ways.

I am really enjoying the Alex Verus series with its solid writing, ever expanding universe, and its uniquely powerful hero. Unfortunately, with no diviner powers of my own, I have to patiently wait for information on the next book which, given its predecessors, will be an excellent read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Jacka has created and with each book it gets richer August 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

After unexpectedly surviving and defeating some powerful mages Alex Verus has begun to develop a reputation again in the mage community for getting problems solved. When he is approached and asked to investigate apprentices going missing, literally vanishing into thin air and are untraceable by means both magical and mundane, what he finds are a mysterious house, a dangerous rakashasa and two apprentices who seem to be in the middle of it all.

I am really getting into this series, the previous two books have been great and this one follows suit. It is action packed and full of excitement and has a plot in it that is interesting and complex enough to keep you guessing. But what I like best about this book and series is Alex, the main character, he is a great vehicle to tell the story through, he is constantly underestimated as he has less power then most other mages, making the books more exciting as it doesn't always seem like he will prevail.

There doesn't seem to be any over arching plot on these books, but these books do seem like they are giving you a taste of the world Mr Jacka has created and with each book it gets richer, although it may not be the most original setting, it is well done and the writing is good enough for it not to really matter.

I know we mainly review romance here, and this book doesn't actually have any, although I am hoping some will develop in the future, but don't let that scare you off, it is worth trying, and what it doesn't have in romance it makes up with in other things. It was another entertaining book in the series, it kept me glued to the page trying to figure out how Alex would win this time and I can't wait for the next book.

*ARC provided by publisher
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another good installment September 1, 2012
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I agree with the other reviews I've read, good but nothing really new or revealing. I am beginning to enjoy this series more and more than when I first began though. I stumbled across fated the first in the series on my recommended list decided to give it a shot and was interested but not impressed. The second book cursed was better I thought in this just continues in the same vein. Better than Simon green 's nightside or Richard kadrey 's sandman slim books but not quite as good as butcher's Dresden books or Kevin Hearne's iron druid series. If you've read any of those and note my comparisons or tastes that should give you a pretty good idea what you're getting here. I look forward to the next installment in this series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Series September 11, 2012
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I have to say, this series by Mr. Jacka is starting to fall in the favorite series category. The first book was suggested to me by Amazon because of the other books I read of course, and I am so glad it showed up in the recommendations.
The world building has increased with each book, and I like the fact that he is unfolding it slowly. I feel like there is way more to the abilities of the main character than even he knows, and I keep thinking the author is hiding something really big from us. Maybe not, but either way, it is a fun ride.
This particular book can be read even if you have not read the others, I felt like the author explained the character's world really well for new readers, but I am a little bit of a stickler when it comes to reading series, I like to start from the beginning. Most of the time, I feel like the history of the characters and the setting makes the book more enjoyable. So either way, I think this time, but the other books are great too, worth going back and starting from the beginning.
I have really gotten to love the main character, and I can't wait to see where Mr. Jacka takes this. Again, there is great world building, great supporting characters, some good, some not so good and some I am still waiting to see....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars which makes me very happy. Alex Verus is just the kind of guy ...
Still loving this series, which makes me very happy. Alex Verus is just the kind of guy who you want to root for, and the people he fights for are the kind I want to fight for as... Read more
Published 15 days ago by DRRD
5.0 out of 5 stars Triple treat - great summer read
The third book about the "reluctant" mage Alex Verus continues the arc of the first two books, while being mostly self contained in terms of pure story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Atle Brandt
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Series
Taken is the third book in the Alex Verses series and wow what an action packed, fast paced installment! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Samie Sands
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The third book in the series and they keep improving. Fun characters, an interesting plot, and an overall fun time. Worth the purchase.
Published 2 months ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
I am reading these on the Kindle and can't wait to get to the next one in line. All of them have been excellent books and I hope we see many more Alex Verus books in the future. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andy in Colorado
4.0 out of 5 stars another winner in the series
I wish more people knew about author Benedict Jacka and the Alex Verus series. This may be the best fantasy series within the last two decades.
Published 5 months ago by Anon West
4.0 out of 5 stars fast moving and exciting
Another well written novel in this series with great character development and interesting
plot lines. If you liked the previous books, you'll like this one also.
Published 5 months ago by Carl Strunk
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed
I have enjoyed the series to this point. The new characters added a nice twist. I hope to read more from them to come.
Published 7 months ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Taken, 3rd Alex Verus novel
Alex Verus is a great series - I am looking forward to the subsequent novels, and other works by this author.
Published 7 months ago by Valerie Stiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun exciting fast read! Love this series!
Excellent book. Easy read. Straight to the point. Fun. Exciting. Philosophical. Morals involved. What would you do if you could read your own future?
Published 7 months ago by Eric Sherrell
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Benedict Jacka became a writer almost by accident, when at nineteen he sat in his school library and started a story in the back of an exercise book. Since then he's studied philosophy at Cambridge, lived in China, and worked as everything from civil servant to bouncer to teacher before returning to London to take up law.

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