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kiDNApped (A Tara Shores Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Rick Chesler
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Book Description

A priceless biotechnology, an FBI agent, and an unspeakable act of familial betrayal collide in a tropical kidnapping more twisted than a DNA double helix. When a renowned scientist with a solution for global warming is kidnapped at sea, FBI Special Agent Tara Shores must unravel a high-tech trail of S.O.S. messages encoded into the DNA of living cells. As each decoded message brings Tara nearer to the missing genius, it also takes her farther from help than she ever thought possible.


"FBI agent Tara Shores is back in Chesler's latest pulse-pounding techno-thriller, kiDNApped, an intelligent page-turner that will keep you reading late into the night!"

- Jeremy Robinson, author of THRESHOLD

"Chesler melds science and adventure with the brilliant command of the late Crichton. kidDNApped takes readers on a Hawaiian journey they won't soon forget."

--Douglas Corleone, author of Night on Fire

"Great scientific concepts that are based in reality, especially the secret messages encoded in DNA...Vivid setting in Hawaiian islands with lots of local color and local detail. Good pacing will keep you reading to the end. FBI agent Tara Shores is one cool, competent chick."


"A whale of a tale by first-time author Rick Chesler involving modern-day pirates, media moguls, and a sexy federal agent -- all chasing a cetacean-mounted camcorder and the crucial piece of evidence needed to resolve a murder."

-- Steve Alten, NY Times bestselling author of GRIM REAPER and MEG

"WIRED KINGDOM is a fast-paced thriller that is one third deep-sea adventure, one third FBI sleuthing and one third awesome. A superb debut novel and killer concept."

-- Jeremy Robinson, author of PULSE and INSTINCT.

Editorial Reviews


"FBI agent Tara Shores is back in Chesler's latest pulse-pounding techno-thriller, kiDNApped, an intelligent page-turner that will keep you reading late into the night!" - Jeremy Robinson, author of THRESHOLD

--Jeremy Robinson

"Chesler melds science and adventure with the brilliant command of the late Crichton. kidDNApped takes readers on a Hawaiian journey they won't soon forget."
--Douglas Corleone, author of Night on Fire --Douglas Corleone

From the Author

kiDNApped is is my second novel as well as the second installment in the Tara Shores thriller series, following Wired Kingdom. Although part of a series, the novels can be read as standalone. If  action, adventure, intrigue, and suspense intermingled with cutting edge science & technology sounds like your cup of tea, then it's time for you to meet Special Agent Tara Shores.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7913 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Telomere Press; 2 edition (April 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SB248U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hazardous in Hawaii March 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Three months after wealthy biotechnology company CEO William Archer is lost at sea or kidnapped off his research yacht in the warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands in Rick Chesler's inventive thriller "kiDNApped," Special Agent Tara Shores faces a very cold case.

She also faces the uncertainties of three civilians intruding into an investigation. Was Dave Turner really looking for a wedding ring on the ocean floor when his dive boat was stolen and his employer was murdered? What can Archer's son and daughter from the mainland possibly contribute just two days before the court declares their father legally dead?

Shores, a veteran agent who first appeared in "Wired Kingdom" (2010), is about to stamp the case file "INDETERMINATE" because there are no leads and no ransom demands. While Archer's son Lance wants to drink beer and chase girls until he can collect his inheritance, his sister Kristen wants Dave to return to the ocean floor on the off chance his interrupted search is related to her father's disappearance.

When their dive attracts unwanted attention, Shores and her disparate crew are suddenly in the line of fire. Kristen wonders if her genius father encrypted a call for help in the DNA of ocean bacteria. Shores wonders how she can possibly babysit civilians who are more likely to get in the way and/or get killed than anything else.

Rick Chesler has written a breathtaking tropical adventure that combines a cutting-edge technology search for clues with a madcap, island-to-island race against bad guys that would put a smile on the face of any James Bond aficionado.

Agent Shores definitely needs a new rubber stamp for her case file: HAZARDOUS TO MY HEALTH.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than WIRED KINGDOM! October 18, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Rick Chesler's KiDNApped is an intelligent suspense thriller that easily competes with anything by Cussler or Crichton. Dr. William Archer, inventor of a breakthrough piece of biotechnology, has been kidnapped, and it's up to FBI Special Agent Tara Shores to find him. In this book, Tara is joined by Archer's son and daughter as she searches for Dr. Archer on an action-filled chase across the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. The catch is, the only clues are encoded in microscopic strands of DNA! As far fetched as this sounds, Chesler manages to make it believable. His writing is gripping and once again, he does a great job of putting the reader right into the midst of the action. It's a hard book to put down. I loved Chesler's first book, Wired Kingdom, but KiDNApped is even better. I hope he's hard at work on his third! I highly recommend this book. -R David MacNeil
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars get trapped in kiDNApped March 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Book Title: kiDNApped
Author: Rick Chesler
Publisher: Chalet Publishers
ISBN: 9781936395132
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

"If you can write DNA, you're no longer limited to 'what is' but to what you could make." ~Drew Endy

Set in the beautifully scenic back drop of the Isles of Hawaii, a kidnapping has taken place so long ago that the man will soon be declared die and lost at sea. His daughter a brilliant successful professor of microbiology is not ready to give up on finding her father just get. Along side of her is her Lance a not so successful computer programmer, who is being enticed with a free trip, room and board. This brother and sister team are joined by Dave, a scuba drive and marine biologist and a FBI agent named Tara. With clues left for them by the missing Dr. William Archer, they are hoping to close in on the captures and rescue their captive.

This book starts off like water that is calm just before a storm that is brewing blow in. It give the reader background information to get to know the characters that they will be following. Then with each ripple in the water, the plot become more in depth, even includes technical aspects that are truly remarkable if true. The reader finds hidden secrets and betrayals within this team of searchers, that cause the FBI agent especially, to keep a close eye on the rest of the party. Reading further along, it as though the winds are start blow and the wave start crashing against the surf and there is a need to hang on to something for dear live or be blown away. Then it is found that the waves are coming from one source and that source will lead to more answers and hopefully to one happy ending, or will it.
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I commend Rick Chesler on his expertise in Marine Microbiology, and presenting a unique kiDNApping tale without compromising the intelligence of the plot in favor of "easier reading". I appreciate the science in this story and the integrity of the main characters in the positions they find themselves entrenched in. This is a Tara Shores Thriller, and FBI agent Shores does not over-power the story with feats of being some kind of wonder woman. Shores is "regular FBI" with great intuition and the knowledge to balance her resources with those of the children of a missing scientist, and an "accidental" yet fortunate recent Marine Biology graduate who finds himself procuring work with the team to locate the "presumed almost dead" father. But time is of the essence, and there is a race against the clock to locate Dad before he is declared legally dead. The kidnappers have one agenda, the scientist Dad another, and the siblings are his key to rescue, with the means to do so enabled by the daughter's personal resources and the aid of the FBI. I really enjoyed this captivating mystery/thriller. I loved the uncompromising science, the romp through the Hawaiian Islands, and the balance of very capable characters to hold their own both "the good" and "the bad" with some surprising twists as to whom really belongs on which side, right up until the last page of the book. This would make a great summer read! Go get it and enjoy!!! 5 stars!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars kiDNApped was an excellent & well-written story.
Very well written, this author kept my interest and made the book hard to put down. I can't wait to read the next book.
Published 9 months ago by Sue Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I had high hopes for his book, as the first in the series - 'Wired Kingdom' was such a good story and I was not disappointed in the slightest. Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Allenby
2.0 out of 5 stars Different Book?
The book I read had a different cover so maybe the issues that pissed me off so much were fixed in this issue. I hope so. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Anna L. Walls
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Is all I can say about this book. Except, for the fact that the way he used DNA, just blew me right out of the water! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kathy HL
4.0 out of 5 stars Very creative.
This book has an interesting storyline and is very creative. You've got several interesting characters to follow, trying to figure out what makes them tick, what's there end game. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jerry R
5.0 out of 5 stars kiDNApped by Rick Chesler (A Tara Shores Thriller)
This was a great read. I learned more about Hawaii, DNA and marine biology than I knew before. I will have to read the 1st Tara Shores book now.
Published on May 21, 2013 by Donna Beal
5.0 out of 5 stars Science and Entertainment
I LOVED it. I always appreciate a novel more when I learn something new while being enthralled by the adventure and mystery in its story. Read more
Published on May 10, 2013 by Martha L. Olver
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable detective story
Positives: I really liked the character of the daughter looking for her missing, presumed dead father. Read more
Published on March 18, 2013 by Kizzle79
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable book
I enjoyed reading this book, however I could not give it 5 stars because I thought the main premise was a stretch even for a science thriller. Worth reading though.
Published on March 14, 2013 by Jim Buchanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept Me Reading Until Sunrise
I found this book for free on Kindle Buffet. My expectations weren't great, but I was pleasantly surprised! Only a few lulls in the story. Fantastic read!
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More About the Author

Rick Chesler holds a Bachelor of Science in marine biology and has had a life-long interest in the ocean and its mysteries. A certified scuba Divemaster, when not at work writing he can be found diving, boating or traveling to research his next thriller idea. He currently lives in the Florida Keys with his family. Visit him online at,, or


Tara Shores series (FBI agent techno-thrillers):

OUTCAST Ops series (military action-thrillers):
GAME OF DRONES (co-authored)

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Jurassic Dead series (action-horror):
JURASSIC DEAD 2: Z-volution

Creature-feature / thriller:
HOTEL MEGALODON: A Deep Sea Thriller
LUNA (coming Summer 2015 from Severed Press)

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Short Stories
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