- Series: Elvis Cole (Book 13)
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (December 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425250598
- ISBN-13: 978-0425250594
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 485 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taken (Elvis Cole) Paperback – December 31, 2012
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Praise for Taken
“I have no criticisms of Robert Crais's work, other than I wish he could write as fast as I devour his work, which would require him to crank out—at the very least—a new book every week.”—Huffington Post
“Wonderfully told, a punch-in-the-gut thriller that is not to be missed.”—The Providence Journal
“[Crais’s] best-selling Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series gets better with every new book, and...Taken, is no exception.”—OregonLive.com
“[Taken] would make a fine action-packed film.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Robert Crais is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, many of them featuring private investigator Elvis Cole and his laconic ex-cop partner, Joe Pike. Before writing his first novel, Crais spent several years writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice, Quincy, Baretta, and L.A. Law. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, and one of his standalone novels, Hostage, was made into a movie starring Bruce Willis. His novels have been translated into forty-two languages and are bestsellers around the world. A native of Louisiana, he lives in Los Angeles.
Top customer reviews
I also found Crais's "time-shifting" method a bit gimmicky ("six days after they were taken ... eleven days after they were taken ... five days after they were taken"). Ditto for Elvis Cole speaking in first-person and the rest in third-person. And did we really need the whole Nancie Stendahl/ATF scenario?
Despite those complaints, I gobbled up this novel in two days.The action was relentless. So perhaps I'm being picky.
Regardless, while this novel certainly stands on its own, if you're new to Robert Crais I urge you to go back to the beginning of the Elvis Cole saga. Heck, I wish I were new to Crais, since it's been such an enjoyable ride with him over the years.
Being in the wrong place at the wrong tomes gets Krista Morales and her boyfriend abducted by the bajaderos. Jack happens to be the wealthy nephew of Nancie Stendahl, an assistant ATF deputy chief. Nita Morales calls Elvis Cole because of a feature article in the paper that hails him as, "The Greatest Detective." Nita is Krista's mother, and is understandably anxious and terrified when she realizes her daughter has been abducted. Elvis calls in his buddies, Joe Pike and Jon Stone, and after a lot of blood and gore, and shootings, Krista and Jack are rescued.
There are no spoilers because how could Elvis, Jon, and Joe lose? The shoot-em-up stuff is vintage Robert Crais--but in addition, the reader can learn a lot about illegal immigration. I gave this book 4 stars because there were so many "bad guys" it was very hard to keep them apart. More detail about how Koreans have entered into the melee might be helpful.
Mr. Crais' way of writing changed a bit with the way the story line plays out. Sometimes authors will skip around to different characters and what they are doing in the storyline and kind of leaves you wondering for a minute where you are in the book. Just a small pause in the book, but you have to stop and think for a second who you are reading about and what they are doing. Mr. Crais set up this book so you don't take that pause and continues the flow of the book without missing a beat. Love the way it is set up and so very easy to read.
The topic of the Mexican American border illegal immigration is expertly handled by Mr. Crais but in a different perspective that most people don't think about. I'm sure you will be surprised at the different angle in which it was taken.
An absolute must read for Robert Crais fans and for those just looking for a really good book to read!
The book a very good story line that relatively easy to follow. I do not know which book was the first book wrote about "Elvis Cole" and his friends but it would have been an easier read if a little more background on Cole, Pike, and Stone. How did this alliance of men come about.
The only negative thing about this book & the reason I rated it as a 4 star vs a 5 star book is the grammatical errors that were scattered all through the book. Ex; in chapter 10, 1st paragraph it reads "he was a building with ....." since a man is not a building I felt the author was telling us that or trying to tell us that he was IN a building. This is only one such error but there are plenty of them. I also noticed that Taken was written several years prior to Sentry and as a writer he has certainly grown. I am looking forward to reading more of his books & see if I can find the order in which the books were written
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Each one is better than the last one. Can't wait to read the next awesome adventure book