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Already Gone

Already Gone [Kindle Edition]

John Rector
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`Already Gone is a thriller in its purest and most cinematic incarnation - not a word or emotion wasted, it's a taut, nerve-jangling ride that barrels towards an electrifying conclusion, which will leave you shaken, stirred, and above all else eagerly awaiting the next Rector novel' --Ray Banks



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (8 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064O2QLW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,724 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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JOHN RECTOR is the #1 bestselling author of THE GROVE, LOST THINGS, THE COLD KISS, and the International Thriller Award Nominated ALREADY GONE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards including the Porterhouse Prize, many of his stories can be found in his collection THE WALLS AROUND US.

He lives in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See past the beginning for the truth to come! 23 Nov 2011
By rhosymynydd VINE VOICE
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This book surprised me. I found the beginning a trifle boring, an ordinary college professor leading a boring life married to an equally boring wife, Diane - the reader is bored. But, all is not what is seems, Jake Reese may be a professor but he has made some mistakes in his past and to be fair he has risen above them an even written about his criminal father and how he overcome his own circumstances - all is well with the boring world they now inhabit. The past however, can never stay dead and very soon he finds it slamming into him (literally) and minus a finger later, he is forced to accept it. From there the book picks up speed as we meet people from his past, he has to view his wife's body in the Morgue....His world is falling apart at every turn he faces more and more dreadful situations and problems.

The book continues to throw curved balls at Jake and he does not know who to believe of trust but has to make decisions that can change everything. By this time, you can't put the book down, it has fast become a page-turner and you have to know the resultant ending. It is worth the agony - and five hours later the conclusion. (about 4:00 am). I am not a true insomniac but I always try to help myself sleep by reading a few chapters. Usually works - unless I come accross a book of this ilk then sleep goes out the window. Sleep I can do without, tossing and turning wondering how it all turned out is beyond me. I have to know and this book did it for me. I highly recommend this book - give it 2 chapters and you will be hooked - promise!Thank you John Rector and the next will be on my wish list.Already Gone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Already Gone 11 Dec 2011
By Champollion VINE VOICE
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John Rector has already produced two best selling novels, ("The Grove" and "The Cold Kiss," the latter currently being developed into a movie,) and has written this barnstorming thriller.

Jake Reese, a college professor is attacked after leaving a bar, and he wonders if his past has come back to haunt him. He has worked hard to put that violent youth behind him and recently secured a new wife and a job as a writing teacher at an American university.

The incident of the attack affects his new marriage and treads a familiar path by making matters worse by excessive drinking.

Rector's use of the first person narrative maintains the pace of the novel and drives up the tension as he recognises his two attackers on campus before his wife Diane disappears.

Failing to get any sort of action from the Police, he does not hesitate to return to his former life and try and save the woman he loves.

The author paints the main character Jake Reese as a cynical, stubborn individual who has managed to turn his life around, in part thanks to Doug, a tutor who befriended him , whilst he was imprisoned as a young man, but also thanks to his determined personality.

The climax of the story and the identification of the 'villain' is unexpected and Rector successfully keeps you guessing to the end.
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By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is a terrific thriller that pulls you in quickly and holds your attention throughout. It's a read-in-one-sitting kind of book with a twisty turny plot that keeps taking turns you don't expect. This the second book I've read by John Rector and he's fast becoming one of my favourites. As the cover art suggests, the story will appeal to fans of Linwood Barclay and Harlan Coben, but the writing style is tauter: more like Neil Cross.

The story is narrated by Jake, a college professor with a shady but distant past who is recently married to Diane. One night he is attacked and his finger is cut off. What he initially assumes is a random mugging gone wrong emerges to have been a targeted attack: but why? As things spiral out of control, he will be forced to go back to the man he never wanted to ask for help again.

While the first half of this book is extremely good, the second half does become overly complicated, as the author favours pace ahead of logic. Nevertheless, one of the better thrillers I've read in a while. If you enjoyed this, I strongly recommend Cold Kiss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Furious 4 Jan 2012
By MarkW
On the back of this book it states that it is for "fans of Harlen Coben's Tell No One and Linwood Barclay's No Time for Goodbye" - and the similarity is immediately obvious from the cover style, loosely linked sentence fragment title, and the style of writing. Like those two books the story leaps directly into the action and I found myself gripped and quickly absorbed by the fast paced story. There is plenty of excitement and twists and turns as the main character Jake Reese seeks to understand what has happens to him and his wife. It is fortunate that the pace is so relentless as, if you step back, there do seem to be some fairly large gaps in the plot and certain events in the book are never satisfactorily explained. The ending in particular did not seem to really make much sense. As other reviewers have mentioned the negative attitude of Jake can be irritating at times. So an exciting, enjoyable and undemanding read but not one to think about too much.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Action 10 Dec 2011
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The books starts with Jake Reece being attacked in a car park by two men who cut off one of his fingers, the one with his wedding ring.

Jake is married to Diane, who goes missing not long after (not a spoiler , this fact is mentioned on the back cover).

Jake's background comes to light, he had a father who recently died in jail and was a very troubled youth. Jake has since, with some mentoring, made a success of his life and in fact works as a writing lecturer at a University.

When Diane disappears Jake goes to pieces, and naturally tries to find her. I won't give the plot away, so I can't say anymore on that. Although I have to say I did think there was a big clunky clue early on that gave away one of the big plot twists and detracted from the impact of it.

it is fast moving and interesting enough to keep the reader hooked to the end, but I couldn't shake off the feeling that this was a book that wanted to be a film. The characters just didn't have enough depth to make them real to me. It was all about the action, which actually might be perfect for some but is not my cup of tea.

Because I didn't feel engaged enough with the characters in the end I didn't really care what happened, I was curious, but not really bothered.

This book is probably the blokes equivalent to chick lit . So if you like fast action then you might like this and you will want to know how it ends.

I have given this book 3 stars because although it is well written and interested me enough to keep reading I couldn't recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Stuff
One of my favourite life-changing incidents in books is in Kafka's Metamorphosis. Guy wakes up and he's a beetle. Genius.

There's a great life-changer in Already Gone. Read more
Published 12 months ago by nigel p bird
2.0 out of 5 stars alrady gone -john rector
Having enjoyed cold kiss so much, bought this one.
What a disappointment.
Waffled on and on,,,no decent plot or ending. Read more
Published 23 months ago by carridog- Belfast, N.ireland.
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping
Grips you from the very first page and keeps you guessing till the end.very much i would say in the style of Linwood Barclay,characters tightly drawn and only necessary... Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2012 by schoolescort
3.0 out of 5 stars Already Gone
This is the first book that I have read by John Rector and he is certainly gripping. The action started straight away and the chapters are short and snappy, it only took me just... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by Dot
4.0 out of 5 stars Would appeal to fans of noir
Jake is minding his own business after a night in a bar when two men grab him and cut off his ring finger. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2011 by Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Jake is a teacher at an American University leading a quiet life with his wife Diane, an art dealer. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2011 by Mrs. C. A. Troops
4.0 out of 5 stars not my usual choice
Upon seeing the books available I chose this one not expecting to find it to be to my taste. But you do have to try things sometimes. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by J. McNicol
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for passing the time
For gripping stuff, my benchmark is Lee Child, Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Dean Koontz and this isn't up there with them. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by Keith Lawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Paced Crime Thriller
Jake Reese is an ordinary guy with an ordinary job, trying to block out the memory of his violent past by planning for the future with his new wife, Diane. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2011 by Pablo Cheesecake (The Eloquent Page)
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