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M. P. McDonald
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6 April 2012
Editorial Review Winner of 2011 Red Adept Reviews Indie Awards for Thriller/Suspense 5 Stars "The plot to the novel was not only unique, but it was wonderfully executed. Mark Taylor was a deep, complex character. He was a good hero, but had enough flaws to be completely believable." ~Red Adept Reviews Mark Taylor discovers first hand that no good deed goes unpunished when the old camera he found in a dusty Afghanistan gives him more than great photos. It triggers dreams of disasters--tragedies that happen exactly as he envisions them. Back home in Chicago, he learns that not only can he see the future, but he can change it. The quintessential reluctant hero, he begins risking his life to help others, but when the unthinkable happens and his attempts to prevent 9/11 bring him to the attention of the Feds. The name they have for Taylor isn't urban hero. It's enemy combatant. Thrown in the brig, Mark discovers that being held as an enemy combatant means they can do anything they want to him. Anything at all.

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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6 April 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1475121075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475121070
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,708,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MP McDonald was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois. The fifth of eight children, MP McDonald found out early that hiding with a book was a great way to escape the noise and bustle of a large busy household. In addition to writing, MP McDonald works as a respiratory therapist.

You can reach MP McDonald at, visit the author's blog at or follow on Twitter @MarkTaylorBooks

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Cheryl M-M TOP 500 REVIEWER
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i thought the idea of having a photo capture a moment in the future, which the hero could alter by changing the sequence of events, was def. a good one. the sort of concept which could generate a series of books. however the political message, which made up most of this story was more poignant. what length are our governments allowed to go to, in order to protect their countries...and who is falling prey to these costs....more importantly, who picks up the pieces when they get it wrong? this was a fantastic read and i highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 24 Aug 2013
By Jim
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Extraordinary. I stopped reading this after a few pages - para stuff is not terribly interesting for me and photos showing future images has been done. I went back just because I don't really like leaving books unfinished. Having persevered I was stunned to read the drop by drop anguish of an innocent man in the grasp of intelligent men, following bureaucratic minutiae to perform horrific acts of physical and spiritual abuse - for the greater good, of course.

The main character detailing his reactions after his release was moving beyond my powers of description - the throw-aways concerning his lack of funds, the realisation of his homelessness, the awareness of the government that it will take time to unfreeze his bank accounts now he is no longer deemed a threat, the summer clothes given to him with his airline ticket to wintery Chicago. The young sailor being friendly while the father looks as if he knows his country had determined Mark was a threat to its citizens. His own father's logical conclusion that his country did not make unfounded accusations.

I have no idea how the author came up with the notion of introducing prisoner mal-treatment but to me it ranks with the descriptions by Remarque, Faulkes and Marlantes as they told of the anguish of men suffering as enemy combatants.

The tentative reconciliation with his jailer jarred a bit but I recollected how Mandela came to terms with his guards and I reluctantly understood, knowing that I would be unlikely to be equally generous of spirit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty until proven innocent? 9 Oct 2011
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
As I'm writing this it's late on 9/11, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. News, internet discussion, and talk wherever I've gone has been about this. Islamic friends around the US are concerned about rumors of protests outside of mosques and burning of Qur'ans in a country founded on the precept of religious freedom and tolerance.

By now you're asking, what does this have to do with "No Good Deed"? Twenty years ago this book couldn't have been written. Partly because the events of 9/11 figure into the plot, but more importantly because the actions of the government would have been unthinkable pre-9/11. "No Good Deed" is both entertaining and suspenseful, but, regardless of your politics, should get you thinking. Are the responses to 9/11 making the US a better or worse place to live? Do we really win when laws are passed making it easier to combat terrorists if it also lessens our rights? Shouldn't the idea of "innocent until proven guilty" still apply today? "No Good Deed" gives you a chance to consider these questions from a perspective many of us haven't.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book! 9 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Take a large dose of suspense, add some thrills and chills, a few suspected terrorists, a too-powerful and paranoid government, then weave in a bit of romance, and what do you have: NO GOOD DEED. This author has written a fast-paced, tightly-plotted book that I found highly entertaining. The torture scenes were disturbing, but they were integral to the story. I look forward to reading more novels by Mary McDonald.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining, page-turning thriller 9 Oct 2011
By Beth O
Format:Kindle Edition
I rate this book 4-1/2 stars, but Amazon doesn't allow 1/2 stars. I loved the first two-thirds of this book. I thought it went beyond traditional thriller fare and was really making a statement about life in a post-9/11 world and the delicate balancing act between the need for security vs. the need to preserve civil liberties. But the author seemed to change directions at the two-thirds point (or maybe that was always her intent and I was just reading into the first two-thirds of the book). In any event, at that point in the book a few things happened (no spoilers) which I found hard to believe and the pace slowed down a bit. Thus, I knocked off half a star. But that only lasted a couple of chapters before it picked up again for a very exciting conclusion.

Bottom line: If you're looking for an entertaining, page-turning thriller, you will not be disappointed with this book. And at this price point, I doubt you could find a better one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying reading 30 May 2011
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This was a satisfying read. The author obviously has some skill in writing. My only gripe is that it did go on a bit too long in the first half, to the point where I really did not have any idea what direction the story was heading. I would recommend it to kindle users, as it's well written and also relevant in today's post 9/11 society .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Miss this Book 3 Jun 2012
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Have you ever come across a book where after reading only the first few sentences you knew that you were going to enjoy it. This is one of these books

Mark Taylor has a gift, or a curse depending on your point of view. He has an old camera which when he takes photos with it, some of the photos that are produced on the roll of film are not the photo's he took but those of some future event. These events are invariably tragic ones, some large some small. Additionally after seeing these photos he dreams of the events themselves and as a result he attempts to prevent the tragedy from happening. Fortunately he is successful until the photos are of the biggest tragedy to hit the United States and his attempts to prevent it from happening come to the attention of the authorities.

Having accepted the above premise, what follows is an extremely well plotted story, one that captures your imagination and is well thought through. I read this book over two days, it had me hooked as I wanted to see what happened to Mark and how the story would work out. There are already numerous good reviews of this book, I am simply adding to that list, but I wish I had the words to convince any reader of this review that they should read this book it is excellent.
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I read this book in two days, which does vouch for how much I liked it. Today, the day after finishing it, I feel drained. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
At first I was a little like "hmmm, magic camera.... Really!??" But putting that to one side this book was brilliant. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, keeps you on the edge of your chair
My wife read this book first, and recommended it to me. I had never heard of the author, but as soon as I finished it, I bought books two and three. Read more
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Really really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next in the series. Can see such possibilities for Mark ahead!
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It took me a while to actually start reading the book because I thought the premise was odd that someone would be using a camera to be able to predict the future, but then when I... Read more
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This book was a good read. I managed to get it when it was briefly free, but I'd be happy to have paid for it. Read more
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Downloaded this a year ago as it was free and have only just read it - absolutely brill!! I am now going too buy others in this series.
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