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The Mark: 1 (MIRA) [Paperback]

Jason Pinter
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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1 Jun 2008 MIRA
Right as I’m about to die, I realize all the myths are fake. There’s no white light at the end of a tunnel. My life isn’t flashing before my eyes. All I can think about is how much I want to live. I moved to New York City a month ago to become the best journalist the world had ever seen. To find the greatest stories never told. And now here I am—Henry Parker, twenty-four years old and weary beyond rational thought, a bullet one trigger pull from ending my life. I can’t run. Running is all Amanda and I have done for the past seventy-two hours. And I’m tired. Tired of knowing the truth and not being able to tell it. Five minutes ago I thought I had the story all figured out. I knew that both of these men—one an FBI agent, the other an assassin—wanted me dead, but for very different reasons. If I die tonight—more people will die tomorrow.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778302318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778302315
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 680,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Mark is a riveting novel with characters that leap off the page, a villain that truly chills the blood, and a story that grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. Henry Parker and Amanda Davies are two of the most compelling heroes in recent memory, and their fight for survival will have readers clamoring for the next chapter in this terrific new series. A first-rate debut from an author who dares to take the traditional thriller in bold new directions.' --Tess Gerritsen<br /><br />'A cracking debut, which is already destined for the silver screen.' --Daily Mirror<br /><br />'An excellent debut. You are going to love Henry Parker, and you're going to hope he survives the story, but you're not going to bet on it.' --Lee Child

'A cracking debut, which is already destined for the silver screen.' --Daily Mirror

'An excellent debut. You are going to love Henry Parker, and you're going to hope he survives the story, but you're not going to bet on it.' --Lee Child

About the Author

Jason Pinter clearly knows a thing or two about what makes a good book - having worked in the editorial departments of major New York publishing houses. All that expertise is clear to see in The Mark - his stunning debut novel.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho-hum thriller for the Dan Brown generation 3 Jun 2008
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The protagonist is cub reporter who manages to get the police and a wacko hit-man after him. He meets a beautiful girl and, well, you can figure out the rest. The main character is reasonably believable, but the police and the villains that are so two-dimensional that they would blow away in the wind. This is a pretty standard thriller with a plot you've read before, but that doesn't really matter if the tension is ratcheted up (it isn't) and the prose style is good.

As for the prose style, let me quote "As blood leaked from his body, the Ringer put this photo into his right breast pocket. The photo was his final memory of the woman he'd loved so dearly, the only memory left of her. Anne's photo was his second heart, and it beat with the venomous blood of a man whose thirst for vengeance could never be quenched."

Oh dear, even Dan Brown could write better than that. So, this book is recommended if you fancy a brainless thriller to while a way a long train journey, but great literature it ain't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Run Henry run ! 9 Jun 2008
By tallpete33 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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To me, this book as a whole is better than the sum of its parts. It has a creaky plot and off-the-peg (and often bullet-proof) characters (ballsy and resourceful young man, beautiful and blind-trusting sidekick, black-hearted assassin, lots of Sopranos types) but they combine into a fast paced and at time gripping read.

Henry Parker is a new and fiercely ambitious reporter at the New York Gazette. Tired of writing about dead people (he gets the obituaries), he jumps at the chance of an assignment for his journalistic hero, Jack O'Donnell. Sent to interview ex-mobster Luis Guzman for a routine piece on correctional programmes, his instincts get the better of him and he returns for more, correctly suspecting that his man is hiding something. Returning to the apartment he hears Guzman's wife screaming for her life and once he knocks on the door, his life is changed forever.

The story is mainly told in the first person though it does strangely switch to the third from time to time but this does not really affect the story telling. The first person sections often remind me of Ray Liotta as another Henry in the Goodfellas, a film which gets name-checked early in the book. I'm sure this is a coincidence of course...

Three stars overall, it's not a classic but I quite enjoyed it and it would keep you entertained on a long haul flight.

For the record, the black hearted assassin is called Shelton !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good thriller 14 Oct 2008
By Wayne Redhart TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an extremely good thriller. Admittedly, it doesn't have a particularly large number of twists on the way, but the plot is very nicely paced, in order to keep the pages turning. One has to suspend disbelief to a certain extent, but the storyline never hinges on anything quite so unfathomable as to undermine the premise. With the story based on a fugitive journalist who has been framed for the murder of a policeman, it doesn't exactly test the limits of the genre. Still if you're looking for a decent thriller, this is considerably more polished and readable than some of the tripe that is out there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average. 4 Jun 2008
By Johnnybluetime VINE VOICE
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This was a decent enough page turner for much of the time, but although Pinter can write plot pretty well, he falls down badly on character motivation and the only really believable characters are the young couple at the heart of the book.Most of the other characters would be more suited to a comic book,coming across, as they do, as shallow and one dimensional.One cop, Mauser, is angry, as is his sister, and this is hammered home time after time, as if Pinter can't believe that his readers are intelligent enough to have got it the first time.

His writing style betrays his age and it will hopefully improve, but currently he is an efficient writer rather than an elegant one and there are several passages that really grate.I didn't like the ending,again it seemed like it would be more suited to a graphic novel, and because of that I found the book disappointing overall. I see that he has already written another, but I don't think I'll be bothering to buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No cops this dumb! 26 Jan 2012
By kdyank
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An enjoyable read only spoiled by the ridiculous portrayals of the cops and FBI agents. Some of their reactions to the book's events are so comically unprofessional and inept it takes away from what is a pretty good plot. Some judicious editing would have helped this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter but effective ending 8 Oct 2008
By Mr. D. J. Carr VINE VOICE
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It took me a while to get going with this one, but gradually I started reading more pages at a time, and I finished the final 80% in the time it took me to read the first 20%. Worth trying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 4 Oct 2008
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When you see the terms "first novel" and "thriller" the natural reaction of a genre enthusiast is to despair. However in the case of The Mark this unease proved to be baseless.

This really is a good novel. The story is a tad cliché - "boy framed for murder and goes on the run with girl he's never met" is not an unusual basis for a thriller plot, but Jason Pinter manages to do it well enough that this fundamental unoriginality is never really noticed when you actually read the book.

The real strength of this book is in its characters - unlike some other novels (even by more experienced authors), there are no real 'throwaway' characters that just serve to fill up a few pages in a chapter obviously struggling to meet its word quota. Each character makes a substantial appearance in the book (obviously some more than others, but again no one-appearance-wonders), and by the end you have a fairly good understanding of how all of them work. Special mention must go to the character of Amanda Davies, one of the most nuanced characters I've seen in a novel of this kind.

All considered, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Mark and will definitely be looking out for more of the author's work in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First class
This is a first class thriller that I chanced upon at an airport book shop. I'd heard about this writer but this is the first one of his books I've read. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Katie M
4.0 out of 5 stars brill read
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book from start to finish I recommend it if you like suspense read.
looking forward to reading his other books :)
Published on 27 Jan 2012 by Naina H Meghani
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
This is the first time I have read this author, found book interesting and enjoyable...a good read for anyone interested in trying to figure out whats coming next. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable
Finished this book last night and quite enjoyed it. It is written in a very readable style and if you enjoy this type of book I would suggest that it is an ideal holiday read. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2012 by R. P. MACLEAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition!
This item arrived in excellent condition, no visible wear or tears anywhere. The price was next to nothing due to it being a used book but you really couldn't tell from looking at... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by Sigríður Jóhannesdóttir
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried.
I have tried to read The Mark several times but just can not progress beyond the first few pages. This probably is a perfectly fine thriller but I struggled with disinterest. Read more
Published on 30 April 2011 by SimonD
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Thriller
The Mark is a standard 'guy gets himself into a mess of bother, beats the odds and gets the girl' thriller which delivers on everything it promises. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2010 by S. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
I normally love thriller/horror books and was looking forward to reading this but I have to say I found it hard going and slow, especially the first half. Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2009 by Nikki
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Not Great
A good book for a long haul flight or sitting on the beach. It is the story of a budding journalist, helping a more famous, established colleague in an investagation of the mob in... Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2009 by Eliza DoLittle
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I read a lot of thrillers, and the blurb encouraged me to expect a fast-paced novel. If I could have started halfway through, that would have been a fair summary. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2009 by G. Brack
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