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No Good Deed: A Psychological Thriller (The Mark Taylor Series Book 1) by [McDonald, M.P.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1240 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: MP McD Publishing; 7 edition (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PPDB8K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 244 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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 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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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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I downloaded 'No Good Deed' because it was free and I wasn't expecting to find anything too special but, to be honest, the novel is better than I'd hoped.

The focus of the plot is Mark, a photographer, who seems to have the power of foresight through his dreams and a camera which predicts future events. Mark is given the gift, or the curse, of being able to change some of the smaller events before they happen but; when the real tragedy hits, Twin Towers - 9/11, it might be a different matter. Mark's walking a fine line. Does he inform the authorities?. If you're going to inform the authorities about such an event 'before' it happens you might find yourself considered a prime suspect or certainly become a person of interest. If you don't inform them?.

There's a nice play here on the concept of how laws are changing to protect us from terrorism while those same laws are potentially threatening our civil liberties.

Parts of this novel work well and the political aspects are the better written. I wasn't quite so taken by the dream scenario. There are times when things become far fetched and it's hard to believe in the story but; this isn't a bad read. Parts of 'No Good Deed' are actually pretty good and the author has a decent stab at asking some relevant questions.

I was going to leave a 3* review but I'm rounding up to 4* because I like some of the concepts and contemporary issues around the plot.
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