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- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 244 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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No Good Deed: A Psychological Thriller (The Mark Taylor Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I understand why other reviewers lost interest in this book after 75% - it is as if the author had a long break in writing, found his manuscript again and decided to finish the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by JPD
If this is a true reflection on USA intelligence at work then the world is dead. Good story line pity about the endingPublished 25 days ago by Swordedge
Fantastic, gripping from beginning to end one of the best thrillers I have ever read. I can't praise this book enough totally brilliantPublished 1 month ago by deb
This was a brilliant story and kept me interested from start to finish. U would recommend it to anybody who likes thrillersPublished 1 month ago by jeff borrows
A story about a man whose psychic ability leads to his wrongful incarceration. It is a thriller, a love story and a journey into the unknown. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sonja
Awful twaddle and I base this assessment on having read 20% of it..Published 1 month ago by martin riley
Very interesting storyline which makes we want to read others of the series. The description of the treatment handed out during captivity was excellent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike Swift
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