Taken (Elvis Cole 13) Hardcover – 26 Apr 2012
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"The ensuing chase and bloodbath will leave you in shock and awe but Chapter 33, in which Pike simply cleans a gun under the watchful eyes of Cole's furious cat, demonstrates more succinctly what a brilliant writer Crais has become." (Mark Sanderson EVENING STANDARD)
Wowee, what a thrill ride. It's a blast, with more action and suspense than all three Bourne films rolled into one. (PETERBROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH)
'Taken' is the best Crais book I have read for some time and I had to read it in one sitting ...a fast pace book filled with great characters, that is very well written and comes highly recommended. (CRIMESQUAD)
A gripping storyline, engaging and enthusiastic characters, a tight plot and action to die for, this is one hell of an entertaining read; perhaps more importantly this is a fun read. Jam packed with tension and enough cliff-hangers to keep you turning the page, Crais has earned himself another fan with this book and as Elvis once said - Thank you Very Much! (MILO RAMBLES)
Taken is a corker of a fast moving, action packed read, with smart dialogue and lots of meaty characters and juicy scenes to sink your teeth into. (Paul D Brazil MEAN STREETS Blog)
Joe Pike must take on his toughest challenge yet . He must hunt down and rescue... Elvis Cole.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the usual page turning wit and action with the engaging camaraderie between Cole and Pike and is firmly situated in the dark underbelly of illegal immigration. It is told in an interesting way, three different timelines that eventually converge and a number of different viewpoints. Crais has the art of making you believe in his characters and to make you grin with anticipation as you have bad guys meeting Pike for the first (and sometimes the last) time. And Pike's lethal approach is balanced, as always, by Cole's wit and dogged spirit.
Another winner from Robert Crais.
This one was not his top effort. The Story was jumping back and forth and there were to many actors involved in what was basically a very straight forward story. You just did not get to know the others apart from Elvis and Joe. The idea of smuggling Koreans to the US is a little silly since they can take a plane and go themselves. They do not need visa. Bit still Elvis was as usual a great guy and Joe, apart from his lack of humor, not bad. So the Story worked and it was great read even if the ending was a little abrupt.
One thing bothered me somewhat. Why this new guy Jon Stone? We already have Joe Pike who is stretching the limit for what is believable. Jon Stone makes the Marvel heroes look like boy scouts. There are no people like Jon Stone in the world. I do not buy that you speak all those languages and have all the other abilities that Mr Crais have given to Mr Stone. Usually when you add someone like Jon Stone to a story it is a sign of a desperate author or a bad one. Robert Crais is neither so why introduce him? Why not just add "Joe Pike Light"? Please send him back to Africa before the next book.
Anyhow, recommended as all of his books.
If you are a Robert Crais newbie then there are much better books to be had
Elvis and Joe can be dangerous men but we always see the compassionate side of them that makes them so appealing and human.
Another great read.
Crais has developed the characters with great care and detail and with some sensitivity.
Pike has also played a more important role of late and has become more compelling as a consequence.
The idea behind this book was interesting but it was extremely ponderous with less than interesting characters.
I had the Hardback copy and, as at least one reviewer commented, although theoritically 341 pages long by the time you cut all the blank pages etc it was a much slimmer body of work.
This is essence sums this book up as it lacked the usual Crais substance.
Maybe he's on Cole/Pike autopilot or maybe he's having to fufil his contractual obligations and deliver more work in a shorter space of time (you felt that Michael Connolly had this same problem a year or two back).
It just wasn't very good which I never thought I'd say about a Cole/Pike book.
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One of the best in the series in which both Pike and Cole are importance and a key roles played by Jon Stone. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Onclejon
Enjoyed the story from beginning to end. Another one done and on to the next one for sure. Would recommendPublished 7 months ago by Mr S R Cass