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Taken (Elvis Cole 13) Hardcover – 26 Apr 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; First Edition edition (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409116034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409116035
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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Joe Pike must take on his toughest challenge yet . He must hunt down and rescue... Elvis Cole.

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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2012
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The latest from Robert Crais features his usual pairing of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Cole gets involved in a case to recover a couple who are caught up in a border kidnapping where a group of illegal immigrants are taken and held to ransom. During his investigation Cole is taken too, which is very bad news for the bad guys, because now Joe Pike is on their trail...

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.
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I have read all of Robert Crais books. I prefer the ones with Elvis Cole as the main character instead of Joe Pike but all of them are good. Why do I prefer Elvis instead of Joe? Elvis has humor. Joe is an enigma.

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.
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I'm not saying the story is bad, it's just that the narrative doesn't seem quite right compared to every other book by Robert Crais that I've read and enjoyed. If this piece of work was a painting, I would suspect it had come from the artist's studio rather than from the hand of the master himself.
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I would count myself as a Robert Crais fan - I have read all his other books and enjoyed the fast majority. His blend of twist, turns, fast-paced action and humour normally make for great reading. This novel seems to be neither one thing nor the other - I can understand why it is getting split reviews. Many of the RC storytelling elements are in there but I was left feeling short-changed at the end. I read it on Kindle and it felt too short and lacking in twists, turns and tension at the end. In some ways it felt as though RC was writing to a deadline and wrapped things up quickly to get the book out of the door.

If you are a Robert Crais newbie then there are much better books to be had
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Elvis puts his heart and soul into saving Krista Morales and her boyfriend Jack Berman from bajaderos who will certainly kill them. But Elvis is taken himself and it is up to Joe Pike his friend and partner to save him. No one is going to stop Joe from finding Elvis. Enlisting the help of Jon Stone, he begins his race against time and in a fast paced plot we veer between the plight of Krista, Jack and the hostages and our heroes.
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.
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Okay: first I'd say that I've given this book 3 stars (instead of 2) because I'm a fan of Robert Crais and have read his books for years. Unfortunately this book is not up to his usual standard: due in my opinion to the author trying to be clever instead of settling for his tried and trusted formula. Instead the book moves backward and forward in time from the angle of different characters which include Pike and Cole. I can honestly say I could not wait for this book to finish, and that was not to see how it ended. Do not buy this book expecting this to be a "PIke" book in the usual sense: he is certainly in it but no more than three or four other characters in the book. I sincerely hope for a return to form but perhaps the author is getting bored with his characters and wants to get away from them: only time will tell.
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This is the thirteenth Cole/Pike book and the previous twelve have been excellent.
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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