Taken by Robert Crais

77%

24 Critic Reviews

Told from multiple points of view, this installment would make a fine action-packed film with three strong male leads.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

When Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are hired to find her missing girl, the investigation derails into a nightmare. Cole himself disappears and it’s left to Pike to burn through the deadly world of human traffickers to find his friend. But he may already be too late.
 

About Robert Crais

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Robert Crais is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The First Rule, The Sentry, and the #1 bestseller Taken. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Putnam Adult. 432 pages
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Erotica. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Taken
All: 24 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
Feb 01 2012

For some reason, the normally reliable Crais doesn’t trust his story, loaded with the promise of vigilante heroics and nonstop violence, to deliver the goods.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Dec 19 2011

Told from multiple points of view, this installment would make a fine action-packed film with three strong male leads.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jan 27 2012

TAKEN is one of those rare books that you will want to read twice: the first time to get the story, and the second to appreciate precisely how Crais did what he did.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Rob Taub on Jan 20 2012

I am stating for the record that Robert Crais is hands-down the World's Greatest Crime Fiction Writer, and that is no joke.

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Independent.ie

Excellent
May 12 2012

The plot -- the 15th Elvis Cole and Joe Pike adventure -- is based on a real, contemporary US/Mexican border problem and manages to combine pulsating action with more than a dash of chilling social realism.

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Jacksonville.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth White on Feb 14 2012

In fact, the most powerful moments in Taken occur without need of any dialogue at all...

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Military.com

Below average
Reviewed by JoLene Krawczak on Jan 30 2012

But the page-turner can be a bit too breakneck, as if Crais were trying to wrap up everything in an hourlong TV crime show...

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The Setonian

Below average
Reviewed by Sean Quinn on Feb 01 2012

The flashbacks and flash forwards were simply unnecessary and took away from the plot.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Jan 26 2012

Fans of Crais’ writing (known as Craisies) will once again be rewarded with another stellar Pike/Cole novel.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on Feb 08 2012

The plotting is great, the action non stop and the characters are fantastic.

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Men Reading Books

Good
Feb 15 2012

It may be down the list chronologically, but I rank this one as Crais' #1.

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The Guilded Earlobe

Good
Jan 24 2012

Full of fast paced action, nasty bad guys that just need killing, and life threatening situations, Taken truly earns the title, "Thriller."

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Milo's Rambles

Good
May 20 2012

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.

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Jen's Book Thoughts

Good
Jan 23 2012

TAKEN illustrates everything that is exceptional about Robert Crais' writing.

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The Mystery Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Sharon on Feb 19 2012

Cole’s writing is as always brisk and direct, with short chapters, and wry one-liners.

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Al Nye the Lawyer Guy

Good
Jan 24 2012

This is a book you’ll want to savor but if you’re like me, the tension will build so quickly that you’ll be unable to put it down.

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Irresistible Targets

Good
Reviewed by Michael Carson on Apr 13 2012

It struck me as I raced through this compulsive story that Crais has come a long way since The Monkey's Raincoat, and so have his characters.

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Mean Streets

Good
Reviewed by Paul Brazill on May 29 2012

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.

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Petrona Book Reviews Blog

Good
May 07 2012

Taken is an addictive read: not a book to put down once opened, but not one that will take long to finish.

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The Encounter and the Tunnels

Good
Reviewed by Wayne Rogers on Feb 13 2012

All the major and secondary characters are written to perfection and come alive on the pages within Taken.

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Crimezine

Good
Mar 20 2012

Crais has noticeably tightened up on his writing style with this book, using shorter snappier sentences, and other devices such as a non-sequential plotline and multi-character viewpoints.

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in so many words...

Good
Reviewed by Yvette on Feb 06 2012

An amazing book written by an author at the very top of his game.

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The Drowning Machine

Good
Jan 23 2012

I have to say that I've enjoyed all of Robert Crais's novels, but TAKEN is, for me, the most deeply satisfying book since 2005's THE FORGOTTEN MAN.

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Junkyard Wisdom

Good
Reviewed by Roy Goble

It’s a fun book, if overly violent, and fits the hard boiled detective genre.

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