- Tapa blanda: 352 páginas
- Editor: Orion (24 de enero de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1409116042
- ISBN-13: 978-1409116042
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº959.526 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Taken (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 24 ene 2012
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When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn't afraid, even though she's gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it's a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will only call "that boy", and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them."
But she is wrong. The girl and her boyfriend have been taken by bajadores - bandits who prey on other bandits, border professionals who prey not only on innocent victims, but on each other. They steal drugs, guns, and people - buying and selling victims like commodities, and killing the ones they can't get a price for.
Cole and Pike find the spot where they were taken. There are tire tracks, bullet casings, and bloodstains. They know things look as bad as possible.
But they are wrong, too. It is about to get much worse. Going undercover to find the two young people and buy them back, Cole himself is taken, and disappears. Now it is up to Joe Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers to find his friend.
But he may already be too late.
When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike - and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims, but on each other - buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities. Fortunately, the kidnappers don't yet know who the boy is, but when Cole goes undercover to try to buy the two of them back, he himself is taken, and disappears. Now it is up to Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers, before it is too late.
'[An] adrenalin-fuelled outing.' Time Out
'Action-packed' Sunday Telegraph
Robert Crais is the author of the bestselling Cole and Pike novels. In addition to a background in TV screenwriting, Crais has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Robert Crais lives in Los Angeles with his family.
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Add the painstaking detective work, the genuine humanity, the nerve-racking tension, the thrilling action, and unbelievable suspense that only a talented writer like Robert Crais can bring to this novel and you have a thriller that you won't soon forget.
Taken is the fifteenth Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel and it's the first to feature them both equally. While I've enjoyed the last two books that had Joe Pike in the starring role, this novel ratchets up the tension by having Cole lead early and Pike take over in the second half.
The story centers on a young Latina and her Anglo boyfriend who are kidnapped by bandits along the Mexican border. These criminals are the worst of the worst - preying on other criminals figuring they can't or won't go to the police. This novel centers on bajadores who steal immigrants bound for the United States. This people kidnapping business is a rampant but often ignored problem along the Mexican border.
The mother of the kidnapped woman hires Elvis Cole to rescue her daughter. Cole soon discovers what has happened to her and he enters into a risky arrangement with a Korean organized criminal. It's a desperate move and Cole knows it.
"I was now in business with a Korean gang known for extortion, brutality, and violence, and about to put my trust into a drug cartel known for torture and mass murder. I told myself it was worth it. I told myself I had no choice. I lied to myself, and knew I was lying, but chose to believe the lies."
When the plan doesn't work out, Cole is seized by the bajadores and Pike must come to his rescue. With backup from fellow mercenary Jon Stone, Pike follows the trail left by his captors and holds nothing back from search for his best friend. The feds are also on the hunt for Cole and Pike must find him first before the federal agents make mistakes that could blow Cole's cover - and his life.
This is vintage Robert Crais weaving one of the most suspenseful thrillers I've read in a long time. 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. I finished it in a weekend. With fewer things to do, I'd have been done the same day.
I also found Crais's "time-shifting" method a bit gimmicky ("six days after they were taken ... eleven days after they were taken ... five days after they were taken"). Ditto for Elvis Cole speaking in first-person and the rest in third-person. And did we really need the whole Nancie Stendahl/ATF scenario?
Despite those complaints, I gobbled up this novel in two days.The action was relentless. So perhaps I'm being picky.
Regardless, while this novel certainly stands on its own, if you're new to Robert Crais I urge you to go back to the beginning of the Elvis Cole saga. Heck, I wish I were new to Crais, since it's been such an enjoyable ride with him over the years.
As a post-script, I should add that this book is not really representative of Robert Crais' talent. His other books in the series were so good that I read them in order, non-stop. If this had been the first that I'd read, I doubt I would have done that. As a long-time reader of virtually nothing but books of this type, I'd rate this book as fairly good, but not close to others in the series. I hope he gets back on course with his next book.
I've read all the Elvis and Joe Pike novels and look forward to them. This one was a big disappointment.
Robert Crais has given us another taunt terrific thriller. His protagonists Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are at their action best pursuing a young couple kidnapped by brutal "bajadores" coyotes. The couple just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and now Cole and Pike are hired to find them. Along the way the dynamic duo battle drug cartels, human "coyote" traffickers, Korean gangs, and the BAFT. Both Cole and Pike are taxed to the max and have to ask for help from a long time shadowy friend. The plot bubbles and boils to a deadly dramatic action packed conclusion.
No gratuitous sex, language or violence, nevertheless, there is some very strong language and violence. This is the world in which Cole and Pike move in and the strong language and violence are done to advance the dynamic plot.
Character development was superb. With each new Crais novel we learn more and more about who Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are. With this novel Pike's shadowy mercenary friend Jon Stone is richly developed. He is a character gold mine who I hope Mr. Crais develops in future Cole-Pike thrillers.
No question, must read 5 stars. Robert Crais gets better and better with each Cole-Pike thriller. With Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch getting very long in the tooth, it appears Robert Crais may just overtake Mr. Connelly as the new leader of LA Detective thriller?? Love Harry, but Cole and Pike are giving him a serious run for the best LA detective series.