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Saving Rachel (Donovan Creed #3)

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,079 Ratings  ·  372 Reviews
What if the best morning of your life suddenly turned into your worst nightmare? Sam Case is about to find out. Saving Rachel is the story of what happens when killers force a man to choose between his wife and his mistress...and the one he rejects must die. “If Dean Koontz collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock at the circus, this would be their brain child.”
Nook, 192 pages
Published March 13th 2010 by Telemachus Press, LLC (first published 2009)
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Lou
Dec 20, 2011 Lou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a grand work of fiction. The story starts on the get-go with a high pace of goings on, the writing is not written in a really good prose. But saying all this it does serve up a dose of thrill and entertainment the beginning was good and the twist's were good the author kept the pace going. Cutting away many things readers like in stories he has tried to break the rules a bit here and serve up a short dose of thrill. You will come across a few 'that's ridiculous! moments', and some un ...more
Karyl
Oct 04, 2011 Karyl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really terrible. I'm sure it doesn't help that I read it right after finishing a Harlan Coben novel, a man who really knows how to write a gripping, fast-paced, yet believable crime thriller. This book was fast-paced, yes, but it felt like the reader was being jerked around just for the sake of being jerked around. It was in no way believable, and none of the characters were anything but flat and one-dimensional. The novel begins with Sam, who is married, having sex with his girlfri ...more
Melissa Acuna
If goodreads had negative stars for a rating system, this book would receive at least -1, possibly -2 on the scale. It gets one star for being so short.

I like John Locke's writing style--it's Raymond Chandler for the 21st century, but that combined with totally unlikable characters and a completely implausible plot line that was too complicated to follow still adds up to a waste of time.

The main character, Sam, is an adulterer who makes money untraceable so that the bad guys can hang onto thei
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Angelina
Mar 21, 2011 Angelina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I try to find redeeming qualities in a book. This read more like a screenplay of one of those late night movies. Those crappy late night movies one runs across when battling a bout of insomnia or at the laundromat. The only good things I can say about this book:

no spelling errors

decent grammar/punctuation

it wasn't too long

The book so anti-woman it was disgusting. Every page I read prompted, "are you effing kidding me?!" and a solemn shaking of the head. As for the mystery, I figured it all out b
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Meghan
Jul 20, 2012 Meghan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In order to be fair to the writer and the story I need to say that I have never read Mr. Locke's work before and wasn't aware that this book was part of a series. I don't know where this book fits in the overall chronology of the other Donovan Creed books (and to be honest I have no desire to find out) so part of my issue could be that I came into an established story without the proper background.

The most positive thing I can say is that it was a quick read (although that could be due to my glo
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Mary
Aug 15, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the firzt of John Locke's books I had read. I stumbled upon it by accident one late night after finishing a book. At such a low Nook price, I could not resist it and thought I would give it a go. I am SO glad I did. Like many of the other reviewers, I could no...Read MoreThis was the firzt of John Locke's books I had read. I stumbled upon it by accident one late night after finishing a book. At such a low Nook price, I could not resist it and thought I would give it a go. I am SO glad I ...more
Brigitte Dean
Feb 23, 2013 Brigitte Dean rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that contains a lot of twists and turns which makes you think you will not be able to put it down, when in fact, all you want to do is set it aside and forget about it. None of the characters are likable and you can't really root for either the mistress or the wife to be saved. The scenarios grow progressively more implausible. For instance, the main character discovers his sister-in-law in the trunk of a car so how does he verify if she's still alive? Does he check for a pulse or ...more
Eva Leger
I've been REALLY crappy about reviewing lately so I actually read this a week ago, give or take. Forgive me if I forget some details. I remember the gist of it all though.
I'm surprised to see so many negative reviews. I'll admit that while reading this I expected it to be a first book or a new author but it's it's a good story. I'd urge people to keep in mind that readers usually have genres they love - and those they don't love so much. If I read a western, romance (in the strictest sense) or m
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Giovanni Gelati
Feb 28, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Donovan Creed and the writing style of John Locke. Saving Rachel was a twisted, turning, fun train wreck: one of those things that you can’t stop watching or in this case, reading. Just some stats from the geeks in our stat department, yeah we have one of those, they are a hard working bunch: Kindle rankings of John Locke novels-Saving Rachel- #3, Lethal People-#15, Wish List- #19, Lethal Experiment-#36 ,Now & Then-#41. Intense to say the least, they are $.99 downloads; I sucked them ...more
Jeff Silvey
John Locke was the first self-published writer to sell one million ebooks on Amazon. I wanted to see what all the shouting was about. Unfortunately, this thriller just wasn't executed well.

There are many of indicators of amateur writing:

(1) The overuse of italics throughout the first third of the book are distracting.
(2) He uses identifiers when showing the thoughts of the main character, however, this is not needed when in the first-person point of view.
(3) There are a number of clumsily word
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Chanda
May 05, 2011 Chanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sitting here trying to think of what to say about this book I kept thinking of that part on The Grinch where the Grinch (Jim Carey) is going through the phone book, "Hate, hate, hate. Hate, hate, hate. LOATHE!" I was not a fan and I will not be looking for any more by this author. The writing was sophomoric and the details of the plot are disorderly and confusing. And the end.... The last sentence just stops right in the middle of the scene. There's no closure at all. The attempt to get you to b ...more
Seb
Feb 05, 2011 Seb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the ways there are to write a thriller, 'Saving Rachel' must be said to fall into the 'outrageous' category.

Think of Raymond Chandler freed of all the moral qualms of his day and let lose with his inhibitions loosened and you would get one step of the way towards placing John Locke's novel. Or imagine sitting in a bar next to a guy who really knows how to talk and who has the task of constructing the most implausible story - to explain away why he has just slept with the most beautiful wo
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Lisa
Jun 10, 2011 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was one complicated story. The main character is a man who designs computer programs for a living, and who has created a program that will move money for wealthy clients who need to hide large assets. He makes a lot of money doing this and has control of billions of dollars.

In a bizzare story line that I am not going to try to summarize because it is too complicated, he gets caught up in events in which his wife and mistress may or may not have been kidnapped, his sister-in-law and others m
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Harry
Continuing with my pursuit of the lone Hero (see reviews for Joe Pike novels, John Rain novels, and Jack Reacher novels) Donovan Creed is probably the most unique character I came across.

I'd never heard of John Locke until I received my Kindle DX in the mail. Locke made his fame and fortune self-publishing his books in the Kindle world. For the Kindle, his books are ridiculously inexpensive (around $0.99 to $1.99). I was surprised at what I read and hooked from the start. Unlike my other series
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Chauntel Vickers
Jul 25, 2011 Chauntel Vickers rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Saving Rachel isn't the type of book I generally read. So I have to look at this book for what it is, not what i am used to reading.

It was entertaining for sure, almost like watching an action movie. There was a plot twist almost every chapter, and the author really made a point of leaving you on the edge of your seat. And I went through it quickly. (also helps that it was less than 200 pages written at a basic level, and double spaced.)

But it certainly wasn't life changing. Didn't cause any se
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Mark
Feb 16, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to read this to see what all the fuss was about and why, despite what appears to be an amateurish cover, it continually hovers near the top of bestseller lists.

This was a decent thriller, fast paced and a quick, fun and easy read. The characters (even the "good guys") aren't the type I would normally empathize with - they tend to fall onto the side of selfish jerks, so they're not the type of people I would want to associate with, but I can stomach reading about them, particularly when it co
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Peggy Holloway
May 13, 2013 Peggy Holloway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read one or two books a day and have my favorite 30 or so best selling authors. I read all of one author's and then move on to the next. I have to have a lot of favorites and they keep growing because they don't write fast enough. Once I've caught up with all my favs, I get a sampling of authors I've never read and find one that has a stack of books then I'm off again to read all of them. For my birthday I was given a nook and I downloaded a pile of 99 cent ones and read them. Now I found anot ...more
Brenda Whitner
This book was not worth my time really. The story line was contrived. It was about fast cars, hot woman and lots of money. The women in the book were sorry pictures of women. They were docile and obedient. Donovan actually calmed Rachel down with a look. Like that really happens in real life. It starts out with Sam screwing his girlfriend in a cheesy hotel room and telling her that he loved her. Then he goes out to his car and gets kidnapped and the gangster that kidnaps him wants to know his wi ...more
Teneal
Jan 31, 2012 Teneal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a book I just picked up for a quick read to get me through until Feb when I could start my Feb reads.

The writing of this felt a bit 'amateurish' at times but I liked the book at some stages because it kept me guessing and made me want to read on to find out what was going to happen.

I did not like 'Part 2' of this book at all. It told the other persons point of view and I found it very confusing and just not my type of thing at all.

All up the logistics of the book were very confusing t
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Kathy
Apr 24, 2011 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded 'Saving Rachel' for Kindle because it was only $.99. I actually read the whole book (thank goodness it was so short). I found all of the characters in the book lacked dimension. The male characters were cartoon-like and the female characters were written to fulfill some male fantasy. The "plot" is disjointed and tends to unravel rather than unfold. Bottom line is it just wasn't my cup of tea. In all fairness, I tried to find out more about John Locke to try to understand his writing ...more
Julie Johnson
Mar 13, 2011 Julie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book via the authors Twitter feed, and then looked it up on Amazon & Goodreads. It was 99 cents and I'm always game to try out new books at that price!

Once again, I was pleasantly surprised by my 99 cent find. This was a good read. Its fast, clever, great plot twists. It's not particularly deep, but I didn't mind that. It's like a really good action movie. You know some of the scenes are a bit unrealistic, but that only adds to the fun. The characterization was good but i
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Debbie
Jun 08, 2011 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ll be honest, I'm having a hard time writing my thoughts about this book. One reviewer said she felt a loss of intelligence after reading it. I wouldn't go that far, but I do agree that the story was predictable and the characters were not fully developed. The pace was fast – reading the book is like reading a screenplay for an extremely over-the-top action-packed crime movie – but much of the writer's talent was spent on keeping the reader interested in turning the page.

Am I sorry I read it?
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Caron
Mar 22, 2011 Caron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for some fun, light reading for my recent vacation. This book was very popular with ebooks readers at Amazon so I gave it a shot. I hoping for something as good as Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, and maybe that was asking too much, but this book was really disappointing and silly. The plot was unbelievable, and the main character, did not appeal to me at all. I like tough guys like Jack Reacher, but Donavan did not seem to have any redeeming characteristics. I won't be reading any ...more
Jay Deb
Jan 04, 2014 Jay Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
John Locke is a very good writer. I am his fan and he has been an inspiration for many. I know this book has sold two million copies. But for me this book is sorta disappointing. May be I expected this book to be a great one but it's just a good book, not great.
The story is about a confused computer man(says maybe a lot) who is caught in a dicey situation and doesn't know what to do. He doesn't even know who is doing what. As the story moves on, he still does not know what is going on and his co
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Carol Piner
Nov 03, 2014 Carol Piner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5.0 out of 5 stars With Donovan Creed, off you Go !!!, December 17, 2010

What a pace Saving Rachel sets right from the start! The moment you open the book, off you go! Reading Saving Rachel is like riding in an out of control car up and down hills and valleys. You'll be rolling along enjoying his prose and unique sense of humor and bam, here comes a twist you weren't ready for, and the whole direction of the book changes. When the author comes to the end of a chapter, his ability to come to an a
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C.H. Valentino
Jun 21, 2011 C.H. Valentino rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to C.H. by: Amazon
Like most of the other reviews, this book was just a waste of time, but there was one redeeming thing about it - it ended. The writing style is a joke and Locke wanders through action scenes like he's flipping through channels trying to decide what episode of the Sopranos to incorporate into the next chapter. In the end, untangling the mess he's made of a plot that ne'er came close to making sense, I found it hard to care if the main character lived or died. I just wanted it to be over.
Sharon
Feb 01, 2014 Sharon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read a summary of this book on the Kobo site and decided to buy it as it was only a couple of euro. I'd actually have gotten better value for money if I'd thrown it in a wishing well.

Is this serious? I mean, is this supposed to be a thriller? Because it works really, really well as a parody, but I feel incredibly sorry for the author if this was supposed to be a genuinely thrilling read. Fair play to John Locke on all his accolades, I haven't read anything else written by him - I can only ass
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Linda Mirvis
First book I read on Kindle. Certainly a fast read, and no lack of action or plot twists. Just incredibly incredible. The idea of retelling the same events through a second character was interesting, but I found I kept forgetting that it was a different person, and wondering why the narrator would say or do something. Also, a few plot elements were never fully explained or resolved. And many more were just too far-fetched to accept at any level.
Jody
Feb 21, 2011 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
I think I got this book really cheap for my Kindle. I have to say it was enjoyable. Although confusing at times, I even laughed out loud once or twice. The story line was quite intricate but not bad. I was amazed that the author had such an interesting way to kill off someone... I honestly had no idea who was what in this book. Kept me reading for sure - finished in a day.
Kathy
Feb 15, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This one kept me guessing and confused about what was real and what was not. This was my first John Locke book but it will not be my last. My only complaint was the ending left me turning the page thinking my Kindle had not downloaded the entire book. It just STOPPED. It did not tell us what happened to one of the main characters in the story. Very strange.
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