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Good As Gone (Simon Fisk #1)

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From acclaimed writer Douglas Corleone comes this heart-pounding tale of international intrigue about a man whose mission is to find a young girl who is as GOOD AS GONE…

Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk now works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who were kidnapped by their own estranged parents. He only has one rule: He won't touch stranger abduc
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published August 20th 2013)
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Everyone makes a “personal”rule, that they do NOT stray from following. Former U.S. Marshall Simon Fisk is no different. He now tries to retrieve children “kidnapped” by a parent and taken out of the United States. His one rule, made after a devastating loss in his past is “Do not take on stranger abduction cases.” Period. When he is detained by the French police who threaten him with incarceration if he does not used his expertise to find the missing six-year-old daughter of a very wealthy and ...more
Ia Uaro
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Book title: Good As Gone
Series: Simon Fisk Novels (Book 1)
Author: Douglas Corleone
Publisher: Minotaur Books; St. Martins
ISBN-10: 1250017203 ISBN-13: 978-1250017208

6-year-old Lindsay Sorkin disappears in the middle of the night from a Paris resort-style hotel room. The National Police doesn’t want a media circus which will endanger Lindsay’s life as well as the country’s reputation; therefore Simon Fisk’s expertise is quietly sought.

Simon i
Good As Gone is a thriller by Douglas Corleone. His protagonist is Simon Fisk. The story starts with Simon in France being arrested, but he's not being taken to jail. Instead they take him to a house where he's asked to find a missing girl who's been abducted. They ask him because they know who he is, a former United States Marshall. His own daughter was abducted and after that, he became the person who searched for children who were taken by a parent.

This child, Lindsay Sorkin, was not abducted
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced thriller, and am looking forward to reading the author's backlist. The main character, Simon Fisk, was damaged, yet very likeable. The storyline was action packed, keeping me captivated all the way through.

Simon Fisk recovers children who have been kidnapped by their own parents. Simon, a former U.S. Marshall, lost all when his daughter was kidnapped, and due to that, he never takes on stranger abduction cases. Just finishing up a case in France, Simon is ta
Cheri Meyer
I won Good As Gone on goodreads. What a great win that was. I am in love with the main character Simon Fisk. Things do not come easy or always go well for Simon but he is determined to do the right thing. He takes recovering kidnapped kids to a new level and I hope this is the start of a new series. Beware, once you start you will not be able to put the book dpown.
Fantastic -- grabs the reader immediately and doesn't let up. This is the 4th book I've read by Corleone. He's a master of the genre. Without giving anything away, the climax is both nerve-wracking and heart-wrenching. Highly recommend.
A Thrilling Race to Recover a Kidnapped Child

Former US Marshal Simon Fisk has just recovered another kidnapped child in France and is heading home when he's detained by the French Police. Six-year-old Lindsay Sorkin has disappeared from the suite where she was staying with her parents. They are distraught. The police give Fisk an option: go to jail for smuggling the child he recovered out of France, or help find Lindsay. Simon avoids looking for kidnapped children unless an estranged parent is
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Today I'm reviewing a book from Netgalley called Good As Gone by Douglas Corleone.

Good As Gone is the story of former U.S. Marshall Simon Fisk who now retrieves children kidnapped by an estranged parent and taken to foreign countries. Fisk's one rule is that he won't work stranger abductions, having lost his daughter years ago in an unsolved case. However that is about to change, because to avoid a prison sentence in France, Fisk accepts a job searching fo
TJ Norris
I received this book as part of a Goodread's giveaway contest. The book sounded right up my alley, but the novel was mediocre, at best. The general concept of the story had potential. It reminded me a tad of the film Taken with Liam Neeson. Unfortunately, the story turns out completely lackluster. The problem is that everything is a little too easy in the book. The trail of clues is found one after another with zero investigation and more by sheer luck. The logic is lacking, as well. The main ch ...more
This book is about Simon Fisk. He is a former US marshal who's daughter was kidnaped and never found. Years later, he is working as a private contractor who will only take cases of children who have been taken by there own parent, no stranger cases. When the French police come to him and tell him that due to some extreme actions the he took during a pervious case, they will give him one of two options: 1 Help them find a girl who has been kidnapped by a stranger, or 2 go to jail. He takes option ...more
Dotty Morefield
Warning -- don't start GOOD AS GONE at night or you'll be losing a lot of sleep. This is one of those books that you simply have to read "one more chapter" all the way to the end. Simon Fisk is as real, believable and vulnerable as any character you're likely to find. His race across countries, and against time to find a kidnapped child will have you holding your breath -- and the climax will come as both a shock and surprise. GOOD AS GONE is as good as it gets. Can't wait for the next one. Reme ...more
I feel bad for Douglas Corleone. I'm pretty sure he spent hours and hours writing and I read this book entirely in les than 24! Excellent read. Well done.
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Kathy Martin
Simon Fisk has lived through every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter was abducted and has never been found. His wife committed suicide but Simon,. former US Marshal, now locates children taken by non-custodial parents and brings them home. He is stopped by the police in Paris and forced to help them locate six-year-old Lindsey Sorkin. The French police don't want the scandal of losing another foreign child. Simon doesn't care about the police but he does care about the little g ...more
So, I won this book from goodreads, and I cannot tell you how amazing it is, and how glad I was to win it! This book is an amazing read! (Word of warning: Once you start, there is no putting it down!) The main character is so real! I like how the author does not make the main character (Simon Fisk) seem different from any normal human being. Simon's pain is real, and what he feels, can be felt by the reader as well. The loss of Simon's daughter was a big motif in the book, and it spurred Simon t ...more
Colleen Estep
WOW!! A fast paced, page turning thriller that kept me involved from page 1. Meet Simon Fisk, who use to be a US Marshall, he now finds children who were abducted by a parent and taken out of the country. While on one of these retrieval missions his own 6 year old daughter is taken. The man who could find other missing children could not find his own. This leads to the suicide of his wife that he loved so much.
Now a couple are vacationing in Paris and their 6 year old daughter is taken from the
Douglas Lord
Looking for a beach read? You could do much worse than Corleone’s workmanlike thriller. Readers will be a bit put off by hero Simon Fisk at first; is this former U.S. Marshal a good guy or a bad guy? As it turns out, he’s a little like Matt Damon crossed with Charles Bronson: he fights for the good guys, but he’s kind of a bad ass. Years ago, Simon’s daughter was abducted and never returned, his marriage disintegrated, leaving him a damaged—and quite lethal—fella. Conveniently, this gives him th ...more
This had THE best beginning and first ten chapters or so that I've read in a long time. The story reads smoothly and the action doesn't stop through the whole book and I really like the main character and his back story. Toward the end there is one giant stroke of luck that's a bit hard to accept, but that's part of fiction, isn't it?

I would have given it five stars, but I'm not a fan of foul language. Granted, there's not a lot of it and, happily, it is mostly spoken by the bad guys, but still,
This was a very exciting thriller that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Simon Fisk was a great character who brought so many intense feeling to this reader. The other characters were well written & made you love them or hate them. I stayed up all night to finish this book & would recommend it to other. I am now a fan Mr. Corleone!
Laureen (Ms. Bibliophile)
Tense and exciting. The book wasn't stuffed with nonessential stuff, and everything served to push the story forward. This was excellently written.

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Brittany Tedder-Bixlar
It's a really good novel. It's about former U.S. Marshal Simon Risk who is put on the case to find an abducted girl who disappeared from her hotel room. Fisk goes across Europe to search for the girl. This novel keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! It takes the reader on the most exciting trip through Eastern Europe and constantly keeps you guessing. Can't wait to pick up the next book in the series!
Jennifer Boyce

I received this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. Although it took a while for this book to be delivered to me, once I got it I was very glad to have the opportunity to read it. This book was a fast-paced and thrilling read. I was hanging on the edge of my seat from the beginning of the book until almost the very end.

The book begins with the apprehension of Simon Fisk by the French police. His help is wanted to track down an abducted American girl, Li
I really liked this book! It moved quickly and didn't unnecessarily add in any filler information to drag it on.

The chase to find kidnapped six-year-old Lindsay Sorkin is on, and former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk is pressured into finding her even though he is haunted by his own daughter's abduction, or risk jail.

Simon races against the clock into many different foreign countries trying to get a location. He comes across many roadblocks and the seediest of people. There are a few people along the w
i thought it was one of the best thrillers i have ever read.
Ten years ago, Simon Fisk’s six-year-old daughter Hailey was abducted from the family home, never to be seen again. Devastated by grief and guilt, his wife Tasha committed suicide a short while later. For the last ten years, Simon has tried to outrun his demons by tracking down children unlawfully abducted by non-custodial parents, wanting to spare others the grief of losing a child Simon had to experience himself. However, he has never had to deal with abduction by strangers, so when he is appr ...more
Laura Phelps
Astounding read. By far the best Thriller I've ever read.

Simon Fisk is a former US Marshal now chasing after children who have been abducted by a parent, much like he had been as a child. What he doesn't do, however, is involve himself in cases where a stranger has kidnapped a child, because it is much too painful. His daughter was taken from him years ago by a stranger, and his wife soon committed suicide. When Lieutenant Davignon threatens him with prison if he doesn't take such a case, howeve
I received an advance readers' edition of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This book was a pretty quick read with action from the start. The narrator, Simon Fisk, puts the reader into the mind of a man who lost a part of himself when his daughter went missing. The similarities that he mentions between his wife and Lori Sorkin (the woman whose daughter he is looking for) tell how painful it still is to think about the disappearance of his daughter, Hailey.

This book was excellent
Kylie Simpson
I keep calling this a debut, because we haven't had the rest of Corleone's books in Australia before. What an accomplished thriller this was, a completely fast paced roller coaster ride of a novel. Simon Fisk is a likeable character, your standard damaged protagonist, but what he does is quite original, as a freelance consultant who rescues children of custodial kidnappings. The international settings made this more than the average action novel, and at times the book gave me a sense of déjà vu, ...more
John Buissink
This thriller starts with a bang and keeps going non-stop until the final conclusion. The main character is almost larger than life as he seems to be able to get out of impossible situations using his superior strength, speed or intellect. He makes mistakes but is able to rectify them. He gets lucky a couple of times but the way the story unfolds is plausible even though sometimes I almost had to suspend belief and ignore reality. I did not want to put this book down as I needed to know what was ...more
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Douglas Corleone is the highly acclaimed and award-winning author of contemporary thrillers. His debut novel, ONE MAN'S PARADISE, introducing hotshot defense attorney Kevin Corvelli was a finalist for the 2010 Shamus Award for Best First Novel and winner of the 2009 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award. Corleone's other novels in the Kevin Corvelli series include NIGHT ...more
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