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Lost and Found (Taken Trilogy #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  714 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Ever since his classic debut, The Tar-Aiym Krang, the first of the wildly successful Pip and Flinx adventures, New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster has captivated readers around the world. Now this writer of bold imagination and stunning originality has created an electrifying space epic set in a universe at once strangely familiar and starkly terrifying. Fam ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Del Rey Books (first published 2004)
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Mar 10, 2014 Tom rated it liked it
An OK novel about alien abduction and what comes after. This short novel is a setup for a trilogy and I suppose it serves that purpose (get an "average" guy up into galactic society and let's see what happens). However, the hero seems kind of a 50-60s throwback... "all American" former football player or whatever (?) now turned into some kind of finance guy and importer of chocolate (?). He goes camping to prove he can to his buddies. Nearly gets into a bar fight for no reason while getting drun ...more
May 30, 2013 Lea rated it really liked it
There is a talking dog, there are aliens, and there is space travel. It was even funny. So why didn't I love it? It was good, I enjoyed it, but...
I don't know. It felt like an Y.A novel written for adults. Adults who need a vocabulary boost-- I didn't actually need to look up any words, but the book was filled with the author straining to shove some SAT words into every sentence. Maybe that's what kept me from loving it- I had to translate english into english, and I didn't even learn any new w
Apr 29, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
Alien abductions, a talking dog with increased intelligence, sassy aliens, and space travel all told with such delectable, delicious words and wordplay. What's not to like?

I laugh at more parts in the book than I can remember. Completely entertaining and had me wanting more at every turn of the page.

Human Marcus Walker is abducted by aliens with the intent of being sold for profit. On the alien ship, among all the other aliens, he finds himself a Terran companion. The problem is; the other Terr
Jul 27, 2010 Joe rated it really liked it
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Jan 07, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it
I picked it up because it mentioned a talking dog and aliens...and I enjoyed reading it. I liked the story and the characters. Can't wait to read the sequel.
An Odd1
Feb 17, 2013 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fun
Marcus Walker (20s-30s?), well-off Chicago commodities trader, fit athletic ex-college football linebacker on a camping holiday, is kidnapped, with his tent and part of the mountain lake, by outer-space slavers. Big "purplish pebble-skinned" p89 Vilenjjis implant prisoners with language translation chips, jail them in cells resembling their native habitats, and sell them as novelties in other galaxies. To attain freedom, Marc bands with talking canine George and aliens - Sque, smart cephalapod, ...more
Dec 06, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it
Alien abduction, with a humorous twist! Our hero, an ex-football player turned commodities trader finds himself in a place far from home. His sidekick, a talking dog named George helps our hero Marcus hatch a plan to escape from their alien abductors. Once free, they find themselves far from home with no hope of return.

This was a great book, full of humor and action. If I were to be alien abducted, this would be the way to go! Love the dog George!
John Parvin
Oct 08, 2016 John Parvin rated it really liked it
what happens if alien abductions were real? Marcus Walker soon finds out the hard way as he enjoys a vacation at a remote lake one moment and finds himself as a curiosity aboard a spaceship a short while later, and completely isolated.

on the verge of insanity, Marcus suddenly finds himself free... sort of...
with a smart dog at his side, Marcus soon finds just how little the human race actually knows......
through a series of events, often harrowing and deadly, Marcus, as well as the smart dog Geo
Sep 25, 2016 Sandee added it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Fish out of water story about Marcus who is kidnapped by aliens. If you like that sort of thing, seeing someone's vision of alien life, you might like it.

Marcus is solo camping in the CA woods to prove to his macho friends he can. After getting drunk with a pregnant woman and almost getting into a fight with her brother, he is abducted. Obviously the sort of person who won't willingly cooperate with aliens.

Also there's a sentient dog.
Jun 22, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
Foster is a genuis at pacing, this book sucked me up and spit me out four sleep-deprived days later. I could not put it down. The main character, Marc, is kidnapped by aliens and where he finds himself and what he does about it really compel the reader on. I also really enjoyed the characters which were unique species and personalities. Very fun. Somehow foster managed to make yellow hairy behemoth poets and mauve ten tentacled geniuses seem normal and totally believable. The language is glaring ...more
Jun 28, 2014 Raymond rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2000s
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This was a fluffy thing about a modern Flash Gordon type who gets kidnapped into space along with a random dog. Now, I've read a lot of Alan Dean Foster, but most of those books have been movie or TV adaptations. It's something that he's very good at, fleshing out characters without deviating too much from a script. Without that script, he's a bit of a Terry Pratchett style humorist, with the same inclination to pose light moral situations. Here, i
Mike S
Sep 17, 2016 Mike S rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-sci-fi
Another great Foster story, imaginative, fast paced, and very funny.
Patrick Gibson
Mar 02, 2015 Patrick Gibson rated it liked it
Marcus Walker, a hot-shot commodities trader gets abducted by aliens while on a solo camping trip in the Sierra Nevadas. He is eventually paired with snarky canine abducted from a Chicago alley, whom he calls George... the dog is able to speak, due to brain enhancement and implant technology of the abducting aliens. While in captivity aboard a giant alien ship, man and dog encounter all sorts of strange oxygen-breathing aliens in a wild animal park setting and learn this menagerie will eventuall ...more
While not terribly deep or meaningful, this was an entertaining story of a commodities trader, Mark Wheeler, who while on a camping trip is abducted by aliens. The aliens don't have any probing in mind, they just collect specimens from different planets to sell as exotic pets on the galactic black market. The book tells the story of how Mark and another earth creature, a scruffy dog named George, survive on the ship and with two other captives, try to escape. While the book isn't laugh-out-loud ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Reanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book just didn't really do much for me. I didn't particularly care about or much like the characters (not that I especially disliked them either). The plot was pretty bland. It's mostly just this guy being trapped in a cage. The one thing that would have made this scenario interesting, I think, would have been to really get a feel for who more of the other aliens were, but aside from the two main aliens that Mark eventually meets, most of the aliens are glossed over with very little descrip ...more
Lizzy Hoggard
Jun 19, 2009 Lizzy Hoggard rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Okay so first off, I'm not that big a fan of the cliche sci-fi "here's an alien and now it's abducting you" storyline. So I was really surprised and impressed when this story captivated my attention because that's really all it is. There is no special take. There was no new and exciting twist. The writing style, while not bad, was nothing unusual. I couldn't tell you just what about this book separates from any other of this plot line. But I can tell you that it is separated. I enjoyed it immens ...more
May 06, 2013 Ceejay rated it liked it
I haven't read any Alan Dean Foster in a long while, and I had forgotten what a great storyteller he is. This novel is a variation on a theme; people being held captive by aliens.Mr. Foster does a very interesting variation on that theme. The main characters, an earthing and a dog out of Chicago, get to interact with a large collection of oxygen breathing captives.The good.The bad.The ugly. The egotistical. All the captives have an inplant that allows them to understand each other. This is the f ...more
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Dec 15, 2011 Harold rated it really liked it
Great read. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. At first I thought it would be corny but really I ended up not being able to put it down at some points.

A book about a city man who was pushed to take up camping is abducted by aliens who are on the hunt to gather different species across the universe. One of these just happens to also be from Earth. A dog. The aliens enhanced his brain so he would be able to talk and hence became a good friend to the main character. Once they are let out of
Indah Threez Lestari
Aug 10, 2013 Indah Threez Lestari rated it liked it
Shelves: in-english, punya
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Awright, just a little comment.

Sudah biasa kalau kita mengetahui adanya pemburu liar menangkapi satwa langka eksotis untuk dijual sebagai binatang peliharaan.

Coba bayangkan, kalau tahu-tahu kita ditangkap alien sebagai salah satu specimen eksotis dan akan dijual sebagai binatang peliharaan di galaksi lain yang "lebih beradab".

Daripada pasrah dan berdoa mendapat majikan yang baik, Marcus Walker mengajak para species tangkapan dar berbagai dunia lain bekerja sama
Marya Kowal
Dec 07, 2012 Marya Kowal rated it really liked it
A commodity trader gets abducted by aliens intent on selling him to the highest bidder as a pet. Having to come to terms with not being the smartest species in the universe, far from home, in desperate straits, and coping with a variety of aliens in the same situation as you? You'd think it would be trite, but Alan Dean Foster does it again with making the ordinary and tired plot line come alive with characters who grow, change, and adapt in ways that makes them admirable and interesting.

Loved i
Brian Quick
Jan 01, 2016 Brian Quick rated it really liked it
So I picked up the book because it had a dog on the cover. Dean Koontz does good dog characters, and Foster is putting up good competition in this novel. Didn't realize that Foster wrote Cachalot, one of my favourite books.
The characters here are the weirdest I have ever read about. Well (and weirdly) described. I always have trouble identifying the sex of characters by their verbal behaviour. These were done very well.
This is a trilogy and I am looking forward to the next ... The Light-Years Be
Oct 05, 2009 J. rated it really liked it
Good, but not great SF intended for young readers, but with much more of an "adult sf" feel to it. Foster asks adolescents to identify with a 30 year old protagonist...not impossible, but certainly not easy, especially considering this particularly protagonist is in no way "hip" or dealing with any of the issues adolescents usually must. Of course, as in most novels where a talking dog is a character, the dog steals every scene he's in. Not powerful like Anderson's "Feed" or Engdahl's "Enchantre ...more
Shawn Thrasher
Jun 25, 2012 Shawn Thrasher rated it liked it
What would you do if you were abducted by aliens to be sold as a pet? Foster's story of Marc Walker, captured by aliens, is essentially Escape from Alcatraz set in space (with a little bit of Hogan's Heroes thrown in). Fast paced and funny, this will certainly also make you think about bit about what it is like to be a hamster or a "trained" chimp. I read this in bascially one sitting, could not put it down! Looking forward to book two!
Aug 31, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere between a 3 and a 4. This is a light read, perfect to listen to during my walks around the neighborhood but nothing I would recommend for a Hugo.
He sets up some nice opportunities, like the talking dog, but then he does not exploit those opportunities enough to make the book special.
Nevertheless, I definitely would like to read the others in the trilogy and am disappointed that they are not recorded.
Veronica Lakewood
Oct 07, 2011 Veronica Lakewood rated it really liked it
ADF is one of my favorite writters. His work in star trek, starwars and other universes make him a well rounded author. - my favorite book of his is "The I inside" a read I highly recommend.
This . The first book of the series keeps your interest while maintaining a easy-to-read not overly padantic appoach to an old chestnut. (Alîen abduction) for Profit is brilliànt! The mix of aliens make this a fun book to read...
Jun 02, 2016 Craig rated it liked it
It was a neat idea for a book. At times it was really interesting seeing the different characters interacting with each other. However, at times my mind tended to wonder so I wasn't totally engrossed in the story. I am curious about how this story will end so I might pick up the sequels at some point.
Jun 26, 2014 Lynne rated it really liked it
I haven't read a lot of science fiction or fantasy. I have read a few of Foster's books and I enjoy them. Even if the title doesn't sound interesting, I end up liking the book. Marcus and his fellow travelers are a diverse group but fun. This is a interesting concept--like a pet store but with bigger life forms.
This really want the funny book that I was looking for, but it was a fine sort of meandering story to listen to. The reader does a good job with the kidnapped by aliens commodity trader Mark and his fellow abducted brain boosted talking dog George. Might have considered trying the next one to see if the pair makes home, but turns out this is a trilogy and I just not >That< interested.
Apr 27, 2014 Todd rated it liked it
It's kind of like Guardian's of the Galaxy meets the Great Escape except but, not nearly as good as Guardians of the Galaxy and I haven't actually seen the Great Escape so I can't say how good this book is compared to that movie.
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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