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Lost and Found (Taken Trilogy #1)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  570 ratings  ·  51 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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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
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
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Patrick Gibson
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
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
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
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.
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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
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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
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
Lizzy Hoggard
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
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.
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
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.
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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
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.
Indah Threez Lestari
515 - 2013

Terlantar sejak 09.02.08

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
Anna Questerly
This was a cute story and it did get my mind off of Still Alice. Recommend after reading something emotionally disturbing.
Science fiction, whimsy, adventure and a dog in the cast of characters, who could ask for more?
Doreen Dalesandro
Genre: Sci-Fi
Rating: 3.5
I listened to this book.
Vicki Dee
love this book ... loved the whole series
Marya Kowal
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.

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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
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!
Veronica Lakewood
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...
William Freedman
Considering how much I've enjoyed Foster's work in others' universes, I was tremendously let down by the tone, style and pacing of this work. It's unworthy of such a proven master of the craft.
Andy Matthews
I'm a big fan of everything I've read of Alan Dean Foster. His characters are interesting and funny. His descriptions of them are detailed while not being overboard, and his stories are compelling and amusing. Lost and Found is yet another example of why you should check out his books.
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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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