The Mark (Henry Parker, #1)
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The Mark (Henry Parker #1)

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Right as I'm about to die, I realize all the myths are fake. There's no white light at the end of a tunnel. My life isn't flashing before my eyes.

All I can think about is how much I want to live.

I moved to New York City a month ago to become the best journalist the world had ever seen. To find the greatest stories never told. And now here I am—Henry Parker, twen...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Mira (first published 2007)
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Excellent debut novel!

I saw The Guilty on the shelf at Coles when it came out and read the synopsis. It sounded intriguing. Plus, the quotes from authors I’ve read helped as well, so I picked it up. I hadn’t realized it was the second book, so I picked up the first, The Mark. Am I ever glad I did!

And I had to agree with the reviews. The book is a gripping page-turner and I had a hard time putting it down. I felt bad for Henry, being stuck in the position he was in. While most of us would turn aw...more
The book for review is “The Mark” by Jason Pinter. The genre is action, adventure and a bit of drama.

Our main character, Henry Parker, is a journalist. He has just landed his dream job at the New York Gazette. Not only is it his place of employment but his idol works there, Jack O’Donnell. A man who was a legend in his own mind and others but it was well-earned. In a short time of working Henry gets a break, to work with Jack. All Henry has to do is get an interview from a source that Jack is wo...more
Donna Brown
This is Pinter's first novel and it's a fair first attempt. The main character is a young, idealistic reporter who ends up running for his freedom and his life after shooting a cop. I won't give too much away but this is a reasonably good story with some twists, turns and - of course - romance.

Two things made it difficult for me to rate this more highly. Firstly, the main character Henry didn't seem very likeable to me. A little too arrogant, a little too know-it-all, a little too whiny. Secondl...more
Kerlip Bintang
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This slow-starter turned out to be really interesting towards the middle. Though not really my cup of tea, it held my interest for the duration of the pages, though it petered out near the end.

Henry Parker lands his dream job as a reporter for one of New York's finest newspapers. Sent on assignment by his idol reporter to the seemingly benign apartment of an ex-convict, Henry's life is turned upside down when he intercepts a deal gone bad.

Running for his life, he meets a girl willing to run with...more
A thriller written by a young author, that happens to be his debut novel. Jason Pinter wrote a page-turner from the get go. A blend of a crime novel, with corruption and journalism thrown in. The reader is really rooting for Henry Parker....then you're hoping he makes it out alive. A great start to the series, which I will definitely be continuing.
Great book. Breakneck pace.

Henry Parker is the kind of guy you root for and Pinter has done an excellent job putting his rookie reporter in pot after pot of boiling water. The methodic layout of the novel pulls you in and keeps you moving forward, with barely time to catch your breath. I actually gasped out loud several times as characters surprised me... always a good sign.

The story itself is ratcheted up a notch with the introduction of Amanda. I particularly enjoyed the way her own history w...more
The Mark started off a little bit slowly, but once it took off it didn't let up! The story itself is cliche--mobsters, dirty cops, innocent guy in the wrong place at the wrong time, pretty girl who sees him for who he truly is and aids and abets him... We've all seen this story a billion times in theaters or on TV. But I don't care that this story is cliche! The Mark was exciting, blood-pounding, adrenaline-rush reading! The main characters were all sympathetic. I had a really hard time putting...more
Indah Threez Lestari
634 - 2014

Sebelum membaca novel ini, aku sudah pernah membaca novel Jason Pinter lainnya yang juga menampilkan tokoh utama yang sama. Entah kenapa, novel sebelumnya tidak meninggalkan kesan, malah kurating rendah. Kemungkinan besar faktor terjemahannya yang membuat kurang sreg dan malas membacanya.

Karenanya, aku tidak punya ekspektasi apa-apa waktu memungut buku ini dari timbunan buku yang belum terbaca. Tapi ternyata buku ini membuatku terus membacanya tanpa jeda sampai selesai. It's hard to pu...more
This is the first in the series about Henry Parker.

Henry Parker is a journalist and has just landed his dream job in New York at the newspaper NY Gazette..When he finally gets a break on a story - he is in for the run of his life.After he gets the interview with a former convict, he decides to go back and try to get some more information..What he stumbles upon is the convict and his wife being tied up and being threaten by someone with a gun..When Henry steps in to help, it results in him being...more
Ramon Dearmas
This book was amazing a fugitve story for sure! I would highly recommend it if you have been reading some slow dribble of a novel and want to spice things up.

Great young new author who I will definetly add to my list : < )
Jul 26, 2007 Lauren added it
The author is my best friend's don't just read the book, GO OUT AND BUY A COPY!!I read the book in two days...I could not put it down I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. It was great!!
Eli Yanti
Henry Parker seorang mahasiswa merasa bahwa jalannya sebagai jurnalis terkenal telah terbuka, ketika salah satu artikelnya masuk halaman pertama di Bulletin sehingga mendapatkan perhatian dari Wallace, redaktor sebuah perusahan surat kabar terkemu, New York Gazette yg akhirnya menawarkan pekerjaan di perusahaan surat kabar tersebut.

Namun tidak seperti yang dibayangkan Henry sebelumnya, dimana impiannya sebagai jurnalis yang meliput berita-berita hebat / spektakuler, dia hanya ditugaskan meliput...more
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“Znak” Jasona Pintera jest przygodą, z którą nie można się rozstać od pierwszych jej stron. Uzależniająca, wciągająca i niejako wymuszającą na czytelniku zaangażowanie się w życie głównego bohatera – Henry’ego Parkera. Ci mniej odporni na szczegółowe opisy z krwawych scen muszą nie raz przymknąć oko.

Autor stosuje skuteczne narzędzie zainteresowania czytelnika, wrzucając go znienacka w samą scenę napięcia, by następnie razem odkryć historię wstrząsającego zdarzenia. Od momentu zatrudnienia praweg...more
Ririn Miu
dulu, duluuuuuuuu... jaman kuliah dulu, saya suka banget baca buku2 thriller James Patterson. kebanyakan mungkin Alex Cross series. sampai2 lupa buku mana saja yang sudah dibaca dan belum (andai pada saat itu sudah mengenal goodreads :D), buku2 itu sama nasibnya dengan buku2 Agatha Christie yang saya baca (lupa yang mana yg sudah/belum dibaca). entah kenapa akhir2 ini kangeeeennn baca buku thriller, setelah sekian lama (ga lama juga sih) lebih sering membaca buku fantasi. waktu main ke kosan tem...more
Right as I'm about to die, I realize all the myths are fake. There's no while light at the end of a tunnel. My life isn't flashing before my eyes. All I can think about is how much I want to live.I moved to New York City a month ago to become the best journalist the world had ever seen. To find the greatest stories never told. And now here I am-Henry Parker, twenty-four years old and weary beyond rational thought, a bullet one trigger pull from ending my life. I can't run. Running is all Amanda...more
Henry Parker graduates college and gets his dream job, hired by the New York Gazette. He gets sent out on a routine follow-up interview by his idol, Jack O'Donnell, Henry gets sucked into a maelstrom of murder, intrique and corruption in high places. On the run, wanted for the murder of a police officer and hunted by every cop in New York, the F.B.I.and a mob hitman. Henry catches a ride to St. Louis with Amanda and the manhunt intensifies. Deciding to return to the scene of th crime, Henry and...more
If you love heart-stopping thrillers, you'll enjoy The Mark by Jason Pinter--the first in the Henry Parker series. Henry Parker had the perfect life--a loving girlfriend, a dream job working for the New York Gazette as a reporter, and his own apartment. Things change, when his idol Jack O'Donnell asks him to help him out with an assignment. So he takes it on to interviews former convict, Luis Guzman, who was very nervous. Things didn't add up. When he returns to his apartment, things turn for th...more
I enjoyed this book - it read like an action thriller movie and I really got into the fast-paced storyline. The story flowed well for me and it didn't feel too "far fetched" as some other crime novels tend to be. It's a good read.

I will note, however, that there is some definite strong language throughout the book. It's about a journalist working for the New York Gazette who gets caught up in a mob war - definitely at the wrong place at the wrong time. I suppose strong language would be expected...more
Sheila Beaumont
Jason Pinter's debut thriller is a winner, a suspenseful page-turner starring Henry Parker, an engaging, ambitious young reporter in NYC who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He suddenly finds himself the prime suspect in a murder, and is on the run, pursued by the NYPD, two FBI agents, and an assassin employed by the mob. I had already enjoyed two of this author's later books in the same series, The Fury and The Darkness, which are even better, but I'd advise starting with thi...more
Did Not Finish. Hilang selera setelah chapter 8. Suspense-nya terlalu dibuat-buat, dialog tidak engaging, karakter idealis yang membosankan. Sorry, this book isn't for me.
One of the best books I've ever read.
Martin Streetman
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Mirella Grace
Waaaah, bagus banget. Setelah baca buku Violets nya Gena Showalter yang Atlantis seri, yang notabene adalah paranormal romance, baca novel ini bener bener okeeeehhhh. Thriller ama misteri abis deh.

Henry Parker was the wrong man at the wrong place and time. Dasar nasib sialnya Henry aja, berada di tengah2 kasus pemukulan gitu. Pokoknya, si Henry apes dah. Tapi salut juga, dalam waktu 3 hari, dia bisa kabur kaburan dari kejaran pemangsanya, nemuin paket yang dicari2, nyelesain kasusnya, sekaligus...more
This debut novel featuring Henry Parker, a young, newly minted journalist thrust into the center of a murderous, corruption and organized crime melee was good enough to get me to look for more in the series, though I did feel that some of the plot was farfetched and reaching. Nevertheless, the writing was good and the book suspenseful. This book was offered free for the kindle and as such, offered enough of an incentive to get me to purchase future books. Many thanks to the author for this intro...more
This book was action packed and a non-stop thriller. I literally read most of it in one day. I kept turning each page looking for a good stopping point but I with each word I read I became even more enthralled with the story. With various twists and turns this book constantly keeps you on your toes wondering "what happens next". This book is highly recommended while it's not exactly a deep tale exploring the human soul it is fascinating and nearly impossible to put down.
I wish that Goodreads gave 1/2 stars because this story was ok and I liked it. It was not a keep me up all night and I must start the second in the series type of read but the plot was well thought out and the big twist at the end was great. I liked the action and the way it was written but for me it wasn't a real sit on the edge of my seat story. I think I will continue with the series because I like the characters and are curious as to what they are going to do "now".
Caity Ross
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Throughout the book I couldn't get this bad feeling about how Mr. Parker was a rookie at a newspaper trying to save someone's life or be a hero. I thought overall it was a good tale but was delivered a little too hokey. There were a bunch of movie references throughout the book - not as "Ohh, look he's paying tribute to" as much as "Ohh, I've seen that in" references. That turned me off.
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