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The Abduction

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,633 ratings  ·  202 reviews
Ben Brice lives alone in the New Mexico wilderness where he battles memories of Vietnam with oceans of Jim Beam. Miles away in Texas, his estranged son, John, an Internet geek-turned-billionaire, half watches his daughter Gracie’s soccer game while conducting business on his cell phone. When her mother Elizabeth arrives, the coach reports that her uncle has already collect ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Vanguard Press (first published 2007)
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Anushka
4.5 Stars is more like it.

This book was absolutely smashing. The story had so many angles popping out from everywhere but in the end everything connected so well with each other. The pace and writing used to dangle a little bit in-between but the great plot made up for most of it.

I really liked the way Giminez had planned out the story, giving flashes of the gruesome past in the beginning of every chapter.
Also, I really appreciate the way life of a retired Army colonel was shown. War only dest
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Marca
I am a little weary of books about crimes that start as something local, but soon balloon into something that could “change the fate of the world”. So when I read the description of this book about a kidnapping that could “change the course of American history” I was leery. I had not read this author before, but read some reviews and thought I would give it a try. I must say the author pulled it off; I bought the premise. Ten-year old Gracie Brice is taken from her soccer game by an uncle, excep ...more
Jodi
This was an outstanding story. Last year I read his Color of Law and thought it was great. It was different. It was a lawyer story but it was really about redemption. So is The Abduction. Ben Brice served in Vietnam. A Colonel by the time he was done. But the war destroyed him. He saw things and had to do things that shattered him. He lives in isolation, drinking himself to death. The only light in his life is his 10 year old granddaughter, Gracie. They have a bond that is an inexplicable as it ...more
Anie
Too bad "0" isn't an option. What a piece of junk. I understand that this author has another, successful, book. I suspect he wrote this one at the age of 12 and then dusted off and had it published in order to ride on the coattails of that success. The plot is juvenile, predictable, and completely unbelievable. The characters are so stereotypical as to be laughable, and the cliches are just plain annoying. The only reason I finished this book is that I was stuck in a situation where no other rea ...more
Becky
This was my first time reading anything by Mark Gimenez. I very much enjoyed reading this book. As a mom of a 9 year old daughter, I thought this book might be a really tough book for me to read. Gracie, a 10 year old girl, is abducted after her soccer game. Although, the subject is tough, I really like Gimenez's writing style and how he used such colorful characters to make the story more readable. Gimenez did a great job infusing interesting characters with complex stories, as well as the gove ...more
John Dulley
I thought it would be hard for Mark Gimenez to match his debut novel "Color of Law" but IMHO he has done that with his second novel "The Abduction". I expected that this would follow the pattern of Gimenez's other books which are mainly legal thrillers, but this is a no holds barred complex thriller which puts him at the top of my favourite author list.

Gracie Brice is an active, highly intelligent and mature ten year old daughter of an IT genius, John Brice, who is about to float his company an
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Judi
After reading the reviews, I was so ready to get into this book. Disappointingly, I found the characters were too cliched to hold my interest from the start, much less make me care about them. The story centers on the abduction of 10 year old Grace, whose character is an super-dooper good soccer player, executing moves on the soccer field that would make Mia Hamm jealous. Naturally, Grace is also spunky, tough,smart, cute, and blonde. Not much of what she says or how she acts sounds like any 10 ...more
Christian
The Abduction by Mark Gimenez was an enjoyable book to read. It was very action packed, but I thought it took too long for the action to really take off. There was action in the beginning, which made me hopeful that the whole book would be filled with action, but none more really came until the end. However, when the action took off, it REALLY got me hooked. The book was filled with action, but I think Mark Gimenez tried too hard to put a good love scene in it. Those scenes just seemed awkward t ...more
Wayne
This was a page turner. Read while on holiday and couldn't put it down. Will definitely want to read more of Mark Gimenez.
Ineke van Mackelenbergh
My first book by this author and I was spell-bound from the first page. This is a very taut thriller about a 10 year old girl's abduction, how it affects the various members of her family and those closest to her. Therein too lies an intriguing twist. Generally, the twists in the main theme and plot of the story are excellently pulled together, not forgetting insights into the various character traits of its main protagonists. At first I was somewhat dubious at how the story would evolve when th ...more
Bill
outstanding read!

I absolutely Loved this Novel! I was immediately captured into the story. I really liked him telling the story through different characters and viewpoints. Very complex plot line, but excellent writing! Almost a bit over the top with how it was all so inter twined, but he even brought it all to a nice close at the end. Very well done!
Angie
Abandoned this. Could not get past the OTT descriptive writing. Yes I get that they're rich and the wife has balls etc. Don't need it to be reinforced with every sentence. Pity. I gather the story itself is really good.
CAROL KELLY
Awesome Page Turner

A Vietnam hero plagued by the memories of the war became a drunk and lived in a cabin in New Mexico relinquished the bottle to use his skills as a green beret to rescue his Granddaughter kidnapped by terrorists planning to assassinate the President one of only two that had betrayed a blood hungry Major from the war. The little girl, Grace lives with her wealthy parents in Dallas. The story having so many people's roles including her parent's past that keep you in suspense reve
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Zurks
I loved reading this, it had a fast pace and I was keen to find out what would happen next. It is easy to read, interesting, and includes some American military history.

I like Mark Gimenez but I find sometimes escriptions between books are repetitive, say the amount of women with an amazing body due to hours on a stairmaster.

Anyway, on to the actual book. I liked the characters, they had depth and issues and their actions fit. The only character I really disliked, and this is my reason for dro
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Bev
The Abduction tells the story of Gracie, who is abducted just after her soccer game. Her mother, an aggressive lawyer, her father, a nerdy IT geek about to list his company, and her grandfather, a retired war veteran are the family members desperate to save her.

As they come together to try to understand why Gracie was abducted and to try to get her back, we discover, as the story unfolds, what unique set of circumstances has made each character who they are, the mistakes they have made and secre
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Guera
I just found a new author to indulge in. Not sure how many books he has published but I can see why they call Gimenez the next John Grisham.

I enjoyed how he gives you two sides of the same reality and does it so well that both sides seem correct. The main theme is the Vietnam war and the damage in done to the Colonel. You get views from those who were there and who saw it to be wrong. Those who tried to do something about it and failed but felt they did the right thing anyway. Those who went fo
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Ashley Roundtree
The Abduction (underlined) is a wounderfull book with fascinating trists and turns. The Abduction (underlined) is a great book! A soccer star, Gracie, is kidnapped by a man with a snipper tattoo, a army tattoo that is the same as her grandpas. The police believe she was abducted for randsom, because her father was about to be a very rich man, but after a few days of waiting for a phone call they relize they don't want money. The father and grandpa, Ben, are doing everything they can to find Gra ...more
Kieran Delaney
This book markets itself as a sensitive portrayal of a little girls abduction from a wealthy family.... the fear and the shock as the assumed ransom demand never comes and her clothing turns up in a registered sex offenders truck is well depicted and well written - expertly told from multiple viewpoints and from inside the characters minds the story churns at your nerves with a very real sense of unease. Mistaken identity increases the emotional impact - but thats over by the 1st half of the boo ...more
Stacy Alesi's BookBitch.com
Caution: don't start this book unless you have time to finish it - I could not put it down. After his excellent debut, The Color of Law, Gimenez just knocks it out of the park with his sophomore effort. The Brice family are a little more well-to-do than most; Elizabeth is a successful Dallas attorney, and her husband John is a computer nerd with a company that is about to go public and make him a billionaire. Their ten-year-old daughter Gracie is a budding soccer star and it is at her game that ...more
Annie
Feb 21, 2008 Annie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller readers
Recommended to Annie by: another book group
Heard about this on my book lovers site for us old folks! hee hee It turned out to be pretty good.


Ben Brice lives alone in the New Mexico wilderness where he battles memories of Vietnam with oceans of Jim Beam. Miles away in Texas, his estranged son, John, an Internet geek-turned-billionaire, half watches his daughter Gracie's soccer game while conducting business on his cell phone. When her mother Elizabeth arrives, the coach reports that her uncle has already collected Gracie. But Gracie has n
...more
Viccy
The sophomore effort of Mark Gimenez, following The Color of Law, is something completely different. Ben Brice did not survive the Vietnam War well. He lives alone after his wife left him due to his drinking. Now he lives outside of Taos, NM, making beautiful, artistic furniture and slowing drinking himself to death. Near Dallas, his granddaughter, Gracie Ann Brice, is a lively 10-year old, in love with Orlando Bloom and a great soccer player. One day, after a soccer game, Gracie Ann is kidnappe ...more
Terry Lee
I loved this book and I knew I would. It's about a Viet Nam veteran in search of his kidnapped granddaughter, Gracie. Not only is Ben a veteran, he was a Green Beret and he's not satisfied with the search the FBI is leading. Ben and his son, John, have an estranged relationship. Ben was away for long periods while John was growing up. He really had no father figure and very few friends. But together they set out to rescue Gracie. With Ben's skills and John's determination they come face to face ...more
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They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but the cover of The Abduction was what actually gripped me to it in the first place. I guess somewhere in there, all of us are, subconsciously, affected by the cover page of a book. The book was lying in the "Returned" pile of books in the library and as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to read it. The author surely does not disappoint. The book is gripping till the very end, from the cover page to the last page. The author reveals the secrets ...more
Deb
This is a real page-turner, though not for those that can't stand to read about a child in danger. The child is 10 year old Gracie Brice--a spunky soccer star who is taken from her soccer field after a game. Her father--an dot com billionaire--was chatting on his cell phone at the time. Her mother--a high powerd attorney--was late to the game but is quick to take charge once she arrives and finds out what happened. The FBI and local police investigate--but it is Gracie's grandfather, ex vietnam ...more
Meryl Nesbit
I did not read this book. It was read to me using audible.com. As an active listener, I really enjoyed this book. However, I do not think I would have enjoyed reading it because some of the language seemed a little elementary to me. I thought it was a great story about redemption and hiding family secrets. I found myself invested in all of the characters. I was rooting for a win for the main character. All in all I would definitely recommend this book to other people if they were going to listen ...more
Joan
I really enjoyed reading The Abduction by Mark Gimenez. The book was well-plotted, the characters were believable and likable, and the pace was fast. The fact that parts of the story were told from the viewpoint of Gracie, the child who was abducted, added to the suspense. Overall the book was well-written and well-edited, although there were occasional unclear transitions from one scene to another or from one viewpoint to another.
Mary
Abduction is awesome

I know we are supposed to like literary fiction, and this is certainly not literary, but all the characters learn and improve in the course of this novel, which is what we all hope to do in the course of our lives. I liked Ben Brice thoroughly. The bad guys in this book were bad (and mostly dumb) and the good guys were good and sometimes brilliant. I will seek out more books by Mark Gimenez!!
Leonie
Not my usual choice of plot but I actually really enjoyed this. The writing was well done and kept it interesting there were plenty of surprising twists and turns one minute you think it's about one thing then it turns out to be about another. I also found the bits about the Vietnam war really interesting as it's a subject I know little about it has now enthused me to read further on that subject. Definitely worth a read if you like thrillers or crime novels
Marti
There is quite a bit of action in this Mark Gimenez book, the second which I have read by him. A young girl, Gracie, is abducted after her soccer game--we later find out why. Her dad is a billionaire, her mother is a very agressive lawyer, and she even has a bratty younger brother. What saves her is that she has a grandfather who is ex-Army. THis one really keeps a reader guessing what will happen next.
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Mark Gimenez left a major Dallas law firm in order to start his own solo practice and to write. He lives in Texas with his wife and two sons.
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