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The Abduction

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,035 ratings  ·  138 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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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...more
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
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
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...more
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
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.
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
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...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
An 11-CD unabridged audio "read" of a book that should have been closer to an 8-CD audio "read"... As indicated by the title, a kidnapping is involved, in this instance of a child, albeit (fortunately for the reader) a feisty child, which helps reduce the potential for ick-factor. The parents are among the most annoying of people - it's honestly difficult to feel sorry for them, they're that bad - but the hero grandfather is entertaining and, as read by reader Buck Schirner, is played with a Cli...more
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Deborah Hamilton
This book started off a car at a drag race. All the motors running at full speed waiting to take off and be the first at the finish line. From the opening of the book its not stop action. I found myself reading at stop lights, in traffic and any moment I could the book was in my hand. And although I love to read... in the car is not my thing. I just couldn't help myself. This intricate story about a young girl kidnapped right from under her dad's nose keeps the reader on edge. The reader feels a...more
Jun 02, 2008 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mature teens (gross imagery) and adults with a fasination in war
Recommended to Ashley by: my grandpa
Shelves: by-mark-gimenez
The Abduction by Mark Gimenez is about a ten-year-old named Gracie who gets abducted by after her soccer game.

But whats strange is that Ben Brice, Gracie's grandfather, has a close and rather strange bond with Gracie... close enough to discover where the abductors (yes, two men!) and her are.

But believe me--- there are many twists in this book. For example, why does Gracie's grandfather and one of the abductors have the exact same VIPOR tattoo?

Read and all your questions will be answered expe...more
The beginning captured my attention slowly, but I did finally get immersed in it. For a while, I thought it was going to go in a direction I was interested in, but it turned out that was only a minor part of the plot. There were a few surprises along the way, and I really liked the little girl. She was spunky.
This guy can write - I loved this book, the story and the characters.

I have purchased two more of his books since and will read anything he writes.

It is such a thrill to discover a new writer who knows how to write
Apr 04, 2008 David rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans
Gimenez has written a neatly tied-up thriller that pokes fun at the amount of coincidence he uses throughout the book. The plot is wildly imaginative and provides plenty of drama, laughs and chills. Ten-year old Gracie Brice is kidnapped after her afternoon soccer game. Her brainiac father was more focused on his upcoming IPO and failed to keep tabs on her after the game. Gracie's former-Green Beret grandfather, recently more an alcoholic than anything else, senses the trouble she's in and leave...more
Great Book

VERY fast paced and exciting read. Some things a bit far fetched but still a good book. High recommendation, enjoyable.
This book starts off with Graces kidnapping but then the events of the war in Vietnam seems to take over. It just does not seem like a realistic mix.
This book was suggested to me by my boss. I am not usually a mystery person, but I thought I would give it a shot. I really enjoyed reading it. Gimenez was able to keep the plot moving at just the right pace to make me want to stay up late reading it. The whole week I read this book I did not want to put it down and was forced to because my eyes kept closing for want of sleep. Some reviews I had read helped prepare me to be dissatisfied with the ending, but I actually liked it. I enjoyed all the...more
Michael J.
this was a good book. Well paced. Really enjoyed the story.
Just finished reading this book but was not very impressed with it. Whilst it was well written, fast paced with excellent factual events, it was also much too exaggerated/ to far fetched. It did not keep me interested enough not to want to put it down. I went days before picking it up again and only finished it today by speed reading the pages briefly to get it finished as I want to get my teeth into other books that I hope will reel me in from the first page.
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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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