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The Abduction

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,384 Ratings  ·  265 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, 503 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Vanguard Press (first published 2007)
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Anushka
Apr 28, 2013 Anushka rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anushka by: Annirudh
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
Feb 06, 2015 Marca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anie
Apr 19, 2013 Anie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Christian
Apr 20, 2011 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jodi
Jan 17, 2008 Jodi rated it it was amazing
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
Jo
Feb 09, 2015 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Wayne
Apr 26, 2015 Wayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a page turner. Read while on holiday and couldn't put it down. Will definitely want to read more of Mark Gimenez.
Mark
Sep 24, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good I almost feel guilty about only paying 99 cents for it.
Action from the get go & it doesn't stop.
I like the way it was written so when it jumped from the past to present day story line you knew it right away. I guess you could say maybe the timeline was outlined, I don't know I was just so impressed with this book it is going on my favorites shelf & I am going to go buy another of this authors book.
Less then a buck for awesome entertainment, where can you find that
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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
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
Labijose
It could have been much better.
This is the third book that I read from the author, and for me, it was the less interesting. So many coincidences made the reading quite unbelievable. Nothing to do with Grisham, for whom I still feel great admiration. This one has more in common with Lee Child, but not in a positive way. Too much superhero stuff from a Vietnam veteran. “The colour of law” was a much more interesting novel. Still, I am not yet finished with Mr Gimenez. I know he can do better.

Pam Chaffin
Sep 27, 2015 Pam Chaffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gets five stars, just based on Grace, or Gracie. She has a fantastic personality, and it's a real personality. In other words, she's a believable character. The rest of the story has a lot of twists and turns. A few situations may not seem a 100% realistic, but yet in today's world, there are many unexplainable, even unlikely events that occur daily.
Overall, this book flows well, and the plot kept me reading for hours. I struggled with putting it down to do necessary things, like eati
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John Keats
Feb 09, 2016 John Keats rated it it was amazing
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Perfect! A story with no stereotypes apart from the fact that she gets kidnapped. The first novel I have read by Mark Gimenez and it was a blast! The story runs smoothly and neatly. The book isn't just about kidnapping, it is also about war, love, past, and a conspiracy that is far bigger than the book itself. The characters are very likable especially Ben Brice who is a war hero and I visualize him as an older Liam Neeson in Taken. His background is sad and very dangerous, also heroic. The pare ...more
Toby Welch
Jan 31, 2016 Toby Welch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book I have read in a long time (and I've read a lot of books I loved!) I highly recommend it!
Gary
Dec 01, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just what I needed after a few less than inspiring reads. A very enjoyable book to read that hits the ground running and keeps you gripped. This is the second Mark Gimenez book I have read and I am very impressed. I do wish people would get away from comparing his work with John Grisham who I also like. You do not have to pick between them, enjoy them both as I certainly have.
After reading about his other work at the end of the book I feel persuaded to start another one.
Bill
Mar 31, 2015 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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!
Mary Cushnie-Mansour
Feb 12, 2016 Mary Cushnie-Mansour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Five Stars for this gut wrenching thriller, "The Abduction" by Mark Gimenez! This story has a blend of the follies of a war no one wanted, the political games connected to the war, the victims of the war, and the extent those in power will go to in order to cover up their paths! The connections over the years - the questions as to why a young ten year old girl, Gracie, would be abducted. The connection between Gracie and her grandfather, Ben Brice, a war hero and former Green Beret - how their s ...more
Katherine
May 05, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Mark Gimenez title. I liked "The Perk" just fine and moved on to this tile. WOWZER!! I really liked this one. I was impressed with characters: the depth of development, lots of gray areas, warts and all. I thought the action deceptively slow at times. leading into explosive release. I liked all the twists and turns to the plot. I see that some reviewers have complained about "too many coincidences" in the story. I'm pretty much a 'there are no coincidences' person, so I don't s ...more
Angie
Jul 05, 2012 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2015 CAROL KELLY rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Ellen Moore
Apr 25, 2016 Ellen Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was an excellent mystery--a real page turner. It was an action thriller, the type of book you don't want to put down. It involved the abduction of a 10-year-old girl from her soccer game. The questions that needed to be answered are why this particular child was taken, who had kidnapped her, and why no ransom demand was made to the wealthy parents. The story revealed several dark family secrets with possible connections before the truth is finally revealed. Whether the child is already dead ...more
Jane Thomson
Jan 01, 2016 Jane Thomson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy crime and mystery novels
Mark Gimenez is a writer who keeps you on the edge of your seat with his thriller/mysteries. I admire the way he describes his characters with all their flaws. This story gave the reader a glimpse of what it is like to suffer from PTSD for the rest of your life after serving in the military with elite branches. Those soldiers clearly see the worst of humanity and as such have to make horrible decisions about life and death. We also see the effects of bullying in many circumstances. It is terrify ...more
Kelly
Apr 23, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome story! I loved the twists at the end. It had a few too many bad words. Don't think I could recommend this book.
Joe
Aug 26, 2015 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
He's a successful geek about to file an IPO that will turn him into a billionaire. She's the savvy attorney everyone fears. Together, they are a power couple to be reckoned with, but their world is about to be rocked by an echo from their past.

Yes, it has all the makings of a great plot. On the whole, I think it's a book worth picking up, but something about it just didn't click for me. There were too many coincidences. Certain things just clicked too well to be realistic. There was a bit too mu
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Zurks
Mar 31, 2015 Zurks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Beverlee  Couillard
The Book Gods are smiling on me lately. I read some wonderful books. This is one more that kept me reading with hardly putting it down. Lots of surprises. Characters who actually change and grow during the story. Flawed people, who seem lost with no desire to change; Then when their 10 year old daughter, granddaughter, superb soccer player is taken under the nose of her geeky father, at a soccer game, their lives change so dramatically. You think in the beginning: "I don't much like these people ...more
Bev
Jul 05, 2015 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 28, 2010 Guera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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