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The Abduction

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,142 Ratings  ·  303 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
Published March 8th 2007 by Sphere (first published 2007)
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Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 29, 2015 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
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 12, 2014 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
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 22, 2015 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
Apr 24, 2015 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.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
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
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read The Perk by Mark Gimenez and so when I came across this one, I assumed it would be another legal thriller, one of my favorite genres. Well, it’s not legal, but it is a thriller and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

There are a number of quirky characters, like a hopelessly geeky internet millionaire and his spunky daughter Gracie (who is ten going on thirty) and, of course, some bad guys who make the mistake of abducting Gracie. But the reason they choose Gracie is not what you think and Gracie’s
Pam Chaffin
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Andrew Langert
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is about the kidnapping of a 10-year old girl.
I liked the way the book started out. The parents are interesting characters. The grandfather, a well-decorated Vietnam vet, also quickly became an intriguing and ultimately essential part of the quest to find his kidnapped granddaughter. Why was she kidnapped? There are so many possible reasons.
But then the book got bogged down in a very extended chase scene. Instead of the drama building, the chase became tedious.
So a book with such a
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.

Mar 30, 2015 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!
Judy Churchill
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
There were parts of this book I loved - they were the parts where Ben was involved. The plot was solid and terrifying. The beginning dialogue at the soccer game turned my stomach and is so untrue and disgusting. The disparaging parent would have immediately been expelled from the area. It was so unnecessary to the otherwise good story. To repeat it again at the ending was inexcusable.
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Toby Welch
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 23, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent, and truly surprisingly so. The first book by this author, The Color of Law, was unspeakably bad. I gave it a 1-star review and would have given it less if that were possible on Goodread's ranking system. I was partway through chapter one before I realised it was the same author - the book jacket blurb had gotten me in so entirely I hadn't registered Other Books By.

And yes, there were remnants of what made The Color of Law so very awful - too many exclamation marks! for one! The plot c
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Good story, well really two stories. The first one from the past about Ben's involvement in Vietnam, the ideology and mind set of the American public, the politicians, and the soldiers themselves. The second one about the abduction of Gracie, family connections, and love.

One minor point. Towards the end of the book, at Gracie's soccer game, the book says she had scored three goals and "they were still in the first quarter". Soccer (football, to the Brits) doesn't have quarters!
Shirley  T.Heathcock

This book seemed to jump all over the world. I did enjoy the book ,but it changed location s a lot. It seemed to have more than one plot. It is worth the read
sandy mcginnis
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!

One of the best books I have read in a long time. It's hard to put this book down. Thrilling.
Alicia Davidson
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great Read! Loved how they mixed the present day with Vietnam War Stories!
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I read by the author and greatly enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading more.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
First I read by this author. Good story and characters. Well written. Twists and turns.
Andy Gore
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book apart from its love of redemptive violence. A well told and paced book.
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Joyce's Reading Log: The Abduction by Mark Gimenez 1 3 Jun 17, 2014 09:24AM  
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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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“she needed someone to hold her, but she couldn’t bring herself to ask her husband, not after what she had done to him.” 1 likes
“mean and ruthless. But she was still a mother. And the most dangerous creature on earth is a mother whose child has been threatened, insulted, harassed, or bullied.” 0 likes
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