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Take No More

(James Blake #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  378 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition of ASIN B004EYUH9C.


An artistic voyage in crime - thrilling and original

When James Blake discovers his wife murdered in their London home, he is determined to find her killer. As the prime suspect, he flees England and sets out on a journey that takes him to Florence and Ve
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published 2014 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Sibel Hodge
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This is action-packed from page one, and the reader is instantly thurst into murder, suspense, and intrigue.

James is just a normal guy who thinks he has a normal life. Until the murder of his wife. He's forced on a journey from the UK to Italy to find her killers, and finds himself in the midst of a powerful Italian family, the hunt for precious works of art, and danger at every turn.

The writing gives you the feel of actually being in Italy - you can taste and smell it. The plot is action
Diana Hockley
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Seb Kirby's Take No More is what I like to think of as the "traditional" thriller which, as he himself has said, pits the ordinary man against great odds and thereby proves that person is certainly not ordinary.

The plot works around stolen art works and the possibility of many being hidden under layers of other works – either by the original artists or by people hoping to hide them. Collectors would pay millions for well known ones but of course if they can get away with murdering instead, that
Faith Mortimer
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Seb, I really enjoyed my read of ‘Take no More’.
I enjoyed the setting in Italy and I liked the way you linked your story around the murder mystery and the main topic, which was the hunt for missing paintings, and the main protagonist looking for his lost love.

‘Take no More’ is a very good read, well plotted and together with the twists and turns, and some horrible ruthless criminals me enthralled from beginning to end.

Well done and good luck with this.

Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nope
Recommended to Patty by: Kindle
Shelves: murder-mysteries
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David Highton
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a decent thriller set in London and Florence, involving art conservation and organised crime. I think it worth 4 stars which is higher than the average score of other readers but I enjoyed the plot
Erika Zini
Apr 24, 2015 marked it as to-read
Quando si tratta il Self Publishing nei media tradizionali si respira un’aria di cospirazione, quasi si stesse discutendo di qualcosa tanto aleatorio quanto indefinito. In realtà le possibilità che dà la rete sono ancora in buona parte sottostimate (e sottovalutate) nel nostro paese. In una nazione come la Gran Bretagna, invece, succede che si possa diventare autori best seller grazie a internet – e al proprio talento, naturalmente – e decidere in completa autonomia di vendere il proprio libro i ...more
Cheryl M-M
A nice afternoon read but I found it predictable.I would have loved to have seen the lost art and stolen masterpieces idea developed more. How and where did the villain get the paintings for instance, what happened to them during the missing years. Some of the ideas were more tv cliffhanger revelations and a little hard to swallow in this scenario of crime/thriller story. There were quite a few underdeveloped subplots that would have added more to the sense of depth if they had been focused on m ...more
Vic Heaney
I wanted to like Seb Kirby's book, but I found it completely unbelievable.

An ordinary man, swept up in a crime. He has information which he keeps to himself despite the fact that he hopes it could help to find his wife's killer. He doesn't give the information to the police but sets off on his own trail.

He ends up by instructing the police in Italy in how to find the culprit. And they obey him! It is not the first book in which I have found the hero character leading the police around, but I can
Erika Zini
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qualche tempo fa vi ho parlato de La verità celata di Seb Kirby, romanzo autopubblicato dall’autore prima nel Regno Unito, sua patria, ed ora anche in Italia.

Un esempio dell’intraprendenza e della forza dell’arte che, fortunatamente, trova sempre meno barriere.

E’ stato per me, quindi, un piacere non solo leggere il romanzo (sotto trovate la recensione) ma anche poter parlare con l’autore del suo libro e dell’editoria di oggi, del self publishing e di arte. https://wonderfulmonsterbook.wordpres..
Loriana Lucciarini
Questo romanzo dell’autore britannico Seb Kirby fa parte della triolgia di James Blake ed è tra le pubblicazioni self ad aver avuto maggior riscontro di vendite e lettori.

In Italia è stato pubblicato grazie al lavoro di una traduttrice, Monica R. Pelà.

Trattasi di un thriller ben articolato e strutturato con un ritmo serrato e coinvolgente, che grazie a flashback temporali, lentamente va a comporre l’intero puzzle della storia.

Una storia in cui tanti elementi si intrecciano: arte, ambizione, traf
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
First in the James Blake series, see's Blake's perfect life shattered, as he returns home to find his wife dead, apparently from a home invasion. As Blake struggles to come to terms with her death, he becomes the prime suspect, so he sets out to find the truth. This is an okay book, that moves between the present for Blake, as he searches for answers and then fills in gaps from the previous days following his wife's story. It did seem to be wrapped up a bit to easily at the end, but will be inte ...more
Myriam Ruiz De Castilla

Agil, interesante trama, el autor conoce de arte y el traductor ha hecho un buen trabajo. Describe los lugares donde se desarrolla la novela de una manera clara y el lector percibe q' conoce las ciudades y lugares donde se desarrolla la trama.
James Blake tornando a casa trova il corpo della moglie:la polizia sospetta di lui e segue la pista di una possibile avventura extraconiugale in Italia, ma James sa che si sbagliano ed è deciso a scoprire la verità. Aiutato dal fratello, James va a Firenze per cercare di capire in cosa era stata invischiata la moglie: qui scoprirà molte verità sul fratello, su sua moglie e su una temibile famiglia fiorentina...

La verità celata è il primo volume di una serie che ha come protagonista James Blake,
Rick Bylina
"Take No More" by Seb Kirby has the international intrigue, settings, and plot twists to make broad comparisons to a Dan Brown novel. But unfortunately that's where the likeness starts to fade. Set in London, England and Florence, Italy, James Blake returns home to find his wife Julia dead in their apartment. It is catchy opening, but his emotional trauma is bumped aside by some leap of logic that "they" (Why they?) killed her and only he can crack the case by going to Florence because of a myst ...more
Tracy Riva
Take No More by Seb Kirby is a wonderful book by a promising author. From the first pages Take No More held me enthralled and it delivered on every promise it made. It is a rich story set a complex tapestry of characters and setting.

My only complaint about Take No More is that twice it managed to break the suspension of disbelief necessary to fiction. Both incidents involved the name of one of the main characters. In the first instance it was a simple misspelling - a case where obviously the wri
Dolores Ayotte
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Take No More" by Author Seb Kirby is one great, suspenseful novel. It grabbed my interest right at the onset by starting off with a mysterious murder.

James Blake is the number one suspect in what is believed to be, the murder of his wife, Julia. He is driven to solve this crime out of love for his deceased wife. He defies the legal system in London and makes his way to Florence, Italy to retrace her last steps in order to make some sense of her untimely death. The more information he gleans fro
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'ho trovata una lettura molto piacevole, soprattutto per chi ama l'arte perché questo libro prende spunto dal tema dei dipinti nascosti e proprio un dipinto di Michelangelo è il filo conduttore dell'intera trama.
Non manca il mistero, anzi, proprio dall'omicidio iniziale parte una spirale di eventi in cui il protagonista James Blake si trova, suo malgrado, coinvolto.
La trama si sviluppa in modo articolato e non banale, è stato interessante seguire le vicende del protagonista tra Londra, Firenze
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-on-kindle
I quite liked this but didn't love it. I did feel that there were some elements which jarred - a bit about DNA which Hendricks took pride in thinking to check would, I'm almost sure, have been checked as standard by any forensics lab in the case of murder (I'm thinking of the latter one not the first one but don't want to say more so as not to spoil it). There was another point when the plot was in first person narrative when he says what Zella is thinking, yet would not have known this - if som ...more
Uvi Poznansky
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Structured by time and place, part I of TAKE NO MORE occurs Friday to Sunday in London; The rest occur in Florence. Part II occurs six days earlier; part III four days later; part IV six days earlier; part V four days later. So right away you realize how the author goes back and forth in time, challenging you to piece this puzzle together.

When the protagonist, James Blake, finds his wife murdered, he starts piecing together her work for a dangerous Italian family. For him, this is both an intell
Helen Christmas
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story, with some unexpected twists, quite different from the usual murder mystery I was expecting. I loved the London setting which quickly led the main character towards a trail in Florence - with the hint of a rare masterpiece at the heart of the mystery along with the involvement of an organised crime family, this very quickly had me hooked. So much so, I couldn’t wait to pick it up again.

I liked the way the development of the story flipped between characters and found it easy to foll
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Kirby has written a noir-ish mystery thriller which will suck you into the seamy underworld of intrigue and passion. Set mostly in Florence, you will wander the streets with James as he tries to track down the murderer of his wife. As a suspect himself, he must rely on his own wits as he becomes embroiled in the world of a crime lord.

The story leads you through several twists and turns. The characters are well-drawn, and the descriptions of the settings are impeccable. You quickly realize Mr
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone enjoying a good thriller and Art
Recommended to Frenchie by: Amazon recommendations
James Blake arrived home one day to find his wife, Julia, murdered. Apparently, no motive. And this is just the beginning of his problems, as he becomes the first, main suspect and only suspect. So, he decides to look for her killer. And discovers that it might not have been Julia in their flat. Impossible, as he saw his wife's body lying in a pool of blood. But, if true, who is this mysterious doppelgänger?
From London to Italy, James and his brother Miles look for clues and discover that that w
Susan Hampson
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a tremendous start to a new series and a debut novel to boot! This book has just about everything you could possibly expect in a great novel. The opening chapter is perfectly delivered to grab you, keep your attention and leave you with a need to know more about the tragedy that has just unfolded.
I was soon totally engrossed in the whole book which travelled between the U.K. Florence and Venice, dipping and delving into forgotten and missing art and the seedy world of two very old Italian
Sue Palmer
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an outstanding debut novel by Seb Kirby.
He captivates the reader from the first page, and remains gripping and compelling throughout.I could not put this book down.
Listed under Murder,Mystery and Thriller but so much more than that.The geography of London and Florence was handled very well to add richness to the novel, alongside the Authors' obvious love and knowledge of the art world .In addition to this,the reader is taken into the Italian underworld weaving a web of corruption,deceit,
Rose Maureen
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Take no more, is a great read, and l like it because the Author hasn't wasted anytime, he has gone straight into the plot, where his character James Blake comes home to find his wife has been shot, and is asking himself , who and why, his wife is hired to find out where there are fine arts that are hidn't over another painting, and used a laservto detect them, so Jim sets out to find her killer, not knowing the danger that may come along, l like the suspence and the twists the story, l will leav ...more
Libri &
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La verità celata è il primo volume della trilogia thriller di Seb Kirby. Un romanzo pregno di mistero, cultura, arte e sfumature noir. Tutta ha inizio quando James Blake trova sua moglie Julia morta nella sua abitazione londinese. Nessuna traccia dell’assassino, nessun apparente motivo legato a quell’uccisione. Blake ha poco a cui aggrapparsi per vendicare la sua amata, solo l’ultimo messaggio che Julia gli ha inviato con allegato una foto del dipinto di Michelangelo, “Leda e il cigno”.

Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take no .more

A mystery of murder, international intrigue, the art world, and illegal dumping of toxic waste. Another new author for me and must say Seb Kirby had me hooked.
Lia Fairchild
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take No More by Seb Kirby is a fast-paced thriller about murder, corruption, and art, and is set in London and Florence. James Blake finds his wife Julia, an art conservator, murdered in their apartment and sets out to find her killer. Julia left him one clue to go on: a text message that read “help me” with an attachment showing Michelangelo's painting Leda and the Swan. The main character was very relatable and likeable. But what I liked most about this book was that the author surprised me wh ...more
Lorraine Versini
Having a brief conversation with the lovely Ignite about the book, I agreed with her on the fact that this book would make an amazing movie. So that's how I'll review it. This book has all the ingredients that you would expect in a fast-paced Thriller, with suspense, action, and a plot that skilfully brings together people who wouldn't have had anything to do with each other otherwise, through some really interesting twists. You want those things in a good movie. Here, you have them in a book.
Cindy Claar
The book started with a murder. James came home to find his wife murdered... A wife that had been working out of town for the last 6 months...a wife he wasn't certain of when was going to return. I am about 1/3 of the way through the book and it is getting very confusing... Changing people, places, etc., I will keep reading a little more to see if it straightens out. Finished the book but was not extremely pleased with the ending. Just didn't make the wow factor usually achieved when finishing a ...more
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