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(Seth Walker #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  7,768 ratings  ·  506 reviews
High-octane action, celebrity glamour, and endless possibilities for danger meet in this fast-paced debut for fans of John Sandford and Lee Child.

Still reeling from a devastating personal tragedy, air marshal turned investigator Seth Walker embarks on his first case. All he has to do is accompany female pop star Max Magic to Los Angeles and deliver her to the FBI. But when
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Dee Arr
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, action
“Takeoff” is a thriller filled with mixed elements that don’t always gel. I have no doubt that many people will like this book. Author Joseph Reid fills it with plenty of action, a sure way to keep readers turning the pages (myself included). However, action alone will not carry a book.

Characterization is a major factor for other readers. The book is told in first person, so we are permitted to peek inside Seth Walker’s mind. I say peek, because much is hidden from us except for the small chunk
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Downloaded as a freebie from Amazon Prime on the strength of the blurb, which said it would appeal to Jack Reacher fans. Since my Jack Reacher gauge is getting close to E (I'm up to #21 now), I figured I'd better start branching out.

This was a disappointment, though. Although Jack Reacher is every bit the fantasy figure Seth Walker is, I believe in the one and not the other. "Takeoff" is too thin to be a real thriller. There's just not much here, and what there is is too far-fetched. The hero is
Jim C
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this thru a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank the author and the publishing company.

In this one, Seth is an air marshal. He is assigned to bodyguard a teen pop star who has received death threats. As you can probably guess, things go awry.

This is your basic action thriller novel and I also believe it is the author's debut novel. If you are looking for in depth characters with serious literature, this is not the book for you. This book does what
Scott Bell
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one had some suspension of belief moments that required a forgiving reader (Gang bangers flying helicopters, for instance.) but it kept me reading, which is the whole point, right? The hero was (somewhat) unbelievable--a tech whiz turned air marshal with an improbable backstory and a strange brain anomaly that required constant input to remain focused. (I may have gotten that last bit wrong as I didn't fully understand the condition.)

A good airplane (pun intended) or beach read.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 was in the car with husband and none of my audio books were a good choice for him so I went with the typical shoot bang bang thriller stuff he enjoys. Been a long time since I listened to this type of book, held my interest to the end, nothing earth shattering, typical sex drugs and rocknroll with a whole lotta guns and violence...
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This was an action packed story from the beginning to the end. Seth Walker has ended his air marshal days, still working as a body guard and investigator for the same company. He is to guard a teenage girl, Max Magic, who is a popular song star, known and loved by many. He is a bit confused by why she needs a federal agent to guard her, but it's a short job, just flying with her her from NYC to LA. where he will had her over to the F.B.I. for further protection while she makes her first movie. S ...more
Roberta Ideus
Jun 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty bad

The first sentence was good. After that I struggled through all of six pages before I called it quits. OMG. Admittedly, I’m prejudiced against first person novels; they usually suck but this was awful. Like the draft of a first novel that should have been just for practice then thrown away type awful.
Kurtis Bouwman
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Action packed and fun, but I feel like I’ve read this book before and the storyline/outcome was way too obvious. Would I read the next in the series? Maybe on vacation.
Tony Giannattasio
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesti ng first novel in a series.

A good first novel. The characters were well developed. The story was very good with twists and turns in the plot. I subtracted a star as he would at times just write and write and write. Sometimea leas is more. In this novel there were definite times when less would have made a more interesring book.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glad i took a chance.

This is something i normally wouldn't read but when i got it from my prime membership i was glad i went away from my norm. Very interesting and a few twists. Givr it a try.
Ashley Houser
I won Takeoff in a Goodreads giveaway many months ago and I'm just getting around to reading it. I always strive to read and review books I win in giveaways, and although I'm a tad behind, I'm working my way through them one by one.

Takeoff is the story of Seth Walker, an air marshal tasked with escorting a teenage celebrity from NYC to LAX after she receives a series of death threats. What follows is a high-octane, pulse-pounding thriller when those threats become a reality.

I feel like parts of
Linda Walters
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dramatic start from the very beginning pages. And it was action, action, action all the way after that. It kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. It had twists, turns, surprises and plenty of dangers.
I liked the unusual appearance of Seth Walker, he was not the usual cookie cutter style air marshal turned investigator. And I liked that even though he appeared to be unconventional guy, he was also an honorable one. The more the story went on, the more I liked him. I liked his quirks
William Browne
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I agree with Mark that it seems simple to say “I liked this book.” But…I agree. I particularly appreciated the concept of not using profanity for its own sake. Yes, the action is over the top (it’s a book), as is the main character’s near flawless marksmanship, but then all our action heroes are superhuman now and then. So, if you’ve read it, in which book will Mr. Reid finally reveal the back story? Probably eke out a small bit at a time, but this is an easy read which flows well from situation ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a solid 2.5. Well, maybe a weak 2.5. Seth Walker is probably too good at what he does. You know the Mission Impossible / Jason Bourne type character. He's hobbling around town with a bum shoulder, a shot leg, a cartel after him, and a drug addicted 16 year old by his side, but he makes it to the end relatively unscathed.

Nice start that got old by the end. The patent angle was a nice way to explain the money he'll obviously be throwing around. As an air marshal, I suppose you'll make cont
Roger Jackson
This is an action, law enforcement story about Seth Walker (air marshal) protecting a teenage pop star. I liked it a little more than three stars, but not quite four. The writing and editing are solid. The characters are interesting and relatable. Even though I had parts of plot figured out before too long, there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested.

But, the book read more like an action movie script. It seemed to be written specifically with movie rights in mind. Maybe not, but t
This was a First Reads selection from Amazon and I really enjoyed this. I will be looking for more from this author.

This was the introduction of a new thriller series and the hero is similar to others in this genre - a man with a somewhat tragic past who's trying to put them behind him and rebuilt his life. He has, shall we say, a particular set of skills...including shooting copters out of the air while in a moving plane with a handgun/shotgun. Okay, some of this does involve a bit of suspensio
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, mystery
Fairly typical thriller structure, but plants a lot of seeds for backstory adding depth to the first novel in this series. This treads familiar ground - ultra-competent, ethically uncompromising hero, woman in distress, sexual violence, murderous and murdered brown people. The backstory of each of these tropes were fleshed out however with clear motivation, history and intelligence. A lot of character development was focused on a unique skill set (electrical/computer/audio engineering) of the pr ...more
Jo Jenner
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It is high action and fast paced with a hero who is still reeling from the death of Sarah.
His determination to save Max Magic, a disturbed child star who has been used by her overbearing father was heart warming.
The couple of flash back to how Sarah die left me hoping for a prequel and I look forward to the further adventures of Seth Walker
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good! Fast paced and addictive. Great main character, and supporting cast. Not at all what I was expecting, way more intense. Hope he's working on the next book!
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great new series for me to read, full of action and mystery. It would make a great action hero movie. I look forward to reading the next book.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book.
Air Marshal turned investigator has a simple job. Accompany Max Magic a female pop star.
They are attacked by armed gunmen.
Jeff has to go off the grid and gets help from a series of contacts.
They headed to Austin, Max,s hometown to find answers

I liked the writing and the main character.

Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it

I will want to read book two. I’m a sucker for big hero types with a teddy bear heart inside.
Sonia Dryden
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breath taking a fast read

I couldn’t put It down! Loved it! Kept you guessing on who it was and a surpise ending! I recommend it!
Mary L.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Buckle your seat belts? This is defiantly a thriller! You get started and can't put it down just wondering what is going to happen next. I am looking forward to his next book about Seth Walker. I figured out who was behind it all pretty quickly but not how it all pulled together.
I saw this book on Kindle First as recommended to Jack Reacher fans. I got it later, when it was on Kindle Unlimited and after I had started the Jack Reacher series. Unfortunately, while there were similarities, there wasn't quite the level of detail I wanted.

Seth Walker has a case that goes wrong and ends up killing the woman he loves (because of course he does, why have an alive female character when you could have a dead one that provides an angsty backstory for the male main character) and
Donadee's Corner
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone of this genre
Recommended to Donadee's Corner by: Kindle First
Takeoff - Seth Walker Bk 1 - Written by Joseph Reid
Don’t pick this up unless you're ready to read the night through, UNBELIEVABLE AND ADDICTING!!

High-octane action, celebrity glamour, and endless possibilities for danger meet in this fast-paced debut for fans of John Sandford and Lee Child. Still reeling from a devastating personal tragedy, air marshal turned investigator Seth Walker embarks on his first case. All he has to do is accompany female pop star Max Magic to Los Angeles and deliver her
Steven Mastroyin
I thought this was a fun action story with fun, if trope-y, characters. Quick read, the plot carries you along nicely, you never really feel lost about what is happening. If you are a huge fan of heroes for whom everything seems to work out because they are just that much a force of nature, then you will like this. And, frankly, those types of characters have been wildly successful (I'm thinking more Dirk Pitt than James Bond here)

The beginning of the book I thought was the worst part. We are in
Not bad

Read as an Amazon First book... Released to prime members before the public.

I enjoyed parts of this book. I liked how the action moved logically, taking inventory of injuries after the adrenaline is wearing odd and not during a fight. The lead character is an authority figure, who manages to get confessions or admissions out of several characters. I appreciated that none of the confessions were taken at face value. This made the events seem more real. Each perspective of the events was o
Simon Howard
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
This a far-fetched thriller in the time-worn subgenre of "damaged rogue agent defies the incompetent system to try to save the day". It has a substantial body count, James Bond-esque antics which go beyond stretching credibility (people leaping off the roofs of buildings, a gun battle in flight between a Cessna and a helicopter), and a final resolution which raises more questions than it answers. A personal favourite moment is when the protagonist shoots dead two people who come to his front doo ...more
Talia Colley
This is one of those books where the troubled hero tries to protect the innocent and save the day. The hero here, Seth Walker, is a former Air Marshal and an electrical engineer who is troubled by a recent event that we get a few details on and he has some sort of brain “condition” that makes him short circuit if he thinks too much. For someone who seems to be so smart, I was surprised at how clueless he was, getting tricked and lied to by various people. But his engineering skills and his odd b ...more
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Joseph Reid is the debut author of TAKEOFF, the first adventure of air marshal-turned-investigator Seth Walker.
The son of a navy helicopter pilot, Reid chased great white sharks as a marine biologist before becoming a patent lawyer who litigates multi-million-dollar cases for high-tech companies. He has flown millions of miles on commercial aircraft and has spent countless hours in airports aroun

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