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No Good Deed

(Mark Taylor #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  4,565 ratings  ·  457 reviews
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Mark Taylor discovers first hand that no good deed goes unpunished when the old camera he found during a freelance job in an Afghanistan bazaar gives him more than great photos. It triggers dreams of disasters. Tragedies that happen exactly as he envisions them. He learns that not only can he see the future, he can chang
Kindle Edition, 349 pages
Published June 4th 2010 by M.P. McDonald
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K.C. May
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Let me start by saying I enjoyed this story, and I'm glad I read it. The author does a phenomenal job hooking the reader in the beginning and propelling her through the first half of the story. Compared to the delicious and intense conflict in the first half of the book, however, the middle sagged a bit. I continued to read to see how much more the author could torment this poor character. Most of his actions made sense, given what he'd been through.

The book could use a solid edit. Missing words
Scott Collins
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mark Taylor buys a camera that shows him the future. Unfortunately for him, nobody believes him. His warnings pertaining to 9/11 are misconstrued as an indication of his involvement in the plot and he is taken into custody as an enemy combatant by the US government.

Great plot and fabulous characters combined with brutally descriptive scenes of the worst side of humanity result in a must read novel. Just make sure you buy it when you're going to have some free time. You're not going to want to p
Martin Pingree
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an extremely interesting and thought provoking read. I enjoyed it from start to finish. No spoiler but imagine if you were arrested as a terrorist ! Highly recommend it.
Eddie Snipes
Dec 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: secular-fiction
The premise of this book is a man who becomes privy to information that could have stopped a terrorist attack, but he falls under the suspicion of being part of the plot.

Mary McDonald does an excellent job of hooking the reader from the very beginning. The first 2/3s of this book was a real page turner. She does an excellent job of building believability in a speculative type plot that would have normally been hard to accept. The characters in the story have a hard time accepting the facts
Una Tiers
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tremendous hook in a very dark story. Parts about people forgetting about him were not credible.
Almney King
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars! No Good Deed reminds me a bit of Stephen King. Not in the writing style, but in the nature of the story. An American photographer, Mark Taylor, discovers an old camera on the streets of Afghanistan. He soon discovers that it possess the power to show him the future, horrid events that relate to tragedy and death. Accused of having relations to Al-Queda and the 9/11 terrorist attack, he is taken into custody by the CIA with know one who belives in him about his ability to tell the futu ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
All along this story, I had the feeling that the author was in the most contradictory and divergent state of minds. One minute this story is well written and it had some gravitas and you think it’s going somewhere, then suddenly it’s maudlin and cheesy, and full of typos to boot.
I didn’t like the idea of an innocent man being tortured and interrogated for more than a year in such a meaningless story. Then it turns out that his torturers (CIA men) turn out to be wussies? This was so bizarre.
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been searching for something different to read & wasn't having a whole lot of luck until "No Good Deed". It was a free book on Book Bub & the concept was interesting. Interesting enough that I started it right away. I was hooked by page 3 & I stayed up far too late trying to finish it. The only reason I didn't finish it earlier was because I had to work. My hubby is mowing while I'm taking a few minutes to send off this review. There is nothing wrong w/ this book; the plot: awesome & uniq ...more
Mahoghani 23
Mark Taylor (MT) was a good guy but certain circumstances changed his way of life. A special camera he purchased at a bazaar in Afghanistan causes him to see people in deadly situations. In an attempt to save them, he places himself on the radar of the police and federal agencies. He arrested because of his attempt to stop the 9-11 bombing and tortured beyond humanly possible.

This book takes you inside interrogation techniques that are meant to torment people into spilling their guts but at the
Tahlia Newland
Nov 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was amazing, shocking, moving, sensitive, thought provoking and a wonderful ending. It's not the sort of book I usually read but I had a sense that it might be something special and it is. Have you ever thought about people who might be wrongly accused of terrorism in the US? If mot this will make you think about and feel for them. I will forever look at people returning to the world after incarceration of any kind with more compassion. ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book started out showing little promise of not being a waste of time, and did not fail to deliver on that promise.
E.A. Briginshaw
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great story that moves along at a good pace. Some of the torture scenes bothered me which made me want to skip over them, but they were well written.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was highly recommended on one of the "What Are You Reading on Your Kindle" informal polls, so I tried out the free sample on my Kindle, enjoyed it, then bought the full book. For 99 cents, this is an excellent value: I certainly received as much - and probably more - value and entertainment out of this book than most of the "major publisher" authors, and you will, also.

The author does an excellent job of getting you into the head of the characters, where you quickly can relate to the m
Alice Yeh
Aug 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
"No good deed goes unpunished." "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions." Mark Taylor learns the truth of both these adages when he tries to warn the government about the 9/11 attacks. His suspect knowledge comes from a magical camera, one that shows him future tragedies and forces him to dream about the circumstances in detail. In his attempts to prevent a major disaster, he unknowingly lands himself with enemy combatant status and faces seemingly endless interrogations to force a confe ...more
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book shortly after it came out because the cover was catchy and it sounded like something I would enjoy plus a few friends had proclaimed it to be really good. I have a love/hate relationship with thrillers. They can sometimes be overly predictable and formulaic. I liked the idea of the camera, something a little different.

This book did not disappoint in the least. It was fast-paced and energetic, yet I never felt we were being given too much information or stalling in the least. T
Mike Grattan
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although there are some problems with this book, I'm giving it four stars. Why, you ask? Primarily to recognize the storytelling and writing skills of the author. Although there were some typos and grammatical errors, especially in the latter 1/3 of the book, McDonald spins a good story with interesting characters and themes. My emotions traversed the entire spectrum while reading this book, and that rarely happens when reading most "best seller" fiction.

Yes, there were some problems with the b
Theresa Stillwagon
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I will admit it took me a while to start reading this book, but when I started I had a hard time putting it down. I enjoyed the story for the most part.
But I did have a problem with the scenes when Mark was being interrogated by the CIA. It was a bit uncomfortable to read. Mark was under interrogation for being an enemy combatant, even though he was completely innocent. And the techniques he was forced to face for at least a year weren't easy to read.
He held up well here during the year in cust
Lynda Kelly
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am liking this series a lot. Very different but interesting. A clever idea behind it. I do like Mark, our "hero" a great deal, too.
This one was mostly taken up with his being arrested and interrogated over his prior predictions. It did go on a bit but I guess you needed to wade through it to know all that happened to him during these times. I hoped for more prediction stories but then there are further books so I'm sure they'll cover more.
I marked this down a star due to some silly editing err
Daphne Walker
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book caught my attention from the first two pages. I absolutely love the premise of the book. It poses an interesting question to all who read it. What indeed would we do if we had the ability to see things before they happen? Would any of of dare to be a hero? Or simply try and destroy or ignore the power? How could we begin to explain it? I found this book easy to read and a definite page turner. The writer not only allows us to get into the head of the main character, but to some extent ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I received a free copy of this ebook, No Good Deed" from the author M.P. McDonald.Imagine suddenly being taken from you everyday life, being thrown into a cell and interrogated-mercilessly-for almost a year. Mark Taylor, a Chicago photographer, finds himself in this helpless position. All because he was trying to do a good deed-a good deed that could have saved thousands of lives. A good deed that was misinterpreted and he was held as a suspect, questioned about the very incident he was trying t ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good story, interesting characters, fascinating concept. Warning: the descriptions of the interrogation techniques used on suspected terrorists are not for the faint of heart. While these techniques seem outrageous in the context of the story, where they're used on an innocent man, I can only wonder what terrorist acts have been avoided due to the efforts of individuals like the members of the interrogation teams. ...more
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Remember the tv show back in the 90's about a guy who gets the paper the day before & he tries to fix all the bad stuff?? This book is kind of like that, but it is a camera and a dream. He gets into a sticky situation and has a hard time getting out of it. It kept my attention, however I the end was a little too cheesy for me. ...more
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Linda by: Mary McDonald-author
Imagine trying to do a good deed, only to have it backfire, throwing you into your worst nightmare. Mary McDonald takes Mark Taylor to hell and back. The worst part is, it could be YOU! This book is hard to put down.
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This was a Kindle freebie.

Quick read, and enjoyable. There was lots of action and it was exactly what I needed to hold my attention during a sick day. The overall premise was a little far-fetched, but it was written well enough that it became plausible.
Susan Kiernan-Lewis
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent page turner!

Good start to what sounds like a great series--which I'll definitely be on board for. Exciting, well paced, characters that feel original and complex--and that you can really root for. Love the paranormal tinge. Just enough to be believable. Loved it.
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I really enjoyed reading this good. Good plot, great characters and it kept me enthralled until the end. I will definitely be checking out book two.
Jan  Miller
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A good read

I thought the book was a little far fetched for me, but it was still good, and I did enjoy it
Carol Hurtig
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
Too much about the torture when he was held captive and not enough after he was released.
Tim Smith
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lacey Sheridan
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A pleasant surprise! The writing was so-so, but it's a first book. However, the story was detailed and satisfying, the plot well-developed. Will definitely continue with the series. ...more
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M.P. McDonald makes a living from taking your breath away... then giving it back via a tube or two. She lives in a frozen land full of ice, snow, and abominable snowmen. On the days that she's not taking her car ice-skating, she sits huddled over a chilly computer, tapping out the story of a camera that can see the future. She hopes it can see summer approaching, too.

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