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Book Reviews of Taken

Author: Thomas H. Cook
ISBN-13: 9780440241263
ISBN-10: 044024126X
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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10 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

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Helpful Score: 1
Novelization of the TV series by the same name. Never saw the series, so I can't compare it to the book. If you dig alien conspiracy theory stuff, you will probably enjoy this as a light read.
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Helpful Score: 1
MUCH more detailed than the mini series. Good Read!
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Unusual but very interesting.
my2luvsemmyandmally avatar reviewed Taken on + 758 more book reviews
Not one of the best books I have ever read....never watched the TV show so have no idea if that is any better than the book!
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I've only just started this book, barely 50 pages into it, and already I feel "taken"... by the author and publisher who made it.

First, they can't even get the names straight. On the back of the book they give a brief blurb about the story, and they name three of the characters, Randall Keys, Owen Jones, and Sally Marsh. Unfortunately, those character names aren't actually in the story. Instead we have Russell Keys (not Randall), Owen Crawford (not Jones) and Sally Clarke (not Marsh). Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy!

Also, I've already found a couple of anachronisms in the story, such as plastic car models supposedly built from kits in the 1930's (not invented yet) and a reference to White Sands as an air base by a pair of nuns (it was top secret at the time, and was never used as an air base, it's a missile and rocket test range)and one character who, in very early July of 1947 recounts how he's been told stories about "flying saucers" all his life, a term that wasn't even coined until the week before that.

I'm simply not impressed with this book and I'm going to just repost it without finishing it.
nrezac avatar reviewed Taken on + 160 more book reviews
I enjoyed reading the book alot, it had a great plot.
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Taken from the 10 part TV series, this is the story of 3 people whose lives were changed by chance encounters with the unearthly. Spanning 60 years of American history and government cover ups, this is a tale of three families whose lives have been changed forever.
Sleepy26177 avatar reviewed Taken on + 218 more book reviews
In 1945 Russell Keys and his aircraft crew almost died after a direct hit. They didn't understand why they woke up in a wheat field - unharmed.
He doesn't know he had his first alien encounter - neither does he know that his son and his son's son will suffer the same haunted life like he's gloing to live.

In 1947 Sally takes in a stranger she found in her barn. There seems to be something about him that makes her fall in love with him but he has to leave soon. But before he leaves Sally learns, that he's not from our world. He leaves her pregnant with a child.
Sally doesn't know her son and his daughter will live a haunted life as well.

At the same time several people in Roswell called in to notify authorities of strange light sightings. A flying saucer is found with five seats. In it four gray aliens. The soon leading Captain Owen Jones is laying the path for the investigation. Neither does he know that his whole family and descendants will suffer from the same obsession.

Over a period of 50 years these families are haunted by aliens. Taken out of their life whenever they are in danger or when the aliens need them for more experiments.
The three families aren't the only ones taken. Around the world people are taken every once in a while. Sometimes they aren't bothered for years,sometimes they are all taken at the same time. Only to come back without any memory of the past hours.

What is their goal and is the last offspring of two taken human's the answer to all the suffering ?


What I liked about the book during the first half was it's fast paced plot. Jumping from one character to the other I always felt I want to know what's going on with the character in the chapter before. This feeling lasted until the second generation died. After that I grew a bit tired to the whole scenario.
The characters became a bit mushy and I'm happy to finally have this book finished. Not much highlights in a story which should have been much more dramatic.
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A great sci-fi story.
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A Novel by Thomas Cook
Based on the Sci-Fi mini-series created by Leslie Bohem.