Reviews of The Abduction

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(Sphere/Little Brown UK, March 2007 | Vanguard Press/Perseus Books Group, August 2007)

“After the stunning success of a first novel, there’s always the question if the author can do it again with the second and, fortunately, in this case, Gimenez not only surpasses his own preliminary standards of excellence, but those of the entire genre. Not only does he offer up an adventurous plot that races forward at a breakneck speed filled with a cast of multi-faceted and poignantly drawn characters, but he also puts forth some concepts and questions that provoke and compel the reader’s consideration long after the last page is turned.

“But perhaps most notable of all might just be this book’s ability to elicit just about every emotional response possible from the reader. Whether it’s laughter or tears, dread or anticipation, be prepared to feel something while reading this glorious adventure that only seems to gain momentum with every page.

“Ultimately, a forceful, exhilarating, and effervescent read of faith and redemption, loyalty and love, truth and purpose, and one that unreservedly qualifies as one of the best to come along this year.”
Stephanie Padilla, New Mystery Reader

“Gimenez not only gives readers crackerjack plotting, captivating style and adrenalin-laced pacing, he injects deep insight into all his characters, from shattered father John, to his tightly controlled wife Elizabeth — and how Gracie’s kidnapping forever changes their lives. The story, however, really belongs to Ben Brice, whose search for redemption propels this gripping and emotionally complex thriller to a surprising and thoroughly satisfying conclusion. If there’s one thriller you read this fall, make it The Abduction — it’s impossible to put down.”
Martina Bexte, BookLoons

“A twist-filled plot guaranteed to keep you reading.”
The Oklahoman

“Action-packed novel you won’t want to put down.”
Andrea Sisco, Armchair Interviews

“THE ABDUCTION is much more than a scaled-down version of Commando, however. While stuffed to its considerable brim in action, it is as much about relationships as strategy. Gimenez skillfully weaves the interactions between John and Elizabeth through the narrative while creating a tantalizing mystery — the “why” of Gracie’s abduction — that will keep you guessing until almost the very end. There are secrets and excitement and just about everything you would ever want from a reading experience.”
Joe Hartlaub,

“Caution: don’t start this book unless you have time to finish it – I could not put it down.  After his excellent debut, The Color of Law, Gimenez just knocks it out of the park with his sophomore effort.  The Brice family are a little more well-to-do than most; Elizabeth is a successful Dallas attorney, and her husband John is a computer nerd with a company that is about to go public and make him a billionaire.  Their ten-year-old daughter Gracie is a budding soccer star and it is at her game that things go awry – Gracie is kidnapped while Dad is on the phone about his IPO and Mom is late coming from court.  People may fear for their lives, but they really fear for their children’s lives, and these characters are so well drawn that it becomes incredibly easy to suspend your disbelief and get completely caught up in the story.  I loved the tough-as-a-tiger mom, and the special bond between Gracie and her retired Green Beret grandfather was especially touching, all of which helped ratchet up the suspense even more.  The Abduction is one of the best thrillers of the year.”
Stacy Alesi, AKA The BookBitch

“There are times when life gets so overwhelming that even a good book can’t keep your mind from wandering. That’s when you need a super-riveting read like this to take you away. It’s a tale with a normally hard-to-take premise — child abduction. But in the hands of bestselling author Mark Gimenez, it becomes a tale of humanity, heroism, and hope, with complex characters who jump off the page. Boy can this guy tell a story!”
Bonnie Trachtenberg, Book-of-the-Month club

“Gimenez reels out a taut crime yarn that demands attention.”
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

“Gimenez’s latest offering grabs reader, won’t let go.”
Abilene Reporter-News

“Gimenez’s writing is explosive, fast-paced, and filled with unexpected plot twists that keep readers guessing right up to the last page.”
Houston Press

“John R. Brice should be on top of the world: he’s brilliant, has a beautiful family, and his company’s about to go public, which will make him a multimillionaire. But when his ten-year-old daughter is kidnapped, which exposes fractures in the Brice family, John would give it all up in a heartbeat to get her back. More than just a kidnap-for-ransom, though, Gracie’s abduction is part of a plot that threatens the White House. When the FBI and local law enforcement close the case, it’s John’s father, Ben, a Vietnam vet, who helps the Brice family unravel the long-held secrets that hold the key to Gracie’s return. In his dynamic follow-up to The Color of Law , Gimenez has written a startling, multilayered thriller in which complex characters and a fast-moving plot grab the reader immediately. Smart dialog and a spunky Gracie, who never loses her cool, make for a memorable read that twists and turns until the final, cinematic conclusion.”
Starred review, Library Journal

“Another explosive thriller that is impossible to put down. . . . Plenty of twists and turns, and a plot that keeps you guessing right until the end.  Definitely not one to miss.”

“A cracking read.”
The Times (London)

“A top-of-the-line thriller . . . Impossible to put down, the book is a nail-biter from beginning to end, as a family’s dark secrets emerge during the worst event of their lives.”
Romantic Times

“You’d better start this one early in the evening, because you’ll be reading it into the wee small hours of the morning — it’s riveting.” (South Africa)

“Edge of your seat action.”
Zoo (UK)

“Big-screen action in your lap.”
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