Former Green Beret Colonel Ben Brice drowns memories of Vietnam in oceans of Jim Beam. The war took everything from Ben—his wife, his son, his dreams—and now it threatens to take his ten-year-old granddaughter, Gracie, when she's abducted after a soccer game. Ben can't let that happen. He puts down the bottle and goes in search of Gracie—and discovers dark family secrets and meaning to his life.
No. 6, Australia
No. 8, Ireland
No. 14, UK
"A cracking read." - The Times (UK)
"Pulse-pounding narrative." – Booklist
"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." - Library Journal (starred review)
"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." - New Mystery Reader Magazine
"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 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." - Bookreporter.com
"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!" - Book-of-the-Month club
"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
“The Abduction is fast-paced and truly impossible to put down. It is also by far one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time.” – Wichita Falls Times
"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
"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." - CrimeSquad.com
I enjoyed this book a lot. It captured you on page one....a quick and uncomplicated read
Great book-appreciated the humor mixed with such a dark story.
I did not want to put this book down. Stayed up way too late to finish it. Good read. This is the third book of this author I have read. I will read more. He has my attention.