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Already Gone [Kindle Edition]

John Rector
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John Rector ist Bestsellerautor der Thriller »Alles Verloren«, »Frost« und »Längst vergangen«, welcher 2012 für den International Thriller Award nominiert wurde. Seine Kurzprosa erschien in zahlreichen Zeitschriften und gewann mehrere Auszeichnungen, darunter auch den Porterhouse-Preis. Er wohnt in Omaha, Nebraska.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Too many contortions 22. Dezember 2013
Von Price
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I downloaded this book because it was offered gratis for prime customers, which I am. I never would have otherwise, because Rector is a blank page to me.
I disliked the book, will never read another Rector because he leads the reader by the nose. Trips him/her up every time. Like Dan Brown, always a new twist. I hate being made a fool of. The good guy is bad, no he is after all good, or is he? Come on... What a bunch of junk.
I give it one star only because I finished it in order to find out how it ended. I have forgotten the whole plot in the meantime.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend und Überraschend 8. Mai 2012
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Wer denkt, ein Buch, das man kostenlos laden kann, ist nichts wert, liegt hier völlig falsch! Die Geschichte ist gut geschrieben, hat überraschende Wendungen, Gut und Böse, und nicht immer liegt man richtig in der Einschätzung, wer welcher Seite angehört. Stellenweise ist die Handlung sehr brutal, daher nur 4 Sterne. Aber für mich als eifrigen Crime/Suspense Leser war das Buch eine angenehme Überraschung, ich kann es empfehlen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Little Story `bout Jake & Diane, Two American Kids Growin' Up in the Badlands 29. Oktober 2011
Von Timothy J. Mccarthy - Veröffentlicht auf
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When a book starts out with the main character getting a finger lopped off by a couple of hoods, and proceeds to get weird from there, well, you can consider yourself warned. This isn't your standard thriller, isn't your standard mystery; it isn't a standard anything. It's like a printed version of a carnival fun-house, where everything is off-kilter, shocks and surprises become the norm, and nothing is quite what it appears. And it's unforgivingly addictive. Don't even think about picking it up if you have anything else to do for the day.

I won't even try to summarize the plot, because I can't give any detail without giving away some of the surprises. Suffice to say, you'll be seeing the world through "9-finger" Jake's eyes, trying to figure out why his whole world is coming apart. Although he's not an entirely sympathetic fellow, it's awfully hard not to empathize with his plight. None of the characters are fully fleshed out, but I believe that's deliberate, to keep the reader off-balance and guessing.

If I was to nit-pick, the one flaw this book has is Jake's behaviour. Given his background as a hard-bitten child of the streets, he can be awfully naïve at times, and tends to get man-handled a lot. I can understand showing some restraint in order to keep his marriage together, but he really does seem overly dainty.

Most books tend to have a character or style that reminds me of another character or author. Not this one: it's one of those rare books that's truly innovative and unique. It's absolutely brilliant, easily in the top three of about 100 books I've read in the past year. I'd highly recommend this to just about anybody!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another terrific thriller from John Rector 17. November 2011
Von Arthur S. Almquist - Veröffentlicht auf
I just put this book down and practically ran to the computer to write this review. If you like a good thriller, buy this book. Mystery? Buy this book. Page-turner? Ditto.

I discovered John Rector's work by accident. I saw and liked the cover art for "The Grove," thought the description was intriguing, and took a chance on it. It turned out to be one of my favorite books of the year: taut, suspenseful, and a terrific exploration of a wounded mind. I then went right to Rector's "The Cold Kiss," and found the same qualities there that I had loved before: riveting suspense, believable characters, and more than a few gasp-out-loud moments. Needless to say, I was eager to see what Mr. Rector would come up with next, and I wasn't disappointed. "Already Gone" is a terrific thriller, following a college professor with a questionable past as his life unravels around him at a breakneck pace. One of the things I liked most about the novel was its opening: the reader barely has cracked it open when an act of shocking violence occurs. We don't know why it occurs or anything about the hero. But then, rather than jumping into a ton of background and exposition, Rector gives us tiny bits and pieces about the story's hero, leaving his past - and all the "Why's" of the story - a mystery for quite some time. As a reader who doesn't like things obviously spelled out, I found this choice brilliant. Once the plot gets going, you'll meet some unforgettable characters and be taken through some incredible and creative twists - all of which I found in keeping with the story, style, and genre. Once I hit the halfway point, I couldn't put it down and read well into the night.

One thing: I noticed on this page that one reader talked about how sadistic the novel's violence is. I seem to recall a similar comment on the page for "The Grove." I don't know if it's the same person, but regardless, I totally disagree. Rector's stories are dark, to be sure, but "sadistic" is absolutely overkill. His style is lean and direct, even sparse, but never gratuitous. (I'd bet that the reviewer prefers more old-fashioned mysteries.)

Rector is the real deal, and I hope he finds the audience he deserves. Give this book a shot, as well as "The Grove" and "The Cold Kiss."
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Flawlessly noir - 3+ 9. November 2011
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You have to admire this novel's very strong, clean and straightforward writing style. It evokes the noir feeling of a 1940s "B" crime flick in tone and its characters. There is a credible sense of threat and foreboding well maintained throughout the novel. The story is full of hard-drinking men, classic gangsters and women who are dames (unblinking opportunists). The storyline is also pretty good. A young man who started a successful academic career but has a rough past suddenly finds his life going south. He is viciously attacked outside a bar; his new wife disappears and he is continuously harassed by a cop and a shadowy group of toughs in suits. Increasingly desperate to find out what happened to his wife, the protagonist is sucked up into situation that rapidly becomes beyond his control. The story ends in a very unexpected and maybe not completely credible way (my opinion.)

For all its real strengths, "Already Gone" is less successful when it crosses the line into excess. The book's protagonist is too frequently completely clueless about what's happening around him. The author has also made him a perpetual punching bag for the bad guys. Other characters radically morph as the tale is told. While the latter process is sometimes a strength, I thought it ultimately went overboard. This is a book done with some skill but which comes up somewhat short on reflection.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Needs work 8. Dezember 2011
Von Jenna B. - Veröffentlicht auf
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Already Gone is a relatively quick read. The character development is sloppy, as is much of the plot. The best summation I could give of the novel itself is that it's comparable to any of the James Patterson series within the last 3 years. James Patterson started out strong with a number of books that follow a similar layout to Already Gone. However, over the last 3 years these books have taken on the voice of an AP English high school student -- the same holds true to Already Gone.

What's frustrating, in my opinion, with Already Gone is that what starts out as a believable/realistic storyline warps into Gangs of New York meets the agents from The Matrix. If the creativity and time spent on developing the torture scenes was spread throughout the rest of the book, there is not a doubt in my mind that John Rector would be one of my favorite new authors.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen One of the worst books ever! 4. Januar 2012
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf
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How many times can a character get beat up and/or tricked in a single book? It happened so many times in this book that it became predictable.
The only reason I read it to the end because I hoped at some point the main character might actually win a fight or make a logical decision. But I was disappointed. Not sure why so many people liked the story - maybe folks like main characters that can't think or fight.
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