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No Good Deed: A Psychological Thriller (The Mark Taylor Series Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

M.P. McDonald

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Mark Taylor knows his actions scream, guilty--but he was only trying to stop the horrible terrorist attack. Instead, the government labels him an enemy combatant and throws him in the brig with no rights, no trial, and no way to prove his innocence.

Mark's just a regular guy--a photographer--who finds himself in an extraordinary situation when an antique camera he buys at a dusty Afghanistan bazaar produces photographs of future tragedies. When he discovers that he can prevent the events in the photos from occurring, he can't live with the guilt if he doesn't try to stop the tragedies.

When he sees September 11th, his efforts fail when no one listens to his frantic warnings. Then he learns that being an 'enemy combatant' means the government can do anything they want to him. Anything at all.

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M.P. McDonald was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois. The town's claim to fame is the home of Ray Bradbury. In addition to writing, M.P. McDonald works as a respiratory therapist. You can reach the author at or visit M.P. McDonald's blog at


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1822 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 327 Seiten
  • Verlag: MP McD Publishing; Auflage: 7 (19. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003PPDB8K
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding Book You Can't Put Down 8. Juni 2011
Von Michael Gallagher - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
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 main character. I think I had just about every range of emotion possible while reading this book, and I distinctly remember at 62% of the way through the Kindle version feeling a little depressed because Mark was depressed, then around the 80% mark feeling elation because Mark was elated; this was a consistent happening throughout the book. To me, anytime the author can literally grab you and make you feel as if you are playing the role of the main character is a good thing.

The author also makes you sit back and think about what is going on in the world of our anti-terrorism policies. Prior to reading this book, I had one set of preconceived notions of what is acceptable or not for those labeled as enemy combatants; about a third of the way through I found myself rethinking my own idea of what is the right thing to do. From the plot lines, getting into the head of the character, and the overall writing style I found I didn't want to put this book down - I'm still thinking about it 24 hours after finishing it!

Bottom line to me is this is a great book and certainly worth more than the 99 cents, and I have purchased the next book in the series eagerly awaiting to see what else happens to Mr. Taylor.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Book! 10. Oktober 2010
Von Toni R. Adkins - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I'm a prolific reader who nearly always reads the reviews here on Amazon before purchasing a book, but I have never reviewed a book myself. Thought about it often, but have never actually taken the time to write one. I'm also a new Kindle owner who has spent a lot of time searching the kindle book discussions here and at before my kindle arrived, looking for cheap, but interesting books to download. I have to say that I was highly skeptical about downloading books from indie authors, mistakingly thinking that the books would be of low quality. On the other hand, I have found many books by indie authors that looked interesting and had good reviews. I went ahead and downloaded around 20 books, all under $3.00( I have to say that price was a big factor since I was trying to stretch out an Amazon gift card to the max). No Good Deed was the first one I read and I was not disappointed. This book had everything that I always look for in a book, well developed characters that were beleivable and made you care about what happened to them, a captivating story that had me glued to my kindle to the end, a little action, a little romance, and that paranormal element that often atracts me to a book. The only thing I was disappointed in was the length....I didn't want the book to end.

I'll never judge a book again by whether the author is published by a publishing house or on e-books. I'm sure there are many other good indie authors out there and I'm looking forward to discovering them. I'm also looking forward to more books by Mary McDonald and hope there's a new one out soon.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen From "Red Adept Reviews" 23. Januar 2011
Von Lynn McNamee - Veröffentlicht auf
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Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

The plot to the novel was not only unique, but it was wonderfully executed. The book opened with Mark Taylor, the main character, trying to find a specific apartment. Soon, I learned that he was actually looking for a baby that would die if he didn't get there in time to warn someone. The book only got better from there.

After Mark was arrested, I thought the tension would lessen, but Ms. McDonald managed to keep ratcheting the suspense with every chapter. The story unfolded skillfully, giving me just enough information at the right times to keep me wanting more without making me feel like I was being dragged. I just couldn't put the book down. I had to know what happened to Mark and how it would all turn out.

One thing that I really liked was how the author handled the political question of whether torture is a viable means of getting answers and information from terrorists. Through different character viewpoints, she showed both sides of the debate. Rather than taking one side or the other, the book allows the reader to really think about the issue and make their own conclusions.

There was one instance of severe coincidence that allowed Mark's girlfriend to save some of his personal effects. It was just a matter of lucky timing, I guess, but after so long, it was really lucky timing. I think that portion could have been done differently to somehow avoid the happenstance measure.

I think the description gives away too much of the storyline. So, if you happen to be reading this review on my blog, or reading it prior to reading the description, to get the most out of the suspense, skip the book description on the Amazon Page. I was lucky in that I hadn't read it when I started the book.

The ending was especially nice in that, while it wrapped everthing up nicely, it didn't meander around to explain later events. It ended abruptly at a perfect point in the story.

Characters: 5 Stars

Mark Taylor was a deep, complex character. He was a good hero, but had enough flaws to be completely believable. The way he handled his time in prison portrayed him as just a regular guy and pretty much followed that route throughout the book. This gave him a particularly sympathetic feel to which readers could relate.

The other characters were pretty well done for side characters. The book mainly focused on Mark, so too much development in the rest would have been tedious. There was just enough information given about one of Mark's "jailers" to give the reader some empathy on that score, but not so much as to overpower the story.

Writing Style: 4 3/4 Stars

The sentence structuring was wonderfully fluid with a skill belying a first time novelist. The descriptions were so well done that I could have been watching a movie. The dialogue was great in the first half, but it inexplicably went downhill in the third quarter when Mark seems to develop a Southern accent of sorts. This did clear up by the last quarter.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Disturbing in its Relevance 31. Juli 2010
Von D. Figueroa - Veröffentlicht auf
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Wow. I came across this book on the Kindle boards and after reading the sample, I just had to finish it.

The novel is a commentary on post-9/11 excesses, wrapped in a paranormal fantasy, tucked into a tale of romantic suspense. While written recently, the story is set in 2001-2002, shortly after the attacks.

Mark Taylor, a typical nice guy and successful Chicago photographer, buys a vintage camera in a bazaar overseas and finds that it has a strange little lets him see tragedies and disasters before they happen by mysteriously developing photos he didn't take at the end of any roll of film he shoots. He then dreams about the incident that night and has very little time the next day to try to stop what's about to happen.

The story opens with Mark saving a baby who drowns in the bath because its mother is momentarily distracted. Mark rushes in, gives the baby CPR and saves the day. Instead of getting a medal from the city, he's arrested on the spot and tossed into jail as a terrorist. It seems that Mark saw the 9/11 attacks and tried to warn the government, but of course, no one listened.

The other piece of bad luck for Mark is that he travelled to Afghanistan a couple of years before 9/11 with a Muslim friend to take pictures for a book. When the friend is tortured, he points to Mark as a co-conspirator and the FBI and CIA go after Mark.

Due to his involvement in several incidents like the one with the baby, he drew the attention of a female Chicago PD detective, who at first thinks he's just a little strange, but later finds him to be sincere and very attractive; they begin dating only a month before his arrest. She didn't believe him about the camera (who would?) when he tells her about it after being taken into custody. She recoils in horror and disgust, wondering how she could have been so badly fooled.

Mark is taken by the CIA to a Navy brig in SC, where he undergoes the most brutal (and unfortunately legal) forms of torture for over a year while they attempt to force him to reveal who was behind the attacks. This was really the scary part for me because I'm quite sure that this did happen to many innocent US Citizens: suddenly finding themselves trapped by the "Enemy Combatant" status that allows the government to imprision and torture someone with no trial, no contact with the outside world, no way to defend themselves. The author's description of waterboarding & other inhuman torture methods is chilling and all too believable.

The hero is finally released through the intervention of others (no spoilers here), but not before his life is completely ruined and he finds himself on the streets, having lost everything he'd ever worked for, without as much as a "sorry, dude" from the very people who are supposed to keep innocent citizens safe.

As much as the story revolves around these quasi-legal events, the author manages to treat them with the proper degree of detachment so that it doesn't come off preachy. This isn't the work of a conspiracy theorist or paranoid anti-government-crackpot. Most of the bad guys still manage to have a soul.

I found the book to be enthralling and I couldn't wait to see whether or not this Good Samaritan makes it in the end or not (uh uh...I said no spoilers.) It was a poignant lesson in how easily we can lose everything and everyone we have based on the flimsiest of accusations.

A gripping, well-written read that I enjoyed, despite the fact that I'm pretty firmly anti-romance. The story leans more toward the suspense end of the genre. It's neither smarmy nor saccharine. I would definitely like to read more from this author.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good book, with a few exeptions 6. Dezember 2010
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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, but the reader pushes all reason aside and gets sucked into the story and wants to shake sense into the other skeptical characters.
She does a great job of developing the characters, creating empathy, and keeping the tension going throughout the book. As a reader, you will feel the character's emotions and struggles. Excellent writing and delivery of the payload of the story.

Language. I've seen worse language, so I would rate this book on the middle of the scale. If you can take a certain amount of profanity, you might take on this book. I have read some books that completely ruined a story with excessive profanity. This book hit the borderline of my tolerance. Anymore, and I would have tossed it.

Sex. There was one sex scene about 2/3s the way through this book. Fortunately, she passed over the gory details once they made it to the physical act, but it was still more than necessary. Perhaps I'm just a fuddy ol' coot, but in my opinion, sex derails a book. People who like sex scenes pick up sleazy romance novels and erotica. Readers of those genres expect sleaze, and even desire it. People like me, who don't have any desire for sexual novels, don't appreciate the thrill of sex in a novel. The story is chugging along, tension is building, pages are turning as the reader digs for answers raised by the plot, and then, out of the blue, two people are wallowing in fits of passion. What happened to the story? Oh, I have to wade through the sewage until I pick up on the trail again. It doesn't add to the story. Romantic tension does well, even in non-romance novels, but when I'm forced into becoming a peeping-Tom, I lose focus on the story at hand. Personally, I don't see the point. If it turns the focus away from the storyline, it shouldn't be there.

Sagging Middle. At one point in the story, the plot crept along at a slow enough pace where I looked to see how many pages were left before the end. This was about 2/3 the way through. After wading through about 25 pages of setting up the climax, the story took off again and at a rapid pace.
Typos. This book has a number of typos throughout the story. Usually, these are in the form of a missing word, missing spaces between sentences, or the wrong form of a word. They are few enough so it wasn't a complete distraction, but each one did cause me to stop for a moment to decipher what was being said.

I feel a little sheepish about spending most of this review dwelling on the negative. But that's the nature of critiquing. It takes more time to explain what is lacking (completely a personal opinion) than it does to say what is right. Overall, No Good Deed is a well written story. Mary McDonald is an excellent storyteller, and makes the story come alive. I expect to see her name rising up through the ranks as more people discover her work.
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