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James Patterson’s BookShots. Short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment. PLEASE HELP BEFORE HE KILLS ME. Travelling home for the festive season, Jon Roscoe receives a desperate cry for help. This year, Christmas with his family isn't quite as he had planned... James Patterson’s BookShots. Short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment. PLEASE HELP BEFORE HE KILLS ME. Travelling home for the festive season, Jon Roscoe receives a desperate cry for help. This year, Christmas with his family isn't quite as he had planned...


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James Patterson’s BookShots. Short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment. PLEASE HELP BEFORE HE KILLS ME. Travelling home for the festive season, Jon Roscoe receives a desperate cry for help. This year, Christmas with his family isn't quite as he had planned... James Patterson’s BookShots. Short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment. PLEASE HELP BEFORE HE KILLS ME. Travelling home for the festive season, Jon Roscoe receives a desperate cry for help. This year, Christmas with his family isn't quite as he had planned...

30 review for Kidnapped

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Travelling home from Chicago to London for Christmas, Jon Roscoe was angry about the wasted trip. The trial hadn’t gone ahead – the witness had been got at; Roscoe was more determined than ever to put him away. He was guilty – Roscoe knew that. He just needed to prove it. But when he found the note in his hand luggage – PLEASE HELP BEFORE HE KILLS ME – he knew who was in trouble. But could he help that person? Catching up with his wife and twin daughters was always a joy – but things kept going Travelling home from Chicago to London for Christmas, Jon Roscoe was angry about the wasted trip. The trial hadn’t gone ahead – the witness had been got at; Roscoe was more determined than ever to put him away. He was guilty – Roscoe knew that. He just needed to prove it. But when he found the note in his hand luggage – PLEASE HELP BEFORE HE KILLS ME – he knew who was in trouble. But could he help that person? Catching up with his wife and twin daughters was always a joy – but things kept going wrong. Christmas was going to be a little different this time round… Kidnapped is another of James Patterson’s BookShots and 3rd in the Jon Roscoe Thriller series – a quick, easy read and I really enjoyed this one. Fast paced with plenty of action and some unexpected twists – a great little thriller! Recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    In the third of their Joe Roscoe BookShots, Patterson and Gold deliver another story that keeps the reader guessing and wondering until the final paragraph, showing that short stories do not always lack the essential attention to detail. After finishing up with a piece of business in Chicago, Jon Roscoe is headed back to London for the holidays. His wife and two daughters await him, hoping that he will be able to carve out some time with them as he continues to work for Tribeca Luxury Hotels. Wh In the third of their Joe Roscoe BookShots, Patterson and Gold deliver another story that keeps the reader guessing and wondering until the final paragraph, showing that short stories do not always lack the essential attention to detail. After finishing up with a piece of business in Chicago, Jon Roscoe is headed back to London for the holidays. His wife and two daughters await him, hoping that he will be able to carve out some time with them as he continues to work for Tribeca Luxury Hotels. While waiting at the airport, Roscoe encounters two families and their various events, both of which cause him worry. He only later learns that both pairs will be on his flight over the Atlantic. Roscoe tries his best to intervene, but is rebuffed in both cases, sensing that there is something ominous about to take place. When back in London, Roscoe is given a stern warning about staying away from a certain celebrity hotel guest, but cannot shake that something is significantly wrong. Meanwhile, Roscoe learns that his wife and daughters may have stumbled onto something else of interest. As the story progresses, the reader is pulled into two significant storylines, both with particular importance and set against the backdrop of the Christmas season. Patterson and Gold devise a wonderful story that will keep the reader up a little later to find out how it resolves itself. Patterson's invention of the BookShot has not always been a gift for readers, as some stories offer little more than a lump of coal while others are true diamonds. However, that is the nature of the beast and this BookShot shows strong contention for being in the latter category. The third story in the series, readers have already learned much about Jon Roscoe, but the constant move to add new and interesting characters adds a new dimension to the tale. Also, that the hotel is not a primary setting for the story plays into its unique nature. The authors use Roscoe's brain and intuition more than his brawn in this BookShot, adding a dimension to the man while keeping things somewhat realistic. The numerous storylines keep readers ready to forge onwards, offering some interesting views into family life, particularly around the holidays. Short and crisp chapters are offset with interesting plots without taking readers down too many rabbit holes and confusing them as they seek to finish in short order. A successful BookShot that tries taking up only enough time to fill the period between a significant meal and the rowdy round of game playing during the holiday season. Kudos, Messrs. Patterson and Gold for another wonderful addition to this collection. I hope there are more Roscoe stories on their way soon, as you have done well with this series. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Smith

    Quite enjoyed this book even though it's the third in the series. Quite enjoyed this book even though it's the third in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate~Bibliophile Book Club

    I really like Jon Roscoe, the lead in a few of these. I would happily read about him all day long. This was a twisty one, with some hateful characters. I liked how the story played out too. Less action than other Jon Roscoe books, but good all the same!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    I bought this book at a book store. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. It was full of action /adventure.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Connor's Library Corner

    Really I just read this to complete the trilogy. I was bored reading this one sadly

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Blyth

    This is the third Jon Roscoe novella and once again a good quick read. As the novellas progress the character and background of Jon is painted in more detail. The ending of this novella definitely leaves room to continue another phase of this storyline. Roscoe, an ex detective at the Met, is head of security at Tribeca Luxury Hotels Group travels the world which has put a strain on his marriage and has led to separation from his wife Marika and his two daughters who now live in Edinburgh. At the This is the third Jon Roscoe novella and once again a good quick read. As the novellas progress the character and background of Jon is painted in more detail. The ending of this novella definitely leaves room to continue another phase of this storyline. Roscoe, an ex detective at the Met, is head of security at Tribeca Luxury Hotels Group travels the world which has put a strain on his marriage and has led to separation from his wife Marika and his two daughters who now live in Edinburgh. At the outset of the story line, Roscoe is leaving Chicago after the collapse of a trial against Matteo Ginevra. Two seemingly unconnected events at the airport set up the story line back in London. Without giving away more of the plot I'll close my review here. Released as part of the James Patterson Bookshots line one wonders whether Patterson has any input to the storyline or whether he is just a name for the masthead. Robert Gold is an author I'm unfamiliar with but he definitely writes in the Patterson mould - short chapters and fast paced. I look forward to the next novel in this sequence.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Lynn Bacon

    This was such a great book. I loved it! I can't stop reading it. I wish there would be another after this. This was such a great book. I loved it! I can't stop reading it. I wish there would be another after this.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeroen

    Highly enjoyable third Jon Roscoe book. As a bookshot this story is rather short at about 175 pages, and like the other two stories it shows that there is great promise for the character of Jon Roscoe, and hopefully a full length book is a possibility. If not, I'll take any more Jon Roscoe bookshots. The story works well as there is a lot going on. Basically there are three things going on, which means Roscoe is slightly distracted, even if one of the 'mysteries' is too obvious. Another one has a Highly enjoyable third Jon Roscoe book. As a bookshot this story is rather short at about 175 pages, and like the other two stories it shows that there is great promise for the character of Jon Roscoe, and hopefully a full length book is a possibility. If not, I'll take any more Jon Roscoe bookshots. The story works well as there is a lot going on. Basically there are three things going on, which means Roscoe is slightly distracted, even if one of the 'mysteries' is too obvious. Another one has a great twist to it, while the third does not get resolved to Roscoe's satisfaction but for the reader that does not matter as it makes for good reading and hope for more. Roscoe trying to reconcile with his wife, while at the sametime also having something going with Anna feels wrong, but that is nicely dealt with in the story. Good writing and a satisfying mystery would have probably called for 5 stars but one of the mysteries is too obvious, hence 4 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    mrsljgibbs

    These Bookshot books never fail to impress me! They are perfect for a nice, quick, easy read and this one was no exception. I’ve loved the Jon Roscoe thrillers series(this is the third in a trilogy) and I hope that there are going to be more books to add to the story!! Jon Roscoe is Head of Security for the very rich and famous Tribeca chain of hotels. This book sees Jon travelling back to London for Christmas with his family, when a new acquaintance gives him a cry for help. A great read with a These Bookshot books never fail to impress me! They are perfect for a nice, quick, easy read and this one was no exception. I’ve loved the Jon Roscoe thrillers series(this is the third in a trilogy) and I hope that there are going to be more books to add to the story!! Jon Roscoe is Head of Security for the very rich and famous Tribeca chain of hotels. This book sees Jon travelling back to London for Christmas with his family, when a new acquaintance gives him a cry for help. A great read with a few little twists thrown in for good measure!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sean Harding

    Jon Roscoe returns for book 3 of this book shot series and really again it could have had anyone in the lead role because he again feels like any character you have seen in Patterson-world, without remembering anything really distinguishing about him. Plot moves along and then finishes with an obvious set up for a book #4 meaning there probably won't be one now. Anyway this was pretty lame. Jon Roscoe returns for book 3 of this book shot series and really again it could have had anyone in the lead role because he again feels like any character you have seen in Patterson-world, without remembering anything really distinguishing about him. Plot moves along and then finishes with an obvious set up for a book #4 meaning there probably won't be one now. Anyway this was pretty lame.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Fast paced, good twists and a nice read before Christmas. Two stories are intertwined with one more powerful than the other which is what kept it at three stars. Would like Roscoe and Tribeca Hotels to get a full novel to see how the dynamic changes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tatterededges

    I got this as an audio book and listened to it in 15-20 minute intervals whilst driving around in the car. It was pretty unremarkable. It didn't really engage me honestly. Possibly because I was often distracted whilst listening to it. I got this as an audio book and listened to it in 15-20 minute intervals whilst driving around in the car. It was pretty unremarkable. It didn't really engage me honestly. Possibly because I was often distracted whilst listening to it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    William Richardson

    Another Book Shots book by James Patterson. Fast paced and a good read this was book 3 in the Jon Roscoe series. A couple of good surprises in this one. I like these books as a good read after a long novel .

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kuchpl

    great. fast paced

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dave Kelly

    KEPT ME GUESSING

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    This was a good third installment of this seris - action pcked and a good plot.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Painfully awful. Three stories going on at once in a book too small to tell one story. And we're supposed to think the hero is cool but he doesn't actually do anything... Painfully awful. Three stories going on at once in a book too small to tell one story. And we're supposed to think the hero is cool but he doesn't actually do anything...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dion

    Weak, tepid and thrill-less. A promising double plot trumpets its one twist early on. Only the second twist on about page 130 is good.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marina Mariotti

    awesome

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mike Harrison

    Good

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    An excellent thriller from James Patterson in his Bookshots format and this one was read as the author intended.... in one sitting, taking around 90 minutes or so. This is the 3rd Bookshots book to feature the character of Jon Roscoe and it would be good to feature him in a full-length novel as he is a good character. In this one, he is over in Chicago as a witness for the prosecution in a case against a contractor who was linked to the deaths of two workers on one of the luxury hotels in the chai An excellent thriller from James Patterson in his Bookshots format and this one was read as the author intended.... in one sitting, taking around 90 minutes or so. This is the 3rd Bookshots book to feature the character of Jon Roscoe and it would be good to feature him in a full-length novel as he is a good character. In this one, he is over in Chicago as a witness for the prosecution in a case against a contractor who was linked to the deaths of two workers on one of the luxury hotels in the chain of hotels for which he works. After the main witness retracts his testimony (after being paid off by the contractor?) the case falls through and Jon then has to return to the UK (just before Xmas). At the airport queuing for his flight back he comes to the aid of a distressed young woman who turns out to be the younger sister of the contractor in question (who are both also coming back to the UK). A separate strand to the story is triggered here as well where he intervenes in an argument between a couple with a young child and it turns out that the woman is returning to the UK to visit her mother who lives next door to Jon's ex-wife's mother and their paths will cross again back in the UK. Jon is therefore placed in the position of trying to see the contractor facing justice for the crime he committed, trying to help the younger sister escape the clutches of her scheming family, and also trying to come to the aid of the next door neighbour and her family, especially after her son appears to be kidnapped (giving rise to the title of the book) from her mother's house while Jon is visiting his ex-wife nearby. Most plot threads are resolved by the end of the book, although the contractor escapes justice (perhaps until the next book?). As I said at the outset, this character is a good one and the story kept me engrossed all the while I was reading, and made the book unputdownable.... if that doesn't deserve 5 stars, I don't know what does.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Durinda

    Another great thriller by James Patterson. Fast read, 176 pages. In true and typical fashion it keeps you guessing all the way to the end. Great characters, many twists.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    A lovely short fast based Jon Roscoe thriller

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pat Empson

    These bookshots are quick reads, some better than others.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I read this book 2 years ago. it was okay for a short read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shwetha

  28. 4 out of 5

    Thasneem

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nikhil

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angel Cooper

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