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For nearly 40 years an advanced nation has remained undetected by the outside world—and now for unknown reasons, H-17 is recruiting. The class of child genius Gabby Morningstar is interrupted by the news that her parents have been murdered. The detective assigned to the homicide then abducts her. Before Gabby can piece together her situation, she's sold to a mysterious gro For nearly 40 years an advanced nation has remained undetected by the outside world—and now for unknown reasons, H-17 is recruiting. The class of child genius Gabby Morningstar is interrupted by the news that her parents have been murdered. The detective assigned to the homicide then abducts her. Before Gabby can piece together her situation, she's sold to a mysterious group of individuals lurking off of an unmarked highway exit. Gabby's feral runaway sister, Nikki, will stop at nothing to find her.


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For nearly 40 years an advanced nation has remained undetected by the outside world—and now for unknown reasons, H-17 is recruiting. The class of child genius Gabby Morningstar is interrupted by the news that her parents have been murdered. The detective assigned to the homicide then abducts her. Before Gabby can piece together her situation, she's sold to a mysterious gro For nearly 40 years an advanced nation has remained undetected by the outside world—and now for unknown reasons, H-17 is recruiting. The class of child genius Gabby Morningstar is interrupted by the news that her parents have been murdered. The detective assigned to the homicide then abducts her. Before Gabby can piece together her situation, she's sold to a mysterious group of individuals lurking off of an unmarked highway exit. Gabby's feral runaway sister, Nikki, will stop at nothing to find her.

30 review for H-17 The Morningstar Abduction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bmquiram

    H-17 The Morningstar Abduction by Jake Vickers Three stars out of five. I was thinking of giving this story four stars for the majority of the book. Gabby is a supper smart teenager so I couldn’t relate to her, but I did enjoy her character. The author did a great job of development for Gabby. At some point in the book my favorite character switched from Gabby to her superman strong sister. Nikki is as stupid as she is strong. She runs on instinct and follows the slightest basic survival instinct H-17 The Morningstar Abduction by Jake Vickers Three stars out of five. I was thinking of giving this story four stars for the majority of the book. Gabby is a supper smart teenager so I couldn’t relate to her, but I did enjoy her character. The author did a great job of development for Gabby. At some point in the book my favorite character switched from Gabby to her superman strong sister. Nikki is as stupid as she is strong. She runs on instinct and follows the slightest basic survival instincts. She tells it like she sees it and has gotten through life just fine without following all the stupid social rules everyone else follows. I enjoyed reading about how these girl’s world was turned upside down when their mother disappeared and their father was murdered. Gabby is taken and when Nikki finds out she is gone she does everything in her power to find her. As I mentioned earlier I was going to give this story four stars for the first five hundred or so pages. I wished the author would cut to the chase at some parts and in other parts I wanted - needed - more explanation. There were times when Gabby acted without thinking and it made her seem like she wasn’t as smart as the author first made her seem. At about page five hundred the overall feel of the story changed. Gabby started to babble incoherently (for several pages). Nikki turned into an evil overprotective monster. (very graphic and disturbing imagery). The ending didn’t explain what happened to any of the minor characters. The explanation it provided for the main characters was anti-climatic. If I was to judge only the last hundred pages or so I would give two stars, but I will average the difference and give three stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Will Miller

    I loved this book. It moved me on many different levels. "This fucking weird-looking, short, compact, yoked-as-hell chick stormed out into the street and glared all around. She had the wicked stalking eyes of a hyena. She sniffed at the air as if following a scent. She dropped to the ground and checked under parked cars. Her ratty black bird's nest hair gave the impression that she was like some sort of wandering savage who was stepping out of the wilderness for the first time." There's no romance I loved this book. It moved me on many different levels. "This fucking weird-looking, short, compact, yoked-as-hell chick stormed out into the street and glared all around. She had the wicked stalking eyes of a hyena. She sniffed at the air as if following a scent. She dropped to the ground and checked under parked cars. Her ratty black bird's nest hair gave the impression that she was like some sort of wandering savage who was stepping out of the wilderness for the first time." There's no romance, or even a particularly happy ending. The characters are broken and the world they live in too is broken. It is brilliantly drawn and arguably more true-to-life than most true-to-life novels. A brilliant teenaged girl Gabby is kidnapped and then tracked down by her god-of-war sister Nikki. Whatever is familiar about the storyline is submerged by the unusual qualities of each character: both sisters were genetically engineered and fostered out by a breakaway nation known as H-17. The story inverts what we understand as good and evil: I had not expected I could laugh out loud so many times reading scenes of quite extraordinary violence. And still I wanted more. Here, ethics are founded on sympathy and the author builds very deep sympathies for his main characters. Notions about appropriate authority evaporate as Nikki's hunt for Gabby wreaks havoc on all who would stand in her path. Authority itself is discarded as merely a power struggle between humans cloaked by a veneer of respectability. The story is well crafted and structured and the language honed. The novel ignores a number of conventions in style, but it is clearly intentional and if anything added to the impression that I was reading something "different", writing on the edge. "I still tasted the bitterness of the plant no matter how much I spat it away. My mouth was so dry. Nightmares swirled in my head. My brain felt like a fattened larva behind my eyes. My numbers aren't working. They never did. Where are my numbers?"

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bel

    This was an incredible story that has definitely left a lasting impression. The attention to detail was so in depth that at times I felt like I was there right along with them on their crazy journey. It is quite a long read, however I was so engrossed by every chapter that it still flew by. Gabby Morningstar is a child genius who has been sold to the elusive H-17 by a man out for nothing but a fat paychech. Nikki, the older sister of Gabbi is a runaway who has been living on the streets for a ye This was an incredible story that has definitely left a lasting impression. The attention to detail was so in depth that at times I felt like I was there right along with them on their crazy journey. It is quite a long read, however I was so engrossed by every chapter that it still flew by. Gabby Morningstar is a child genius who has been sold to the elusive H-17 by a man out for nothing but a fat paychech. Nikki, the older sister of Gabbi is a runaway who has been living on the streets for a year and claims to have 'T-Rex' syndrome, a genetec mutation making her excessively strong. She was one of the best characters I have ever read. A little psychotic, but would do anything for her little sister, including sneaking onto the base where her sister is being held to try and rescue her. There is dark humour and some explicit violence but do not let that deter you from this amazing story. The varying POV's give an even better understanding of each character and help build the story to it's stunning climax. Loved every minute and would highly recommend.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Píaras Cíonnaoíth

    A unique and adventurous dystopian sci-fi tale... Jake Vickers dystopian novel H-17 The Morningstar Abduction tells the story of Gabby Morningstar, a child genius who has been sold to the enigmatic H-17. Nikki, her older sister, is a runaway who has been living on the streets for a year. ‘Gabby is at school when she receives the news of her father’s murder. She’s then abducted by the detective assigned to the case and sold to an unidentified group of people lurking off of an unmarked highway exit A unique and adventurous dystopian sci-fi tale... Jake Vickers dystopian novel H-17 The Morningstar Abduction tells the story of Gabby Morningstar, a child genius who has been sold to the enigmatic H-17. Nikki, her older sister, is a runaway who has been living on the streets for a year. ‘Gabby is at school when she receives the news of her father’s murder. She’s then abducted by the detective assigned to the case and sold to an unidentified group of people lurking off of an unmarked highway exit. Gabby’s feral runaway sister Nikki will stop at nothing to find and rescue her.’ This was a fascinating and captivating read that had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly mesmerizing journey. It’s long read that contains dark humour and some explicit violence with raw language. At its core is the bond between siblings. Highly recommended reading and a well-deserved five stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This book made me so sad when it was done because I knew this was a new release in a series by this author and I would have to wait for the next one instead of binge read them all. You feel like you know the characters. They do things that are unexpected, and are so beautifully crafted. Jake's descriptions are so simple and gut wrenchingly relatable. Reading this book is an amazing experience. I felt at times disgusted by the violence and at other times I wasn't smart enough to keep up, but it's This book made me so sad when it was done because I knew this was a new release in a series by this author and I would have to wait for the next one instead of binge read them all. You feel like you know the characters. They do things that are unexpected, and are so beautifully crafted. Jake's descriptions are so simple and gut wrenchingly relatable. Reading this book is an amazing experience. I felt at times disgusted by the violence and at other times I wasn't smart enough to keep up, but it's crafted in a way that respects the reader's intelligence, nothing is totally spelled out, and things are obviously kept for the next book... I'm really excited. Nikki is the MOST flawed hero since Scarlett O'Hara... Completely brutal and unwaveringly loyal to her genius sister Gabby.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ian Miller

    I find this book difficult to review because I did not like it, which raises problems with being fair. Nevertheless, here goes. There are two young Morningstar women, Gabby, who is some sort of numbers savant and Nikki, who is just trouble. Gabby is abducted and seemingly sold to H-17 for money. Nikki goes there on her own, to save Gabby. That just about sums up everything that seems to have a purpose. Given the book is 584 printed pages long, that is a fairly poor yield. H-17 seems to be some s I find this book difficult to review because I did not like it, which raises problems with being fair. Nevertheless, here goes. There are two young Morningstar women, Gabby, who is some sort of numbers savant and Nikki, who is just trouble. Gabby is abducted and seemingly sold to H-17 for money. Nikki goes there on her own, to save Gabby. That just about sums up everything that seems to have a purpose. Given the book is 584 printed pages long, that is a fairly poor yield. H-17 seems to be some sort of military training entity, and the high-priced Gabby seems to be used for nothing better than to be a janitor. Why?? The use of foul language is everywhere, and just about everyone uses it except Gabby, who recites numbers instead. The problem when everyone is using the same foul language most of the time is that everyone sounds and behaves the same. There are no character differences, other than one is big and strong, Nikki is small and strong, and so on. Different positions in a power structure or different appearances do not convey different character. The book is riddled with sadistic violence, and again, for no special purpose. The idea of training recruits is one thing, but since they appear to be rejected when they fail to stand up to it, and since they were presumably abducted to get there why don't they just try to leave? For that matter, why aren't the police interested in abducted youths? At the end Gabby has two fingers cut off sequentially as torture. Why? Presumably because the guy with the knife could. I could see no other sensible reason. These guys aren't even qualifying as sociopaths. In my opinion it is just random purposeless violence. Oh, did I mention what H-17 is about? No? The reason is I don't know either. After 584 pages it appears you need to buy the next book to find out. Yeah, right. If you want a book that is harsh and violence-ridden, this could be yours. If you want a more traditional story, stay away.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is a long, strange book but well worth reading. The author has created another world, it seems. The sisters complement each other, e.g., brain and brawn. It's a story of survival and very well told. Congrats to the author and keep on writing! This is a long, strange book but well worth reading. The author has created another world, it seems. The sisters complement each other, e.g., brain and brawn. It's a story of survival and very well told. Congrats to the author and keep on writing!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Interesting storyline and read

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jes5ica

    This book kept me interested throughout, and I read at work so that is no small feat! The story is told from several perspectives, the majority being the two Morningstar "sisters"(?) Gabby & Nikki. The two couldn't be any more different, but their adventures keep you guessing and laughing more often than not. I truly enjoyed this book! This book kept me interested throughout, and I read at work so that is no small feat! The story is told from several perspectives, the majority being the two Morningstar "sisters"(?) Gabby & Nikki. The two couldn't be any more different, but their adventures keep you guessing and laughing more often than not. I truly enjoyed this book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Webb

    I won this Kindle Edition book from a GoodReads giveaway - thank you to all involved. This book has a great plot and an interesting storyline - I recommend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This book has an interesting plot, and I liked the author's descriptions. People came to life on the page. But it too long, and in need of editing. Still, I recommend the book. This book has an interesting plot, and I liked the author's descriptions. People came to life on the page. But it too long, and in need of editing. Still, I recommend the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Great Characters and very intriguing plot. Would recommend

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Won this book from Goodreads. Thank you. Loved it, at first I was bewildered, what kind of book was I reading, was it a murder mystery, was it a abduction crime mystery, and adventure story, or a Sci Fi? It will be up to the individual reader to answer that, I would say, all of the above. Before you start, however, be ready, the author gets you to H-17 and then leaves you there. Brilliant, because you are now wanting more, you are deep within the Moringstar camp, and cheering for the sisters, and Won this book from Goodreads. Thank you. Loved it, at first I was bewildered, what kind of book was I reading, was it a murder mystery, was it a abduction crime mystery, and adventure story, or a Sci Fi? It will be up to the individual reader to answer that, I would say, all of the above. Before you start, however, be ready, the author gets you to H-17 and then leaves you there. Brilliant, because you are now wanting more, you are deep within the Moringstar camp, and cheering for the sisters, and along the way you have gotten to know the characters, some the reader will like, others the reader may positively hate, and one may even smile along the way! This is a story of two sisters, with special talents, one has a genius mathematical mind the other, the grit and stamina of a grizzly bear, or T-Rex as she would say! One sister is a runaway named Nikki, the other sister named Gabby has been abducted to a military training camp, where her mathematical skills are later to be used to enhance the Nation of H-17, wherever this is. No one seems to know. Nikki finds out her sister is missing and goes to the rescue, however, Nikki ends up in a different camp from Gabby and trains to be a commando. The training camp is attacked, Gabby is hurt, Nikki and her pals come to the rescue, only to be captured by their own people to be brought to justice! What justice, who's justice? Although the Morningstars are hurt, friends help them to H-17 but when they arrive where are they, are they in this world, did they leave by a wormhole or time warp or are they in Africa? And why are they being chased? On top of this Gabby takes too many pills to stop the pain and meets the supreme being, or is he, and when she gets to safety he and his friends are there to meet her. Or is it all a dream? To be continued......

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deneale Williams

    This is a very different style read, and very in depth. From the get go, I was drawn into the words that kept pulling me farther and deeper in as I read, wondering where this book would take me. I knew that I wouldn’t put it down, because the writing was like none other I have ever read. I was strong, and sincere. I felt the writer wanted to make his point known, and that you the reader, were there to help to get his point across. H-17 is an organization that has been silent for nearly forty year This is a very different style read, and very in depth. From the get go, I was drawn into the words that kept pulling me farther and deeper in as I read, wondering where this book would take me. I knew that I wouldn’t put it down, because the writing was like none other I have ever read. I was strong, and sincere. I felt the writer wanted to make his point known, and that you the reader, were there to help to get his point across. H-17 is an organization that has been silent for nearly forty years, until now. And now they have come out of hiding to recruit. Making it obvious there is a need for more of them to do whatever it is that they must do. Gabby Morningstar is in class, when her class is interrupted by the announcement of the murder of her parents. After this, the homicide detective on the case, abducts Gabby. Gabby then is being sold to ‘these mysterious people’ off of the highway, where the exit is unmarked. She has now realized, things are beyond strange. Fortunately for Gabby, her runaway sister: Nikki will stop at nothing to find and rescue her, however long and difficult it may be. Gabby herself, is determined to get away from this sinister group of people, and if anything, make anew for herself, with the hopes of surviving. Gabby feels if she is to stay with these people, just about anything could happen to her including death. And she can’t have that. As you read this book, you will be rooting for these girls, trust me. And you will not be rooting for H-17, in fact you will want to climb into the book and get involved. This book makes you feel like you are right there, and that you need to mediate, and help in any way that you can. Unfortunately, you can’t. But what you can do, is read it, and write a review. Because I myself enjoyed this book a great deal and give it five stars. I certainly hope that Jake will find the time write another book. He is a very good writer, and I love his writing style. So, if you haven’t already, pick up your copy today!

  15. 5 out of 5

    PelicanFreak

    I did not make it all the way to the end. Book is just soooo poorly put together, and the lack of editing is too distracting. I will say, it looks like his "publisher" took him for a ride: book lacks professional editing, formatting and reviews. I feel sorry for him, as many new authors fall prey to shady publishers. I hope he finds his way some day. Perhaps with a professional team and the smarts to avoid a scam, he'd be onto something. I did not make it all the way to the end. Book is just soooo poorly put together, and the lack of editing is too distracting. I will say, it looks like his "publisher" took him for a ride: book lacks professional editing, formatting and reviews. I feel sorry for him, as many new authors fall prey to shady publishers. I hope he finds his way some day. Perhaps with a professional team and the smarts to avoid a scam, he'd be onto something.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This book was 4 stars for the first 400 pages. The writing is compelling - the story very fascinating. The inconsistencies in the first 400 pages (time line, character issues) is what led to 4/5 stars for the first 400 pages. And then things went downhill quickly - as the writer seemly lost his way - things jumped around inconsistently. Gabby goes on some hallucination for 30 pages that made no sense (maybe it will make sense in another book), and the violence was much too graphic, especially in This book was 4 stars for the first 400 pages. The writing is compelling - the story very fascinating. The inconsistencies in the first 400 pages (time line, character issues) is what led to 4/5 stars for the first 400 pages. And then things went downhill quickly - as the writer seemly lost his way - things jumped around inconsistently. Gabby goes on some hallucination for 30 pages that made no sense (maybe it will make sense in another book), and the violence was much too graphic, especially involving Gabby. Love the character Nicki and her perspectives/dialogue...but the way this book jumps around and the excess details at times, and way insufficient details at other times, resulted in me really disliking the final 150 pages...but by then I was committed to finishing this nearly 600 page book. Page turner for the first 400 pages out of pure interest and excitement; page turner for the final 150 or so pages out of boredom, confusion (with hope of some clarity) and just the desire to finish so that I could read some other book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Gabby Morningstar is a child genius who wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with her father, away from any painful memories of her wayward sister or mother. But the rise of a secretive, highly advanced country called H-17, is out recruiting various experts and geniuses for purposes yet unknown. Think Wakanda in a villainous role and you get the idea. When Gabby’s father is murdered, she is abducted and then sold to H-17 who wish to use her genius in patterns and numbers for their own ag Gabby Morningstar is a child genius who wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with her father, away from any painful memories of her wayward sister or mother. But the rise of a secretive, highly advanced country called H-17, is out recruiting various experts and geniuses for purposes yet unknown. Think Wakanda in a villainous role and you get the idea. When Gabby’s father is murdered, she is abducted and then sold to H-17 who wish to use her genius in patterns and numbers for their own agenda. Gabby’s sister catches wind of this and sets out on a mission to find and rescue her little sister. The whole story was a bit odd, the way the author strung us along until we reached the end was not the most straightforward way I think. The story was good, just very violent and twisted, this is certainly not an easy read for some nor is it a lighthearted escape book. This book would be ideal for those who wish to be drawn into a different world that is convoluted, harsh and rarely rewarding.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pearl

    Intense and gripping. H-17 The Morningstar Abduction by Jake Vickers could be one of those books with a high potential to become a movie because of its mysterious and out of the world thrilling plot with an especially amazing main character Gabby Morningstar. I didn't know what to expect before reading this book but I was surprised that it had a lot to offer, especially a pack of mystery that kept my mind guessing all the time. I loved the turn of events, however I couldn't help but wish that the Intense and gripping. H-17 The Morningstar Abduction by Jake Vickers could be one of those books with a high potential to become a movie because of its mysterious and out of the world thrilling plot with an especially amazing main character Gabby Morningstar. I didn't know what to expect before reading this book but I was surprised that it had a lot to offer, especially a pack of mystery that kept my mind guessing all the time. I loved the turn of events, however I couldn't help but wish that the ending was different. And is it just me or there were things that were totally not resolved and unanswered? The book was also very challenging to read about as it took me a while to finish it. But all in all, it was still a good novel and I admired how the author was able to pull off such a difficult storyline.

  19. 4 out of 5

    the-librarian

    H-17 is a secretive country that, compared to rest of the world, is highly advanced. The story starts quickly and strongly. I loved Gabby Morningstar as a character and felt like she progressed and grew throughout the book. She was a lot of fun. Her sister, Nikki, also grew on me very quickly. I seem to be reading more dystopian fiction lately than I normally do. I usually am not a huge fan of that genre but have found several good ones lately—including this one. There is a lot of interesting mys H-17 is a secretive country that, compared to rest of the world, is highly advanced. The story starts quickly and strongly. I loved Gabby Morningstar as a character and felt like she progressed and grew throughout the book. She was a lot of fun. Her sister, Nikki, also grew on me very quickly. I seem to be reading more dystopian fiction lately than I normally do. I usually am not a huge fan of that genre but have found several good ones lately—including this one. There is a lot of interesting mystery and action to keep you engaged. The characters are fleshed out and a lot of fun and easy to become invested in. I would highly recommend picking this one up.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    Weird but oddly addictive Sometimes I want to read the tried and true; sometimes I want something completely off the rails and new. This book is completely off the rails and new. The first half of the book had me wondering where is this going? While the last part wondered if the author got lost. But fear not, Vickers got the story back on track for an ending that hints of a continuation. Warning, the violence in this story is more than I want so I just skimmed those parts.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rick Molitor

    Intriguing story I found this to be an interesting story. It was a wonderful story of an abduction of a child by a government agency. The story is fast paced and quick moving most of the way but sort of fizzles at the end. It had some really interesting and unique characters. A better ending would have been a big plus.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Could not finish. I was given this book for free for an honest review. There are only a handful of books that I have not finished-this is on that list. This book was not well written, the language was awful (as of the author just could not come up with more intelligent words besides curse words), and did not make sense at times. Did not want to waste anymore time on this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I had a hard time getting into this. It wasn’t a badly written book. It was just a personal thing. I stopped reading about a quarter of the way through. I’d still recommend others read this and make up their own minds. (I won a copy of these book through the Goodreads giveaway program).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Perrillo-Jenkins

    Great Read!! Loved this book stayed up late just to finish it. I would recommend this book too anyone who likes a fast paced thriller. It's beyond you everyday book. I really enjoyed the laughs yet seriousness of it. Great Read!! Loved this book stayed up late just to finish it. I would recommend this book too anyone who likes a fast paced thriller. It's beyond you everyday book. I really enjoyed the laughs yet seriousness of it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Read half a page and scanned the next two. Full of profanity. Not interested.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Church

    Strange I'm sure this is a good book if you like this genre. I read a couple of chapters and it's not for me. Strange I'm sure this is a good book if you like this genre. I read a couple of chapters and it's not for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alison Robinson

    Only got 15% through this book and just couldn't read it any more. Genre was not for me. Only got 15% through this book and just couldn't read it any more. Genre was not for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Klear

    This was.a great book. I really loved the character development. Nikki was my favorite, she didn’t take any crap from anyone.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    H17 the Morningstar Abduction is a book written by Jake Vickers. It is a fantastic story about an abduction of a child by a government agency. Gabby Morningstar is a genius girl who lives a common and quiet life. When her father dies, she is abducted by H17, a secretive country that recruits experts for unknown purposes. Gabby's sister sets out on a mission to rescue her sister. Through an interactive form of narration, the author draws you into a new world full of intrigue and mystery. The atten H17 the Morningstar Abduction is a book written by Jake Vickers. It is a fantastic story about an abduction of a child by a government agency. Gabby Morningstar is a genius girl who lives a common and quiet life. When her father dies, she is abducted by H17, a secretive country that recruits experts for unknown purposes. Gabby's sister sets out on a mission to rescue her sister. Through an interactive form of narration, the author draws you into a new world full of intrigue and mystery. The attention to detail was so in depth that at times I felt like I was there in the story. It is a very long but interesting story and the characters are very well described. I would thoroughly recommend it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maggies Daisy

    A wild ride with twists you never see coming.

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