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THE TAKE Hardcover – 2005


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Headline; First Edition edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747269718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747269717
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24.1 x 4.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 880 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,057,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raw! Nov. 12 2007
By KEN SCOTT author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My first read, by Martina Cole. It's different, raw, a refreshing change and a stunning, yet easy read. Cole draws from her experience in my opinion and in doing so creates highly believable characters and families living on the edge. She cleverly draws the reader in to thinking at times these anti heroes are being put on to a pedestal or even glorified. They're not, these characters are real and Cole helps to illustrate in her writing how these people are created. They are victims of circumstance and only the clever ones will survive. A poignant moment in the book is when two of these parents coerce out of a small child his first word. The word is 'tunt' he can't pronounce it properley but the parents think it's great and within a few days he'll get it right. My own life experience in Newcastle witnessed exactly the same spectacle but with a different swear word, the F word and this time the little boy pronounced it correctly.
Cole mixes the prosse with the narative a little to often for my liking but again she is a natural storyteller and whether she does this by accident or on purpose it works! The last book I read where the author threw away the rule book on writing a novel was Angels's Ashes by Frank McCourt and Martina Cole achieves much the same effect. (In my opinion anyway.) An intelectual might say the book is badly written at times, and that may be the case. But Cole is not writing for the intelectual she is writing for Mr and Mrs Average and she is writing for Mr & Mrs wrapped in cotton wool who perhaps are not aware that these people are out there. The storyline of the book is pacey, and at times disturbing. The last two hundred pages were awesome and I just had to finish them in one sitting. Well worth it.
This was an amazing novel. I purchased the book after seeing the ... Oct. 26 2014
By Nora - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was an amazing novel. I purchased the book after seeing the made for tv film staring Tom Hardy and Charlottle Riley. Have to say the book and movie have very little in common. The ending is nothing like what they changed it to for the film and I actually much preffered the book ending. Freddie Jackson as a character is the guy you love to hate, he is so evil and depraved but so charasmatic at the same time. The depth of character in everyone in the novel is quite amazing, they are such broad multi dementional characters that I really enjoyed this book.
Freddie your my nightmare March 15 2014
By munster1975 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is one scary book
Freddie Jackson snr and Freddie Jackson jnr are the men you see in nightmares
However Jimmy's a good guy
Good writing good plot
Very long though
GRIPPING YARN Nov. 3 2013
By normaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Love Martina's stories, love the characters - ripping yarns. I can't put the books down once I begin a story - Martina brings the characters to life. Keep them coming Martina.
Crime and Sociopaths May 30 2013
By S. Lieberstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Good novel about criminal life in England. Author has great insight into sociopaths thinking and milieu in which they operate.

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