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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
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,510,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By martin hughes on July 30 2015
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A great read that makes you want to be a better criminal
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Raw! Nov. 12 2007
By KEN SCOTT author - Published on
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
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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.
The Take April 5 2013
By michelle - Published on
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I like reading Martina Cole novels too start with and as an author she didn't let me down with this book. This novel is about family, jealousy and how it can tear couples apart but bring others closer together. I did enjoy this book and would recommened it to anyone.
The Take April 29 2013
By Karen M. Woods - Published on
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A wonderfully diverse film with thrills a minute action and family dynamic to beat all other films. Tom Hardy & Charlotte Riley gave earth shattering performances as did the rest of the cast, but their's stood out more. Loved it.
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By Lisa Burnett - Published on
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Got this for my husband because he loved the movie, and I thought he would enjoy reading the book also. It arrived in very poor shape though, the pages were ripped and the whole book itself was all bent up.

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