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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books; Large type edition edition (Aug. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753181487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753181485
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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By Secretariat on Dec 14 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love this book. I have read it twice and am going to read it again for inspiration as I am trying to write a mystery. It is the ultimate page-turner, a great thriller and a fun read.
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For some reason I can't understand why some loved this book and me I thru it out. Bought it used, reselling it in a garage sale!

I was intrigued for sure but the story looses me when it starts talking about the Mafia, and so on. I read most of the Executioner series, maybe this caused me to dislike these kind of stories now.

I just could not get into it so this is the reason 1 star. I paid for it, didn't read it, then low marks.

This book cannot be compared to other authors I read, such as James Paterson, John Saul or Robin Cook.

Sorry Mr. Pinter!

- Michel
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By Jamieson Villeneuve TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 27 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Things are not looking up for Henry Parker

His relationship with his girlfriend is suffering and his new job writing for the New York Gazette is not the thrilling dream he thought it would be.

But his luck looks as it's going to change.

Jack O'Donnell, the New York Gazette's star reporter, gives Henry Parker a chance. He needs a bit of help with a story he's working on. Nothing too strenuous or exciting but he would get credit for the work.

For Henry, the chance to work with his idol is worth anything. But for Henry, it could cost him his life.

Jack is writing a story on the criminals of New York. Henry is given the task of interviewing ex con Luis Guzman. But when he shows up at the apartment, things go incredibly, horribly wrong.

When someone dies, Henry is fingered as the killer. Having no choice but to go on the run for his life, Henry gets help from the beautiful NYU coed Amanda. Together they must find out how Henry became wanted by the NYPD, the FBI and the mob.

Or die trying.

If you think this is your average run of the mill, cookie cutter thriller, think again. The Mark is an incredible book that pulls you in from page one and doesn't let go. Pinter's first novel did two things: it reinvented the thriller genre and gave voice to one of the most intelligent protagonists of our time.

What I loved about The Mark was that everything about it was unexpected. Unlike most thrillers, Pinter gives you the time to become emotionally involved with Henry and his troubles before pulling the rug out from under you.

He allows you into Henry's life, into his mind and then turns the tables and changes all the rules.
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Excellent debut novel!

I saw The Guilty on the shelf at Coles when it came out and read the synopsis. It sounded intriguing. Plus, the quotes from authors I've read helped as well, so I picked it up. I hadn't realized it was the second book, so I picked up the first, The Mark. Am I ever glad I did!

And I had to agree with the reviews. The book is a gripping page-turner and I had a hard time putting it down. I felt bad for Henry, being stuck in the position he was in. While most of us would turn away and run for help, he jumped in with both feet - then had to run for his life. Henry is a good-guy through and through, with a mind that works quickly, making decisions I don't think I'd ever be able to make. He goes through a lot in seventy-two hours.

The characters involved really put the pedal to the metal, and there's no letting up. Plenty of action to keep a reader on their toes and their brains thinking. While the already know the who and how, it's the `package' that keeps a reader guessing.

An excellent debut novel. I immediately picked up The Guilty ... I'm already on chapter 7, LOL!
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Straight Forward No-Nonsense Thriller July 4 2007
By RW - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With the popularity of The DaVinci Code, and other thrillers like it, I feel too many authors are trying to make their works too complex and too intelligent. Jason Pinter, whom I have never heard of and I am sure you may not have either, has burst onto the scene with an extremely readable straight forward thriller in the Hitchcockian theme of the wrong man at the wrong place at the wrong time.

I read this book in 3 days, felt it was somewhat plausible, but most of all felt it was time well spent. The main characters are fairly well drawn out, but this is really a plot driven story more than anything. If you want a fairly quick read and something perfect for the plane or the beach that can simply take you away from every day life and not make you think too hard...this is it.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not bad...not great....but not bad Sept. 4 2007
By J. Brandt - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay, I'm still unsure of my rating so I'll give it three stars as a "happy medium." At times I enjoyed Pinter's first book. The main character, Henry Parker, is hired by a New York newspaper. The next thing you know he's interviewing a guy at an apartment as part of an assignment. Within a minute or so after he leaves the interview, all hell breaks loose and Henry Parker is on the run for his very life.

I liked the fast pace of the book as well as the dialogue and plot, but I have to admit I had a hard time believing that the main character could handle himself so well under such unbelievable circumstances. Everyone wants to kill him, but he somehow outsmarts/outwits or just plain gets lucky too many times in the book. Still, it's a good read (not great) and I think the author may be one to watch for years to come.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
One Of The Best! March 3 2008
By P. Bernier - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Mark has to be one of the best books I have read in many years! This book starts with a bang and never stops. Anyone who enjoys thrillers will absolutely love this one! Jason Pinter is the BEST and I can't wait to read his new book The Guilty. Henry Parker Rules!
21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Marked for Disappointment July 14 2007
By W. Heitner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can't begin to understand the positive reviews this book received. The paperback version, which I purchased, had a favorable quote from James Patterson on the cover. Baffling. Jeffrey Deaver also provided a positive review.

I don't get it.

And 12 or so Amazon reviewers seem to have been positive, as well.

I understand that authors often can reach out to friends and relatives, to request positive reviews of their work, but I don't know if that can totally account for what's going on here.

So, enough generalities....

I've never seen a book with so many sentences that were just bad grammar before, and not caught in the editing.

A typical example: P 70 "I thought you should hear it from me before I do. Joe" Nonsense, right? And there are many other examples in the book.

Beyond this the characters are flat and unbelievable; the story line is choppy and absurd. It truly seems like the early work of a high school student - very poorly written and poorly developed....

The only mystery of this book is not its story line, but rather its positive reviews....
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Junk June 14 2008
By W. W. Roberts - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
On the strength of the four star rating and the first few favorable reviews, I ordered this book. When I saw the blurbs ("Gripping," "Stunning," "Harrowing," "Top-notch,"etc. by big names Patterson, Deaver, Child, Gerritsen, and others, I had high hopes.

After reading the first two dozen pages, I lost interest and put it aside. Started again a couple of months later, but finally gave up after a hundred more pages. Totally implausible, crude plotting, stereotypical characters, poor writing, and worst of all, it became a chore and boring to read. It is easy to see why no publisher risked issuing it first as a hardback.

I can't understand the strongly favorable reviews by successful writers. Are they given out of sympathy or as a favor to the publisher? This experience confirms the skepticism I have always felt toward writers' recommendations of each others' books.

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