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kiDNApped (A Tara Shores Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Rick Chesler
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A priceless biotechnology, an FBI agent, and an unspeakable act of familial betrayal collide in a tropical kidnapping more twisted than a DNA double helix. When a renowned scientist with a solution for global warming is kidnapped at sea, FBI Special Agent Tara Shores must unravel a high-tech trail of S.O.S. messages encoded into the DNA of living cells. As each decoded message brings Tara nearer to the missing genius, it also takes her farther from help than she ever thought possible.


"FBI agent Tara Shores is back in Chesler's latest pulse-pounding techno-thriller, kiDNApped, an intelligent page-turner that will keep you reading late into the night!"

- Jeremy Robinson, author of THRESHOLD

"Chesler melds science and adventure with the brilliant command of the late Crichton. kidDNApped takes readers on a Hawaiian journey they won't soon forget."

--Douglas Corleone, author of Night on Fire

"Great scientific concepts that are based in reality, especially the secret messages encoded in DNA...Vivid setting in Hawaiian islands with lots of local color and local detail. Good pacing will keep you reading to the end. FBI agent Tara Shores is one cool, competent chick."


"A whale of a tale by first-time author Rick Chesler involving modern-day pirates, media moguls, and a sexy federal agent -- all chasing a cetacean-mounted camcorder and the crucial piece of evidence needed to resolve a murder."

-- Steve Alten, NY Times bestselling author of GRIM REAPER and MEG

"WIRED KINGDOM is a fast-paced thriller that is one third deep-sea adventure, one third FBI sleuthing and one third awesome. A superb debut novel and killer concept."

-- Jeremy Robinson, author of PULSE and INSTINCT.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7913 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Telomere Press; 2 edition (April 6 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SB248U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good July 24 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Although I found this book a bit slow going at first the story did pick up and I found it very interesting. The science behind the premise is fascinating. The characters are well developed and it was well written. in the end I would say this was a very good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hazardous in Hawaii March 9 2011
By M. R. Campbell - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Three months after wealthy biotechnology company CEO William Archer is lost at sea or kidnapped off his research yacht in the warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands in Rick Chesler's inventive thriller "kiDNApped," Special Agent Tara Shores faces a very cold case.

She also faces the uncertainties of three civilians intruding into an investigation. Was Dave Turner really looking for a wedding ring on the ocean floor when his dive boat was stolen and his employer was murdered? What can Archer's son and daughter from the mainland possibly contribute just two days before the court declares their father legally dead?

Shores, a veteran agent who first appeared in "Wired Kingdom" (2010), is about to stamp the case file "INDETERMINATE" because there are no leads and no ransom demands. While Archer's son Lance wants to drink beer and chase girls until he can collect his inheritance, his sister Kristen wants Dave to return to the ocean floor on the off chance his interrupted search is related to her father's disappearance.

When their dive attracts unwanted attention, Shores and her disparate crew are suddenly in the line of fire. Kristen wonders if her genius father encrypted a call for help in the DNA of ocean bacteria. Shores wonders how she can possibly babysit civilians who are more likely to get in the way and/or get killed than anything else.

Rick Chesler has written a breathtaking tropical adventure that combines a cutting-edge technology search for clues with a madcap, island-to-island race against bad guys that would put a smile on the face of any James Bond aficionado.

Agent Shores definitely needs a new rubber stamp for her case file: HAZARDOUS TO MY HEALTH.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than WIRED KINGDOM! Oct. 18 2011
By Reader 7 - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Rick Chesler's KiDNApped is an intelligent suspense thriller that easily competes with anything by Cussler or Crichton. Dr. William Archer, inventor of a breakthrough piece of biotechnology, has been kidnapped, and it's up to FBI Special Agent Tara Shores to find him. In this book, Tara is joined by Archer's son and daughter as she searches for Dr. Archer on an action-filled chase across the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. The catch is, the only clues are encoded in microscopic strands of DNA! As far fetched as this sounds, Chesler manages to make it believable. His writing is gripping and once again, he does a great job of putting the reader right into the midst of the action. It's a hard book to put down. I loved Chesler's first book, Wired Kingdom, but KiDNApped is even better. I hope he's hard at work on his third! I highly recommend this book. -R David MacNeil
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars get trapped in kiDNApped March 10 2011
By michele tater - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Book Title: kiDNApped
Author: Rick Chesler
Publisher: Chalet Publishers
ISBN: 9781936395132
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

"If you can write DNA, you're no longer limited to 'what is' but to what you could make." ~Drew Endy

Set in the beautifully scenic back drop of the Isles of Hawaii, a kidnapping has taken place so long ago that the man will soon be declared die and lost at sea. His daughter a brilliant successful professor of microbiology is not ready to give up on finding her father just get. Along side of her is her Lance a not so successful computer programmer, who is being enticed with a free trip, room and board. This brother and sister team are joined by Dave, a scuba drive and marine biologist and a FBI agent named Tara. With clues left for them by the missing Dr. William Archer, they are hoping to close in on the captures and rescue their captive.

This book starts off like water that is calm just before a storm that is brewing blow in. It give the reader background information to get to know the characters that they will be following. Then with each ripple in the water, the plot become more in depth, even includes technical aspects that are truly remarkable if true. The reader finds hidden secrets and betrayals within this team of searchers, that cause the FBI agent especially, to keep a close eye on the rest of the party. Reading further along, it as though the winds are start blow and the wave start crashing against the surf and there is a need to hang on to something for dear live or be blown away. Then it is found that the waves are coming from one source and that source will lead to more answers and hopefully to one happy ending, or will it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Micobiology Based Thriller: kiDNApped Takes Hawaii by Storm!! June 11 2013
By C.A.Beck - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I commend Rick Chesler on his expertise in Marine Microbiology, and presenting a unique kiDNApping tale without compromising the intelligence of the plot in favor of "easier reading". I appreciate the science in this story and the integrity of the main characters in the positions they find themselves entrenched in. This is a Tara Shores Thriller, and FBI agent Shores does not over-power the story with feats of being some kind of wonder woman. Shores is "regular FBI" with great intuition and the knowledge to balance her resources with those of the children of a missing scientist, and an "accidental" yet fortunate recent Marine Biology graduate who finds himself procuring work with the team to locate the "presumed almost dead" father. But time is of the essence, and there is a race against the clock to locate Dad before he is declared legally dead. The kidnappers have one agenda, the scientist Dad another, and the siblings are his key to rescue, with the means to do so enabled by the daughter's personal resources and the aid of the FBI. I really enjoyed this captivating mystery/thriller. I loved the uncompromising science, the romp through the Hawaiian Islands, and the balance of very capable characters to hold their own both "the good" and "the bad" with some surprising twists as to whom really belongs on which side, right up until the last page of the book. This would make a great summer read! Go get it and enjoy!!! 5 stars!!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Not-To-Be-Missed Adventure April 6 2011
By REDdy2Read - Published on
Rick Chesler has done it again! His second book, KiDNApped, was every bit as enthralling as his first book, Wired Kingdom. Although science has never been my strongest subject, I was amazed at how easily I could follow exactly what was going on in this story line, including the DNA sequencing. It never occurred to me that man could do so much to alter DNA structures, allowing messages to be sent by a kidnapped scientist to his family.

FBI Special Agent Tara Shores, now living and working in Hawaii, has her hands full as she manages to combine two cases on which she is working, bringing them together to solve the kidnapping of Dr. William Archer, a highly respected and successful biotechnology researcher and businessman. She must maintain her professional demeanor while she deals with Dr. Archer's children as they attempt to locate their father before he is legally declared dead, as well as her discovery of the basis of the sinister kidnapping plan. The twists and turns in the plot never seem so far-fetched that they cannot be believable and, as with Chesler's earlier book, every character is fully developed and important to the storyline.

I hope Rick Chesler has many more ideas in his head that he plans to bring to life in his novels as I cannot see me tiring of reading his books at any time.
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