Taken

Taken A young crew of five are toughing it out together sailing around the world on a gruelling charity challenge They are used to being pushed to the limit but nothing could have prepared them for being

  • Title: Taken
  • Author: David Massey
  • ISBN: 9781908435736
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • A young crew of five are toughing it out together, sailing around the world on a gruelling charity challenge They are used to being pushed to the limit, but nothing could have prepared them for being kidnapped.When they are taken hostage by a notorious warlord and his band of child soldiers, the trip of a lifetime turns into a one way journey into the heart of the AfricanA young crew of five are toughing it out together, sailing around the world on a gruelling charity challenge They are used to being pushed to the limit, but nothing could have prepared them for being kidnapped.When they are taken hostage by a notorious warlord and his band of child soldiers, the trip of a lifetime turns into a one way journey into the heart of the African jungle.When hope is all you have, survival is all you can fight for

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    About “David Massey

    • David Massey

      Discovered by the same publisher as J.K Rowling, David Massey certainly made an impression with his debut young adult novel TORN Published in August 2012 in the UK by Chicken House, TORN won the Lancashire Book of the Year 2013 and on July 30th 2013 the amazing hardcover edition was released by in the USA David s second book TAKEN was released by Chicken House on World Book Day 2014 and around the world by TAKEN won Dudley Teen Book Awards 2015.Now David is back with his third and most exciting young adult novel BONE SURFERS a murder mystery set twenty metres below the heart of Paris in a chilling labyrinth of catacombs lined with the bones of six million dead people BONE SURFERS will be officially launched on 1st March, World Book Day 2018, with a free download available on AISE FOR BONE SURFERS Massey really taps into the teenage psyche, taking his readers into an exciting world of motorbike chases, parkour runners, manga expos and catacombs The sense of mystery stays with you to the end Dr Jacqueline Harding.David Massey lives near Stourbridge with his wife Debi and is Senior Film, TV and Radio Engineer at Birmingham City University His varied career has taken him from teaching and music journalism to presenting, producing and writing for radio As the Romanian revolution was ending, David even led a team taking supplies to Bucharest and Timisoara On the way home he stopped near Checkpoint Charlie to help chip holes in the Berlin Wall.In his spare time, David is an accomplished classical guitarist and is currently writing his fourth YA novel and is available for schools, festivals and eventsAISE FOR TORN This thrilling, war torn drama, told through the eyes of a nineteen year old female British army medic, brings to life the war in Afghanistan and the perils and challenges facing our young soldiers It s both moving and fantastically compelling from the joys of comradeship to the terror of enemy attack and the ultimate victory of love, understanding and compassion Barry Cunningham OBE, publisherAISE FOR TAKEN TAKEN cleverly marks out the disabilities you can see, from those you can t, andcombines love and war to deliver the thriller of this or any other season Totally unique,totally gripping it s simply a stunning and fiercely important read Barry Cunningham OBE, publisher.For information about David Massey or BONE SURFERS please contact drmasseybooks gmail



    145 thoughts on “Taken

    • Review from A Journey Through PagesTaken is most certainly a plot driven book. A group of young ex-soldiers whose service was cut short by debilitating injuries decide to show their new disabilities do not hinder them by taking a sailing trip around the world for charity. Rio, our main character, is hired as support crew as she is a sailing champion and they are required to have a certain number of able bodied members aboard or no sponsors. As that stands there is of course a little tension as R [...]


    • I received a free digital copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This may be a great book, but I just can't make myself finish. I honestly don't know why I would have requested it from netgalley perhaps by accident or the description didn't give me enough heads up. The world can be an awful place, and I'm just not the kind of reader that can read about the worst in human natureI can't stand to read about humans doing unspeakable things to other humans. Child soldiers. I know it's [...]


    • Join four combat wounded young, Afghan vets and their two woman support team as they begin their benefit around the world sail, only to be captured by the segments of the half maniacal Lord’s ResistanceArmy and taken deep into the African interior.Survival becomes a day to day challenge, as they face the extremists looking for ransom and fame, as well as hunger, thirst and exhaustion.Will they all survive? Or will they become more victims of these crazedextremists? Forget what you were doing; [...]


    • my favorite book I have ever read, I'm going to give props to Damian because he suggested it to me. The ending was my favorite part of the whole book I would suggest this to anyone.


    • I haven seen many mixed reviews for this book but as far as my opinion goes, I loved it. It is difficult to find a good action/adventure book these days that doesn't have a fantasy element when you are working with the young adult genre. I was very happy that I won this book for our school because this is something we are really lacking. Though the book is basically told from Rio's perspective this is still an action book which will pull boys in as well. Rio is a last minute addition to a crew o [...]


    • Rio, a young sailing prodigy, decides to join a casual yacht expedition around Africa, ran by a group of disabled teenagers seeking to prove their abilities to the world through travel. But everything goes wrong when the ship is Taken by pirates- or, more precisely, the children working for Joseph Kony, and his second in command Moses Mwemba, who hold them for ransom. Together, they must find a way to escape, and before it's too late.I read another David Massey novel before this, so I guess I kn [...]


    • When Rio Cruz signs on as one of two able bodied crew members for an around the world cruise with four disabled teen military veterans, she has no idea what lies in store for her. She quickly has many of her assumptions challenged by how physically adept these men and women actually are and she forms strong connections with Ash and Izzy. But early in their trip, the teens are kidnapped by members of the Lord's Resistance Army and held for ransom. As they are moved from place to place, deeper and [...]


    • booksforcompanyIn Short- Taken is a very intense read.- Became action packed very quickly.- I became almost friends with the characters.In LongHaving enjoyed David's previous book, Torn, I was excited to read Taken and was hoping to enjoy it as much as I did Torn. Taken is a very intense read from the beginning and really got action packed pretty much within a few pages! Any uncertainty that I had about the book was very quickly diminished by David's style of writing which captivated me. I reall [...]


    • Most of us don't have a clue about what goes on in many countries on the African continent. What starts out as a great adventure on a wonderful yacht for 6 teens (4 with various injuries and 2 able-bodied) leaving from South Africa soon turns into a kidnapping scenario. They are scared and at the mercy of the trigger-happy members of the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army), most of whom are children not much younger than they are. The action is non-stop including killings, torture, and the death of one [...]


    • This book was unbelievable! Props once again to the talented David Massey! This book about love, fear, and triumphs stole my heart. It is full of unexpected twists and characters that I will remember forever. I think the story of how a trip of a lifetime takes an unexpected turn is very interesting, and I have never read anything like it. I also like how characters of opposite sides come together in the end. I think that aspect of the book is somewhat similar to Torn by David Massey, but it affe [...]


    • Four teens who were wounded and disabled while serving their terms in the military are joined by two other teen athletes in an attempt to sail around the world together. Their widely varying personalities and personal conflicts must be put aside when they are attacked and taken hostage by guerrilla soldiers from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Violence and attempted rape should steer this towards more mature readers. Absolutely loved how the strengths of each character shine through. It's frig [...]


    • A thoroughly engaging book, where a hostage crisis is expressed in such a human way that you feel right in the thick of it. I loved each of the characters, and their relationships and interactions really brought the book to life. I could go on about Izzy, who was definitely my favourite, but I liked how each crew member was distinct in their own way, and it is one of the first books that I have read where a main character is not able-bodies, so I particularly enjoyed the prominence of the subjec [...]


    • this book is a really good book its about a group of young adults who go out to sea on a sailing trip one of the girls on the boat does not know anybody else on board but as the trip progresses she develops really good friendships with them. One day the radio stops working and something happensThey get taken 'kidnapped' by a group of really powerful bad men that take them to a forest that is the perfect place to hide them. The time the group of sailors are among the 'Others' they start to learn [...]


    • Wow wow wow wow. I don't typically read books like this but I got this one as an ARC so I figured, what the heck. Rio was absolutely my favorite. Although she didn't have a disability like the rest of the crew (I would have preferred it if she did)she was still unconventional and lovable. Aside from that, I loved the idea of a whole book where most of the characters are disabled. It was fun and original. Plus, the Lord's Resistance Army thing was a big bonus. Be prepared for some surprising frie [...]


    • I think this was a great historical fiction book. I will give most credit to Mrs. Morgan simply because she suggested it to me. I think the storyline and plot were great. If anyone likes historical fiction, or doesn't like it (me), I would highly suggest this book.


    • This is a fantastic read. I bought it on impulse when it first came out, not sure if it would be my thing but really loved the characters - especially Rio. It is so different from all the other YA books out there and kept me turning the pages right to the end.




    • Complete review available: TakenStunning - I loved this. There was an incredible amount of action that drove the plot, and some great representation of characters with disabilities. The writing remained strong throughout and urged the reader forward with gripping suspense and cliffhangers. There were even some poignant, tear-jerking moments scattered amongst the thrill. Well-researched and with a novel idea, Massey created an emotional read (which, granted, had a cliched romance and a rather ove [...]


    • This book always has you on the edge of your chair waiting to find out what happens next. The author's word chose really gives vivid imagery as you read throughout the book. This overall is a phenomenal book!


    • Truthfully I didn't like any of the characters, least of all Rio. There wasn't any character development besides Danielle's, and the poor pacing and attempt at suspense failed to keep my interest.



    • UPDATE: Working with a High School English teacher, I presented a 5-Minute Book Talk about this phenomenal story to 5 different classes and I donated several copies of this book to the classroom library. Since that time, the feedback has been astounding and remarkably encouraging. Students really do want to broaden their horizons and they are very interested in what is going on all over this planet.A fantastic addition to all Summer Reading Lists for rising High Schoolers. * * * * * * * * * Unde [...]


    • The first thing I do when reading a book that includes real places, people, historical events, or organizations is to see what supplementary information the author has provided. In this case, the story involves the Lord's Resistence Army, led by Joseph Kony. While it's clear the author took the time to research the subject matter, I appreciate when they include their research for the reader. Especially with teens, it is foolish to assume that the reader will already know that this is a work of f [...]


    • Holy mother of boredom, Batman!I just cannot believe how uninterested I was in a book that had a fantastic premise. I mean from the synopsis, it seemed as though it was going to have a little bit of everything. Intrigue! Sea voyages! Pirates! Entertainment! Only it didn't. Why? Because it was just so ever-loving dull.The biggest strike against Taken, for me anyway, was that I felt as though there was no character development. This is a book that pretty much banks on you rooting for the character [...]


    • 3.5A team of young people who were seriously wounded during combat in Afghanistan plan to sail a yacht around the world, proving that amputees are just as capable as everyone else. However, what was supposed to be a great adventure quickly became a nightmare The teens had barely started their journey up the African coast when they were kidnapped by 4 boats' worth of men with machine guns. Their captors turn out to be members of the LRA, or Lord's Resistance Army, the murderous army of child sold [...]


    • Despite a rather slow introduction and exposition of characters, the plot of this book began to pick up quickly and the intensity shifts from tensions between crew members to life or death situations. If you don't enjoy sudden uptakes in circumstances, this book may not be for you. In my case when the story elements of a novel are filled to the brim with intriguing action, other elements can be overlooked. However, David Massey doesn't just use the story events to hide behind. Another important [...]


    • This YA adventure/intrigue novel starts out rough. The beginning feels juvenile and soap opera-y. The writing is much more tell than show and feels like it could use some serious editing. However once the real action starts and they are "taken", the writing and plot tightens up a bit and it gets a LOT more interesting. The main character, rio, is annoying and seemingly superhuman in her actions and attitudes but the rest of the nicely written characters make up for her.Probably best for older te [...]


    • A group of disabled British teen adventurers (including a few former military) embark on a sailing journey with others around Africa. Joining them is Rio, an able-bodied teen who is also a good sailor. After they set sail, they are quickly captured by the Lord’s Resistance Army operating as pirates. Their leader, Mwemba, is second in command to Joseph Kony and takes the teens as hostages.A good adventure tale, this book hits a few right notes. The cover features bright red and yellow leaves, w [...]


    • Superb teenage story. Well written and believable characters, fast moving plot, suspense, action, bit of violence (as would be expected in this situation), and the resilience of the human character to come through and be stronger and be a better person.Had me staying up reading well past bedtime. I read a lot of books as a school librarian, and this one did stand out as being much better than many other books - hence its 5* rating.Suitable for older teenagers, 15yrs +Strongly recommended - its g [...]


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