No Good Deed: Book One of the Mark Taylor Series

No Good Deed: Book One of the Mark Taylor Series

by M.P. McDonald

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Mark Taylor discovers first hand that no good deed goes unpunished when the old camera he found during a freelance job in an Afghanistan bazaar gives him more than great photos. It triggers dreams of disasters. Tragedies that happen exactly as he envisions them. He learns that not only can he see the future, he can change it. Then the unthinkable happened and everyone ignored his frantic warnings. Thousands die. Suddenly, the Feds are pounding on his door and the name they have for Taylor isn't urban hero. It's enemy combatant. And, it means they can do anything they want to him. Anything at all.

Mark Taylor is the quintessential reluctant hero. With a camera that snaps photos of the future, he has a day to change the photos--to prevent tragedies from happening. His attempts to prevent 9/11 bring him to the attention of the authorities, but they don't believe that he was trying to prevent the attacks. Instead, they label him an enemy combatant and lock him in the brig. With the camera gone--taken by the Feds--he must find a way to prove his innocence, but with no trial and no rights, will he ever get the chance?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016416786
Publisher: Mary McDonald
Publication date: 05/31/2013
Series: The Mark Taylor Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 382
Sales rank: 3,714
File size: 389 KB

About the Author

M.P. McDonald is the author of supernatural thrillers and post-apocalyptic science fiction. With multiple stints on Amazon's top 100 list and over 150,000 copies sold, her books have been well-received by readers. Always a fan of reluctant heroes, especially when there is a time travel or psychic twist, she fell in love with the television show Quantum Leap. Soon, she was reading and watching anything that had a similar concept. When that wasn't enough, she wrote her own stories with her unique spin.

She lives with her family in southeastern Wisconsin. On the days that she's not taking her car ice-skating, she sits huddled over a chilly computer, tapping out the stories of reluctant heroes charged with overcoming extraordinary challenges.

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No Good Deed:-Book One of the Mark Taylor Series (A Political Thriller) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
KC_May More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying I enjoyed this story, and I'm glad I read it. The author does a phenomenal job hooking the reader in the beginning and propelling her through the first half of the story. Compared to the delicious and intense conflict in the first half of the book, however, the middle sagged a bit. I continued to read to see how much more the author could torment this poor character. Most of his actions made sense, given what he'd been through. The book could use a solid edit. Missing words and incorrect verb tenses sometimes snagged my inner editor. I noticed several habits common among new authors (excessive nodding, turning, shrugging, hands running through hair, etc.), but despite those minor problems, it's a good read, and I recommend it.
Desert_Brat More than 1 year ago
This story is riveting from the very first page and nearly impossible to put down. A well-written and fast-paced work that will keep you glued to its pages as it unfurls the unthinkable experience of a man whose world is turned inside-out for trying to do the right thing.
Reader_LA More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for an entertaining, page-turning thriller, you will not be disappointed with this book.
mousetater More than 1 year ago
This book was a great surprise. Never know what you'll get with a book published through pubit! I don't know how some of the better known publishing houses didn't grab this one up. There were some formatting and pagination errors, but not enough to make reading difficult. I highly recommend this book, and hope her next book will be a sequel to this one. What happens next for Mark? Inquiring minds want to know.
Donna_Fasano More than 1 year ago
Take a large dose of suspense, add some thrills and chills, a few suspected terrorists, a too-powerful and paranoid government, then weave in a bit of romance, and what do you have: NO GOOD DEED. This author has written a fast-paced, tightly-plotted book that I found highly entertaining. The torture scenes were disturbing, but they were integral to the story. I look forward to reading more novels by Mary McDonald.
baneline1 More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. It is horrifyingly realistic. It really makes you think about how fragile our freedoms are in even the democratic countries of the world. M.P McDonald is a fantastic writer. There was not a moment that I could not feel what the protagonist was going through. I highly recommend this book.
pam-livingimage More than 1 year ago
No Good Deed is an excellent novel. I remember there was a TV reenactment of what was done to prisoners who had been incarcerated as Enemy Combatants. The TV description was given by a man who was wrongly accused and imprisoned--although he was in another country. When I saw it I burst into tears--with the horrible thought that torture was being done in the name of the people of the USA. In Mary McDonald's novel this happens to the character, Mark. In many instances he is able to save people because he has knowledge of what will happen if he doesn't intervene. He saves many lives. When he gets prior knowledge of the 9/11 attack and tries to give a warning, it puts him under suspicion. He is imprisoned. Tortured. But the most important part of the novel to me was the psychological trauma he went through in reaction to the torture. Then his effort to put his shattered life and relationships back together. The ending is pure poetic justice. I won't give it away, but it will warm your heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and good characters...4 stars for sure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story but ignore the poster griping about her "inner editor" being upset by minor errors. Those posters are usually grammar nazis that want to be writers and cant be so they critisize other writers works to make themselves feel big. This story was well written and a page turner. You never knew what was going to happen next. Wish bn had more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read Hard to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I see this is a trilogy and wished i would have known before starting number one...would have liked to read the prequel before. Looks like books two and three would stand on their own storylines...just more problems caused by his antique camera. Very good first book...could see this as a movie!
Treacle More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, could hardly put it down. I can't imagine anyone not liking it. It's pertinent to the world we live in today and the problems that most people have with the Justice system, crooked politicians and the crazy racist gangs of half brained bigots. Definitely recommend it for book club discussions. I can't wait to read more books by this author.
Lucy19 More than 1 year ago
This was a very exciting book to read. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Would recommend to anyone.
hide-and-read More than 1 year ago
"No good deed goes unpunished." "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions." Mark Taylor learns the truth of both these adages when he tries to warn the government about the 9/11 attacks. His suspect knowledge comes from a magical camera, one that shows him future tragedies and forces him to dream about the circumstances in detail. In his attempts to prevent a major disaster, he unknowingly lands himself with enemy combatant status and faces seemingly endless interrogations to force a confession that he cannot make. Initially expecting a story focusing on Mark and his fantastical camera, I was surprised when the premise turned out to be little more than an accessory, one that could easily replaced with precognition or some such skill. Instead, the novel spun around a political message as several chapters were devoted to the injustices Mark faced as he was held without trial. The subject of altruism was also explored as the main character was forced into the position of many a superhero: to help or help not? The pacing in this story was generally breakneck, though it did slow during Mark's interment and plateaued in the immediate aftermath. While thrill-seekers may be a bit miffed by the apparent lull, these scenes do provide critical character development and allow Mark's later internal conflicts to become one's own. As abhorrent as the gross injustices were, they were as riveting as they were infuriating. No Good Deed was written in a very straightforward manner, with little unnecessary embellishment; as a plot-based tale, it does well to stick to relevant information without waxing poetic. The dialogue in particular was comfortable. By the end of the story, Mark had developed a distinctive voice; I could all but hear it every time he spoke. With that said, there was a period towards the end of the novel in which some of the phrasing and word choices became a bit repetitive, and I found several issues with quotation marks and a handful of grammatical errors. Thankfully, the fascinating plot dulled the sting of these minor annoyances. What did bother me was the underdevelopment of Mark's struggle to start using the camera again. It was verbally addressed, but in some ways, I'd been hoping to see more of it. The shift in his relationship with one of the other characters was also unexpected; after the initial difficulty, the ease with which he adjusted to the transition was unnerving, as was the hasty resolution of his broken relationship with his father. This may not bother those who are more focused on the book's climax and are eager to see the conclusion of the story. Personally, I just felt that the final 30% was rushed, and portions of it were somewhat forced. No Good Deed is a timely tale about imprisonment, ethics, and forgiveness. I'd recommend it to any seeking a thriller with a culturally relevant message. Hide and Read (Review copy provided by the author)
Anonymous 5 months ago
What a great find. Thank you, M.P.Mcdonald for sharing your talent with us all
Anonymous 6 months ago
Hits+a+lot+of+relevant+themes%2C+with+s+good+plot+and+characters+
Anonymous 7 months ago
Wow! Just Wow! There’s not another book like this one. A must read today!!!
Anonymous 10 months ago
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Anonymous 12 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Once I started it I couldn’t put it down! I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting mix of the supernatural and brutal reality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written with captivating characters and storyline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good+Read.+great+characters+and+a+good+plot.++Great+read+and+a+Series.+Thanks%2C+Santa+Mike
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great+story%21+scary+to+think+this+could+really+happen%21%21+i+am+sure+it+does+hsppen...scary%21
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read, believable characters with an interesting story line. I would read more of this series.