The Take

The Take Freddie Jackson thinks he owns the underworld when he gets out of prison He s done his time made the right connections and now he s ready to use them His wife Jackie just wants her husband home but

  • Title: The Take
  • Author: Martina Cole
  • ISBN: 9780747267676
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • Freddie Jackson thinks he owns the underworld when he gets out of prison He s done his time, made the right connections, and now he s ready to use them His wife Jackie just wants her husband home, but she s forgotten the rows, the violence, and the girls Freddie can t leave alone Bitter, resentful, and increasingly unstable, Jackie watches her life crumble while her litFreddie Jackson thinks he owns the underworld when he gets out of prison He s done his time, made the right connections, and now he s ready to use them His wife Jackie just wants her husband home, but she s forgotten the rows, the violence, and the girls Freddie can t leave alone Bitter, resentful, and increasingly unstable, Jackie watches her life crumble while her little sister Maggie s star rises In love with Freddie s cousin Jimmy, Maggie is determined not to end up like her sister.Families should stick together, but behind closed doors, jealousy and betrayal can fester until everyone s life is infected And for the Jacksons, loyalty cannot win out Because in their world you can trust no one In their world everyone is on the take.

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    • Martina Cole

      Martina Cole was born and brought up in Essex She is the bestselling author of fourteen novels set in London s gangland, and her most recent three paperbacks have gone straight to No 1 in the Sunday Times on first publication Total sales of Martina s novels stand at over eight million copies.

    488 thoughts on “The Take

    • Maybe a bit generous giving this 2 stars it s getting the second star only because, like a terrible train wreck, you want to walk away, but you can t The whole basis of this book was, for me, awful The characters were horrible in the extreme, the action violent and shocking, the storyline miserable and predictable, and the actual writing was poor Cole seems to think that the readers of her book are stupid, as she explains things in the greatest detail, over and over again We get it We really don [...]


    • I actually had a really hard time getting into this novel I d seen the BBC film version starring Tom Hardy and was intrigued with the characters so I picked up the book Despite taking awhile to get into once I did I couldn t put this book down The film and book couldn t have been different and I actually preferred the novels ending Freddie Jackson is that quintessential character that you love to hate He s a drug snorting beer guzzling philandering murdered but you can t help turning the page t [...]


    • I have very mixed feelings about this, so let s be positive and start with the good things.Good things The author really understands her characters and spends a lot of time in their heads This allows us to understand their motivations, simple as they may be.This is a strong family drama that focuses entirely on relationships, and some of those are quite interesting.Bad things Constant head hopping and multiple POV s in the same paragraph or page Lots of time is spent re reading passages to work [...]


    • I had a love hate relationship with this book, sometimes I could not put it down and and then I would find myself scan reading passages This occured when the author to me seemed to repeat herself at length on describing characters and relationships and this caused me to think I know all that, just get on with it Otherwise not a bad read.



    • The Take is a page turner from the onset Freddie Jackson is the kind of antagonist who keeps the reader guessing You never truly know what this insatiably unstable character that Martina Cole created will do next At one step, you realize what the character is capable of, yet, his debauchery, knowing no bounds, becomes and surprising as you read You re left in awe of the power of Cole s scenes as the flawed characters make their way through the story, causing unending debris in their wake Start [...]


    • Sexism, even if it s deliberate sexism as I presume it is in this book, is fucking irritating Women are constantly insulted and abused A prostitute is raped and murdered Oh who cares She basically begged for it Maggie is raped by her sociopath brother in law Guess who s to blame there Wives are expected to get beaten, get cheated on and do nothing but keep their mouths shut A man can sleep around all he wants, father as many outside children as he wants but if a women even looks at another man s [...]


    • I was instantly scavenging for anything with actor Tom Hardy in it after seeing his extraordinary performance in Bronson and his scene stealing part in Christopher Nolan s Inception So soon after finding out about the four part mini series called The Take starring him, I immediately sought out to watch it I loved every episode, and was blown away by Hardy s performance in it I couldn t help but read the novel of the same name It pretty much had the same effect on me as the mini series, it was ve [...]


    • Absolutly addictive This is the second book I have read of Martina Cole s, and it looks like am becoming a fan of hers Excellent book Londoners underground crime love it looking in to Martina s next book to read Update Just watch the DVD The book was excellent and I must admit I had didn t think a film would do it credit Well I was wrong The DVD of four part series was excellent Am glad this film did Cole proud Best to read this book first then watch the film Ten Stars for this book now


    • Another of my favourite Martina Coles ok I may seem weird for saying it but I love the ones that shock you, the ones that deal with issues you don t want to face up to in the real world The things we brush aside and pretend like they don t happen The take has all of this and if it was a film it would have the tag line some viewers may find some scenes upsetting


    • The cover of this book describes it as a cross between Eastenders and the Sopranos It kind of is like a 10 hour long episode of Eastenders, just darker and violent without some comedy gingers for light relief.This book is 608 pages of unrelenting misery.The book starts on the day that Freddie Jackson is released from prison in 1984 after a six year stint He is immediately portrayed as a c t Then we spend the rest of the book watching him destroy everything and everyone around him.He lives where [...]


    • A good read about sibling rivalry set in the criminal underclass of East London Freddie Jackson leaves prison having made contact with a major criminal Ozzy who runs his empire from within the gaol Acting as Ozzy s lieutenant Freddie chooses his young cousin Jimmy to act as a go between because Jimmy has no criminal record But over time Jimmy gains Ozzy s respect and trust The two gangsters are married to sisters Freddie s wife is dependant upon drink and drugs and very jealous of her sister Whi [...]


    • Freddie Jackson thinks he owns the underworld when he gets out of prison He s done his time, made the right connections, and now he s ready to use them His wife Jackie just wants her husband home, but she s forgotten the rows, the violence, and the girls Freddie can t leave alone Bitter, resentful, and increasingly unstable, Jackie watches her life crumble while her little sister Maggie s star rises In love with Freddie s cousin Jimmy, Maggie is determined not to end up like her sister Families [...]


    • This was an exhausting book, but I loved it nonetheless I originally saw the BBC miniseries but this book builds on so much that I d have to say the miniseries only has about 25% of the novel along with a COMPLETELY different ending They re both worth checking out if only because the meaning and tone changes so drastically The character of Freddie Jackson is probably the worst person in history, yet there s always his attempts to rationalize everything In fact all the characters rationalize thei [...]


    • Hmmmm sigh.I seem to be going through a spell of trying new authors and really wishing I hadn t And this turned out to be another that I gave up reading.I don t mind reading about violence and mayhem I don t mind cruel, vicious characters I don t even mind reading prose written in accents What I do mind is being introduced to a huge cast of characters within a short time and trying to piece together who they are And I want to have something to like about them Five chapters in and I was slightly [...]


    • A reasonable story fairly well expressed, but spoilt by Excessive repetition, do we need to be told twenty plus times that she is a drunken alcoholic who loves her husband who hates her and hates her sister who loves her skimmed over sections as these had been covered numerous times before.Profanity is so extreme that it loses the shock effect, numbed by constant expletives, eventually one ends up not being aware of them.If you have read a number of Martina Cole books, they all follow a similar [...]


    • I have read all of Martina Cole s novels There is no point reviewing them all because they follow a similar plot However The Take is with out doubt my favourite As gritty as grit could ever be Characters you despise Characters you should despise Women you love, Women you pity Women you recognise But the men are always responsible for the carnage Freddy and Jimmy Jackson are two of Cole s best characters Tom Hardy played Freddy to a tea in Sky One s version However son t watch it before you read [...]


    • I read this as part of World Book Night I found it quite hard going and it took a long time before the characters captured my interest I found the constant crude language a distraction and it took a while to ignore it and flow with the story I am pleased that World Book Night made me try something new, but am not sure I will be rushing out to get the next Martina Cole book.


    • I am a huge fan of the tv adaptation of the take so I was really excited to read the book It was just what I expected, yes it s not a work of lyrical art, it s gritty and it s written as in you are actually in London not just looking from the outside I did skip some bits out of repetition and the swearing shocked even me and my family are bad but overall I really enjoyed it.


    • Unlikable characters doing horrible things.How was this a best seller The book is choppy, broken up into short sections with constantly changing POVs That might have been okay, but everyone is terrible with the possible exception of Maggie, and even she makes some bad choices Not recommended.


    • This book has been adapted for tv, the tv version is second 2 none if u ve read the book watched the 4 part drama currently gettin screened on freeview part 3 is tonite or morro, if u can watch it, as per Tom hardy Freddie Jackson steals the show with his amazing performance


    • Awful, just awful Written in the vernacular of a fifteen year old illiterate The first book i ve tried of hers and the last.




    • Very graphic violence Lots of swearing, a good read but bit disturbing Wouldn t read another one of her s because of this.


    • I attended the Newcastle Noir event last weekend and I took only ONE book with me, thinking that I would be able to finish that in a weekend Less than 24 hours later and book finished, I needed my next hit Still suffering from my book hangover after reading THE KILLER, I was ready to jump back into the underground world of gangsters, guns and law breaking.Off to a local discount book store and less than 10 minutes later I had THE TAKE in my hands I was well aware of Martina Cole s work, however [...]



    • A colourful view of Gangland written with earthy language as always.I enjoyed the book on the whole but at times the author repeated herself a lot and slowed the pace of the book down.


    • Set in London during the mid 80s, this novel spans 3 decades.The story centres around young sociopathic Freddie Jackson, who has just served his time in prison, but while in there he was taken under the wing of mega infamous gangster Ozzy It is unlikely Ozzy will ever get out so he needs someone to run his organised criminal empire while he is inside He believes Frankie is up to the job and entrusts him with the operations of his underhand businesses on the outside.Frankie has a younger cousin, [...]



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