The Pretender-Saving Luke

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Saving Luke, Book 2 in The Pretender series of novels is an edge-of-your-seat thriller about a brilliant human chameleon named Jarod who, after escaping from the notorious Centre, must draw upon all of his Pretender skills in a race against time to rescue a kidnapped little boy and stop a huge disaster that could claim the innocent lives of his relentless pursuers from The Centre. More

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About Craig Van Sickle

Steven Long Mitchell
Craig W Van Sickle

Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle have written, produced and/or directed over two hundred hours of prime network programming including such series as Alien Nation, Murder She Wrote, Medical Investigation, 24 and NCIS. From situation comedy to drama, comic books to mystery, science fiction to action-adventure, their career has covered a broad imaginative spectrum. Together they have also created numerous television series, most notably, NBC's The Pretender on which they served as Executive Producers for its entire five-year run of episodes as well as a series of two-hour movies.
In addition to series television Mitchell and Van Sickle have also written and produced numerous long form productions -- both mini series and MOW's as well as feature films.
In 2008 they were nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Mini-Series as the Writers/Executive Producers on Syfy Channel's, TinMan, an updated reimagining of The Wizard of Oz that, in addition to its critical acclaim, has broken ratings records both domestically and internationally.
In October of 2013 the team released their first novel, The Pretender-Rebirth and have just released the second novel in the series, The Pretender - Saving Luke, available now.
Both reside with their families in the Los Angeles area and can be contacted through their web site,

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carlschupp reviewed on June 6, 2014

A full blown simulation in mental high definition: The Pretender, Saving Luke! Often, you’ll have to pinch yourself as a reminder that this is just a story and that you are not experiencing it first hand! Another excellent layer of possibility within the pretender universe!

(reviewed the day of purchase)
Jacci O reviewed on June 3, 2014

A thrill ride from first page till last, Saving Luke reminds me of all the things I loved about the Pretender, leaving me greedy for more. Much more!

Everything is there that I have come to expect from the series and so much more. The story is non-stop fun and excitement with amazing twist, unexpected turns and surprises too numerous to list.

We see deeper into the characters than ever before, and Saving Luke offers insights, especially into Miss Parker, that provide whole new understanding, and appreciation of her character, far beyond what we have previously seen.

Jarod’s joy and enthusiasm, his hope and belief in humanity as he battles the darkness around him, his past, speaks to the desire to look for the best in ourselves. This is a darker, grittier Jarod, for darker times, and the takedown is just amazing!

Another big surprise were some long–awaited answers to questions that were wonderful to see, as were some old friends and other familiar faces that are making their way into the ongoing saga. As this new Pretender evolves it is giving us new adventures and at the same time enriching the mythos we all know and love.

Am extremely excited to see where it all goes and what is to be revealed in Shattered Doll. Cannot wait for more!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Joel G. Gomes reviewed on May 16, 2014

Following right after the events portrayed in The Pretender: Rebirth, The Pretender: Saving Luke is the reason why oxygen masks were invented. It's intense, frantic, emotional and funny.

When I read The Pretender: Rebirth I thought it had set the bar pretty high. And it did. Nevertheless, The Pretender: Saving Luke manages to set the bar even higher. The main reason for this is that, while the previous book was inevitably compared to what we used to know from the TV show, The Pretender: Saving Luke has its own identity.

Story-wise, The Pretender: Saving Luke it's a page-turner filled with Easter eggs (even though the story takes place in October). Unlike The Pretender: Rebirth, it reads like a novel written by two novelists, instead of a novel written by two screenwriters. (Being both myself, I understand how hard it can be to switch from one writing technique to the other.)

The characters are even more believable, and the appearance of fan-favorite characters like Broots and Mr. Raines was a very nice surprise. Was it Angelo the "friend" who helped Jarod with his first escape attempt shown in chapter 1? Perhaps we'll find it out in the next book. I sense it will set the bar even higher.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
rumorlx reviewed on May 16, 2014

With a fast paced storytelling, Saving Luke tells the extraordinary adventure of Jarod, a genius who will do anything it takes to save a little boy.

Be ready to find more secrets as the action unfolds. The second Pretender novel is the perfect companion to Rebirth - if you enjoyed reading the first novel, you can't miss the follow up.

Thumbs up!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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