So, this past week I haven’t had any ARC’s in danger of being late and I indulged in four of the books I had bought by James Patterson. I decided to combine them and do the reviews here. Let’s get started! As always, there are some minor spoilers. I try to keep it at a minimum.
Haunted, James Patterson and James O. Born. Published September 18th of this year, this is book #10 in the Michael Bennett series. Feeling drained from personal and work happenings, Bennett decides it’s time for a vacation. When an old partner offers up a house in Main for cheap rental, he is thrilled. It’s time for the family to escape the city! But even here, his efforts are needed as kids are disappearing without explanation. Pulled into a case involving drug dealers and buried secrets, Michael has to figure out what’s going on before the whole situation explodes.
I loved this one for a dozen reasons. It paid a lot more attention to family dynamics inside the Bennett household and I got more time with Seamus whom I adore. The story line was great- really interesting and intense. There were moments where I truly wanted to scream- that can’t happen… it never would! Yet, it’s fairly true to how things might pan out with the current mood toward police. I think that above all was terrifying about the book. I loved the character Sadie, strong and no-nonsense without a hint of self-pity. I also liked the introduction of his old police partner. For me this is a five star book.
On the adult content scale, I give it a six. There’s a lot of language and violence.
Manhunt, James Patterson and James O. Born. This one is a bookshot that was published November 7th. It follows book #10 in the Michael Bennett series. Michael is still reeling from a major disrupt in his home life (Brian is awaiting trial for selling drugs). Still, he has a job to do and nine more children to see to. When he takes the kids to the Thanksgiving Day Parade he gets a front row view of a truck driving into the parade, and a bomb detonating. As the only cop available he gives chase. As the case goes longer he works with the FBI to catch the bomber…. but what if things aren’t as they seem?
This is perhaps one of my favorite from the Bennett series. The struggle Michael dealt with in his family was very real and potent. I always did love the family aspect to both this series and the Alex Cross books. The story line is amazing and action packed, though sometimes felt rushed simply because it had to be wrapped up in 145 pages. I liked the side characters, and I loved the little twists in the story that kept me guessing. This is a five star book for me.
On the adult content scale, I give it a six for violence and language.
Count To Ten, James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi. Book #13 of the Private novels. This one is in Mumbai and circles Santosh Wagh and his crew. When a tryst gone terribly wrong exposes a unique burial site Private is hired on to find out what’s going on, and keep it as quiet as humanly possible. Having had little to do with politics when possible, Jack is ill prepared for the level of intrigue and backstabbing- he and his team just want to find out the truth of what’s going on! What they uncover is beyond description- a ring of organ harvesters that includes some of the city’s biggest names. Who’s behind all this? While they are going through their investigation, The Deliverer is doing some of his own. He has the names of the top people in the scam- and they won’t be seeing jail time. Can they figure out everything and stop the vigilante before it’s too late?
The Private novels are usually touch and go for me. I think my issue is that there are so many different characters…. I grow to like this or that person and then I won’t see them for half a dozen books. It’s harder for me to connect with the series due to this. I will say that I liked all the main players in the India office; they were interesting, well developed characters each with their own demons working together to strengthen one another. I also liked the plot, and the way it played out…. though the ending seemed a bit rushed to me. Still, it grabbed my attention enough that I will continue the series, and thus did it’s job I suppose. I wish I knew when I could see the three Private India detectives next, and follow up…. but that could be years from now if he ever introduces the characters again. I guess I find it hard to get over the inconsistency of main characters in the series- or even supporting ones. Seriously, when’s the last time I saw Mobot? I read Patterson’s series for their in depth characters- I grow to love them and crave news of them. This series simply does not provide that for me. For me, this is a three and a half star book.
On the adult content scale, there is quite a lot of violence and a bit of language. We also go into depth on Santosh’s road to being a recovering alcoholic. For these reasons, I give it a seven.
The People VS Alex Cross, James Patterson. Book #25 of the Alex Cross series. Absolutely do not read this book unless you are up to date on the series- especially if you haven’t read the bookshot Cross Kill. This brings things to a head that has been happening for a while. On suspension for the happenings in Cross Kill, Alex awaits his trial- for unjust killings of two of the Soneji group members and the assault of another. They were armed… he knows they were! But all evidence points to Cross being as branded- a trigger happy cop believing himself above the law. Even some of those closest to him begin to question it! While he is trying to find a way to clear his name, Sampson is caught in a huge case and enlists his help- off the record of course. A string of blond women begin to disappear, and the evidence leads the detectives into the darkest part of the web.
There was a lot going on here. On the home front, we spent a lot more time with Ali, who’s growing up way to fast, Janie and Bri. I loved the time with the family, and getting to know Ali better- I really love the smart little guy. The dual storylines were a bit much to handle, but it was really interesting as well and everything tied together well. I loved the new characters and the interaction between everyone. I especially loved the time with Sampson and getting to see how he was recovered and a detective again. It was fast paced, exciting and really well written. Five stars all the way!
On the adult content scale…. there’s a lot. Gratuitous violence, some sexual content, and a trigger- snuff…. and I don’t mean the tobacco. That alone made this more uncomfortable than others for me. I have to give it a ten.
Have you guys read any of these? I would love to hear your thoughts.