It kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next
Overall great book and would highly recommend.
I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.
According to his website, Mr. Patterson, along with his "collaborators," has written 97 novels since 1976. 97! 97! How can this be? Well, billions of people like McDonald's. This guy must be the master of the NYT best sellers list. Actually, I was only vaguely familiar with his name, as you see it in airport bookstores, etc. And, to tell you the truth, I only bought the book because Edoardo Balerini narrates about half of it. It's not that I will buy anything Mr. Balerini narrates, but it's close. The plot of this one involves a serial killer, of course, let loose out of a psychiatric facility in NYC, who then acts out the plot of his "book" by killing several famous Hollywood figures in grisly and ingenious ways. Mr. Patterson sure knows how to write a pageturner, which is the name of one of his production companies. Anyway, the hero is of course handsome, dashing and brave, and his partner is probably the most beautiful woman in the known universe. And they have a "history" together. They work in the ultra-elite NYPD Red Squad, assigned to only the most publicity-grabbing murders in NYC. The villain is completely nuts, as is his girlfriend, who also has the most beautiful body that HE has ever seen. Lord. They create maximum havoc and outwit the cops, until the good guys win, of course.
The fact that somebody else reads half of the novel is unfortunate (I know his name is listed above, but I don't remember it, all the way down here on the page). Comparing any reader to Mr. Balerini is a losing battle. The guy might be decent, but I just wanted him to go away so Edoardo could come back. The thing is in fact a page turner, again, but millions of people like it, and, as they say, who can argue with success? For me, I'd rather read Tim Hallinan or Thomas Perry.
James Patterson wrote a few of the great thrillers in his day. The first few Alex Cross books changed the landscape when it came to suspense. Since then he has figured out how to churn out best sellers while partnering with other authors, using his name to rake in the bucks. I still have enjoyed some these dual authorship endeavors, but NYPD is not one of those. Maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, one star is pretty harsh, but I expect more from someone that has delivered in the past.
Why I don't like NYPD Red:
Character development - minimal. This is a new series, but the primary characters are as thin as paper.
Plot - Kind of screwy. The story has the archetype Patterson bad guy killer. This is a copy of characters he has written many times in the past. So its nothing new. And the actions he takes are pretty far fetched.
Writing style - Got to admire Patterson's taught simple style. It moves like a fast river. But its also low brow. To make this style work, it needs to convey both characters and plot. Without those, the style is just an exercise.
A good story, quick moving. Would like to hear more about the NYPD Red team.
Not quite as good as the Michael Bennett series
nope love audible on the move
never heard them together before
Bomb in garbage shoot and he covers his beloved with his body! So manly!!!
First time listening to the narrator, but would listen to other books they are narrating
Not really because I have a bias for print versions
Locked On, because of the commentator and the action packed "head turning pages"
When twice Michael saved Kyla by placing his body over hers
Fast and furious action
This is the kind of book that I wish all my ebooks are.... fast, one you do not want to let go, one you want and can finish in a day..... Unfortunately, all my Clancy books take more than 4 days to complete..... unless I do not sleep anymore! Laugh out Loud!
I like just about anything James Patterson writes and this did not disappoint. From beginning to end the twists and turns were a delight and the characters engaging. Looking forward to the rest of the series!