Probably continue reading JP unless they all turn into the useless crap this one was. I'm three quarters of the way done and it's complete misery to read this book. I highly recommend you don't waste your credit. That James Patterson has he name on this is an embarrassment. I've read every one of his books and doesn't even vaguely resemble his work. The characters are underdeveloped and unlikable, and the plot uninteresting and hard to follow. Let me again say, I'm a huge JP fan, but this....really? I'm over three quarters done and I couldn't care less what happens to these people.
Not without carefully reading the reviews and listening to a preview and probably not with this annoying narrator.
No. He's annoying. Terrible delivery.
I'd just scrap the whole story if this was all I had. Too convoluted by trivia, uninteresting details etc.... No drama, very little mystery.
Ugh...just ugh! One must wonder if James Patterson read this crap before putti his name on it!
Too predictable. The inner dialogue was a little too much, it became annoying. Basically too much what could have been an entertaining thing.
I thought it would be better.
Do not bother with this book; it is not what you think. Not a bit "sexy". Thoroughly boring; had to skip to back of the book to read the finish. Did not identify and did not care about the characters or what happened to thing. I read most things by Patterson, but this is really not for me......
This is a weird book, a lot of jumping around. I have never had a bad dook from James Patterson so this is the first.
Patterson- yes, Ellis- No
I have currently been trying to listen to it. Wow. I can't keep up. All these references to movies and their stars are totally distracting and boring. Maybe thats because I'm not a movie fan, I dont know. This certainly isnt your typical Patterson novel.
He didnt, it was the plot
NEVER thought I would dislike a James Patterson book even with other authors but he needs to take his name off books like this. I am returning it. The narrator is good but the story is beyond boring and stupid.
The narrator was just awful! The pitch in his voice was so unbearable, I had to stop listening to the book. The storyline was awful as well. Do not waste your money or credit like I did!
A Stephen King novel or one of the Fatal books.
The pitch or variation in his voice was too high and I just couldn't bear it.
Perhaps if the narrator was replaced maybe the book will be bearable.
I wish I could get reimbursed my credit.
I have been getting into Patterson's novels in recent weeks, and gave this one a try. A few chapters in, and I am not happy. The first person narrative by "Ben" is tedious and annoying. I keep hoping it will get better, or maybe move on to another character, but probably not. I am not an expert on psychology, but whatever Ben's psychoses might be, they do not make for a pleasant narrative. Manic depressive, bipolar, paranoid schizophrenic, OCD... He seems to have many psychological problems. And perhaps that is an interesting study. But it is very difficult to listen to the audio narrative while sitting in traffic.
And then...he rides his motorcycle to Potomac Airfield, hops into HIS Cessna, taxis out while holding his internal mental debate, nearly hits another plane on the runway, before finally taking off and happily flying off to Wisconsin. I'm a pilot and have some expertise in this regard. There's at least one major problem here. Back to the psychoses, combined with whatever cocktail of medications he talks about needing to get through the day. No way on earth this guy would ever pass a medical and get his FAA ticket. I hate when novels present situations that are just plain wrong. From the way its written, the authors seem to understand aviation ("just fly the plane..."). I don't know why they would have the main character be a pilot when he clearly can't qualify. He could just as easily have hopped on a commercial flight, chartered a plane with some of his trust fund dollars, or just ridden his motorcycle worst case.
Just can't recommend this one at all.
better story, fewer twists and turns (too many coincidences makes it unbelievable).
Was this really a Patterson story -- had to remind myself that this isn't Brad Metzler.
Collins handled the principle character (Ben Casper) very well. He does a good job with the Russian characters. Sometimes in conversations, it becomes difficult to follow who is saying what.
This character (Ben) could easily lead to a series -- stories need to be stronger, less convoluted.
I stayed with this book just to hear the ending. It was as bizarre as the rest of the book.
Too many unbelievable plot twists to keep track of.
Keep it simple takes on new meaning!