A crime lord has declared war on America. Only Detective Michael Bennett knows why.
Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him.
Detective Bennett, along with his 10 adopted children, their nanny, and his grandfather, are hidden safely on a rural California farm, with guards courtesy of the FBI's witness protection program. Perrine begins to embark on an escalating series of assassinations across the country, killings whose brazenness and audacity bring into question the possibility of safety and law in the U.S. The FBI has no choice but to ask Detective Bennett to risk it all in Perrine's war on America.
With explosive action and fierce villainy that rivals James Bond movies at their best, Gone is the next astounding novel by James Patterson.
©2013 James Patterson (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Not great! This book is basically completing the disappointing book 5. Could have been part of that publication. No big surprises. Bet you can guess what happens like I did as the story went along. I miss Bobby Carnavale as narrator.
I enjoy the adventures of Michael Bennett and his large family. Nice to get the family out of Manhattan once in a while.
Shamus is the best. Other than his character nothing was liked the best. There is gratuitious violence, some stereotypical behaviors from Latino villians, no passion between Michael and Mary Catherine, the kids are not developed well or growing up--waiting for something that focuses on the children
They were good. I could not tell when the narrators changed. Are they the narrators due to the need of someone who could speak with a variety of dialects or accents(male, female, kids voices; Spanish, Irish, Western/Ranch drawl, young etc.)What happened to Bobby Cannavale? Toward the end it was difficult to distinguish between Mary Catherine and Shamus' Irish accents.
Moved me? Irritated me is more like it. Get rid of the sound effects. Please leave something to the imagination of the listener. This is not radio.
This story leaves the listener wanting...there were so many storylines that need tied up...some characters were just "there" and we don't hear anything else about them and the story is over. The bull who was transported to sire...
Books from James Patterson continue to be fast paced readings due to the chapter arrangements, in my opinion. The story and its characters are described so well we can easily visualize `what they look like.
The most interesting parts were the story of the head drug dealers and the attempts to capture him- The least interesting had to do with some chaptersé paragraphs being used as fillers were too much time was spent on `boring`stuff. boring because there was minimal to nil need for these paragraphs and I sensed there existence served simply as space fillers.
There voices are alive and they bring to the imagination of the listener an easy portrait of who `they`are` talking for.
For the first half nope, but for the last part of the book absolutely.
I have been a fan of James Patterson's novel from the moment I first read one of his books. Therefore it pains me to be critical in any way, but I feel a laziness has set itself into his books lately, almost as if he is bored with it. I hope the giant of thriller writings re-awakens.
I have read all his books and only disappointed in GONE and the JOSTER.
They were so so
I was disappointed with everyone. Maybe I just don't care for the Bennett's.
I have been reading Patterson's books for years and have enjoyed Alex Cross, Private and Linsey Boxer. I love his books
Yes, I had lots of time on my hands and nothing better to do.
It wasn't written as well, some holes in the story, contradictions even. It was read by two persons, one was pretty good and the other, well, hard to listen to.
Read this after I, Michael Bennett. Loved that one. This one was nice because it finished up the story, but I was not impressed.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
I am invested in Detective Bennett, along with his 10 adopted children, their nanny, and his grandfather. I enjoy their adventures and I am entertained by all of the books in this series. That is why I listen to books, to be entertained.
So while this is not in the category of "a page turner" it does have it's redeeming qualities, in so much that the reader/listener, can follow the adventures of this very unusual family.
I will buy the next installment in this series.
I was into it and then all of the sudden, it ended. The ending was anti-climatic. I would agree with some of the other reviews. Too cookie cutter and it make me wonder just how much James Patterson really is involved. I have read all the Michael Bennett's and all the Alex Cross books and this one was the first to somewhat disappoint.
Ending was too abrupt. No real closure for Michael. I would like to have had a last verbal confrontation between him and Perrin.
Prefer Bobby Canavalli as Michael. He is awesome!
The excitement of the safety of Bennett Family.
Where Mike found out that the his family was not in the safe house. Later finding out hey were safe with McMurphy.
Anger, crying, happy, and always a laugh or two!
Like the way Michael can appreciate the small things about family and nanny Mary Catherine. More of this series??
It is so lame that every female is beautiful , charming and clearly interested in the hero an d HE is interested in all of them. All of the characters are paper thin copies of each other; the men are all handsome & brave and the women are all beautiful and 'spunky.' Sadly, no real relationships develop as mini-lectures substitute for conversation. A one point in the book, he is beating up a 'scumbag' cop for loosing the villiain; a few chapters later he says that the the same LA cop is completely professional. '....and whatnot,' is substituted for a lack of knowledge. "Touch my junk," was also unattractive.
No, I really do not like political lectures thinly disguised as fiction; these isn't much of a story just a weak framework for the lectures.
There was no real problem with the reading, although they occasionally used the Irish accent on the wrong people.
All of the lectures about the 'birthers', the farmers' water rights, the need for tighter borders, the racism, ( 'jap'. n-word), the elitism (the messed up poor people), the gun rights, the need for ramping up the drug war, all of, 'the country is crumbling & only we can save it.' Of course we can still spend uncounted money on defense.
Please tell me how to return this book.
I don't know.
It's likely but this book, felt as though you could predict step by step what would happen.
I've liked most of their performances.
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