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NYPD Red | [James Patterson, Marshall Karp]

NYPD Red

It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert - and they can't afford to make a single mistake.
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Publisher's Summary

It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert - and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

Then a world-renowned producer fatally collapses at his power breakfast, and top NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan is the first one on the scene. Zach works with his beautiful new partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald - who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend - to discover who the murderer might be. But this is only the beginning: the most brutal, public, and horrifyingly spectacular crimes they've ever encountered are about to send all of New York into chaos, putting NYPD Red on the ropes.

Zach and Kylie know there's no way of telling what a killer this deranged will do next. With the whole world watching, they have to find a way to stop a psychopath who has scripted his finale down to the last explosive detail. With larger-than-life action, relentless speed, and white-knuckle twists, NYPD Red is the next mega-blockbuster from "The Man Who Can't Miss." (TIME)

©2012 James Patterson and Marshall Karp (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Ann M. Lambert 10-18-12 Member Since 2014

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    "one of the best, if not the best audio books ever"
    What did you love best about NYPD Red?

    spellbinding and surprising


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    usually listen while driving and sat in my parking lot for the last 20 minutes because i did not want to wait for tomorrow to find out!


    What about Edoardo Ballerini and Jay Snyder ’s performance did you like?

    voices worked well together and voice inflections were fantastic


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    wish i could have but made returning to it even more enjoyable


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-22-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-22-15 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Yeah… Taut As A J-Lo Dress"

    Too often big-foot writers outsource something to smaller-shoe collaborators and the results read like a camel instead of a horse. Not here. I don't know how much of this is Marshall Karp's doing but the mix WORKS!

    Zack Jordan and Kylie MacDonald are tugged and fit together like Jennifer Lopez's red-carpet outfits. The plot in NYPD Red's like a NASCAR engine… purring at warp speed yet quietly and confidently. This will be a new series, right? Got to be.

    BTW, don't know the story about the two readers or which is which but it seemed that a substitution was made about 80% of the way in. The replacement carried the ball to score.

    Here's what I want in an Audible mystery/thriller…characters, plot-driven AND driving action, and a puzzle that's intelligently solved at the end. Oh, and a buzz of sexual tension's a useful blob of epoxy to hold my attention. NYPD Red's got it all.

    MORE! MORE!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-12-12
    Christopher Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Never Been So Happy to for a Book to End"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    There are some decent action sequences if you can completely suspend your disbelief.


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson and Marshall Karp ’s story?

    The characters were wafer thin. There was nothing unique or interesting about any of them especially the cops. There was not much of a story, just a lot of contrived action and corny dialogue. There were so many things that people did that made no sense whatsoever it was laughable. I have liked most of Patterson's books in the past, but this was totally amateurish.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Having separate narrators perform each side of the story worked well. I found the person reading for the killer to be quite good. The other narrator had a tough time with voice for the female lead.


    What character would you cut from NYPD Red?

    I would like to cut the two lead cops from the story and start over. I found them unlikeable and boring. I could really care less what happened to them at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never written an online review in my life, but this book is so bad I just had to give my opinion this time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 10-26-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great cop story with a surprise ending"
    Would you listen to NYPD Red again? Why?

    Maybe in a year or so, good story line great characters


    What other book might you compare NYPD Red to and why?

    Maybe Lucas Davenport and his crew, but more big city not many to compare with


    What about Edoardo Ballerini and Jay Snyder ’s performance did you like?

    They were both great, liked it alot, would listen to them again keep up the good work


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We are a group of truck drivers we get 4-5 hours aday, but yes if we had the time


    Any additional comments?

    Great story and characters 1st class readers and a few twist and turns

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 02-04-15
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 02-04-15 Member Since 2014

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "MUCH BETTER THAN I EXPECTED"

    Although I've always been a voracious reader, Jame Patterson never did it for me. Maybe because I started with one of the books in the Alex Cross series, "Roses Are Red". It took place in Washington DC and the main character, Cross, is black. I am black - born and raised in DC - a graduate of Howard University. I have a child who is a career police officer. Maybe it was just me, over-thinking it, and having way too much intimate knowledge, combined with the constant hype about the author, which caused me to not really be blown away by my first foray into the Patterson repertoire. But I hung in there and next tried "Violets Are Blue". It was actually worse! So I was done with James Patterson years ago!

    However, I picked up this book in one of Audible's clever "Discover A New Series" promotions (which have cost me HUNDREDS of dollars in the past!). Here, we are presented with a male and female detective team, part of an "elite" task force, NYPD Red. I don't know how ELITE these cops are - they just seem to be doing their jobs, with the focus on the "1%ers" (and I'm not referring to motorcycle gangs). These cops waste much needed resources on the rich and famous in an era where police officers are over-worked and underpaid just trying to keep the peace among regular citizens. But, I digress....over-thinking again! For sheer LIGHT FLUFFY entertainment, this story was pretty good, although implausible in some places - kinda like a Marvel comic book. Nothing too intelligent, just a great ride. The plot line is thin but there are twists, turns, and surpises with well-crafted dialogue. There IS a co-author here, Marshall Karp. Ghostwriter? Protégé? Whatever - he does add a different, albeit subtle, component to the overall effort.

    The narration is good, considering the different races, ethnicities and accents involved. My only complaint is with the head of the team, a black female captain who always talks like she's delivering Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. Just imagine Dr. King in line at Starbucks, ordering an expresso con panna, shouting "I'LL HAVE A CREAM!!!" Hey, Rev! We got you! 😄

    This is not a story as exciting as many other police thrillers but if you want a "light meal" with that espresso, this book will satisfy you.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Seattle, WA, United States 12-03-12
    Christine Seattle, WA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Strong Narration, formuliac and predictable story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If a friend was looking for a quick, easy read without any plot or character challenge, this would be an option.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 10-30-12
    Matthew 10-30-12
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    "Extremely Entertaining"
    What did you love best about NYPD Red?

    It kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next


    Any additional comments?

    Overall great book and would highly recommend.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 02-05-13
    Richard Delman San Francisco 02-05-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Junk food. Millions of people like it."

    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.

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Mike EASTON, MD, United States 12-06-12
    Mike EASTON, MD, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredible. Are you kidding?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who can completely suspend their sense of reality, to believe that the NYPD would let 2 individuals handle such an important matter with virtually no support or oversight.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hard to say.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Pick another book.


    What character would you cut from NYPD Red?

    The two leads.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nancy 11-14-12
    nancy 11-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good quick read, good story line."
    Where does NYPD Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A good story, quick moving. Would like to hear more about the NYPD Red team.


    What other book might you compare NYPD Red to and why?

    Not quite as good as the Michael Bennett series


    What about Edoardo Ballerini and Jay Snyder ’s performance did you like?

    ok


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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