Bennett, father of 10, is pulled into the fray. As the danger escalates, he is hit with devastating news: after fighting for many years, his wife has succumbed to a terrible disease. As New York descends into chaos, he has lost the great love of his life, faces raising his heartbroken children alone, and must somehow rescue 34 hostages.
Day after day, Bennett confronts the most ruthless man he has ever dealt with, a man who kills without hesitation and counters everything the NYPD and FBI throw at him with impunity. As the entire world watches, and the tensions build to a searing heat, Bennett has to find a way out or face responsibility for the greatest debacle in history.
©2007 James Patterson. All Rights Reserved; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
I really enjoyed this book the first in the Michael Bennett series, being introduced to his wife with terminal cancer and his brood of 10 adopted kids. I liked how the story melds his job as a Detective and hostage negotiator. The different narrators and I loved the sound effects it makes the story so real. Now, onto the next book in the series. The narrators were great.
This was definitely a good story but the lead character's behavior begs believability. He has a wife in the hospital, dying of terminal cancer and 10 kids at home who depend on him as they will soon have no mother yet he is the ONLY guy in NYC who can go in after the kidnappers, risking leaving those kids orphans? Really???
And why does one of his kids comment about the nanny's "funny" Irish accent when his mother's character speaks with the exact same accent? Doesn't make sense.
Then there is the issue where the dead hijackers are found with NO finger prints but later they break the case using FINGER PRINTS from the dead hijacker!
Numerous little conflicts like that kept me from giving it 5 stars but overall I liked the book.
This rates a zero.Patterson thinks his name is all that is necessary,forget plot,forget any meaningful writing.This will prevent me from ever buying another Patterson book.This is painful to read.you struggle to finish it.Don't waste your money.
Extremely disappointing. If you have to give the main character 10 kids and a wife dieing of cancer to make us want him to win, then the story is weak.
I was afraid that the quality of this book might suffer from having a co-author in the writing process, my fears were quite wrong. This book moves quickly and forcefully from start to finish, the characters are well thought out and presented in a clear and contrite fashion. The narration by John Slattery is first rate as one would expect and the 2nd reader does quite well but has a very small part to work with.
This book was so totally predictable in it's story line and characters (the villain especially), I just kept wanting it to hurry up and be over. The hero's personal story-line is so sappy and unrealistic, I cringed every time he started talking about his children or wife. It seemed to me like this might be a story that took James Patterson about 10 minutes to write and I wish had only taken 10 minutes to hear.
This Unabridged as titled is only about 1 hour longer than the Abridged version. Skips from chapter 1-3 and looses more of the plot line. Thats why I never buy an abridged version. Sounds like there is something missing from the author like the rest of the book. Until this issue is resolved I would not recomend this book.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This was a fast moving crime thriller with a tender backstory. A large group of VIP's are taken hostage during the funeral of an ex president's wife. Mike is a police negotiator who's wife is seriously ill and in the hospital with Cancer. When no one else is available he is ordered by his superior to hadle the kidnappers demands. Each of the hostages are terrorized into revealing all of their financial information. Millions are to be transferred to an account that can't be followed, but Mike's big question is, why they think there is any possibility of escape.
An interesting premiss with very relatable characters and solid, smart writing. John Slattery and Reg Rogers do an excellent job narrating. Both of their voices were perfect for the characters. A great Daily Deal.
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