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
Taught high school science, mainly biology, for 35 years. Married to the same woman since 1969. Six grandchildren.
I enjoyed the scenario, the comparison to Alex is inescapable. A (caucasian) cop (in New York), who happens to be a widower. Also, he has help from a grandparent (grandfather this time) in raising his children. I enjoyed the suspense. A good introduction of a new series.
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.
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.
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