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
Another good book by James Patterson. He should however change it up a bit since all his books are very similar to each other. I especially enjoyed the narrators, added to the drama and supense, very enjoyable.
A little disappointing for James Patterson, but it is still a very good book. It seems to be a repeat of the Cross character (a single dad that's lost his wife with a "cop" career). The story was good but not his best. The Cross series is much better!
This book is awful. There are actually three story lines: hostage take-over, dying wife, and nanny with widower. None of the three comes together & the characters are poorly developed. I bought this book, expecting that it would be a thriller. Don't expect it. This book reads like Patterson had a book contract that needed to be fulfilled, so he tossed this one together to get the obligation out of the way.
This story was so predictable. The hero had no flaws, there were children that didn't do anything wrong. All the "good" characters were so sickeningly pure and helpful - that after awhile it made me laugh. I started to like the "evil" characters because they seemed more human.
Make no mistake about it--the first 35-45 minutes of this audiobook are almost a chore! This is not a book for those who cannot deal with delayed gratification.
I would really only give this 3 1/2 stars, had the star-click mode of rating allowed this.
The start of this book was so painfully slow that I almost gave up on it. The introductions of all the characters, especially those of the villains, were a clunky workload. It was difficult for me to follow this book while going through my daily commute, where I usually listen to most of my audiobooks.
Initially, the ham-handed, poorly-layered character developements made this listen into a real challenge (I suspect the co-author was responsible for this wretched start.) I recommend listening to the beginning of this in a less hectic environment if you don't want to become as peeved with the book as with your commute.
It really picks up after the first 45 minutes. Clearly Patterson is back in the game.The suspense that Patterson is so good at creating is still to be found here. Later character development is much smoother. I was glad I held out, as I now have a new Patterson character whom I will enjoy following.
If you love Patterson's characters, and are looking for a new character to engage you, I would recommend this book. Now that these new characters are established, it's a good read--leading to more good (maybe better) reads in the future. If you are perfectly happy with the characters and authors you are presently following, it might be too much work for you to invest.
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