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Publisher's Summary

New York City's number-one detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem: the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria, and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified.

Tick: a killer's countdown begins
A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that they are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind.

Tick: Michael Bennett is on the chase
The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his 10 adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack.

Tock: your time is up
Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker. As his affection for Emily grows into something stronger, his relationship with Mary Catherine takes an unexpected turn. All too soon, another appalling crime leads Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killer's pattern and the earth-shattering enormity of his plan.

From the creator of the number-one New York detective series comes the most volatile and most explosive Michael Bennett novel ever.

©2011 James Patterson (P)2011 Hachette

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  • Chris
  • Kula, HI, United States
  • 02-17-11

Another great listen!

I really loved listening to this book along with the other three books in the Detective MIchael Bennett series. The story and readers were excellent in all of them. This is one of my favorite series of books. This series is good to listen to in order because of the character and family situation development. Also because all the books are so good that you don't want to miss out.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Fast-paced and Satisfying

I tended to stay away from James Patterson's co-authored books until I happened to stumble over the first in his Michael Bennett series. I was instantly hooked. Bennett and his family are immensely engaging. I was delighted to see another in the series, and it didn't disappoint. I read the first two and opted to listen to the next two. These audio versions are extremely well done. Bobby Cannavale's narration captures Michael Bennett perfectly in a voice as likable as the written character. Highly recommended.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Leah
  • United States
  • 02-23-11

My first Mike Bennett book, found a new favorite!

This is the first Mike Bennett book I've listened to, and I'll definitely be checking out the others. I would give the story 3 1/2 stars - I liked the characters and the progression of the story, but the "aha moment" at the end was a letdown for me. I gave it an extra 1 1/2 stars because I loved Bobby Canavale. He really made the character of Bennett come alive for me.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Love the Bennett Family!

Good quick listen which hold your interest. Good story line and action. I can hardly wait for the next installment to find out what happens between..... Oops, can't tell because it would spoil the story for those who are looking to enjoy it. All I can say that you will not be disappointed in the action and plot.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
  • 05-18-11

Don't bother

If I ever needed another reason to stay away from Patterson's co-authored books, this novel would be it. Tick Tock has more product placement (eg. Tyvek pants; Pixar film) than I noticed in the others; the characterizations are shallow; the plot thin. The end of the novel is rushed and very unsatisfactory not to mention unbelievable. I mean, why would a character who has been painted as black suddenly change colours and be a part of a heroic rescue at the end? Nothing led up to that. We're just expected to believe it with no preparation. These latest books can't hold a candle to vintage Patterson and they never fail to disappoint. Save your money. (Have to add that the reason I kept listening was the excellent narration by Cannavale and Sowers. Top-notch.)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A great listen

I actually loved this book. It was a thriller from the start and if you were not familiar with Dt. Bennet it explained all about him again but not in a boring way. Every chapter kepted you wanting to listen to more. I would recommend this has a nice easy listen. Narration was exceptional as well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcia
  • Murrieta, CA, United States
  • 03-05-11

GREAT READ!!!

Tick Tock was fantastic. We loved it. It kept us going all of the way through and the last few chapters were something else.

Love Patterson and his characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Carolyn
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 03-30-11

Great listen!!

If you enjoy suspense, you will love this book!!! Every chapter switches from the main character to the killer and keeps you wanting more!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Narration makes this audiobook work

I was surprised to see the less than stellar reviews for this book on Amazon, as they are better on Audible. It's a great listen, and they couldn't have picked better narrators... they bring the characters to life. I've never been a big Patterson fan, but the Michael Bennett character is a good one. The audacity of the bad guy also makes this compelling.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed...

Good listen, liked the different narrators...fast paced. Would like Michael B to make up his mind about the poor nanny tho.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful