Tick Tock: (michael Bennett 4)[Paperback]
- Publication Date:
- 24 November 2011
- Thriller and Suspense
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This is the 4th book in the Mike Bennett series. I've read each on as it came out. I had this book when it first came out but didn't pick it up to really read it until today (so many other things to do and read!) I read the whole book in one day, daylight hours.It's a good Mike Bennett book, quite fast paced, frenetic energy to it actually. Practically impossible to put down. (I did put it down, but not for long.) Not only was Mike Bennett chasing down the latest NYC serial killer, but also trying to take a well deserved vacation, exploring MC more, and figuring out how to protect his family from the Irish badboys up the road by the ancestral vacation beach house. His FBI friend also comes to NYC to aide Mike in more than one way. Things are solved all around, but not neatly. It's a fun read, and reminds me of how I felt after the second to last Jack Reacher book (61 Hours, Lee Child) NEEDING the next one sooner than later, way sooner than later. That's how Tick Tock makes me feel. More Michael Bennett, please!
Another quick-read, page-turner from Mr. Patterson & this co-author. I read it in one day. I especially liked the introduction of humor and references to current things. I found myself chuckling several times throughout the book. I look forward to the next installment in the life of Michael Bennett & his family.
How should readers evaluate books by James Patterson? There are people who criticize James Patterson books for two reasons. First, he produces more than the usual single book a year that people expect from fiction writers. They contend that no one can produce more than a single good book a year. Trying to write more, they claim, results in poor books. Second, they criticize Mr. Patterson for not producing “good quality literature.” Many of his sentences, they say, should have been written better. Both of these criticisms are unfair.James Patterson has written that his goal is to be a good story teller, and this is how his writings should be evaluated. Does he tell a good story? Does the story hold our interest? Do we find ourselves caught up in the plot, the characters, the suspense? Does he write clearly? Do we understand what he is telling us? Do a large segment of people like his tales? If the answers to these questions, or most of them, are “yes,” then he is clearly a good writer. It should be obvious that when telling a story one does not have to use perfect English. In fact, the use of imperfect English may make the story more interesting. Secondly, it is unfair, even illogical to say that a person can’t tell more than one good story a year. Patterson is not the only writer who has produced many books. It makes more sense to judge each story on its own. He may tell six great tales in a row in a single year and then tell only one the following year that is not interesting.This is the fourth book that James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge coauthored featuring Michael Bennett. There are many interesting aspects to the tale. Bennett is the top expert on terrorist activities. He has ten children of different races that he and his wife adopted prior to her death. His relationship with his kids is excellent although difficult. In this novel he has to decide which female he wants: a fellow officer or the woman who is helping him care for his kids. The criminal is this case is weird. He kills many people seemingly indiscriminately, but is this true? Does he have a purpose? Why does each killing mimic the murders of prior mass murderers?
TICK TOCK by James Patterson & Michael LedwidgePublished by Little, Brown and CompanyISBN 978-0-316--03791-4At the request of The Hachette Book Group, an ARC TB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion. Synopsis: (from back of book): NYC's #1 Detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem-the Son Of Sam, The Werewolf of Wisteria, and The Mad Bomber are all Back. The City ha never been more terrified! Tick-A Killer's Countdown BeginsA rash of horrifying crimes rips through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately it becomes clear that the are the work not 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 ten adopted children, their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine, and his grandfather. 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. My Thoughts and Opinion: If you are a fan of Mystery/Suspense, then I can sum this book up in 2 words and the majority of readers will know exactly what I mean. And those two words are James Patterson!!! Patterson is true to form, with his short chapters, the kind that I call "just one more chapter" reads and you have read 10. Cliff hanging chapters whereas you just have to continue reading. Suspense that takes your breath away like on a wild roller coaster ride with twists and turns. Two words!!! James Patterson!!! My Rating: 5
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