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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 Reprint edition (15 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316036196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316036191
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,107,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging both adults and children alike to read. This has led to him forming a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

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"Has all the characteristics of Patterson's work . . . pace, action, mystery and cool" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Emotions are running high in the sixth instalment in the bestselling Maximum Ride series --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Claire Mill on 4 Feb. 2010
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This is the sixth book in the Maximum Ride series. The first three books were a really great trilogy, the 4th was basically a lecture about global warming with a real sense that it had been written without an idea, but simply because the first three were popular. The 5th one was a slight improvement, but not by much. I wasn't expecting much from this book, based on the previous books and most of JP's recent books, but I loved the first three books, and I love Max and Fang so I wanted to see if there was any chance the series could improve.

Based on the blurb for the book I assumed it would be more romance that previous books, with some crazy life and death stuff thrown in on top. In reality, I wasn't far off the mark. Max and Fang are officially a couple now, and very happy about it. They and the rest of the flock start out in Africa on a mission for the CSM (coalition to stop the madness) giving out food to refugees. But they're quickly inturrputed by Dr. Gunther-Hagen and a new bird kid, Dylan. Max gets a bad feeling about this Dr and his claims to want to help them and quickly takes the flock away from him, and Dylan. They're soon back in the US by themselves not really caring about much of anything, but then Jeb reappears and has Dylan with him. It doesn't take long for things to go downhill and the flock find themselves in big trouble again. This time, it looks like one of them really won't make it out alive.

Plus points: There was more of a story here than the past two books. The characters don't develop any strange, convinent super powers in time to save the day. There was a little more than a hint of the first three books with a crazy Dr. wanting to experiment on the flock again, adding to their DNA.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Madison Pape on 13 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
It was amazing. I got it in the mail yesterday and read it in an hour and a half. It was amazing. It will definitely shock you. The rumors are true. Nothing in it will disappoint you. I am praying that there will be another one coming out. This series is a must read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mikaela on 7 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was worth the wait! Fang is totally action packed and very funny, and Patterson has played out Max and Fang's relationship really well-it wasn't all lovey dovey, annoying and slightly gross, but really nice. Angel, believe it or not, certainly gets more creepy in this book, and although she scared me at times, it makes the plot of this book amazing! It really has everything-love, action, scares and a little education (flock style). I particularly liked this because of Patterson's tendensy to base his books on current issues-this was about drug testing on children in Africa by big corporations, which was really touching. And the question of whether or not Fang will die? I'm not saying, just that he'll make you laugh and he'll make you cry. Either way, I am sure that you will love this book. 5/5

Mikaela
P.S. And seriously no worries. It's not sickeningly romantic. :)
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So Max (book 5) lifted my spirits a little bit and I remembered that when I read Fang all those years ago that I loved it, I remember I cried and laughed and so actually felt quite hopeful going into this one.
For me these books feel like they've just gone off course a little bit, the first 2 or even 3 were all about this group flying kids constantly on the run, kicking butt and given the mission of saving the world from some great disaster/danger, bow they tend to focus more on who is in a bad mood, who will be the next to fly of, who wants to betray them or exploit them next. From TV shows to Government officials to Evil Geniuses.
It's more like a teen drama than a kick ass paranormal/fantasy/ thriller. There were of course moments of excitement as they all get attacked again and towards the end there is a real breath-taking moment, that made me stop a bit and be like 'oh no', but there is still a sort of underlying certainty that it will all work out.
Max has become a lot more whiny and is doing the whole 'conflicted hormonal teen'. Angel is like a one track record 'I want to lead, I want to lead,' Get over yourself girl! for goodness sake you are 7 and you don't know everything.
Gazzy and Iggy seem to get more immature and dangerous as the books go on and I don't know if it's because I'm not a teenager anymore and I am obviously not a boy, but their behavior just seems immature to me. Grow up!
The only one I actually still like is Nudge and I kind of hope she steps up and becomes more prominent in the next couple of books.
Fang of course is one of the main focuses of this book and he has opened up through the last couple of books but I think I preferred him as the strong silent type.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
Fang is the sixth novel in the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. The action starts with the Flock flying to Africa to feed the hungry as part of a promotion for the Coalition to Stop the Madness. Here they meet billionaire scientist Dr Hans Gunther-Hagen, who tries to enlist their support for his experiments. They also meet another bird kid, Dylan, who is supposedly a perfect match for Max. Angel predicts that Fang will die soon. Back home in Nevada, they do some research and conclude Dr. H-G's another evil scientist. Tension grows between Flock members as Max and Fang focus on each other. Mr Chu and Jeb turn up again, as do another batch or Erasers. This instalment has plenty of action: fights, guns, explosions, a Flock wedding, defection by several members of the Flock, the death of a Flock member, a leadership tumble, and a showdown where Angel points a gun at Max. Patterson makes a token effort to increase youth awareness of the effects of hunger, HIV and civil war in Africa by giving them a crash course (a paragraph or two) in food, fuel and climate. There's also a mention of stem cell research and experimentation on human children. Patterson states his goal is to get more kids to read: a pity his writing is of such low quality. This one has a poorly thought-out plot, the dialogue lacks the wit, humour and snap of the previous books, and some the characters act like they have been possessed by aliens. I wonder if the next instalment, Angel, will be any better?
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