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Lifeguard [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson , Andrew Gross
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A new blockbuster from the bestselling creator of Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club series. 'James Patterson does everything but stick our finger in a light socket' New York Times

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Ned Kelly has the perfect job - working for an easy-going boss at his luxurious mansion by the sun-kissed beach, watching beautiful women walk by. The perfect girl. Tess - gorgeous, funny, apparently very rich and crazy for him. The perfect score. Five million up for grabs. And to get his share, all he needs to do is trigger three house alarms to throw the cops off the scent of the real robbery. Could things get any better for Ned? But things don't go according to plan. And when Tess is brutally murdered and the others involved in the robbery are massacred, Ned is the prime suspect. With danger at every twist and turn, he's running for his life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (12 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WJRUB2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 9 Aug 2006
I read all James Pattersons books and although I still prefer the Alex Cross series I enjoyed this book.

I read it in one day while on holiday. The story is intruiging and fast pace giving you a hero you can relate to and a villain you could hate!

Altogether another edition to a long line of JP non-put-down-ables!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Everything seems to be going great for Ned. He has found Tess, a wonderful woman, who not only is funny and lovely, but also rich. He and his friends have set up the perfect score, which will leave each of them with a million to spend any way they wish. Therefore, there will be no more lifeguard duty for Ned. But as is usually the case, things go wrong in a jiffy. The paintings Ned and his friends were supposed to steal were not there, and it smells like a setup. To make matters worse, Ned's friends and Tess are murdered and he finds himself running from the FBI and the police with a big target on his back.

On the other side of the fence, we find Ellie Shurtleff, a member of the FBI art squad who gets involved in the case and has her interest piqued by Ned and his story. Will she try to help him, or will she follow protocol and proceed with the investigation as planned? This establishes the setting for a fast-paced manhunt throughout the Eastern seaboard, with Ned trying to find out the truth behind what happened and use that to prove his innocence.

Lately it has been somewhat of a gamble with Patterson's books. Some have been good and others flat out disappointing. Luckily, in this case, the final product hits the spot, with an entertaining plot, that blends well the action with the personal relationships among the characters. It seems to me that the Gross-Patterson collaboration has worked well in most cases, so this may be a hint as to the quality of future efforts by these two authors.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, not good enough 2 Mar 2007
James Patterson used to be such a good writer - What the hell has happened to him? I think he just can't be bothered any more. This is the sort of stuff that first-time wannabe writers turn out - no effort at research, the plot had so many flaws it made it look like it had not been checked at all! The "surprise twists" were about as subtle as a sledgehammer, and can be seen a mile off. I respect Mr Patterson, he has written some excellent books, especially the Cross series. But this is a lazy, lazy effort that stinks of 'in it for the money'. Oh there is one good thing - because it's such lazy and easy reading, it can be finshed very quickly, thank god.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable 23 Feb 2009
By edzshed
Definatly not Patterson at his best, this book hit the shelves at about the time that Patterson started churning out a massive quantity of books per year; I can't help but think that we are now getting quantity over quality which is such a shame given that he was one of my favourite authors.

His trade mark short punchy chapters do make this an easy read, however it's really easy to figure out what is going on way before one should. If you've never read Patterson before then this may be an OK one to start with but personally I can only recomend the Alex Cross novels which are marvellous.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patterson Is Back With His Best Yet. 3 Jun 2005
By D. Newstead VINE VOICE
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Well wow! From page 1 to the final page this is classy,stylish,fun,exciting,bloody and brilliant. The baddies are as nasty as they come and the blood as messy as ever.
Great characters from the hero Lifeguard to the FBI agent, with super villains. A true hollywood blockbuster and brings back what we like in Patterson's. The story flows at break neck speed and you really feel for the guy. Being accused of so many murders you lose count. I have read every Patterson book and this is definitely up there with the best of the best, how does he do it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice summer read 13 Aug 2006
I envy the easy that Patterson writes with. I have only read one bad book from him. I like the fact that he manages to publish many books in a year. I like that the chapters are short. And I love the ease that everything moves pure action. Once again this book is good read a real grabber!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars awful, awful, awful 30 Aug 2006
By P. Gill
For the last few years patterson has managed to churn out about 5 books per year (mainly thanks to 'co-authoring'). consequently, he has sacrificed quality in favour of quantity. Lifeguard is just yet another example of a poorly written, poorly constructed and at times laughable story.

the book plots the life of lifeguard ned kelley (no really thats his name) who gets involved in an art heist that goes wrong. kelley is prime suspect yet somehow manages to team up with the FBI agent investigating the case to track down the real culprit! the book has huge plot holes that you could drive a car through, its overly contrived, to the point that it made me groan, and quite simply unbelievable (prime suspects get to work with the FBI all the time).

The ending of the book is awful and pure schmaltz. I would have given this book 1 star but I gave cradle and all (another patterson book) 1 star and its not quite that bad (although not far off). Patterson used to be my favourite author but sadly he is just churning out junk like on a factory conveyer belt. The worst critcism however is not that the quality of his books has steadily deteriorated over the years but that he has now become entirely predictable. I foresaw every twist and turn in this book well before it actually happend. Avoid
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very good read.
Published 21 days ago by William Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy reading!!!
Published 2 months ago by hawovi tarr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 3 months ago by PenIow
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Another Jewel in the James Patterson Crown.By now you must be so fed up of me praising this Author. Read this book, if you never read another. Read more
Published 4 months ago by San bb
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
Love thus book. What I thought was going to happen didn't. Every chapter was a different twist. Definitely recommend this book.
Published 5 months ago by Fiona Menzies
4.0 out of 5 stars Lifeguard
Not a bad read, most of the time I love to read James Patterson books, this was a good read
Published 5 months ago by Collette
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st book i have read of James Patterson
Such a good read, couldnt put the book down. Will buy more of James Patterson i also love my Kindle
Published 7 months ago by Patricia Whittaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot
A good plot and yet a little predictable.
Some relations are a bit far fetched and predictable but the there was always the need to find out what happened next.
Published 8 months ago by MR JOHN COOPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling
A great read found it really hard to put down. Told in little sections and from different points of view. This story kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
Published 10 months ago by Mr C. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars The life guard
As usual james Patterson keep you on the edge of your seat right from the start he knows how to grab your attention . James patterson is one of the best writer's around. Read more
Published 11 months ago by taymar 1
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