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Sail [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A sensational summer thriller from bestselling author James Patterson.

As Peter Carlyle, a smooth-talking, super-successful lawyer, waved his family off on a sailing holiday, all they had in mind was lying back and relaxing. But as a violent storm broke out, an explosion caused the boat to vanish without a trace and the family were lost, presumed dead.

Until now. When a message in a bottle is washed up on a shore, it becomes apparent that there must have been at least one survivor.

But all is not as it seems. The race is on to rescue the Carlyles, but does everyone looking for the family really want to find them alive? Survival may be the least of their concerns. In fact, being found may be the last thing they should be hoping for.

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"This gripping novel by the world's bestselling thriller author will have you on the edge of your deckchair." (Daily Express)

Book Description

A sensational summer thriller from bestselling author James Patterson

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS7P4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely underrated!! 30 July 2013
By Ben
Yes, it doesn't open on an action sequence and doesn't get you gripped straight away but if you give this book a chance, you will get draw on in no time and constantly be turning those pages!
I think Patterson done an excellent job of making you empathise with the characters and goes into such detail and really helps you visualise the characters and their surroundings.
When i was reading it I thought to myself 'Where is this going?' But then twists and turns happened and it intrigued me further, and towards the end there was two massive twists, what left me blow away. Put it this way the ending wasn't an anti-climax and exceeded my expectations.
When I read the blurb, I don't think it does the book justice, and doesn't reveal too much about the book (I know that's what its intention is) but if you read the blurb and think it sounds rubbish do not let it fool you.
There is also a character called 'Devoux' and he's a magician. At firs I thought 'Is this going to turn into some supernatural fantasy thing?' But no, it wasn't, it turned out to be an excellent read by the remarkable James Patterson.
All I can say is, buy the book and give it a whirl and I can assure you that it is better than your expectations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mostly for the comedy value... 23 July 2009
Gosh, where to begin? What is it about this book that makes it quite so dire? Is it the average length of each chapter (at about 2 sides that's what most of us call a paragraph)? Is it the wildly improbable plot? The unbelievable characters? The slightly comic sex scenes?

No, but none of these help.

My first Patterson (my last Patterson too probably) and as others have said it reads like it was written by and for a 13 year-old. "And then this happened. And then this happened. And then *this* happened." And then we get to the shark.

I kid you not. Have fun :D
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Trite and forgettable 30 Jun. 2009
By Colette
I thought this would be a nice easy read which would pass the time while I find the book I'm supposed to be reading and which has hidden itself somewhere in the house. I've read James Patterson before and really like the Alex Cross books but this is a different ball game completely. The story is rushed, the characters are one-dimensional and boring and the language is early high school essay. If my 13 year old had written this, I would have suggested that she get back to work and flesh it out some more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I guess Im not normal then :3 3 July 2012
By me
Format:Kindle Edition
Everyone is saying about how badly written this book was but to be perfectly honest I found it interesting and I literally could not put the book down! I mean, I may not be some professonal on books but I can assure you I know when I like something or not, if you are not looking forward to turning the page to see what comes next then you obviously dont like it but that certainly was not the case with me. I shall continue on purchasing James Patterson books and reading them in any time I have to spare! Everyone have different views and opinions so if you like it then you like it, dont be afraid of speaking your mind about it like moi! :3 Ok rant over now, please dont comment on it or try to argue about it beacuse it is MY OPINION and no one is going to change how I feel about it. thank you if you have read it all, then you will know that I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!! :D Oh and btw (By the way) I also reccomend James Patterson's novel 'Postcard Killers' amazballs stuff! ;3 ;3 ;3 xx
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good for the papermill 11 Nov. 2010
By Charles
I just keep yawning. Not sure how it is even possible to create characters with so little personality or depth. Make yourself a favour and buy Mansfield Park from Jane Austen, guaranteed laughs and fantastic depth of characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A potboiler 22 Feb. 2010
Many have recommended reading James Patterson so I thought I'd give this a go.
And my first foray into his works was hugely disappointing.
I read it until the bitter end but I really should have trusted my gut instinct and taken it to the local charity shop with a post it note saying "danger of being bored to death".
It really is a dreadful book full of cliched characters with little depth.
I can't really think of any redeeming features. It's a potboiler.
It's about the Dunne family going on a sailing trip. Or, more precisely, Dr Katherine Dunne and her 3 kids with brother-in-law who is an experienced sailor (Jake).
Not suprisingly her first husband died.
They have their problems and she, and her kids, are hoping to bond more closely during the trip.
To add more drama, Katherine is on the verge of a nervous breakdown
She's also on a classic guilt trip as she's been a career woman (Heart Surgeon) and not devoted enough time to her children.
Her children are all pretty dysfunctional as well.
She has a suicidal teenage daughter Carrie and a pot smoking son named Mark. The only one who's not a bit whacko is her youngest son, Ernie.
She leaves behind her arrogant/pompous husband (although at this time she's still googey eyed over him).
Almost from the beginning they are beset by problems and and her husband - Peter Carlyle - starts to mess around with another woman - but more importantly shows offf his true personality.
In terms of the plot/writing, I guess I should have picked up the fact that it was a joint effort with an ex advertising agency man (Howard Roughan) so it might be his influence that makes this such a crass read.
I will give James patterson another go and try one of his Alex Cross novels.
But this has warned me to read reviews in advance as they are generally a pretty good guide to what's good and, in this case, what isn't.
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