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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (15 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755330412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755330416
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,728 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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"'Ticks like a time bomb - full of threat and terror' Los Angeles Times; 'Brilliantly terrifying...so exciting I had to stay up all night to finish it' Daily Mail" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With New York's elite held hostage, only one man can save them... Meet Detective Michael Bennett - and his ten children


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 8 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
With this book, Patterson adds another author to his list of collaborators, and the result is pretty encouraging. Ledwige's influence on the novel results in a plot that even though not overly realistic, keeps us engaged in the story until the last page. On top of this, certain elements, like the busy family life of the main characters, give the story a nice balance between the police case at hand and the everyday problems that each of us face.

Everything starts when the Neat Man participates in the murder of former first lady Catherine Hawkins. The key to this event is that everyone assumes it was an accident, since she died from an allergic reaction to peanuts. The fact that no one suspects foul play is crucial for the next step of the plan, which is so craftily and precisely laid out that the police will be constantly on their toes.

Catherine's funeral attracts a variety of wealthy an influential people to St. Patrick's. When a group of men take control of the church, and keep a select number of hostages, the police and FBI are thrown into one of the most difficult sieges in history. The fact that the ringleader of the kidnappers, the obnoxious Jack, seems to always be a step ahead, does not simplify things. Mike Bennett is an NYPD detective that works as a negotiator and is involved in the situation from the start. But this is only part of Mike's problems, since his wife has terminal cancer, and he has to take care of his ten kids. Yes, you read right, it is not a typo; ten kids. Imagine that!

Even though the plot has some portions that are unrealistic, this novel does not have the problems other Patterson's books have had in the recent past. The story is cohesive and flows well, keeping us entertained throughout its duration.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kaz on 27 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Really good value, the book is a great read.can't put it down, started to read it. Straight away and I'm now nearly finished, can't wait to.read.the next one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Dyer on 17 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
I am really suprised by the negative reviews. I was recommended this book by a friend and although at first i was a bit dubious as i am normally a chick lit lover i was thoroughly engrossed from the first page and sped through it in a couple of days. I look forward to reading the 6th Target which has also been recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By john dooley on 18 Mar. 2013
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Well I had really mixed emotions about this book.When Bennett lost his wife and was left with 10 kids I was choked with sadness.Then the thrill of the chase and the body count steadly rising I was glued to the book. I felt like I been through a wringer by the time I finished it. I liked it. Going for a shower.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ray Blake VINE VOICE on 1 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
After a whole string of dreadful collaborations, I wasn't expecting much from this novel. But Patterson has found either (a) his old form or (b) a better co-writer. He's not all the way there yet, but you can see in this book the skills of misdirection, suspense and tight plotting that made his first few books worth shouting about. His characters remain largely forgettable, without real depth, but this book represents a huge leap back in the right direction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lamberg on 26 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
Unlike some reviewers I wasn't completely underwhelmed by this book, although I did have some reservations. Mike Bennett was a strange character in that he was in the middle of possibly the single biggest crisis of his life, i.e. his wife dying and yet he was able to keep sufficient control of himself to cross swords with Jack. I didn't really buy into the 10 kids, the priestly grandfather and Mary Catherine who I thought might turn out to be a villain rather than "too good to be true" oh and I hated the idea of Bennett's ear-ring, but for all that I thought that the character had potential. Is James Patterson looking to replace Alex Cross and are we going to see more of Mike Bennett? If so send the kids to Ireland with Mary Catherine and put grandad in a monastery and let Mike concentrate on being a cop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annette on 3 July 2008
Format: Paperback
After reading the very mixed reviews I was in two minds as to whether I should bother to buy and read this book but am glad I did.

In true James Patterson style I was prompted to keeping turning the pages, reading the short chapters desperate to get to the end. All in all I enjoyed it and would recommend fans or first timers to read it (it's a stand alone story so you don't need to have read any other JP books).

For me, the mark of a really good book is whether or not I keep it to read again in a couple of years or so. I have a collected the Alex Cross series and also some of his other stand alone books but won't be keeping this one. It's good but not that good.

All in all, an enjoyable read but would be inclinded to purchase a 2nd hand paperback rather than a brand new hard back.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2007
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It may be a little known fact, but James Patterson has written more best selling titles in the past five years than Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling, Tom Clancy and John Grisham put together. He is one of a handful of authors whose sales have been growing over the past two years, even though best selling fiction sales in general have been declining.

The story opens with the US in mourning after the death of a much loved former first lady. The most powerful people on the planet are gathering in New York for her funeral, security is high, but then the unthinkable happens, the world's top politicians and famous people from all over the world are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and sadistic scenario.

Detective Michael Bennett, a father of ten, is drawn ever closer into the fray and as the danger escalates Bennett is hit with devastating news. His wife has succumbed to a long illness and died. As the city is drawn ever closer to meltdown, he has lost the love of his life and if he gets out of this alive faces raising ten children who are missing their mother terribly.

Bennett is facing the most ruthless man he has ever dealt with, a man who kills without hesitation and is able to counter everything the FBI and NYPD throw at him . . .
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