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Toys [Paperback]

James Patterson
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Book Description

12 April 2012

Hays Baker and his wife Lizbeth possess super-human strength, extraordinary intelligence, stunning looks, and two beautiful children. Of course they do - they're Elites, endowed at birth with the very best that the world can offer. The only problem in their perfect world: humans.

The top operative for the Agency of Change, Hays has just won the fiercest battle of his career. He has been praised by the President, and is a national hero. But before he can savour his triumph, he receives an unbelievable shock that overturns everything he thought was true. Suddenly Hays is on the other side of the gun, forced to leave his perfect family and fight for his life.

Now a hunted fugitive, Hays is thrown into an existence he never dreamed possible - fighting to save humans from extinction.


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099550075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099550075
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,772 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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"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast."-- Publishers Weekly

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A battle for the world is set into unstoppable motion and Hays Baker is the only one who can save it.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you James!!! 19 April 2012
Format:Hardcover
Isn't Mr Patterson capable of writing a book by himself anymore?? I'd much rather
he release one book per year, written completely by himself, than all of these 'collaborations' (that's if they really ARE collaborations!!) which tend to be of much lower quality than his earlier stuff.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear 13 May 2011
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I'm not sure what James Patterson was trying to achieve here - this book has one of the worst identity crisises I can remember. Is it a childrens book? Or for adults (it is written in a style aimed for young adults but does contain a fair bit of sex)? Is it sci-fi or an action thriller?

This is also so poorly written I would be surprised if there was an editor involved in the publishing.

This is not the first dud I have read from Patterson in the past year or so (following on from the abismal Private), so I think this may well be my last. As a long time fan (I've been reading his books for 15 years +) I am very disappointed and extremely disheartened.

You've lost a reader here JP.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Shallow 16 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
Well.. I guess I should have known better. I have always avoided James Patterson because he is one of these "Extruded Thriller Authors" (tm).... however the book caught my eye in the airport. I avoided it twice because of the author, and finally plumped for it as the best on offer in the airport.

The writing is so poor it's just laughable. Other reviewers say is this targetted at children. To me it feels rather that it was *written* by a child. There is no depth to the characters, it jumps around randomly and leaves elements unfinished, and the only reason I kept reading it was because it was better (barely) than the airline in-flight magazine (which was in Finnish).

The good news is it's persuaded me to get a Kindle, as now I can avoid being trapped into spending on this type of drivel again.

(extruded thriller authors are those who churn out book after book of identical crime thrillers, with only an up-front randomiser as the differentiation between each book)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your time 16 Jun 2012
By foulkes
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was awful. It was just a bunch of regurgitated ideas described in really childish ways, and never delivered on it's promise. I honestly wish I had spent the time reading this book just looking at blank pages and thinking about anything else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Toys 'r us - not! 26 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh dear, James Patterson attempts sci-fi and very badly. Blade runner it isn't. A great disappointment all round. No more please!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book EVER 12 July 2011
By lee bee
Format:Hardcover
WHAT was he thinking?? Seriously this isn't just the worst book by 'Patterson' (although I suspect that not only was he not involved in writing it, I don't even think he's read it) this is the worst book ever written. It would take me forever to write down all the reasons why it is beyond dreadful.

It honestly reads as though it was written by a 4 year old... monkey... on drugs... distracted by something on tele... whilst texting his mate.

Avoid this as you would avoid a rabid dog.
If I could give it zero stars, I would.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars JAMES, DO YOU REALLY NEED THE MONEY?? 9 Aug 2013
By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
James Patterson's TOYS takes place in 2061 when the world is divided into the Elites and the "skunks" (humans). The elites in Patterson's book have become so completely fascinated with their electronic toys and their own personal physical augmentation that little else in life is of importance (except their complete hatred of skunks (humans of the underclass) and their need to exterminate as many of them as possible. Like his MAXIMUM RIDE series, this book too is about a group of people who are mistreated and misused for the benefit of another group of people. (Perhaps this is a commentary on the problems facing us today since we seem to have our own "beginner's version" of elites currently occupying positions of power).

In Patterson's dystopian world Hays Baker and his wife Lizbeth are enhanced elites who possess herculean strength, extraordinary intelligence, Greek god-like physical beauty, a prodigious sex life, and two children as exceptional as their parents. Hays and Lizbeth are the perfect couple living in a perfect utopian world . . . . perfect, that is, until one fateful day when an attack at a TOYZ store turns their perfect world upside down.

As I listened to this book on CD read by Matthew Bomer (he of White Collar fame), I was struck by how much it resembled the books of H.G. Wells and George Orwell that I read in my impressionable youth. All I can say is Patterson can't compete with these guys, in fact more recent authors like Margaret Atwood and Margaret Peterson Haddix also put him (as well as his co-author Neil McMahon) to shame.

While Matthew Bomer's delivery of the material was more than adequate the book itself was just an okay way to pass a few hours on the road and while I was not truly enthralled by it, it was certainly a more viable option than 7 hours of RAP music assailing ones ears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Book I Have Ever Read! 7 Dec 2012
By Pdogg81
Format:Paperback
I am familiar of the author, although I have never read any of his books, but have seen the film 'Kiss the Girls' based on the book of the same name, which I quite enjoyed. All I have heard about James Patterson is that he is one of the world's best thriller authors and has an extremley good reputation so I thought I'd give this one a go.

When it arrived I noticed that on the front cover it had Neil McMahon's name as well, so clearly not written just by James Patterson if he had any input at all. The synopsis sounded fairly good, albeit it I am not one for novels set in the future but it still sounded like it could be quite a good read. But the story itself is just ridiculous. The characters are bland, the plot is all over the place and it feels like it was written by a 10 year old getting excited about writing about robots at primary school.

The only thing that made me get to the end is that I hate to leave a book unfinished.

Avoid at all costs - unless you're aged between 10 and 12!
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5.0 out of 5 stars patterson does it again.
Great book recommend for patterson fans
Published 5 days ago by julie k
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful story great plot couldn't put down
Published 12 days ago by Mr. John Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
you are never disappointed by james another great read brilliant
Published 18 days ago by Roy Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book arrived as stated (in new condition) and arrived on time.
Published 18 days ago by Lynne Kingsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Expected nothing less
What can i say. James never fails to mesmerise me with his clever writing.
Published 27 days ago by Michele Foulsham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good reading
Published 1 month ago by John A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple one of the best for us.
A book choice is a personal choice by the reader. For us the author James Patterson is the main one. Patterson is simple a prolifik wright of many top sellers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stevie. J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Toys
This kept me on the edge from start to finish. This is one of the books I will keep to read again
Published 1 month ago by PHILIP VALENTINE
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting concept
Toys incognito ? Whatever next . Good characters , could picture all the characters. Good book, couldn't put it down,
Published 1 month ago by michtrevhar
3.0 out of 5 stars wrong content
didnt realise patterson wrote sci fi, a bit disappointed but i ll live with it, it might change my views
Published 4 months ago by trevor.blackshaw
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