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When the Wind Blows [Paperback]

James Patterson
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10 Jun 2010

When the Wind Blows is as unique a story as has ever been told, filled with suspense and passion.

Frannie O'Neill is a young and talented veterinarian living in Colorado. Plagued by the mysterious murder of her husband, David, a local doctor, Frannie throws herself into her work. It is not long before another bizarre murder occurs and Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, arrives on her doorstep.

Late one night, near the woods of her animal hospital, Frannie stumbles upon a strange, astonishing phenomenon that will change the course of her life for ever.... Her name is Max.

With breathtaking energy, eleven-year-old Max leads Frannie and Kit to uncover one of the most diabolical and inhuman plots of modern science.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (10 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755349423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755349425
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,707 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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'A magic hat trick with the million-dollar-promo thriller... Big warm feelings, usually foreign to thrillers, coax laughter during times of high tension. Reads like a dream' Kirkus Reviews

'James Patterson knows how to keep the reader hooked' Newbury Weekly News

'Taut thriller with a highly original plot and enough twists to keep you guessing your way to its suspenseful conclusion' South Wales Argus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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More than 140 million James Patterson novels are in print and his work has been translated into nearly 40 languages throughout the world

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read 22 Feb 2001
By A Customer
After reading all the mixed reviews of this book I almost gave it a miss. But now I'm glad I didn't as with all Patterson's novels it's a fast flowing gripping story which I couldn't put down. I fully recommended this book to anyone one, it shows James Patterson is not stuck writing about serial killers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cooooool......(I thought) 4 Aug 2000
By A Customer
This was the first Patterson book I had read and has been one of the most interesting reads I've had this year.
I absolutely loved it, it kept me on my toes and I found with the short chapters it became easier to read as some books seem to drag on with long chapters. It also enables Patterson to change scenes quickly and cleanly.
I feel it is well worth a place on anyones book shelf.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Time Favourite Patterson 10 April 2002
Although many people say that reading a book you can't put down is a sign of a good read, I encountered a new experience with this book: I kept having to put it down, to prolong the tension, plot and action. This is possibly one of my favourite books of all time and I read A LOT! I loved the science fiction/fact plot that kept you on your toes and hanging on every word. I loved the characters and their various relationships which I felt were well-developed and 'deep', especially the adult/child relationships that Patterson creates so well between Max and others. I loved everything about it. With hindsight, I can see that perhaps the ending was a little conventional but the thought did not cross my mind as I was reading it. The final words I can give are read it and prepare for an experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mary Chrapliwy VINE VOICE
I've read a few James Patterson books and enjoyed them immensely -- this one is the first I would characterize as a bit of science fiction fantasy. He carries off a science mystery thriller with flair and skill that'll keep you glued to the edge of your seat. I must say this is one of the BEST books I've read by Mr. Patterson.

The main character, Frannie O'Neill, is a veterinarian whose doctor husband was killed a year and a half earlier outside the local hospital/clinic where he worked. More recently, a friend's husband, also a doctor at the same clinic, is brutally murdered as well. Is there a connection? You'll have to read to see the answer. Enter the next character, Kit Harrison, an FBI agent on a mission forbidden by his agency. He's on the trail of a band of rogue scientists who had been carrying on illegal genetic experiments. He suspects they're back at work on those experiments in an instillation hidden somewhere in Colorado. He is also fighting his own demons, the death of his beloved wife and two sons a few years ago. Both Frannie and Kit are committed to their work and struggle to reconcile their pasts with their present. Kit has rented a house Frannie owns and after going over a few stumbling blocks they develop a friendship where finally Frannie feels brave enough to confess something to Kit that she has never told anyone else -- she has seen a little girl with wings and watched her fly away. Soon both Frannie and Kit find the little winged girl again and the evil medical mystery begins.

This novel takes off at break neck speed and never lets up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Sep 2007
By Mrs. A. M. Chadwick VINE VOICE
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I've now read a number of James Patterson's novels now, and all have been excellent, (look at my other reviews).

A little while a go I read his novel "Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment", classed as a teenagers book but adults would love it too. Well this book that started his ideas off for that one; you couldn't really say this is more an adult book then teenager as it deal with many of the same kids.

The story starts out with Max running away with her little brother from the school from hell. During her journey she finds a few people willing to help her to get other kids out of the experiment camp, it's more that then a school. Uncle Thomas, (as he calls himself) and his not so nice friends keep the kids locked up and makes there life hell. These kids are different to the rest of the world, why? They all have wings and can fly.

So if your thinking of reading any of his books that involves these great kids read them in order, whatever age you are you'll enjoy them,(this book first, then "The Lake House"," Maximum Ride: School's out forever" which is the prequel to "Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment").

So far I've read the first and last books, (LOL not the correct order as I didn't know the others existed).

"When the wind Blows" is an excellent book, I couldn't put it down and it just took 24hrs to read. It's a book I would read again and would recommend to everyone whatever the age you are.

My advice to teenage readers is if you want a little more then "Harry Potter" then these are the books for you. :-)

It's worth every penny and I know look forward to start reading "The Lake House". :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy effort (for a crime writer) 5 April 2000
By A Customer
I found this book to be an intriguing look at the possibilities of Genetic Modification. Whilst it is a little far fetched (but then, people probably looked at Jules Verne as if he had four heads) there is a deal of plausibility within it's confines.
Granted the very short chapters can get in the way of any form of good build up (unless you read it on the train whilst commuting), and they can be seen as the shameless basis for a treatment for a screenplay. However, the storyline is well paced, and progresses well, for my money.
However, I will agree with everyone else here, the ending is Faaaaaaaarrrrrrrrr to "Hollywood" couldn't the kids have been killed off? did we have to have such a treacle coated piece of cheese tacked onto the end? I don't think so. however since this was a flight of fantasy, perhaps we should allow his fanciful ending (after all, this would never have happened in REAL life, would it?)
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Published 1 month ago by miss K. Rogers
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Published 3 months ago by Anne mcfadzen
3.0 out of 5 stars When the wind blows
Ok. Got better towards the end. I much prefer James Paterson 's Alex Cross stories. This was too sci-go for my taste.
Published 3 months ago by mhb
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked
James Patterson gives us his usual gripping characters and the wondering of where the story is going. Wicked and sinister. Just what JP fans like!
Published 5 months ago by Sam Collington
3.0 out of 5 stars A good premise, but disappointing
I expected more from this book. The plot is an interesting and creative idea and initially it seemed to work; however by the middle the surprisingly clunky writing style had made... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dflindt
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Great
On the plus side the chapters are very short and it's an easy read. On the minus side, it's not well written and there's little new in the plot.
Published 7 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivery was great.
This book came quickly which was fab but I was a bit disappointed with the story having read his others books with these characters in.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs L E Finn
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