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Burn: (Michael Bennett 7) by [Patterson, James]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 373 customer reviews

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Praise for Gone

"Gone gives readers the characters and story that have made James Patterson one of the most successful authors and a huge fan favorite." "Bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com""

"Patterson and Ledwidge have an amazing writing chemistry...The story is seamless and well paced with well developed characters." "randomactsofreviewing.blogspot.com""

Praise for Gone
"Gone gives readers the characters and story that have made James Patterson one of the most successful authors and a huge fan favorite." "Bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com""

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Back in New York, back under fire

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1555 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316211044
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780890117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780890111
  • ASIN: B00I5LLTBK
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 373 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
The seventh installment in the Detective Michael Bennett series, Burn by James Patterson, and co-written with Michael Ledwidge, is vastly different from the many other books the master-storyteller has written during the past two years. Patterson has co-authored a number books with different authors, yet the Detective Michael Bennett series is the one and only series in which he has consistently teamed up with Michael Ledwidge, and it has never failed to throw up a few surprises. The latest installment, Burn, is no different and fans of the series are in for an exciting ride as Detective Michael Bennett is thrust into a topsy-turvy world trying to solve two difficult cases.

But if you want an explosive start you are in for a surprise as the book begins on a sedate note which James Patterson exploited to the hilt to build up the story. Books that begin with a real cracker like Cross My Heart (Alex Cross #21) actually fizzled out in the end. But what keeps me reading James Patterson is his relaxed writing style and short chapters which is not common and certainly easy to follow. As you dig deeper into the book the story begins to take a stranglehold on you, leaving you no choice but to keep going to the very end.

After busting the Sun King drug cartel and crossing swords with crime lord Manuel Perrine in Los Angeles (Gone, Michael Bennett #6), Detective Michael Bennett of the Major Crimes Division, along with his family finally returns home to New York. Bennett looks forward to a quiet time but is soon reassigned to Outreach Squad in Harlem. Grudgingly he takes over and is soon embroiled in a new case when a burnt body is found in a building where a caller had earlier informed to have witnessed strange goings-on.
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James Patterson's Michael Bennett series is one of his best creations in my opinion and a new Bennett novel is always near the top of my most anticipated reads for the year and Burn was no exception. I'm glad to say then that it didn't disappoint. After the events of the previous two books Bennett is leaving witness protection and heading back to the Big Apple. Upon his return though he doesn't receive the heroes welcome that you might expect, but animosity from his fellow colleagues and superiors. A meeting with one of his bosses finds himself demoted and dumped in Harlem, heading up the NYPD's brand-new Ombudsman Outreach Squad. The squad are given the cases most officers think are beneath them, and Bennett is not impressed when he meets his less than enthusiastic colleagues.

The last two books have been particularly action packed, even by Patterson's standards and this one for the most part felt quite tame in comparison. For me though that was a positive thing as what it allowed the authors to do was focus more on the characters. There's a lot of development here with Bennett both in his job but also his personal life. His on/off relationship with Mary Catherine has always left fans wanting them to get together. Is this the book that will finally happen? There's also a major development with one of his daughters which serves to highlight that whilst his job is important to him, his children come first and there's some touching moments in the book. For me this is where Patterson excels in his Alex Cross novels with the family setup of Nana Mama and his children. Bennett is essentially a New York version of Alex Cross and I love the scenes with his crazy family.
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By GOTTON TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 July 2015
Format: Paperback
After reading the 6th book in the Michael Bennett series I took a a break from James Patterson and his co-authors. I was getting a little fatigued of their style of simply repeating the same events with different names and calling it a new book. There was never any change or any character growth which I found annoying.

However, in the mood for a quick easy-reading book and falling into the trap of curiosity for one of my past favourite authors, I decided to pick up Burn. I was pleasantly surprised.

Burn is considerably better than it's predecessor. Some decisions about various relationships are finally made, the crimes and the detective work had a different feel to what had come before and all in all, it was a much more enjoyable read. However, there were still problems with the book and though it has improved slightly, there remains a problem with a lack of change.

The other main problem with this book was the lack of expansion. Mr Patterson and his co-authors write short, fast paced novels and sometimes I feel that the story suffers for that. It was the case here. This book is broken up into a number of elements (Mike being shipped off to a dud devision in Harlem, a series jewellery heists, some cannibalism and putting to bed his witness protective state), but there was simply not enough time to spare for each of the elements over so few pages. Because of that new characters didn't seem fleshed out enough, relationships seemed to spring up from nowhere and I felt that each crime lacked depth.

However, those issues aside this book has rekindled my interest in the series somewhat and I will now be looking forward to the next book. Though still not up to the standard of years gone by, this book is a decent read from a very prolific author and an easy way to pass an evening. Hopefully the next book will be better still.
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