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Don't Blink by [Patterson, James]
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Don’t Blink is a portmanteau novel, jointly credited to James Patterson and (in smaller font on the jacket) the lesser-known Howard Roughan. And while Patterson has long been one of the most world’s popular thriller writers, there are those who have expressed doubts about his joint writing ventures with other writers such as Andrew Gross. Surely, they argued, we want our Patterson unadulterated, not filtered through the pen of another author? However, the books by Patterson and his various partners have largely succeeded in hitting the bestseller charts as firmly as Paterson's solo efforts; and it’s more than likely that this new book will repeat that success.

This is a Mafia epic, and will inevitably invite comparison with Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, though it’s a different approach to the subject. While Lombardo’s Steak House in New York is celebrated for its food, it’s also notorious for a less salubrious reason: the savage killing of a corrupt lawyer for the Organisation. The killer escapes without leaving a trace, and speculation about his possible employer are rife. At the murder, reporter Nick Daniels was present, interviewing a sports personality at another table. Without realising it, Nick is the recipient of an important piece of information -- but as he becomes further embroiled in the crime and its investigation, he find his own life is on the line -- and the fact that he has fallen in love further complicates an already fraught situation.

While some James Patterson fans might have preferred another Alex Cross novel (or something in one of Patterson's alternate Women’s Murder Club series), there's no denying that Patterson and his less celebrated co-writer (who may have done most of the heavy lifting here) do ensure that we keep turning the pages very swiftly. Patterson's famously cut-to the bone, super-brief chapters are well in evidence, further ensuring that momentum is the name of the game here. --Barry Forshaw

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"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable."
-- USA Today

"An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller . . . There are twists and turns to the very end that kept my eyes riveted to the pages . . . you won't want to shut your eyes or put the book down until it's finished." "BestsellersWorld.com""

"Thrill-a-minute . . . twists and turns . . . another winner for Patterson and Roughan." "BookReporter.com""

"Every year, I look forward to Patterson's new releases. "DON'T BLINK" was no exception . . . There's just something about reading a James Patterson book." "MeMyBookandtheCouch2.wordpress.com""

"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable."
"USA Today""

"A page-turner that's perfect for killing an afternoon." "ReflectionswithCoffee.com""

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 682 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (23 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T0G9YE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Dr Evil VINE VOICE on 12 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have to agree somewhat to the reviews here that this book is so simply written that it does insult our intelligence, but you could say that about most of james Patterson's books in all honesty.

This time he sticks his hand in the mafia/mobster bucket and pulls out a decent thriller. The story reminds me a lot of Jason Pinter's 'THE MARK' which is actually a lot better than this - a journalist is in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets caught up with all kinds of dangerous goings-on - but this is still an entertaining novel all the same.

As others have mentioned, this is a summer read, written by James Patterson, so anyone who's expecting 'CRIME AND PUNISHMENT' or 'THE GODFATHER' are most likely to be disappointed but if you read it for what it is then it's great! 3.5/5
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I pre-warn you, I am on a serious case of getting on my soap box here so if you don't want to listen to 50% opinion and a 50% rant to the author then please feel free to read no further.

The fact that I read this in a day and a half, and then spent a 20 minute walk moaning about it to my sister speaks volumes. You read the jacket and find yourself thinking "it sounds pretty good". How wrong could I have been?

The story is the most important part of a book closely followed by the writing style and talent of the author. Clearly James Patterson though both these things were irrelevant. There has been a lot of hype over the deal between JP and his co-authors with some people claiming that JP contributes very little to these books, however nothing has ever been confirmed or denied from the Publishers.

This story was just awful and to be truthful so far fetched and ridiculous it made the plot from the film Crank look realistic! I have to mention in particular the fist major scene which is the murder of a mob lawyer. Now you have to bear in mind that this scene is set in one of New York's most `happening' restaurants which is full to the brim. This `assassin' manages to walk in (obviously he knew the Maitre De) walk past all the packed tables and manages to approach the table and cut this mans eyeballs out. I have no knowledge, but I am guessing that this sort of killing in real life takes a little more than a minute or so. But still this killer manages to do all of this in an exceedingly short space of time. Once the task is complete, the whole restaurant is screaming but luckily there are two off duty police officers who `draw their weapons'. However, the killer manages (with two guns pointed at him remember) to produce two guns of his own.
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Format: Hardcover
Well a lot of what I thought has already been said. I have read every single Patterson book he has released (apart from the Maximum Ride, Manga etc) and this is just like it's from a completely different person! It makes me wonder whether Patterson even saw this book before the co-writer published, or even more worryingly, Patterson has had his co-writers writing so many of his books recently that when he has put pen to paper he's forgotten how to do it.

Book description 'James Patterson delivers his most heart-pounding thriller ever'. Did he? When? There was absolutely nothing heart pounding about this story. Bring back the early Alex Cross days, now THEY could be heart pounding. A book you could get your teeth into and really enjoy. I only finished this because I can't not read a book to the end.

The ending of the chapters reminded of stories I would write at school "And you'll never guess what happened next?!". It was just a variation at the end of each chapter. So repetitive. I love the format of the short paragraphs but every single one of them seemed to have to show suspense, that it became boring and quite immature in the way it was done.

This was absolute rubbish. By the end of it I wanted the main character to die, purely because he was doing my head in by always cheating death. There's fiction and then there's fantasy so far fetched it becomes unbelievable.

I hope Patterson is back to form soon.
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By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
I agree with many of the other reviewers that it appears that James Patterson had little input inot this book. However, it was co-written by Howard Roughan and I feel that he did a pretty decent job of it. I enjoyed the book, but have to admit I was a bit confused at times. Contrary to another review I really liked the characters and feel they were well written and beleivable. The ending came as a complete surprise to me, but I thought it was really good and certainly beleivable. There is a lot of action and many deaths but these all add to the tension. I would certainly recommend this, but just don't expect a James Patterson novel.
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As a real fan of James Patterson, I was really looking forward to it, but the early chapters are so far fetched that the story loses all credibility.

I agree with the other reviewer that the scene with the murder of a mob lawyer, set in a busy New York restaurant stretches credulity to the limit. My other concern is that the characters aren't well rounded and so you don't really care for them... you certainly don't root for them to succeed in the same way that you do for Alex Cross (or Jim Reacher, or James Bond or even The Thunderbirds!)...

Much has been said about the sheer number of books that James Patterson produces. Much as I hate waiting for twelve months or more between new books from my favourite authors, it is usually worth the wait. With these collaborations from Mr Patterson, it rarely is and by producing poorly crafted storylines with weak characters he is damaging his reputation as a first class author of crime fiction.
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