The Lifeguard Hardcover – 20 Jun 2005
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A blockbuster from the bestselling creator of Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club series. 'James Patterson does everything but stick our finger in a light socket' New York Times
About the Author
James Patterson (Author)
James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. Since winning the EdgarT Award for Best First Novel with The Thomas Berryman Number, his books have sold in excess of 300 million copies worldwide and he has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past eight years in a row. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.
James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James is a founding partner of Booktrust's Children's Reading Fund in the UK.
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Great characters from the hero Lifeguard to the FBI agent, with super villains. A true hollywood blockbuster and brings back what we like in Patterson's. The story flows at break neck speed and you really feel for the guy. Being accused of so many murders you lose count. I have read every Patterson book and this is definitely up there with the best of the best, how does he do it!
I read it in one day while on holiday. The story is intruiging and fast pace giving you a hero you can relate to and a villain you could hate!
Altogether another edition to a long line of JP non-put-down-ables!
On the other side of the fence, we find Ellie Shurtleff, a member of the FBI art squad who gets involved in the case and has her interest piqued by Ned and his story. Will she try to help him, or will she follow protocol and proceed with the investigation as planned? This establishes the setting for a fast-paced manhunt throughout the Eastern seaboard, with Ned trying to find out the truth behind what happened and use that to prove his innocence.
Lately it has been somewhat of a gamble with Patterson's books. Some have been good and others flat out disappointing. Luckily, in this case, the final product hits the spot, with an entertaining plot, that blends well the action with the personal relationships among the characters. It seems to me that the Gross-Patterson collaboration has worked well in most cases, so this may be a hint as to the quality of future efforts by these two authors.
His trade mark short punchy chapters do make this an easy read, however it's really easy to figure out what is going on way before one should. If you've never read Patterson before then this may be an OK one to start with but personally I can only recomend the Alex Cross novels which are marvellous.
James Patterson will never win the Nobel prize for literature or the Man Booker prize, but he should be recognized for being an entertaining storyteller. Many people don't like his over-the-top action and cliché filled pages, but they are fun and fast books to read that are prefect for lazing next to the pool or on the beach with.
With all of Patterson's books, each chapter is about two or three pages (sometimes even one page) that tempts you to read 'just one more chapter' and you end up reading half the book in one sitting.
If you are looking for lighthearted entertainment, then this book is a great place to start.
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