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Run for Your Life Hardcover – 15 Jan 2009

4.3 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Century; First Edition edition (15 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846052645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846052644
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 708,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliant. It feels just like you're reading a Bruce Willis film-switch off [your] brain, and turn on the entertainment."-- "News of the World" (UK) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Detective Michael Bennett is on the trail of a deadly killer who is terrorising New York in this Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
In `Run For Your Life' Mike Bennett returns in the second book in the series (following on from Step on a Crack) and this time he is up against a ruthless killer known as The Teacher who is murdering rich and obnoxious people, seemingly at random, to teach them a lesson.

I'd pretty much given up on reading anything other than Patterson's Alex Cross series lately as nearly every book he has written (or at least put his name on!) has been nothing more than average, if that. A friend of mine lent me this book and so I gave it a read and I have since bought it to add to my collection as it is probably the best book he has written since the classics Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls!!

From the first word to the last it is literally non-stop action and thrills that had me glued to the page as it was just so exciting and suspenseful, with so many twists that you'd never seen coming and probably the best killer in a Patterson book since Gary Sonjei. Bennett is a fantastic new character that I think with a few more books behind him could turn out to actually be as good as Cross, which I feel has been dragged out a little too long now, to be honest.

Overall whether you're a fan of Patterson books or not, you simply have to read this book! It's without a doubt one of the best thrillers I've read for a long time and is definitely Patterson's best in years. Highly recommended if you need your faith in James Patterson being a top writer to be restored.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
I must take some of the blame here. Just look at the cover where the "James Patterson" is splashed larger then the book title, and then, almost hidden within the colours of the cover, is the name of the real author, Michael Ledwidge. I can't imagine Patterson got anywhere near this book, and it is yet another lazy attempt by publishers to con readers into thinking A list asuthors have produced a new book. Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, they are all at it, and it is a rip off. And I was half expecting it to be poor and was sadly proved to be right. but like I said I must therefore take some of the blame.
This is a lightweight thriller where we have a detective caricature (widowed, kids, weary but dedicated etc etc) against a clever psycho who is on a killing spree. Easy and effortless reading that you will forget within five minutes of the final page with very little to lift it from the below average. Some relentless and irritating product placement also detracted from any potential enjoyment but it would have taken a lot to make this anything like an enjoyable thriller.
One to avoid. And shame on you Patterson for selling out your name association.
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Its a year since his wife's death and Mike is doing the best he can in his job as well as in life. He misses his wife and the kids miss her and yet she seems all around him. A young man is shot after Mike tells him he's safe and immediately the NYPD take a hammering in the press for which the mayor holds him responsible. Just when he thinks life can't get any more complicated he's proved wrong when it does. The kids are dropping like flies from the flu and puking so medicine and mop buckets are the order of the day. A serial killer is on the loose and makes it very personal yes very personal indeed. Great story with Bennets family life taking centre stage. Patterson has made me love this guy, An all round good guy in an impossible situation but you can't help but root for them all.. Story not over so presume it will be picked up in next book which I'm now gonna start reading. Patterson has me wriggling on a hook and I'm loving it.
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By Dave n Linda TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Nov. 2015
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Firstly let me say that you need to read the first book in this series Step on a Crack to fully understand and appreciate what's going on in this book.

The book is full of suspense and action however I did find it a bit predictable toward the end. I enjoyed the book and can't wait to read the next one.
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Not sure about James Patterson. How many books can one man write and why does his style change all the time. And why does he write with so many other good authors. IS HE JUST TAKING A COMMISSION ON THE USE OF HIS NAME? Surely not!
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I bought this book as Patterson was suggested as a cross-sell from Wilbur Smith. What a lot of EMPTY book both story-wise and content-wise. The book is 383 pages long, it has 90 chapters averaging 4 pages a piece. Each chapter starts half-way down a page. The font size is big. After 190 pages I got so bored I did an anorak thing and went back to estimate the blank pages - result 41 out of 190 - Ridiculous - and even totally blank pages are included in the numbering. To add insult to injury, the last 14 pages are actually marketing for his next book - What a con!(I reckon the book would condense to about 200 -240 pages max.) Some people may like a quick read but I just feel that Patterson is not up there at all with the good thriller writers - I won't be reading any more.
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I bought the second book in the series because I liked the plot of the first one...this one's good too but my problem with the ten kids stays the same...WHY? It adds nothing in fact it just gets in the way.....give him a couple by all means but ten? By the time I'd learnt the names of all of them I could have read another book....Anyway, I feel like the grinch at christmas banging on about it but thats what I think!
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