Step on a Crack Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"'Ticks like a time bomb - full of threat and terror' Los Angeles Times; 'Brilliantly terrifying...so exciting I had to stay up all night to finish it' Daily Mail"
For STEP ON A CRACK James Patterson has landed 34 celebrity characters - film stars, business tycoons, politicians, chat show hosts - together in a terrifying crisis. Is this a record?See all Product Description
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Everything starts when the Neat Man participates in the murder of former first lady Catherine Hawkins. The key to this event is that everyone assumes it was an accident, since she died from an allergic reaction to peanuts. The fact that no one suspects foul play is crucial for the next step of the plan, which is so craftily and precisely laid out that the police will be constantly on their toes.
Catherine's funeral attracts a variety of wealthy an influential people to St. Patrick's. When a group of men take control of the church, and keep a select number of hostages, the police and FBI are thrown into one of the most difficult sieges in history. The fact that the ringleader of the kidnappers, the obnoxious Jack, seems to always be a step ahead, does not simplify things. Mike Bennett is an NYPD detective that works as a negotiator and is involved in the situation from the start. But this is only part of Mike's problems, since his wife has terminal cancer, and he has to take care of his ten kids. Yes, you read right, it is not a typo; ten kids. Imagine that!
Even though the plot has some portions that are unrealistic, this novel does not have the problems other Patterson's books have had in the recent past. The story is cohesive and flows well, keeping us entertained throughout its duration.Read more ›
The story opens with the US in mourning after the death of a much loved former first lady. The most powerful people on the planet are gathering in New York for her funeral, security is high, but then the unthinkable happens, the world's top politicians and famous people from all over the world are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and sadistic scenario.
Detective Michael Bennett, a father of ten, is drawn ever closer into the fray and as the danger escalates Bennett is hit with devastating news. His wife has succumbed to a long illness and died. As the city is drawn ever closer to meltdown, he has lost the love of his life and if he gets out of this alive faces raising ten children who are missing their mother terribly.
Bennett is facing the most ruthless man he has ever dealt with, a man who kills without hesitation and is able to counter everything the FBI and NYPD throw at him . . .
"Step on a Crack" together with co-writer Michael Ledwidge is fast-paced, witty and rather entertaining. In spite of the seriousness of the content of the book, the authors manage to give readers quite a few laughs with their sarcastic revellation of celebrity vanity. (A funeral is a SAD event, but oh boy, all those cameras sure are hard to resist!!)
The story in this book is not really far-fetched in this time of terrorism. But still. Isn't it all a little bit too smooth. Too racy? Too fantastic? And very, very unlikely. 10 kids, wife dying of cancer and still Bennett is the only guy who can lead this operation. Hardly. In this very unrealistic setting, the distance between the private life of NYPD Detective Michael Bennett and his ten children, and his job, is big. It's got to be. However, even the NYPD and the FBI are human. As are the celebrities behind their well groomed facades.
To me, the weakness of this book is the feeling it gives of being a cleverly constructed shell which lacks the depth and insight to make both the people and the story credible. All, except Detective Bennett and his brood. That is, seen separately, Bennett and his family are coming very much alive in the book. It's the setting as a whole which does not ring through.
Although this book was passable, to me James Patterson has turned into an author of streamlined superman/science fiction-like/plastic coated "best sellers" which do not manage to capture my full attention nor creep into my heart.Read more ›
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Brilliant books. Brilliant author. Book was slightly marked due to it arriving packaged with other orders but nothing too noticeable. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
A good read but not quite as good as the Jack Reacher seriesPublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've read a lot of James Patterson and love them BUT I've found this collection to similar to the "Alex Cross" story's so a little disappointed !!Published 4 months ago by CATHY MARGETTS