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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Headline (8 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755330420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755330423
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 14.2 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 942,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

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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?

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Format: Hardcover
With this book, Patterson adds another author to his list of collaborators, and the result is pretty encouraging. Ledwige's influence on the novel results in a plot that even though not overly realistic, keeps us engaged in the story until the last page. On top of this, certain elements, like the busy family life of the main characters, give the story a nice balance between the police case at hand and the everyday problems that each of us face.

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.
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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
It may be a little known fact, but James Patterson has written more best selling titles in the past five years than Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling, Tom Clancy and John Grisham put together. He is one of a handful of authors whose sales have been growing over the past two years, even though best selling fiction sales in general have been declining.

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 . . .
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By kaz on 27 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Really good value, the book is a great read.can't put it down, started to read it. Straight away and I'm now nearly finished, can't wait to.read.the next one.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Well I had really mixed emotions about this book.When Bennett lost his wife and was left with 10 kids I was choked with sadness.Then the thrill of the chase and the body count steadly rising I was glued to the book. I felt like I been through a wringer by the time I finished it. I liked it. Going for a shower.
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Format: Hardcover
After a whole string of dreadful collaborations, I wasn't expecting much from this novel. But Patterson has found either (a) his old form or (b) a better co-writer. He's not all the way there yet, but you can see in this book the skills of misdirection, suspense and tight plotting that made his first few books worth shouting about. His characters remain largely forgettable, without real depth, but this book represents a huge leap back in the right direction.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Sorry, but this was a pretty dire story with a completely unbelievable/unconvincing ending which seemed to all over in a few pages. Nothing much happens; some celebs are taken hostage and..... well that's about it. I skipped/skimmed the seemingly endless pages given over to the hero's family matters (10 kids???) and the continuing reference to their 'Irishness' which I found a bit OTT. All that said, no doubt others (loyal JP fans) will think it was a great read
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For the first time since "4th of July", I have read a James Patterson book. I have tried a couple of others but did not even finish them, since I found them so bad.

"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.
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