Search Results: "James Patterson"


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SAM’S LETTERS TO JENNIFER by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2004

"Love, like, totally conquers all."
Patterson, a former ad man turned megaselling author (The Lake House, 2003, etc.), makes a calculated and obvious appeal to the widest possible reader demographic. Read full book review >

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POP GOES THE WEASEL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1999

"Kinky mayhem, a cartoonish villain, regular glimpses of the kindly Cross caring for his loved ones, and an ending that spells a sequel: Patterson's fans couldn't ask for more."
After a flight in fantasy with When the Wind Blows (1998), Patterson goes to ground with another slash-and-squirm psychokiller page-turner, this one dedicated to "the millions of Alex Cross readers, who so frequently ask, can't you write faster?" Read full book review >

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MAXIMUM RIDE by James Patterson
ADVENTURE
Released: May 23, 2006

"These questions are yet unanswered, leaving readers breathless for the follow-up to this action-packed page-turner. (Science fiction. YA)"
Readers are in for another exciting wild ride of fights (bloody) and flights (in the sky) as Max and her flock struggle to stay alive. 98% human with 2% avian genes grafted on, these six winged, scrappy kids soar powerfully through the air. Read full book review >

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1ST TO DIE by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Bargain-basement plotting, fewer thrills than a tax audit, and cardboard sleuths poised to return for a sequel. But the relentless velocity is guaranteed to hook fans of the bestselling Patterson, who'll presumably be hearing from the police the next time somebody declares war on young love."
Four women band together to catch the forgettable fiend who's murdering newlyweds. Read full book review >

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MARY MARY by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2005

"Certainly not the worst of Patterson's clueless mysteries, but still another likely candidate to be filmed as 'a big, dopey thriller based on a dopey bestseller.'"
Superstar psychologist Alex Cross's quality time with his kids is interrupted by…another serial killer! Read full book review >

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ROSES ARE RED by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2000

"As usual, Patterson (Cradle and All, p. 262, etc.) provides a nonstop alternation of felonies and righteous retribution unclouded by texture, thought, or moral complexity, to produce the speediest tosh on the planet. "
Who's robbing all those banks and kidnapping all those people and killing all those accomplices? It's somebody calling himself the Mastermind—a comic-book sobriquet that represents everything that's wrong with the latest installment in Patterson's Alex Cross franchise. Read full book review >

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HIDE & SEEK by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 1996

"Fit only for those who find Sidney Sheldon too sophisticated."
Another chill-free thriller from Patterson (Kiss the Girls, 1995, etc.), this one pitting a chanteuse with a past against one of recent history's more improbable psychopaths. Read full book review >

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ALONG CAME A SPIDER by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Cross is a likable hero, but with a watery plot and weak villain—Hannibal Lecter would eat Soneji for breakfast—he doesn't have much to work with here."
Catchy title; too bad the psychothriller behind it—despite the publisher's big push—is a mostly routine tale of cop vs. serial-killer. Read full book review >

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CROSS by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"The biggest disappointment, though, is an ending that makes you realize you should have skipped this installment and waited for the sequel."
Dr. Alex Cross goes up against the psychopath who killed his wife, with eminently predictable results. Read full book review >

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FOUR BLIND MICE by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2002

"Short chapters, paragraphs, and sentences; stilted dialogue; facile plotting; a few feeble passes at description: a Patterson blue-plate special."
Schematic and pedestrian, Patterson's latest (after The Beach House, p. 519) pits Alex Cross against a trio of serial killers. Read full book review >

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MAXIMUM RIDE by James Patterson
ADVENTURE
Released: April 11, 2005

"Speed, suspense, excitement. (Science fiction. YA)"
Nonstop action carries this page-turner breathlessly from start to finish. Read full book review >

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THE LAKE HOUSE by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 9, 2003

"Patterson's sensibility dovetails perfectly with that of his prodigies, whose tender feelings and pitch-perfect teenage dialogue are the best things here. It's only when human grownups have to talk and act that this overblown saga sags."
This sequel to Patterson's bestselling, and best, novel (When the Wind Blows, 1998) soars, like its appealing cast, only intermittently. Read full book review >