Search Results: "James Patterson"


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THE JERICHO COMMANDMENT by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 9, 1979

"Dachau Two' indeed, because, though hero David does ultimately prevent total carnage, the author clearly panders to paranoia and revenge-lust throughout; and this sort of junk hysteria can only be bad news for those with genuine, serious concern about today's anti-Semitism."
The latest, and surely the most confused, in a recent flurry of novels that seem to be competing for selection by the Jewish Defense League (JDL) 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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VIOLETS ARE BLUE by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2001

"A real test for Patterson's huge audience: If they buy this, they'll buy anything."
Only a writer of Patterson's star-wattage could have hoodwinked his publisher into bringing out this unlovely mess, which pits forensic psychologist Alex Cross against two separate serial killers. 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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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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CAT AND MOUSE by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Having reached the peak of his popularity, Patterson is spinning his wheels."
Archly improbable multiple psychokiller tale featuring Patterson's dignified Washington, D.C., detective, Alex Cross (Jack and Jill, 1996, etc.). 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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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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THE THOMAS BERRYMAN NUMBER by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 1976

"You'll find that all the crisscrossing flashbacks diminish the immediacy; still, this is a neat first number by a promising new author."
The true story behind the assassination of Nashville's Senate-aspiring black Mayor, Jimmie Lee Horn, as recounted by investigative reporter Ochs Jones. Read full book review >

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KISS THE GIRLS by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 1995

"As a storyteller, Patterson is a great ad copywriter."
Advertising executive Patterson doubles neither our pleasure nor our fun by giving us two intense, Hannibal Lecter-type murderers for the price of one in an improbable and hopelessly derivative mess of a thriller. Read full book review >

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SUZANNE’S DIARY FOR NICHOLAS by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

For sheer genre-crossing audacity, you might think nothing could outdo John Grisham's season on a Mississippi farm (A Painted House, p. 128) until you read this relentlessly throat-clutching love story from thrillermeister Patterson. 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 >