One feels like instead of giving the bad-guy one overarching well-developed motivation for their actions the authors just threw together a bunch of issues and hoped it would work. The only thing missing was Mummy issues. There is little else to redeem this novel, there is illogical science Upon an ash cross placed on a victims forehead the lab finds: Ok breath in, breath out.
Inbetween the questionable racial stereotypes thrown throughout the investiagtion there are a few decent jokes, if you like Dad-humour and a little bit of flirting, but really, one of those things wasn't good and the other only half good, so just two stars for this one. Oct 11, Ty Desharnais rated it it was amazing. Patterson's Worst Case entranced me with its twisted attitude and unique writing style.
This book shows us insight on Patterson's description of characters, the newest killer lurking the streets of New York and, of course, the interesting yet wonderful Michael Bennett. Patterson has done it again with what I like to call his "one page chapters. Also, it seems like Patterson uses a villian to spring all the books he writes into action! The person who has to take down all these villains, is Michael Bennett, an irish cop with 10 adopted children.
Patterson devolps all the characters in this book but, Bennett's character is the difference between the shallow end and the deep end of the pool, and I don't mean 5 feet deep end either! We really learn to believe Michael Bennett as a person and we also begin to simpatize with him when something does not go his way. The story is based on a villian who thirsts for knowledge knowing children. He wants to bring awareness to the world to causes unknown to most by kidnapping the wealthiest peoples children and forcing them to answer questions about the environment, and wrong answers are fatal.
So, it's up to Michael Bennett to stop this calculating killer before his message gets to far. As for the environment, this book makes connections between reality and its fictional world. It lets us get the message of the killer in a non-threatening way. It makes us think while we read the questions, word for word, "Do I even know the answer to this? It's a riviting novel with a sinister senesation of tone. I honestly love all the James Patterson books and his books actually got me to like reading again!
If you like action packed, edge of your seat thrillers, what do you have to lose by reading this novel? I am not an avid reader and I criticize literature harshly but, I actually really enjoyed reading this. I recommend this novel to all who are up for the challenge of James Patterson's twisted mind. Aug 30, Charlotte Buried in Books rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There are times when I need to switch my brain off and read something really easy.
Something that I can burn through in a day or so.
When that happens, I reach for a James Patterson book. Or a book that he at least came up with the idea behind. The Mike Bennett series is in my opinion better than the Womens Murder Club - those books have become a real struggle to read - especially where more than one storyline is included. Of course the idea of a NYPD detective with 10 kids is way out there, even There are times when I need to switch my brain off and read something really easy. Of course the idea of a NYPD detective with 10 kids is way out there, even more so when you throw in the fact that he's a widower, with an Irish vicar grandfather and a nanny which we know he'll end up with.
But the storylines themselves aren't that bad. This story involves someone who is kidnapping teenagers from very wealthy families.
The kidnapper gives them a test - if they pass the test, they live - if not, well you know what happens. The test they are given isn't multiple choice and concerns the sorry state of the world. Mike is teamed up with a very attractive FBI agent which Mary Catherine - the nanny, doesn't react well to. It was fine for a quick read, didn't tax the brain cells too much.
Mike was charging around all over the place and did a huge amount of shouting, when he wasn't being cutesy with his kids. Mar 21, Claire rated it it was amazing. This was the first book in the Bennett series that I've read, I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series. Mar 26, Patricia rated it liked it. It is not my favorite book in the Michael Bennett series, but I am glad that I read it. I still like Michael Bennett and will read the two books left in the series that I have not read.
Feb 09, Tim rated it it was ok. I relistened to this novel and liked it much better the second time than the first. May 18, Joanne rated it liked it. And you can't even remember it the day after. Michael Bennett, superhero detective, along with Emily Parker the FBI agent almost single handedly take on an aging socially conscious former hippie who feels he needs to teach the wealthy people of NYC a lesson about their detrimental impact to the world.
I guess I just kept getting stuck on how they could just fly from one place to another in NYC in record amounts of time, as if nobody else lived there. If you have ever been here you may have noticed the thousands of other vehicles and people crammed onto every road and surface: Would have been nice if I had traveled back from France that fast! But I thank you authors for helping to pass the time a bit more quickly and for the larger font size. Sep 04, Randy Tramp rated it it was amazing.
Teenagers of wealthy families are being kidnapped and tested. Failing the test proves to be deadly. Michael Bennett heads the investigation. I love these stories, mostly, because of the ten children Bennett has. They're onry, loving to play tricks on people. Like when the phone rings. The style of Patterson's books is quick and fast. Yet, so much is packed into each read. The characters are well-developed and enjoyable to be around.
Looking forward to the next book in this series. Aug 28, Debbie Gatacre rated it liked it. This is my second book my Patterson and he is a Good consistent storyteller. I like his detective books for a nice change after a heavy novel and a quick read. Mar 04, Alayne Bushey rated it it was ok. Bennett is a single father, with ten adopted children, an attractive live-in nanny, an abrasive humorous Irish priest for a grandfather, and a cat.
He's got his hands full, to say the least. And that's pretty much what this book, pages with a size fourteen font and large margins, is all about. It took me less than eight hours to read over the course of two days. Character-wise, this book was fairly formulaic: We've all read and heard this storyline a million times before. And since the killer had kidnapped three people all before page , there was little time to become invested in the story before it was already over. Like many of Patterson's books, this would be a good movie; but it left little for the reader to be committed to.
Sure it was a semi-decent page turner, but part of that's because the font was so big that it took half as long to read one page as most other books. I already knew Bennett was going to get the bad guy, but where I would normally be very interested to see how he would do it, I was drifting in and out of the storyline and not feeling as though I was missing much.
According to the blurb in the back of the book, Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever. I'm sorry to all you die-hard-Pattersonians out there, but I'm not convinced his books are good enough to have the distinction of being in the Guinness Book of World Records. I've only read five of them, but I speculate that it may have something to do with the fact that many of his books are written with co-writers.
You see, according to the back of the book, Patterson has written 64 novels, and 31 of them have had co-authors. Maybe I'm a traditionalist, but at some point quality over quantity needs to come into play. Patterson released five novels in and one manga. In he released seven novels, and in he released six. Where does the man find time to write his own books? I just don't get it, and since what I've read hasn't exactly blown me away, I simply do not understand the appeal. I think I would rather read that than any more of his co-authored multi-releases-per-year. That's not to say that Worst Case is total garbage, but I've read far better escapism thrillers.
For those of you that are Patterson fans I think you'll enjoy Worst Case.
For those of you that are not, I wouldn't recommend giving Patterson another shot with this particular novel; though I have heard good things about the Alex Cross series, perhaps one of the other eight novels slated for release would be a better choice. May 06, Grace Liddle rated it really liked it Shelves: Bit of a rollicking see story, entertaining read. Apr 19, Mallory rated it did not like it Recommends it for: My mom- though she's probably read it.
I think that if I did not promise the grandparents I would read this I would not. I groan at the other three they handed me. When it comes to book recommendations I will have to stop being polite. Open with how the killer snaps. Aw- look he was human once too. He wanted to balance the world with love- on the streets of NYC.
Look at the evils of society he will try to balance with blood. Get quirky Bennett with 10 kids. H I think that if I did not promise the grandparents I would read this I would not. His personal interest story will add some warmth to the book. Add sexy FBI agent. Ash Wednesday connection mapped out for the readers, so we can feel smart when we figure it out before the cops say it out loud. Rich kid not found. Pattern does not fit. Dad wants cops out. Someone gets away with money. Sporadic sparks between FBI and Bennett.
Bennett's nanny kisses him- I bang my head against the wall. She is worthy to inherit her parent's money. Cops have leads- follow them duh. Turns out rich kid not found kidnapped himself to get dad's money. He wanted to leave, but not be poor.
Oh and Bennett and the Nanny may have a love interest in the next book, as I am sure that was a surprise. Try to find moral somewhere. Was some truth or beauty given to me? I wondered at even having to write "spoiler alert" above. I had to begin to laugh at the writing to keep from crying that this man makes money. Are these books the Law and Order equivalent? Maybe his earlier books are better. Not like early Austen better, but maybe like early Soap Operas better- when the story lines were still newish.
I do like Doyle's Sherlock, and Christie's Poirot. They weave character development and plot subtlety. They trust the reader to pick up on it. This felt like getting beat over the head with a club. I am not sure about this dual writing thing. How does that work?
With Will Grayson, Will Grayson, the two authors voices were clearly different as well as being delineated by chapters and font. Here I could not detect two authors, though in faith, I did not attempt to analyze the subtle difference in paragraphing that would come from two different authors.
In short- you want to zone out for a few hours, this is better than reality TV. Jan 25, Don M. This book has an interesting perspective on things. The villain kidnaps teenage children from wealthy parents and gives them an exam to see if they are worthy of their station in life. As the cover says, if you fail the test - you die. It's a logical follow-up to the second book in the series "Run for Your Life" where adults are punished for being ill-mannered and inconsiderate of others Sometimes it isn't hard to understand how this guys feels about the way people behave.
I enjoyed the crime s This book has an interesting perspective on things. I enjoyed the crime story portion of "Worst Case", and there were also some interesting developments in the parallel family story. The nice thing about these books is that they are an entertaining and relaxing read, which is important.
They are not so crammed full of convoluted action that you can't tell what's happening to whom because it's too hard to keep everything straight which I have found with the more recent James Rollins novels. At pages, they are not excessively long and it's good the way each novel in the series builds on the previous one.
Once again, I want to give it three-and-a-half stars, but Goodreads only seems to like whole numbers. Jul 14, Schnaucl rated it liked it Shelves: It was an okay book. I think I probably would have appreciated some of the overall story arc progression more if I'd read the other books, but it's not necessary for the central mystery. I thought the reason the victims were chosen was rather clever and it wasn't something I figured out for myself so that's always a plus.
I'm always a little nervous when the villain of the piece is a left wing extremest but I think this worked. Shouldn't he have sold all his thousand dollar clothes for charity? And if he was going for greatest damage I think he might have been better to end up at Goldman Sachs than the stock exchange. I haven't read any of the other books but does it really take a genius to figure out what's going on when a woman becomes hostile when a man brings a beautiful woman home?
Jan 12, Lee Kyle rated it liked it Recommends it for: For anyone who has read the other book in this cool lil series. I gave all the Patterson books i have read 5 stars as they were all worth that much. Worst Case i found the storyline to be so so. Being a huge fan of the show Criminal Minds is probably why i like the Michael Bennett series so much and that being said their was a few Criminal Minds episodes that were so so too so thats ok.
In Worst Case we once again find super detective Michael Bennett still doing his bet to be super dad to his 10 adopted children now that he is a widower and still maintain hi I gave all the Patterson books i have read 5 stars as they were all worth that much. In Worst Case we once again find super detective Michael Bennett still doing his bet to be super dad to his 10 adopted children now that he is a widower and still maintain his supercop status with the NYPD.
Enter the un-sub who decides he is fed up with the world's evil ways and attempts to issue a little payback to the wealthiest of the jet set by kidnapping their children. Upon capturing the kids it's not money this unsub is looking for its to give them a test, a test if the wrong answers are given their is no second chances. Emily is also a child's abduction specialist and lends a very smart and helping hand to the case. A good read however but i guess i expected a little more when the climax arrived thats what she said Oct 08, Barb rated it really liked it.
But the criminal doesn't crave money or power—he only wants to ask the elite if they know the price others pay for their luxurious lifestyles. And, if they don't, he corrects their ignorance—by killing them. With the city thrown into chaos, he is forced to team up with FBI agent Emily Parker, and the One by one, children of New York's wealthiest are taken hostage.
With the city thrown into chaos, he is forced to team up with FBI agent Emily Parker, and the two set out to capture the killer before he begins his most public lesson yet—a deadly message for the entire city to witness. From the best-selling author who brought you the Alex Cross novels comes James Patterson's most action-packed series yet. With the heart-pounding suspense that only Patterson delivers, Worst Case will leave you gasping for breath until the very end.
Well written with just the right amount of surprises. This was my first M. Mar 29, CorLostForWords rated it really liked it. This is yet another solid book from author James Patterson.
I like his Michael Bennett series as much as, if not more than his Alex Cross series. It was riveting, fast-paced, and engaging. The only thing that seemed to make it less than perfect is the fact that the police officers and FBI agent only "screamed, cried, or yelled". They didn't seem to do anything else. I found that to be quite annoying. Other than that it was a good read, and one I would definitely tell Patterson fans to pick up.
I enjoyed the development of the new character "Emily Parker" but I found because of that, we didn't get to spend as much time with Mary Catherine. Einer der beiden Artikel ist schneller versandfertig. Versandt und verkauft von Amazon. Run For Your Life: Kunden, die diesen Artikel gekauft haben, kauften auch. Seite 1 von 1 Zum Anfang Seite 1 von 1.
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Spannend von der ersten Seite bis zur letzten. Eine stringente Geschichte, der man keine Kanten anmerkt. Was will man mehr? Daneben die Fallstricke im laufenden Ermittlungsverfahren und alles ist wieder in einem Bucht vereint: Sex, Drugs an Rock'n'Roll. Mooney wollte sein Leben lang die Welt verbessern. Da brennen bei Mooney die Sicherungen durch. Die Geschichte ist von der ersten Seite an spannend und ich hatte nur Angst, dass Petterson das Ende vergeigt. Nein es bleibt glaubhaft bis zum Schluss. Worst Case wird zwar kein Thriller-Klassiker, liest sich aber gut, ist spannend und eine wirkliche Empfehlung.
Schade um das Geld. I look forward to each new book when they appear. Until now I have read every book. Alle 4 Rezensionen anzeigen. Die hilfreichsten Kundenrezensionen auf Amazon. This is my third Bennett novel. The Michael Bennett series is to reading , like a buffet is to a hungry person! Once the basics of Pattersons stories are laid down you're in for a hell of a ride. I can't wait to read my next Bennet novel. I Wont review or expand on my thoughts more then to say someone has GOT to be smart enough to make a movie adaption of the Bennett series.
One or two or more.
I'd be curious to see who Patterson has in mind as he writes. I would see John Hamm in this book, Benedict Cumberbatch could easily play this books antagonist. I'll be back for the next one for sure!! A wealthy psycho is killing innocent people without reason. Detective Bennett is involved as led investigator. His multi-cultural family is ill and causes additional stress, while he investigates.
He is also finally feeling his emotions again after losing his wife to cancer, and he has developed relationships with both a fellow FBI investigator and for his children's nanny. The suspect is kidnapping children of wealthy parents and as the book plays out he takes 3 kidnapped children to an unexpected ending.