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Product Details

  • Series: Michael Bennett
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (September 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316210986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316210980
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,051 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A breakneck thriller built on a solid, suspenseful plot...plenty of heart-pounding suspense...a can't-miss thriller."—NightsAnd Weekends.com on Worst Case

"Totally gripping and downright impossible to put down."—Booklist on Step On A Crack

"Its breakneck pace leaves you gasping for breath. Packed with typical Patterson panache."—Daily Mail (UK) on Run For Your Life --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 280 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

More About the Author

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website ReadKiddoRead.com, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and CNN.com), Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on CNN.com about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

Customer Reviews

The story line was too predictable for me.
Bob Kreger
This is a very fast paced story that will leave on the edge of your seat through the many twists and turns.
One of his best Of all the James Patterson books I've read thus far.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2013
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Michael Bennett and Alex Cross were two really engaging characters. They were well-defined and I knew and cared about how they reached where they were when i first met them. I looked forward to each new and thrilling story. Then Mr Patterson decided to check out. As I understand it, he produces a treatment of 60 to 80 pages, establishes the plot and characters, then he hires a writer to turn it all into a full-length book. I absolutely would not mind this if the hired writers were as talented as Mr Patterson, but they're not. I wouldn't buy their books and I feel conned into doing it just because I want to read about the main characters' storylines.

This latest Michael Bennett story is a prime example. There are pages and pages about the children and the family which I feel are written at a level suitable for eary teens. Then suddenly we leap to obscenely violent episodes, then presto chango we're back with the family in the witness protection program (or a very watered-down version of it) and it's not at all convincing. It's fluffy page-filling at best. I checked and i think that I could skip almost every family chapter and not only would it not really affect the story, but I would probably enjoy the whole thing a whole lot more.

I have decided that I will not buy any more James Patterson books because they are no longer written by him and I have no interest in what is now being published under his name.

Mr Patterson: I read about seven or eight books a month and Alex Cross was one of the most exciting characters i had ever met. His style, family and history were rivetting. His life was intense and I introduced him to so many people. I am very sad that you set him adrift to be used and abused by amateurs.
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65 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Julia Walker VINE VOICE on October 3, 2013
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When my friends make fun of me for reading Patterson's novels, I point out that they are cracking good stories about engaging people. When that stops being true about one series, there's generally another series just firing up.

But this is the first time I've ever felt cheated of the price of admission.

I read this on Kindle, where it ends at 90%. It took only a couple of hours to hit 45% and I'm a slow reader. The Amazon site says there are 416 pages in the book. Really? How many reams of white space? Half the kids don't make it to breakfast, let alone into whole sentences. One of the twins, Bridget, is completely absent til literally the last page.

Several reviewers mention characters doing stupid stuff. Yes. No spoilers, but with this super-killer on the loose, it's hard to believe that family members -- adult family members -- would take stupid/silly chances. Yes, as readers we know that SuperKiller has to find the family. But if the authors had taken the trouble to make it believable and complicated and interesting the book would have lasted another hour.

So -- not good news, folks. It's too short and what's here is not that good. It's like a drive by, a quick one. We see the people we've grown to like, but we don't get to visit.

I wish I could give it a five, really.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Lal on October 3, 2013
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Why does this happen? A great fiction series like Michael Bennet gets stuck between the hype of the success and the rush to publish another book.
What happened here? This book has nothing to do with the previous ones which were written in a serious well crafted manner. The plot in this book has been used so many times there is a point where you don't know if you want to laugh or cry because its so predictable.
I hear Mr Patterson is one of the most prolific contemporary authors.... with books like this one any one can do that.
More respect to you readers please.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By penny's from heaven on October 2, 2013
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I think l've lost my taste for blood and guts. Was it suspenseful? Yes. Did it move fast? yes. Was it gory? Yes. The character of Mary Catherine was believable and sweet. McMurphy was cliché. There are lots of characters you won't want to know. Patterson and Ledgwige certainly explored every aspect of low life criminals like Licata, Vida, Perrinne. Special agent Parker was a character I liked but Michael Bennett needs to retire and stop putting his family of 10 kids in jeopardy. That was over the top for me.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D J Huber on October 12, 2013
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This is an easy read, rushed into print without a reasonable review and editing process. Don't waste your money on this book that wouldn't get a second glance from a publisher if it weren't for the Patterson name. It gives all popular authored sequels a bad name. For that reason you should boycott it.
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49 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Khamneithang Vaiphei TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 16, 2013
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If New York Times bestsellers list is the ultimate index, no one has had more bestsellers than James Patterson. His novels, both solo and co-authored, have sold millions and millions of copies worldwide. And the buzz about Gone is really pulsating.

Number 6 in the Michael Bennett series, Gone is a racy, action-packed novel in which our hero returns to battle Manuel Perrine, the ruthless leader of a drug cartel, who is out seeking vengeance. Breathing fire, Perrine is determined to make Michael pay for the death of his wife who was accidentally killed in a bloody shoot-out.

With Perrine hot in pursuit, Michael had no option but to seek refuge under the witness protection program of the FBI, and his family consisting of ten adopted children, their nanny and his grandfather were safely tucked away in a rural California farm.

When Perrine embark on a retaliatory course of killing and murdering people at will, there is no one stop him. Who will the FBI turn to? Will Detective Michael Bennett comes out of his hiding and take on the drug lord? Is he able to protect his family from the revenge-seeking Manuel Perrine?

Gone is a superbly written novel that fans of James Patterson will adore. With high-octane action that is second to none, a plot that keeps you in suspense with its twists and turns, another bestseller has arrived!
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