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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I love James Patterson and have read everyone of his books. I, Michael Bennett was such a disappoinment. You get to the last page and think "What the hell just happened, did my Kindle drop some pages." You don't know how the books ends. How long do we have to wait for a sequel. Not fair to the Patterson readers!!
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130 of 140 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2012
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I feel ripped off. The title is misleading and the story was far from finished. We should have been told up front that we were in for a three or four book adventure..I would have waited for the series
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130 of 146 people found the following review helpful
Format: Kindle Edition
After my last Michael Bennett (MB) outing (Tick Tock) I was looking forward to, and hoping, that the next instalment would be ramped up in terms of excitement. As usual with a Patterson I read this latest one in a day. Irrelevant of whether you love his books, he has that writing genius that keeps the readers engaged and for me it means literally not putting the book down.

In the latest MB we see the lovely Detective (ooohh I think I have a crush) take on the infamous Crime Lord Manuel Perrine. As usual the whole Bennett troops are there, all ten children, Michael's Nanny Mary Catherine and Seamus. I think that alone means that readers become familiar with the family and you grow a certain attachment to them which keeps fans like me coming back time and time again. Unfortunately, the stories are not always James Patterson's best but because I love the characters so much, I tend to overlook that!

The story itself is the usual JP style of short sharp chapters with plenty of action. When Michael and his school friend Hughie, who is also his colleague, try to take on Perrine the consequences are dire. Michael's whole life is catapulted into danger as Perrine makes it his mission to destroy Bennett as well as his family. The story trundles along and I couldn't help but feel that although I loved meeting up with the Bennett crew again the story just wasn't as strong as it could have been. Yes there was plenty going on with drive by shootings, court room dramas and assassinations galore, but I just felt it was lacking that certain something. I enjoyed the personal element of the book and as usual Bennett's love life is as screwed up as ever and I am really looking forward to what happens next.

The ending however is what made the book that bit better. It ends in a way that some people may say is a cliff-hanger, whereas in reality it's a great opener for the next book. The ending made me happy that there was more drama, but irritated that I had to again wait to see the outcome for the Bennett's. I debated the scoring of this and was tempted (after the ending) to give it 4 out of 5. However, the storyline just didn't grab me enough so I resorted back to 3/5. A book that will keep the fans sweet for now but I am hoping we see a corker of a book in the next instalment!
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109 of 122 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2012
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A great read as expected from James Patterson but really disappointed with an ending that means one will have to buy the sequel to find out what will happen!
Ripped off with this one!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2012
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I have read all Patterson's books, even after other authors do the writing and he just puts his name on it. It is obvious he did not even read what his co-author wrote as it ended at 92% of the story and the balance filled with propaganda for his next co-authored book. This book did not end, I think he left out a few chapters. He should try writng again, not just adding his name. Also the price of his books have increased far beyond other authors. He has lost it and I will not buy another of his books.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Not withstanding the usual standard early canned rave reviews, I feel insulted and ripped off by the cliffhanger ending. Sorry if that's a spoiler to some but it's central to any honest review.

I can appreciate why Patterson rents/sells his name to any number of unknown authors in a marketing strategy to boost book sales. That's his business and not so much of a concern so long as the stories and the writing are good...regardless of who actually writes them.

Likewise, most all the popular fiction writers these days seem to want to establish their characters and stories as part of an ongoing series....again an understandable business decision and if the quality is consistent then it can be an ongoing pleasure to read new installments with familiar characters.

But now it seems we're reaching the point of "sucker serials"...where each one cannot stand on it's own and there is no certainty of any plot resolutions...ever. At $15-$25 apiece I expect to be treated better than that. If you're going to leave the story unfinished with a cliffhanger then at least have the common courtesy to add "Part 1" to the title.

All that said, I do like the Bennett story and characters. This one was a bit over the top but then fiction does tend to take lots of liberties. I just wish I hadn't felt like such as sucker at the end when I realized nothing had been resolved and in retrospect the main point of the book seemed to be a setup to entice me to buy the next installment.

If you ask me it's a step too far in this whole commercialization scheme of mystery novel writing. If each novel can't stand on it's own I think it is incumbent on the publishers and authors to let readers know in advance that they are committing to a serial story and should not expect any sort of closure when purchasing a cliffhanger interim volume. Call me crazy.....
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Michael Bennett and his brood and colleagues are very engaging. I like them even when the story line is hard to believe. Patterson's other protagonists are like that too; that's just part of his formula.

Anticipation may have been why I found "I, Michael Bennett" disappointing in the end. Well, it wasn't the end, of course, because the Bennett series is a series, after all. The problem for me was that there was no ending either.

And Mr P, the dance between MC and Michael has to move along or end. It's way past the cute stage.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
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This is half a novel at best. Poorly crafted and sadly subpar for the Patterson franchise. The book ends abruptly with no closure. Just a cheap hook to throw money at the next chapter with no reason to expect a better read than the last.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was twice as long as it needed to be. Apart from that, I was really disappointed with this book - large parts of it were just plain boring, and the so-called "cliff hanger ending" left me not really caring what the conclusion will be.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2012
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Not very well written and then the story had no ending. It is a ripoff to pay $15 for a book that leaves you hanging!like this one did!
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