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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.Read more ›
Ripped off with this one!
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.....
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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I enjoy books written by James Patterson. Very, very minimal violence (usually only suggested) and/or sexual content. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vicky H
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