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Tick Tock (Michael Bennett, Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson , Michael Ledwidge
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (500 customer reviews)

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Book Description

NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem--the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified!

Tick--a killer's countdown begins

A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that they are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind.

Tick--Michael Bennett is on the chase

The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his ten adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack.

Tock--your time is up

Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker. As his affection for Emily grows into something stronger, his relationship with Mary Catherine takes an unexpected turn. All too soon, another appalling crime leads Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killer's pattern and the earth-shattering enormity of his plan. From the creator of the #1 New York detective series comes the most volatile and most explosive Michael Bennett novel ever.

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    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 240 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.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1368 KB
    • Print Length: 406 pages
    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (January 24, 2011)
    • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0047Y16MG
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner in the Michael Bennett series February 4, 2011
    Over the past couple of years, I have found myself growing ever more intrigued with the concept behind James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge's Michael Bennett books.

    For the uninitiated, Michael Bennett is a New York City police detective who is a widower and father of 10. His grandfather Seamus is a crusty customer who happens to be a Catholic priest, one whose soul is firmly planted in the spiritual world but who is very much able to offer practical advice for material and physical concerns as well. The day-to-day management of the household and the children is overseen by Mary Catherine, an Irish nanny (of course) who somehow manages to be working toward her degree even as she accomplishes the task of herding the Bennett children with great aplomb.

    Over the course of the series (of which the newly published TICK TOCK is the fourth installment), Mary Catherine has managed to attract the not-unwelcome attentions of her employer, notwithstanding the fact that the guy is 1) a really slow mover, and 2) clueless in matters of affairs of the heart, even for a hapless male. This setup would be perfect for a lighthearted television drama about a dedicated cop balancing family and professional duties. But what would give it a hard TV-MA rating is the graphic violence. It's the contrast between the professional and personal elements of Bennett's life that makes these books winners.

    I have been pounding the drum for a while now to alert readers that Patterson, either writing singly or in collaboration with another author, creates and presents some of the most frightening villains one is likely to find. This is particularly true in TICK TOCK.
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    69 of 84 people found the following review helpful
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    It is sort of impossible to tell what James Patterson writes anymore. With his "co-author" mill, Patterson is more of a brand than an author at this point from what I can tell. But the Patterson trademarks are there, tiny chapters, low word count and stilted prose.

    Every time I swear off Patterson forever, one of his books is offered free. So it is with Tick Tock which had a free preorder several months ago. The setup is fairly typical, with a serial killer recreating the murders of famous NYC serial killers. You may remember this plot line from the film "Copycat" which was made nearly two decades ago.

    Our hero is Michael Bennett, a single father with 10 adopted children. The children are of all races and genders, however none of them are real characters. Often they are just a list of names on a page. They may as well be called "older boy number 3" for as much as they are developed.

    Running parallel to the serial killer portion of the book is a family drama which is painful to read. The only reason it is included is to pad the book out to novel length instead of a novella. It involves the vacationing Bennett family fighting with bullies. These young teenagers apparently are well versed in wordplay and racial slurs, not to mention the Rainbow Coalition, a group that hasn't been particularly relevant in their lifetime.

    As usual, there is a speckling of awkwardly shoehorned in pop culture references that distract from the proceedings as well.

    As for the thriller itself, it is fairly standard, featuring the predictable Patterson switch where a new character is introduced to throw you off. There is also the almost sadistic pleasure taken in describing the murders. Also a fairly lame love triangle between Bennett, a FBI agent and his live in nanny.

    As a final insult, the final scene between Bennett and the serial killer ends in a truly silly manner. Overall it is just not a satisfying effort.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read January 29, 2011
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    If you are a James Patterson fan, you will probably enjoy this book. It is at least as well written as his other jointly authored books.

    Lots of actions, truly despicable criminals and a somewhat too positive portrayal of life with ten children. Although some quibble with a large family with no serious problems, I know many large families that are similar to his. Since Patterson views children as backdrops (read the Cross novels), it is not surprising that the children's characters are rather superficially drawn.

    I enjoyed the book, read it in two days despite having a full time job.
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    19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Read the entire book and LOVED it! January 27, 2011
    By Chopper
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    Unlike other reviewers, my review is based on the entire book. I don't think it is fair to give a poor rating because you only got 28 short chapters to preview. A review should be based on the entire book. This is the first time I have read a James Patterson novel. I am hooked! Wow! The plot had so many wonderfully surprising twists, that it kept me wanting to read more and more! This author is in a different league than others that I have read. I am a new fan. Others have commented on the short two or three page chapters in this book. It was different, but I liked it because it read like a movie script. The chapter breaks were like the next act in the plot. I recommend this book if you want a good read.
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    18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars waste of money-waste of time February 16, 2011
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    found this title on top of new york times best seller list. reading it made for a big disappointment. with over 100 short chapters it is obviously written to make james patterson quick money. poorly written-no triggers-bad plot.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars It was fabulous. Keeps ones undivided attention.
    It was fabulous. Keeps ones undivided attention.
    Published 2 days ago by Susan Deriso
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    love the michael beenet series
    Published 2 days ago by cheryl finch
    2.0 out of 5 stars Seems like a repeating pattern with James Patterson that the hero/main...
    Seems like a repeating pattern with James Patterson that the hero/main character in the book series always ends up with he and his family being a target. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Linda D. Voth
    4.0 out of 5 stars I like the development of Michael Bennett
    I like the development of Michael Bennett. Would like to see a different dimension. Perhaps in the next book of the series...
    Published 6 days ago by nicelady
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 7 days ago by Victoria Trott
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Another hit by James Patterson, just can't seem to get enough!
    Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
    Great story with interesting characters. I love this series. This one is my favorite so far. Will be reading next one shortly.
    Published 16 days ago by Valerie Anne
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I love most anything by James Patterson!!
    Published 16 days ago by Bobbie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tick Tock
    Love this book. Couldn't but the book down loved Mary Catherine and mike relationship. Intrigue was incredible thank you for great books
    Published 20 days ago by Micki Cattell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Excellent series.
    Published 20 days ago by angelface
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    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, 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, 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 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.

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    I loved this book, thought it was really good and I love the Michael Bennett character and his family!
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