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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vision (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446571741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446571746
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR JAMES PATTERSON

"The Man Who Can't Miss."—Lev Grossman, Time

"When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."—New York Daily News

"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast."—Publishers Weekly

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.

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

I just can't seem to get into this book.
Jennifer Simons
This is the first book that I've read by James Patterson and I really enjoyed his style of writing.
butterflywriter
Seems far fetched and as a human I find it a little weird to say the least.
Josie

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By StorytimeMedia on March 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
When I found out that the first 21 chapters of James Patterson's "Toys" were available to listen to online, I immediately downloaded them as a way to fill in the monotonous hours at work. I hadn't read the synopsis of the book so I was genuinely surprised by the plot twist at the end of the free chapters and that's where Patterson hooks you. Sadly, it's the only part of the book that holds its weight.

Hays Baker, the protagonist, is so two-dimensional it's startling. He seems to adapt to these harrowing situations with an ease that makes it impossible to sympathize with him. Not to mention the growth of his personality is so linear that it hardly makes for as interesting an identity crisis as there could have been were this better written. This lack of attachment to the character after his initial plight with finding out who he really is makes it difficult to cheer him on throughout the remaining chapters.

The idea itself revolving around a future ruled by "Elites" (enhanced humanoids who have risen up to take control over the homosapiens as a means to stop humans from their destructive nature) is fascinating at first. The potential scandal "Toys" leads with as well as the "Elites" themselves could have been better handled. Whatever awe that could have been inspired with the thought of a ritzy and glamorous 2061 is lost amid the poorly described enhancements that make the "Elites" essentially superhuman. I love stretching my imagination and will invoke Coleridge's suspension of disbelief to a degree, but there's only so much you can expect to shove down someone's throat before enough is enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Simons on March 5, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just can't seem to get into this book. It is written backwards, like when the author tells you the end of the book first and then tells you how the characters ended up there. I don't like it when they do that in movies, but at least in movies, it doesn't take as long. Normally, I don't mind a little sci-fi, but this book talks about stuff that doesn't exist without explaining it well. It's really hard to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tee Ess Gee on January 25, 2012
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...a 4 hour flight and I discovered my iPad is discharged so I have to buy a book. I chose "Toys" having read a few Patterson books before.

Complete waste of money. Terrible. Probably the worst book I have read since I entered adulthood. I couldn't finish it. Reading every word of "SkyMall" would have been more entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SAO on January 21, 2012
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It is apparent that James Patterson has become a name and not an author. I threw this paperback away at page 33. How silly to change the way you write, just to sell books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shell on March 14, 2011
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This is a typical Patterson book, well written. The story has been told, but Matt Bomer absolutely brings it to life. The best Audiobook reader I have heard. Truly a great actor. I couldn't put it down, finished it in one day.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on March 14, 2011
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I've never listened to an audiobook before, but when I heard Matt Bomer was narrating it, I had to buy it. Matt Bomer does not disappoint! He did a fabulous job.
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I love James Patterson books he is one of the best authors today. This book is no exception He definitely lives up to his reputation as an author.
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By Solus on March 21, 2014
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The story has sophistication of a Transformers movie or action-hero comic book. If you are in mood for non-demanding adventure you will enjoy this. One of my favorite parts was relatively early on when the main protagonists meet with a (I think) Mongolian tribe. I wish this was developed more because you get hints of a significant back-story there of which there is not revealed much.

I don't think I would have finished the print version, but I was listening to the audio version and I have to say that the reader was brilliant. He made this two-star level fiction into something much better than it deserves to be. I would recommend that the name of the reader is put on the cover in the same type size as James Patterson because his contribution is as important in this case. Actually, I don't even know if James Patterson did any writing here since there is a second writer name shown. It is possible that Patterson's name is used purely as a brand these days and this is not about writing but about licensing.
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