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When the Wind Blows has one of those outrageous premises that you either buy into (a girl with wings?), or you don't. Fortunately, Blair Brown's narration helps you suspend disbelief. Brown, the multi-Emmy-nominated star of the classic TV series The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, reads the story with more authority than the plot seems to merit. But as urgent and forceful as she is with the central narration, she's even better when reading the first-person passages in the voice of Frannie O'Neill, the widowed veterinarian at the center of this James Patterson thriller. That's when she gives the story real heart, a desperately needed humanity in the midst of all the cloning and genetic tinkering. (Running time: six hours, four cassettes) --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Patterson (Cat and Mouse, Audio Reviews, LJ 10/1/98) brings together three interesting characters in this story of genetic testing, abuse of power, and murder. Frannie O'Neill is a veterinarian trying to escape the pain of the murder of her husband, a young doctor in a local Denver hospital. Kit Harrison is an FBI agent trying to escape family problems and a nonsupportive boss who is unwilling to let him continue to work on a series of cases, including the murder of Frannie's husband. Max, a young girl raised in a lab, has brains, pluck, and the ability to fly. These three people are brought together and eventually find friendship, love, and a way to stop the genetic experiments to create a new breed of children like Max. Diehard Patterson fans will enjoy this book; others may find the violence especially uncomfortable and may not like how the children are treated. However, the relationships among the characters are interesting, and readers will cheer Max and how she escapes and beats her captors. Blair Brown does an acceptable job with her performance. For public libraries with large mystery collections.ADanna Bell-Russel, Natl. Digital Lib., Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reissue edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446676438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446676434
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (849 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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.

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly A. Booser on January 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When The Wind Blows by James Patterson is a touching story about a group of children who are mistreated and misused for the benefit of another group of people. This group is using the children as test subjects by mutating cells of different animals and using host women to give birth to the children. These children are born mutated; some have wings, some have no faces, and some do not even survive. The ones that die, or are later "put to sleep" are stuffed away. One of the children in particular, Max, is a 12 year old girl with wings. She and her brother Matthew have taken the abuse from the horrible school for so many years, and are so fed up with it, that they decide to flee the school. This doesn't work to plan. On the other face of the story, a man named Tom Brennan, undercover for the FBI as Kit Harrison, is boarding an airplane to Colorado to investigate the recent news of several murders in and around the Bear Bluff, Colorado area that may possibly be linked. Behind the backs of his co-workers, Kit has been studying the talks of a corporation secretly trying to evolve humans by testing children, which is extremely illegal and distasteful in every way. Kit is told by his boss to go on vacation to Nantucket due to his diligent work ways, but he's actually off to investigate this case. Also there is Frannie O' Neal, a widow of Bear Bluff working as a veterinarian. Her husband, David, was killed a few years ago in a parking lot. The police never found a suspect or lead. She still wakes up sweating after having a dream of her trying to save her loved husband once again. These 3 characters will all meet in one way or another, which leads up to an epic ending full of laughter, surprise, suspense, and loads of entertainment. This book left me wanting more...Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eimear Coffey on September 28, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Patterson novel I ever read, and thanks to it, I actively searched out other offerings of his. While some people (mainly those with no imagination) will say that the story is too far-fetched, those of us with a bit of magic and innocence left in our souls will embrace the protagonist, Max, readily. With genetic engineering in the news so much these days, this book certainly gives the reader something to think about. However, a film version would probably ruin the story, as the little leap of faith it takes to accept the possibility of winged children would not translate well onto the screen (in much the same way as brilliant Stephen King novels make ridiculous movies).
Die-hard Patterson fans seem to resent the man whenever he dares deviate from his normal fare (just see the reviews for "Cradle & All"), but I personally think he excels in slightly eccentric plotlines. Here is an author who is destined to live under the shadoew of Alex Cross for a long time. Give him a chance, people.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Considine on January 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
What an interesting idea, and believable, genetically altered children with superhuman intellect and strength who are like normal children in every other way except that they fly. Totally engaging. I often found myself with a smile on my face and wishing these kids really existed so I could meet them.

One thing I like about Patterson is that he, unlike most suspense novelists, goes out of his way to give the reader a believable excuse that the protagonist does not go to the police. Most novels leave you with the conclusion that the hero suddenly takes idiot pills and that's why he/she doesn't go to the police. In this story, Patterson makes it somewhat understandable why Kit and Frannie don't call for backup.

The one thing I'd like to ask Mr. Patterson: is it really believable that an FBI agent could be such a renegade and survive in that agency? That said, thank you sir, for a great experience of fantasy and fun.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Flippers on December 14, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How about Animal Children? I was completely unprepared to read the second page of this book. I read the first 2 pages, I sat it down, thought about it, decided it was completely unplausible....then picked it back up and read 200 pages before putting it down again. By the end of the book you will have a whole different perspective on the human genome project. It is an easy, quick, fun read, but your brain will work overtime for days afterward.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Johnson on December 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book was absolutely riveting. I've learned from reading Mr. Patterson's books that you only start reading them in the morning, on a Saturday or Sunday, and if you're smart, you don't have any pressing engagements. If you do, you'll do one of two things.............you'll call and cancel or you just won't show up. I've read the Alex Cross books and they are some of my favorites, but this book was SPECIAL. The concept of these winged children was so unique that it truly captured my heart. You actually become so involved with Max that as you move through the book you actually form an emotional attachment to her and then to the other children. It would make a wonderful movie, but the casting would be very difficult. The children really would have to be unknowns or they wouldn't be believable. Someone would always say well "she" was so different in "...........". I read about 4 to 5 books a week, most of the mystery genre, but James Patterson is my absolute favorite. Please, if the publisher reads this, we need a sequel to "Max"........and soon. Believe me...this is one novel that everyone should read. Keep it up Mr. Patterson, just write faster!
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