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Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson , Michael Ledwidge
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A calculating killer who calls himself The Teacher is taking on New York City, killing the powerful and the arrogant. His message is clear: remember your manners or suffer the consequences! For some, it seems that the rich are finally getting what they deserve. For New York's elite, it is a call to terror.

Only one man can tackle such a high-profile case: Detective Mike Bennett. The pressure is enough for anyone, but Mike also has to care for his 10 children-all of whom have come down with virulent flu at once!

Discovering a secret pattern in The Teacher's lessons, Detective Bennett realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest disaster in its history. From the #1 bestselling author comes RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, the continuation of his newest, electrifying series.

Editorial Reviews


"... brilliant. It feels just like you're reading a Bruce Willis film ... a great holiday read" News of the World "Its breakneck pace leaves you gasping for breath. Packed with typical Patterson panache ... it won't disappoint" Daily Mail


"Brilliant. It feels just like you're reading a Bruce Willis film-switch off [your] brain, and turn on the entertainment."-- "News of the World" (UK)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1223 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (February 2, 2009)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001PC9ZH6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite series so far... December 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I became a fan of the movies made from James Patterson's books long before I became fan of his actual writing. I stayed away mostly because of the negative reviews and well, the movies were so good. Three years ago, if memory serves, a friend talked me into getting one of his books. Since then, I haven't looked back. I've mostly read his standalones. The Mike Bennett series consists of this one and the first book, STEP ON A CRACK. If you haven't yet, start with the first.

In RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, Bennett, a recent widow struggles to raise his ten adopted children with the help of Seamus, his grandfather, and the young and pretty Mary Catherine, who we met in the first book. One by one, the kids are coming down with the flu. All the while, he's still dealing with the loss of his beloved wife, Maeve.

A new killer is on the loose who calls himself the Teacher. He's a chameleon of sorts as he changes his looks between each of his killings. His targets seem to be people who are rude, but he has a much more sinister agenda that doesn't become clear until towards the end. Until then, his killings were a bit random until the Teacher and Bennett meet on the phone. That's when the killings turn personal. Bennett soon finds himself the next target of a madman.

Like most of the Patterson books, I prefer the audio format. If you are into audio books, this was probably one of the best. Dallas Roberts makes a chilling voice of a killer and Bobby Cannavale captures the essence of Mike Bennett perfectly. The transition between cop and killer is so smooth. I absolutely loved the combination.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Apple For This Teacher February 2, 2009
The latest Patterson/Ledwidge collaboration is set in New York City focusing on the life and times of one of its finest, Detective Michael Bennett, a recently widowed Irish cop with a lovable, flu-infested brood. When a series of brazen murders occur during broad daylight in posh uptown establishments, Det. Bennett is promoted as lead investigator with pressure from the brass to solve the case quickly. It is a politically savvy move by his superiors to distract Michael, a trained hostage negotiator, from an ongoing investigation into the shooting death of a bungled hostage situation days earlier.

The trail is initially ice cold but Michael uses his instinct (combined with a lot of luck) to identify and pursue the self-named "Teacher," an egotistical psychopath, on a mission to teach manners to those condescending and rude people who have seemingly wronged him. Michael follows a series of clues which lead to an ultimate showdown with the killer. In an unusual and totally unexpected twist of fate, Michael finds himself and a beloved loved one as hostages. He then must use reverse psychology, recall every trick he learned in hostage negotiation training, and every ounce of strength he can muster to save himself, his child, and New York City from the evil clutches of the Teacher.

This novel is a light, engaging, easy suspense/thriller that reads like a made-for-TV movie. The characters are familiar (tough, loving, nice guy Irish cop who misses and loves his deceased wife; adorable kids; feisty Irish nanny; a cocky fatherly priest; a pushy, sexy reporter, etc.) and there is the evenly paced plot with short cliffhanger chapters that keeps the reader turning pages. Enjoyable and recommended for die-hard Patterson and Ledwidge fans.

Reviewed by Phyllis
January 13, 2009
APOOO BookClub
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment May 7, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For all of the hype about this book, it was a BIG disappointment. Almost as if it was written by a high school kid. Very weak, predictable and choppy. Not worth the time or $'s.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted it to be good, but it just wasn't April 7, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read other Patterson books and enjoyed them, but Run For Your Life just wasn't very good. Poorly written, with oddly stilted diagog and a very strange obsession with vomitting, there really wasn't much to like here. I haven't heard a racing bicycle referred to as a "10-speed" since the 80's and with all that corny dialog I knew I needed to get through this one quickly.

The book has one "twist" which you, the reader, will figure out WAY before the protagonist or the cops do, and the book does build to the usual WAY over the top climax but it's all too little too late.

Happily, I read this on the new Kindle II which was great because the book was cheaper than I might have spent on the hardcover and I didn't have to lug around all that weight. Unfortunatley, the Kindle can't make the writing any better.

I'd stay away.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Fiction February 5, 2009
James Patterson in not going to win any literary awards for Run For Your Life, but he does give the public what it wants. In this case a fun easy to read book that is almost impossible to put down. I somethings think of myself as a Patterson addict as I purchase his new releases on the day they are released.

In Run For Your Life, I see many similarites between his Dective Cross series. I wonder if this means we are nearing the end for Cross? The plot has a few twists and turns and some surprises you did not see coming. The character development is strong which suggests future books!
I dont want to give away the plot and the other reviewers have done a good job setting the table. I would only like to say that I stronly recommend this book and promise you will not be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very good reading. I love James Patterson Micheal Bennett's books. It kept my attention all the through. I would recommend this book to someone who likes suspense
Published 13 hours ago by carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love all of his books
Published 1 day ago by Sharilyn Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the second book in the Michael Bennett series ...
This is the second book in the Michael Bennett series. I am truly hooked I will read the whole series.
Published 2 days ago by Nancy Gockley
5.0 out of 5 stars he is just a good writer.
I read all books that James Patterson writes...he keeps me on my toes with the characters, I can be interrupted while reading and go back to it and still remember what is going... Read more
Published 2 days ago by juanita morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great series from Patterson.
Published 2 days ago by John D
4.0 out of 5 stars recommended
Keeps interest and fast moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome and very ssuspenseful
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting!
Another James Patterson great! You will get confused at times if you don't pay close attention. If you like his books you will like this one.
Published 5 days ago by E
4.0 out of 5 stars he said it was just fine.
Bought for my husband, he said it was just fine.
Published 9 days ago by Kelly Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
James Patterson does it again
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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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