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Gone (Michael Bennett) Paperback – April 22, 2014
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FANS LOVE THE MICHAEL BENNETT SERIES!
"A breakneck thriller built on a solid, suspenseful plot...plenty of heart-pounding suspense...a can't-miss thriller."―NightsAnd Weekends.com on Worst Case
"Totally gripping and downright impossible to put down."―Booklist on Step On A Crack
"Its breakneck pace leaves you gasping for breath. Packed with typical Patterson panache."―Daily Mail (UK) on Run For Your Life
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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
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This book is all over the place, and the plot is outrageous. Suddenly Seamus is a senile old man (I mean, why else would he put his grandkids in danger, the same kids who have been threatened with death by a madman). Parker drives out to the farm seemingly with no cover. Bennett suddenly comes out of hiding and is riding all over L.A., knowing that Perrine has bought people off and that there's a leak in the department somewhere. But hey, "here I am, bad guy!" Mary Catherine: no words. The only person I feel sorry for in this book is the farm owner, whom I'm hoping isn't sacrificed to the plot (and myself). I will read "Burn" only because I've already bought it.
James Patterson, listen up: This is the last book of yours that I will be reading if it has another author's name on it. You may not care, but there are a lot of folks out there fed up, like me, and if enough of us boycott you cheating us then maybe you'll hear us.
Meantime, I'll stick to John Sandford (Lucas Davenport, Virgil Flowers) and Jonathan Kellerman (Alex Delaware)!
'Gone' is the sixth book of the Michael Bennett series, and the first one I have read. Even though I am late into this series, I did not feel like I was behind or had no idea about the characters. I like how James Patterson helps bring you up to speed on the characters, which helps for those of us who were late to this series
What I enjoyed about 'Gone' is the multiple story lines. We get a glimpse of the family life of Michael Bennett and his children along with their Irish nanny and his grandfather, while they are living in the witness protection program. How they try to adjust to their new life in remote part of Northern California. Which is quite the opposite from their life in New York city. In addition the law enforcement part of the book on the hunt for the brutal cartel leader Manuel Perrine. Also the brutality of Manuel Perrine and his cartel.
James Patterson is able to seamlessly tie this all together without missing a beat or short changing us either. With many twists and turns, this book kept me guessing and riveted. I had a hard time putting this book down.
I am definitely looking forward to the next Michael Bennett book.
I absolutely recommend this book to the James Patterson fans and to those who enjoy mystery/thriller books.
The president declared Perrine the number one security threat to the United States. Michael Bennett is reluctantly dragged back into active service with the FBI to join the chase to bring Perrine to justice, thus leaving his family alone and vulnerable to Perrine's henchmen. The newly formed task force includes the FBI, CIA, NSA, and military special ops units from the three services.
The story bounces back-and-forth from tactics of the operational chase, to Bennett's family who are still in hiding, and to Perrine's personal and murderous activities in southern California and Mexico. Bennett's FBI partner, Emily Parker, seems to stay on the sidelines. Her character was never fully developed. I think she would have enhanced the story as a love interest. In fact many characters seem to make brief appearances and are never heard from again. The story seems to have no central theme and little spark.
The novel, co-authored by Michael Ledwidge, who I assume did most if not all the writing, is not one of Patterson's best--actually far from it.
I rate the novel a moderate 3.
For a slight synopsis, this book follows the ongoing entail of finding and capturing the drug cartel head/murderer/kidnapper Manuel "The Sun King" Perrine. Previously, Manuel Perrine was finally captured and was being put on trial. He escaped custody mid trial. Meanwhile the rest of the story focuses around Michael Bennett's personal life. There was his personal life with some sprinkles of action and then after Manuel's escape, Bennett and family went into the witness program. For me the reader, the previous book was good with an element missing for an expected Bennett novel.
But I feel that this side of the story makes up for it. There was a lot of action, movement, and progress that ultimately lead to Manuel's capture and later his death. Even his new hit woman dies at the hands of Mary Catherine. And the family of Michael Bennett will be able to move on with their lives after this threat has passed.
I definitely endorse it with a 5 stars. Ok, I would give it the 5 plus a 6th star just for the fact that I feel passionately that this book made up for an amazing conclusion to a slower book previous in this 2 part story.