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Michael Bennett should stay "Gone"
on October 29, 2014
Michael Bennett should stay "Gone" if this is the kind of junk his readers will be subjected to in the future. I bought this book last year, but 2013 was a busy year for me, so it sat in my pile of books to read. I bought "Burn" recently, then remembered I'd never read "Gone," so I went back and am now reading "Gone." I read a book in a couple days, max. A week into this one, and still I haven't read 75 percent. And I might not finish it. Patterson needs to stop cheating his loyal, longtime readers and give us what we're paying for. I'm all for helping out up-and-coming hopefuls, etc., but remove Patterson's name from the byline.
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)!