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Tick Tock (Michael Bennett) Hardcover – January 24, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 598 customer reviews
Book 4 of 7 in the Michael Bennett Series

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Michael Bennett
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (January 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316037915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316037914
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (598 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Over the past couple of years, I have found myself growing ever more intrigued with the concept behind James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge's Michael Bennett books.

For the uninitiated, Michael Bennett is a New York City police detective who is a widower and father of 10. His grandfather Seamus is a crusty customer who happens to be a Catholic priest, one whose soul is firmly planted in the spiritual world but who is very much able to offer practical advice for material and physical concerns as well. The day-to-day management of the household and the children is overseen by Mary Catherine, an Irish nanny (of course) who somehow manages to be working toward her degree even as she accomplishes the task of herding the Bennett children with great aplomb.

Over the course of the series (of which the newly published TICK TOCK is the fourth installment), Mary Catherine has managed to attract the not-unwelcome attentions of her employer, notwithstanding the fact that the guy is 1) a really slow mover, and 2) clueless in matters of affairs of the heart, even for a hapless male. This setup would be perfect for a lighthearted television drama about a dedicated cop balancing family and professional duties. But what would give it a hard TV-MA rating is the graphic violence. It's the contrast between the professional and personal elements of Bennett's life that makes these books winners.

I have been pounding the drum for a while now to alert readers that Patterson, either writing singly or in collaboration with another author, creates and presents some of the most frightening villains one is likely to find. This is particularly true in TICK TOCK.
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It is sort of impossible to tell what James Patterson writes anymore. With his "co-author" mill, Patterson is more of a brand than an author at this point from what I can tell. But the Patterson trademarks are there, tiny chapters, low word count and stilted prose.

Every time I swear off Patterson forever, one of his books is offered free. So it is with Tick Tock which had a free preorder several months ago. The setup is fairly typical, with a serial killer recreating the murders of famous NYC serial killers. You may remember this plot line from the film "Copycat" which was made nearly two decades ago.

Our hero is Michael Bennett, a single father with 10 adopted children. The children are of all races and genders, however none of them are real characters. Often they are just a list of names on a page. They may as well be called "older boy number 3" for as much as they are developed.

Running parallel to the serial killer portion of the book is a family drama which is painful to read. The only reason it is included is to pad the book out to novel length instead of a novella. It involves the vacationing Bennett family fighting with bullies. These young teenagers apparently are well versed in wordplay and racial slurs, not to mention the Rainbow Coalition, a group that hasn't been particularly relevant in their lifetime.

As usual, there is a speckling of awkwardly shoehorned in pop culture references that distract from the proceedings as well.

As for the thriller itself, it is fairly standard, featuring the predictable Patterson switch where a new character is introduced to throw you off. There is also the almost sadistic pleasure taken in describing the murders. Also a fairly lame love triangle between Bennett, a FBI agent and his live in nanny.

As a final insult, the final scene between Bennett and the serial killer ends in a truly silly manner. Overall it is just not a satisfying effort.
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If you are a James Patterson fan, you will probably enjoy this book. It is at least as well written as his other jointly authored books.

Lots of actions, truly despicable criminals and a somewhat too positive portrayal of life with ten children. Although some quibble with a large family with no serious problems, I know many large families that are similar to his. Since Patterson views children as backdrops (read the Cross novels), it is not surprising that the children's characters are rather superficially drawn.

I enjoyed the book, read it in two days despite having a full time job.
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I grew tired of James Pattersons last few Alex Cross books. When I discovered the Michael Bennet series I was pleasantly surprised. Tick Tock, while not as good as the first or third books in this series, is very enjoyable. Your suspension of disbelief will be pushed beyound it's normal bounderies, but Mr. Patterson's villans are great fun to read. Looking foward to the next Detective Michael Bennet book.
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found this title on top of new york times best seller list. reading it made for a big disappointment. with over 100 short chapters it is obviously written to make james patterson quick money. poorly written-no triggers-bad plot.
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Format: Paperback
I must have bought and read almost all of the Alex Cross books by James Patterson. They have for the most part been uniformly good with a cast of villains truly to die for. The bad guys are really BAD and Alex Cross stumbles non linearly towards the ultimate denouement. Some of the bad guys carry over into more than one book and the reader feels like an insider in a select circle of the same group of core people in many books.

Tick Tock, on the other hand features Mike Bennett a New York City policeman - a widower like Cross - living in a large size Manhattan apartment with a family that he has assembled through adoption. The bad guy in this book rivals the bad guys in the Alex Cross books and is capable of the same unspeakable types of acts. A subtle and nascent romance with the nanny adds a dash of spice as Bennett races against time to find the perp. While a nascent romance at the same time with a FBI partner threatens to split Bennett's affections and heart into two.

The plot moves along at a rapid pace, in true Patterson style but the hand and writing style of Michael Ledwidge also pokes out now and then. I am not sure that the Patterson franchise bringing in new authors to partner with the master is altogether bad as my initial thought was when I started to buy collaboration works. I read the book in a two day time frame reading evenings and into the night. I recommend the book without reservations.
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