The world's most powerful people have gathered in St Patrick's Cathedral, New York, to mourn the unexpected death of a former first lady. Then suddenly they find themselves trapped within one man's brilliant and ruthless scheme. Detective Michael Bennett - father of ten - is pulled in to the fray. But as the danger escalates, Michael is hit with ...
The world's most powerful people have gathered in St Patrick's Cathedral, New York, to mourn the unexpected death of a former first lady. Then suddenly they find themselves trapped within one man's brilliant and ruthless scheme. Detective Michael Bennett - father of ten - is pulled in to the fray. But as the danger escalates, Michael is hit with devastating news - his beloved wife has lost her battle against cancer. Grief-stricken, he has no choice but to carry on and try to save the 34 hostages - and raise his ten children. With the entire world watching and the tension boiling to a searing heat, Bennett must face the most ruthless man he has ever dealt with - or face for the greatest debacle in history.
Perhaps this is meant for junior high kids?
These co-authors must know their audience, but count me out.
It's been a huge waste of my time.
Fortunately it's a paperback, so I can just chuck it.
Jun 5, 2009
I recommend this book to any one that likes to be on the edge of your seat.
Sep 18, 2008
Five hours in the tub - must read
I was given a copy by a friend who knows I enjoy a good suspenseful thrilling novel. I left 'Step on a Crack' sitting on my "too read" pile for a few months. I do my best reading in the tub before putting the kids to bed. What a read! The quick action was fast right from the start to the very end. Patterson writes in a style that is very easy to follow yet you are constantly faced with little sub-plots that add so favorably to the bigger stew of the main plot. Patterson's story is quite believable and his research of the locations is quite accurate. All of my senses were effected. I felt the pain, sadness, anger, fear, joy, and rejoicing as if I were there. I think those Catholics looking for a good read would be especially drawn to this one. My wife ended up putting the kids to bed and I got out of my tub 5 hours later with a finished book and a whole lot of tub water wrinkles.
May 17, 2007
I have been a James Patterson fan for many years. I anxiously await the latest publication, and spend hours at a time lost in his work. However, this book was the very first disappointment I have had. It appeared that the authors were trying to continue the Alex Cross concept, but with a weaker character, and no connection to his life or professional/personal conflicts. Essentially, the entire book is about a hostage situation, and the prisoners are an elite group that elicits little sympathy from the reader. Bottom line, if you like murder mystrey detective stories, skip this book and pick up the latest Harlan Coben.
May 3, 2007
one of his best
Step On a Crack is one of the books I have read from start to finish,almost without putting it down! It was funny,sad and I didn't have to wait for a new book to find out if they got the "bad guy"I hope Mr. Patterson does bring his new character back in future books.. I have read the Alex Cross and Bird Kid books and the Murder Club books and this character also has a unique personality readers will love..
Publishers Weekly, 2007-01-22 Pop a bowl of popcorn, settle into a comfy chair and you might finish this combination thriller and tearjerker before the popcorn. Bestseller Patterson (Cross) and Ledwidge (The Narrowback) spin a fantastic tale of an audacious mass kidnapping and the unlikely detective thrust into the primary role of negotiator, sleuth and hero. Michael Bennett, a senior NYPD homicide detective, has a wife dying of cancer and 10 adopted children of various ethnic origins. When St. Patrick's Cathedral, site of the celebrity-packed funeral of a former first lady, is seized by a dozen ruthless men, Bennett ends up as point man for the hastily assembled negotiating team. From then on, the tale requires the reader to go with the flow as Bennett alternates visits to his wife's hospital bedside, brief trips to check on how his kids are managing and tense dealings with the well-prepared kidnappers. Short on credibility on the crime front, long on sentimentality on the home front, this book would be a good candidate for adaptation as a one-hour TV movie. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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