Book Review-Bullseye

 

Bullseye

by

James Patterson

&

Michael Ledwidge

 

 

Bullseye is set in New York and Washington DC and tells of how an assassin attempted to kill the American president.  The topic was fascinating, however the dialogue writing could have been written by a primary school child.  The authors, apparently, do not have any other word than ‘said’ to describe utterances emanating from the human vocal chords.

Asked, commented, exclaimed, grumbled, muttered, shouted, laughed, giggled, scolded, shouted are but a few of the adjectives which could have been used during dialogue. However, again readers were subjected to “He said”, “I said” over and over again.

Again I query just how much input James Patterson has in these supposedly collaboratively written books bearing his name.  The above, coupled with the hard voice of the narrator combined to reduce my interest in Bullseye.

That said, Bullseye was worth listening to even if to hear how an assassin may have gone about planning the assassination of the U.S. President and how the secret service put into place plans to foil such a deed.

One day I must reread one, or some of his early novels, written solely by J. Patterson to compare writing styles.

 

I rated

Bullseye

 as aread.

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Bullseye

can be purchased on-line at 

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At the time of writing my review,

June 08, 2019, other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Bullseye

an average of 3.89 stars

from 10,928 ratings and 753 reviews.

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Book Review-Fifty-Fifty


Fifty-Fifty

by

James Patterson

&

Candice Fox

 

I listened to the audio version of Fifty-Fifty and was not overly impressed with the narration by Federay Holmes.  Fifty percent of the story was an all-male cast and the other fifty percent contained only two female voices.  Harriet Blue was one of them.  I felt there was little modulation in her voice at times whereas my wife thought her voice was a good Australian voice which suited those characters.

Again I question how much James Patterson and Candice Fox wrote.  One half of the story sounded ‘heavy’ while the other half was ‘lighter, faster’….a different pace altogether.  Was the ‘heavy’ section trying to reflect the perceived voices of country Australians?  Who knows?

Moving on…..

Harriet Blue is a short-tempered city detective who is moved temporarily to a country posting because she punched a lawyer defending her brother, outside a courthouse.  At her country posting she befriends the local female police officer and together they solve a case while Harriet’s friends try to help her brother back in the city.  Therefore, a city and a country story to be solved.

Brother Sam has been accused of abducting and murdering several (university age) girls although he and Harriet both maintain his innocence.  More will trigger the spoiler alerts so I will desist from any further story line comments.

I enjoyed the Fifty-Fifty storyline.  However, I do think a male and female narrator would have added interest to the audio experience.

I have rated

Fifty-Fifty

 as aread.

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Fifty-Fifty

can be purchased on-line at 

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At the time of writing my review,

April 17, 2019, other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Fifty-Fifty

an average of 3.86 stars from 7,657 ratings and 657 reviews.

Book Review-16th-Seduction


16th Seduction

by

James Patterson

&

Maxine Paetro

 

 

A museum explosion kills many people.  A spectator (Connor Grant) appears to confess and her husband is caught in the second explosion. This completes Detective Boxer’s night out and sets the scene for 16th Seduction, written by Maxine Paetro and James Patterson

With the confessed perpetrator arrested Detective Boxer thinks she has a slam dunk case solved.  However, things do not go as she planned.  Suspect Connor Grant is not all that he appears.

Later, she is told a body was found near the blast site with only a small puncture wound to indicate foul play.  More bodies arrive at the coroner’s slab and investigations lead Detective Boxer to a psychiatric ward where a highly intelligent inmate is confronted.

The original bombing suspect, ‘Connor Grant,’ filed a complaint against Boxer and she is hauled over the coals by her disciplinary board.  The Women’s Murder Club then gets together to solve the Connor Grant mystery and upon reflection I’m not even sure they achieved that.

I enjoyed the 16th Seduction Probably however, it is a long way from the best I have listened to…or read.  It appeared to be two separate stories published in one book with the only connection being the subjects’ mental stability…or instability.  Again I ask the question, ‘How much input to these collaborated books does James Patterson have?’

I have rated

16th Seduction

 as only aread.

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16th Seduction

can be purchased on-line at 

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At the time of writing my review, March 17, 2019, other Goodreads readers had awarded 16th Seduction an average of 4.07 stars from 23,765 ratings and 1,499 review.

I also noted the figures below.

All editions:  4.07 average rating, 23,765 ratings, 1,499 reviews, added by 47,492 people, 9,586 to-reads

This edition:    3.84 average rating, 10,914 ratings, 925 reviews, added by 23,485 people

Book Review-Juror-#3


Juror #3

by

James Patterson & Nancy Allen

 

Juror #3, written by Nancy Allen and James Patterson was recommended to me by another Goodreads reader.  I listened to an audio version while working at my computer, completing the book in fairly quickly.

 

After going to school in small town Rosedale, Ruby returns to practice law.  Major difference is that she is no longer initially recognised as many of her peers have also moved on.

She is struggling to make ends meet and has not been a practicing lawyer for very long.  Told by a Judge, to represent an accused murderer does nothing for her reputation in a state where African-Americans are still thought of as second class citizens by some of the town’s folk.

Due to Ruby’s diligence she gets her client acquitted and six months later Ruby finds herself being called upon to defend her ex-fiancé who is also accused of murder.  This time she is perceived to be batting for the ‘upper end of town’.  However, by this time she has a partner and the accused is her partner’s nephew.  Confusing?  Small towns!

I enjoyed listening to Juror #3.  It was fast paced well narrated by Megan Tusing.  Kudos everywhere for the wonderful character voices…particularly Aunt Susanne.

James Patterson fans will love it.

At the time of writing Goodreads readers

Goodreads readers have rated 

Juror #3 an average of 3.83 stars,

from 6,180 ratings and 616 reviews.

I rated

Juror #3 a solidread.

Juror #3

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book Review-The-Games


The Games

by

James Patterson

 

The Games is set in Rio at the time of the World Cup (Soccer) finals and just prior to the 2016 Olympic Games opening two years later.  One location, two events which the Private Security Company has major input.

Jack Morgan is again the lead character in The Games, which sees him fighting to save kidnap victims, and stop a scientist out to destroy the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.  The scientist has two reasons for wanting to destroy the Opening Ceremony; however you will need to read the book!

I enjoyed The Games.  It is the first audio book I have heard which has background, or mood, noise incorporated into the narration.  However, if you listen to while driving and have a car which emits all kinds of beeps as warning signals be forewarned.  There is one section in the book when I thought my car was falling apart or at least warning me of oncoming dangers.

My only negative with the writing is that the characters never, question, mumble, chuckle, grumble or laugh, when speaking.  All dialogue is simple.  ‘I will open the door’ he/she/I said.  I am sure there are other ways of writing conversations to make it more meaningful.  Using the word ‘said’ all the time is akin to primary school writing.  I am fairly certain that I have read other authors who have also used ‘said’ constantly.

I have heard this question discussed on radio.  Who is writing James Patterson’s books these days.  Did Mark Sullivan write the story and James Patterson only approving it?  Or are Patterson and his myriad of co-authors actually writing books together?

Typical of Patterson’s works, The Games is fast moving with several interwoven plots which eventually are all solved.

Considering the subject is contemporary, set recently and combine this with background sounds, I will stretch its rating to four stars.  Without the aforementioned three and a half stars, and this cannot be accommodated in a Goodreads rating.

James Patterson fans will love it.

 Goodreads readers have rate 

The Games an average of 3.97 stars, from 7,396 ratigns and 504 reviews.

Aread.

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The Games

can be purchased on-line at 

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Book Review-Double-Cross


Double Cross

by

James Patterson

Another of the Alex Cross series and very typical of the Cross adventures…if you could call them adventures!

This time the serial killer likes, no loves, to have an  audience which is a slight twist on usual serial killer story lines.

While I enjoyed  Double Cross, I felt the characters were more gruesome in this book.  I don’t know where or how James Patterson would have researched this story line.

The brevity of this review is due to the fact that I first read Double Cross five or six years ago…long before I commenced these reviews.  My review from that time mainly indicates I liked the book, characters were gruesome and it was a three star read.

I have rated Double Cross a three star read.

 Other Goodreads Readers have rated Double Cross an average of 4.0 stars, from 40,153 Ratings and 1,483 Reviews.

Aread.

Double Cross

Double Cross

can be purchased on-line at 

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