Review: Run for Your Life

Run for Your Life
Run for Your Life by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Decided to take a break from romance to go back to one of my favorite authors. I have been avidly reading his Alex Cross and Women’s Murder Club series so when one of my customer’s lent me this book I had to see if this was another series I could get into. She have me Book 2 of the series, not that it makes a difference. I think they can be read alone.
I have been taking a break from James Patterson for a while. His method of writing was frustrating to me. The 2 page chapters with the mini cliff hangers were getting redundant. This has greatly to do with me reading many of his books back to back. When I was reading this book I looked to see where I was and I saw I was on chapter 30 something and page 70 something. I just want to read everything at once instead of spending most of my time turning pages because the chapters are so short. When then makes me feel like I was short changed. The book is supposed to be 373 pages. If you take the chapter breaks into consideration then you might really just be getting 300 pages of a real book. I want 73 pages of a real story especially when I paying real dollars for a hardcover book.
Wow, how do I really feel? I did’t think it was bothering me as much as it really is.

Anyway…

Back to this book. I liked the switch in stories. It had the right amount of suspense and thrills. Will I read more from this series? Probably not. I have Alex Cross and I think that is enough.

Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett #2)
by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Michael Ledwidge

A calculating killer who calls himself The Teacher is taking on New York City, killing the powerful and the arrogant. His message is clear: remember your manners or suffer the consequences! For some, it seems that the rich are finally getting what they deserve. For New York’s elite, it is a call to terror.

Only one man can tackle such a high-profile case: Detective Mike Bennett. The pressure is enough for anyone, but Mike also has to care for his 10 children-all of whom have come down with virulent flu at once!

Discovering a secret pattern in The Teacher’s lessons, Detective Bennett realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest disaster in its history. From the #1 bestselling author comes RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, the continuation of his newest, electrifying series.

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The Beach House by James Patterson & Peter De Jonge

I took a break from reading James Patterson because his books were becoming too redundant. I am a huge fan of his Alex Cross and his Women’s Murder Club series and have read every one of them as they come out. I have each of the series in hardcover in my library. After reading so many of them I had to take a break. It has been years since I read the last Patterson book.

I happened to be talking to one of my customers, at work, and she was telling me how she was in bed all weekend reading. I asked her what she was reading. It was another James Patterson book. She went on to tell me about how much she really enjoyed reading The Beach House and she really thought I would enjoy reading it. She went home and came back with it later the same day (I have some of the best customers).

I started reading this book yesterday and I just finished it. It was really good. I am going to attribute it to his partnering with Peter De Jonge to make this a little different from his series of books. It still had the same elements of short cliffhanger chapters but they were not as bad. The story was good. I am glad I gave it a try. There are two more books my customer brought me, I won’t be rushing to read them next, but I will make sure I read them in the next week or so.

Summary:

Jack Mullen is a driven student of the law. His brother Peter is a servant of the rich, parking the cars of the Hamptons’ elite-and perhaps satisfying their more intimate needs as well. Then Peter’s body is found on the beach. Jack knows the drowning was no accident, but someone’s unlimited power and money have bought the cops, the judges, the system. Now Jack is learning a lesson in justice he never got in law school- and his astonishing plan to beat the billionaires will have you reeling-and cheering-to the very last page.

Fiction/General
Paperback (mass market)
ISBN: 0446612545
384 pages
Grand Central Publishing

Sequels, Trilogies, Series, and Novellas…OH MY!

I am not sure how I feel about these new self published authors writing books which end being Sequels, Trilogies, Series, and Novellas. Why can’t they just write one really good, even if it is 600 pages, which tells the story start to finish. That is a concept maybe the authors need to re-visit. I am sure it is possible to write one  really  good book which will sell millions and billions of copies. right?

Did J.K. Rowling start it with the whole Harry Potter craze? Come to think of it, no she didn’t.  When I read those book I was really interested in the story until book 6 and 7. At that point it just seemed she was writing screen plays and not writing in the same style as in the first five books. I can’t be the only one imagining this.

James Patterson does the same thing. When I started reading the Alex Cross series, I loved them. Then he started getting movie offers, which then lead him to start writing big car chases and more blow ups. I have invested so much of my time and money into the Alex Cross franchise now i feel like a quitter if I don’t read the new books, but I really don’t want to read them. Is that bad?

While I am on this rant, I am going to go to the first author I remember saying this about. John Grisham. A Time to Kill, AWESOME overall. Now there is a sequel??? REALLY? Why not leave well enough alone. Yes you wrote a fantastic book. Yes it was a great movie (how could it not be with shirtless Matthew McConaughey in it?) but come on. Why not leave on a high note? Then his other great books (The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Pelican Brief) become movies then his books started be coming screen plays. Everyone was chasing everyone, cars were blowing up, everything was a Hollywood production. I stopped reading his books. I used to make it a point to get the books on the date they were realsed because I loved his writing. That stopped about 6 books ago. Nope, can’t do it.

Then comes along E.L. James with the 50 Shades trilogy. I loved the books. Could that story have been told in one book…YES. In Fifty Shades Freed, it just seemed like the bok dragged and there were outrageous situations added to get to the word quota. Filler Stories. Totally unnecessary.

The last couple of authors I have read have been the same way. I am tired of it. I don’t wait to wait for the continuation (Sylvia Day, really? Turning a trilogy into a five book series because the publisher wanted it? Really???) I want one book and to be done with it. I want closure. Is that too much to ask for?

When I read The Witching Hour by Anne Rice, it took me forever to read it. It was in paperback, over 1000 pages (not double spaced, 12pt font). It was PERFECT! I didn’t have to wait 6-12 months to see how the story would end. I knew when I read the final page.

Can we please go back to that? I am also to blame. I keep reading the books which are part of a series. Can I take a stand and read only stand alone books? Not right now I can not! There are three series, at the very minimum, I am emotionally invested in that I can’t just give up on. BUT I can from now now only read the books which I know are not going to trick me and tell me Stayed Tuned Because the Story Continues…It’s not over. I need more money. UGH!

Am I done with this rant? I think so. I might need to step away and revisit. But I am sticking to my vow to not read any more books which will lead to a series. I have had enough! There are way too many books out there, well written books, which I need to dedicate my time and money to.

11th Hour

This is the 11th book in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series. This book was a little bit different, it seemed like all the strong women in this book all seemed to have some type of emotional breakdown. What I did not understand was when Lindsay and Joe got into their fight and it lasted as long as it did, why did he give up and just make the make-up so weak? So much rage was expressed and then with a blink of an eye it was resolved. 

I love reading his books, the only thing I don’t like is that it takes me a day and a half to read the book. Not only because I am a fast reader but really because his chapters are so short it seems like you really are getting a novella and not really a full book. So much of the 416 pages just seem like wasted space. His writing style of attempting to get to a climax at the end of each chapter tapers off with the continuation of this series. The content of this book is good but having read so many of his books it seems like the style is the same. I would think with him collaborating with so many writers his styles for each series would have some type of variance. I expect more. When authors write so many books per year, I think they loose some of their writing integrity. I have been saying this of Peterson for quite some time. 

This book is still worth the read if you like Patterson’s work. 

YOUR BEST FRIEND

Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn’t slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco’s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department’s evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer—even her closest friends.

OR A VICIOUS KILLER?

Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she’s ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor. Another head is unearthed in the garden, and Lindsay realizes that the ground could hide hundreds of victims.

YOU WON’T KNOW UNTIL THE 11TH HOUR

A reporter launches a series of vicious articles about the cases and Lindsay’s personal life is laid bare. But this time she has no one to turn to—especially not Joe. 11TH HOUR is the most shocking, most emotional, and most thrilling Women’s Murder Club novel ever.

Kill Alex Cross

Started 1/25
Ended  1/31

I am a big fan of James Patterson. I especially love his Alex Cross series. I believe when he first started writing this series he had me addicted. The last couple of books it seemed as if he was lost as to what to write. The story just did not captivate me, the only reason I read them is because I am addicted to this series. I feel, sometimes authors get stuck in a rut because they write so many books they forget they are writing for the reader not the publisher.
This book changed my feelings. It was back to what I expected of Mr. Patterson. I was hooked. This book actually had a good plot. I can say I finished this book not because I needed to feel a sense of fulfillment, i read it to the end because it was a truly good read.

I recommend it!

The President’s son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark.
A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced.
As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes—one that may alter the fate of the entire country. KILL ALEX CROSS is faster, more exciting, and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written!

Cross Fire

Started 1/19
Ended 1/25

http://www.jamespatterson.com

WEDDING BELLS RING
Detective Alex Cross and Bree’s wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.’s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories—is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?
A MURDERER RETURNS
The case explodes, and the FBI assigns agent Max Siegel to the investigation. As Alex and Siegel battle over jurisdiction, the murders continue. It becomes clear that they are the work of a professional who has detailed knowledge of his victims’ movements—information that only a Washington insider could possess.
CAUGHT IN A LETHAL CROSS FIRE
As Alex contends with the sniper, Siegel, and the wedding, he receives a call from his deadliest adversary, Kyle Craig. The Mastermind is in D.C. and will not relent until he has eliminated Cross and his family for good. With a supercharged blend of action, deception, and suspense, Cross Fire is James Patterson’s most visceral and exciting Alex Cross novel ever.