A former First Lady dies, and the world's richest and most powerful figures gather for her funeral in New York City. When a ruthless madman hijacks the ceremony and threatens to turn the memorial service into a bloodbath, Detective Michael Bennett may be the only hope for ending the desperate stand-off.
I made a mental note to check as I read this one as I had read several reviews that complained that Patterson's recent works were full of "product placements". In this instance I wouldn't call it "placement". I saw his name brands as descriptive, nothing more, and it certainly wasn't excessive.
Alex Cross is a true American Hero.
I think Mike Bennett will return, and I liked him :) 10 kids, yikes! :oP
The plot is just far too incredulous. I can usually suspend my disbelief a fair amount to read and enjoy this sort of thing, however this book just went too far. Think of the corniest action film you've ever seen, then give the protaganist 10 extra kids for luck.
The writing style isn't bad, the pages turn easily enough. If you fancy a quick non challenging read then go ahead and pick this up, why not.
I won't be able to give it any more than 1 star though, I've read other quick and non challenging books that haven't pissed me off as much.
In general the story starts off with the death of Caroline Hopkins, a former First Lady and her funeral is attended by the cream of the crust, consisting of the most influential and wealthiest individuals at the Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Unfortunately, a group of men take them hostage and will do anything to meet their private objectives. I thought Mr. Patterson developed the hostage characters very well. He had a knack for dropping little traits about these characters until after awhile I found myself really caring about what will happen to these people.
Enter Michael Bennett, a detective for NY Police Department, and he is forced into the role of negotiator. Meanwhile, his personal life is in turmoil. His beloved wife is terminally ill with cancer and he is left caring for their ten children. Ten Children? Yes that's correct 10 children! At this point I thought Patterson was strettttching the Brady Bunch a bit too much to enhance the devotion of this character, but I read on. As I read on I found that Patterson was able to weave Michael's love for his wife, Maeve, and their children into many sensitive, believable scenes. There was Michael dealing with the chaos at home, while at the same time dealing with the hostage situation. Still I couldn't connect to this super father and hero.
STEP ON A CRACK by James Patterson is good read, but not a super read. The characters a little exciting but I had wished that there was a good dose of some thriller scenes. If you want an easy read then I recommend this book.
Michael is a New York detective with 10 children, his wife is in hospital and terminally ill with cancer. The children have all been adopted and from all different backgrounds. I don't know how a detective is able to adopt 10 children and still carry on working a full time job but Michael can do it and the children are well looked after.
Ok so the story. The former president and his wife always go to the same restaurant for dinner each year before Christmas. The first lady has a nut allergy and goes into anaphylaxis when her food arrives. She dies. Funeral is held and some of the most powerful people in New York attend and then held hostage.
The man behind hostage taking are 1 step ahead of the police all the time and anticipate everything the police are going to do!Michael has a lot on his plate with his dying wife, his 10 children and one of the biggest heists New York has ever seen.
The book flows quite well although some of it is slightly unbelievable because this man has 10 children, his wife is in hospital and he still manages to be up on this case. Is he Superman?
I gave this book 4 stars because I really like James Patterson and it does appear to be a well written book no matter how far fetched the story line is. I will read the next one in the series to see where it goes because Michaels wife actually dies in this book and it will be interesting to see how he copes with bigger cases with the children.