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3.00011371389584 out of 53.00011371389584 out of 53.00011371389584 out of 53.00011371389584 out of 53.00011371389584 out of 5 3.00 (17,588 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge Narrator: John Slattery, Reg Rogers Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Michael Bennett Novels Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9781594836268
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The first book in James Patterson’s #1 New York Times bestselling Michael Bennett series

NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career. The nation has fallen into mourning after the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man’s brilliant and cold-blooded scenario—and Bennett gets pulled into the fray. As the danger escalates, he is hit with devastating news: after fighting for many years, his wife has succumbed to a terrible disease. As New York descends into chaos, he has lost the great love of his life and faces raising his heartbroken children alone. And he must still somehow rescue thirty-four hostages.

Day after day, Bennett confronts the most ruthless man he has ever dealt with, a man who kills without hesitation and counters everything the NYPD and FBI throw at him with impunity. As the entire world watches, and the tensions build to a searing heat Bennett has to find a way out … or face responsibility for the greatest debacle in history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • In these post-9/11 days, Ledwidge and Patterson's scenario seems all too credible. Narrators John Slattery and Reg Rogers create throughly believable hostages and hostage-takers, and are especially effective voicing the beleaguered cop, hijacker " Jack, " and the reptilian villain, " The Neat Man. " Occasional music and sound effects don't add much , but short, intense  chapters make it impossible to stop listening to this well crafted story.—Audio File
  • “A James Patterson ticking-time-bomb thriller.”

    Barnes &Noble.com

  • In these post-9/11 days, Ledwidge and Patterson's scenario seems all too credible. Narrators John Slattery and Reg Rogers create throughly believable hostages and hostage-takers, and are especially effective voicing the beleaguered cop, hijacker " Jack, " and the reptilian villain, " The Neat Man. " Occasional music and sound effects don't add much , but short, intense chapters make it impossible to stop listening to this well crafted story.—Audio File
  • “A creative, well-crafted novel…The short chapters (a trademark of Patterson’s), non-stop action, and plot twists will keep readers turning the pages…What sets this thriller apart from most others is the leap-off-the-pages character of Michael Bennett—grieving husband, loving father, and honorable detective. A modern-day hero, for sure.”

    BookReporter.com

  • “Pop a bowl of popcorn, settle into a comfy chair, and you might finish this combination thriller and tearjerker before the popcorn. Bestseller Patterson and Ledwidge spin a fantastic tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Patterson and Ledwidge introduce a new hero in an exciting thriller…As readers rapidly turn the pages to learn how the tense hostage drama plays out, they will also be sympathizing with Michael as he faces the agonizing loss of his wife. Totally gripping and downright impossible to put down, this is a promising start to a potential new series.”

    Booklist

  • “Narrators John Slattery and Reg Rogers create thoroughly believable hostages and hostage takers and are especially effective voicing the beleaguered cop, hijacker ‘Jack,’ and the reptilian villain, ‘The Neat Man’…Short, intense chapters make it impossible to stop listening to this well crafted story.”

    AudioFile

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 2/19/2014

    " slow start. thought it would get better, but didn't happen. disappointed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dcwolfmom2ac | 2/17/2014

    " Another great book by James Patterson! Had a hard time putting this book down. I read this book in one day! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maryann | 2/11/2014

    " Another totally light read. Patterson varies according to his coauthor. This isn't too bad; a new detective named Michael Bennett, a widowed father of 10 (!)so quite a bit of back story, none of which is very compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jmolesen | 1/29/2014

    " This book was amazing. Towards the end of the book, you think the bad guys are going to get away with their crime. It's hard to read at times b/c the wife is dying of cancer, but such a nice way to look at things towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 1/29/2014

    " Well, once again another James Patterson book, but not belonging to any series. Amazing how a detective in downtown NYC can still solve a major mystery involving a hostage situation over Christmas, with a dying wife and 10 kids can hold it together. I'd like to get some advice from this character, since I feel like I can barely handle my stay at home life with four kids..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillian | 1/24/2014

    " hostages trapped in St Patricks Cathedral while NYPD stands by hoping for a Christmas miracle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madison | 1/19/2014

    " Oh Michael Bennett how I love thee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/19/2014

    " This series is quickly becoming my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan Waters | 1/16/2014

    " Fantastic story. Couldn't put it down...one of those books you are sorry you finished reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dara | 1/8/2014

    " Enjoyed it, but after reading the whole Alex Cross series, it's a bit more of the same. I did like Michael Bennet and his family made me cry so much. I will continue reading his series and getting to know his clan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 12/14/2013

    " At first, I thought I'd only give this book three stars, but after reading it all, the end really changed my mind! Whenever a book makes me cry or almost makes me cry, I know I love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 12/4/2013

    " It has an interesting hostage plot line. The hero cop guy's family is a little too sappy perfect for my tastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Millie | 12/3/2013

    " I listen to this audio book on the way home from Oregon and it kept my interest the whole way home. It's a good suspense/mystery that keeps you listening because you want to figure who these criminals are and how they are pulling off such a big job. Gotta love a good crime novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sidney | 11/29/2013

    " THIS TOO WAS A SURPRIZINGLY GOOD BOOK "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 8/9/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Michael Bennett, a NYPD Homicide detective, and father of ten adopted kids ranging in age from 3 to 12. The book jacket indicates that this is the start of a series of books and I very much look forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janjewell | 7/31/2013

    " Did make me want to read the other books in the series. Didn't care that it was far-fetched - it was entertaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 7/15/2013

    " One of his better books, but waaaay too many kids. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ida | 6/16/2013

    " Quick beach read I finished it in 1 day. Predictable but entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyndsey | 5/19/2013

    " Very easy read. Was intrigued enough that I will probably read more in this series. Liked the main character and his family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janis | 11/19/2012

    " I almost always enjoy James Patterson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariane | 9/20/2012

    " This was the first James Patterson novel I've read, and it certainly won't be the last. The exciting and suspenseful plot was finished off with two shocking twists that I never saw coming. Great, great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TeriC | 7/12/2012

    " Fantastic fast-paced story with a surprise ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathie | 3/21/2012

    " As usual, James Patterson does not disappoint with this book. I read it in one day, which is unusual for me. This was a really good book. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla VdL | 3/2/2012

    " a nice easy to read thriller...fast paced and logical "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jadine | 12/6/2011

    " I can't say that I was shocked by the twists and surprises of the story, but they were intersting and unexpected. You clearly know who the hero is and who you should be cheering for. I like Patterson's new character Michael and hope he has the good run Alex did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janene | 11/1/2011

    " This is a fast read. Little thinking, and the short chapters keep you going on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 8/7/2011

    " Listened to the audio book. I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I read the first two Cross books, but I didn't love them, so I thought I'd try this series instead. For me, this was better than anything else I've read from Patterson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Van bibber | 6/6/2011

    " Very fun quick read type book. Enjoyed it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/15/2011

    " Very good book. I hope someday he forgets all the suspense and just rights a simple romantic fiction, because this book proves he would be good at it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 5/2/2011

    " It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great. I really didn't care for the foul language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R. | 5/1/2011

    " Liked this one, look forward to reading more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 4/28/2011

    " This like the Women Murder club books are real good, the fact that Bennet is bringing up 10 children after his wife dies is work alone, he has the help with Mary Catherine and his Grandfather. I look forward to any books that has to do with Michael Bennet in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cami | 4/24/2011

    " A detective with a dying wife, 10 adopted children and he now encounters a ruthless man who has taken billionaires, politician, and superstars hostages at a beloved first lady's funeral. If you like the Alex Cross books, you will like this. Kept me turning the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 4/16/2011

    " This is James Patterson at his best. Not only was I spellbound, but I was shocked when the bad guy's true identity was revealed in Chapter 114. Never saw it coming. As for the 'side' story, if you don't cry during this novel, you don't have a heart. True escapism lit.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 4/9/2011

    " Select Editions from Reader's Digest Vol. 1, 2008 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.D. | 3/30/2011

    " I was starting to get tired of Patterson but this book renewed my faith. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 3/28/2011

    " It's getting an extra boost for being read by John Slattery. Hot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernice | 3/14/2011

    " good writing - read the book and listened to the tape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catarina | 3/13/2011

    " Da colecção Minutos Contados, não é dos melhores, ainda assim não foge ao género.
    Também por ser um pouco triste posso não ter gostado tanto. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryann | 3/13/2011

    " Enjoyable, quick and exciting. It's also touching in ways other Patterson books haven't been. "

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Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.