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How should we evaluate James Patterson's books?

  • May 20, 2011
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How should readers evaluate books by James Patterson? There are people who criticize James Patterson books for two reasons. First, he produces more than the usual single book a year that people expect from fiction writers. They contend that no one can produce more than a single good book a year. Trying to write more, they claim, results in poor books. Second, they criticize Mr. Patterson for not producing "good quality literature." Many of his sentences, they say, should have been written better. Both of these criticisms are unfair.

James Patterson has written that his goal is to be a good story teller, and this is how his writings should be evaluated. Does he tell a good story? Does the story hold our interest? Do we find ourselves caught up in the plot, the characters, the suspense? Does he write clearly? Do we understand what he is telling us? Do a large segment of people like his tales? If the answers to these questions, or most of them, are "yes," then he is clearly a good writer. It should be obvious that when telling a story one does not have to use perfect English. In fact, the use of imperfect English may make the story more interesting. Secondly, it is unfair, even illogical to say that a person can't tell more than one good story a year. Patterson is not the only writer who has produced many books. It makes more sense to judge each story on its own. He may tell six great tales in a row in a single year and then tell only one the following year that is not interesting.

This is the fourth book that James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge coauthored featuring Michael Bennett. There are many interesting aspects to the tale. Bennett is the top expert on terrorist activities. He has ten children of different races that he and his wife adopted prior to her death. His relationship with his kids is excellent although difficult. In this novel he has to decide which female he wants: a fellow officer or the woman who is helping him care for his kids. The criminal is this case is weird. He kills many people seemingly indiscriminately, but is this true? Does he have a purpose? Why does each killing mimic the murders of prior mass murderers?
How should we evaluate James Patterson's books? How should we evaluate James Patterson's books?

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Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of twenty books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four … more
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NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem--the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified!

Tick--a killer's countdown begins

A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that they are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind. 

Tick--Michael Bennett is on the chase

The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his ten adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack.

Tock--your time is up

Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker. As his affection for Emily grows into something stronger, his relationship with Mary Catherine takes an unexpected turn. All too soon, another appalling crime leads Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killer's pattern and the earth-shattering enormity of his plan. From the creator of the #1 New York detective series comes the most volatile and most explosive Michael Bennett novel ever.
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ISBN-10: 0316037915
ISBN-13: 978-0316037914
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date Published: January 24, 2011
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