December 20, 2015

Series Sunday: Alert

(Detective Michael Bennett #8)

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is Alert, the eighth book in the Detective Michael Bennett series by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. The Detective and FBI's Emily Parkers try to catch criminals who claim responsibility of high-tech attacks in New York (including a subway explosion and Mayor assassination). Being the good detective he is, Bennett soon realizes the bad guys are gearing up for a major threat. Racing against the clock, and keeping a watchful eye on Seamus' health at the same time, Bennett tries to save his beloved New York.

"Literally, no one had ever done anything like this. No one. It was going to rearrange people's minds." ~ pg. 78

The last couple books in this series had me literally on the edge of my seat. But now that Detective Michael Bennett, Mary Catherine, his ten children and Father Seamus are back home in New York, it is kind of snoreville. I was liking and accustomed to the fast-paced action but the suspense in Alert just wasn't there. Plus I feel some kind of way about the many 9/11 references. I understand this is fiction but would have preferred this storyline not be compared to America's worst terrorist attack. The entire city is still on edge so New Yorkers reading Alert may be sensitive to this installment of the series.

"Don't tell me this is 9/11 all over again!" ~ pg. 57

On a side note, I have noticed the co-author's name appears in larger font nowadays. I am glad they are getting more recognition. Patterson fans know his co-authors write majority of the novels' content allowing Patterson to crank out books like doughnuts on a Krispy Kreme assembly line. HOT NOW!

On another side note, I read this book in large print. The chapters didn't seem so short. I actually missed Patterson's writing style of pithy chapters to help build suspense and mini-cliffhangers.

Hmmm, would I recommend it? Yes, for the purposes of continuity. But if you are not already a follower of the series, you may want to skip this one.

Title: Alert
Author: James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Published: August 2015
Pages: 460
Edition: Hardcover Large Print
Rating: ♥♥♥


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