Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Review: I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson

I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
Little, Brown and Company
July 2012
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

First line: Starting to gasp as she climbed the increasingly steep slope of the tangled hiking trail, Mary Catherine was about to take a breather when the tree line opened.

From the inside cover:The NYPD's Micheal Bennett is James Patterson's greatest detective ever.

Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend Hughie McDonough dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City-and to get revenge on Michael Bennett.  

To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his ten kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers from growing up, they step into a nightmare worse than they could have ever imagined. Newburgh is an inferno of warring gangs, and there's little the police-or Bennett-can do to keep the children safe. 

As violence overwhelms the state, Bennett is torn between protecting his hometown and saving New York City. A partner in his investigations, federal prosecutor Tara McLellan, brings him new weapons for the battle-and an attraction that endangers his relationship with Mary Catherine. A no-holds-barred, pedal-to-the-floor, action-packed novel, I, Michael Bennett is James Patterson at his most personal and most thrilling best.

My thoughts: This is the 5th book in James Patterson's Michael Bennett series and this is one of my favorite series by Patterson. I love this New York Detective, his large adopted family, grandfather Seamus, and the nanny, Mary Catherine.

This latest thriller deals with a drug lord who is out to get revenge and in the process several members of the Bennett family get injured, police officers and a judge get killed and Michael Bennett has to keep his cool while trying to catch this killer.  The action is divided between New York City and Newburgh, NY, which is the closest city to where the Bennett family's vacation lake house is located. 

 On top of that, there's the romantic triangle that Michael finds himself in...there are definitely some sparks between Michael and Mary Catherine, but then there's also something going on with federal prosecutor Tara McLennan, and this doesn't sit too well with Mary Catherine. Would the Bennett clan survive if MC left?

Filled with suspense and quite a few twists thrown in, I was hooked from the beginning. The ending, however, is the part that I wasn't expecting and now I will be anxiously awaiting the release of the next Michael Bennett book to see how this plot line develops.

Do you like when authors end a book with a cliff hanger?

(I purchased this book.)

Books in this series:
  1. Step on a Crack
  2. Run For Your Life
  3. Worst Case
  4. Tick Tock
  5. I, Michael Bennett 



  1. Oh no, a cliffhanger!!! I can't wait to get to this book, got it on the stack.

  2. A great read. Suspense but hate sudden endind. ? Another book to follow.


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