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A fan of the Michael Bennett series, I was pleased to get my hands on the latest novel, which exemplifies the collaborative efforts of James Patterson and James O Born In a story that does little for Bennett s character development, but showcases his abilities, the authors provide the reader with a decent crime thriller set on both sides of the Atlantic While working a double murder, Michael Bennett stops in at a local store, where things take a turn for the worse and he shoots two men attemp A fan of the Michael Bennett series, I was pleased to get my hands on the latest novel, which exemplifies the collaborative efforts of James Patterson and James O Born In a story that does little for Bennett s character development, but showcases his abilities, the authors provide the reader with a decent crime thriller set on both sides of the Atlantic While working a double murder, Michael Bennett stops in at a local store, where things take a turn for the worse and he shoots two men attempting to mug him While Bennett is sure it was a justified shooting, the public are not so sure Bennett takes some time off, which allows him to enjoy a little family time, but that is cut short with Internal Affairs wants him to meet with the mayor At this meeting the mayor asks for some help on a case that must remain off the books The mayor s daughter has been missing for weeks and Bennett is asked to find her, but tell no one of the job As Natalie Lunden is deep into the world of computer hackers, Bennett starts there, finding himself following a few leads When others with ties to Lunden turn up dead, Bennett is sure he is onto something and ends up in a firefight while trying to protect a close friend of Natalie s All this leads to an infamous hacker in Estonia, which will be an adventure in and of itself With no financial support, Bennett will have to make the trip and work with some of the resources the NYPD and FBI can provide there, though the latter wants him out of the country as soon as he arrives While Bennett looks for Natalie in and around the capital, he encounters the ruthless killers from NYC, who will stop at nothing from keeping Bennett from making his way back to America with the mayor s daughter Stretching himself as thin as he has ever been, Michael Bennett must remember who awaits him at home and how his safety is of paramount importance A decent thriller in a series that may be showing signs of closure Recommended to series fans who want to check in on Bennett, as well as those who enjoy crime thrillers that span the globe.Some of James Patterson s work tends to grate on my nerves because it lacks that hook that I like in my thrillers However, he is usually able to work effectively with James O Born to find a happy medium to his work Michael Bennett has done much in his career, while supporting a massive family He works well within the NYPD structure, though is always looking to challenge some of the authority and red tape that he finds useless In this piece, Bennett is challenged at every turn and stays level headed throughout, while juggling a personal life that has a fianc e looking to set a date His resourcefulness is front and centre as he enters Estonia, seeking to find someone and leave, but things never end up being that easy Others keep the story flowing well and the reader can enjoy a variety of personalities as they clash on the page The story worked well, though I found it lacked the intensity I needed Bennett s mission was a locate and return, with little mystery involved The early search on US soil seemed to lack something as Bennett bounced around from one person to the next, all before landing the big lead Perhaps I am cynical or used to something a littleaction packed, but I will return to see if Michael Bennett and his brood haveto offer.Kudos, Messrs Patterson and Born, for a decent addition to the series Eager to see what s to come for Bennett and your collaborative efforts.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge James Patterson has several bestselling series, each carrying different levels of readership popularity Detective Alex Cross is his coveted franchise and most successful series, followed by the Women s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett, and the Private novels The Detective Michael Bennett series is one of Patterson s better feel good characters Bennett is a successful Detective working special crimes in New York City His home life and very large family are really the center of his wor James Patterson has several bestselling series, each carrying different levels of readership popularity Detective Alex Cross is his coveted franchise and most successful series, followed by the Women s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett, and the Private novels The Detective Michael Bennett series is one of Patterson s better feel good characters Bennett is a successful Detective working special crimes in New York City His home life and very large family are really the center of his world and provide the primary reason for the readers to cheer him on Bennett s first wife, Maeve, died after fighting a losing battle with cancer, leaving him with their 10 adopted children to raise, along with his sour grandfather and catholic priest, Seamus During most of the books, Bennett has moved on by falling in love and becoming engaged to his wonderful housekeeper, Mary Catherine The good news is that most of the books in this series have been pretty dang good and worth reading for the most part The first nine books in the series were co authored by Howard Roughan and built up a nice consistency and rhythm in the plotting and overall character development However, there was a change The last three books have a new co author James O Born working with Patterson With that has come change Change in style and change in plotting To be honest, I personally found the first two books co written with Born to be less than pleasing due to weak plotting and characters acting out of character They were definitely my least liked Bennett books in the series I felt like the new co author was struggling in his understanding of the characters, especially after having Bennett s son arrested for selling drugs That just made no sense at all and was so completely out of character, I am still trying to figure out how this move was consistent to any of the character s previous history This year s book, the third with Born, Ambush has some improvements in plotting and characterization however The adventure kicks off with Bennett being called to late night double murder scene, which ends up finding him being involved in a shooting with two street thugs who force him to defend himself Killing a civilian, although clearly being forced to, causes bad press and the NYPD leadership to have Bennett removed from the public eye Which ends up being timing when the New York mayor brings Bennett in for a private meeting The mayor has a daughter who s gone missing and he s sure that she s in danger Since Bennett has a son in prison, the mayor is hoping the detective will help find her, and in return, the mayor will seek to shorten Bennett s son s service time The mayor knows how important family is to Bennett and it pays when the detective agrees to help As Bennett begins his search for the mayor s daughter, Natalie, he discovers the twenty year old college student dropout is a computer prodigy, and she has become involved in a very international based sophisticated hacking operation His investigation to find out whether she is intentionally involved or unwillingly been taken raises the attention of multiple serial assassins who are being paid to remove him Their orders come from cyber genius and psycho leader of the hacker team, Endrik Henry Laar, whose operations are monitoring Bennett s every move But Michael Bennett won t give up even though he finds himself trying to escape murderous killers, traveling without protections to the country of Estonia, and becoming the center of international security involving the NYPD, FBI, and an extremely dangerous international criminal organization Protecting family may be his last stand There were definitely some improvements in this book over the last one I found the Amsterdam assassins, Chrispoh and Ollie, interesting and a decent challenge for Bennett, as well as testosterone filled Henry, a decent villain For the most part, the plotting developed pretty well, providing some good moments of tension and drama I especially liked the characters of Agent Fiore and Father Marty They brought a refreshing sense of personality to the storylines I also appreciated two things about the ending, which was an improvement over the last two books First, I liked how it wrapped up the three different plots and sub plots, providing closure to the storylines in ways that made sense and didn t short change the reader Second, at the same time, the ending still left opportunities for the return of one or two characters which could prove interesting in future books Overall, this book took away some of the bitterness left from the prior books in the Detective Michael Bennett series It was starting to wane, but this one was a nice step forward Michael Bennett and his family deserve better storyline development and quality challenges And Michael needs to marry Catherine Their wedding is just being dragged out too long Still, Blindside provided some decent mind candy escapism reading and got us back to a three and a half star outing Here s hoping forcontinued improvement moving forward Another explosive story from James Patterson can you believe this is book 12 from Michael Bennett I love this character and his family and hope for many manybooks Really good addition to the Michael Bennett series I love that this one took readers to Estonia because it really added extra to the movement of the plot The plot is interesting and the characters are well written Good, quick read Love this series. Sorry to say but all his books are gettin g so predictable still a good read though The James Patterson co authored books are very hit and miss for me but there are a few pairings I really enjoy I so enjoy the Michael Bennett series of books that James Patterson had co authored with Michael Ledwidge This is the first Michael Bennett I have read written with James O Born It was well done The wonderful Bennett family dynamics are still intact and while there are not a lot of levels to Michael Bennett , he is a pretty neat cop As with all Patterson books, this one was a very The James Patterson co authored books are very hit and miss for me but there are a few pairings I really enjoy I so enjoy the Michael Bennett series of books that James Patterson had co authored with Michael Ledwidge This is the first Michael Bennett I have read written with James O Born It was well done The wonderful Bennett family dynamics are still intact and while there are not a lot of levels to Michael Bennett , he is a pretty neat cop As with all Patterson books, this one was a very quick read packed with loads of dialogue The plot was good , the ending very satisfying All and all , a good read on this snowy weekend .FREE PDF ⚉ Blindside ♽ The mayor of New York has a daughter who s missing and in danger Detective Michael Bennett has a son who s in prison The two strike a deal Bennett and the mayor have always had a tense relationship, but now the mayor sees in Bennett a discreet investigator with family worries of his own Just one father helping another The detective leaps into the case and sources lead him to a homicide in the Bronx The victim has ties to a sophisticated hacking operation and also to the mayor s missing daughter, Natalie, a twenty one year old computer prodigy The murder is part of a serial killing spree, one with national security implications And suddenly Bennett is at the center of a dangerous triangle anchored by NYPD, FBI, and a transnational criminal organizationMichael Bennett has always been an honorable man, but sometimes when the lives of innocents are at stake honor has to take a back seat Survival comes first الأخلاق والسير but now the mayor sees in Bennett a discreet investigator with family worries of his own Just one father helping another The detective leaps into the case and sources lead him to a homicide in the Bronx The victim has ties to a sophisticated hacking operation and also to the mayor s missing daughter Hate Me Today Natalie Hostage to Pleasure a twenty one year old computer prodigy The murder is part of a serial killing spree A Sister to Scheherazade one with national security implications And suddenly Bennett is at the center of a dangerous triangle anchored by NYPD Seven Psychics FBI Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling and a transnational criminal organizationMichael Bennett has always been an honorable man The Night My Bum Dropped: A Gleefully Exaggerated Memoir but sometimes when the lives of innocents are at stake honor has to take a back seat Survival comes first Had had to give this book a 5 James Patterson makes things thrilling and quick paced in this great read An NYPD homicide detective that takes caring about the victims seriously A chief official needing his help finding his daughter This takes him to a country unknown to him Personally I have no idea how he was able to come out alive Exciting, thrilling, lots of action I say no. The James Patterson s novels are like pizza even if they aren t great, they re still pretty good. I ve been in love with the Bennett family since Step on a Crack way back in 2007Love the values and the soft Catholicism that infuses each storyIn this one, Michael Bennett and the NYPD confront cyber criminals operating out of Estonia as Bennett endures the political static resulting from his justified shooting of a young Black manTo avoid the furor, Bennett is tasked to find the missing daughter of the MayorI much prefer the use of NYC as a setting, but I still love the series