Thursday, August 20, 2015

Review: Alert

Alert Alert by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This latest Michael Bennett book is, as its dust-jacket blurb promises, the most explosive and action-packed entry yet in the series. Full-tilt and intensely messed-up, the book depicts an escalating string of terrorist attacks against New York which owe a lot to the Dark Knight Saga, particularly when a brazen broad-daylight assassination is pulled off. Seriously, this book is just begging for Chris Nolan to write and direct the movie yesterday. Only he would be able to do it justice and keep it believable, even when the story actually gets to the point of straining credulity (which it does, in a storyline involving another planned bombing on a Cape Verde island. At least one character compares this plan to Dr. Evil or a Bond villain in terms of sheer audacity and impossibility...except, maybe it's not so impossible after all.)

It seems Patterson's really been on a roll with letting sci-fi elements creep into his crime books - from Confessions to Truth Or Die, and now this. Where will he go next? We'll just have to wait and see.

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