Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Step On A Crack ... by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

Finished this in a day, took about 3 hours... had the whole day free today, it being Teacher's Day. 3 hours of uninterrupted reading; bliss!!! 8)

Step on a crack, break your mother's back
Step on a crack, you'll soon be eaten...

Old nursery rhymes are meaner than you think and very violent too... but that is another rambling for another day. And that's how the novel begins.

Anyway, this is Book 16 for the year. My reading is really slow this year. Distracted; but mostly welcomed ones. 8)

It's a book that tugs at the heart strings not because of the main story plot but more because the hero of novel and his wife have such big hearts. They have 10 kids of various nationalities. But his wife dies of cancer....

Main plot centres around greed. Greed for millions sees the most preposterous plot being hatched and executed. Ruthless, efficient, arrogant and cool; the villains act without morals. It started of with the killing of the First Lady, just so that they can kidnap all the bigwig attendees. They are taken hostage during her funeral. Being high profile people, the kidnappers demand more than 70 million dollars in total for their freedom.

Turns out the bad guys are not foreign bred terrorists. Bad people come from within and without. I was captivated by the hostage situation and Bennet's life crisis unfolding simultaneously. Guess that's where the thrill lies for me. The human element is provided by Maeve's (his wife) courageous fight and losing against cancer and how the kids and family rallied together.

Enjoyable read.

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