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Season of the Machete [Hardcover]

James Patterson
1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Jan. 9 1978
Cool and glamorous, they appear to be a successful couple on a holiday. Yet Damian and Carrie Rose are psychopathic murderers for hire. On this picture-perfect vacation island, their target is Peter Macdonald, a dashing young American who forsakes a life of leisure to confront cold-blooded terror. But when they clash in a shocking endgame, a hideous truth will emerge - one that can destroy them all.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From AudioFile

Gory deaths come thick and fast in this thriller about a married couple of killers for hire who successfully ply their trade on a tropical isle. Opposing them is American Peter Macdonald. The American government is mixed up in it all somehow. The audio presentation is well matched to the pace of the action with sound effects, eerie music, and Lou Diamond Phillips's excellent performance. The versatile actor can voice characters and suggest with a low-pitched, ominous tone that murder and mayhem are about to occur. If you like action at the expense of subtlety, enhanced by a good production, you'll like this. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars From Patterson's early "proving ground" years! May 9 2004
Format:Turtleback
As a dedicated fan of James Patterson, I realized that this was the one book of his that I had not yet read. Considering myself somewhat of a "completeist" when it comes to authors and musicians, I felt compelled to find a copy even though many, many Amazon reviewers recommended otherwise. Well, I guess I should have listened to the reviewers! This is not the James Patterson who wrote the great "Alex Cross" series (or even lesser works like "Thomas Berryman...", "Virgin", or "Black Market"). The character development is almost non-existent and the plot is so jumbled and rambling, it's like a runaway stagecoach.
Oh, don't get me wrong, there's plenty of action and numerous gory murders, but the set-up for the book is wafer-thin and it's really hard to fight your way through it. Like an earlier reviewer stated, I defy any reader to really tell me what the heck is going on through most of this book.
If you're a fan of Patterson's, stick with the Cross novels and his other later works. "Season of the Machete" was obviously a very early effort by Patterson and has about as much substance as some of my last-minute, weekend term papers from college. It's hard for me to give any Patterson book "one star" but when you compare this novel to his later books, this reviewer cannot do otherwise.
Stick to his good stuff and avoid this "Season"!
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1.0 out of 5 stars must have been one he wrote a long time ago Feb. 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this was not a good book. i am a huge fan of his writing but this was not one of his best or even close. he must have written it a long time ago and couldn't get it published because it sucked and now that he is popular they will publish anything with his name on it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I would have put 0 stars Jan. 28 2004
By M. Dion
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was a complete waste. It was boring to read and hard to follow. I finished the book just see how it ended and hoping to clear up the confusion. I never should have read past the first chapter. Read Pop Goes the Weasle, or Lake House by Patterson. Just not this book. It is hard to believe it is written by the same author.
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1.0 out of 5 stars all surface, no substance Oct. 25 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book reads as if it were written in one marathon sprint, the plot racing from one bloody event to the next, with barely a pause for character development or background detail. What could have been an intriguing novel of mercenary killers and political upheaval is instead a throwaway pulp crime novel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and constructed June 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reasonable story idea but very poorly put together. Got some free used Patterson books from a friend, "The Thomas Berryman Number" was a similar type book about crime, but much better than "Season of the Machete".
Guess Patterson was still learning with this book.
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By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My head literally hurt trying to keep up with all that happened in this book. I gave up after 100 pages and donated it to Goodwill.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK I guess Dec 15 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my ninth novel by Mr. Patterson. I guess I have been spoiled with Alex Cross stories. I try to read all a Author writes if I enjoy his books. I believe this to be his third and I have read all the rest. I felt he was still learning in this book. Very confusing, plenty of action but no growth of new characters, as I finshed it I realized that Peter was still in pursuit, I couldn't tell that until the final sentence. We all improve with time and so has this Author, all the rest have been great and I will read more as they come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confusing, messy, poorly written. Enjoyable. Sept. 28 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is strange book...
A very early James Patterson, i had expected it to be more well written than some of his latest books. (As "See How They Run", another early effort, was) but no...it wasn't in fact, it was worse. Some of the sentences don't even make sense and soem of the turns of phrase are just plain weird. The dialogue, in parts, is so overemphasized it is unreadble. The plot rambles, and i defy anyone to actually tell me what on earth was going on. Patterson doesn't actually stop to explain ANYTHING. The characters are cardboard thin, and there are so many of them, and you are unclear of who they all are and what their role and whose side they are on, etc. The dates of all the events in the book just don't tally at all. (In the prologue, for example, there are two killings. the date is stated as 1980. When, about four chapters into the book, these killings are mentioned again, it says they took place in 1979.)
Overall, this is a completely confusing book. It'll take a really dedicated reader to actually be able to work out what it is all truly about. However, apart from that, it IS an enjoyable book. I sped through it, helped by Patterson's loose style. The plot, such as it is, moves incredibly quickly, and murder piles upon murder right up until the conclusion, which, i will admit, is certainly very good.
All in all, i cannot reccomend this book to anyone except fans of Patterson who wish to delve into these curios of his back-catalogue.
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