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Season of the Machete Hardcover – Jan 9 1978

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd (Jan. 9 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0436363550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0436363559
  • Shipping Weight: 789 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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About the Author

James B. Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an award-winning American author. Formerly an advertising executive for J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid". Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant, are the most popular books among Patterson readers. James Patterson has been criticized by Stephen King, who called Patterson's books "dopey thrillers".[citation needed] Patterson shrugged off the comments, stating that he wants to be the "thrillingest thriller writer of all time".[citation needed] James Patterson has also been put as one of Forbes magazine's top 100 celebrities. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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 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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By Tyler Disley on Jan. 21 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Don't get me wrong, Season of the Machete is no masterpiece. But for James Patterson's second book it's not all that bad. Throughout the whole book I really didn't get bored with it. There were times when it moved a little slow but I think Patterson had to add in a story that wasn't just people getting chopped up by Machetes. There were a lot of killings and details in this book that probably didn't have to go into it, but Patterson had a story line that he wanted to do and he stuck to it. I do have to say though that sometimes the sentences did not make any sense. I found myself re-reading lines because I didn't know what the heck they were talking about or doing. But I think that is how Patterson has developed over the years. This book doesn't have snappy dialogue and short suspenseful chapters but it holds your interest. The ending though is definitely the best and most intriguing part of the book. The old saying "the end justifies the means" applies to this book in a huge way. Overall, Season of the Machete is not perfect literature but it is still worthy of a read. 3 Stars
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By A Customer on April 24 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't make heads or tails of this book. It was difficult for me to follow and I quickly grew frustrated with the dates and times given in each chapter. When I read a book I prefer to imagine it in my own framework of time rather than to be given specific chronological information like that(especially since the chronology didn't seem to be accurate). Although this book was definitely not one of Mr. Patterson's best, it does have several redeeming qualities. The protagonist Peter McDonald, was a total bore but the two antagonists, Damian and Carrie Rose, were fascinating. They were very Bonnie and Clyde- like and I found that murderous bond between them oddly amusing. Okay, yes, Damian and Carrie were cold-blooded killers but they were also very fun (in a twisted sort of way), unlike the one dimensional Peter McDonald. I also found their names to be a neat play on words and connotations. Damian as in the Antichrist, Carrie as in the Stephen King novel, and their last name Rose, as in Rosemary's Baby. I especially enjoyed the outwardly soft and lovely and inwardly cold, calculating,brilliant,cruel and homicidal personality of Carrie Rose. She seemed to be the real brains in the book. Her self-interest and instincts for self-preservation were fun to see in a female character.She didn't fit into any of the sterotypical female roles. She makes no excuses or apologies in the end and that is very refreshing. It's not often that you read a book where the female character holds the cards, so to speak, and the male characters are left clueless.This book has a great ending and the ending is reason enough in itself to read the book. I hope that Mr. Patterson will bring Carrie Rose back in a future book. She was a truly memorable and fun character.
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