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See How They Run [Hardcover]

James Patterson
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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July 1997
Outside New York City, the palatial home of Dr. David Strauss's parents is attacked by gunmen during a glittering party. As he watches helplessly, his wife is murdered. In Los Angeles, Strauss's brother is killed during the Academy Award ceremonies. In Manhattan, his past sweetheart, Alix Rothchild, is running for her life. Dr. David Strauss is soon obsessed with finding the explosive secret behind the murders of his family members. His dangerous odyssey takes him across Europe, and finally to the Olympics, where one of the most shattering surprises in suspense fiction will take place.
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book from Patterson Aug. 26 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Some James Patterson readers just cannot understand why his early books are actually very good. But they are...
James Patterson's early books are gems to be savoured as they are some of the few example of him when he actually wrote GOOD prose, before he began churning them out like Danielle Steele just for a few more bucks. The prose in his latest books is unashamedly simplistic and shallow, and completely lacks any kind of depth. here, at least, his prose is far better.
And, the story looses absolutely nothing. It is still very suspenseful, pageturning, etc. All the things for which Patterson is best known. The good writing takes absolutely nothign away from the excitement and overall quality of the plot and even, at times, adds to it.
The plot itself is strong (if rather unrealistic...but then, we do not look to Patterson for realism) and much better developed than those of his latest books. The characters are also more well-drawn (still not good...but character development has never been one of his grest strength, unless of course you're talking about the villains in his first three Cross thrillers.) It's also a book which puts forward lots of moral issues, and probably plays around with yourbeliefes and conceptions about what is good and what is bad. I.e. the villains are not who at first we think they are, but they are an altogether different group of people whom we feel a great empathy for.
There are still twists aplenty throughout the book, and it powers along with the speed and inevitability of a freight train. The climax is great, and the relationship between Alix and David touching (although its not quite understandable how David so quickly gets over the death of his wife)
If only James Patterson would go back to this style. Good writing AND a great, there's something to look out for from JP.
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The book See How They Run is a very intense book, it puts you onto the edge of your seat for the whole book. The ending is very twisty, leaving your mouth open when it comes to a close. Patterson is a very, very good writer he knows what he should say to get you amazed with his book. It isn't very clear the time period it is in but you can be fairly faithful that it is in present day. There are many characters in the start of the book, but in the first ten or so chapters, they all are killed. Patterson has a unique style of writing, it is a little unclear weather the main character is talking or if he is not. There are almost ninety chapters which makes it kind of choppy, it jumps around quite a bit. I haven't read any of Pattersons other books, so I don't know if this writing style is his only means of writing. I am not really a fan of this writing style, but the book is just so good that it makes up for that. In my opinion, this is a very good book and I would reccomend it to more mature people, it being a fairly "adult" book. In conclusion, this is a very good book and I would give it a four out of five. The crow flies at midnight.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I expected from James Patterson. Jan. 20 1999
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I give this book 2 stars because I can't say it's the worst book I have ever read. It doesn't, however, come close to Along Came A Spider or Kiss the Girls; the latter of which I read at every waking moment. That one is impossible to put down. This book however was not what you expect after reading the back cover. First, I found the summary given on the back very misleading. Second, it is so hard to follow. Trying to keep track of who each person is from their code names is no easy task. Not to mention all the foreign words in the book that after a while are just plain aggravating. I read the whole thing hoping it would get better; and also because even if it doesn't keep me at the edge of my chair, curiosity makes me want to know how it ends. Unfortunately, that too was a let down. I don't recommend this book at all! I still love James Patterson and will continue to read his books. I've already bought 4 more. I just think that he seriously dropped the ball on this one. If you've never read James Patterson please don't choose this book. Try one of the others I mentioned in my review. This one would sour you to the good writer that he really is. Sorry Mr. Patterson but this one shouldn't bear your name!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Controversial but a very good read!!! May 9 2003
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I feel this book is very controversial. I know this story is written back in 1979, it is a bit shakey and needed a little bit of fine tuning but other that that this book is great!! James Patterson is a great story teller and shocks the heck out of you in the end as always. This is the first book I read by Patterson were the main character isn't a detective. Patterson made you feel what David (the main character) felt and David wanted ultimate revenge on Nazis but in the end David realize revenge is not the best solution because it can lead you in the wrong direction like the Nazi Hunter did. The Nazi Hunter (who's name I forgotten) did the unbelieveable as he held up the olympics. I feel that James Patterson had the guts to write this story because what if this did happen in real life. I feel that Patterson breaks all the rules and boundaries in my eyes!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Mouse Chase Oct. 16 2001
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I had only read one James Patterson book before this one, When the Wind Blows, and I loved it. It had a great and unusual plot line. See How They Run has a very unusual plot line also. The book is about two WWII concentration camp surviors that are trying to prevent the Nazis from terrorizing the world again. David Strauss and Alix Rothchild fly to Germany to retrace David's brother's steps in making his film, The Forth Commandment, and to search for a man named Michael Ben-Iban. For David this might be his chance to find out why his brother was murdered and for Alix the trip was a terror filled and business trip. There are many plot twists that will make you think, "Why didn't I think of that earlier?" James Patterson has masterfully placed history in an exciting mouse chase that will leave you satisfied. I recommend you read this book
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1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
man this book was horrible with a capital H. my friend,jenny, read this book about angry jews who will stop at nothing for revenge, and she thought it was good, it sucked, stupid... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Tristan Covington
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE
this james patterson book sucked horribly! my stupid friend read it and thought it was good, but it wasn't. its a about some angry Jews who will stop at nothing for revenge.... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Tristan Covington
5.0 out of 5 stars good i hope
i have to read this book for my english class and from what i have read some people like it and some people dont. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2003 by Adam Houston
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful to read
I think I must have had a very pained expression on my face as I read this book. There were so many awkward wordings that I was forced to read sentences over and over to figure out... Read more
Published on March 6 2003 by trail lover
2.0 out of 5 stars RUNNING DOWNHILL
James, you should be ashamed. Granted, the Holocaust is a horrible, horrible part of this world's history, and my heart goes out to anyone who was subjected to this heinous... Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2002 by Michael Butts
1.0 out of 5 stars The editor should be fired
Patterson's books run the gamut...some great and then this lousy one. I couldn't get into the story because of the terrible factual errors that jarred i.e. Read more
Published on May 7 2002 by J. B. Berthiaume
4.0 out of 5 stars James Patterson BEFORE he signed the long term deal
I guess many of you out there just don't get it. This book has a rich and intricate plot, great character development, and a whole lotta research to make it believable and... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars I am so disappointed James...
I cannot believe that this is the James Patterson that writes all of my favourite books - Along Came A Spider, Kiss The Girls, Cat and Mouse etc.. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2001 by Simonetta Cavilli
3.0 out of 5 stars Some people just don't get it
Granted this is not the best James Patterson work and what does it say that he can recycle a book and have it hit the top 10 lists like Cradle and All. Read more
Published on June 13 2000 by Kevin C. Kropf
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