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See How They Run Hardcover – Jul 1 1997


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568654235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568654232
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #662,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tristan Covington on May 10 2004
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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 zealots giving it good reviews, ugh
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By Tristan Covington on May 10 2004
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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.... not exactly a good story. ugh i can't beleive she read this horrible peice of trash, jenny, i feel sorry for you
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By trail lover on March 6 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 what they meant. What is with these agents Callaghan and Hallahan? Dumb. Since this book was written at the beginning of his career in 1979 I will forgive Mr Patterson and chalk it up to inexperience. This book had none of the polish that "Jack and Jill" did.
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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 plot...now, there's something to look out for from JP.
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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. Dachau was a concentration camp NOT a death camp (executions yes, ovens yes but no gas chambers). Big difference. Final straw: 1st graf in Chapter 53, on a Russian train are "portraits of Nikolai Lenin and Karl Marx..." Nikolai??? Nikolai??? Its Vladimir Ilich Lenin dummy. Amazing he didn't also say "and Groucho Marx." I blame the editor for not catching this stuff.
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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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By "wstar12" on 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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