See How They Run Hardcover – Jul 1997
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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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Although I was looking forward to reading about the Jews, Nazis, Hilter, this book was so unbelievably boring that I did not care about what was going to happen to Alix or any of the silly characters.
I did not know that this was written in the 70's, before his success with Alex Cross, if I had known that, I would never have bothered to pick it up.
Please, if you are looking for the suspense-filled, action packed, twists and turns at every moment, usual JP books, this do yourself a favour and DO NOT READ THIS ONE!
Thank goodness for Alex Cross!
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on May 10 2004 by Tristan Covington
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 morePublished on May 10 2004 by Tristan Covington
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 morePublished on Oct. 9 2003 by Adam Houston
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 morePublished on March 6 2003 by trail lover
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 morePublished on Nov. 24 2002 by Michael Butts
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 morePublished on May 7 2002 by J. B. Berthiaume