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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Unabridged edition (May 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594834830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594834837
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 15 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,117,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was James Patterson's first novel. It also won the Edgar Allen Poe award in 1976 I believe. It had a pretty good plot although I thought it was very predictable. Maybe that's the way it was meant to be? I have no clue. But I do know that now JP's books are usually entirely unpredictable. But this is excellent for a first book. Hell, most authors sound like they're in second grade when they wrote their first novels. This actually got a little confusing at times. Maybe that's also a trait of new authors. Again, I'm not positive. What I did like about this book a lot was the fact how fast it read. It's under 300 pages and the chapters are extremely short.
I thought this book was a little better than three stars but still not worthy of the fourth. If I had read and reviewed this back in the 70's, I would have said all the things I said about the actual story itself. But, I would've added that I bet this guy'll be one of the best story tellers in the next fifteen years. Now, obviously, I'm not going to say that because I believe he's all ready established that position in my mind. And certainly in the minds of thousands of others.
If you like James Patterson I'd recommend reading this just for the history of the writer and to see how he has developed over the years. Just don't go into this book expecting his best story. If you do that, you should come out satisfied that you did take the time to read it.
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By A Customer on Aug. 7 2001
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I agree with "don't bother." I've read many of the Alex Cross novels and enjoy the page turning pace of these novels. I couldn't keep track of what was going on and after 100 pages was totally lost. Maybe my psyche was lost in it's thoughts about ..."is this really Patterson?"
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By "cutie_45" on Feb. 28 2001
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I thought this was a good book, but not at all what I was expecting. The characters were developed very well, but everything I read said that it was very suspenseful, but I did not find it to be suspensful. It was engrossing, and I was interested in finding out the ending, but not one of those books I could not put down. Well worth the time to read, but just don't expect to be totally wrapped up in it.
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By nobizinfla on Aug. 26 2000
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I was drawn to this one because it won an Edgar for Best First Novel. As a James Patterson fan I went in ready to be bowled over. While not my favorite from Mr. Patterson, this is a satisfying read. Certainly worthwhile just to get the history of his writings.
Like everything I have read from Mr. Patterson, this one read extremely fast. It took me a little while to put faces on the main characters, and I am not certain that I was 100% successful in that task. I got to know them pretty well, and found the plot set up most engaging...it kept me on my toes.
Somehow "The Thomas Berryman Number" had a feel somewhat like "The Anderson Tapes"---at least to me. It certainly had me turning pages.
I have to recommend reading this one if you are a James Patterson fan. It takes little time due to his flowing writing style, and give you a sense of where he started. Surely I plan to get a hold of more of his earlier works. Mr. Patterson gets your attention and moves the story at a good pace.
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The reason I got this book was because I heard that it won the Edgar that year. It must have been an awful year, because this is one strenuously lackluster novel. It's story is not compelling, the characters aren't interesting, the narrative style doesn't work and the resolution does almost nothing to answer the questions raised by the plot. This doesn't reflect on Patterson's talents as an author, after all, this was his first novel. That being the case, it still should be regarded as craft honing piece and not something you should spend your money on.
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If you are looking for the same type of writing and the same intensity as Patterson's more recent books, you will not find it here. Though many may find this novel dissapointing, I can not imagine that this is the worst book that any one of you has ever read- unless your reading list is quite miniscule. I can think of many books that are worse than this one. My advice to other readers is to read this book just to read THIS particular book. If you dive into it with any preconceived notions and are looking for another Kiss the Girls, then you will most definately be dissapointed. This book is another side to Patterson. It is a completely different style of writing than his recent novels- but is still unique and worth reading. And keep in mind that someone must have enjoyed it- it won a major literary award. If you want Alex Cross, you won't find him here, but you will find a novel that is still worth exploring. Remember to keep an open mind and you may just find that this novel is worth more than mere kindling for your fire.
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By A Customer on Jan. 26 2000
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In reading some of the other reviews on this book I was amazed at what some people say. No this is not his best work, but it is definitely not a 1 star book either. To give this a one and say that it confused you and then give it a one sort of says to me that you probably missed something. For those of you who have read some of his other stuff, this isn't bad, but it is not what you may expect from an Edgar Award winner
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