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When the Wind Blows [Library Binding]

James Patterson
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April 2000 1417738715 978-1417738717
Frannie O'Neill is a young and talented veterinarian living in Colorado. Plagued by the mysterious murder of her husband, David, a local doctor, Frannie throws herself into her work. It is not long before another bizarre murder occurs and Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, arrives on her doorstep. Late one night, near the woods of her animal hospital, Frannie stumbles upon a strange, astonishing phenomenon that will change the course of her life forever....

Her name is Max.
With breathtaking energy, eleven-year-old Max leads Frannie and Kit to uncover one of the most diabolical and inhuman plots of modern science. When the Wind Blows is as unique a story as has ever been told, filled with suspense and passion.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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When the Wind Blows has one of those outrageous premises that you either buy into (a girl with wings?), or you don't. Fortunately, Blair Brown's narration helps you suspend disbelief. Brown, the multi-Emmy-nominated star of the classic TV series The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, reads the story with more authority than the plot seems to merit. But as urgent and forceful as she is with the central narration, she's even better when reading the first-person passages in the voice of Frannie O'Neill, the widowed veterinarian at the center of this James Patterson thriller. That's when she gives the story real heart, a desperately needed humanity in the midst of all the cloning and genetic tinkering. (Running time: six hours, four cassettes) --Lou Schuler

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Patterson (Cat and Mouse, Audio Reviews, LJ 10/1/98) brings together three interesting characters in this story of genetic testing, abuse of power, and murder. Frannie O'Neill is a veterinarian trying to escape the pain of the murder of her husband, a young doctor in a local Denver hospital. Kit Harrison is an FBI agent trying to escape family problems and a nonsupportive boss who is unwilling to let him continue to work on a series of cases, including the murder of Frannie's husband. Max, a young girl raised in a lab, has brains, pluck, and the ability to fly. These three people are brought together and eventually find friendship, love, and a way to stop the genetic experiments to create a new breed of children like Max. Diehard Patterson fans will enjoy this book; others may find the violence especially uncomfortable and may not like how the children are treated. However, the relationships among the characters are interesting, and readers will cheer Max and how she escapes and beats her captors. Blair Brown does an acceptable job with her performance. For public libraries with large mystery collections.ADanna Bell-Russel, Natl. Digital Lib., Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars right up my alley Oct. 16 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I hadn't ever read James Patterson until my friend Keith slapped this book in my hand two years ago and said, "You have to read this. I thought of you as soon as I read the first page. You'll love it." Whaddaya know, Keith was right. I was hooked at the end of the first chapter and couldn't put it down. At Thanksgiving this past year I actually bought it and have read it three more times since.
Singlehandedly, my favorite character has to be Max. She's funny, sweet, and bold to the point of recklessness. The adults are great characters, and Frannie is one of my favorite protagonists, but Max really steals the show.
Also, one of the best scenes I've ever read is the one wherein Max, Kit, and Frannie make their way into the School and what they discover. It's almost sickening, and you have to ask yourself how far we can push the genetic envelope before we will have gone too far.
For anyone who loves science fiction, genetics, or both like me, I seriously recommend this book.
Just for the record, this is not the only James Patterson novel that I've read, but it is the only one that I like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful with a diiferent side to patterson May 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is quite different to Pasttersons other novels. It was a fresh surprise. A great mystery with a twist of sci-fi. I would recommend this to anyone who lies mysteries and scifi-fantasy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Science Fiction..that's for sure April 9 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Okay, so maybe I don't care for science fiction. And that's the reason for the 3-star. But overall, I stayed with this book because I wanted to know how it ended. So that makes three Patterson novels for me in less than a week. I could see myself either tiring of this writer's work or feeling the book simply wasn't right for me. Now grant it, the book might really float someone else's boat...but not mine. I'd say if you like science fiction, then this is a fairly good book. If you don't..then don't go there. Children with wings and flying all around, and things that you just find almost impossible to believe. It's time for me to move on and read someone else's work. Patterson is an excellent writer, but even excellent writers get carried away at times. ;-)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring. March 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is umpredictably dispointing. It's a completely non-sense thriler. By the way, Patterson is umpredictable himself: very good books mxed with bad ones.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The very worst! Jan. 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have always been a James Patterson fan and thought his books were among the best. However, When The Wind Blows is by far the very worst disjointed book he has ever written. The story weaves back and forth so many times that the reader is left to wonder just where, and what, the story was about. I am being very generous in giving this book ONE STAR!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Jan. 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
James Patterson's "When the Wind Blows" was my first taste of this author's work, after having been recommended him by a number of people. It's reasonably well written, but the whole concept is somewhat predictable, much of it being a sort of B-grade "X-Files" outing, and the final outcome can more or less be guessed at from the second chapter or thereabouts.
Patterson changes the perspective from which the story is told from time to time; sometimes writing in first person from the point of view of lead character and veterenarian Frannie O'Niell, then changing to first person from the point of view of Kit Harrison, then changing to third person. This doesn't particularly achieve anything and gives the story a rather disjointed feel.
Overall the whole book comes across as a very predictable journey down the rather tired road of "all scientists are evil meddlers who don't know what they're doing". Amusing enough to read if you have the spare time, but if not then I would stick to the real X-Files series - at least they were able to entertain without having a half-hearted agenda to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Patterson at his best Dec 18 2003
By Dianne
Format:Mass Market Paperback
James Patterson's "When the Wind Blows" is truly genius at work. This page turner about six young, winged children and the people who are pulled into the story will truly make and impact on anyone who reads it. It's unbelievable how close you feel to the characters and the story line of this book. I haven't met a person yet who hasn't had anything but rave reviews about this work of Patterson, and that's got to say something. I highly recommend "When the Wind Blows" to anyone who loves reading. It doesn't matter what your taste is, because this one fits them all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Action Novel! Dec 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Good faced-paced action tale regarding genetic engineering. In this case specimens are children that are stronger and smarter than normal humans and can also fly. They are developed by a corrupt contingent that will murder or do whatever it takes to further their experiments. Two of the children escape and those responsible for them must recapture them and kill anyone that the children come in contact with.
One of the children eludes capture and is befriended by a lady veterinarian and her companion, a former FBI agent. Pretty soon they are on the lam to get away from the bad guys led by the sinister "Uncle Thomas."
I enjoyed this book immensely and would have rated it higher if not for the ineptitude of the bad guys in their pursuit of the good guys. They are highly efficient in eliminating all other people that they consider a threat but make too many obvious mistakes while hunting the good guys.
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