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When the Wind Blows [Library Binding]

James Patterson
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Book Description

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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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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Every cliche in the book is in this book! Nov. 28 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is perhaps the worst I've ever read! Though the premise is intriguing, the novel itself is critcally lacking in every aspect. "When the Wind Blows" seems to be nothing more than cliches, one-liners, and tired, wornout phrases from World War II. All the characters are non-dimensional and completely unimaginatitve beings with no true human qualities. This book is nothing more than a really bad "B-Grade" "Made for TV" movie. The plot is the same old story line so that you regretably know everything that will happen after reading just the first few pages. Moreover, Mr. Patterson doesn't have a clue as to how real children and real women are. Throughout the book, he has young children reciting and singing lines and tunes of World War II vintage like, Geronimo! and "We're in the Army Now." One of Mr. Patterson's main characters is a youngish woman veterinarian named Frannie O'Neil(written in first person). This is perhaps his biggest failure of all. Due to Mr. Patterson's inability to write creatively and empathetically, Frannie comes across as an emotionally confused and disdraught Army drill sargeant in drag. This book was a colossal waste of my money and my time. If this is the direction the writers of leisure literary works are going or if it is really what the readers want, I am truly saddened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top class. A five star book. Aug. 16 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book, an adventure novel that faithfully includes part espionage, part medical reality, is a roller coaster ride for people who are not really into adventures in the fiction area of reading. Frannie O' Neill, a leading veterinarian who owns the Inn-Patient, a B&B that also looks after sick animals, is grieving due to the death of her husband when a 'hunter', Kit Harrison arrives, with guns and a hard look on his face. But secretly, he is not what the reader thinks he is. He is Tom Brennan, a leading anti, and a top class FBI agent. He's on a mission to find the lethal and ruthless scientists that are endeavouring to experiment on humans to create the perfect human: one that can do anything and be perfectly intelligent. One night, Dr. O'neill comes across a bird-girl, an avian with homosapien qualities. She has escaped from the School, a place where the government funded scientists are creating the perfect person: illegally. But what happens next? Few people remain living, and even O'neills closest friends are not what they seem. Even her husband was a murder victim... why? Was he one of them as well? Patterson, a leading suspense novelist keeps the reader hanging on, keeps the reader on the edge of his seat until he reaches the last, unbearably fantastic chapter. How he can keep a reader waiting with the help of short and sharp chapters is almost impossible, and he deserves all the credit he can get. A truly moving novel, and as it is so close to the truth, he really is a true and proper novelist.
I'll award this book five stars, because I read the book in three sittings, and it even puts the likes of Cornwell and Archer down a few levels in the writing scene.
Well done Patterson, yet another brilliant book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish writing & 1-dimensional characters June 30 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It sounds like such a good story and I was so disappointed. It reminds me of bad fan fiction, the kind of stories lonely junior high students write about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Except the Buffy characters actually have some depth. The Good Guys are drippingly good - and good looking - and the Bad Guys are unadulterated Evil. The story line has problems too. Patterson has no grasp of subtlety; even comic book plots are more involved.
And to top it all off, the writing is just weird. Clearly at some point in his formative years as a writer, somebody told Patterson not to use the word "said." He resorts to a lot of awkward and occasionally just plain wrong sentence structure to avoid the use of this horrible, terrible, no good, very bad word. There is some gratuitous cursing, though.
Bottom line: save your money. If you want to read about animal experimentation, HG Wells did it better in "The Island of Doctor Moreau." If you want to read about adults misusing special children for their own ends, read Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game." Don't waste your time on this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars when the wind blows
I gave it as a gift to my mom and have not read it yet, I am sure it will be a nail biter as they always are. Mom read it in a day, so I would say a nail biter.
Published on Feb. 10 2012 by jordan brookes
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
James Patterson was an author recommended to me but I unfortunately bought his When the Wind Blows first. I liked the short chapters. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful with a diiferent side to patterson
This book is quite different to Pasttersons other novels. It was a fresh surprise. A great mystery with a twist of sci-fi. Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by K. Rosales
1.0 out of 5 stars HE SHOULD TRY LEARNING HOW TO WRITE
This book is absolutley one of the worst books that I have read, and I'm a compulsive reader. How this trash ever got published I haven't a clue!!! Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Soundman
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring.
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.
Published on March 12 2004 by Paulo Renato
1.0 out of 5 stars The very worst!
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars James Patterson at his best
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... Read more
Published on Dec 18 2003 by Dianne
2.0 out of 5 stars Impressive to the Easily Impressed
Many people have given this book 5 stars. I would give 5 stars to The Brothers Karamazov, Les Miserables, East of Eden, etc. I am being generous to give this book two stars. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2003 by diogenes lamp
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Action Novel!
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. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003 by Michael A. Newman
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing ruins plot
After the first ten chapters, I had to put this one down. The choppy writing-style (short sentences and paragraphs, constant repetition of words and themes) led me to believe that... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003
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