When the Wind Blows
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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
From Library Journal
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
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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.
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.
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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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
James Patterson was an author recommended to me but I unfortunately bought his When the Wind Blows first. I liked the short chapters. Read morePublished on July 14 2004
This book is quite different to Pasttersons other novels. It was a fresh surprise. A great mystery with a twist of sci-fi. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by K. Rosales
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 morePublished on May 24 2004 by Soundman
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
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 morePublished on Jan. 14 2004
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 morePublished on Dec 18 2003 by DLF3113