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Another author subcontracts his work...
on July 6, 2010
I ordered this not realizing that it was not actually written by James Patterson. The storyline sounded intriguing but from the first page I knew I'd made a mistake. Having been burned before by books written by other than the author you think you're buying, I studiously avoid these kind of novels. I can't view the webpage now, that I pre-ordered it from, but the second author's name was either not shown or minimized to the point I didn't see it.
I read dozens of adventure / mystery fiction books every year and anxiously await the next James Lee Burke or Nelson DeMille books, among others of their calibre. I'd previously read books by James Patterson which I enjoyed, so I pre-ordered this one. The quality of the writing is in the minor leagues by comparison.
If I wanted to buy Maxine Paetro, I would simply do that. There are so many authors who sell out and retire and reap the dividends of their previous track record by letting another writer do the heavy lifting. I won't buy another sub-authored book and James Patterson is permanently off my list, whether original writing or not, along with Tom Clancy and the rest of their ilk. DISAPPOINTING.