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Cradle and All Hardcover – Oct 1 2001

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd; Large Print edition edition (Oct. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708992803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708992807
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 364 customer reviews
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James Patterson's Cradle and All pits the intensity of faith against the certainties of science within an arena of Millennial tensions. A reworking of his 1980 apocalyptic thriller Virgin, this remodeled version boasts a genuinely unnerving premise, amplified with Patterson's fast-paced, uncluttered prose.

In the midst of a series of unexplained plagues and famines, two teenage girls are heavily pregnant, despite being virgins. According to the sacred prophecies of Fatima, one will bear the child of Christ and the other, the spawn of Satan. Both Anne Fitzgerald, a former nun turned private detective, and the Vatican's Father Rosetti are sent to investigate. But which girl carries which child? The possibility of a miracle will be tainted with great suffering before the awful, unexpected truth is revealed. As the action moves speedily from the hallowed halls of the Vatican to the media frenzy of America to the small-town hysteria of Ireland, Patterson divines considerable suspense from the novel's central premise, tackling issues of faith with admirable aplomb:

"All over the world, after all the years of difficulty, decades of diminishing spirituality, so many people still believed.... Everywhere, people talked of the Apocalypse, perhaps the end of the world. Which explained why so many people were suddenly going to church."

A relentless pace culminating in a superbly twisted ending won't disappoint Patterson's faithful followers, and may even convert some new members. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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His Alex Cross series (Pop Goes the Weasel, etc.) has made Patterson a top-selling author, but his most interesting work lies elsewhere: in his debut mystery, The Thomas Berryman Number; in last year's SF thriller, When the Wind Blows--and in this exciting and moving religious thriller about two pregnant virgins, one of whom may carry the Son of God and the other the Son of the Devil. If that plot line sounds familiar, it should. The novel is a reworking of Virgin, Patterson's second novel, published in 1980 by McGraw-Hill and long out of print. The narrative features the first-person/third-person narrative mix that's Patterson's trademark. The "I" belongs to ex-nun Anne Fitzgerald, now a PI. Her latest case for the Church involves investigating--and guarding--Newport, R.I. (i.e., rich), teenager Kathleen Beavier, who's eight months pregnant but, by expert medical testimony, a virgin. The Church is particularly anxious about Kathleen's condition because the Third Secret of Fatima (a real-life secret guarded by the Church since the Virgin Mary allegedly revealed it in 1917) prophesied two pregnant virgins: one bearing the Savior, the other the Devil's child. Anne eventually learns that indeed there's a poor girl in Ireland who's also pregnant, yet a virgin. Which girl carries which child? For texture, Patterson throws in some romance between Anne and a priest, but the novel's considerable suspense arises from his treatment of the central question as he speeds the action from America to Ireland to the Vatican, complicates it with a media frenzy over Kathleen, sharpens it as supernatural forces come into play and spins it with a wicked twist. While not subtle, this novel tackles issues of faith with admirable gusto. It could be a massive bestseller, appealing not only to Patterson's fans but also to those of the apocalyptic thrillers of LaHaye and Jenkins. 1 million first printing; $1 million ad/promo; Literary Guild main selection; author tour. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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When you think of a James Patterson # 1 New York Times Best Selling novel, you, as a fan, would think of a mystery, and a little humor. Cradle and All, Patterson's revised version of his earlier title, Virgin, exposes him in his most physcotic state yet. With all the twists, shady characters, and dark secrets behind every corner, Patterson is bound to keep you squirming to turn the page. As I read this book, I couldn't believe my eyes as Cradle and All filled my mind with wild fantasies, strange daydreams, and the occasional nightmare, a sign of a good thriller.
It all starts as Polio breaks out among kids across America. Soon, virgin teenage girls are becoming impregnated with the son of christ and the son of satan. See, I told you that Patterson keeps on the edge. Vatican City priests try to help these girls out. Only one way to solve this mystery. Read this book. Cradle and All by James Patterson. New York Times # 1 best seller. You can't go wrong there. Five out of five stars. I give this novel my Full recommondation. Truely a mystery that cannot be missed.
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This is the second book I read by James Patterson. The first book I read was Kiss the Girls, and I was interested in some more of his works, so I read this after discovering I had it for about 2 years and it had been missing. I can't recommend it enough! This book has a little comedy, drama, mystery, action, suspense, and it is based on events in the Bible. This book taught me about the Blessed Virgin Mary. The book couldn't have a more surprising ending, and when I finished it, I wanted to read it again. I last read this book during June, so I have to do this book from memory. That's the best thing; I can remember all of the events from beginning to end, that's how memorable this book is. Anyway, on to the overview of the book and the final judgement.
The book is about a nun who joined the police force and gets a call from her friend Cardinal Rooney. There is apparently a plague that is going around the world. Meanwhile, there are two virgin births on opposite sides of the world. One in the U.S and one in Ireland. Kathleen Beaver is seventeen years old, Colleen Galagher is fourteen years old.
I won't ruin any surprise twists here, because 1)it would ruin the book, and 2)there are too many surprises. I was so shocked, which adds to the lasting factor and the memorable factor. I would highly recommend this book to anyone 18 and over because of the strong sexual content and language. I am 12, and this book was a little strange to me, it even grossed me out a little, so I think you should be at least 18.
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Unlike Patterson's other books that you can read imagining the plot could actually be real you have to step your mind to the side with this one and read it as pure fiction. Two virgins fall pregnant and one is supposed to be the antichrist and one the world's saviour. Which one is which, is the question here. One is a poor girl living in rural religious heavy, Ireland and the other a spoilt rich kid living in North America. Both claim to be virgins but are they telling the truth? Religious leaders get involved and want the mother of the antichrist killed. Of course other characters in the book want nothing but to protect the girls. Which one is carrying which baby?
Definitely the least good Patterson book out there. If it wasn't written in Patterson's short chapter style it probably would be a lot harder to want to finish it. Unless you're into religion and believe the plot could maybe happen this book will probably be a bit far fetched for you although it does come down to earth near the end.
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James Patterson does a passable action story, and I can see that his books would translate well to film. On the other side, characterization is almost non-existent. The action in this book involves events surrounding the "virgin" pregnancies of two teenaged girls, closely scrutinized by the Catholic Church. The protagonist is a former Catholic nun, turned private detective, and hired by the church to watch over one of the girls. Presumably, one girl will give birth to the Saviour, and the other to the anti-Christ. The story gives hints that either girl could give birth to the anti-Christ, despite twists and turns and a reasonable amount of action. What is missing, is any sense that the author has attempted to develop the personalities of these two teenagers, or even of the nun/P.I. . Much more work would be needed to convince me that the author has ever even conversed with a teenaged girl, much less had any idea how one thinks or feels. Internal dialogue is a huge thing for understanding young women, and there is none of that here. So, if you're looking for an action book with a religion-entwined plot, you may enjoy this. If you're looking for any depth of character, religious thought or emotion, look elsewhere.
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Here's a book that has gotten a bumm rap here on Amazon from some other reviewers. I almost didn't read it because of the negative reviews. I'm so glad I ignored them and read it anyway. This ended up being one of the best books I've ever read.
I've read quite a bit of James Patterson -- this book is decidedly different from many that I've read. This is not the usual good guy vs. bad, evil, murderer guy. This is a story about two girls who are pregnant virgins -- one in the US and one in Ireland. It's confirmed that they are indeed "intact" and are virgins. Both are being watched by the Catholic church and it's investigators because it has been prophesied that one child will be the saviour of mankind while the other will be the child of the devil himself. Which is which? Both girls are sweet & endearing, both would seem to be the perfect picture of a virgin mother.
This book has the classic Patterson breathless suspense well populated with a good relationship story, peppered with a great good vs. evil plot. You grow to care about the characters and what happens to them. There is that classic Patterson twist in the story as well. Don't miss this incredible story.
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