Season of the Machete
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About the Author
James B. Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an award-winning American author. Formerly an advertising executive for J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid". Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant, are the most popular books among Patterson readers. James Patterson has been criticized by Stephen King, who called Patterson's books "dopey thrillers". Patterson shrugged off the comments, stating that he wants to be the "thrillingest thriller writer of all time". James Patterson has also been put as one of Forbes magazine's top 100 celebrities. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gory deaths come thick and fast in this thriller about a married couple of killers for hire who successfully ply their trade on a tropical isle. Opposing them is American Peter Macdonald. The American government is mixed up in it all somehow. The audio presentation is well matched to the pace of the action with sound effects, eerie music, and Lou Diamond Phillips's excellent performance. The versatile actor can voice characters and suggest with a low-pitched, ominous tone that murder and mayhem are about to occur. If you like action at the expense of subtlety, enhanced by a good production, you'll like this. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Oh, don't get me wrong, there's plenty of action and numerous gory murders, but the set-up for the book is wafer-thin and it's really hard to fight your way through it. Like an earlier reviewer stated, I defy any reader to really tell me what the heck is going on through most of this book.
If you're a fan of Patterson's, stick with the Cross novels and his other later works. "Season of the Machete" was obviously a very early effort by Patterson and has about as much substance as some of my last-minute, weekend term papers from college. It's hard for me to give any Patterson book "one star" but when you compare this novel to his later books, this reviewer cannot do otherwise.
Stick to his good stuff and avoid this "Season"!
A very early James Patterson, i had expected it to be more well written than some of his latest books. (As "See How They Run", another early effort, was) but no...it wasn't in fact, it was worse. Some of the sentences don't even make sense and soem of the turns of phrase are just plain weird. The dialogue, in parts, is so overemphasized it is unreadble. The plot rambles, and i defy anyone to actually tell me what on earth was going on. Patterson doesn't actually stop to explain ANYTHING. The characters are cardboard thin, and there are so many of them, and you are unclear of who they all are and what their role and whose side they are on, etc. The dates of all the events in the book just don't tally at all. (In the prologue, for example, there are two killings. the date is stated as 1980. When, about four chapters into the book, these killings are mentioned again, it says they took place in 1979.)
Overall, this is a completely confusing book. It'll take a really dedicated reader to actually be able to work out what it is all truly about. However, apart from that, it IS an enjoyable book. I sped through it, helped by Patterson's loose style. The plot, such as it is, moves incredibly quickly, and murder piles upon murder right up until the conclusion, which, i will admit, is certainly very good.
All in all, i cannot reccomend this book to anyone except fans of Patterson who wish to delve into these curios of his back-catalogue.
Most recent customer reviews
Too violent for my taste! Surprising from James Patterson
If I'd had another option I wouldn't have finished reading this book,very disappointd
this was not a good book. i am a huge fan of his writing but this was not one of his best or even close. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004
This book was a complete waste. It was boring to read and hard to follow. I finished the book just see how it ended and hoping to clear up the confusion. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004 by M. Dion
This book reads as if it were written in one marathon sprint, the plot racing from one bloody event to the next, with barely a pause for character development or background detail. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2003 by David Group
Reasonable story idea but very poorly put together. Got some free used Patterson books from a friend, "The Thomas Berryman Number" was a similar type book about crime, but much... Read morePublished on June 9 2003 by Nancy L. Sexton
My head literally hurt trying to keep up with all that happened in this book. I gave up after 100 pages and donated it to Goodwill.Published on March 5 2003
This is my ninth novel by Mr. Patterson. I guess I have been spoiled with Alex Cross stories. I try to read all a Author writes if I enjoy his books. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2002 by David A. Spearman
This is a basic suspense thriller. I enjoyed the read. It would be a good book for vacation reading or on a airplane. It does not take great concentration. It kept my interest. Read morePublished on March 10 2002 by Phillip J. Moore