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During a state funeral for a beloved former First Lady in New York City's largest cathedral, the unthinkable occurs. Armed men disguised as monks seize the church and seal themselves inside, along with more than one hundred of the most powerful people in America. The captives include world leaders, actors, TV stars, athletes, and politicians, and the kidnappers are armed with enough C4 explosives to blow a crater in the middle of Manhattan.
NYPD officer Michael Bennett is pulled into the standoff as lead negotiator. Despite the escalating danger, Michael faces an even more terrifying crisis at home. His wife has been diagnosed with a devastating disease, and Michael faces the prospect of losing the love of his life and having to raise their ten children alone. With his own life teetering and the lives of thousands suddenly his responsibility, Michael struggles to diffuse the tense situation fast. Yet the kidnappers' moves are impossible to predict, and they block every attempt to break into the cathedralmost as if they are privy to their deliberations.

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Step on a Crack
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4.3 / 5
Step on a Crack
January 9th, 2015
I adore James Patterson, apparently 99% of the time. Sometimes I don’t like the short chapters, sometimes I love them, but I have simply just adored every single book I have ever read by him. I thought I was making the right choice by ending 2014 by beginning the book and beginning 2015 by finishing it, but sadly… I was highly disappointed. I am not sure if it has anything to do with Michael Ledwidge (I’ve never read anything else by him) or not, but this book was just lacking so much. The writing style, was good. It was easy to read and it was actually pretty fast moving. I didn’t want to put the book down, I wanted to reach the end and the resolution. I had to know what happened next. It drove me crazy when I was doing something that prevented me from reading when I wanted to be reading. What was the issue you ask? The harsh reality is, this book was 100% completely and totally unbelievable! I know, I know… it is a book, it is a work of fiction, but still. I also had a hard time relating to the main character. Michael Bennett ( as it says above) is a New York Police Department Officer and is married to a woman who is on her death bed due to cancer. They have ten kids together, all adopted. All the while he is spending most of his time working instead of with his dying wife and hurting kids. The kids in the novel range in ages, however the fact that I don’t really see them experiencing grief at all is just… wow. Michael does not really experience any either, another thing that bugs me a little. I don’t understand why, but it really does bother me that the characters in this novel are more robots than human. Another thing that ate at me while reading this, is the Michael puts his life on the line numerous times knowing that if he dies, his kids have absolutely no one left. They’d be thrown back into the same ‘system’ that they were adopted from. I am not really sure if this is just because I am currently pregnant, but I just don’t find that realistic. A parent should think about their kids at all times, whether they are at work or at home. Over all though, I give this a three star (out of five) ranking. I enjoyed the novel, even if the characters made it a little hard to enjoy at times. I will be giving the series as a whole a chance. Here is to hoping that things get better in the next book.
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Step on a crack
November 10th, 2013
Very good read , I found it spellbinding, riveting! Highly recommend this book to my friends and other!
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Step on a crack - Michael Bennett #1
October 31st, 2013
This book was awesome. It definitely held my attention through out the whole book. On my way too purchase the 2nd book.
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Not bad
May 1st, 2013
The action moved at a good clip though the ten kids is completely over the top and not believable in the slightest.
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