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Don't Blink [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

James Patterson , Howard Roughan
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13. Oktober 2011
New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for its menu, clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. In the chaos reporter Nick Daniels accidentally records a key piece of evidence that lands him in the middle of an all-out war between Italian and Russian mafia forces. Soon NYPD captains, district attorneys, media kingpins, and a beautiful magazine editor are all pushing their own agendas-on both sides of the law. Back off or die is the clear message Nick receives as he investigates for a story of his own. But heedless, and perhaps in love with his stunning editor, Nick uncovers a shocking truth that will force him to endure threats, violence . . . and worse.

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  • Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Grand Central Publishing (13. Oktober 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 044658505X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446585057
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,6 x 10,6 x 2,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 334.770 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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James Patterson sagt von sich selbst: "Ich bin schnell. Ich bin ein Ja-Nein-Typ, ich hasse Vielleichts." Und er ist tatsächlich so schnell, dass er an mehreren Romanen gleichzeitig arbeitet und pro Jahr mitunter fünf Titel auf Platz 1 der Bestsellerlisten landet. Begonnen hat seine Karriere, als er mit 27 Jahren den "Edgar Allan Poe Award" für seinen ersten Roman "Die Toten wissen gar nichts" bekam. Seitdem arbeitet er pausenlos an den Thrillern der "Alex-Cross"-Reihe oder schreibt über Detektiv Lindsay Boxer und den "Women's Murder Club". Hinzu kommen weitere Romane sowie Sach- und Kinderbücher. Patterson hat Englische Literatur studiert und war einige Jahre Chef einer Werbeagentur. Heute lebt er mit seiner Familie in Palm Beach City, Florida.


Don’t Blink is a portmanteau novel, jointly credited to James Patterson and (in smaller font on the jacket) the lesser-known Howard Roughan. And while Patterson has long been one of the most world’s popular thriller writers, there are those who have expressed doubts about his joint writing ventures with other writers such as Andrew Gross. Surely, they argued, we want our Patterson unadulterated, not filtered through the pen of another author? However, the books by Patterson and his various partners have largely succeeded in hitting the bestseller charts as firmly as Paterson's solo efforts; and it’s more than likely that this new book will repeat that success.

This is a Mafia epic, and will inevitably invite comparison with Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, though it’s a different approach to the subject. While Lombardo’s Steak House in New York is celebrated for its food, it’s also notorious for a less salubrious reason: the savage killing of a corrupt lawyer for the Organisation. The killer escapes without leaving a trace, and speculation about his possible employer are rife. At the murder, reporter Nick Daniels was present, interviewing a sports personality at another table. Without realising it, Nick is the recipient of an important piece of information -- but as he becomes further embroiled in the crime and its investigation, he find his own life is on the line -- and the fact that he has fallen in love further complicates an already fraught situation.

While some James Patterson fans might have preferred another Alex Cross novel (or something in one of Patterson's alternate Women’s Murder Club series), there's no denying that Patterson and his less celebrated co-writer (who may have done most of the heavy lifting here) do ensure that we keep turning the pages very swiftly. Patterson's famously cut-to the bone, super-brief chapters are well in evidence, further ensuring that momentum is the name of the game here. --Barry Forshaw -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .



"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable."
USA Today

"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose."—People

"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast."
Publishers Weekly

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lesenswert 7. September 2013
Von Z. Nagy
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
James Patterson schreibt ganz tolle Bücher. Jedes ist spannend und lesenswert.
Mit der Sendung von Amazon bin ich auch sehr zufrieden.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Exzellente Urlaubslektüre 4. August 2013
Wem vor dem Kauf des Buches klar ist, dass es sich bei einem Buch von Patterson nicht um literarisch anspruchsvollen Hochgenuss handelt, wird nicht enttäuscht.

"Dont Blink" ist unterhaltsam, manchmal sogar lustig, spannend und fesselnd. Also die perfekte Lektüre für 3 Tage am Strand. Nicht mehr - aber eben auch nicht weniger!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Better than most of JP's more recent novels 9. August 2010
Von I Like Cheese - Veröffentlicht auf
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Just recently I have seriously gone off James Patterson (an author that I have stuck by for nearly 15 years, buying every book he releases) especially when he brings out garbage like "Private" (I can't believe this has been picked up for a sequel next year!) and the truly disappointing "Worst Case" (the previous 2 Bennett novels were great, this was very "Meh!") but I though I'd give him the benefit of the doubt just one last time and gave "Don't Blink" a try. Thankfully this was actually pretty good.

The story was one of his fastest and most exciting that I can remember for a long while. The characters were not too bad (well, a considerable amount more likeable than the ones from "Private") and it did have quite a bit of action and suspense. It can be quite graphic and gory in parts that reminded me of some of his earlier books like "Hide & Seek".

The book was far from perfect though. For a start it felt like this was written for teenagers, being extremely simply written with poor dialogue and reminders of everything thats happened every couple of pages. Then there's the celebrity name-dropping all the time - I'm not sure why he keeps doing this but just lately all of Patterson's books are just littered with them and it really annoys me. Finally it is a little predictable - if you've read even just a handful of his other novels then you'll easily see what's coming next all the way through.

At the end of the day this is a Summer read. It doesn't claim to be clever or complicated and it isn't - it's just a fun to read book that can just be enjoyed and then forgotten about. If you've got a spare few hours and fancy a quick read that doesn't require much concentration or thought, then I recommend this is to you.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Go Ahead. Blink. Close Your Eyes. Look Away. 2. Oktober 2010
Von C.Wallace - Veröffentlicht auf
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I just watched the interview that Amazon has with co-author James Patterson regarding this book. Patterson indicates that it's about a struggle between the Italian Mafia and the Russian Mafia. In fact, the book scarcely mentions the Russian Mafia. The involvement of the Russians is very peripheral to the central plot.

I must assume that authors Patterson and Howard Roughan hope readers will identify with the main character, Nick Daniels, self-obsessed and totally uninspiring journalist. But I found virtually no character development for him. He's just there. (He's everywhere.) I never had any interest in his fate.

I (can't believe I) read the whole thing. Underscore whole. Something about eyeballs on the table. Other eyeballs on the floor. A romance that is not romantic. There are unfortunate police officers who are carelessly tossed about as the book lurches to the merciful final page, 370.

As for the conclusion, it's one of the most contrived pieces of melodrama that I have ever encountered in any medium.

I can only recommend that you spend your time and hard-earned money elsewhere.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Meaningless book further dilutes Patterson's brand 30. Oktober 2010
Von Bill Garrison - Veröffentlicht auf
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DON'T BLINK is another meaningless book from James Patterson and some other person that actually writes the novel. While meaningless, it isn't horrible...I take that back...It doesn't start horrible. But, by the end, I couldn't wait for it to be over.

As I listened to this supposed "mafia" thriller, I could see where Patterson populated the scenes with "by-the-numbers" plot points and scenes. Action Scene? Check? Character conflict? Check.

Nick Daniels, a reporter for Citizen magazine, is meeting ex-New York Yankee pitcher Duane Robinson at Lombardo's Steak House when the man next to them is brutally murdered. It was a mob hit, and Nick may own the key to who the murderer was and why. That's the basic plot. There's the love triangle with his boss Courtney and her fiance. There are the squabbles with local law enforcement and politicians. And then there are the mafia guys. As soon as the second one was introduced, I could tell none of them apart.

The novel is really about Nick, with mob characters appearing in an occasional and stereotypcal fashion. They all have knicknames and all say the same lines we've heard in all the movies. Nick is just a standard guy who isn't bothered when people around him start dropping like flies. But wait, he's a caring guy, as witnessed by the random scene of him taking his blind neice to a Yankee game, or the throwaway line about both parents dying from lung cancer after a life of smoking. Of course, the neice shows up later in the very unclimactic climax.

The Cross books are good, and the Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett books are decent. But, Patterson's stand alone efforts have been horrible lately. Part of being a good author is having an identity. What are you known for? What are you good at? By trying to write a novel for every genre, Patterson is turning out to be good at none of them.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen DON'T waste your time! 17. Oktober 2010
Von James - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have read most of Mr. Pattersons books and enjoyed the Alex Cross and Michael Bennet series, but my guess is that he did NOT actually write this book. I also tried the audio book and was again disapointed. His other audio books especially I, Alex Cross has great production values (Supsense music, sound effects etc) The narrator is very mono-tone and actually sounds bored. I assume it was probablly written by the co-author and Mr. Paterson was an editor or added some minor elements.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen You've GOT to be kidding 21. Oktober 2010
Von Black Jack Shellac - Veröffentlicht auf
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Perhaps the most lumbering and predictable book ever to bear the Patterson imprimatur, "Don't Blink" is filled with smug, shallow characters; absurd plotting; and a reveal that won't come as a surprise to anyone with half a brain or even a passing familiarity with Patterson's work. There's not nearly enough story to flesh out 384 pages, and the ending is straight out of "Scooby-Doo" ("I'd have gotten away with it, if it weren't for that pesky reporter!"). Though it starts with a mildly intriguing premise, it just gets more ludicrous and violent as it goes along. Blecch.
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