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Tick Tock (Michael Bennett #4)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  15,609 ratings  ·  998 reviews
NYC's number one detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem - someone is recreating the crimes of infamous killers from New York's history. The city has never been more terrified.

A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorising everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that they are not the work of an amat
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I have no idea whether the above statement is actually true but I would bet my Kindle on it. This flashy but unsubstantial thriller has movie deal written all over it and has all the pitfalls that a slick blockbuster film would have. First, there is a super-sensationalist plot. Why have just a terrorist or a serial killer when you can wrap up both in the same package? Throw in a little that two romances..that have no connection to the sto
This is the first I've read of the Michael Bennett series, but I already love it. It was a definite thriller, full of suspense, action, and gore...and that got some getting used to because I don't generally read thrillers. But I loved every second of it, and plan to read the first three before this one. What I especially loved was that with each chapter or so you alternate third-person of the two main characters, and you get some really great insight into their mind and thoughts and personality. ...more
Although I've said it before, this may be my last Patterson book. I think the only reason that I bothered to read this one was that I got the full book for free for my Kindle when the book was first posted on Amazon in December.

The book is plot driven rather than character driven which generally makes for flat characters which was not helped by the fact that it's a lousy plot. By the end of the book, I really felt I had come to think of Bennett as "flat Stanley" for the interest that he generat
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Dan Schwartz
I am not sure why I still allow myself to be amazed every time I read a new James Patterson, but I do. I know his books are amazing, and I know I will be thoroughly entertained, but somehow he always seems to go above and beyond all expectations and this new installment of the Michael Bennett series is pure gold. First off, Bennett may in fact be my favorite character ever written; a hopeless romantic, a dedicated father, a sarcastic comedian, a hero of epic proportions, a man who is dedicated t ...more
Kevin Glavin
I read the free preview of this book. And let me say that free is good...if you can resist paying to see how it ends. What Patterson, Ledwidge, and publisher are doing by giving away the first 28 chapters for free is akin to what was common practice for Charles Dickens and others in 19th Century Victorian England: serialize the fiction, and through cliffhangers, entice readers to buy the next installment of the magazine, or triple-decker novel.

It may be a smart publishing decision, but does that
The story was great! It is yet another murder mystery to be solved by Michael Bennett, a NYC cop. Yes, it has a romantic twist, too! I have now read all 7 books in the Michael Bennett murder mystery series and am waiting for book #8 to be published in July 2015. Yes, I like Michael Bennett a lot!
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
I started this a while ago. Had it on my kindle for nearly 3 yrs lol, kept thinking I will read this soon. So after I have now read it, it was really good. I've just not been that well to read as much as I could.

It's brilliant to re-connect with Michael Bennett and his brood lol. On a case whilst on holiday at the family beach house and he still has time for romance lol. A brilliant psychopath and his side kick makes a good book in my opinion.
Giovanni Gelati
Mike Bennett is back and the best part for me was his whole family is too. The subplot with the family vacation being woven into the fabric of the novel put this over the top for me. That is the essence of Bennett for me if you will, his love for his family and now finding his way post Maeve, his deceased wife. As usual there is a crazed killer on the loose and Mike Bennett stands in his way. Here is what lies between the covers:
“NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem—the Son of
Not sure how Patterson can release as many books a year as he does, thankfully there are co-authors. Even so, his books are still page turners, maybe because it's easy to say to your self, "just one more chapter" when the chapters are only a page or two! There was a nice mix of a really good psycho, and the family vacation of Michael Bennett. The drama on vacation at the beach almost matches the violence that Bennett sees every day. What I really like about this series by Patterson is the humor ...more
Sheila DeChantal
Michael Bennett is back in this 4th book in the Michael Bennett series. While taking his ten (TEN!) adopted children to a seaside retreat with live in nanny Mary Katherine and (the hilarious and wise) Grandpa.

What Detective Michael Bennett had hoped for was a little r & r and perhaps exploring his growing feelings for Mary Katherine, he uncovered much more than he bargained for when a rash of bizarre crimes tear through the city, terrorizing everyone who lives there . So much for vacation..
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A horrible spree of bombings in the City seem to be the work of terrorists, however it soon becomes clear that this is more personal. Michael Bennett is on vacation with his family and is called away to work on this high profile case which is putting the New York people in a state of shock. Bennett decides to call on the help of FBIO agent Emily Parker who he worked a previous case with. His relationships with women become a problem as he gets closer to both Mary Catherine and Emily which in tur ...more
Vanessa Fenn
NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem—the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified!

Tick -- a killer's countdown begins

A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that they are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind.

Tick -- Michael Bennett is on the chase

The c
NYPD Major Case Detective Michael Bennett finds himself overmatched, 12 to 1...

Actually, when "Tick Tock" begins, Bennett is on a beach vacation with his ten kids, his cantankerous grandfather, Seamus, and the kids' lovely nanny, Mary Catherine. She's Irish. And young. And really hot. Bennett has noticed these details, too, being an ace detective.

Bennett's peaceful vacation is shattered on two fronts. Close to home, his kids are being terrorized by some local kids named Flaherty, who would pref
Traci Haley
Oh, James Patterson... you are the ham and cheese sandwich of fiction. And once in awhile, I really like a ham and cheese sandwich. Michael Bennett is pretty much the only JP character I really care about. There's just something to love about this meatheaded cop with a heart of gold. And the mysteries are usually pretty action-packed, too.

This book MIGHT have even received 4 or 5 stars from me, if not for one small detail: I'm getting mighty tired of society in general casting fat people as the
Jeffrey Powell
someone else wrote: "flashy but unsubstantial thriller has movie deal written all over it and has all the pitfalls that a slick blockbuster film would have. First, there is a super-sensationalist plot. Why have just a terrorist or a serial killer when you can wrap up both in the same package? Throw in a little that two romances...that have no connection to the story." Descriptive review.
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Although I had given up reading James Patterson's book a few years back because I found them formulaic, simplistic and totally predictable, I decided to give Tick Tock a try because I needed a quick easy read and it was sitting on my kindle as a freebie. Michael Bennett, NYC homicide detective, has a complicated personal life as a widower with 10 adopted children. His family vacation is cut short when he is called to investigate a bomb threat and a series of escalating crimes. The book, while en ...more
Karen Phillips
It's rare that James Patterson fails to satisfy my Reader's tooth, & Tick Tock was no exception. Michael Bennett finds himself part of an awkward love triangle while trying to solve a series of strange seemingly unrelated murders. As usual, the final Patterson pages kept me glued to the book.
Linda Munro
Alex Cross meets Janet Evanovich in Tick Tock. When a seriel killer taunts Detective Mike Bennet by continuously changing his MO, copying historical NYC seriel killers, will it be Mike or the Task Force who brings him down? The great short chapters of James Patterson gives the reader ample opportunity to say, I can read just one more chapter, just one more! Mike Bennet has one thing all law enforcement officers need to survive, a sense of humor and a good friend at the FBI who helps him doscover ...more
Half of this story is good. Half is not, therefor, the ok rating. 4 of 10 stars
This is the first I have read of the Michael Bennett series, but I already love it. It was a definite thriller, full of suspense, action, and gore. The new Michael Bennett novel Tick Tock starts with a blast – well almost. The police just about find a bomb in a busy area of New York just before it is set off. However, like many James Patterson crime thrillers this is only the beginning – a warning worse is to come. The city desperately needs to bring down this ruthless, organized, deadly virtuou ...more
Andrew Cardenas
This book was one of the best books i've read. I think that this was the best is because of all the other kid books i've read.

In the beggining of this book thiers a police officer with kids and they were planning to go on a vacation to relax and get out of their town. The police officer went to a case and they found a bomb that was really deadly, but wasnt set of and said " It wont excplod this time, but next time it will." and he was all nervse for some reson. After that case he went to anoth
Thom Swennes
September 11, 2001 was a day of infamy that is branded into the minds of everyone that witnessed it. This same event has served as a mega honey pot for writers. With the fall of the Soviet Union, there was suddenly no archenemy to point a finger at and write fast-paced and highly readable stories about. 9-11 was a top grade gusher of gigantic proportions. This is the fourth book of the Michael Bennett series but the first one I’ve read. Michael is a New York cop, like many that have appeared as ...more
Are James Patterson's books formulaic? Yes. Are they rather far-fetched sometimes? Yes. Plus there's the whole co-writer issue. But unlike the Alex Cross books or Women's Murder Club (which I used to read as a teenager and liked back then) the Michael Bennett series is saved from the pitfalls of formulaic, sometimes far-fetched plots, and for me the co-writing thing isn't much of an issue. As with the excellent Maximum Ride series, the Michael Bennett books prove that Patterson is actually a pre ...more
Megan Jones
James Patterson will always be able to thrill me, I just cannot get enough of his books! This is another thriller of a read, not as fast paced as some of his other books but still able to keep you guessing. There are many plot twists in the book however if like me you are an avid Patterson reader then the twists are guessable however I like then knowing that I got it right, so it does not really ruin the feel of the book for me. This book also has another sublpot surrounding Mike Bennett and Emi ...more
Tracy Ewens
There's just no question that it was good. All of his books have a good story. Some of the twists are more clever than others. This one was good, not great, but entertaining. I went into it loving Michael Bennet and now I'm not so sure. There's not enough substance there. The man has ten kids for crying out loud. There needs to be some depth and I'm just not feeling it. I don't need him to be dark and brooding, but...I don't know.
I can see more of Michael Ledwidge's writing in this book then I can of James Patterson. Ledwidge's writing is a little childish. Some of the things he has Michael Bennett say and do are very immature. The story line was very good, the read was quick and easy, but it didn't have a punch to it. Still I enjoyed it. Maybe Ledwige should go back to writing the Daniel X series, leave the heavy writing to Patterson.
Vishal Murthy
Good read, fairly fast paced. The ending escalated quickly but worked quite well. The villains in each book of this series are often more interesting than the protagonist and I often find myself hard pressed to root for Bennet. His character doesn't always act consistently, as seen in this book when he accosts another officer (albeit under circumstances that make sense). Another aspect of the writing that is a little hard to accept is the way Bennet's character interacts with the love interests ...more
Angel Aponte
Tick Tock was a book about a crazed serial killer that went around and did old new York murders. John Bennett was a detective looking to take this guy down. I liked this book because right when you read the first few pages you are caught in it. Its really descriptive in what happens and why everything happens.
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