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When the Wind Blows (When the Wind Blows #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  37,043 ratings  ·  1,147 reviews
Frannie O'Neill is a caring young veterinarian living in the Colorado Rockies, trying to erase the memory of her beloved husband's mysterious murder. It is not long before another neighbor suddenly dies, and FBI agent Kit Harrison arrives at Frannie's doorstep. Kit is hell-bent on solving the heinous case despite resounding protests from the FBI and the thrashing of his ow ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1998)
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Will M.
Update 5/25/2015

So I just bought the last book of the Maximum Ride series, and when I clicked on the series button thing here on goodreads, I stumbled upon a note from James Patterson saying that this Max is different from the Max from Maximum Ride. It's quite impossible how different they are. They're too fucking similar to be different. I can't do anything about it though because I guess what the author says is true. Sucks big time.


I bought this book (in hardcover, for only $2) bec
I have read this and I am not ashamed to state I enjoyed it

I see that there are several reviews here that suggest that to have enjoyed this book or james pattersons books shows a low reading level

That is so condesceding. It is possible that there is like me a lot of people who read Fiction (please do remember its fiction) and want something that is easy to read and different from there lives and not always want to read series books with heavy deeper meanings that require a lot of thought or that
The concept was good, but Patterson's writing style just didn't do it for me, it seems very hokey at times and the characters Frannie & Kit seemed flat, rather lame romance weaved in there that i could have done without. I WANTED to like Frannie & KIt but they just didn't add to the story, in fact they were a distraction that really wasn't pulled off very well. The writing seemed choppy.

I'm starting to wonder why Patterson is such a popular author, I'm thinking perhaps his earlier works
Alex Duncan
Something blows alright. I struggled to finish this book and by the time I did finish I wanted several hours of my life back. Too many loose ends. Reads like it was written on autopilot.
James Patterson has exactly the same writing style as Dean Koontz. There are hits and misses. This, most definitely, was not a hit.

I've read a few of his other books, mostly the ones meant for children and young adults, so I wasn't really surprised by the caliber of language. However, this book is supposed to be for adults and still, he has a pedestrian way of telling the story. The book flashes in and out of first and third person perspective, among three people, one of them being Max, the girl
Joshua Bizeau
Aug 17, 2011 Joshua Bizeau rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Patterson's atrociously elementary prose aside, 'When the Wind Blows' is an afront to good storytelling sensibilites the world over and is another example of literature of the lowest possible common denominator. Whilst the likes of Dan Brown have been the most recent perpetrators of this populism, Patterson has certainly been the more consistent of the two and quite arguably the worst offender of all modern hacks. I must surmise that even the combined powers of Dickens, Poe, Kafka or the most li ...more
Jun 10, 2008 Claudia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Claudia by: TJ
This is the one that started it all! The very first time we meet Max, a wonderful mutant with wings! Patterson used such a great name he couldn't give it up for the YA series...great suspense, and the adults were compelling.
This review is a first for me, in that it is my first ever book review, and that it is of my first ever James Patterson novel.
My reading of this book came about by accident; I have demolished every novel on my bookshelf. My boyfriend is a massive Patterson fan, and he handed me this book having not read it himself.

When the Wind Blows was of huge disappointment to me. I was expecting to enjoy an engrossing crime thriller, so I was somewhat surprised when a girl with wings was introduced to the
Mar 19, 2010 Natasha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Natasha by: Emily
When James Patterson came up with the idea for When The Wind Blows, he probably bragged to all of his friends. When he finished writing the prologue, he probably knew he had a masterpiece in the works.

And when he completed the book, all stunning 416 pages, he probably bragged to his friends about his masterpiece.

What an amazing book. Flawless in every aspect, and throughouly enticing.
Category: Books
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: James Patterson

Frannie O'Neill adalah dokter hewan berbakat yang tinggal di Colorado. Dihantui pembunuhan misterius suaminya, David, Frannie membaktikan hidupnya untuk pekerjaannya. Tidak lama kemudian terjadi pembunuhan misterius lain dan Kit Harrison, agen FBI yang kontroversial, datang ke tempatnya.

Ketika penyelidikan itu sedang berlangsung, Frannie melihat fenomena asing yang mengejutkan di hutan dekat rumah sakit hewan miliknya.
Wonderful, suspenseful, and another book that kept me up till 10:00 pm.( not really, I'm just saying it was very captivating) When the Wind Blows was the foundation to James Patterson's best-selling series, Maximum Ride which happens to be one of my favorite series, so when I heard about this book, I got really excited. It is similar to Maximum Ride, but not at the same time. Frannie O'Neil is depressed after her husband, David, died. She's not sure who murdered him, but when Kit Harrison, an FB ...more
L. Silvey
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Jul 16, 2010 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
Alright, this book was AMAZING! I love books about the future of genetic manipulation, and especially how it could possibly pertain to human research (even though its rather far-fetched at the moment). This book was the best one I've read so far in that vein. Plus, the characters are really endearing, the plot is amazing and very twisty, and the writing style keeps you engaged for the entire book - there were no "slow parts." This is the first Patterson book I've ever read, and I've got to say, ...more
Andrew T.
The book "When the Wind Blows" by James Patterson is an interesting. It either Set itself up for the beginning of one of James Patterson's other series, or was written with the idea that this would be a sort of Prologue to that series. If you don't know what series I'm referring to, it's the "Maximum Ride" series. You're probably wondering how this is a sort of Prologue to that series, and I am here to elaborate. It's actually in plain sight, hell, even on the first pages. You don't need to play ...more
GREAT BOOK, JIM SAYS this book is not the beginning of MAXIMUM OVERRIDE SERIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE BUT 'I DISAGREE', since the characters in this book were scientifically mutated humans and the Maximum ride series really are he same thing, BOTH THIS BOOK and the MAX series are great..... Give it a read.... I Loved it when I read this and was mad cause there was no book two but.. 10 years later low and behold the maximum ride series it out... Any way Great reads...

Barbara Barth
I am always excited to dig into a new book by James Patterson. I have enjoyed his writing very much over the years...whether it is a gritty suspense novel or a heartfelt romance.

A story about genetic engineering gone awry piqued my interest. Medical thrillers are one of my favorite themes. However, this one just didn't grab me... and when it was over I was ready to be done. I don't think I'll pursue anything else in this particular series.
Jordan Trimiew
I absolutely fell in love with this book!

Frannie O'Neill is a small town veterinarian from Bear Bluff, Colorado. Frannie has been trying to get over the death of her husband, David. David died about a year and a half ago due to an anonymous murder. During the book, Frannie meets a man named Kit Harrison who was a former FBI agent. Ever since Frannie met Kit crazy things have been happening in her town. There have been quite a few murders that have gone unsolved. One late night, Frannie was drivi
I've read the Maximum Ride books and I was curious to see where the inspiration for that series came from. When the Wind Blows was an interesting book, fast paced like all of Patterson's works. The romance between Kit and Frannie was extremely awkward. Maybe it was Patterson's writing style or I don't know, but whenever it jumped into Frannie's first person perspective (when the rest of the book was written in third person) it felt so unbelievably fake. Like, really, really, ridiculously, cringe ...more
I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars for When the Wind Blows, so I'm opting for 4. The tale held my interest for the first 2/3's of the novel. I bought into the idea of winged children and mad scientists in "underground" labs. I felt young Max's freedom at finally being able to fly and Dr. Frannie's need to protect her. Even Dr. Frannie's attraction to the mysterious FBI agent Kit - and the ultimate betrayal by her "friends" and the government's interference in the natural order of things. But, in the ...more
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A widowed veterinarian and a renegade FBI team don't know that they're on the same team. She's trying to find the strange girl she saw in the woods, the one with arms like wings. He's looking for the law-breaking doctors accused of unorthodox genetic testing. But the little girl in the woods isn't going to be found without a fight. And she isn't the only one with wings.

My mom first told me about this book. She liked it well enough, although she doesn't go in for the science fiction and fantasy s
Granadian Knight
A randomly chosen book that turns out to be enjoyable. My father bought this book without having any clue of what it is about. He bought it because it is in English.
I liked the idea of sped up human evolution.
The novel with its characters are typically American, I enjoyed the simple every-day language used.
The only thing that needs work in the novel is the relation between Frannie and Kim because it looks very superficially expectable. Other than that, it is overall exciting.
Whoa, this one threw me for a loop. I was expecting just another Patterson book but when it started getting into the children that were genetically altered to be able to fly...I won't spoil too much, but I liked it none the less.

I went through a bit of a James Patterson kick for a while back in the day so please excuse the sheer amount of his books that I've read.

I think anyone who has read his books will agree they are not difficult or challenging BUT they are entertaining and full of
I am not sure what I think of this book. It was unlike any other James Patterson book I have read. I already have the next book in the series and I am trying to decide whether or not I will read the next book. The plot was very far-fetched in some ways and might appeal to those who like books about government conspiracies.
I'm sure it's been done before, but Patterson had an idea for stories based on illegal & unethical scientific research where human/bird hybrids are the result.

Maximum Ride is one series of books based on that kernel.... but before Maximum Rode, there was Max... in this book (plus one sequel)...

This book takes a different path... it doesn't go global... the story is told more from the point of view of Frannie, a veterinarian that sees, tracks, and captures Max and Kit (okay, Tom), an FBI agen
May 26, 2009 Carrie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Sci-Fi
I would have enjoyed this book more if I hadn't read the Maximum Ride series first. This book, and the sequel, The Lake House, were written for adults before the MR series. Some of the ideas are the same and some of the characters are similar, but aren't really the same people as in the MR series. It's told mostly by one of the adult main characters, a veterinarian, and gets into more detail about bird kid physiology than the MR series. Still there was lots of action and interesting treatment of ...more
Elizabeth Eiler
This read was a treat while I was recovering from shingles, a gem snatched from a mysterious box of old paperbacks rescued from the trash a few years ago... Published in 1998, it's still a timely look into the ethics of medical science and genetic engineering.

Most interesting to me was how a main character, a veterinarian and animal welfare advocate, describes the intellectual and emotional result when the DNA of non-human animals (birds) is blended with that of humans, creating a hybrid with fe
After reading some of James Patterson's teen work, this book really fell flat for me. As I understand it, "When the Wind Blows" is essentially the same story as told in the "Maximum Ride" series, but geared for a more adult audience. At least, that was my supposition as I began the book.

Being a great fan of Patterson when I was younger, I pretty excited to have my hands on this. Unfortunately, as compared to "The Angel Experiment" this book was just plain boring. A point could be made that I di
Mikka Gottstein
Eines muss ich diesem Buch lassen: die Geschichte ist ohne Frage originell und von der Grundidee her spannend. Eine geheime Organisation beschäftigt die brilliantesten Wissenschaftler für verbotene Experimente am Menschen, insbesondere an Embryos. Auf einem Gelände, das abgeschottet ist wie ein Hochsicherheitsgefängnis, verbergen sich hochmoderne Labors auf dem neusten Stand der Technik - und Kinderzimmer für die enstandenen Hybriden aus Mensch und Tier.

Max ist eines dieser Hybridwesen - entgege
Morgan H
In this book, James Patterson follows the lives of Frannie O'Neill and "Kit Harrison", on Kit's quest to find out why so many well known scientists are being murdered. On this quest, Frannie and "Kit" stumble upon a little girl named Max, but she is quite out of the ordinary, she has wings. At the beginning of the book, Frannie meets Kit for the first time when he decides to rent out her old house that she lived in with her husband before he died. As the book progressives, Frannie runs into/sees ...more
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