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Gone (Michael Bennett #6)

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A crime lord has declared war on America. Only Detective Michael Bennett knows why.

Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But

Hardcover, 386 pages
Published September 30th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company
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Gareth Otton
I am not sure if it is just me but I am getting really fed up of all James Patterson's long running series. His stand alone novels show that he (and his co authors) can write good tales when they put their minds to it but the long running ones are just getting boring.

This book does round off what happened with the last book but yet again we finish it and return to the status quo. All the kids will end up in exactly the same position they are usually in with no changes (none of them have girlfri
Jon Kurtz
Jan 12, 2015 Jon Kurtz rated it really liked it
What's not to like? This series stars a street-wise detective, Michael Bennett, now on the run from a Mexican drug kingpin. While earlier novels focused more on Bennett, the recipe has been altered with a touch more comedic flavor from the ten adopted children, as well as the spice of a brewing romance with the feisty Irish nanny. Oh, and let us not forget the moral compass. Every novel filled with death and mayhem needs the family priest, Seamus. While I enjoy the series, the characters, and th ...more
Detective Michael Bennett had to go into the witness protection program with his family after the vicious mass murderer and war lord he had captured, Manuel Perrine, escaped and vowed to kill Michael, his complete family and all his associates. The vengeance was to be huge; the killer was capable of the extreme violence he threatened – he’d proven that in the past.

So eight months down the track, settled into the countryside in a safe-house in California with the cows, horses and massive doses of
Traci Haley
This book was originally going to get a 2-star rating from me, until the last big action scene of the story managed to make it enjoyable enough for 3 stars.

The thing is, I love reading about Michael Bennett's kids and his nanny. I think they're really interesting characters.

I really, really don't like the cliched, one dimensional character that Michael Bennett has become. And I don't like how Patterson and Ledwidge thought it was appropriate to sneak in some political ranting into the book. Stic
Sharon Courtney
Sep 17, 2013 Sharon Courtney rated it it was ok
After the way the last Michael Bennett book finished, i couldn't wait for this to be released... Now I've read it I'm so disappointed.. The beginning was slow and boring, too much about how life on the farm was, and milking cows.
The ending was rushed, very rushed... I couldn't believe after 2 books with Perrine as the bad guy, what should have been a major climatic ending was actually a big flop. If James Patterson hadn't had his name on this book, i would have presumed the end storyline was wri
Dec 01, 2015 Ethan rated it liked it
If you've ever read a novel by bestselling author James Patterson, you pretty much know what to expect from him. Usually assisted by a co-author, Patterson delivers numerous novels throughout the year, all of which follow the same basic formula. Despite this cookie-cutter approach, I've always been a fan of this prolific author. While his books rarely offer more than surface level thrills, their fast pacing and straightforward prose are often the perfect cure for a reading slump.

After the events
Dee Amos
Sep 12, 2013 Dee Amos rated it did not like it
This would have to be my least favourite of the series . I found the first half quite boring and repetitive and the second half was completely anticlimactic . I felt like there were chapters that had me excited ,then I was instantly let down in the next chapter . For how slow the start was , the ending felt very rushed .

I was so excited when I found out the new book was being released and I can't describe my feelings when I actually had it in my hands. Now however, I feel like incredibly let do
Oct 26, 2013 Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Protagonist Michael Bennett and his fun-loving clan return in GONE. While a follow-up to I, MICHAEL BENNETT, GONE is a standalone story.

Narrators Danny Mastrogiorgio and Henry Leyva do an excellent job bringing all the characters to life. Their mannerisms and cadence will hold you spellbound as the narration flows back and forth between them.

Manuel Perrine is a ruthless drug dealer and charismatic leader who uses any means necessary to get what he wants. NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is the on
Nov 03, 2013 Aaron rated it liked it
I am really hoping that we are not seeing Mike Bennett going down the same sad pathway that Alex Cross has gone in more recent books because the result is an arrogant hero who is a municipal detective that seems to be the only person who can take on international crime lords with little regard for the effect it has on his loved ones or the possibility that those trained to actually confront global challenges better than he can.

Mike, his 10 kids, Father Seamus, and their nanny Mary Catherine are
Nov 07, 2013 Gary rated it liked it
The 6th book in the Michael Bennett series by James Patterson and his army of writers.
There was a time when I couldn't wait for the next James Patterson novel but these day's I have to make an effort.
I continue to read the books hoping that they will return to the exciting fast paced paged turners that I fell in love with but honestly it has been sometime since I have really enjoyed one of his novels.
Reading other reviews of his books it appears that many other of his prolific readers are gettin
Apr 06, 2016 Marleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I do not enjoy reading about a delusional man, with airs of grandeur, who kills and tortures entire families for pleasure. This type of suggested scenes of horrendous violence make up the book from beginning to end, except when there are raids by law enforcement agencies trying to catch Manuel Perrine, the Mexican-French drug king. And saying this was the second book with this evil guy as protagonist! In “I, Michael Bennett”, NYPD cop Mike Bennett was able to catch him, but then Perrine escaped ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Debbie rated it it was ok
Gone? More like ' Go away and stay there'

Michael Bennett the Irish cop with 10 kids, one dead wife, an Irish priest for a grandfather. And an Irish nanny in the form of Mary Catherine.

The family are in hiding due to Perrine. A vicious drug lord with a taste for cutting off heads.
Yup Bennett tried to send him to jail in the last book but Perrine wasn't keen to go.
He vowed revenged and the whole family shipped off to California. A state just by the Mexican boarder....Alaska might have been a w
Mike Gabor
Oct 06, 2013 Mike Gabor rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. This is the only series of Patterson's that I follow anymore as I've found the quality of the others have gone downhill and now I'm afraid that that will be happening here also. Bennett and his family have gone into the Witness Protection program as they are hiding from a brutal Mexican drug lord, Miguel Perrine. Perrine stars to extract revenge against his enemies and the FBI cannot seem to make any headway against him they talk Bennett into he ...more
Laura Ruetz
Jan 25, 2014 Laura Ruetz rated it it was ok
I have always enjoyed the Michael Bennett novels but this one just felt like it was part of the series in name only. The best parts of the novel involve the bad guy, or rather, his team leader. The rest of the book just falls short of expectations. The characters, knowing they are being hunted by a vicious crime lord make stupid choices and from prior novels we know that the children are not stupid children. Sadly, the children themselves are just a minor part of the novel and some of them barel ...more
Drew Schott
Oct 26, 2014 Drew Schott rated it really liked it
Gone by James Patterson
Detective Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett is a detective for the NYPD. He was born in the Bronx in a Christian household. He attended Regis High School and then went to Manhattan College. After college, he joined the police force. He started at the Bronx 49th Precinct fighting street crime. He then transferred to the NYPD’s hostage negotiation team where he negotiated with kidnappers to release numerous people held hostage at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the book Step on a
Apr 11, 2016 Curlyhair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Another roller coaster of a ride, in the Michael Bennet series. Once the action gets going, you can't stop it. Good versus bad and who is the winner? Enjoyable read as usual.
Jan 14, 2015 Birgit rated it liked it
Shelves: audible-com
This book, the 6th one in the Detective Michael Bennett series was a follow on from no. 5 where we met baddie Manuel Perrine (apologies if the spelling of his name is incorrect but I listened to the book) he was a frustrating baddie in the sense that so many real life baddies/low life's/sickos whatever you want to call them have such a warped mindset and a sick and twisted view of how the world should be with zero compassion, zero empathy zero anything that is good. Essentially he was just an ev ...more
Aug 26, 2013 Cara rated it it was ok
Least favorite of the Michael Bennett series - no real cohesion, which seems to be my complaint about most James Patterson novels in the last 3 years. No real action or major plot twists that used to keep me turning pages.
Edmond Gagnon
Sep 11, 2015 Edmond Gagnon rated it liked it
Would someone please get Michael Ledwidge and his editor a thesaurus. He seemed to really like the word "majestic" in this book, having used it twice in one paragraph and several more times later on.
I have to nit-pick here since I get critiqued for such errors even though I am only a selp-published amateur.
This author and James Patterson are supposed to be professionals with this book being a best seller.
I guess the "50 Shades" series should have proved to everyone that you don't have to be a
Janiska nordstrom
Jan 03, 2014 Janiska nordstrom rated it did not like it
As a long time resident of Susanville, CA, I hated this book. Do a bit of research mr Patterson. Susanville is not in the Central Valley, you couldn't get through the rocks to bury a bus, we have lots of Asian kids around and most driveways are paved. There are no massive farms around the area, the only farming are strawberry fields east of town. There are no stands of Cyprus and Black Oak trees and the cash crop is not pot. We have no closed down farms and out of work migrant workers running am ...more
Dec 21, 2013 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gone is the sixth book in the Michael Bennett series by American author James Patterson and is, as the five before it, co-written by Michael Ledwidge. It is set some 8 months after the events of I, Michael Bennett, in which the Bennett family had to go into the Witness Protection scheme to hide from Mexican drug cartel boss, Manuel Perrine. Living on a farm in rural California is losing any attraction it may have had, and family members, Bennett himself included, are getting restless and perhaps ...more
Wayland Smith
Jun 11, 2014 Wayland Smith rated it it was ok
This series has been decent, but I think they slipped in this book a bit. Detective Michael Bennett, NYPD, has been drawn into increasingly complicated cases as the series goes along.

This one opens with the Bennett family in Witness Protection, as a crazed drug lord is after them in revenge for his wife's death. The Bennett's are a huge clan of adopted children, along with Michael's grandfather, and an Irish nanny.

The drug lord, Perrine, places a huge bounty on the family. They cross the countr
Paula  Phillips
Oct 13, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
At the end of the last book in the Michael Bennett series "I , Michael Bennett" readers held their breaths in anticipation to see what would happen next as the drug lord Manuel Perrine had escaped and was now after Michael and his family. Everyone wondered whether Mary Catherine - the nanny would follow Michael and his family or whether that was the end of Mary Catherine in the series. Now readers , can release their breaths and get stuck into Book #6 "Gone" which will answer many of those ques ...more
Nov 08, 2013 Monnie rated it liked it
This is, I believe, the sixth in the series featuring Detective Michael Bennett, and this time - thanks to the prison release of Mexican war lord and murderer Manuel Perrine - Bennett, his 10 adopted children and their longtime nanny, Irish-born Mary Catherine, are stuck in the FBI's witness protection program. Bennett, you see, was the law enforcement officer who finally managed to put the totally ruthless Perrine behind bars in the first place, so he's out for revenge.

He's also, apparently, he
Rob Lammert
Nov 14, 2013 Rob Lammert rated it liked it
I must say that I have been a big fan of the Michael Bennett series from the very beginning when Step on a Crack pulled at your heart strings and then kept you on the edge of your seat.

This book was one that I anticipated the release of for quite some time as I felt left hanging at the end of the fifth installment, I, Michael Bennett with the family going into witness protection.

This book, however, I feel was rushed at the end. It felt like "oh crap, we are getting to our 100 chapter mark, wrap
David Roberts
Oct 25, 2013 David Roberts rated it it was amazing
I am reviewing the novel Gone by James Patterson which is a very good thriller which I bought from kindle. This novel is the 6th installment in the Michael Bennett series where we have a policeman in who serves in New York who lost his wife to cancer but who has 9 adopted children all adopted by an Irish nanny called Mary Catherine who is devoted to her job and has a bit of a crush on Mike. At the beginning of this book there is a big gangster take over where a load of dons in the mafia and thei ...more
Jeanne Ledden
Oct 12, 2013 Jeanne Ledden rated it it was amazing
Just when I thought I was getting tired of James Patterson and felt that many of his books were being written by ghost writers, he comes out with this latest in the Michael Bennett series. And I thought this was his best in this series! I have always liked the Michael Bennett story line, in part because of his close family ties, and the Irish Catholic connection. This book was no exception in weaving his personal life into the story line. This, however, was balanced by the terrifying psychopath ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's another chiller! I enjoyed everything about the story. This is Book #6 in the Michael Bennett mystery series by James Patterson. It is really a continuation of Book #5 which was titled I, Michael Bennett. Although I enjoyed Book #5, it did not have closure, and Book #6 provides that closure which Book #5 lacked. The author wrote this book in such a way that it is possible to enjoy reading it without first reading Book #5, but it is much better to read both books in their proper sequence to ...more
Lynne Thomas
Nov 03, 2013 Lynne Thomas rated it liked it
This felt like a novel that was just pushed out because a contract needed to be filled. After reading, Stephen King's, "The Shining & Dr. Sleep", I realized how much James Patterson has sold out to commercialism. I was looking forward to this 6th novel in "The Bennett" series. Yes, the plot was decent, the page turning quick but something was missing. I've read many of Mr. Patterson's works and had I not pre ordered, "Unlucky 13", this might have been my last Patterson novel.
It's great that
Feb 15, 2014 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very quick read. You can read it in a day if you have all day. I went to bed right at a critical point in the book and woke up at 3 a.m. and had to finish it. I couldn't sleep not knowing what was going to happen next. I like the Bennett family series. I liked that this book had more of the kids' personalities, you got to know them a little bit. This was very fast paced storyline whether it could really happen who cares. It was entertaining. I still don't understand why James Patterson ...more
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