Season of the Machete
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Cool and glamorous, they appear to be a successful couple on a holiday. Yet Damian and Carrie Rose are psychopathic murderers for hire. On this picture-perfect vacation island, their target is Peter Macdonald, a dashing young American who forsakes a life of leisure to confront cold-blooded terror. But when they clash in a shocking endgame, a hideous truth will emerge - one...more
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Published May 1st 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1977)
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Brett Tompkins
Simply dreadful. I read a bunch of reviews on this book and none of them were very good, so I can't say I wasn't warned. But like so many others, I am a completist, and I can't read all of Patterson's books without reading the bad ones as well. I don't know exactly why this book was so bad; it was just boring. There were times when I had read 20 pages and could not remember a single word, but I had planned out my entire evening. The character development was almost non-existent. About 150 pages...more
Aaron
The island of San Dominica, a popular Caribbean tourist destination, is thrown into chaos when a series of brutal slaying on the beaches start to take place. Each victim is brutally murdered and slashed by machetes.

A mafia family with the hopes of adding some excitement to the island have hired Damian and Carrie Rose to commit the murders. Each is designed to look like the work of local rebels hoping to overthrow to government. The use of the machetes is supposed to help that image.

What has made...more
Jen
This was a good James Patterson book. However, there is a about 5 pages before the prologue in this book. Most of the chapters are dated in this book to keep a timeline going. This section is also dated, but a year after the rest of the book. What happens in this first part contradicts things that happen later in the book. And since I obviously read that part first, it confused me later. I am hoping it was a typo on the date.
Holly
This is another JP novel that I did not enjoy. It had a similar style to the Thomas Berryman Number, that I didn't like, and I wasn't impressed as I began. Again, I was going to make myself finish it and then I realized how silly that was. It was a library book, so I had no money invested. Reading is supposed to be fun - why torture myself??? So, I stopped. Anyway...wouldn't recommend it, but that's just me.
Kris
My least favorite Patterson book.
Faith
Didn't really care for this book...
Sam
This is my first James Patterson book, I can't say I was impressed with it however. It was not horribly bad, I did give it a 4 star rating after all and that is only because of the last hundred pages or so. Towards the end of the book the excitement picked up a whole lot and that's the only reason it has a 4 star rating. All the way through the book I was thinking that this is going to be a 3 star book but I like I said the ending changed that. I have heard great things about Patterson, I've hea...more
JBradford
Patterson wrote this book back in 1977, making it one of his earliest works; he got better. It is typical Patterson, except that its hero is almost too low-keyed to be a hero. The novel reads much like a journalistic account of the plot developed by the baddies, Damian and Carrie Rose, who are lovers and also psychopathic murderers for hire. Their employers in this case are a strange combination of Mafia bosses and CIA-type federal agents, who agree to finance their plot to create a revolt on a...more
Kevin
When you want to instill terror in the hearts and minds of both the citizenry and tourists of the small Caribbean island of San Dominica, you use Damian and Carrie Rose. With the help of two other mercenaries, these two contract killers methodically stalk their targets and then slaughter them with a combination sniper/machete attack. What's worse is that no one has any idea what the Rose's look like, even the people that hired them, because they never leave witnesses. That is until Peter Macdona...more
Lee Kyle
This was the second book ever written by James Patterson and as i had said in my last review for his first novel "The Thomas Berryman Number" I am not a particular fan of his earlier work, but also went on to say that his work does get better, this i know! "Season Of The Machete" follows that pattern exactly, a little bit better however not great. Although overall understanding the plot i had times where i was confused as to which way this novel was going? We have two hired assassins, The Roses,...more
Morgan
A Wave Of Terror Sweeps An Island Nation.
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John McDonald and his girl friend are on vacation to get away from it all. His girl friend is there for the sun and the sand. John is is there to try and forget about the experiences he had before he got out of the military. All is going well until one day John decides to go for a run on the beach.

There had been reports that a revolutionary named Dredd had been committing horrible attacks on tourists in the area in order to make all foreigners...more
Dan Schwartz
An interesting book. Not great, but not terrible either; a good middle ground. It was one of Patterson's earlier works and if you are familiar with his later works then you can tell. The story jumps around a great deal and some parts of the story are never fully explained. I do not want to give away any spoilers, so I will just say the main plot has some holes that Patterson did not even bother spackling over. On the otherside, the characters were pretty great and very interesting. I felt the ma...more
Alison
I'll begin by saying I really enjoy reading books by James Patterson. This book was one of the few I didn't like so well. The writing was pure James Patterson. The story line, however, left me in a funk. As the title implies, machetes are involved in killings, grizzly, gruesome, disgusting, mutilating killings of random victims. Had this been the first book by Patterson that I read, I probably would not go on to read others.
Liz
Definitely a very different novel by James Patterson compared to his newer ones. But still a lot of action as a bunch of machete murders are occurring in San Dominica all masterminded by a couple Damian and Carrie. Only one person, Peter, has seen the elusive Damian. They are out to get him until they realize he could be useful in their get away as he IDs another man who looks like him. But do they ever really get away or does peter and the CIA figure out their game plan?
John
For me, SEASON OF THE MACHETE will always be infamous as the one novel of his that James Patterson advises people not to bother reading. Considering that Patterson has written horrible, horrible crap like YOU'VE BEEN WARNED and DANIEL X, I couldn't help but wonder why Patterson would choose to single out SEASON OF THE MACHETE for self-criticism.
On the book's plus side, it's obvious that Patterson put a lot of effort into writing SEASON OF THE MACHETE--which is more than I can say for most of his...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Plot summary: Damian and Carrie Rose think they have planned the perfect murderous spree. They continue to think that until Peter Macdonald becomes the only living witness to a machete murder. The most horrific murders plague the Caribbean Island. Dotting the beautiful landscape are the butchered victims with the trademark machete driven through their bodies. Peter seems to be the only person who can stop Damian and Carrie, but will it be in time?

This is a very graphic, very suspenseful, and a d...more
Dorothy Caricato
This was my first James Paterson novel. It led to my current addition/obsession. He defines "page turner". I am unable to put his books down once I pick them up. Any of them. The coolest part is that I have passed on the obsession to 2 of my daughters. We pass the books around once we've read them and can't wait for the next one to come out.....
Christine F. Dargon
My last James Patterson book. I usually really enjoy his books hence why I have read so many. this book was awful and torture to get through. I wanted to be intrigued by the psychopaths. instead all of the characters were boring and lacked life. it isn't that they weren't real it is that we learn nothing about them so we don't care.
E Fialla
Is not up to the quality of his writing. Grammar not correct, spelling poor, definitely not proof read before release or not proofed by a native speaker. Very disappointed, as I look forward to reading his works.
Jerica Le'Sha' Simon
Wow, oh wow, oh wow!

I wonder if there will be a sequel? This book was exciting from beginning to end. I love James Patterson so much, I named one of my kids after him. Awesomeness!
Corbie Mumford
I've read several James Patterson books. this one was definitely in the bottom 3. I thought it was boring. The characters were very bland.
Jeff
It is hard to believe that a crime/thriller writter like Patterson turned out this book. A choppy writing style, back and forth snippits, and predictable plot twists made this a book that was almost painful to get through. The last third did pick up a bit, which helped (at least enough for me to plow through and finish). I did like the ending, but despite being left open for a potential sequel, it looks like Mr. Patterson (thankfully) has not opted to write. With the proper writer and director,...more
Michelle
Really didn't pay such good attention to the book while I was reading, so I'll have to read it again. Still good but convoluted!
Desislava
Not of my likings. Actually found it boring and eventually started reading between the lines.
Adrienne Etienne
Probably one of my favorite JP books. Very bloody but very good.
Tiffany Hill
It wasn't one of James Patterson best books.... this one wasn't all that great. A little confusing.
Ed
Non-series - "Damian and Carrie Rose think they have planned the perfect murderous spree. They continue to think that until Peter Macdonald becomes the only living witness to a machete murder. The most horrific murders plague the Caribbean Island. Dotting the beautiful landscape are the butchered victims with the trademark machete driven through their bodies. Peter seems to be the only person who can stop Damian and Carrie, but will it be in time?"
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