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Season of the Machete

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  5,318 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews
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 October 12th 1977)
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Brett Tompkins
Apr 18, 2011 Brett Tompkins rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2009 Kris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My least favorite Patterson book.
Dec 30, 2008 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Heather Weihberg
May 26, 2009 Heather Weihberg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst book Ever!
Didn't really care for this book...
Susan Kilbride
Mar 12, 2010 Susan Kilbride rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my bag
May 02, 2016 April rated it did not like it
I picked up this audio book for $1 on clearance, and never having been much into James Patterson, figured I'd give this one a try. Plus, it's narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips! I went into this one blind, not reading the back, or doing any research before popping in the first disc.

Incredible. Ab-so-lute-ly INCREDIBLE. This was the worst writing I've ever been witness to. I have described it to my friends as an 8th graders creative writing homework assignment, but really, I think an 8th grader wo
Jul 24, 2011 Jeff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2011 Ginger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one!
I had this book picked for me for a challenge. I love this author and this book has been on my TBR and Kindle for way too long. I also was excited because I could use this for 2 more challenges. Those are the positive things.
One can tell this is among James Patterson's first books, it just didn't have the punch he is so known for. Way too many characters to keep track of, editing issues, not to mention far more violence than necessary. Far, far below his standard of writing. I'll put it this wa
Jul 14, 2009 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 21, 2013 Ellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sorry, James and Patterson fans but this story was awful. Long and tedious, gruesome crimes that I doubt could progress and continue for so long.

I listened to it on MP3 and the narration by Lou Diamond Phillips was excellent--no problem there. He was great with character accents and personalities and his regular voice is quite pleasant to hear.

I guess this is an oldie but goodie but not for me.
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.
Aug 05, 2008 Kandice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This seemed a lot meatier than his usual offering, but was still a super-quick read!
Mar 07, 2014 Desislava rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not of my likings. Actually found it boring and eventually started reading between the lines.
Corbie Mumford
Apr 15, 2014 Corbie Mumford rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Paul Brown
Jun 18, 2017 Paul Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have come to the conclusion James Patterson is an author of extremes; in the nineties he was producing beautifully crafted crime thrillers and twenty years later he churns out poorly written, half arsed and frankly ridiculous novels at an alarming rate. Spin back twenty years into the past and Patterson was writing novels like The Machete Season.
A killer couple, a series of brutal murders and a global game of cat and mouse; at first glance this book has the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster n
Mar 22, 2017 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not the best book by James Patterson.
Marilyn Thompson
Mar 20, 2017 Marilyn Thompson rated it it was ok
Had a terrible time following the story on CD. Possibly need to read it in print.
Jan 07, 2013 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Wave Of Terror Sweeps An Island Nation.
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
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
Aug 09, 2011 Lynn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'll start by saying that Season of the Machete wasn't as bad as I was led to believe by some of the reviews I'd read. There was a story in there, somewhere - it was just hard to figure out exactly what it was and who the good and bad guys were. This book meandered all over the place and there were just too many characters and too many towns to keep track of. In Patterson's defense, though, this was only his second book (dating back to the late 70's).

Season of the Machete starts off in Las Vegas
Lee Kyle
Jul 20, 2012 Lee Kyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2011 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Don Kaiser
Apr 19, 2016 Don Kaiser rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I was considering taking James Patterson's online writing class--22 lessons for 90 bucks, not bad. Might want to familiarize myself with his work, I thought. A guy who has sold 300 million books must either be delightfully warped or a marketing maven of the kind not seen since Ron Popeil hung up his pocket fisherman. I purposely selected this title because it was one of Patterson's earliest works, and it was his alone, written in 1977 before he started co-authoring with so many other writers, an ...more
Jun 18, 2008 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dan Schwartz
Mar 14, 2011 Dan Schwartz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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