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See How They Run

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  10,620 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
See How They Run
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Vision (first published 1979)
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Nancy Shultz
I am a big James Patterson fan. I had to check the cover of this book several times to confirm I was in fact reading James Patterson. I can say it's his worst book I ever read, but that seems odd, because I've never felt there were any other bad books...This was bad. Disjointed. I felt like there were huge gaps, missing parts. I have given it no stars.
Feb 09, 2009 Katie rated it it was ok
I had a really hard time getting into this book. I just read it to finish it because I was already halfway through it. It was not like any of Patterson's other books that I had read and I could definitely tell it was from his early years. The first disappointing book by Patterson that I've read.
Aug 17, 2014 John rated it liked it
This started out as one of the most promising James Patterson novels to date, mostly because it feels so atypical from the rest of his body of work. (I don't know how much more of his formulaic serial killer stuff I can take.)
SEE HOW THEY RUN was originally published back in 1979, when Patterson was still finding himself as a writer and experimenting with various styles. It is obvious that by writing this particular novel, he was hoping to pass himself off as the next Robert Ludlum. Even the bo
Jan 29, 2011 Shelley rated it it was ok
Plot Summary: Outside New York City, the palatial home of Dr. David Strauss's parents is attacked by gunmen during a glittering party. As he watches helplessly, his wife is murdered. In Los Angeles, Strauss's brother is killed during the Academy Award ceremonies. In Manhattan, his past sweetheart, Alix Rothchild, is running for her life. Dr. David Strauss is soon obsessed with finding the explosive secret behind the murders of his family members. His dangerous odyssey takes him across Europe, ...more
May 05, 2011 Jen rated it liked it
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." Ghandi

This is a definite departure for Patterson and his Cross detective fare; his characters feel the same, but the situation is much harder-hitting, in some ways. Having not been born by the time of any of the events in this book, I think that they were less horrifying or enveloping to me than they perhaps could have been to someone who can recall what actually happened, but they were nevertheless powerful. The best part of the book, I think, in
Brett Tompkins
Apr 06, 2010 Brett Tompkins rated it it was ok
This book was dreadfully boring. If I wasn't a completist, I would have stopped reading this one very soon after starting. It was all I could do to get through it. There were a couple twists, but the first one didn't even dawn on me until about 10 pages later because it was so dull. The "exciting" part at the end wasn't even that exciting. No biggie though. With as many books as Patterson has put out over the years, they can't all be great. And as always, I was able to read through it quick ...more
Ty Hutchinson
Sep 24, 2010 Ty Hutchinson rated it it was ok
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Arturo Gonzalez
Oct 25, 2016 Arturo Gonzalez rated it really liked it
I had a difficult time coming up with a rating for this book. It's clearly not his best work, but it isn't bad either. I was thoroughly entertained with most of it. It's not till the last third of the book that I began having a problem with it. The climactic scene is what really brought this book down a little bit for me. I just had a hard time believing how it all was resolved. However, I do give it an extra point or two for the epilogue. Final rating 3.8
Dec 05, 2016 Nita rated it did not like it
Did not finish it.
Susi Boxall
Nov 03, 2016 Susi Boxall rated it it was amazing
keeps you hooked!
Jul 27, 2009 Aaron rated it liked it
Everything seems to be going just right for Dr. David Strauss. He is a successful OB-GYN. He is married to a beautiful and wonderful wife. His brother is just about to win an Oscar for a documentary he made. That is all about to end on Oscar night. He and his Irish-American/Catholic wife join his family on their beautiful estate to watch the Oscars. They know they will face a little bit of difficulty since he married outside of the faith, but their worries in this area prove to be for naught. In ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Connie rated it it was ok
Definitely not his usual sort of writing, but entertaining enough.
Lee Kyle
Jul 20, 2012 Lee Kyle rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoy fictatious WW2 themed projects
Not my cup of tea that's fer sure! I guess i am not a fan of Patterson's first books although i am now reading book #2 in his bibliography "Season Of The Machete". Being a WW2 and historic events enthusiast i was only too pleased to see a swastica on my cover (I ordered this book from and recieved an original softcover edition, which i believe was an UK edition of this book the title is the original title for this novel " The Jericho Commandment) Why books are revised and retitled ...more
May 31, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it
See How They Run is a suspenseful book that will get you hooked. It depicts a fictional second Holocaust, or "Dachau Two", as stated in the book. After David Strauss's parents are killed by the Jews, he teams with Nazi Hunters to try to counter the epidemic. One of the members states "Someone in the Strauss family has seriously frightened the Nazis"(Patterson, 93). David now sets out to find out what that is to see if he can use it against the Nazis. However, one of his teammates is killed in a ...more
Damian Cloud
Feb 16, 2015 Damian Cloud rated it did not like it
This was a poorly written book. The sentences were choppy, and the way the narrator compared certain actions to scenes viewed on television and movies was annoying and distracting. I normally appreciate how Patterson writes short chapters, but because of the overuse of Jewish, German and Russian titles and names that were not interpreted; the quick description of characters and the scenes; and the inappropriate choices of verbs and adjectives(author desperately trying to sound "literature"); it ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot deny that James Patterson has intriguing stories and concepts. However, I am not keen at all on the way he tells his stories or his characters. He seems too interested in plot and not enough in character. This may simply be my desire for more complex motivations and desires for the characters I read. The audiences he writes for may not care for such things. I cannot hold it against him, but I still do not approve. His writing style is confusing. It feels as though even he doesn't know ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Alison rated it really liked it
I've read most of James Patterson's books, and this was quite the departure from the detective and mystery stories (although, I understand, it was written earlier in his writing career). In the beginning, it was a story that turned my stomach, as a group was planning "Dachau Two" and had been for decades. Wasn't one Holocaust enough? Did the world really need or want to repeat history? Wasn't there enough pain and suffering during WWII? As the story progresses (read other reviews for story ...more
Sep 10, 2016 T rated it it was ok
Never really got into it. Didn't really care about the outcome or characters.
Jun 18, 2008 Kevin rated it it was ok
David Strauss' life is turned upside down in one fateful day at his family's Scarsdale, NY, home, when, a group of Neo-Nazis attack and kill his grandmother and his wife. At the same time, his brother, who is accepting an Oscar for his work on a film about the Holocaust, is shot to death live on TV. With a little research, Strauss and his former lover Alix Rothschild discover that several ex-Nazi officers and sympathizers have massed together to an effort to return to power. And, in order to ...more
Shari Scott
Mar 09, 2014 Shari Scott rated it liked it
I don't know why this book received so many negative reviews...I found it fascinating. This was the second time I had read it, and I liked it just as much as the first time. True, it is not a "bowl-me-over" book...but it definitely shows the potential that Patterson has most assuredly fulfilled. Suspenseful, twists and turns, a little romance, all qualities that he improved upon with each subsequent book. Now the one thing that did baffle me, and probably always will, was the reasoning behind ...more
Feb 23, 2011 Lonnie rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed in this novel. See How They Run (1997, previously published in 1977 as The Jericho Commandment) annoyed me mostly because I had a hard time caring about the characters.

Set in 1980 Olympics Village Moscow the novel was originally written taking place 3 years into the futre. Patterson did not realize that the USA would boycott the Olympics in that year and since the book was republished with a different name in 97 I had a hard time believing the actions could take place.
Sarah Schoesler
Dec 01, 2011 Sarah Schoesler rated it liked it
In one night David Strauss sees his wife; beloved grandmother; brother; and sister-in-law brutally murdered. Why is somebody targeting his family? As the book progresses, David starts to chip away at the truth. His grandmother was part of a secret group of Holucust survivors that have devoted their life to tracking down members of the Nazi party. He then finds out that she was ready to pull her funds, at his brother's urging, due to the radical plans of her comrades. Are the neo-nazi's behind ...more
Lauren Meehan
Nov 06, 2014 Lauren Meehan rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2014
The good:
Sometimes the pacing was good. The short chapters kept me going when everything else about the book couldn't.

The bad:
The weak plot crumbles pretty quickly. It's almost as if Patterson could never commit fully to the storyline and developed an ending as fast as he could. The plot twist in the middle of the book was semi-interesting but that's about it. The characters were paper thin.

Books I can't finish get 1 star. I finished this one so it barely squeaks into 2 star territory.

I'm also o
May 18, 2013 JP rated it liked it
I grabbed this at the library in a rush to find a few books before a long flight. The fast plot and short chapters were an enjoyable way to pass a part of the trip with brief moments to read. The plot is entertaining and suspenseful, but still feels somewhat far-fetched. One of the mail characters, a fashion model is so cartoonishly conflicted within herself that you can tell there's more to come. Even in this era of terrorism, the premise of the main events and their underlying agents is ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Pam rated it liked it
This was a very hard book for me to follow. All the nicknames were confusing and I could not really understand who was behind the killings until late in the book. This was probably one of my least favorite James Patterson books. The main characters were hard to like or fill a kinship with. The people I thought were the good guys turned out to be ruthless murderers. I could understand them killing the Nazis who committed the atrocities in the camps but not killing innocent people. The ending left ...more
Dec 12, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
The beginning of this book was really good up until about the middle. This is just me. I'm not much for reading Russian, and Jew related things. I don't like reading the names and it confuses me. I'm sure this book was really great for someone that would enjoy this kind of story. Even though it wasn't my favorite I will say that it had a very good story line. It's a Patterson book so I had to give it a try. :) Heather
Jul 17, 2008 Mary rated it did not like it
If Goodreads had zero stars, this book would have gotten it. It is by far the worst book I have read in a looonggg time. Plot line: Jewish terrorist group posing as Neo Nazis tries to blow up the Olympics as revenge for the Holocaust... REALLY????? FYI the only reason I read it is because it was the only free book I could find in Costa Rica in English (surprisingly, all the other free books were in German).
Andronicus Kok
Aug 15, 2012 Andronicus Kok rated it it was amazing
Finished reading James Patterson - See How They Run. On happy occasion a great family is attending a function. Soon all hell breaks loose when man in ski masks stomp through and gunned down some of the family members leaving horrible memories of death behind. One of them survives and hunts down the group responsible. In his quest for justice, he discovers a shocking truth more than what he can handle!! :)
Aug 12, 2012 Jodi rated it did not like it
Recommended to Jodi by: no one
Shelves: thrillers
This has to be the worst Patterson book I've ever read. When I pick up one of his books I expect, a quick, mindless, entertaining read. I can't say that he achieved any of that in this book. The characters were dull and flat, each page was as boring as the one before and the plot was never really developed. Of course, the concept is bone-chilling and had scary potential, but Patterson never delivered in my opinion.
Aug 26, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
See How They Run By James Patterson

One of the most fascinating books I have read in quite a while. I never expected it to be as magnificent as it was.
When I first started to read I had no idea what or where the book was taking me, but I wound up on a journey thought history and it made you revisit the war era, to think again of what really happened, and of true sacrifice that was made.
A masterpiece of writing.
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