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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  8,352 ratings  ·  187 reviews
In a world of professional assassins, elegant call girls, and shadowy power brokers, nothing is as it appears, it all starts in this unforgettable adventure with a shocking attack on Wall Street's financial district by a mysterious army called the Green Band. Time has run out -- and Operation Black Market has begun. But who are these saboteurs, and why are they starting an ...more
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Published April 1st 2000 by Time Warner AudioBooks (first published January 1st 1986)
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I’ve read a lot of James Patterson’s newer novels and decided to start reading some of his earlier ones. This one was published in 1985 which made it a rather eerie book to read due to the subject matter.

1. It deals with a crash of Wall Street aided by the greed of the wealthy and the big banks.
2. It deals with terrorism long before we were introduced to Timothy McVey and Osama Bin Laden
3. It deals with disenchanted veterans of the Viet Nam war suffering from PTSD.

It just seems like James Patter
This Patterson crime-suspense novel from the late eighties is an interesting read today from our perspective in the next century. The plot of a terrorist attack on New York City and the crash of the stock market and hence the world economy somehow seemed much more apocalyptic thirty years ago than it does today---probably because it all happened and we lived through it. Not in the same way of course, or in the same order and not by the same enemy and with a totally different outcome---somehow a ...more
BLACK FRIDAY has a pretty good story concept, but the execution is just awful, making it the dumbest smart thriller I've ever read. Imagine THE DAY OF THE JACKAL if it had been written by the author of FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY, and you'll have some idea of what I mean. The dialog is trash, the characters are B-movie stereotypes, the action is ridiculous, and everything that happens is taken to silly, unbelievable extremes in a constant attempt to artificially raise the stakes. The book is so despera ...more
Jacob Maher
This book is one of the finer ones i have read in a long time. I am not an avid reader nor do i like reading, but this book was very interesting. There's tons of action and not alot of romance in the life of arch carrol. He is the main character of the book, one of the best detectives in new york, a loving father, brother, and a widow. He was married to nora carrol for 9 years before she tragically died of cancer in a hosiptal bed. He now raises his 3 kids with his sister, mary, and she watches ...more
Khurram Humayun
I'm starting to see why James Patterson has such a huge and loyal following. His 1st book (The Thomas Berryman Number) was nothing to write home about imho, infact I was tempted many times to put it down and never pick another Patterson book ever again. I'm glad that I stuck with it for he has gotten better and better with each new book.
Black Friday is his 5th book and it's a doozy, an excellent suspenseful thriller. It's primary focus is a planned Wall Street crash and how our world revolves a
A story of deception, secret government sects, global terrorism, Vie-veteran guerrilla, bomb threats on Wall Street...set in the middle of Cold War.

Cut the length in half and you might get a decent thriller. But as it is, the pace was too slow, the twists and turns too convoluted, the characters were a bit too one-dimensional for my taste...I'm just not convinced.

Great premise, poor execution. Sad, but true.
Cheryle Leggett
It's funny, although this book old? 24-ish years old, it quite scarily reminded me about things happening today... Very good story though, and I thought I had it all worked out at the end, but I was way off the mark! That's what I like to see...a book that keeps me guessing right to the end, and then proves me wrong on every level!
I would say I really enjoyed this book but wouldn't go as far as saying I loved it. I feel this books real strength lies in its interesting setting in the financial downfall of America, and threatening a worldwide collapse. I felt the characters could have been a little more 'fleshed out' as I found myself feeling detached and wanting to like them more than I did. Really enjoyed the climax of this book and was hanging on every word by the end. I would say I would recommend this book to anyone lo ...more
Originally published in 1987 as Black Market, this book brings readers back in time when the world was still swayed by the Cold War and a lot of today's international issues are different. The book starts with a thread (and the follow through) by terrorists under the name Green Band promising to blow up the buildings that make up the economic entity that is Wall Street at the close of the day on a Friday afternoon. As you can expect, this causes a bit of havoc on the markets in America and aroun ...more
Jen Lynn
Black Friday is one of James Patterson's earlier works. NYC is under siege by a secret militia group calling itself Green Band. The stock market is thrown into chaos when Green Band blows up several Wall Street institutions, essentially creating an economic world war.

The entire first half of the book was unbearable. My lack of interest in Wall Street and anything to do with the Stock Market just made a large portion of the book hard to understand and follow. About half ways through, when it was
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Ray Cerrone
An interesting story with quite a twist for an ending. The reason I gave it 2 starts was because I thought the story could have gone in an entirely different direction. Now that I think of it, I think it deserves better. I would recommend this book to Patterson fans and I would also suggest this book to people that enjoy reading about terrorism.

One thing to keep in mind is that the plot for this story was pre 9-11. It is hard to believe that Patterson could have conceived of a plot just before t
Not one of his more believable ones. The premise is that there is an elaborate conspiracy to do some financial terrorism. Who is behind the conspiracy ends up being the twist, but Patterson does do a good job leading you there so you can figure it out on your own. This conspiracy is run by a bunch of vietnam vets who appear to want to get back at the country for how poorly they were treated after the war. The general story is decent although kind of far fetched, some of the financial aspects are ...more
Anne Smith
Not the best.....

I have read a lot of books by this author. While I found the plot of this novel fascinating, the typos all through the book were very numerous. I was also disappointed in some of the language, which added absolutely nothing positive to the plot. I hope this is not a trend for James Patterson.

Pretty sure this was my first James Patterson book, but I have 4 more in the pile I inherited so I am about to get to know him VERY well!! I like his writing style as it lends itself very well to my desire for short chapters and keeping background information simple. When I pick up a thriller/mystery book I just want interesting/intelligent characters, a plausible plot & then some good action with just enough twists to make it surprising. Patterson met all the criteria for me *expect* for
Flying on Eastern Airlines or dealing with Lehman Brothers. Reading a book first published in the 80's provided much unintended amusement. State of the art computers with only green letters and dot matrix printers seem so quaint.

This is tale of stock market manipulation that seems as current as now. "It was the boardroom coldness, the sterile, Big Business atmosphere that was growing up everywhere in the government. It was all this super-secrecy, the super-deceit - usually under misleading cove
It is a well-paced novel so it is quick reading. There is enough character development that all the people feel real and you care about what happens to them. It is a little dated now but not to the point that it is no longer interesting. I wouldn’t call it heavy reading but it is entertaining. It has action, suspense and even some romance. There was a plot point added towards the end of the book that made the whole thing less believable to me but by then I was interested in knowing what was goin ...more
Early James Patterson trying (and failing) to write a Ludlum/Clancy-esque thriller. The conspiracy was actually very interesting and well done (albeit very 1980sish) but Patterson bogs his tale down with cliches, love stories and cliched love stories that are inessential to the plot. This is but the second Patterson book I've read but his other one followed the same vein. Baldacci is like that too. It just doesn't work for me guys, two beautiful people (including a usually underwritten female ch ...more
Jean Tremaine
Very suspenseful

Huge number of plot twists and surprises. It keeps you guessing until you figure out who the good guys are.

Linda Zimmerman

Book was good, but hoped for more and it was over. It could have been a happy ever after story.
This book was unlike - and in fact the exact opposite - of every other James Patterson book I've ever read ... the ending was good and everything leading up to that was boring.
Joei Hossack
This is one of his early books. Very slow moving. Much prefer his later ones. This is the second of his early books and I didn't enjoy either one. Joei at Www.JoeiCarlton.Com
The Cats Mother
I didn't love this - it now felt very dated - not the books' fault - it's nearly 30 yrs old and while I'm old enough to remember the mid-80s, thrillers have become more sophisticated now and all the conspiracies here just felt OTT to me.
This was one of JP's earliest books and before he developed his 1 page per chapter style, which was a relief, but there was still lots of action and it all felt rather disjointed.
It was also odd reading about a heroine who keeps smoking!
Archer was an unpleasant h
All the right ingredients for intriguing and fun fiction...or is it real?
Available digitally and reads quickly. Enjoy!
Not sure how I missed this book when it first came out. But really enjoyed reading it now. Loved the characters and the story. Kept you guessing throughout.
Halfway throught the book before I could understand what was going on.
Actually ended up liking this more than I thought I was going to.
A militia group made of ex-soldiers has bombed key spots of the financial district in New York. As the feds try to find out exactly who they are and what they want, the story takes us through the stock exchange, stealing bonds, to foreign countries and ultimately to the highest powers in the US.

I was between books, and couldn't think of anything to read, so I picked up an old paperback from the shelf and this was it. I don't normally like terrorist type plots, but this was enough of a who-dun-it
T. Blake
With only a 3 star rating, I did enjoy this book as it kept me gripped to the pages. I wanted more constantly, I wanted to know who Monserrat was, will Carrol survive? I suspected mostly everyone at some point of being Monserrat.
The mystery was great and the action was exhilarating, with some slight gore and some great scenes.
I did enjoy the book but sometimes felt that not everything linked up smoothly in the book, I had to go back at some points to read again to see how something came to tha
Vinod Jayachandran
Got introduced to the author after reading Private india which was co authored with ashwin sanghi. But this was not up to the mark. Yet it had a good flow.

Okay one time read. Plot didn't have much twists.
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