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Black Market

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  7,653 ratings  ·  171 reviews
From the author who created the international No 1 bestsellers Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls and Jack and Jill comes a lightning-paced novel of high finance, international terrorism and irresistible page-turning suspense -- now reissued in striking new cover style. The threat was absolute. At 5.05 p.m. Wall Street would be destroyed. No demands, no ransom, no negotia...more
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published June 1st 1986 by Simon & Schuster (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...more
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
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...more
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!
Seif Salama
Beware. This is not a new novel; it's a retread from a poorly written novel from the 1980s. I can excuse the author from recycling his old,poorly written novels to capitalize on his recent fame, but at least do some editing and rewriting to bring the novel up to the current times. The gist of the story is: a group of ex-soldiers blow up Wall Street, run off with a couple of billion of stock certificates, and try to destabilize the US economy. Well, where do we start. First, a company like Citigr...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...more
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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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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.
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...more
T.J. 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...more
Robin Taylor
Wait a minute. It's been like pulling teeth to get through this book. Something I do is never give up on a book. Just as I was about to put it down, I run into a segment that suddenly makes it a keeper. Back to the story... Although this book didn't pin me down like his other books, I am glad I finished it. What really impressed me in the end was the thought of how much research he put into this and all of his work. He remains my favorite thriller author, and I have six books of his on tap right...more
Sort of an "end of the world as we know it"-I saw a review in which Stephen King criticized James Patterson, saying something along the lines that he is a superficial writer who will never understand a real story (that is definitely not a direct quote!) I enjoy James Patterson's writing, but many of the plots ARE superficial and don't have a lot of background details at times. This is one of those books that I thought could have been developed further to make for a more suspenseful story.
Feb 13, 2008 Kirsty rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a hardcore James Patterson fan... for newcomers I'd recommend some of his later stuff
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is another of the earlier books from James Patterson, and although this doesn't have the same appeal as his fantastic later stuff, this was still a good read. There was loads of suspense, a great twist, and a bit of romance thrown in too! This was definitely a page turner, and I really enjoyed it. The similarities between this book and what happened business-wise after 9/11 are scary though, especially given that this was written a long time before 9/11 happened.
Intriguing storyline that on one hand was hampered by its obvious 80's setting but also enhanced by its prophetic view on terrorism. Patterson is an adept storyteller but his characters certainly lacked depth and were fairly predictable. Overall an entertaining read but not one that is likely to provoke an emotional response.
Sarah Schoesler
This was probably one of my least favorite books by James Patterson. I think that I was at least halfway through the book before I really started to enjoy it and then I would still say it was just so so. I felt as if Patterson didn't take the time to develop the characters so I never truly identified with them. Plus, there were so many that at times I was confused and some didn't even seem like they were needed for the story. Not one of his greatest endevours.
Good Patterson read. The correlations to 9/11, the problems in the market, and the verbage that our country is being bought up by other countries - contemporary issues though this book was written in 1986. And I have the original Black Market edition.
I couldn't help but root for the criminals just a little as I found it difficult not to agree with their reasoning though not their actions.
Nikki DeLash
Jul 27, 2008 Nikki DeLash added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: could-not-finish
This is the only patterson book I could not read. I started reading in shortly after the 9-11 attacks and noticed way too many similarities and it made me quite anxious to read. I tried for about 6 chapters, but along with the anxiety the book created, I didn't like the plot. Needless to say, I put the book down and considered it a failed read. I don't think I will try it again either.
Nov 18, 2007 Craig rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
When a character early on is described as bearing a tattoo of the "Screaming Eagles" of the 82nd Airborne Division, you know what you're in for: An insultingly bad book, ignorant and poorly written. I actually, Gods know why, read another of his 'novels'-- the name of which has mercifully left my head-- and based upon that sample, I pronounce James Patterson the worst writer in America.
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