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Black Market

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  9,547 Ratings  ·  229 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
Unknown Binding, 365 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Simon & Schuster
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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
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
Jun 28, 2012 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joe Donkor
Jun 16, 2015 Joe Donkor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Follows the formula, strong start descends rapidly into drivel. Hero is a single father with a dead wife a la Alex Cross, vying with a criminal mastermind a la...Another cringeworthy love scene transacted days after the hero was shot... Appalling dialogue and general writing. And ridiculous scenarios, not least of which is the British secret service cruising around the Falls Road stronghold of Belfast looking for IRA terrorists - in a Bentley. I want whatever Patterson is smoking as it provides ...more
CJ Scurria
Terror and a major financial tragedy may fall as attacks happen in New York. The enemies easily stay under the radar and are one step ahead of the people tracking them. One of the leaders of the counterterrorism group is a man who lives like he has nothing left to lose. Can he find out the truth or will he lose his life and all he loves with it in the process?

I had a lot of complicated thoughts about this group. Mainly I think the premise of this story is heavy-handed; the plot of terrorists str
Jacob Maher
Nov 08, 2012 Jacob Maher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2012 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Barbara Nutting
Meh - one of Patterson's oldies that I'd missed! Subject of terrorism very current but it was way too long and too confusing! It must be the forerunner of the Michael Bennett series - widower, kids and Mary Katherine!!
Khurram Humayun
Jul 21, 2014 Khurram Humayun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apurva Jain
Jan 22, 2016 Apurva Jain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced edge of the seat thriller. if what is described in the book is actually true, then this is an eye opener about how our democracies actually work.

The story starts with the bombing of Wall Street. boom...... Captain David Hudson is an enigma. So is his team of Vets. By the end of the book, though, i did feel sorry for the way they were treated by their government. An american Carlos??? in the making. People with dual identities. Everyone is playing the game of DECEPTION.

In the midst o
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
Jun 12, 2010 Cheryle Leggett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
couldnt get into it, which is weird for a patterson novel. I dont care much for stocks and whatnot, so i stopped reading and switched back to mystery/thriller
Feb 20, 2015 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bizzy Day
Aug 12, 2016 Bizzy Day rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I wasn't burning with a fierce desire to read this. It had been sitting on my shelf for several years when a friend donated it to me - "You'll love this one", she had said. And yes. To my surprise, and despite all the things that usually turn me off a book, I did.

So the bad points for me are all superficial. I don't like the type, it's small and slightly blurry and aged. The cover reminded me of some battered holiday read thriller you would usually find on the complimentary books
Aug 19, 2015 J.S. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-misc
A group of disaffected Viet Nam veterans/cab drivers calling themselves "Green Band" blows up several buildings in a carefully orchestrated attack on Wall Street. In the chaos they steal a large number of securities which they plan to sell in an attempt to ruin the American economy. Archer Carroll, a US anti-terrorist agent for the DIA(?) teams up with the beautiful and multi-talented Caitlin Dillon of the SEC in trying to track down the mysterious organization that doesn't seem to have any spec ...more
Feb 17, 2009 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 02, 2011 Jen Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2011-reviewed
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
Nov 26, 2010 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thriller - The stock market is thrown into chaos when a group of saboteurs blows up several Wall Street institutions. Arch Carroll, head of the CIA's antiterrorist division, and Caitlin Dylan, director of enforcement for the SEC, team up professionally, and later romantically, to locate the Wall Street terrorists before they strike again. Arch travels to Paris and back, as he finds himself on the trail of former colonel David Hudson and his ragtag band of vengeance-seeking Vietnam veterans.
Ray Cerrone
Sep 20, 2014 Ray Cerrone rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mobi
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
Jul 15, 2015 Evelyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an older book that I found by accident at the library.
The story starts in 1985. The Green Band has 28 members. They are responsible for the fire bombing of Wall Street and a pier. David Hudson who was tortured in Vietnam is the leader of Green Band. The story is slow I think and was hard for me to finish. It involves the stock market and a potential crash. Not very exciting.
Bev Walkling
This book was just so-so for me. It felt dated in many respects no doubt because it was written in 1986 but reads as if it is happening in the present. Perhaps if I had read it then I would have scored it higher.

I liked the two main characters - Archer Carroll and Caitlin Dillon, but it wasn't enough to keep me reading this non-stop.
Debra Meyer
May 22, 2015 Debra Meyer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
YAWN. I'm not sure which was worse the narrator or the book. The narrator should get a job doing hypnosis tapes he does an excellent job at knocking a person out :/ . The book could have been cut in half I suspect, way too long and convoluted and lost me a dozen times. Finally gave up and quit halfway through couldn't take anymore.
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.
Nov 06, 2010 Christina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fictionread

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
Jun 28, 2016 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I thought I might not like this book, because it involves terrorists and was written in 1986, before 9/11. But it was fun to see all the changes since then. People using phone booths, no security at airports, etc. Some parts were far fetched, but overall a good read. The writing is better than Patterson's more recent novels.
Feb 15, 2011 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2015 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My least favorite James Patterson book yet. It seemed to be all over the place plot wise from the beginning. A secret society trying to run the government and country? Not my type of read. I wish I'd left the book on the library shelf.
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
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