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America's #1 bestselling thriller writer, James Patterson presents his most suspenseful, explosive tale ever. Only an hour out of port, the Dunne family's summer getaway to paradise is already turning into the trip from hell. The three children are...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2008)
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Here's some advice: Read a really bad book before you pick up this one.

I quit at chapter 60. Why are the chapters only 2 pages long? Why are most of the paragraphs only 2 sentences long? Why is everyone beautiful and a millionaire? Why is the 45 yr old mother/heart surgeon so immature and stupid? How accurate are the medical situations in this book? (Isn't a tourniquet a LAST resort because you can lose your friggin LEG?!) Why is there no depth in this book? Why are problems solved so quickly an...more
This was a real good story and had a great ending...I am so glad he left out all that gory stuff, kept me on the edge of my seat. Don't know if I will be getting on a sailboat for a vacation any time soon!!
Patterson has won me back after this book...
This may be the stupidest book I have ever read. I ran to the library before our vacation to get some books to read at the beach. This book says on the back something like "may be the perfect book to read at the beach" so I checked it out. I haven't read any other books by this guy so I don't know if it is normal for him to write like this or not. I was in the mood for something sort of mindlessly entertaining but I wasn't expecting something designed for the absolutely lowest common denominator...more
Deej Greenwood
"I'MMA KILLMYSELF! WE'RE SINKING! BOOM! HOMIGOD A SHARK! SNAAAAAAAKES! Oh and throw a ghost in for good measure."

There, now you don't really have to read this drivel!

I've never read a James Patterson book before and I don't think I'll read a second. It reads like a goosebumps book* that he had to pepper with "adult themes" Y'know because adults cheat on everyone all the time. It's also dreadfully dull, probably because each obstacle was so easily over come that more had to appear, to just offs...more
Sad to say, but I only made it about 45 pages into this book before I decided to move it along unread. The story sounded like it might be on shaky ground to begin with but I had heard such great things about the author that I was determined to give it a fair shot.

The story goes that a family that has recently fallen apart since the death of the father that acted as the linchpin takes a vacation on the very boat that was the scene of the father's death. Mom, who is a workaholic heart surgeon, is...more
The lure of the airport bookshelf with signs extolling the wonders of Mr. Patterson's writing, the accolades heaped upon the book, etc. I should have known. Luckily I took some other books with me on holiday. I soldiered on, hoping it would get better, but it felt like wasted time.

I didn't connect with any of the characters, they seemed very two-dimensional. The plot didn't either grab or surprise me either. Sadly as my first James Patterson, I'm not inclined to try any others. In fact, a book I...more
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This book was easy to read and kept me engrossed throughout. I made predictions on what was going to happen every time I finished a chapter and I was surprised of the outcome. Some of my guessing was right, but some were wrong and that made me excited to continue reading. My favorite character in the book was Katherine Dunne. Katherine’s life gives one’s desire to have besides the unbalance family. Katherine has a good career, wealthy and a second husband who she was deeply in love with. From re...more
This novel reads like a bad movie script... the kind of film that goes straight to DVD and stars a cast you don't recognize. The Dunne family is planning to sail around the Bahamas for a two-month summer getaway. What we know of each character we are told in a "cheat sheet" that is provided before the prologue... literally, the authors give a paragraph synopsis about each character, giving their name, age, weaknesses and a bit of back story. And they never seem to evolve past that page-one summa...more
I like James Patterson. I wanted to like this book. I really tried... but this was terrible. Maybe it's because of the whole "co-author" nonsense, but this is just an embarrassing effort. In fact, if you are a speed reader then this is the perfect book for you; no depth, lazy writing, no development of characters... you just want to get through it as quickly as possible. It reminds me of some of the drivel churned out by John Grisham in recent years; his early work was so good and then he got co...more
"Written with the blistering pace and shocking twists that only James Patterson can master, SAIL takes "Lost" and "Survivor" to a new level of terror."

Um...not so much! I've never read anything by James Patterson before, and I don't think I will again. I didn't like this one at all. I picked it up at the library because I like sailing and adventure, but this one was really boring. It was like an outline of a plot - there was no indepth look at characters or details of the mystery or anything. No...more
Fast paced, good story, if a bit predictable.
My only real problem with the story is I find it hard to believe that Katherine would so easily trust Peter after her first husband cheated on her. An experience like that makes it hard to trust again, even if it is a different person. I'd be able to believe her blind trust in Peter if 1st hubby Stuart was a great husband then she'd be ignorant to Peter's deceit.
I must say that I'm stumped by the rave reviews on this one. I guess I’m squarely in the camp of the reviewers who found this book to be predictable, with a flimsy plot and even flimsier characters. The only thing that kept me reading on was that each “chapter” was only 1-2 pages long. At some point, it was entertaining to see how bad the writing could get. Apparently, there’s nothing that a big name author with a big marketing budget and a nice cover can’t overcome.

There were no unexpected plo...more
Goodreads Description- Since the death of her husband, Anne Dunne and her three children have struggled in every way. In a last ditch effort to save the family, Anne plans an elaborate sailing vacation to bring everyone together once again. But only an hour out of port, everything is going wrong. The teenage daughter, Carrie, is planning to drown herself. The teenage son, Mark, is high on drugs and ten-year-old Ernie is nearly catatonic. This is the worst vacation ever.
Anne manages to pull thing...more
This book would probably be best read by a person who doesn't read very many books, if such a person were looking for something light to read at the beach or on an airplane. I wasn't familiar with Patterson & Co's books until I happened across this one at the library. The plotline sounded interesting and I do love a good mystery but it just didn't pan out. Plus, they kinda lost me in the first few chapters -- if you're headed out on a 2 month sailboat trip and on the first day, your daughter...more
"Sail" is about Katherine Dunne and her three children, who all have been recovering from the death of Stuart Dunne, her husband. Katherine decides that a good way for the family to reform is to go on a sailing trip together, along with their uncle (Katherine's step-brother), Jake. Also, while Katherine is on the trip her newly-wed husband of a few months, Peter, is back in New York with his mistress and maybe a scandolous affair of his own. Little does Katherine know that this trip with her chi...more
Preferring something quick and easy to read while travelling recently I accepted my husband’s suggestion of reading this title which he had just finished. He is a fan of James Patterson novels and although feeling this one is far from his best, thought I would find it good enough to hold my interest. It did, I devoured it in just a few days not for any reason other than it was an easy read though.

The book is divided into six parts plus a prologue and an epilogue. The Dunne family consisting of C...more
Awesome book!! Surprisingly, this was the VERY FIRST James Patterson book I read, and before reading it, I was not into reading books at all, not since I was much younger, in high school. I had tried to get back into reading over the years, but just didn't take the time to do so. I was at a book store and Sail happened to catch my eye on the book stand. So I bought it and ended up reading it in like 3 days!! This was just about 6 months ago. Since then, I have ready over 15 James Patterson books...more
Jonathan Paige
This is my review of the book SAIL written by James Patterson. I would rate this book would be 5 out of 5 STARS. The book started off with a lot of family issues, I thought it would end as a book about the life about a rich family. But as I continue to read, it turned out to be a great book. What surprised me the most is when the daughter Carrie turned out to be a great help even though in the beginning she didn’t care about life or her family. She played a big part in saving the family and I ev...more
This is the first book I've read by James Patterson and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a simple plot-line and was written in an easy to read manner. Definitely a quick read...with the chapters so short, you fly through the book.

It's the story about a mother and her 3 children who plan a sailing trip for 3 weeks, with their uncle (her ex-brother in law) as their captain. The mother, Katherine, was just recently married after 4 or so years living as a widow. She inherited over 100 million when he...more
Good for people who want a cheesy easy read, or a good laugh.
Bad for people who want an intellectual or factually correct book with believeable characters.
I am a bit sceptical about James Patterson as it appears that he churns out books at the rate of 100 a minute and often writes them with other people which makes me think he just uses his name to sell books and gets the credit for other people's work. I listened to this on an audio book while I was doing the housework, and i have to say it was...more
What a crappy book! The short chapters were really distracting. What am I reading, a children's book? And why, right at the climax, would the authors zip the reader months into the future to Peter's trial? How many pages did it take to discover what had happened to Anne and her kids? I was on the edge of my seat (such as it was) to see what happened with Peter's murder attempt. And then...whoosh...a total let down. Were the authors just too lazy to write the action and then take us to the court...more
I generally like James Patterson but this book was a disappointment! One dimensional characters in an absurd story. Kat is a rich MD...with a second husband and dysfunctional children. She goes on a two month sailboat cruise with her ex-brother-in-law and former lover as the captain. She leaves her new husband behind but takes her children along in hopes of bonding with them. One disaster after another befalls the family. Each disaster is predictable and boring...flooded boat, lightening strike,...more
This was a cliff hanger until the very end. It's worth reading. A good standalone novel.
Aug 06, 2010 Krait rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: three year olds looking for more of a challenge than "See Spot Run"
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Jake's a "true nautical nomad" who has "sailed the world", yet he lets the boat be caught in a severe storm? Scuba tanks in overhead racks on a yacht?

The villian knows where the boat went down? How?

Rabbits and large pythons capable of killing adult humans? In the Bahamas?

The authors must have said "Oh, this sounds like fun, we'll throw it in for some excitement! The idiots that read this, they'll never know the difference".

But we do. And we can warn other people to not buy this book.
Jenny Lobos
Sail is a great book that will keep you entertain and won’t let you close its pages, you will continue to roll its pages till you can’t read any more. It’s also a great mystery as the family Dunne takes a three month vacation on their family sail boot to try to bring the family back together, but they just don’t know the trap that has been put on them by a person they will never suspect on.
I found this Patterson book just outright silly. How many issues can one family, whose steroetyped members are completely one-dimensional, endure? How many mishaps on one boat? How many times are people going to go overboard? felt like every chapter at one point! A shark? A snake? Maybe I've just read too many Patterson books and I'm not sucked into them anymore.
Nancy Zorn
I've read other books by James Patterson. This, however, was the first I've read by him with a secondary author. The "short chapter" style is typical James Patterson. What I don't understand is this: Were they both responsible for the story? I wonder because the storyline was pretty far-fetched and hideous. I just kept thinking, "They're doing what? That's stupid." Honestly, I think I'd head back to the dock after the first snafu. Or, “What idiot put dive tanks in an overhead locker?” I have, af...more
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Page turner. Amazing quick read. Not a James Patterson kind of person, but I may have to change my mind. Entertaining, fast paced, lots of drama, some predictable events and some surprising twists. The Dunne Family Sail turns into a rescue that was actually a murder plot. I must say though - from the first I thought that husband of hers was to good to be true.
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