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Don't Blink

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  12,169 Ratings  ·  1,043 Reviews
New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons - the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police's fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.

Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview wi
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published 2010 by Century
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John Matsui
Sep 29, 2016 John Matsui rated it liked it
Don't Blink is the first James Patterson novel I've read in more than two years and his formula for delivering a fast-paced murder mystery was there in [Sam] Spade[s].
Written in the first person through main character Nick Daniels, Patterson and co-author Howard Roughan deliver what his loyal readers expect, non-stop plot movement, chapter endings that demand readers flip the page, uncluttered writing, and twists and turns aplenty.
All of this, of course, comes at the expense of character depth,
Teresa Collins
Jun 01, 2011 Teresa Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, but since I'm a diehard James Patterson fan I wasn't surprised. When I first started reading it I wasn't sure I'd really like it. It starts out in the first person, then several chapters later changes to third person. It threw me off at first, but I got used to. Some previous reviews didn't like the fact that at times Nick (the main character) is talking directly to the reader, but it didn't bother me. I just loved the fast pace of the book. But then, you know me, I r ...more
Sl Jenan
May 21, 2012 Sl Jenan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An absolute revelation!

One star: one cliched, hackneyed, gadawful star.

It was around page 250 that this book changed my life. I couldn't understand before then. No way, no context. No truth. Now my eyes are open.

People who watch Bridezillas and SpikeTV need something to read while they poop!

And every chapter here is somewhere between tinkle-length and the span of a satisfying bowel movement. (Although if you're approaching your impending evacuation with a wet compress for your forehead and at mi
Jul 16, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
James Patterson is known for writing fast paced mysteries that are very easy to lose yourself in. Don't Blink was different and not for the better. The book is written in the first person through the eyes of Nick, a reporter. The book carries on in the usual style until all of a sudden, Nick is talking to the reader directly. Once his pointing out of key background details is over, the story resumes in normal first person perspective. Until he does it again. This back and forth - breaking the fo ...more
Mar 11, 2013 Sandie rated it did not like it
I listened to James Patterson's DON'T BLINK on CD so I will address the narrator first and then proceed to the story itself. The narrator, David Patrick Kelly appeared to have an almost Southern lilt to his voice at the outset of the story that came across like an attempted impersonation of Matthew McConaughey, but as the story progressed he did gather momentum as he changed the tone and inflection of his reading and ultimately did a pretty good job with the material he was given.

And now - on to
Nov 22, 2014 Jess rated it really liked it
My first James Patterson book after a friend recommended him to me and I wasn't disappointed. To be honest, I was quite surprised. Short chapters with. very interesting story line that kept me guessing. The thing I liked most about it was the story was fast paced and kept me interested the whole time. Now I'm excited to read more of his books
I’m going to be honest and admit that this was my first encounter with James Patterson. For the longest of times I’d been debating whether or not to read his books, unsure of whether or not I would enjoy his work. In the end a relative of mine let me borrow this book as she is a massive James Patterson fan and wanted me to give him a go.

I will say that for me the book took a while to become truly interesting, but once I was partway through it did become quite gripping. Despite the fact that it w
Jul 26, 2010 Tracy rated it liked it
Like most of Patterson’s works, it’s a quick read with short chapters that never seem to end with a good place to put the book down - meaning I kept reading until it was over. Also true to the Patterson recipe, there’s an underlying theme of good guy versus bad guy mixed with a whole lot of death, a dash of an interesting setting, and a pinch of bittersweet romance thrown in for good measure.

Set in New York City, protagonist Nick Daniels is a journalist who seems like a likable enough guy, but h
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Jun 19, 2012 Best Crime Books & More rated it did not like it
I pre-warn you, I am on a serious case of getting on my soap box here so if you don't want to listen to 50% opinion and a 50% rant to the author then please feel free to read no further.

The fact that I read this in a day and a half, and then spent a 20 minute walk moaning about it to my sister speaks volumes. You read the jacket and find yourself thinking "it sounds pretty good". How wrong could I have been?

The story is the most important part of a book closely followed by the writing style and
Aug 25, 2015 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read Patterson's Kill Me If You Can, I thought at first that this book was going to be more of the same. The first few chapters are filled with the sort of ham-fisted dialog that makes English teachers cringe and Hollywood producers drool. The entire section of the book where Nick Daniels is in Africa are full of guns and action and car chases (well, jeep chases)... and such literary gems as "We're being attacked. I'm serious, man." "Faster, Alan! We've got to go faster! You can go faster ...more
Aug 11, 2012 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Don’t Blink is a story of a good old fashioned news reporter, Nick Daniels who suddenly finds himself with the biggest story of his career. Right before his eyes, Daniels witnesses a “hit” and a cryptic message “Justice is Blind” that is left behind.

Now both Nick Daniels and the Italian and Russian mob are trying to figure out who committed the murder, the newest District Attorney David Sorren pushing Daniels to the front lines in an attempt to gain some publicity for his run for New York's Ma
Believe it or not, this was my very first James Patterson book! I have heard about him many, many times but never actually read any of his books. I'm guessing that most of his books are better than this one. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't bad. It just wasn't all that good. The plot moved quickly, and I was able to read this in an afternoon/evening. With this in first-person when covering Nick Daniels, there was little suspense regarding how he would fare. In what could've been suspenseful momen ...more
April Thompson
Jun 07, 2015 April Thompson rated it liked it
Fast-paced. Enjoyable main character. Just wish there was more thrillerish moments in the book. That would have drove it home for me.
Aug 16, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. You will enjoy reading it. James Patterson writes amazing books.
Christine Keleny
Aug 28, 2013 Christine Keleny rated it really liked it
Picked this one up at random - audio version - and I knew James Patterson was "a name" so I thought I'd give it a try.

Genre: Murder Mystery/thriller
Blurb: (Amazon) The good
New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons--the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police's fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.

The bad
Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick D
Sep 26, 2012 Ravencrantz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
"Don't blink, don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast, faster than you can believe. Don't turn your back, don't turn away, and don't blink. Good luck."

Yup. The reason this book caught my attention was because of Doctor Who. How could I help myself? Blink was the first episode of Doctor Who I watched and it's what got me into the series. So, naturally, I had to pick up this book. I found it while wandering around a hospital gift shop. I stood there reading the first chapter of the
Sep 23, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
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Though it had all the elements of a run of the mill detective novel, ‘Don’t Blink’ isn’t one of them and differs from its general peers on certain aspects. The whole mystery or the solution behind Vincent Marcozza’s murder is revealed much earlier in the book. But the whole book is about the struggle of the journalist to reveal how it was executed and how the chain of command worked. In that aspect, it differed from other novels and the approach was interesting. Instead of walking towards an unk ...more
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I've tried several times to read James Patterson's work and the only books of his that I've really enjoyed were his romances Sam's Letters to Jennifer and Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. Both of those books were great and remind me of Nicholas Sparks' writing in a good way.

Patterson's thrillers have very short, almost choppy sentences and extremely short chapters which make for fast-paced but ultimately unsatisfying novels. Don't Blink took me about three hours to finish, and I'm glad I got this
Giovanni Gelati
Nov 07, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing

I like to be entertained when I read a novel. People read for many reasons; that is mine. Why do I start off like that? Well it seems just because Patterson sells so many novels he gets some backlash, being numero uno sometimes comes with a cost. In this case some of it heavy criticism. Is Don’t Blink a work of art? Is it going to be mentioned with Hemingway and Steinbeck? Please, let’s just move on. All I know is the guy puts out some good stuff on a regular basis and entertains me, so I am goi
Dec 27, 2011 Froggy rated it it was ok
Mostly a lame conspiracy whodunit whose solution was obvious by the midway point. I've read bargain bin books of this style by unknown authors which have been much better. Really a very uninspired product from a best-selling author.

One highly annoying trait: The incessant use of blatant foreshadowing. At times every other sentence is something like "But that was only the half of it, as I would soon find out" or "But she had a trick up her sleeve. A real doozy as it would turn out!" (Not actual
Jul 13, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: james patterson fans
Recommended to Liz by: self
Another good book to read by James Patterson. Nick, a reporter, is all of a sudden on a constant run for his life. He got involved with being at the scene of a murder, and is trying to solve who is behind it. Looks like the mafia bosses are after each other, and they won't stop until anyone who knows about it is killed. So of course, they are after Nick and what he knows. He narrowly escapes death numerous times, when he thinks he is going to die. But will he get away when the life of his niece ...more
Ashley (bookworm84)
I couldn't get into this book. I can tell that this book is not written by Patterson and is Roughan's work. This book doesn't follow Patterson's usual writing style. It starts in first person pov but then the narrator is suddenly talking directly to the reader before the book switches back to first person and it continues to switch like that. It's unnecessary and distracting. I made it to 70 pages before I decided to put this one down. Here's hoping that the next Patterson release is a better re ...more
This wouldn't have been too bad if the last hundred pages weren't so predictable and stupid. Certainly, it's miles beyond the last Patterson/Roughan collaboration, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED--which I consider to be the absolute worst bestseller ever written. As he often does, Patterson paces the story at a ridiculously high speed in order to distract readers from how silly it all is. DON'T BLINK would have been great if I'd read it when I was eleven, but, as an adult, it comes across as pathetic.
Oct 14, 2015 Dorel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book's story line was very good but very gruesome. The beginning of this story was good & gruesome. This story had a good amount of action. I really liked Nick's character. I really liked Nick's toughness & bravery. Torenzi was smart & vicious. Even though some parts of this story made me want to throw up, it was really good. Good job Mr. Patterson.
Feb 05, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it
Typical Patterson novel with a bit more gruesomeness than normal and required. Interesting throughout for the most part. 8 of 10 stars
Wayland Smith
Jan 16, 2017 Wayland Smith rated it liked it
Pretty typical Patteron fare. It's a good thriller/adventure/mystery, a stand alone, unlike so much of Patterson's work. The main character, Nick, is a globe-trotting reporter who gets drawn back to New York because, as usual, the police need the help of an amateur to solve the case.

A gang war is brewing between the Italians and the Russians, and it's going to get ugly. Nick keeps pushing, getting in and out of a truly unbelievable amount of trouble. It's a decent read of the mindless action mov
Sheila DeChantal
Who doesn't like a big juicy steak from a world famous restaurant such as New York's Lombardo Steak House. The place is famous for their menu, the clientele.... and now the gruesome murder of a mob lawyer.

In the restaurant at the time of the murder is reporter Nick Daniels, conducting the interview of a lifetime with a legendary bad boy of baseball. Nick is shocked and shaken as the hit-man slips through all the activity without a hint of who he may be. When Nick realizes he actually has a key p
Brooke (Brooke's Books and Brews)
Date Published: 2010
Number of Pages: 387
Begin Date: August 25th, 2016
End Date: August 26th, 2016
My Rating: 4/5
Thoughts: I actually listened to this novel as an audio book with my hubby while we were on a road trip. I think James Patterson novels are perfect for audio books. They are fast paced and the story keeps you interested. This is also an author that both my husband and I enjoy. I have always enjoyed reading James Patterson novels, my favorite being Beach Road. Most of his books have a pl
Nov 26, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At a table in New York’s Lombardo Steak House, Nick Daniels (a journalist with
“The Citizen”) is about to interview fallen New York Yankee pitcher, Dwayne Robinson. Robinson is a two-time Cy Young Award winner. Ten years earlier, he was ready to take the mound with the World Series between the Yankees and L.A. Dodgers tied at three games apiece, but Robinson never showed up. He simply dropped out of baseball under a shroud of controversy. Now he is finally coming out of hiding to set the story s
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