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Don't Blink

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  9,450 ratings  ·  854 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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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
Teresa Collins
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
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
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
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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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
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
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
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
Proud Book Nerd
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
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
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.
This is a great book. You will enjoy reading it. James Patterson writes amazing books.
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
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
Gail Jones
Book Review: Don’t Blink by James Patterson and Howard Roughan.

This was a good book although I’m not sure it was up to James Patterson’s normal standards.

Reporter Nick Daniels witnesses a gruesome murder and if you’re queasy you might want to skip that part. Unbeknown to him he has actually taped the words of the murderer before he commits the crime. His words implicate a ruthless gangster who the police and DA have been longing to convict. This all seems straightforward enough but believe me
Giovanni Gelati

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
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
This is not the James Patterson you are familiar with; this is a true pulp fiction book, of the Raymond Chandler���s genre. Either JP has completely changed his writing style for fun or has hired a team of ghost writers to write for him; after which he will brand the book with his name. Don���t Blink is something different; within the first few pages you get ������with perfect porcelain skin, who could turn more heads than a chiropractor��� and ������the heals of his black wingtips clicking agai ...more
Christine Keleny
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

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
Not the best story James Patterson has ever written but by no means was it the worst either. The action is relentless throughout the book and there are twists and turns aplenty (although the final twist was quite predictable). The story line was not exactly the strongest plot ever written but it moved along with enough pace, action and twists that this didn't really matter. If anything this read more like a movie script and would make a very good action movie. This book was a bit overloaded with ...more
"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
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Another masterfully-crafted Patterson (Roughan)....suspense, tension, surprises, twists and turns at every page.

“In the horror of those moments at Lombardo’s, as well as in the haze and commotion of the aftermath on the killing floor, I’d forgotten that I had already been recording when Vincent Marcozza and those cops were murdered.”“I didn’t get my interview with Dwayne Robinson. But what did I get? Page 66

Lombardo's? Really? How could this happen in Lombardo's restaurant in the middle of the a
Teri Sears
I ear-read this book, with David Patrick Kelly doing the narration. He did a quite decent job, even with the varying accents of different characters.

I did not mind that, as a reader, we visited the same scene twice, getting two points of view on it. Plenty of stories are told that way, beginning somewhere in the middle, or even the end, then telling the story until you've reached that point again.

I did not mind that our point of view character, Nick, frequently broke the fourth wall to speak to
Jul 15, 2012 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Mick O'Dwyer
In my life I've flung perhaps a handful of books at the wall.
This is one of them; it's the worst book I've read in years - it's excruciatingly bad - and after 40 pages I'd had enough.

It's like someone intended to write a Dashiell Hammett hard-nosed quip-ass story, but then had the brain-fart that Mills & Boon was the place to go for good characterisation, wit and plot development, and daytime soaps are where realistic dialogue paraded itself in all its finest, grittiest glory. It's so utte
This was a fast-paced, quick read; I finished it in just one lazy day. I am a big Patterson fan, and this book was good, but it was missing a little something. I liked the main character, Nick, but I thought some of the mob guys were a little too cliche. As usual for Patterson, there were many twists and turns in this book, and I didn't quite figure out who all was behind the crime. There was plenty of action and just a tad bit of romance. This was a good book, and I would recommend it to Patter ...more
One own fiction's finest reads. I have not read a James Patterson novel in a long time and I did not know what to expect with this one. With reading it via audio the narrator/reader was excellent and helped make the novel more fast-paced and enjoyable. The plot was also very well thought out and could be quite complex if you do not keep on top of the novel. The only thing that got on my nerves was after halfway through the novel it was not so fast-paced anymore and the main character (Nick Danie ...more
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