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Step On A Crack (Michael Bennett #1)

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NYPD officer Michael Bennett is pulled into a standoff as lead hostage negotiator. During a state funeral for a beloved former First Lady in city's largest cathedral, armed men disguised as monks seal themselves inside with over a hundred powerful people. At home, his wife has a devastating disease and ten kids.
349 pages
Published 2008 by Grand Central Pub. (first published February 6th 2007)
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May 04, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson writes good books and he writes very good books and this is one of the latter. I really enjoyed meeting Michael Bennett and his large family and was very happy indeed to find that this is the first in quite a long series! Many people criticise the author for his short chapters but I find that they bring a sense of urgency to the book which is quite in keeping with the genre. I also feel that short, choppy chapters make reading easy and speedy. Step on a Crack is written as a poli ...more
This was a fast moving crime thriller with a tender backstory. A large group of VIP's are taken hostage during the funeral of an ex president's wife. Mike is a police negotiator who's wife is seriously ill and in the hospital with Cancer. When no one else is available he is ordered by his superior to hadle the kidnappers demands. Each of the hostages are terrorized into revealing all of their financial information. Millions are to be transferred to an account that can't be followed, but Mike's b ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
James Patterson introduces us to a new character with STEP ON A CRACK, NYPD Homicide Detective Michael Bennett. A former hostage negotiator, Bennett finds himself once again dealing with psychopaths when the celebrities attending former First Lady Caroline Hopkins' funeral are held hostage.

I have to say that the actual meat of the story, the hijacking of St. Patrick's church and its funeral-attending creme de la creme of society, was an intriguing storyline. What weighed the story down, at leas
Mar 14, 2009 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be highly unbelievable. What busy detective is going to have ten adopted children!? How odd that the former first lady is murdered and at her funeral terrorists see this as an opportunity to strike. And at the same time his wife loses her battle with a deadly disease, leaving him with all the children and a high-profile case. This story is too cliché and predictable. We barely get into the depth of the characters and there seem to be plot holes.

The insanely short chapters ma
Aug 28, 2008 Kelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, once again another James Patterson book, but not belonging to any series. Amazing how a detective in downtown NYC can still solve a major mystery involving a hostage situation over Christmas, with a dying wife and 10 kids can hold it together. I'd like to get some advice from this character, since I feel like I can barely handle my stay at home life with four kids.....
João Carlos

Interior da Catedral de St. Patrick (Nova Iorque)

O Natal está próximo.
Mike Bennett é um detective da polícia de Nova Iorque que tem a sua amada mulher Maeve num hospital a lutar contra um cancro em fase terminal.
Bennett tem que cuidar dos seus dez filhos adoptivos e de Socky "uma gata branca e cinzenta, arisca que Maeve recolhera do caixote do lixo ao lado do nosso prédio na Avenida West End. A minha mulher tinha obviamente um fraquinho por desgraçados e vadios. O facto de ter casado comigo prov
Ικανοποιητικό θρίλερ με θέμα μια ομηρία, αλλά τίποτα περισσότερο. Στα θετικά το ότι οι δράστες δεν ήταν μουσουλμάνοι υποκινούμενοι από Ρώσους όπως συμβαίνει συνήθως σε τέτοιου είδους μυθιστορήματα γραμμένα μετά το 2001. Στα αρνητικά, δεν λείπει κανένα άλλο από τα κλισέ του είδους.
Lee Kyle
Jan 04, 2012 Lee Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of crime mysteries and Patterson of course!
Recommended to Lee by: chapters
The first of the series pertaining to top Nypd detective Michael Bennett. I had read Tick Tock prior to this and found out whilst reading the inner book cover that it was the latest in a series featuring Bennett. I'm so glad i took a chance with purchasing my first Patterson novel 'Toys' as this guy is now in my list of top fave authors. I wonder in amazement how this guy can bang out as many books as he does and they are all so freakin good? Step On A Crack is no different as i was on the edge ...more
Moray Barclay
Aug 03, 2011 Moray Barclay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmmmm. Where to begin? The shallow character descriptions? Early on we are introduced to "The Neat Man", but then we find no reason for his nickname other than an obsession for baby wipes. How did he get that way, I wondered in my naivety? The answer was deemed irrelevant so not let's dwell on it. In fact best not to dwell on anything too long, after all the author didn't. A measly 70,000 words or so and a whopping one hundred and sixteen chapters. The sparcity was generously spread around. Fo ...more
Nicole Alycia
Aug 06, 2015 Nicole Alycia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great storyline. Great characters. Great book.
This is, by far, my favorite James Patterson series.
That is all.
Ms. Nikki
Meet Michael Bennett; father to 10, husband to a dying wife, hostage negotiator, and son to an ever smart-mouth Irish man.

The story: Definitely worth reading if you like Patterson's way of telling a story.

It was hard at first for me to get into Step on a Crack since I've been on an Alex Cross kick for a while now.

The Cast: Plenty of them.

The secondary characters were wonderful and I hope we learn more about them as they play a huge role in the Bennett household and in this book they were kind o
Epic fail. The best thing that could be said about this book is that it could serve as an invaluable tool for writing teachers demonstrating to their students hot NOT to write a novel. It breaks every rule for good writing imaginable; not to mention that everything about Step on a Crack is shallow and unconvincing. The plot. The characters. The drama. The action. The romance. The comedic relief. Everything. How sad that Patterson gets paid by the boatload to pen such dreck. The story comes acros ...more
Brett Tompkins
Mar 01, 2009 Brett Tompkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the first time with a Patterson novel, I had a difficult time getting into the story in the beginning. However, I eventually became engrossed with it and couldn't put it down. I read some reviews that said it was a typical Patterson and that they are all the same, however I would have to disagree with that. The story line was quite different in this book than the others of his I've read. Of course, if they are referring to it being a detective thriller, then yes it is like his others. I foun ...more
Jan 09, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
This was pretty far fetched... I usually like Patterson's books a lot, and I am not going to say this wasn't entertaining. It was. However, for the same New York homicide cop to do everything for such a high profile case didn't seem remotely plausible. He did all the hostage negotiations, he was in the group that tried to break in and stop the kidnapping, he was the one to run out and see the bodies when the kidnappers threw them out of the church, he was in the helicopter following the get away ...more
Reinaldo Lourenço
Bom... O James Petterson nao escreve a maioria dos livros que publica mas os escritores que o acompanham sao de fato mto bons.
Gostei muito desta leitura apesar do enredo ser altamente inverossímil: um detective super atarefado com 10 filhos adoptivos, em vias de ficar sozinho devido à doença terminal da mulher, é chamado na vespera de natal para resolver um sequestro?...
Capitulos curtos, ritmo intenso, é dificil parar de ler... e depois um final abrupto e um cabeçilha inesperado.
Mar 07, 2016 Marleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson
Reading Step on a Crack was a bit of a weird experience. I can only explain this by assuming that the two distinct environments, that is to say; a) Mike Bennett’s home situation and b) the hostage-taking were clearly separately written by the co-authors. That’s the only reason I can explain my conflicting feelings about this book.
Mike Bennett is losing his loving young wife to cancer, all the while staying strong for his brood of 10 (adopted) children ranging between the ages of 13 to 3 years o
May 19, 2008 Julianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thrill-seekers
Will probably read more of this series. Definitely better main character than Alex Cross. I agree with someone who wrote that the kids were totally indistinguishable from one another. Also, it's difficult to believe that in this high-profile of a kidnapping, in NYC no less, that Bennett was involved in every operative movement. It's funny how fiction (novel or TV) has to connect the work of 15 individuals to just one person in order for the audience to stay engaged. The same person is the hostag ...more
May 12, 2008 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far my favorite James Patterson book so far! Micheal Bennett may be one of the most likable characters in any book I have ever read. A father of 10 adopted children and loving wife dying of cancer, Bennett must help save 34 celebrities who are being helped captive by some of the most evil people one will ever encounter. If you like mysteries and you like your heart string tug on a little bit, then you will love this book.
Feb 13, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Bennett novel. He is negotiating a hostage situation at St. Patrick's Cathedral at the same time his wife is dying of cancer and he is single fathering ten assorted children. It is a complex and compelling story and one that will keep you up late finishing it. Excellent reading.
Gary Butler
Jun 19, 2013 Gary Butler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
35th book read in 2013.

Number 222 out of 325 on my all time book list.

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Absolutely loved this book. The Bennett family are amazing and the baddies don't get away with all. ! ! Will definitely read more of this series.
Dedektifimiz ve ailesini çok sevdim. Ağır polisiyelerden değil çabuk okunuyor akıcı bir dili var.
Oct 21, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this and there were a couple of quite emotional chapters.
Jan 27, 2017 Timojhen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great travel book. Moved quickly, compelling story and generally an easy read. Perfect plane fodder.
To be honest, this ended up being a retread for me, and I needed a book published in 2007 for a "read a book for every decade between 2004 and 2013" challenge I'm doing for one of my book groups on GR. For me, I chose 2 for each decade. What can I say, I'm an over-achiever! I realized about one-third of the way in that
I had read this before, and I couldn't recall exactly how it ended. Too many books ago, or a function of a an aging brain? Regardless, too far in to quit, but the fact that bits a
Introducing detective Michael Bennett in one of James Patterson's series which came out in 2007 with Michael ledwidge.
Michael is a New York detective with 10 children, his wife is in hospital and terminally ill with cancer. The children have all been adopted and from all different backgrounds. I don't know how a detective is able to adopt 10 children and still carry on working a full time job but Michael can do it and the children are well looked after.
Ok so the story. The former president and h
Feb 10, 2013 Robby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery & Patterson Fans
Recommended to Robby by: Goodreads Friends
Patterson and Ledwidge team up in "Step On a Crack"; a new series introducing NYPD homicide detective, Michael Bennett. Not all that different than the ever popular series and now movie starring Alex Cross; yet, significantly enough to generate new interest in the crime fighting genre. For whatever reason I just never got into the Alex Cross series but find this intro to be an excellent start to a well written beginning. This has it all; good guy vs. bad guy, some signs of past and future romanc ...more
Jan 05, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson
This book was different from the Alex Cross series, particularly since Mike Bennett is a husband (although his wife is dying of cancer) and father with 10 adopted children. I couldn't relate to Mike Bennett, but I thoroughly enjoyed the novel - it continually kept an exciting pace, and the time spent on the wife and kids wasn't long... in other words it didn't weigh down the story with drawn out scenes. I am excited to read more in this series.
Brian Bova
Oct 01, 2014 Brian Bova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. First Patterson book I've read, and was very impressed. Didn't like the "format" of the book as a majority of the chapters were less than 2 pages. Storyline was great. And the ending was a surprise. A+++++
Mar 17, 2014 Helga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Maravilhoso, um thriller que nos mantém presos até ao final, e confesso que não estava nada á espera do "vilão"... Simultâneamente uma história de amor e de união familiar e de como devemos apreciar as pequenas coisas da vida.

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