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Step On A Crack (Michael Bennett #1)

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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  25,002 ratings  ·  1,171 reviews
During a state funeral for a beloved former First Lady in New York City's largest cathedral, the unthinkable occurs. Armed men disguised as monks seize the church and seal themselves inside, along with more than one hundred of the most powerful people in America. The captives include world leaders, actors, TV stars, athletes, and politicians, and the kidnappers are armed w ...more
349 pages
Published 2008 by Grand Central Pub. (first published 2007)
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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
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Kelli
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.....
Chrissy
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
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Lee Kyle
Jan 20, 2012 Lee Kyle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Brett Tompkins
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
John
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
Julianne
Jul 01, 2008 Julianne rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Michelle
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
Sam
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.
Jane(Janelba)
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.
David
Really enjoyed this and there were a couple of quite emotional chapters.
Laurel
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
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Robby
Oct 22, 2013 Robby rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Joyce
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.
Brian Bova
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+++++
Barbara
Pretty good first installment to one of the newest Patterson series. I'm guessing we got to see so much of what other reviewers have called "unnecessary filler" content pertaining to his wife & kids simply because it's the first book in the series and we're being shown where he's coming from. And throwing in the added emotional, tear-jerker angle can't hurt, right? (Yes, this menopausal female shed a few tears at all the right passages..)

Those short chapters are what keep you turning pages,
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Sandy Vaile
A group of homeland terrorists brilliantly orchestrate a plan to take high profile people hostage in New York, and extricate a number of small ransoms that add up to a vast amount of money. Their associate, the Neat Man, is really creepy.

Detective Tom Bennett is trying to cope with 10 children while his wife, Maeve, is dying of cancer, when he's called in to do hostage negotiation. He soon realises the terrorists are intelligent, American and have all the power. They know all about hostage techn
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Jennifer
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.
Sam Whitehouse
This is the first book in the Michael Bennett detective/thriller series. And it's pretty damn good. It's typical Patterson, combining a blistering pace with a gripping story and plenty of twists. Bennett is a great main character to follow around and his ten children are a unique and interesting twist. The plot, again, is typical Patterson, a kidnapping/ransom situation that cannot be explained, but Bennett must somehow figure out while the clock counts down to an end no one can predict. Patters ...more
Amanda Jaczkowski
James Patterson is a well-known author, which I believe is well deserved. This particular book, though a brilliant concept, seemed a bit dry. While it was well paced, with decent character development for the protagonist, the storyline just did not light a flame under my hands to propel me to keep turning the pages.

As I said before, the concept of the siege, paired up with the absolute perfection in planning, was incredible.


I was nosing through some reviews, and noticed that many people didn't
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Alison
Contrary to the review I just posted about "Season of the Machete", I really enjoyed this book. I've not been able to read Patterson's books in order of being written, so I already knew about Michael Bennett and his large family. It was fun (in a macabre sense) to learn of how his family came to be so large and so diverse, and heartwarming and sad to learn about the love for his wife and her illness. The mystery itself kept me guessing - how could a large group of men take over a famous cathedra ...more
Helga
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.

Adorei!
Cláudia
This one is a page turner, like Mr Patterson has used us. But as my friend Virgulina said in another review, Patterson now almost always writes with another person, and we don't know who wrote what.
I think Mike Bennett will return, and I liked him :) 10 kids, yikes! :oP
Sabine
Die First Lady stirbt in einem Restaurant in New York an einem allergischen Schock. Zu dem Staatsbegräbnis in die St. Patricks Kathedrale kommen die ganz Großen um ihr die letzte Ehre zu erweisen: Schauspieler, der Bürgermeister, Talkmaster und noch viele mehr. Doch dann geschieht das Unfassbare: während der Zeremonie überwältigt ein Kommando die Sicherheitsleute und nimmt die bekanntesten Trauergäste als Geiseln.

Mike Bennett hat eigentlich gerade ganz andere Sorgen: Der Detektive der New Yorker
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Sue Merrell
I love James Patterson, even if this book is by one of the James Paterson clones Michael Ledwidge. Still the short snappy chapters, vivid details, heart, attitude and action. I've got no idea what the title means. The book introduces a new character, Michael Bennett, a New York City cop who has adopted 10 kids age 12 and under. It's almost Christmas and his wife is in the hospital dying of cancer, but still upbeat and lovable. That heartbreaking story evolves in the background while center stage ...more
April
I love crime novels, and this one is a superb example of that genre. The plot is compelling. The former first lady is slain in a restaurant by her peanut allergy. Celebrities, politicians, and businessmen turn up for her funereal at the world famous St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Hijackers take over the landmark, and release the common people, keeping the dignitaries and celebs and demanding their ransom. The standoff continues as the police try to round up the money to get the celebs rele ...more
Susan Ross
Although the kidnapping event kept me intrigued, this was a one-time read for me. (I generally keep books I really like and read them again.) The main character's chaotic family life (dying wife and 10 adopted children) added nothing to the story as far as I am concerned. Maybe the kids and the nanny (who comes out of the blue) will figure into future stories.

Right from the beginning I felt there was a big plot hole. The scene in the restaurant was totally unrealistic to me. And then the death o
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Mary
This was a no-brainer! It was a very well written book once again by James Patterson! Love his story lines and the story that goes along with the main character - you fall in love with Michael Bennett and you root for him the entire way :)
Ashley FL
So everyone but me loves James Patterson. So every once in a while I think to myself: "Self, you should try another one." And then I do. And then I give it 2 stars to remind myself that although he is a great plotter, the books are inevitably so badly written that it is doubly disappointing: why does he waste interesting ideas on these writers?

The set-up was contrived, but I loved the St. Pats setting and the parts about the hostages/ terrorists was interesting. The parts about the Detective and
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