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3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  20,154 Ratings  ·  729 Reviews
The wildest thriller yet from "one of America's most influential authors" (New York Times)...Working as a lifeguard at a luxurious Florida resort, Ned Kelly meets the woman of his dreams. It feels perfect in every way-except that she's used to caviar and Manolo Blahniks, and he's used to burgers and flip-flops.So when Ned's cousin offers to cut him in on a fast break-and-e ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2005)
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Nov 28, 2011 Lain rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness, but this was bad! I love James Patterson, but I won't be looking for a book co-authored by Andrew Gross any time soon. And, guys? We are smart. Smart enough NOT to need you to repeat people's names in every line of dialog ad nauseum. It is one of my pet peeves. Like, "Ellie, did you know I was coming? Did you know I'd wait for you, Ellie? Will you wait for me... Ellie?"
Plus the plot made no sense. The characters were indistinguishable and hard to follow. And the whole jump-i
Mike Lawson
Sep 24, 2010 Mike Lawson rated it liked it
I’m like a hypocritical “vegetarian” that goes around telling people how unhealthy beef is, and then I secretly stuff my face with quarter-pounders when no one is looking.

I’m a total book snob. You’re reading THAT? I’ll ask a friend after hearing about their latest grocery store book purchase. And then, when no one is around, I’ll quietly pull out another James Patterson novel and just consume it in a night.

Confession: I like James Patterson. So what? Sure, you can buy him at any airport kiosk.
Aug 22, 2010 Bob rated it did not like it
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Jan 17, 2010 Holly Lee (Bellas Novella) rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009
I would have to say that this book was just alright. I enjoyed it enough to finish it, but there were plenty of times when I was bored enough to put it down.

Lifeguard is a crime drama starring a lifeguard on the run. When an art heist goes wrong and all his friends turn up dead, he is fugitive #1 and manages to dig himself deeper and deeper in trouble, all the while trying to dig himself out.

The mystery aspect of the story was easy to figure out from the beginning, and the love interests were cl
May 24, 2009 Hamster rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I don't understand how this guy is so popular!
After giving up on this tedious novel, I tried to skip to the end and see who the bad guy was. (I assure you this was only in case the person who'd recommended the book to me and whom I'd told I had read it, asked me questions.) It was horrible! I had to scan through nearly the whole second half of the book trying to find a bit of information I couldn't care less about. All in all I felt like Mr. Patterson owed me a couple hours of my life back.
May 18, 2009 Cookiemadeit rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Of course I read it on a vacation where all I had to do all day was sit by the pool and read! Seriously exhilarating read, the moment you start till the moment you finish! It would make a great movie. Murder, betrayal, manhunt and love story all rolled into one exciting book. It reads quickly, the characters are believable and the story is fun with a diabolical twist at the end!
LIFEGUARD (Pub. 2005) by James Patterson and Andrew Gross was a very entertaining read. I finished it in less than 24-hrs. It's written in the classic Patterson style with extremely short chapters, a ritzy setting in Palm Beach and lots of action and plot twists. Good stuff overall that will keep you flipping the pages to see what happens next.

The story centers around Ned Kelly, who is a man in his late 20s that hasn't made the most of his life due to growing up in a family prone to crime instea
Feb 10, 2010 Cyanemi rated it it was ok
Pretty lame and predictable. Very easy read. The situations were not beleivable and the characters were uninteresting. I question if Patterson wrote much of it.
Aug 19, 2013 C.j. rated it liked it
I did it! I finally got around to reading a James Patterson book. I wasn't blown away, but I wasn't disappointed. The book was given to me by a friend. The first 10 chapters were awesome. So much was happening. Then the following 100+ chapters weren't as interesting. (Seriously the book was like 118 chapters. I kind of liked that though). The story was about a man, Ned Kelly. His lifelong friends ask him to help with a huge art heist for a $5 million payout. The heist goes very wrong, with all h ...more
Richard Ward
Sep 02, 2014 Richard Ward rated it did not like it
Perhaps Stephen King said "James Patterson is a terrible writer" after reading Lifeguard.
Ridiculous, muddled, predictable, formulaic, tiresome plot. Instead of a book I couldn't put down, it was a book I couldn't wait to put down. I think I figured out why the chapters in his books are always so very short: to give the illusion of a fast pace. Not a single character worth a moment's thought. Like a lot of people, I doubt James Patterson writes his books;
May 23, 2008 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Ned Kelly was looking for the perfect score. At the time he finally felt like his life was turning around, he made a huge mistake. He thought he had just met the woman of his dreams, but he needed the million dollars promised in this act. The only thing Ned had to do was make distractions, but these distractions came back to haunt him. Thankfully, Ned had a big supporter, who eventually turned into a lover, Ellie Shurtleff, an FBI agent. Great book! It keeps you reading to see what happens next, ...more
Trish Jackson
Feb 04, 2015 Trish Jackson rated it it was amazing
Although Ned Kelly comes from a seedy area of Boston, where most residents are into something illegal, he has somehow managed to keep his record clean. He is qualified as a teacher, but due to circumstances beyond his control, he is working as a handyman for his super wealthy uncle in Miami and earns extra money being a lifeguard

When he meets, and has mind-blowing sex with the woman of his dreams, he knows life has changed for the better. Then his cousin and three best friends ask him to help i
Aug 11, 2015 Jaret rated it liked it
This story had an interesting and exciting storyline. I enjoyed the non-stop action and the twists and turns provided by Patterson and Gross. The characters were interesting (I loved Champ and would gladly read more about him) and I constantly wanted to read more. Until the ending. The authors should have ended the book a few chapters earlier than they did. By trying to wrap the story up with a pretty bow, I lost interest and stopped caring. If they had ended with the meeting between Ned and Sol ...more
Jen Lynn
Nov 10, 2013 Jen Lynn rated it did not like it
Shelves: own, 2013-reviewed
This book was really disappointing. Generally I enjoy the light reading of Patterson. Even though I think his writing is simple and really not that great, the stories themselves and the quickness of the reading of his books are usually able to draw me in where I enjoy his books. This book, however, was simply horrible. Everything about it I did not like. First, the bad writing was hard to ignore and overlook in this book. It was just bad. Second, the story itself was ridiculous, in my opinion. I ...more
Justin Newman
Jun 30, 2013 Justin Newman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew it was bound to happen eventually...I found a Patterson novel with a bit of depth to it! I read Patterson because his writing is light, quick, and forgettable, and sometimes it's precisely what I'm in the mood for.

This novel, however, actually has a bit more going on under the surface. Yes, the chapters are still super short and yes, there are bits that seem too easily resolved, but there is some staying power in this one.

What I like the most is the hopefulness of this novel. Things go
Nov 14, 2015 Darren rated it it was amazing
My father bought this book at a flea market. I enjoyed reading it. It is an older James Patterson book. I like the variety of characters in it. It is a well written book.
Raizza Silva
Jan 10, 2014 Raizza Silva rated it did not like it
I'm not sure how people could possibly rate this book more than 2 stars. I gave only one because I lost some nights reading this dull and ridiculous story. I thought there'd be a small chance of a different ending. It was probably the worst JP book i've read so far. I know this is fiction but seriously? Cliché after cliché and surreal nice endings after devastating catastrophes. It looked like one of those romance novels, the ones they have a hunk guy holding a hopeless woman on the cover than t ...more
Nov 22, 2007 Kathy rated it it was ok
From a blog post I wrote in 2005:

I polished off the latest James Patterson/Andrew Gross collaboration, Lifeguard, last night. It's the story of a Boston guy who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and who tries for the big score with some of his childhood friends by robbing some art from a tycoon's place in Florida. It all goes horribly wrong with lots of killing, some sex and many plot twists.

Typical read for a Patterson; lots of short chapters and characters who aren't quite what they see
Jun 05, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it
I didn't feel like this was 100% Patterson's usual style but still a very good easy read
Kelsey Sullivan
I thought this book was very good! It kept me interested the whole way through.
Another usual Patterson (or is it Gross???) book, full of suspense, twists and action. There were some bits though I felt it weren't really explained, and I felt lost in a couple of situations, but nevertheless an enjoyable and quick read.
Dec 21, 2012 Roger rated it did not like it
This is one of the stupidest books I've ever read. After listening to a Apple podcast with Patterson, I was disappointed in his responses, particularly with how he works with co-authors. So I'm assuming that Andrew Gross brought him this ridiculous plot and he just put his "patterson" signature on it. The idea that an FBI agent would work with a suspect is completely ludicrous. And the main character loses his four best friends, his brother and his father and sheds nary a tear. Don't bother read ...more
Mitch Sharer
Nov 23, 2015 Mitch Sharer rated it it was amazing
Thrills to Infinity: Lifeguard
Book summaries usually give you a good idea of what the book is about. However, Lifeguard is the exception to this rule. As are most books that James Patterson writes. This is a man that writes everything from murder mysteries to books about winged children trying to save the world. But this book really pushes the limit compared to his previous work. To show you what I mean just imagine after one week you have 8 murders attached to your name along with 60 million d
Daniel Rudge
Apr 24, 2014 Daniel Rudge rated it it was amazing
I recently read an Andrew Gross novel (Eyes Wide Open) and used to read James Patterson before he became a book a month writer, so when I found this book I thought I'd give it a try. While I believe that Andrew Gross wrote the majority of this book, the addition of Patterson made a good read into a great read. I literally could not put this book down. The plot was excellent, the plot twists come fast and furious, the characters are well-done, and the pacing was frenetic. A lifeguard in Palm Beac ...more
Yani Daniele
Aug 08, 2015 Yani Daniele rated it it was amazing
Después del impacto de leer Hiroshima, necesitaba algo que me distraiga, alguna lectura ligera y entretenida así que miré mis estantes y dije ¿por qué no? y agarre Salvavidas. Este libro esta dentro de un tomo que contiene 4 libros independientes pertenecientes a la colección Libros Selectos, la razón por la cual había comprado este tomo fue por "La boda" de Nicholas Sparks, así que del resto de los libros no tenía mucha idea. Curiosa por el título fue que me decidí a comenzar a leer este histor ...more
Jun 16, 2009 Alisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say I "read" this book, but there are very few books I have to look forward to, but then put them down because it just has too much language and sexual content for me. I have read other books by both of these authors that I really enjoyed, and this was a bestseller, so I really was looking forward to reading it, but alas, after a few pages, I had to return it. I just couldn't stomach it. Sorry for those who loved it.
Nov 11, 2009 Dan rated it did not like it
OK, two of his books is enough. This book was so cheesy and just had so many corny plot twists it was unbearable. I still think he has the ability to keep the reader interested, but his lame plots and general corniness are just too much to bear. When it got to the end I was like, “Come on, don’t let me down, make the final line totally over the top cheesy”. It was somewhat cheesy but not as much as I was hoping for.
May 12, 2012 Kaitlin rated it it was ok
This is definitely something I wouldn't have finished if I weren't on the beach. The characters are flat, and the inner dialogue is cheesy at best. It might make a decent movie but didn't fly as a book. At least it was a quick read - I read it in a few hours - but it's not in any way believable. Also I didn't really care what happened to anybody in the story.
Aug 29, 2011 Audrey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am embarrassed to list this book on my "read" shelf, and further embarrassed that I actually felt compelled to read the entire thing. Should have trusted my instinct after the 1st chapter that was all of 2 pages long. With wide margins and double spacing even. But I'm not a quitter! I think there's only one book I've ever started and not finished.
Dec 31, 2013 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first read / listen of a James Patterson novel was a pleasant surprise!! Great story line with the mystery ending in a totally unexpected way. The extended epilogue provided a wonderfully warm ending despite the needless brutality that happened during the course of the story. Because of the awesome ending, 9 out of 10 for me!
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