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The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (Daniel X #1)

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,628 Ratings  ·  1,401 Reviews
Yes, it's true: Daniel X is special. X-traordinarily special.
He may be just a kid, but Daniel is strong enough to fight anything in the world. And it's a good thing, because not many guys you meet have a host of deadly criminals hunting them to the ends of the Earth. And none of them are extraterrestrials.
Daniel is the only one who might be able to eliminate every last i
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Turtleback Books (first published December 1st 2007)
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Evan Scriviner That's just James Patterson's writing style. It's meant to keep the point quick and concise, so if at any time you need to put the book down, it's not…moreThat's just James Patterson's writing style. It's meant to keep the point quick and concise, so if at any time you need to put the book down, it's not "One more chapter," it's "One more page."(less)
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Jul 23, 2008 Erika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
This is so the worst book known to man. I would say it is MIB meet Naked Gun 2 1/2. I really can not believe this book. Of course I choose it to read with my sister after getting into the Maximum Ride series. He is after all a reputable writer. Everyone has a few bad novels right. I even looked past the upset with the "Final Warning" in the Max Ride series.
Anyway words can not describe how awful this book is. Suffice it to say I will not be finishing it. Can't even finish it. The writing stinks
Jul 23, 2010 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-t-judge-me
This book was, well...strange, to say the least. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. This is my first James Patterson "family" book, but really, no one over twelve would find this very interesting. It's like the authors are writing for eight-year-olds, at most. Some of my main concerns with this novel are:

1. The Short Chapters. In his adult thrillers, the two or three page chapters are used very nicely. They're all like mini cliffhangers, and make you want to read on. In this book, though, th
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Well ... honestly, I don't know what to say. After being terribly disappointed by the fourth Maximum Ride installment, I picked this one up in the hopes that maybe Patterson would start off a series that was just as good ... that maybe had the potential not to get ruined as MR did. Unfortunately, I don't really see this series going anywhere. I swear this book was one of the worst I have read in my entire life, and frankly I wouldn't be surprised if it was secretly written by a twelve-year-old. ...more
James Patterson has teamed up with Michael Ledwidge to write another young adult novel. James Patterson has already been successful in the young adult world with his wildly popular Maximum Ride series. James and Michael have worked together on two recent adult bestsellers - THE QUICKIE and STEP ON A CRACK.

THE DANGEROUS DAYS OF DANIEL X is an extremely fast read. Patterson’s traditional short chapters make you feel like your are flying through the pages. The story is fun to read, but it doesn’t h
Aug 23, 2008 Breanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Here is my nice review for our library's blog:

Daniel was born with the power to create. His abilities include being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind and to re-create himself in any shape he chooses. His mission: he is an Alien Hunter. From the day that his parents were murdered before him, he has used his unique gifts to hunt down villainous aliens on earth until he can close in on their killer.

This book combines the humorous quips of Spiderman with the repellant bad-guy alie
Aug 06, 2008 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
An amazingly quick read. It felt more like a saturday morning cartoon than a novel. It was light and teen-friendly without worrying about anything inappropriate. It deals with Daniel, an alien-hunter and his exploits in hunting a particular alien. It has short, choppy chapters and I read the whole thing (200+ pages) waiting for a plane in about 2 hours. It has a "Men in Black" kind of feel to it - almost comic-like, rather than serious. But I can't get over how fast it reads. I am disappointed i ...more
Gracie ;)
Apr 26, 2009 Gracie ;) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 15, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patterson fans. BIG Patterson fans.
Recommended to Julie by: Read other Patterson books.
I understand what James Patterson is trying to do here - duplicate the success he's had to Maximum Ride by creating another fantastical, out-there series that can be marketed to a YA audience. It's even part of his "Pageturner" category, where "special care has been taken with the language and content" so that it is appropriate for all ages.

I would like to say, that despite this "care," it featured a seriously nasty fight scene gross enough that I had to skip part of it. Ewwwwwwwww.

The formula j
Apr 08, 2009 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Daniel X is pretty much like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets "Men in Black" but it is not half as good as either of those two media efforts.

The main character's super powers are very unbelievable, and they leave the reader wondering, if this guy is so powerful he should be able to defeat the bad guys with both hands tied behind his back, but I guess it would only be a short story if that was the case.

It would seem that Patterson is someone who just doesn't get that whole "science fiction thing"
Jul 28, 2008 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I can't believe that I am giving a Patterson book such a low rating, but...
I did finish this book, but about 20 pages in I knew it was not going to be good. I had absolutely no attachment to the main character whatsoever, and the whole gist of the story did not interest me. (And it's not like I don't like the idea of aliens and whatnot...I have been loving Stephanie Meyer's books...)
Overall, a HUGE disappointment. I have loved James Patterson for years, picking up every single book that had
Jun 12, 2011 gina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Every so often a book makes me angry because it is so poorly written. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X is one of these books.

I read this book to screen it for my classroom library. In particular, one of my fourth grade boys (we'll call him Tom) refuses to read anything but action books. At the beginning of the school year, Tom unabashedly exclaimed that he hated to read. I made it my personal quest to change him and asked him what kinds of video games he likes. He said, "I like violent games!" Qu
Apr 26, 2012 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Daniel X is one badass dude. He has almost every power you'd want:

- Telepathy,
- The instantaneous (temporary) creation and manipulation of animate and inanimate objects,
- Super-Human Durability, Strength, and Speed

Unfortunately for Daniel, all that's moot because Daniel's book? Yeah, pretty shitty. The powers Danny's without?

- ANY SORT of character depth/building
- Well-constructed, interesting story line
- The ability to make it rain (throw some Ds on that, throw some Ds)

What pisses me off about
Apr 13, 2009 Maggie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I didn't like this book from James Patterson, even though I loved some of his others. With this said, authors have their down sides, too. There comes a good one--a *really* good one--and then comes a bad.

I love James Patterson--I think he's amazing, but I don't think that this was one of his best works. I was not into it, but being OCD, I made myself finish it. I didn't feel attached to Daniel, like I do to some of other characters from different books.

Creative idea, I think, just not so
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay it's slightly flawed. It reads a little "jerkily", lots of short "choppy chapters" and not too detailed in some ways. BUT I liked it and I'll be watching for the sequels. The idea of an "Alien bounty hunter" isn't new, but if handled well it has and can give a lot of mileage. This book is just a story and it's meant to be read for enjoyment, that's what it gives, simple enjoyment.

Brain candy but a fun read.
Dec 10, 2015 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just wow. THE DANGEROUS DAYS OF DANIEL X sucks so hard it could pull a black hole inside out. There is, perhaps, a clever germ of an idea to be found somewhere in all this mess, but... This book wouldn't even be publishable if it didn't have Patterson's name on it. And I'm guessing that his name on the cover is the only part of the book that Patterson actually wrote.
Varun Yelamanchi
I loved The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. This is one of the most intriguing books i ever read. Who doesn't want to read a book about a teenage alien hunter on a mission to save the world. There was no boring or bland spot in this book which is very rare. My experience with this book was fantastic and i I'm looking forward to reading the sequels.

"I spent the better part of the next hour lying there on the cold stone floor, Writhing for pain, Probably close to death"(Patterson 128). This quote sums
harlequin {Stephanie}
Sep 01, 2012 harlequin {Stephanie} rated it did not like it
Literary wise this should be slathered in gasoline and set alight.

Considering it's written for ages ten and up Patterson dumbs this down too much. Writing style aside, this was a tolerable read. If it was any longer it wouldn't have been. Not fascinating, but had some interesting ideas. A few too many maybe for such a short book.
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
I semi-read this book a century ago and I didn't like it at all, hence why I didn't bother to write a review for it. If you really want a review, please read Matt's warning review here.

The boys are going to like this one...aliens, gore, and a superhero 15 year old...I'll definitely order a copy for the media center.
Jan 03, 2016 Liam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Liam by: Joe Hutton
The book is called 'The Dangerous Days of Daniel X' By James Patterson and Michael Hedwidge. The book came out in 2010 and is a fairly popular book directed towards young adults. It is a science fiction book intended for an audience that enjoys reading books that are far from realistic, but still make you feel like your there. When I chose this book I was expecting it to be a little more mature than it really was. In my opinion this book is intended to be enjoyed by even younger adults than myse ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Gil rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Juli Anna
Feb 08, 2015 Juli Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I feel guilty giving any book 1 star, but God, this was pathetic. Sorry, Daniel X fans. I've actually read up to the third until now, and I have NO idea why. Well, no, I do--- these books are just SO FUN to critique. I've actually written commentary in the margins of the third book (shouldn't have bought it, waste of money). Yeah, well....

On the actual review of the first book:


It was really, really stupid. So basically, Daniel's parents are brutally murdered by the universe's most evil a
Dec 30, 2008 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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daniel ramkissoon
Nov 18, 2010 daniel ramkissoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i actually really liked this book i think that it was fun,exciting and full of emotion. I think that James Patterson really did put a lot of effort into this book which made it so good. It had many twists and turn there was mainly only two problems: the super powerful alien that he has to defeat and he has to save these kids who are being held captive by this alien kidnapper who has been using them as slave. Daniel did recieve a lot of heart break because his parents died and it turns out his g ...more
Sep 22, 2009 Kandice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like Patterson's style. I have always liked his adult books, and fell in love with the Maximum Ride series. I was looking for that. It's obvious he was going for the same feeling with Daniel, but fell short of the mark.

Reading this book was like reading a comic book someone had written instead of drawn. I DO mean comic book, NOT graphic novel. The situations were so forced, and the action so unreal, I could just imagine the "Kablam!!", "!Kapowwie!" and "Swoosh!" captions you see alongside the
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I really didn't like this book. I mean I really, really didn't like this book. From the beginning I sort of had mixed feelings about it, but soon enough the only reason I was still reading was because I was forcing myself to finish the book. I hoped it would get better, but it just never did.

First of all, the main character has WAY too many powers. Shape-shifting, mind control, physic powers, uber strength, he's a freaking genius, and he can arrange molecules with his mind. I understand just on
Sep 23, 2008 Carolyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
Shelves: abandoned, 2008-read
The other night I picked up (and after half the book abandoned) the new James Patterson book The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. If I could give it less than one star, I would!
Now, I like reading 'childrens' and YA books on occasion, so I don't have a problem with that. I do however, fault it for writing 'down' to the level of an 8-year old with ADD problems. Seriously, they insult the intelligence of their targeted readers with this one.
Each chapter was a page and a half (of a book that they playe
Aug 01, 2009 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading the Maximum Ride series, I thought maybe another one of Patterson's young adult novels might be good. Turns out that's not really the case; Daniel X was decidedly "meh."

The concept could have spawned almost as fun a story as Maximum Ride; a teenage alien hunter, parents killed by intergalactic criminals, takes up his birthright to catch the nastiest aliens in the galaxy. Unfortunately, there are so many catches in the story that it more or less falls flat on itself.

First, it's pret
Meh. Maximum Ride...I mean the siblings from Witch and Wizard...I mean a new supremely gifted kid, Daniel X, fights evil scientists evil government evil aliens with cynical, yet self-deprecating attitude, timely wisecracks, 2-page chapters, and inconsistent plotting.

I thought Daniel's mind friends were weird, especially his "romance" with the "genuine" girl created by his mind over matter powers. The bad alien somehow knew Daniel was hundreds of miles away and possessed a truck driver to threat
Taylor Landry
Jan 17, 2013 Taylor Landry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

There are a few short comings to this book with is short chapters it sometimes leaves things unfinished before jumping to the next chapter such as on page 31: (Daniel's "Mom" is speaking) "Oh, I'm sorry, officers. My husband is a jokester sometimes. And slow to get to the point. Daniel doesn't need to go to school anymore." That is where the chapter ends with that sentence. Where as in books such as Maximum Ride these short chapters are excellent
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