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Black Friday by James Patterson
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Aug 14, 2011

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Black Friday is one of James Patterson's earlier works. NYC is under siege by a secret militia group calling itself Green Band. The stock market is thrown into chaos when Green Band blows up several Wall Street institutions, essentially creating an economic world war.

The entire first half of the book was unbearable. My lack of interest in Wall Street and anything to do with the Stock Market just made a large portion of the book hard to understand and follow. About half ways through, when it was discovered who Green Band was, the book began to pick up pace. The biggest part that was confusing to me was, how did they figure out who Green Band was? The huge discovery that led them to the "bad guys" literally came out of no where. The first half of the book they are searching left and right for any potential leads without finding any. Then suddenly, with seemingly no clues, they are on the right track (which, I must say, has nothing to do with the ideas they were looking at during the first half of the book).

That being said, the ending was great. A couple of carefully placed twists and turns made the last half of the book well worth the read. The first half of the book gets 1 star, while the last half of the book gets 5 stars. There was too much stock market details for my taste and too little of a transition into how they got on the right track.

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