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I, Michael Bennett (Michael Bennett #5)

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Police officers shot

Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend Hughie McDonough dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City-and to get revenge on Michael Bennett.

Judges murdered

To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his ten kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary

Kindle Edition, 530 pages
Published July 9th 2012 by Little, Brown and Company
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Amy D
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Hated the ending seemed like a ploy. Lacked details and at parts did not seem even plausible. Characters were worse than flawed. Plot too simple just tries too hard and seemed like that of a first time author than a seasoned veteran. Could of done better.
Bill Garrison
Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll say right up front that the ending to I, MICHAEL BENNETT, is horrible. It isn't even a cliffhanger, its just the ending of the chapter. It could of easily occurred fifty pages earlier, and you would have kept reading, because there's more to the story. Disappointing, and a major ripoff, if you bought this book.

And it is kind of sad, because the last three Bennett books have excelled in plotting. They've had a great story at the heart of the novel, and the personal stuff with Bennett's 10 ki
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
WARNING! Many spoilers! Plus: It will save you time reading this book!!! This really stretched my "reality muscle" and made me wonder how dumb one should assume an Irish cop who arrests a Mexican drug lord could possibly be. Throughout this novel, Michael Bennett, whom I have come to love for his dedication to his job AND his family, seems to be playing catch-up with the plot line. First, he seems shocked and amazed that a beautiful, curvaceous Mexican woman can also be a savage killer. Then, he ...more
Tiffany PSquared
I liked this book. It was suspenseful, thrilling, and just felt... dangerous all the way through. In fact, I did initially give it 4 stars. BUT...

You know how you prepare your favorite meal on your best plates? And it's piping hot and fresh? And it's accompanied by a perfectly chilled glass of wine (or mug of beer/coffee/soda - your choice)? You set your plate down and tummy up to the table... pick up your fork... dig in and raise a huge tasty morsel toward your anxious lips... and .....

Then the
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books is a prime example of why I no longer buy James Patterson's books. I use to buy them all, until about 10 years ago, or so, when Patterson wrote his first "cliffhanger." It was, I believe, an Alex Cross book, where it ended, suddenly, without being resolved. I had purchased that book, and I was pissed! "He's figured out a way to make more money, by insuring you'll have to buy, or borrow, the next one to get the end." That's the day I stopped buying his stuff. He is good enough that I'l ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite possibly the worst "Best Seller" that I have ever read. I gave it one star because the plot was interesting enough that I wanted to finish the book but then "bam" the ultimate ripoff. There is no ending. Obviously there will be a sequel and I am aware that this is a continuing series but to not even attempt to wrap up the main plot. Phooey. The writing was horrible and cliched. Actually the story could have been wrapped up in chapter 2 when Michael Bennett chases down the drug king ...more
Mar 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shameless money grab!

I have heard about issues with the ending of this book. I thought maybe there were some loose ends or that there was something to look forward for the next book. Sadly, the problems are much, much worse than that. Basically we get half a book, it's almost as if once the authors built up the story they decided to stop there and continue in the next episode. I would almost understand it if this was a gargantuan work and it had to be broken in two parts for publishing reasons,
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a new James Patterson book comes out, it's like Christmas to me. When the book is the next installment of the Michael Bennett series, it's like Christmas, my birthday, and every other holiday of the year put together. I love this New York Detective, his large adopted family, his grandfather, Seamus, the priest, and his nanny, Mary Catherine.

In I, Michael Bennett, Detective Bennett is up against the head of the Mexican drug cartel, a ruthless and mega-rich sociopath. As suspenseful and rive
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having recently read Patterson's Merry Christmas Alex Cross and being extremely disappointed, I had high hopes that this book would be better, and back to the Patterson I've enjoyed so much in the past. I was bitterly disappointed.

This book was spotty, poorly plotted, jumped all over the place and was a blatant 'buy the next book' vehicle.

As I mentioned in my review of Merry Christmas, Alex Cross, Patterson seems to feel a need, suddenly, to proselytize. In Merry Christmas he refers constantly,
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As critics and readers have slammed most of James Patterson's recent novels, his Michael Bennett series, co-written with Michael Ledwidge, has maintained a level of quality and entertainment that reminds us why he is one of the bestselling authors of all time.

Michael Bennett, a single father of 10, is used to being busy. Ever since he lost his wife to cancer, he has struggled to maintain both his family life and his job of solving high profile crimes for the New York City Police Department. Than
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first time I have been disappointed by one of Patterson's books that starts Michael Bennett. It seems are hero is joining arrogant Alex Cross in not really caring about proper procedures or how his rash actions will affect those around him. Bennett is pulled into a major case when the FBI and DEA work with the NYPD to target Perrine, one of the biggest drug lords in America. Perrine is coming to America for some mysterious reason, and if the officials can bring him down, they might ...more
Tracy Tibbels
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For whatever reason, this is the first book of James Patterson's that I've read. I just never got around to reading anything of his before now. I actually bought this book for my mother-in-law, back at Mother's Day, maybe, or for her birthday. My reasoning for choosing this book (aside from the fact that I know she reads a lot, and she's interested in all sorts of books) was because I thought she'd take interest in the fact that Patterson is such an advocate for young readers. I learned that whi ...more
Kelly Robinson
The previous books in the Michael Bennett series were all thrilling reads with fast paced plots, but I, Michael Bennett fell short. The series follows Michael Bennett, an Irish-American NYC police officer, who is likeable and different from other popular book detectives because of his large adopted group of ten children, a zany father who is also a priest, and nanny/love interest.

In this book Michael Bennett must take down an international drug Kingpin and the Kingpin's lunatic killer girlfrien
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Police officers shot

Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend Hughie McDonough dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City-and to get revenge on Michael Bennett.

Judges murdered

To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his ten kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy t

The preparation was intense for the capture of infamous South American criminal Manuel Perrine. Detective Michael Bennett was team leader with his longtime friend, Hughie McDonough as his side-kick and back up. Every department imaginable was involved after information had come through that Perrine would be in New York to see his daughter graduate. The sadistic and vicious killer wouldn’t hesitate to shoot his way out of any situation, so the arrest had to be perfect.

But it wasn’t to be – after
Paula  Phillips
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it just me or is there a part of us that whenever we think of cops, detectives, ex-military in novels we conjure up a hot, rugged looking man as the main lead ?
In I , Michael Bennett , we welcome back the NYPD Cop and Father of Ten Kids -all adopted Mr. Michael Bennett , along with his nanny Mary Catherine and Michael's father and father of their Catholic church Seamus Bennett. This time , Michael and his team have been tracking the movements of a major drug lord known as "The Sun King". Whe
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson
This is the 5th installment in the series and the 2nd book I’m reading, and I can’t help but feel I’m missing something. Sure there are flashy and intense scenes created, but they lead nowhere. Characters are introduced, but they get killed too quickly. The Michael Bennett books are exactly like action-packed movies, with a lot of gratuitous violence, car chases, big explosions, well, all the visual effects are there - and - what’s missing is solid story-telling. There’s no time for credible int ...more
Harvey Burgess
James Patterson's seemingly endless character pool was sweetened a number of years ago by New York detective Michael Bennett, a persistent underdog with an extended single-parent family who not only battles the odds on the streets of the Big Apple but often at home as well. Both areas are affected in "I, Michael Bennett," when he takes on notorious drug lord and cop-killer in a seemingly endless series of violent encounters that, it turns out, is actually a setup for a second book, "Gone," when ...more
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I messed up my review of Porch Lights I thought I would put this on right away.

Michael Bennett is the new NYPD detective from James Patterson who writes my favorite books, Women's Murder Club.

It is well worth the read. Fast pased and exciting. I really feel like I am losing my mind. Let's just say it is a good book and you should not miss reading it.

Michael Bennett is a NYPD detective, who has ten kids, is a widow, and hasa beautiful Nanny named Mary Catherine. He is involved in a case wit
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Bennett takes down a notorious drug kingpin

-- and becomes his No. 1 target...

Boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy!

I, Michael Bennett is insane!

Suspend your disbelief, readers, because you are in for a rip-roaring ride of pure adrenaline. As the fifth entry in the series it's the best by far, at least until I get devouring the future instalments. If you're looking for a thriller/crime series with a strong male lead, that's simple and doesn't use too many brain cells, then Patterson and Ledwidg
Randy Tramp
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful Mexican Drug Lord is taken into custody.

Filled with high-action drama from the first page to the last. I'm a fan of Michael Bennett, mainly because of his family. He has ten kids, all adopted. This story had an equal amount of drama from the family as to the case Bennett conducted.

As always I love the quick pace, the short chapters, and the moving action of Patterson's books, this one is no different.

What a great read. I look forward to the next one in the series.
Rich Israel
Action packed.

Doristene Williams
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good Reading!

This book is full of action and very engaging from the moment the action started; which happened quickly. Very Good reading!
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I've just about given up on finding an outstanding book that comes from the pen of James Patterson - no matter who his co-author du jour might be. In this case, it's Michael Ledwidge, who for the most part is one of Patterson's more dependably good collaborators.

The Michael Bennett series has been a slight cut above some of the other character-driven novels, if only because the detective has 10 kids, a "project" of love started by his late wife, for whom he still carries a major torch.
Christopher Everest
First of all, and I don't really consider this a spoiler BUT I would have liked a reviewer of this book to have told me to wait before reading this book. To wait for, I presume, the next book in the series to be published because this book creates a truly evil central character who the authors obviously so relished portraying that they did not find a satisfactory denouement in this single book. I will probably have to read this book again (and will enjoy it again) when the next Bennett-Book is p ...more
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 in the Michael Bennett series. This page-turner from the Patterson writing stables is a quick read afflicted with variable quality. Bennett captures the international drug lord and as an outsider, plays central roles in a raid on a mountain hide-a-way and a federally funded urban drug sweep. Yet, he can not express his feelings for the nanny of his 10 kids. There was plenty of filler in the book until suddenly in the middle of a venture, the book ends. I guess this is good for follow on sales ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
James Patterson is one of my favourite crime authors, but this installation was very flat. The book had the makings of an excellent thriller but I guess the commercialization of the authors got the better of him.

I understand that he makes his living from writing and he has to contend with pressures from his agent, his publishing house etc but damn, as his audience, I felt cheated. The book read like a bad Hollywood movie franchise. Like the "Die Hard" or "ManInBlack" franchise.

The plot seemed pl
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson should stick to books with police activities in them. This one, like the last one I ust read involving police activities, is as good or better than his others. In this case, Michael Bennett takes on a notorious drug king pin, capturing and seriously debilitating his operations. It is summer, and Michael and the brood are off to the mountains for some much needed rest. However, Michael ends up commuting between the vacation cabin and his job as the story unfolds. As usual, each pa ...more
Debbie Levine
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Bennett is at it again, this time he's battling the head of a Mexican Drug Cartel, who has snuck back into New York for his daughter's Law School Graduation. It's Detective Bennett's job along with the rest of the NYPD to arrest him while he's visiting, but that proves to be much easier said than done. When the arrest (staged in Madison Square Garden, no less) goes bad and a close childhood friend is murdered, it's time to get thae family out of the City pronto, so the Bennett clan desce ...more
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