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Come una tempesta

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  24,361 ratings  ·  1,966 reviews
Per recuperare il rapporto con i figli dopo la morte del marito, Kathrine Dunne organizza una vacanza in barca a vela con i suoi tre figli, ormai allo sbando. La figlia adolescente Carrie soffre di bulimia e attacchi depressivi, tanto che a diciott'anni medita il suicidio. Mark, di sedici, è una specie di bradipo svagato che fuma maijuana dalla mattina alla sera. Il fratel ...more
Hardcover, La Gaja scienza, 312 pages
Published August 28th 2008 by Longanesi (first published June 9th 2008)
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Feb 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Here's some advice: Read a really bad book before you pick up this one.

I quit at chapter 60. Why are the chapters only 2 pages long? Why are most of the paragraphs only 2 sentences long? Why is everyone beautiful and a millionaire? Why is the 45 yr old mother/heart surgeon so immature and stupid? How accurate are the medical situations in this book? (Isn't a tourniquet a LAST resort because you can lose your friggin LEG?!) Why is there no depth in this book? Why are problems solved so quickly an
Jun 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, thriller
This may be the stupidest book I have ever read. I ran to the library before our vacation to get some books to read at the beach. This book says on the back something like "may be the perfect book to read at the beach" so I checked it out. I haven't read any other books by this guy so I don't know if it is normal for him to write like this or not. I was in the mood for something sort of mindlessly entertaining but I wasn't expecting something designed for the absolutely lowest common denominator ...more
Deej Greenwood
Feb 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"I'MMA KILLMYSELF! WE'RE SINKING! BOOM! HOMIGOD A SHARK! SNAAAAAAAKES! Oh and throw a ghost in for good measure."

There, now you don't really have to read this drivel!

I've never read a James Patterson book before and I don't think I'll read a second. It reads like a goosebumps book* that he had to pepper with "adult themes" Y'know because adults cheat on everyone all the time. It's also dreadfully dull, probably because each obstacle was so easily over come that more had to appear, to just offs

Not bad. I liked it but certainly not my favorite James Patterson co-written book. I was drawn to the book because of the lost at sea aspect; a scenario that is terrifying! The mixture of a murder plot and scandalous relationships really added to the plot. I did not connect with the characters and found the story a bit predictable. I am not one that is going to complain about the typical shark scene of being lost at sea because, well, honestly as a reader I was waiting for it. The snake
Jul 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I must say that I'm stumped by the rave reviews on this one. I guess I’m squarely in the camp of the reviewers who found this book to be predictable, with a flimsy plot and even flimsier characters. The only thing that kept me reading on was that each “chapter” was only 1-2 pages long. At some point, it was entertaining to see how bad the writing could get. Apparently, there’s nothing that a big name author with a big marketing budget and a nice cover can’t overcome.

There were no unexpected plo
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rabf
SAIL is another James Patterson book that blew my mind. Anne Dunne's family has been falling apart since the death of her husband. Trying to save her family she puts together a wonderful sailing vacation. As soon as they pull away from the dock the craziness starts! The twists and turns keep coming and I had to know how it was going to end! Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, a few pages later, James Patterson threw me for a loop and I knew I was wrong! I'm kicking myself for ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The lure of the airport bookshelf with signs extolling the wonders of Mr. Patterson's writing, the accolades heaped upon the book, etc. I should have known. Luckily I took some other books with me on holiday. I soldiered on, hoping it would get better, but it felt like wasted time.

I didn't connect with any of the characters, they seemed very two-dimensional. The plot didn't either grab or surprise me either. Sadly as my first James Patterson, I'm not inclined to try any others. In fact, a book I
Susan Barrett
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a real good story and had a great ending...I am so glad he left out all that gory stuff, kept me on the edge of my seat. Don't know if I will be getting on a sailboat for a vacation any time soon!!
Patterson has won me back after this book...
Mar 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sad to say, but I only made it about 45 pages into this book before I decided to move it along unread. The story sounded like it might be on shaky ground to begin with but I had heard such great things about the author that I was determined to give it a fair shot.

The story goes that a family that has recently fallen apart since the death of the father that acted as the linchpin takes a vacation on the very boat that was the scene of the father's death. Mom, who is a workaholic heart surgeon, is
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book would probably be best read by a person who doesn't read very many books, if such a person were looking for something light to read at the beach or on an airplane. I wasn't familiar with Patterson & Co's books until I happened across this one at the library. The plotline sounded interesting and I do love a good mystery but it just didn't pan out. Plus, they kinda lost me in the first few chapters -- if you're headed out on a 2 month sailboat trip and on the first day, your daughter ...more
Nancy Zorn
Feb 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I've read other books by James Patterson. This, however, was the first I've read by him with a secondary author. The "short chapter" style is typical James Patterson. What I don't understand is this: Were they both responsible for the story? I wonder because the storyline was pretty far-fetched and hideous. I just kept thinking, "They're doing what? That's stupid." Honestly, I think I'd head back to the dock after the first snafu. Or, “What idiot put dive tanks in an overhead locker?” I have, af ...more
Jul 07, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This novel reads like a bad movie script... the kind of film that goes straight to DVD and stars a cast you don't recognize. The Dunne family is planning to sail around the Bahamas for a two-month summer getaway. What we know of each character we are told in a "cheat sheet" that is provided before the prologue... literally, the authors give a paragraph synopsis about each character, giving their name, age, weaknesses and a bit of back story. And they never seem to evolve past that page-one summa ...more
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Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A fast read, couldn't put it down, and enjoyed the heck out of it.
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - < 1 day

Pages - 388

Publisher - Arrow

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"Barely out of sight of land, the Dunne family finds its summer getaway to paradise already turning into the trip from hell. Carrie, the eldest, has thrown herself off the side of the boat in a bid for attention. Sixteen-year-old Mark is getting high belowdecks. And Ernie, their ten-year-old brother. is nearly catatonic. It's shaping up to be the worst vacation ever." "Katherine Dunne had hoped this trip would bring b
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was easy to read and kept me engrossed throughout. I made predictions on what was going to happen every time I finished a chapter and I was surprised of the outcome. Some of my guessing was right, but some were wrong and that made me excited to continue reading. My favorite character in the book was Katherine Dunne. Katherine’s life gives one’s desire to have besides the unbalance family. Katherine has a good career, wealthy and a second husband who she was deeply in love with. From re ...more
Jan 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book!! Surprisingly, this was the VERY FIRST James Patterson book I read, and before reading it, I was not into reading books at all, not since I was much younger, in high school. I had tried to get back into reading over the years, but just didn't take the time to do so. I was at a book store and Sail happened to catch my eye on the book stand. So I bought it and ended up reading it in like 3 days!! This was just about 6 months ago. Since then, I have ready over 15 James Patterson books ...more
Jul 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like James Patterson. I wanted to like this book. I really tried... but this was terrible. Maybe it's because of the whole "co-author" nonsense, but this is just an embarrassing effort. In fact, if you are a speed reader then this is the perfect book for you; no depth, lazy writing, no development of characters... you just want to get through it as quickly as possible. It reminds me of some of the drivel churned out by John Grisham in recent years; his early work was so good and then he got co ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason this book was published was because James Patterson's name was associated with it. There is no way he wrote this. It was horribly written...most of which sounded like a ninth grader. The story had an interesting premise but was terribly written, predictable and annoying.
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
This book was not that great, but for some reason I could not stop listening to it. There was just something about it that intrigued me.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of Patterson's books, but I did like the ending. I always love it when they get what's coming to them..... :)
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sail, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan is a suspense thriller about a mother trying to save her kids from the mistakes she made raising them. They were spoiled rotten with drug problems and eating disorders. So, she decides to take them on a boat trip for two months and spend some quality time with her kids.
Katherine's first husband died and she has since remarried. Her second husband is a high powered attorney in the middle of a big case, so he stays behind while Katherine and the kids ta
Preferring something quick and easy to read while travelling recently I accepted my husband’s suggestion of reading this title which he had just finished. He is a fan of James Patterson novels and although feeling this one is far from his best, thought I would find it good enough to hold my interest. It did, I devoured it in just a few days not for any reason other than it was an easy read though.

The book is divided into six parts plus a prologue and an epilogue. The Dunne family consisting of C
Mar 29, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"Written with the blistering pace and shocking twists that only James Patterson can master, SAIL takes "Lost" and "Survivor" to a new level of terror."

Um...not so much! I've never read anything by James Patterson before, and I don't think I will again. I didn't like this one at all. I picked it up at the library because I like sailing and adventure, but this one was really boring. It was like an outline of a plot - there was no indepth look at characters or details of the mystery or anything. No
Jane Greene
I generally like James Patterson but this book was a disappointment! One dimensional characters in an absurd story. Kat is a rich MD...with a second husband and dysfunctional children. She goes on a two month sailboat cruise with her ex-brother-in-law and former lover as the captain. She leaves her new husband behind but takes her children along in hopes of bonding with them. One disaster after another befalls the family. Each disaster is predictable and boring...flooded boat, lightening strike, ...more
Oct 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Fast paced, good story, if a bit predictable.
My only real problem with the story is I find it hard to believe that Katherine would so easily trust Peter after her first husband cheated on her. An experience like that makes it hard to trust again, even if it is a different person. I'd be able to believe her blind trust in Peter if 1st hubby Stuart was a great husband then she'd be ignorant to Peter's deceit.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Patterson doesn’t make tea the way I like it.

The synopsis was interesting and promising; however the execution didn’t reach my expectation. It’s not my first time reading Patterson, I read the first two books in the Witch & Wizard series, and I understood why the writing was simplistic (although that’s not a good excuse, cuz there are great written children’s/middle grade books), but I also didn’t enjoy it, that’s why I dropped the series.

Sail is also written that way, too simple for my lik
No surprises here - this has Patterson's staccato style with short chapters and multiple twists and turns. This one concerns a mom who's decided to take time off from her cardiology practice to spend a couple of months with her 3 kids and try to reconnect. She brings along her ex-brother-in-law to captain the yacht while leaving her new husband, a high-powered attorney, behind to deal with a big case. As could be expected, there are plenty of problems from the get-go, including kids that have is ...more
Ros Lawson
Oct 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness what a woeful read! It was predictable & corny and only made worse by the fact that I'm a slow reader. I had nothing else to read on holiday so I persevered with it. I can safely say I will never read another James Patterson novel. Probably appeals to the young reader; after all I used to devour Jilly Cooper books!
Jo Jenner
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another page turner from Patterson. The only thing missing was the development of the children. They go from spoilt trust fund kids to young people fighting the odds and surviving a shipwreck. But the transition between the two extremes isn't a gradual thing as it would be in real life, it just happens overnight.
The ending was a little too contrived and I am glad this wasn't a series as the DEA agent who just keeps killing suspects, being suspended and then brought back to work to kill again was
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