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

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  15,637 Ratings  ·  1,554 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 las
Paperback, 239 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Little, Brown and Company (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 18, 2008 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
Sep 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
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 06, 2008 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
May 14, 2011 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
Aug 21, 2008 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
Sep 28, 2008 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
Gracie ;)
Apr 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 17, 2008 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 25, 2008 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
Dondee Gocongg
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He is still fight for his wish
Juli Anna
Feb 07, 2015 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
Mary Learned
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full of humor, figurative language and grossness- this alien hunting book is a witty, wonderful adventure! Simple to read and short chapters keep you moving through the text.
Jun 12, 2011 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
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)-- on hiatus :(
I read this a while ago, so I don't really remember too much about this book.

But this is what I do remember.

I didn't like it. Not that much. It was not terrible, just not good either.

I just didn't like it on a simple, sentence by sentence basis. James Patterson's YA, which I've sampled, all have very similar problems-- poor pacing (events right after each other, just boom, boom, boom, without any introspection or breathing room) and the writing was very choppy. For some reason, I never really l
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
As stated on the back cover of the book “They killed my mother and father- and I will hunt them to the ends of the earth”Daniel is an alien who has the power to shape shift and control objects with his mind. One day when Daniel was three years old his parents were killed by another alien who was in search for a list of all of the aliens that were needed to be eliminated. Daniel is on a mission to find the aliens who killed his
Apr 08, 2009 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.
Mar 06, 2012 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.
harlequin {Stephanie}
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.
Apr 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Mia Frese
James Patterson's book Daniel X is about a teenager without any memories of his family but one. The one where he heard the pull of a trigger and then saw his parents lying in a pool of blood. Through this tragedy Daniel discovered his powers and what he needed to do with them. At will he can make things appear. When Daniel came back to his home he found what his parents died for. A list of aliens that needed to be rid of. He defeated them one by one with his power and will. Those were ranked low ...more
Anthony Malone
To start off, there are a few things you've probably heard in any other review of this story: the chapters are short, the character development is minimal, and the comedy is "childish," in a way. While I do agree with these points, I don't believe that they all make the book bad (with the exception of development).
With chapters as short as these (1-5 pages, usually just 2 or 3), it's important to see how the book was meant to be read. Of course this book wasn't meant to be read over the course o
Taylor Landry
Jan 17, 2013 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
Nov 23, 2015 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
Jennifer Wardrip
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From the first paragraph of THE DANGEROUS DAYS OF DANIEL X, the reader is intrigued with what is to come. James Patterson, in collaboration with Michael Ledwidge, creates a unique science fiction story that will especially appeal to the younger male population.

Daniel is only three years old when his parents are murdered in the kitchen above him. The murder isn't a typical murder. It's one most of us wouldn't believe. You see, Daniel's parents are murdered
Daniela isabel
this is a very interesting book
Jun 18, 2009 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
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