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The Store

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  7,839 ratings  ·  1,108 reviews
The Store doesn't just want your money – it wants your soul.

Imagine a future of unparalleled convenience. A powerful retailer, The Store, can deliver anything to your door, anticipating the needs and desires you didn't even know you had.

Most people are fine with that, but not Jacob and Megan Brandeis. New York writers whose livelihood is on the brink of extinction, Jacob/>Imagine/>
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Published August 24th 2017 by Audiobooks (first published August 14th 2017)
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Beccanox It's actually a revenge-story against Amazon because they jerked around Patterson's publisher (Hachette) and jacked up his e-book prices.
Beccanox As a bookseller I compared both editions against each other:
Same ISBN, same words on every page (I spot-checked 10).
These books are exactly the…more
As a bookseller I compared both editions against each other:
Same ISBN, same words on every page (I spot-checked 10).
These books are exactly the same, and since the wife doesn't have a very active role in the story, I can't imagine why they put her on half the covers. (less)

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Laura Rash
Aug 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Quite honestly the worst book I've ever read by JP and maybe in all the books I've read total. An idiotic version of The Circle that read like a jr high kid writing a story and making it up as he told it.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
James Patterson and Richard DiLallo have collaborated on another piece that shines a light on the potential monopoly that could become the world with a turn towards mega-stores in the coming years. Jacob Brandeis and his family live in the ever-moving world of New York City. He’s a struggling writer, seeking to bring home the bacon with whatever small job he can score, but Jacob wants more. He has seen much of his life changed by The Store, a mega-facility that sells anything from fertiliser to ...more
Reeda Booke
Aug 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To me, this was a poor ripoff of Bentley's "The Store". There was a reason I quit reading Patterson's work a long time ago. I should have stuck to my guns. This guy puts out like 50 books a year (being a bit sarcastic, but not far from the truth), and it shows.
Not recommended.
Gareth Otton
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Seriously, why didn't they just call this book 'Amazon' and save the pretence?

I am not normally one of those people who like to read too much into the subtext of a book because usually at best people who do that sound pretensious, and at worst they are reading too much into something that isn't there and are completely off the mark. However, in this book, it's not so much a subtle undertone that needs deciphering as it is a blatant shout out at the largest bo
Sep 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't give a book just one star lightly. It really was that bad. I've read a smattering of James Patterson over the past couple decades, and while some are better than others, this one was the worst I've read, by far. It was an interesting idea ~ an Amazon-like company is trying to take over the world! But it wasn't well developed (plot or characters), the progression was awkward, the writing was not good, and there were times it just didn't make sense. It also felt weirdly short - if it was l ...more
Reese Copeland
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be incredibly creepy. It reminded me of a combination of the movie "Enemy of the State" and the book "1984". I just loved the book and the extent to which the story seems so real in that could it really happen. The only thing I didn't like about it was, it just seemed like it wrapped up a little too quickly towards/at the end . That was kind of a disappointment. Not the ending per say, just how quickly it came and the manner in which it came.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It could have been a good novel, but I don’t think the authors took upon themselves to write it seriously. Great potential gone to waste. Unbelievable characters, and a too farfetched plot. The message about the direction society and technology is heading was completely lost with such a terrible ending. Pity!

Anyway, the message is clear, The Big Brother is not in the near future. It is now, today, and it is watching us.
A powerful retailer, The Store, is slowly taking over. They provide all a person needs, and deliver it right to the door. Jacob, Megan, and their kids move from New York to Nebraska, where The Store is headquartered. Jacob and Megan are writers, but their careers aren't going great, so they take jobs at The Store. Everything seems a little too perfect in their new home, plus they are constantly being monitored. As a journalist, Jacob wants to expose The Store for their illegal activities, but wi ...more
Mandy White
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a fast paced James Patterson book! The Store knows all.. The Store controls all.. a very entertaining and sometimes scary look at life in the modern world
Not to much to say on this one other than I am disappointed because I really like James Patterson. I think he needs to stop trying to put out so many books a year and get back to serious writing. While this should have been a quick read, it took me a whole 10 days to finish it. Not thought provoking at all. This book should have been titled "Amazon" and we could all have moved on.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I'm being completely honest, this isn't the world's best book. It's not thrilling writing, it's not full of surprising plot twists, it's really not the kind of book I usually like.

HOWEVER, being a friend and employee of independent bookstores, I love the discourse on websites that take over the world. And the fact that Patterson is one of Hachette's authors who was involved in the Amazon-Hachette debate a few years ago... great.

If you're looking for the next Great Amer
Jul 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not at all interesting and super predictable. Basically The Store was a lesser version of The Circle.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Amazon meets the Stepford Wives and Wayward Pines. Scary how things like this might just be possible.
Alex Melnick
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is (a) a completely routine thriller, filled with pedestrian prose, implausible plot twists, and cardboard characters, and (b) a vicious attack on I'm giving it 3 stars for the thriller, plus an extra star for the paranoid fantasy of an online retailer taking over the world.
Suzze Tiernan
Definitely not the best ever, but I like how Patterson took on "The Store" (of course it's Amazon).
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought this book would grab me more, but alas, NO. I really did not like it very much at all. I see from reviews that a lot of you liked it quite well, and I'm a bust.

If I'm being completely honest, this isn't the world's best book. It's not thrilling writing, it's not full of surprising plot twists, it's really not the kind of book I usually like.

What is so scary about this story is it's closer to reality than you would like to believe. They know I'm there every time
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is so scary about this story is it's closer to reality than you would like to believe. When I go into the grocery I get a popup for Facebook asking if I'd like to leave a review. They know I'm there every time I shop. This book takes that concept one step farther and has Jacob and Megan Brandeis trying to fight back and educate people that "The Store" is running their lives and nobody seems to care. An elaborate plot by Jacob and his friends to write a book has good intentions but will they ...more
Paula  Phillips
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have to admit I was a little wary of starting this book as I have often found when James Patterson writes with a few of the different authors, I haven't enjoyed them as much, and I wasn't sure about The Store. What I didn't expect was that I would find myself engrossed in the novel and the whole idea of bringing down The Store after the family was rejected with their Roots of a Music book. Jacob and Megan Brandeis are part of the old world whereas writers they loved libraries and books. Now wi
May 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books

I'm asleep right now after a stupid sleeping pill BUT finishing this book in one day on audiobook through Overdrive wasn't worth it ugh....

so here's how I'm feeling about it...

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Yeah, I'm gonna be
Miriam Smith
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rachel
"The Store" by James Patterson and co written with author Richard DiLallo had quite an unusual premise and concept which I didn't find quite as engaging as his usual thrillers. Although I did still enjoy and had the usual quick fire, pacy chapters that Patterson is renowned for, I found the ending a bit rushed and the whole story too futuristic and frankly far fetched for my total enjoyment.
I read the whole story in a day and for that reason I'd recommend as it doesn't take up an immense amount
May 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
1! If you are into a view of what it may look like when Amazon takes over the world...This is the novel for you!! Unfortunately, Disney did this story better with Wall-E! I just couldn't get into this one...
Donna Hines
I so wish I could give this more than a 2 star review.
I'm a huge fan of James Patterson for more than just his writing. His dedication to helping the less fortunate and children with books is truly remarkable. To create the love of reading through his writings and his work is commendable. To give others such a gift is priceless.
As someone who found a love of books in order to take away stress of being homeless and after leaving abuse without income truly made me fall in love for Jame
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In this day and age everyone shops online and The Store has everything you want. The Store is so great, it can even predict what you want or need even before you know you need or want it. But who wants that much invasion into their lives? Jacob and Megan Brandeis intend to get to the core of The Store, to find it's inner workings and write a book to tell the whole world about it. But will The Store prove to be too much for this pair?

When reading this book and learning about The Store, the first
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
The Store is about greed, control and an organisational monopoly on others. Jacob and Megan Brandeis New York writers started to worry about The Store monopoly on others. So Jacob and Megan decided to go undercover to dig up the Store's secrets. However, Jacob and Megan Brandeis found more then they bargain for, and it could affect their lives. The readers of The Store will continue to follow the trusts and turns to see what happens to Jacob and Megan Brandeis.

The Store is not one of the best b
Fiona Wilson
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
Being a fan of the author I look forward to reading his standalone books. This one brings us a world which, ultimately, could one day happen. Given our love of all things internet it is a very plausible idea.

The Store has taken over from high street shops by using drones to deliver anything and everything a consumer could desire. By keeping track of people’s habits, from shopping to personal relationships, The Store can tailor the shopping experience to each individual customer. But
Julie Garner
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
OMG! This book creeped me out massively. I started it on Sunday night and The Store kept appearing in my dreams that night so I finished it off super early the next morning to get it out of my thoughts. Make no mistake....The Store is coming! Yes, we can see the parallels to Amazon and all of the things that they now do.
Imagine living in a town where the Store does everything for you, including deciding what you are eating for dinner. Also, imagine what happens if you don't follow the company l
Barbara Nutting meets Stepford Wives - what more can I say? A terrific spoof. Very unPatterson!!
Sarah Richardson
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: patterson
My mom always said, "if you don't have anything nice to say...", well... nothin to say ☹
Shira Bassat
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: james-patterson
This is one of the best and most extreme books by James Patterson!!! I loved it. It was scary and crazy and wonderful. 1984 to the extreme!!!
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
And now I am afraid to shop online. Thanks, James Patterson!
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