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(Michael Bennett #11)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  9,996 ratings  ·  716 reviews
An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a set-up, taking an officer down-and it's not Michael Bennett.

The life of New York's top cop is not the only one at risk. One of Bennett's children sustains a mysterious injury. And a series of murders follows, each with a distinct signature, alerting Bennet to the presence of a professional killer.

Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 8th 2018 by Century
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Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Michael Bennett is back, further developed by James Patterson and collaborator James O. Born. In this eleventh novel in the series, Bennett finds himself paired up with a partner, given the task to show him the ropes. When a tip comes in and they are headed out onto the streets of New York, Bennett cannot know what awaits them. As they arrive, a hail of gunfire erupts and Bennett is left injured while his partner dies in a pool of blood. This was some form of ambush, an attack meant to scrub Ben ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the beginning the reader knew who the assassin was – Detective Michael Bennett didn’t have that advantage. Fast paced, violent, with Bennett being his usual stubborn but determined self, the two sides to Bennett – loving father to his ten adopted children plus committed cop – were there, so everything I love in a Michael Bennett thriller. But this one didn’t seem to have the punch that the previous in the series have had.

Ambush is the 11th in the series by James Patterson, and although it
Laura Rash
While this wasn’t such a bad Michael Bennett book it royally pissed me off that it abruptly ended and I still had a thick portion left of pages. JP added a bookshot at the end of this book so it seemed way thicker than what it was. And I’ve already read said bookshot so I feel like I just got ripped off.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an OK read , rather dull at some moments even with a great first scene , the plot was a little implausible , and those short chapters were getting on my nerves big time, i hope the quality of this series return to it's previous glory . ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
James Patterson has several bestselling series, each carrying different levels of readership popularity. Detective Alex Cross is his coveted franchise and most successful series, followed by the Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett, and the Private novels.

The Detective Michael Bennett series is one of Patterson’s better feel-good characters. Bennett is a successful Detective working special crimes in New York City. His home life and family are really the center of his world and provid
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Be still my heart, my crush Michael Bennett is back. He's back keeping the mean streets of NYC safe. You can target Michael Bennett, but when you mess with his family, it's going to get ugly. Another fun, fast paced addition to this series :) ...more
Mary Donegan
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Why oh why do I keep buying his books ! I was cranky right at the start of the book because I always check where the book ends; 68% & IT'S OVER ! If you pay $14.99 for a book, do you want it to end at 68% ? I keep telling myself STOP buying his books but this was his Michael Bennett character who I've been following for years. I need to stop buying his books because during the whole reading I was angry and feeling cheated. I did enjoy the story but not worth the money.

In this book he added a "bo
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These Michael Bennett thrillers are some of my favorite James Patterson co-authored books. Michael and his family crew are just very amusing with some of the most entertaining dialogue in crime literature. In this addition to the series, Michael is being pursued by a female, paid assassin. I was actually surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did because of some reviews that have been posted on the book. In the end, I really enjoyed it!

My quick and simple overall: moved at a good pace and was
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
So much murder in this one... wow! Really enjoyed this one, I do have a soft spot for Michael Bennett and his 10 children. I hope this series keeps going strong for a while longer! Great listen in what has been a very stressful week
Carol Irvin
Quick read but I felt like something was missing...
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Ugh I’m worried about this series. I loved following Michael Bennett from the beginning and have become invested in his family’s lives but this one just was not as good as the other books in the series. It was predictable and even boring at times, where is the excitement I’ve come to expect from this series?! The only saving grace for me was that I listened to this and Danny Mastrogiorgio is an amazing narrator! Hoping the next installment is better or I’m abandoning.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful read. Detective Michael Bennett, NY. A family man with 10 adopted children. He is pursued by an assassin.
After various, plausible twists and turns: he is unharmed. The assassin is captured.
I look forward to reading with the Detective Michael Bennett character. And his amazing children. Unputdownable
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-read, crime
I was planning to read this book as something to pass my time, but it turned out to be a very nice book indeed. It's a short read so more details would have made it more interesting. Also, there was no mind blowing plot twist or anything of the sort. Overall, it's very nice and I'm looking forward to reading the next book of the series.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing, short, seems the bar (standard) of writing has dropped very low.

On the good was a very quick read and borrowed from the library. Glad I didn't waste any money, I would not recommend paying for books in this series.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike Bennett stories are always filled with action, family, a little laughter, and getting the “bad guy”. This book really has two stories in it. A full book and a mini book, which is just as good.
80% Amazing

What I thought of Ambush: Riveting and exciting, it was a great book to listen to. Centered around a cop, who is a father of ten and the fiancé of the woman he loves, it is a thriller about fighting the drug cartel while with-holding integrity.


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Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett, #2) by James Patterson ~TBR
Worst Case (Michael Bennett, #3) by James Patterson ~TBR
Tick Tock (Michael Bennett, #4) by James Patterson ~TBR
I, Michael Bennett (Michael Bennett, #5) by James Patterson ~TBR
Gone (Michael Bennett, #6) by James Patterson ~TBR
Burn (Michael Bennett, #7) by James Patterson ~TBR
Alert (Michael Bennett, #8) by James Patterson ~TBR
Bullseye (Michael Bennett, #9) by James Patterson ~TBR
Chase (Michael Bennett, #9.5) by James Patterson ~TBR
Haunted (Michael Bennett, #10) by James Patterson ~TBR
Manhunt (Michael Bennett, #10.5) by James Patterson ~TBR
Ambush (Michael Bennett, #11) by James Patterson ~READ
Blindside (Michael Bennett, #12) by James Patterson ~TBR
The Russian (Michael Bennett #13) by James Patterson ~TBR
Is is just me or does it seem like James Patterson has written a million books??

Natalie M
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Sadly a three-star read because I really enjoy the Micheal Bennett series. Replacement co-author O’Born collaborates with Patterson in a so-so read which really doesn’t progress much further than where the last one finished off. Yes, there are murders, a hit-woman, drug dealers, Seamus and Mary-Catherine.
The pace is fairly good, the plot is initially intriguing but becomes increasingly far-fetched and the characters just don’t develop or progress.
That said I’ll read the next one...I’m a sucker!
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the most lovable Detectives is back Michael Bennett. He is a NYPD hero and the father of 10 adopted children. A tough cop and a father who loves all of his children. This book is filled with action and also with family love.
This book is #11 in the Bennett series and a very welcome addition to the series.
Mahoghani 23
An okay read. The storyline is a little unusual but just remember it's a book & a quick read. ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story... and always amazed at the closeness of such a big family!
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This has become my favorite series by James Patterson. I like Michael Bennett more than Alex Cross these days. This is always a fast read and a good storyline.
John Babb
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This novel has James Patterson listed as lead author, with James O. Born as co-author. It's the latest in a long line of Michael Bennett crime novels. I've often been a fan of Patterson, but this is not one of his better works. While I appreciate short chapters, to give you an idea of the choppiness of the text, there are 101 chapters and 300 pages - almost all of it jumping back and forth between a focus on Bennett and then on his adversary, a female cartel assassin. Bennett's family life is a ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Is it me or are other fans of James Patterson's books finding the latest ones to be good but not great? I enjoy the Detective Michael Bennett series and was excited to get a copy of Ambush. I enjoyed reading it but found the story winding down before page 300. I knew the book contained 352 oages so I thought something must happen at the end of the book, some crazy twist or something to set up the next book, but no. The book ends before you've turned the last page. What takes up the remainder of ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
#11 in the Michael Bennett series. This 2018 entry by author James Patterson is the second co-authored by James O. Born after seven co-authored by Michael Ledwidge. I don't know if I disapprove in the change of co-authors or if the series is getting stale, but this entry let something to be desired. Calling a homicide detective NYC's "top cop" is far-fetched, with 40,000 cops it's tough for one to get the amount of notoriety to be consistently singled out. For the same reason, it's a reach for a ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up because I've been reading this series from its inception and like the detective and his family.

NYPD detective Michael Bennett and his homicide partner rookie Antrole Martens respond to an anonymous tip in a apartment building that turns out to be a set up. A gunfight ensues and Michael's partner is killed. As his son in prison is knifed at the same time, Michael realizes someone has put out a contract on him. The lady who has been paid is lethal and will not stop until the job is
Nicole Alycia
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
After the last book I was starting to worry this series was going downhill like some of James Patterson’s series do.
This book did not disappoint though. It was your usual over the top story about one of my favorite detectives but it was a fantastic story.
Michael Bennett has a hit out on him. The cartel doesn’t like him digging into their business. But Michael Bennett is not an easy man to kill and he will do anything to make sure he stays with his family.
Action packed, fast paced, and the usu
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good Michael Bennett book, but it was just too short. It should have been called a novella, actually. The chapters were short and the action was fast-paced. I was just disappointed in how short it was and in the conclusion that left some things unresolved. I recommend the book to diehard fans of James Patterson, but it wasn’t the best that I have read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I checked out this book from my local library on the Overdrive App. I was not required to
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read some of the reviews that were negative and I have to put this out there. Most series with a lead are basically about the same thing, Bennett is a cop he does have ten kids, it's going to be about him and what's going on, I mean come on if you read about Stone or Davenport they all are about them the gist of the hunt or story just changes. I enjoyed the book , it was fun and I like that his kids are coming in to their own and having more in depth personalities, and they do get into trouble ...more
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Another run of the famous tried-and true plot. Once again, Michael Bennet and his family find themselves threatened yet persevere against life threatening dangers posed by criminals. This time it’s largely due to Bennett’s willingness to bend rules and operate on the fringe of police protocol. But as a free book from the local library, I do find it passable and a nice distraction from the boring commute on the interstate. Spoiler alert: Michael has finally got his Irish fiancée to set a wedding ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An anonymous tip proves to be a set-up, resulting in tragedy. But the resulting investigation finds only phantoms; the killer is a professional assassin . . . and Michael Bennett is the target.

The author’s trademark short chapters keep the tension building as the action rushes along at breakneck speed. All the expected characters are in place; the plot twists and turns as the harrowing cat-and-mouse game keeps the reader intrigued and the pages turning. It’s a quick read, but an enjoyable addit
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