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Step on a Crack (Michael Bennett #1)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  38,362 Ratings  ·  1,690 Reviews
Patterson and Ledwidge introduce a new hero in an exciting thriller set in the heart of Manhattan. NYPD detective Michael Bennett is concentrating on getting his family through a particularly difficult Christmas: he and his 10 adopted children are facing the loss to cancer of his brave wife, Maeve. But a major crisis calls him away: the funeral of a former First Lady at St ...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Little, Brown and Company
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May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
James Patterson writes good books and he writes very good books and this is one of the latter. I really enjoyed meeting Michael Bennett and his large family and was very happy indeed to find that this is the first in quite a long series! Many people criticise the author for his short chapters but I find that they bring a sense of urgency to the book which is quite in keeping with the genre. I also feel that short, choppy chapters make reading easy and speedy. Step on a Crack is written as a poli ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I normally don't like anything by James Patterson. He's one of those who seem to write more for finance and fame than innovation and imagination. That being said, Step On A Crack is very likable and intriguing, with a multitude of good characters.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! So glad to have started this series. The story was so intriguing. I couldn't not have been more thrilled with the opening book to this series. I loved the characters, the plots were entertaining, and the emotional ramifications of Michael and Maeve were beautifully devastating.

My quick and simple overall: stayed up until after 3 am to finish it in one sitting because it was so good!
This was a fast moving crime thriller with a tender backstory. A large group of VIP's are taken hostage during the funeral of an ex president's wife. Mike is a police negotiator who's wife is seriously ill and in the hospital with Cancer. When no one else is available he is ordered by his superior to hadle the kidnappers demands. Each of the hostages are terrorized into revealing all of their financial information. Millions are to be transferred to an account that can't be followed, but Mike's b ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
James Patterson introduces us to a new character with STEP ON A CRACK, NYPD Homicide Detective Michael Bennett. A former hostage negotiator, Bennett finds himself once again dealing with psychopaths when the celebrities attending former First Lady Caroline Hopkins' funeral are held hostage.

I have to say that the actual meat of the story, the hijacking of St. Patrick's church and its funeral-attending creme de la creme of society, was an intriguing storyline. What weighed the story down, at leas
João Carlos

Interior da Catedral de St. Patrick (Nova Iorque)

O Natal está próximo.
Mike Bennett é um detective da polícia de Nova Iorque que tem a sua amada mulher Maeve num hospital a lutar contra um cancro em fase terminal.
Bennett tem que cuidar dos seus dez filhos adoptivos e de Socky "uma gata branca e cinzenta, arisca que Maeve recolhera do caixote do lixo ao lado do nosso prédio na Avenida West End. A minha mulher tinha obviamente um fraquinho por desgraçados e vadios. O facto de ter casado comigo prov
Mar 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
I found this book to be highly unbelievable. What busy detective is going to have ten adopted children!? How odd that the former first lady is murdered and at her funeral terrorists see this as an opportunity to strike. And at the same time his wife loses her battle with a deadly disease, leaving him with all the children and a high-profile case. This story is too cliché and predictable. We barely get into the depth of the characters and there seem to be plot holes.

The insanely short chapters ma
Aug 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Well, once again another James Patterson book, but not belonging to any series. Amazing how a detective in downtown NYC can still solve a major mystery involving a hostage situation over Christmas, with a dying wife and 10 kids can hold it together. I'd like to get some advice from this character, since I feel like I can barely handle my stay at home life with four kids.....
Miriam Smith
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Step On A Crack" is the first in the Michael Bennett series by James Patterson. Unfortunately for me I have read some of these out of order and wish I had read this one first as it covers Michaels wife and her death, which features strongly emotionally in the future books, and the introduction of Mary Catherine. I do find the many children rather irritating, but this story is very strong, sometimes violent but with a good plot and a twist I didn't see coming. Michaels private life was very emot ...more
Moray Barclay
Aug 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Hmmmmmm. Where to begin? The shallow character descriptions? Early on we are introduced to "The Neat Man", but then we find no reason for his nickname other than an obsession for baby wipes. How did he get that way, I wondered in my naivety? The answer was deemed irrelevant so not let's dwell on it. In fact best not to dwell on anything too long, after all the author didn't. A measly 70,000 words or so and a whopping one hundred and sixteen chapters. The sparcity was generously spread around. Fo ...more
Lee Kyle
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of crime mysteries and Patterson of course!
Recommended to Lee by: chapters
The first of the series pertaining to top Nypd detective Michael Bennett. I had read Tick Tock prior to this and found out whilst reading the inner book cover that it was the latest in a series featuring Bennett. I'm so glad i took a chance with purchasing my first Patterson novel 'Toys' as this guy is now in my list of top fave authors. I wonder in amazement how this guy can bang out as many books as he does and they are all so freakin good? Step On A Crack is no different as i was on the edge ...more
Ικανοποιητικό θρίλερ με θέμα μια ομηρία, αλλά τίποτα περισσότερο. Στα θετικά το ότι οι δράστες δεν ήταν μουσουλμάνοι υποκινούμενοι από Ρώσους όπως συμβαίνει συνήθως σε τέτοιου είδους μυθιστορήματα γραμμένα μετά το 2001. Στα αρνητικά, δεν λείπει κανένα άλλο από τα κλισέ του είδους.
Nicole Alycia
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great storyline. Great characters. Great book.
This is, by far, my favorite James Patterson series.
That is all.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is James Patterson's and Michael Ledwidge's first book in the Michael Bennett Series. I'm famous for getting books out of order as my library rarely has them in order. This is a very touching book, and a tough one as the case he is working on is a very hard one, and his wife Maeve is dying of cancer. SNIFF SNIFF.

So as Bennett is pursuing his most diabolical criminal ever to terrify New York City. During a State funeral for a former First Lady in New York City's largest cathedral, the unthin
Charlotte Smith
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: james-patterson
What a book, never in a million years the kidnappers were who they were. It also had me in tears on the sad side hope Mike gets done good luck in the books.
Epic fail. The best thing that could be said about this book is that it could serve as an invaluable tool for writing teachers demonstrating to their students hot NOT to write a novel. It breaks every rule for good writing imaginable; not to mention that everything about Step on a Crack is shallow and unconvincing. The plot. The characters. The drama. The action. The romance. The comedic relief. Everything. How sad that Patterson gets paid by the boatload to pen such dreck. The story comes acros ...more
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
This was pretty far fetched... I usually like Patterson's books a lot, and I am not going to say this wasn't entertaining. It was. However, for the same New York homicide cop to do everything for such a high profile case didn't seem remotely plausible. He did all the hostage negotiations, he was in the group that tried to break in and stop the kidnapping, he was the one to run out and see the bodies when the kidnappers threw them out of the church, he was in the helicopter following the get away ...more
Mahoghani 23
There’s nothing more upsetting than realizing the people committing the crime may be someone you know very well. This story was heart wrenching because Detective Bennett had a major personal life crisis going on at home but had to deal with a hostage situation at his job.

Michael Bennett is a warm, charismatic, down-to-earth guy who is also a detective for the NYPD and very good at his job. At home he’s the father of 10 kids and a loving husband and let’s not forget his Irish brogue grandfather,
Ms. Nikki
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Meet Michael Bennett; father to 10, husband to a dying wife, hostage negotiator, and son to an ever smart-mouth Irish man.

The story: Definitely worth reading if you like Patterson's way of telling a story.

It was hard at first for me to get into Step on a Crack since I've been on an Alex Cross kick for a while now.

The Cast: Plenty of them.

The secondary characters were wonderful and I hope we learn more about them as they play a huge role in the Bennett household and in this book they were kind o
Brett Tompkins
Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the first time with a Patterson novel, I had a difficult time getting into the story in the beginning. However, I eventually became engrossed with it and couldn't put it down. I read some reviews that said it was a typical Patterson and that they are all the same, however I would have to disagree with that. The story line was quite different in this book than the others of his I've read. Of course, if they are referring to it being a detective thriller, then yes it is like his others. I foun ...more
Reinaldo Lourenço
Bom... O James Petterson nao escreve a maioria dos livros que publica mas os escritores que o acompanham sao de fato mto bons.
Gostei muito desta leitura apesar do enredo ser altamente inverossímil: um detective super atarefado com 10 filhos adoptivos, em vias de ficar sozinho devido à doença terminal da mulher, é chamado na vespera de natal para resolver um sequestro?...
Capitulos curtos, ritmo intenso, é dificil parar de ler... e depois um final abrupto e um cabeçilha inesperado.
Randy Tramp
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ten Kids, Crissy-3, Shawna-4, Trent & Flona-4, Bridget-7, Eddie-8, Ricky-9, Jane-10, Brian-11, Juliana-12.

I identify with Micahel Bennett in that I have 11 children, 8 are adopted. And like him, we have mixed races. Hispanic, Native American & African American, along with Caucasian.

With the former First Lady dead, and now at her funeral, the most powerful people in the world are held, hostage.

Bennett must deal with the ongoing New York crisis, along with the death of his wife.

I really
Amanda McGill
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
A good start for a new James Patterson series.

I really liked that in this Patterson novel there is only 1 major investigation. During a former First Lady's funeral, an attack occurs and the rich and famous are taken as hostages. It's up to Michael Bennett to try to negotiate with the leader, Jack.

I believe that Patterson likes quantity over quality. A number of his recent books have so many different plots shoved into them that it's hard to keep track of everything and it's hard to get a good
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson
Reading Step on a Crack was a bit of a weird experience. I can only explain this by assuming that the two distinct environments, that is to say; a) Mike Bennett’s home situation and b) the hostage-taking were clearly separately written by the co-authors. That’s the only reason I can explain my conflicting feelings about this book.
Mike Bennett is losing his loving young wife to cancer, all the while staying strong for his brood of 10 (adopted) children ranging between the ages of 13 to 3 years o
May 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Thrill-seekers
Will probably read more of this series. Definitely better main character than Alex Cross. I agree with someone who wrote that the kids were totally indistinguishable from one another. Also, it's difficult to believe that in this high-profile of a kidnapping, in NYC no less, that Bennett was involved in every operative movement. It's funny how fiction (novel or TV) has to connect the work of 15 individuals to just one person in order for the audience to stay engaged. The same person is the hostag ...more
Michael Bennett has ten adopted children, its Christmas, and his wife is in the hospital with terminal cancer. To add to his problems there has been a major crisis in a cathedral in Manhattan. A hostage taking at the funeral of a former first lady.

Bennett is a negotiator with the police and FBI and must help to get this horrible thing under control, and still be with his wife in her final days and give his children a Christmas.

An enjoyable, fast paced read.
May 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite James Patterson book so far! Micheal Bennett may be one of the most likable characters in any book I have ever read. A father of 10 adopted children and loving wife dying of cancer, Bennett must help save 34 celebrities who are being helped captive by some of the most evil people one will ever encounter. If you like mysteries and you like your heart string tug on a little bit, then you will love this book.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first Bennett novel. He is negotiating a hostage situation at St. Patrick's Cathedral at the same time his wife is dying of cancer and he is single fathering ten assorted children. It is a complex and compelling story and one that will keep you up late finishing it. Excellent reading.
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
There was nothing wrong with the book exactly. It's just not my type of book. I am just not a fan of books (or movies) that center around a hostage/negotiator type setting. Where the majority of the book is stuck in one location. I get bored easily.
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