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Tick Tock

(Michael Bennett #4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  23,948 ratings  ·  1,321 reviews
A bomb set in one of New York's busiest places is discovered before it explodes. But relief turns to terror when the police realize it is just a warning of greater devastation to come. The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside vacation with his ten adopted children and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine--leaving his entire family open to ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 448 pages
Published January 24th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company (first published December 25th 2010)
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Nick Fowkes Authors do a good job of mentioning previous cases from the other books. However, Id recommend reading the others first.…moreAuthors do a good job of mentioning previous cases from the other books. However, I’d recommend reading the others first.(less)

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Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery

I have no idea whether the above statement is actually true but I would bet my Kindle on it. This flashy but unsubstantial thriller has movie deal written all over it and has all the pitfalls that a slick blockbuster film would have. First, there is a super-sensationalist plot. Why have just a terrorist or a serial killer when you can wrap up both in the same package? Throw in a little that two romances..that have no connection to the
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Well what an ending! This will be a short review because I want to move on to book five before bed. I really enjoyed the summer non-vacation for Bennett. The crime plot was good but I was more into the family dynamic in this one and interpersonal relationships.

My quick and simple overall: great and now I must go start book five!
Darcy McLaughlin
Jun 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was my first experience with James Patterson, and is definitely also going to be my last. I got the book from a coworker who claimed it was one of the best books he'd ever read, so I figured I would give it a shot.

Holy lord is this bad. Like beyond being it's-so-bad-it's-funny and just straight into offensively terrible. I have no qualms with the subject matter, violence and crime and everything else is fine by me. What offends me is the abysmally lazy writing. It feels like a
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Second Read: Another fast-paced thriller from Patterson and company. This is the fourth in the Michael Bennett series about a New York cop who has 10 adopted children. In my opinion, this is one of Patterson's better series. ..a close second to Alex Cross. In this one, Bennett is after a killer who is copying the crimes of past serial killers including the mad bomber and the Son of Sam. But is the killer merely copying these crimes or is there another connection with the victims? And is the ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the first I've read of the Michael Bennett series, but I already love it. It was a definite thriller, full of suspense, action, and gore...and that got some getting used to because I don't generally read thrillers. But I loved every second of it, and plan to read the first three before this one. What I especially loved was that with each chapter or so you alternate third-person of the two main characters, and you get some really great insight into their mind and thoughts and personality. ...more
Mar 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Although I've said it before, this may be my last Patterson book. I think the only reason that I bothered to read this one was that I got the full book for free for my Kindle when the book was first posted on Amazon in December.

The book is plot driven rather than character driven which generally makes for flat characters which was not helped by the fact that it's a lousy plot. By the end of the book, I really felt I had come to think of Bennett as "flat Stanley" for the interest that he
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Very disappointing for james Patterson. I love most of his books. This one had so much potential and started off good then it kinda just lost it. For a thriller it wasn't very thrilly. I didnt enjoy the case or the characters really. I feel like its not normal patterson work.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Another great one for this series. I am going to have to try to read a couple more in this series in between my already planned reads.
Mahoghani 23
New York is not a city I wish to live; visit? Ok.... Theres too much mayhem and trouble when youre just trying to live each day. With that many people living in one city, its easy to determine why psychopaths choose this city.

A killer is on the prowl, committing copy-cat murders from previous serial murderers. He has no qualms about taking the life of a man, woman or child. The story drags a little but at the same time it takes time to find a killer.

Not as great as book 3 but okay.
Jennie  Veazey
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can I say, Im obsessed!! I love the Michael Bennett series! Listening to the audible version is truly the best. The mix of detective/ personal story for Michael is awesome. I love how James is weaving the story about Mary Catherine and all the kids plus his grandpa. Its just a great series. 5 stars! ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
These are fun audio books for my commute. I feel super empathetic for the protagonist, for certain. I didn't appreciate the love triangle.
Kevin Glavin
Jan 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I read the free preview of this book. And let me say that free is good...if you can resist paying to see how it ends. What Patterson, Ledwidge, and publisher are doing by giving away the first 28 chapters for free is akin to what was common practice for Charles Dickens and others in 19th Century Victorian England: serialize the fiction, and through cliffhangers, entice readers to buy the next installment of the magazine, or triple-decker novel.

It may be a smart publishing decision, but does that
Dan Schwartz
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
I am not sure why I still allow myself to be amazed every time I read a new James Patterson, but I do. I know his books are amazing, and I know I will be thoroughly entertained, but somehow he always seems to go above and beyond all expectations and this new installment of the Michael Bennett series is pure gold. First off, Bennett may in fact be my favorite character ever written; a hopeless romantic, a dedicated father, a sarcastic comedian, a hero of epic proportions, a man who is dedicated ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Although I had given up reading James Patterson's book a few years back because I found them formulaic, simplistic and totally predictable, I decided to give Tick Tock a try because I needed a quick easy read and it was sitting on my kindle as a freebie. Michael Bennett, NYC homicide detective, has a complicated personal life as a widower with 10 adopted children. His family vacation is cut short when he is called to investigate a bomb threat and a series of escalating crimes. The book, while ...more
Jeffrey Powell
Jun 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
someone else wrote: "flashy but unsubstantial thriller has movie deal written all over it and has all the pitfalls that a slick blockbuster film would have. First, there is a super-sensationalist plot. Why have just a terrorist or a serial killer when you can wrap up both in the same package? Throw in a little that two romances...that have no connection to the story." Descriptive review.
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
I started this a while ago. Had it on my kindle for nearly 3 yrs lol, kept thinking I will read this soon. So after I have now read it, it was really good. I've just not been that well to read as much as I could.

It's brilliant to re-connect with Michael Bennett and his brood lol. On a case whilst on holiday at the family beach house and he still has time for romance lol. A brilliant psychopath and his side kick makes a good book in my opinion.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was great! It is yet another murder mystery to be solved by Michael Bennett, a NYC cop. Yes, it has a romantic twist, too! I have now read all 7 books in the Michael Bennett murder mystery series and am waiting for book #8 to be published in July 2015. Yes, I like Michael Bennett a lot!
Chanel Lindsay
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Although it took me a little while to get into this one, this is still yet another enjoyable Michael Bennett read !

This book follows Detective Michael Bennett, who is pulled away from a seaside retreat with his ten adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine, when a rash of horrifying crimes tears through New York City, throwing it into complete chaos. Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker. But as his affection for Emily grows into
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoy the Michael Bennet books more than any other James Patterson. His family dynamic adds much to the story possibilities. In this episode, his family play an even more active role as he takes (TRIES to take) a family vacation, first since the death of his wife. His mistake was not going far enough away geographically; he's still in the New York area and work calls him back into the thick of things. It appears someone is copy-catting famous NYC crimes of the past, with bombings, viscous ...more
This was the fourth book in the Michael Bennett series. Michael and his family are on a much needed vacation when Michael gets a call to drop everything and come back to work. It would appear they have another psychotic on their hands.

This time around there are some gruesome murders and the detectives are struggling to find a connection. Emily decides to come and help Michael with another investigation.
While all this is happening, the Bennett kids are also struggling with their very own
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book was interesting but it took too long to catch me and thats unusual for Patterson. I put the book down then continuously picked it back up hoping the story would move faster but it did it into closer to the end. Patterson is one of my favorite authors but this book was a little disappointing. ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tick tock

This was a very good read, in fact I wish it didn't end where it did. I didn't like the part where Michael was getting beat on. I guess I'll have to read the next book in the series.
Elizabeth Midgley
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first Michael Bennett book. I liked it and it kept my attention. It had enough of both his personal story and his case. Well balanced. Classic Patterson. 👍 ...more
Henry Bello
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
One thing I hate about books is when the characters are all Precious dimes. It could had been 4 stars but I just cant stand Dimes
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great murder mystery, although I why does the relationship between Michael Bennett and Mary Catherine bugs me so much? I have to see how it plays out in the subsequent novels.
Virginia Dumais
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: james-pattwerson
It was a real page turner. I just finished it. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Huw Rhys
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a fairly standard thriller, the sort that James Patterson and his many associates churn out on a regular basis so that those of us who enjoy a fairly standard thriller can enjoy another fairly standard thriller.

What is there to say about this one? Not a lot. I may just stick to a formulaic sort of "there is a baddy who does bad things but the goody gets him in the end... or does he?" line.

James Patterson rolls out the same thing time after time - why shouldn't I? Tick tock......
Giovanni Gelati
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mike Bennett is back and the best part for me was his whole family is too. The subplot with the family vacation being woven into the fabric of the novel put this over the top for me. That is the essence of Bennett for me if you will, his love for his family and now finding his way post Maeve, his deceased wife. As usual there is a crazed killer on the loose and Mike Bennett stands in his way. Here is what lies between the covers:
NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problemthe Son of
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
NYPD Major Case Detective Michael Bennett finds himself overmatched, 12 to 1...

Actually, when "Tick Tock" begins, Bennett is on a beach vacation with his ten kids, his cantankerous grandfather, Seamus, and the kids' lovely nanny, Mary Catherine. She's Irish. And young. And really hot. Bennett has noticed these details, too, being an ace detective.

Bennett's peaceful vacation is shattered on two fronts. Close to home, his kids are being terrorized by some local kids named Flaherty, who would
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