March 18, 2016

NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson


NYPD Red is the elite, highly trained task force assigned to protect the rich, the famous, and the connected. And Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald-the woman who broke his heart at the police academy-are the best of the best, brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to deliver justice.

Zach and Kylie's New Year's celebrations are cut short when they're called to the home of billionaire businessman Hunter Alden, Jr. after he makes a grisly discovery in his townhouse garage. When Alden's teenage son goes missing soon afterwards, and his father seems oddly reluctant to find him, Zach and Kylie find themselves in the middle of a chilling conspiracy that threatens everyone in its wake-especially their city's most powerful citizens. NYPD Red 3 is the next sensational novel in James Patterson's explosive new series, a thriller that goes behind the closed doors of New York high society and into the depths of depravity.

The case in this book was so much more interesting than in the second book. It was a lot easier to read through, and it was also really hard to put down.

There were so many questions that I needed answered, and most of them didn’t come until the end. It kept me hanging on and turning the page. I really enjoyed that aspect of it.

The storyline was actually very twisted and messed up once it was all revealed. There was one reveal that made me lift my hand to my mouth. It was a wild ride.

All of the relationships in the series were complicated a bit in this one. They seemed to get worked out in the end, but I have a feeling that won’t be quite true once I crack the spine of #4.
Zach really needs to pick a woman.

5/5 Stars

Memorable Quote: "I, on the other hand, have been known to create drama. Especially in my own head."

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March 13, 2016

NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson


When NYPD Red arrives at a crime scene, everyone takes notice. Known as the protectors of the rich, famous, and connected, NYPD Red is the elite task force called in only for New York City's most high-profile crimes. And Detective Zach Jordan is the best of the best, a brilliant and relentless pursuer of justice. He puts professionalism above all, ignoring his feelings for his partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald, the woman who broke his heart when they first met in the academy.

But even with their top-notch training, Zach and Kylie aren't prepared for what they see when they're called to a crime scene in the heart of Central Park. They arrive to find a carousel spinning round and round, its painted horses grinning eerily in the early morning dark. There is only one rider: a brutally slaughtered woman, her body tied up and dressed in a Hazmat suit, on display for the world to see.

The victim, a woman of vast wealth and even greater connections, is the fourth in a string of shocking murders that have hit the city. As the public pressure mounts, and political and personal secrets of the highest order hang in the balance, Zach and Kylie must find out what's really behind the murderer's rampage. But Kylie has been acting strange recently--and Zach knows whatever she's hiding could threaten the biggest case of their careers.

Overall, I liked the second book in this series. I did think it was a bit weaker than the first though. The writing and the characters were still up to par, I just didn’t really care about the case they were trying to solve.

It didn’t interest me as much as the one in the first book did, so that is what made it just a bit more dull for me. It took me longer to actually get into the book, but once I did, it was hard to put down.

Zach and Kylie have great chemistry, and I also love his relationship with Cheryl. It is well written, and Zach’s inner conflict is never forgotten. I feel that it gives the story more depth and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. It is easy to want him to just pick a side and stick with it, but that isn’t realistic, and I am glad that it is kept in the book. If it was overdone, it would be obnoxious to read, but I think it is done well.

I am interested in seeing how both Zach and Kylie’s relationships progress in the next book, and I hope that the next case catches my attention more than the Hazmat Killers.

4/5 Stars

Memorable Quotes: "Accept and agree? Were we kicking off a homicide investigation or downloading software?"

"He made no attempt to deny the fact that his daughter was a murderer -- as long as we didn't walk away thinking she was a homicidal lesbian. What a dad."

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February 25, 2016

NYPD Red by James Patterson

It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert-and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

Then a world-renowned producer fatally collapses at his power breakfast, and top NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan is the first one on the scene. Zach works with his beautiful new partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald-who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend-to discover who the murderer might be. But this is only the beginning: the most brutal, public, and horrifyingly spectacular crimes they've ever encountered are about to send all of New York into chaos, putting NYPD Red on the ropes.

Zach and Kylie know there's no way of telling what a killer this deranged will do next. With the whole world watching, they have to find a way to stop a psychopath who has scripted his finale down to the last explosive detail. With larger-than-life action, relentless speed, and white-knuckle twists, NYPD Red is the next mega-blockbuster from "The Man Who Can't Miss."
I have been meaning to start this series for a while now. I am so glad that I finally did.

This novel was such a typical James Patterson book. . . so I loved it! Sometimes you can just tell when a book is his, and this was one of those.

I am always nervous about starting a new series, because you never know if you are going to like the characters and if they are going to grow on you or if you will just be indifferent through the whole book (or series, if you choose to continue).

Thankfully, I fell for the characters right away in this one. They were awesome right from the beginning and they all seemed to have great chemistry while preserving their own separate personalities. Nothing is worse than when all of the character arcs run together and they are hard to distinguish by nothing other than their name.

The actual storyline in this first novel was also interesting. We have seen high profile cases before with Alex Cross, but this was closer to the cases that Lindsay Boxer tackles out in California.
Overall, I really enjoyed this first book in the series. I didn’t find myself buying into much of the suspense but it was just an ENTERTAINING read to me.

If you are already a Patterson fan, you will dig this book. If you like crime novels or thrillers, you may be intrigued and eventually become a Patterson fan. Try it out!

5/5 Stars

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