The Lake House

The Lake House

by James Patterson

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Overview

The memorable story begun in When the Wind Blows continues in this thrilling novel, and it's one that really soars! Frannie O'Neil, a Colorado veterinarian, knows a terrible secret that will change the history of the world. Kit Harrison, an FBI agent under suspension has seen things that no one in his right mind would believe. A twelve-year-old girl named Max and five other incredible children have powers we can only dream of. These children can fly. And the only place they will be save is the Lake House. Or so they believe...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316603287
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/09/2003
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Hometown:

Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York

Education:

B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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The Lake House


By James Patterson

Warner Books

Copyright © 2003 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-61514-5


Prologue

RESURRECTION

The Hospital, somewhere in Maryland

At about eleven in the evening, Dr. Ethan Kane trudged down the gray-and-blue-painted corridor toward a private elevator. His mind was filled with images of death and suffering, but also progress, great progress that would change the world.

A young and quite homely scrub nurse rounded the corner of the passageway and nodded her head deferentially as she approached him. She had a crush on Dr. Kane, and she wasn't the only one.

"Doctor," she said, "you're still working."

"Esther, you go home, now. Please," Ethan Kane said, pretending to be solicitous and caring, which couldn't have been further from the truth. He considered the nurse inferior in every way, including the fact that she was female.

He was also exhausted from a surgical marathon: five major operations in a day. The elevator car finally arrived, the doors slid open, and he stepped inside.

"Good night, Esther," he said, and showed the nurse a lot of very white teeth, but no genuine warmth, because there was none to show.

He straightened his tall body and wearily passed his hand over his longish blond hair, cleaned his wire-rimmed glasses on the tail of his lab coat, then rubbed his eyes before putting his glasses back on as hedescended to the subbasement level.

One more thing to check on ... always one more thing to do.

He walked half a dozen quick steps to a thick steel door and pushed it open with the palm of his hand.

He entered the dark and chilly atmosphere of a basement storage room. A pungent odor struck him.

There, lying on a double row of gurneys, were six naked bodies. Four men, two women, all in their late teens and early twenties. Each was brain-dead, each as good as gone, but each had served a worthy cause, a higher purpose. The plastic bracelets on their wrists said DONOR.

"You're making the world a better place," Kane whispered as he passed the bodies. "Take comfort in that."

Dr. Kane strode to the far end of the room and pushed open another steel door, an exact duplicate of the first. This time rather than a chilly blast, he was met by a searing wave of hot air, the deafening roar of fire, and the unmistakable smell of death.

All three incinerators were going tonight. Two of his nighttime porters, their powerful workingman bodies glistening with grime and sweat, looked up as Dr. Kane entered the cinder-block chamber. The men nodded respectfully, but their eyes showed fear.

"Let's pick up the pace, gentlemen. This is taking too long," Kane called out. "Let's go, let's go! You're being paid well for this scut work. Too well."

He glanced at a naked young woman's corpse laid out on the cement floor. She was white-blond, pretty in a music-video sort of way. The porters had probably been diddling with her. That's why they were behind schedule, wasn't it?

Gurneys were shoved haphazardly into one corner, like discarded shopping carts in a supermarket parking lot. Quite a spectacle. Hellish, to be sure.

As he watched, one of the sweat-glazed minions worked a wooden paddle under a young male's body while the other swung open the heavy glass door of an oven. Together they pushed, shoved, slid the body into the fire as if it were a pizza.

The flames dampened for a moment, then as the porters locked down the door, the inferno flared again. The cremation chamber was called a "retort." Each retort burned at 3,600 degrees, and it took just over fifteen minutes to reduce a human body to nothing but ashes.

To Dr. Ethan Kane, that meant one thing: no evidence of what was happening at the Hospital. Absolutely no evidence of Resurrection.

"Pick up the pace!" he yelled again. "Burn these bodies!"

The donors.

(Continues...)



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The Lake House 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 279 reviews.
mommafuzz More than 1 year ago
This book begins exactly where the last one left off. I was involved form the start. James Patterson can get you so involved with his words that you see in your minds eye just what he is relaying. I can picture the "winged" children just as clear as if I was there. The best writers have that knack of drawing you in so you can't but their books down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Patterson¿s book, The Lake House, was rather a surprise since I expected a gripping murder mystery and got a science fiction story about children with wings that could fly. Nevertheless, Patterson grabbed my attention early in the story, and by keeping the chapters short for easy reading and filling the pages with action-packed happenings and/or dialogue, he kept the story moving. While I am not a science fiction fan, the story was interesting enough to keep me reading. The resolution to the plot was a bit downsized¿an entire hospital and many workers were involved, yet, they weren¿t mentioned in the resolution¿only the man responsible. If you read this book you will be rewarded with a happy ending for the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to dive into this book after reading "As the Wind Blows" and I was not disappointed. It was a thrilling and heart touching novel to conclude a great story. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.
Elle-Dinnell More than 1 year ago
This was an offbeat book. It was an interesting read and a little weird. I can't say that I enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed some of James Patterson's other books. It was ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book very suspensful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ATTENTION: EVERYONE READ MAXIMUM RIDE NEXT IT WILL BE YOUR BEST DESITION EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, plus the first one, sounds sooo much like the Maximum Ride series, also by James Patterson. I haven't read this series, but I can tell you that after reading the Max Ride over 12 times, I still count them as several of my favorite books. I know exactly what happens, and yet it never bores me to tears. That takes skill. ;) I highly reccomend this author. He writes great suspense novels, including Witch and Wizard, which I also highly reccomend!
drausche on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frankenstein monster/sci-fi -- that's all I've got to say
Conner23456 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book more than the first one (When the Wind Blows). For me to read this book took less time than when I read the fist book in the series.I was creeped out by the ending, so that part of the book I would say is a adult novel. But, the rest of the book is okay for yound adult readers. I can not wait to read some of James Patterson other works.
DragonFreak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Colorodo, six unusual children named Max, Ozymandias (Oz), Icarus, Matthew, Peter, and Wendy are in trial. It¿s not them that are fighting, but Frannie and Kit, their ¿parents¿ versus their actual parents. You see, these children are genetically mutated superhumans that are part human, part bird. Their mothers were unknowingly part of a secret experiment and at last they have found their parents, but the kids don¿t want them. Before the trial, the children were found by Frannie and Kit, and like real birds, they imprinted on them. Frannie and Kit did all they could to gain custody, but failed. Now all eight of their dreams of living at the Lake House, the one place where it¿s truly safe, is crushed.Time has passed and the kids are separated and try to live life normally, but that¿s not easy when they have wings with IQ and strength that¿s off the charts, and having the Press constantly trying to film them. But that¿s not the worst part.Dr. Ethan Kane is the surgeon of Liberty General Hospital and the mastermind of the Resurrection. His plan is to save the world forever while destroying it. In this Hospital, people die for his cause, and there is nothing that can stop him, except for Max and her Flock. He doesn¿t want to kill her, because she¿s worth millions, and pretty soon the special place called the Lake House may not be so good anymore.I¿ve wanted to read this book because it inspired the Maximum Ride books. I thought they¿ll be very similar, but it¿s not at all. In the MR books, the characters goof off half the time, but in here, it¿s all serious, all the time. Also the MR books are kind of scientific with the characteristics of the bird-humans, but this one is a lot more scientific with way more ¿realistic¿ physical and mental bird DNA. What I like is that all of them, especially the oldest Max and Oz, have very high levels of bird instincts.In short, this book is better than all of the MR books combined. It would be five stars, but the book just ended. I kind of wanted more, and there were some unanswered questions I would love to know, but all in all, very good.Rating: Four and a Half Stars **** ½
jeanettecooperbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
James Patterson¿s book, The Lake House, was rather a surprise since I expected a gripping murder mystery and got a science fiction story about children with wings that could fly. Nevertheless, Patterson grabbed my attention early in the story, and by keeping the chapters short for easy reading and filling the pages with action-packed happenings and/or dialogue, he kept the story moving. While I am not a science fiction fan, the story was interesting enough to keep me reading. The resolution to the plot was a bit downsized¿an entire hospital and many workers were involved, yet, they weren¿t mentioned in the resolution¿only the man responsible.If you read this book you will be rewarded with a happy ending for the characters.
ginnypotter34 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd have to say that "The Lake House" was probably one of the most life-changing books I have read my entire life.James Patterson incorperated many topics that raise tears, goosebumps and souls in this novel, and the pages go so fast that by the end you are so depressed that the book is over that yyou want to re-read over and over.Patterson's charactors are loveable and funny with a unique quirkyness that makes them take their own place in your heart.This is m favourite adult book so that I have read this year. I went into the book with one view on life and came out with another. As far a sequels go, I do believe that thi one hit the jack pot.Anyone who has not read "The Lake House" is missing out on fenominal literature!infinaty stars! LOVED IT!go buy "The Lake House" today! you won't be sorryCouldn't recomend it enough!THANK YOU JAMES PATTERSON!Chloe's Blurbs:"A wonderfull tale tha jerks tears, warms hearts, and welcomes souls. Destines for the classics."
hammockqueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great listening on cd. Story is way out there but deliciously entertaining.
r0ckcandy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book at all.
Mia_Catapang on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it's undeniably awesome!!!! :))
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book, not know what I was getting into...kids with wings...what!?!?! But it grabbed my interest and kept it. Interesting storyline.
booklover3258 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was ok. I enjoyed the first book much better. This one was more graphic with scenes from the Hospital. Storyline a little too far-fatched this time. The ending was good.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As sequels go, this one was pretty good. However, it isn't quite the page turner of When the WInd Blows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book!
sandrabrazier More than 1 year ago
Our story opens with Fran, a veterinarian, and Kit, an FBI agent fighting for the custody of six very special children. The six children are the first of their kind. They can fly! Sadly, the only time these children had ever been happy was when the eight of them lived in the secluded lake house. Now, Fran and Kit are fighting the children's biological parents to keep them all together. Meanwhile, unethical scientists are performing unethical experiments. They, too, would like the children. Unspeakable horrors await the children there. The pacing of this story is off. Some scenes linger until the reader grows tired of the subject matter. Other scenes seem to jump from scene to scene, glossing over entire scenes, jumping erratically through time. It did not present any confusion, but it seemed unprofessional and very awkward. Sadly, the characters were likeable in some scenes. In other scenes they acted strangely. There did not seem to be consistency here. I really liked the premise of the story, but I the found the story it disappointing and even very predictable at times.
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yobago More than 1 year ago
garbage.  
susanneleist More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I had read the prequel. I wanted an ending to the story. This book was similar to the first book. The first book had a school, where the bad people performed experiments on humans to create super human beings. In this book, the bad people performed experiments on humans in a hospital to create super human beings. There was a lot of chasing and flying of the children with wings. At least the story had an ending.