Tick Tock (Michael Bennett Series #4)

Tick Tock (Michael Bennett Series #4)

by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge

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Overview


NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem-the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified!


When a rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, the city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his ten adopted children. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack. Immediately, it becomes clear that the crimes are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind.


Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker. As his affection for Emily grows into something stronger, his relationship with the nanny takes an unexpected turn. All too soon, another appalling crime leads Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killer's pattern and the earth-shattering enormity of his plan. From the creator of the #1 New York detective series comes the most volatile and most explosive Michael Bennett novel ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316128520
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/24/2011
Series: Michael Bennett Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 436
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

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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grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Michael Bennett now has to deal with a serial killer that is recreated serial killers from New York's past. All in the name of Lawrence. Now who the hell is Lawrence? While this is going on, Bennett is also trying to enjoy a peaceful vacation with his children. And to add to that he may or may not be romancing two women. So much going on in this fourth Michael Bennett story that it kept me turning page after page. It was a fast paced novel and a quick read but it didn't grab me and hold on and was quickly forgotten when I opened my next book to read.
CricketOH More than 1 year ago
James --- your late two books (this and ...Blink) are simply OK - quick easy read --- Are you trying to be a mystery serial killer writter or a romance writer/// Figure it out before you waste any more of my time. -- used to be avid fan
bearmarket More than 1 year ago
I was soo escited for this book to come out and it did not disappoint at all, well worth the purchase. I could not put this book down, read it everywhere. It was his best one to date in my opinion, enjoyable for anyone.
kchatter More than 1 year ago
Compelling, edgey, fast, loved it!
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
James Patterson is one of my favorite authors because he never lets me down. Tick Tock blew me away! I read it in one day because I could not put it down. Michael Bennett is the perfect hero and this book had one of the best plots ever. If you're a James Patterson fan or if you have never read any of his books, you need to! Five stars!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
NYPD's # 1 Detective Michael Bennett has a huge problem. Someone is planning and masterminding a crime spree in New York like never before. They are conducting copy cat crimes of some of worst America has every seen, the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wysteria, Mad Bomber, just to name a few. Not only that but it's not some crazy terriorist act plaguing New York again, but an intelligent, rich and ex military that is calculating everything down to the last detail and filming it all. Caught in the midst of his vacation with his ten adopted kids in Breezy Point, Michael Bennett's love life is also caught in a web of confusion and chaos. Even while the crime spree in New York is spiraling out of control and terrorizing it's citizens, racial tension is running high against Michael's own adoptive children. Will he be able to catch the killer or will Michael Bennett, himself, become the star of his very own crime reenactment? I received James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge's latest novel, Tick Tock, compliments of Hachette Book Groups and Little, Brown and Company for my honest review and once more, never disappointed. Caught up in the page by page action and wondering just who the killer is and what the next crime would be, I was held captive myself until I finished the final page holding my breath. This one is a 5 star thriller!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for Patterson books to come out. This was not a disappointment. Very few are! This kept me coming back, until it was finished. Got it on Monday, finished on Wednesday. Exciting!!!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge team up for "Tick Tock". In my humble opinion "Tick Tock" is one of their best! This is the review of the unabridged audio book. Detective Michael Bennett returns to the thrill of his fans. Bennett is a widowed father to ten children. He, his children, the nanny, Mary Catherine, and his grandfather, Father Seamus, are on a much needed vacation, when Bennett is called back on a case. A horrendous evil villain is committing crimes and leaving letters for Bennett. The plot moves back and forth from attempting to deal with family matters and romance to finding a murderer. Detective Michael Bennett expressed love for his children. I found him to be an amazingly well-developed character. I loved the romantic scenes. Poor guy is kind of slow when it comes to romance. Someone needs to give him pointers on how to tell when a woman is interested. The scene with the family of bullies was wonderful. Wouldn’t we all like to do that at one time or another? Mary Catharine must be a wonder woman. She managed to work on her Master’s Degree, take care of a family with 10 children and still catch the eye of Bennett. I guess she was super organized. It was easy to picture her in my mind’s eye, an Irish redhead with green eyes. Father Seamus was humorous and lovable. The old goat loved his family and practiced the old fashioned methods of handling problems. I found myself smiling as I read some of his comments. He proves that Christians do not always have to be meek or wimpy. The plot is a short 28 chapters; I could have listened much longer. This book is well-written, fast paced, action packed and a real thriller. The ending is a bit surprising. The reader is great; he manages to capture just the right tone. Check this one out you; will be glad you did.
Nikki_Tikki More than 1 year ago
I've read all 4 books in the series. Vey quick/easy and enjoyable read. However you would need to read the other 3 before jumping into this one, else you'll miss a lot of the nuances. Worth checking out, can't wait for the next one.
NilesSmythe More than 1 year ago
Patterson again develops the character of Det.Mike Bennett into a real person with fears, faith and feelings. Although the story runs a little slow in the first half of the book, Patterson gives the reader the opportunity to know better the character of Mike Bennett. This character development is important to those of us who enjoy book series.
BookladyBA More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth installment in the series about New York Detective Michael Bennett. I enjoyed all the previous installments, but this one just wasn't as good. What I liked about the book: As with most Patterson books there was a lot of action. It was certainly a thrilling story with quick pacing (of course with short chapters, quick pacing is almost guaranteed.) What I didn't like about the book: Michael Bennett. This took me by surprise. After having read the previous books about Bennett, I had added him to my list of favorite detectives. After reading Tick Tock - I'm not so sure. He spent too much time obsessing about his love life in this book. It distracted from the story rather than adding to it. Bennett's character was not as well developed in this book as in the past installments. He seemed rather flat. If you are a diehard Patterson fan then you will probably enjoy this book. If you really like the character Michael Bennett, you might want to skip this one and wait to see if he gets back on track in the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third time I read this book. I started with Step on a crack and kept reading til I finished Tick Tock. I have enjoyed every book that I have read by James Patterson. There are things that I read that I thought could be improved on,but I still enjoyed reading the story. Patterson is a great writer, but he is an imperfect human, therefore he is allowed to err. Imagine how dull the world would be with all absolutes, Whether they be perfection or imperfection? Keep writing those stories and I'll keep reading them, always.
gramsbob54 More than 1 year ago
In this the 4th book about Michael Bennett he goes more into his personal life while trying to solve some horiffic crimes. The ending will blow you away. Worth every penny
CloggieDownunder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tick Tock is the 4th book in the Michael Bennett series by prolific author James Patterson. Bennett is on his summer holiday at Breezy Point with his ten children, nanny, Mary Catherine and Grandpa Seamus. With a romance possibly budding with Mary Catherine, Bennett is called back to work as a series of bomb attacks starts in New York City. As the action escalates, with murders and explosions and a kidnapping, Bennett enlists the help of FBI agent, Emily Parker. It seems that the perpetrator is copy-catting notorious New York crimes from the past. As Bennett and Parker try to track down the killer, Bennett also finds himself attracted to Parker. The pace of this novel is fast, once again with Patterson¿s trademark short chapters. Quite a good plot: I will look forward to the next Michael Bennett instalment.
cdalton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Bennett is my least favorite character from James Patterson. The stories wrap themselves in the the megalomanic New York City mantle of "world's greatest city" and the suffering, proud survivors of the infamous terrorist attack of 9/11. Just exactly what does Michael Bennett do for the N.Y.P.D. that makes him such a central character? He is not successful at catching bad guys and he is no romantic hero either. What began as a character with real possibility has descended to a confusion of who is Bennett and what really does he do?Another thing; I find the blatant, almost continuous product placement of upscale items (cars, watches, clothes, etc.) in this book or anyone's book extremely annoying. So you know the brand names of exclusive high-end products. Big whoop, who cares. It doesn't add to the story line so why do some authors do it?
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really didn't care for this one. It was rushed, especially the end. Rushed, contrived. Of *course* it ended up with Flaherty saving his live because otherwise that story line was pointless. Apt on the beach ala Kyle Cross on the beach. Don't really care for Mike B the gigolo. The first three in this series were far better and I really liked Bennett in those initial ones. Felt like the whole family thing was just a sideshow.
bdouglas97 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is your typical, suck you in, fast reading Patterson book. I found the end to be a little non-believable (ie ex special forces serial killer brought down by nanny organized neighborhood watch) but I am reading fiction. :)
caseylondon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment - I love the character of Mike Bennett and this book does not do him justice. The only ticking I heard was the time I wasted reading this book. Come on Mr. Patterson - slow down on the writing of your branded books and focus on the great writing of which you are so capable! I always buy/read your books... what a let down!
es135 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finally, Patterson was able to capture some of the magic of the first novel! The mystery/thriller element of the novel is on par with the best the author has to offer, but, once again, the human side of the story is what makes this a great read. By focussing a generous amount of time on Michael Bennett and his family, Patterson has made me care for his character again. It seems that after several absolute flops, story wise, Patterson has finally regained the spark that made his early novels so enjoyable. I devoured this novel in an afternoon and can't wait to see what happens next to Detective Michael Bennett!
LanoraTM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Review for audiobook: While never reading a James Paterson novel before, I found Tick Tock very thrilling. I found myself eager drive in order to listen to the story a bit more. I feel both Paterson and Michael Ledwidge did a great job engrossing me into the story.The actors and readers for the audiobook did an excellent job making me feel anger, hurt and happiness.
Booklady123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Goodreads Description:NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem¿the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified! Tick -- a killer's countdown begins A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that they are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind. Tick -- Michael Bennett is on the chase The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his ten adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack. Tock -- your time is up Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker. As his affection for Emily grows into something stronger, his relationship with Mary Catherine takes an unexpected turn. All too soon, another appalling crime leads Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killer's pattern and the earth-shattering enormity of his plan. This is the fourth installment in the series about New York Detective Michael Bennett. I enjoyed all the previous installments, but this one just wasn't as good.What I liked about the book: As with most Patterson books there was a lot of action. It was certainly a thrilling story with quick pacing (of course with short chapters, quick pacing is almost guaranteed.)What I didn't like about the book: Michael Bennett. This took me by surprise. After having read the previous books about Bennett, I had added him to my list of favorite detectives. After reading Tick Tock - I'm not so sure. He spent too much time obsessing about his love life in this book. It distracted from the story rather than adding to it. Bennett's character was not as well developed in this book as in the past installments. He seemed rather flat.If you are a diehard Patterson fan then you will probably enjoy this book. If you really like the character Michael Bennett, you might want to skip this one and wait to see if he gets back on track in the next book.
MonicaLynn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As usual another great addition to the Michael Bennet Series. Very interesting twist of events, when you think you have things figured out, there is always little twist, I was genuinely proud of Michael and his actions with Emily and hoping to see what happens next time around. Loved the characters in this including the bad guys interesting on how they worked their crimes.
kerrycarter76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tick Tock started out to be a decent mystery/thriller but then by the time I got to the half-way point things started going down hill. Many of the scenarios involving the NYPD detectives didn't even make sense. I was never much of a fan of James Patterson literary contraption that cranks out books with a co-author as a side-kick. This is not a terrible book, but its not a great book either. I wouldn't recommend anyone spending any money on Tick Tock.
delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Michael Bennett series is not one of my favorite James Patterson series. I feel that Bennett is too cocky and too invincible. Michael and his deceased wife Mauve adopted a ragtag assortment of ten children, which I feel defies common sense, especially, given the prejudice in society. Of course, Mary Catherine, the children's nanny spices up the mix. The romantic involvement between Mary Catherine and Michael falls short of reality. Michael stands a better chance with FBI agent Emily Parker. As usual, I enjoy Patterson's style of short chapters, and the utter deviousness of the villain. Yes, money can facilitate of sojourn of crime.
cmeilink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Bennett is my hero and not just because he goes out and catches the bad guys. Any man who can parent ten children has got to be part hero and part saint, especially if he can stay sane in the process.That being said, Tick Tock, this latest installment in the Michael Bennett series did not disappoint. The dialogue is perfect, the pacing of the story-excellent, the main plot-intriguing; but what made it even better were all the little, developing sub-plots. Will Mike ever take the leap with Mary Catherine? Will the vacationing Bennett family continue to be targeted by the Flahertys? Will Emily get back into the picture?Murders are occurring throughout the city, but what has the police even more worried is the fact that each of the murders is a recreation of a famous murder from the past. Could these murders possibly be the work of a single individual?Great read. Highly recommended.