Book: Step on a Crack (Michael Bennett #1) | Author: James Patterson | Started: 5/16/14 | Finished: 5/18/14 | Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis: The nation has fallen into mourning after the death of a beloved former first lady. The most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral– then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man’s brilliant and cold-blooded scenario. Detective Bennett- father of ten- is pulled into the fray. As the danger escalates, Michael experiences a devastating loss: after fighting it for many years, his wife has succumbed to a terrible disease. As New York descends into chaos, he faces raising his ten heartbroken children alone- and rescuing thirty-four hostages. Day after day, Bennett confronts the most ruthless man he has ever encountered. As the entire world watches and the tension builds to a searing heat, Bennett has to find a way out- or face responsibility for a deadly debacle.
My review: I don’t think this book would have been as good if it were Alex Cross or Lindsay Boxer. The platform for this book- New York, 5th Avenue, tons of famous people- would not have worked with any other series by Patterson. From the first chapter onward, I knew this would be a promising book and a promising series.
Michael Bennett is a vastly different character than Lindsay Boxer and Alex Cross. For one, he’s married. For two, he has ten kids. TEN. KIDS. At first, I wasn’t sure how this would work out. I wasn’t sure if it could be believable. It worked really well. I’ve known a few families that had seven to ten kids, so it was pretty normal for me. It was took getting used to, since I’m so used to either two kids or no kids from the other series’ by Patterson.
From the beginning, the book was all action. I was worried I wouldn’t connect with Michael because I never really got a chapter where I just learn about him. Throughout the book though, I did connect with him by how he treated other people. The few moments he is with his kids, made me want to have ten kids and hug them all. He reminds me of Alex Cross in the way that he’s a lovable character and even lovable dad.
He’s a softie at home, but he’s a kick-ass Detective on the job. I wasn’t sure how well a book that was set around a hostage situation would go, but it was well-written and kept me on my toes. I was never bored with this part of the book. The book seemed like I opened it and then I closed it because I could not get my nose out of it. It was intense and a fun read.
There was also sadness and I will admit, I had to hold back the tears at times. I feel like the second book of the series is going to be really different from this one because his life has changed drastically.
I am excited to read the rest of this series because, like I said, it seems like it’s going to be a promising series with a promising protagonist.
Have you read this series? How do you feel about Michael Bennett?