In James Patterson's blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time...like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare--this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb--now her betrayed and greatest enemy--that her purpose is save the world--but can she?
James Patterson is a world-renowned mystery writer that has dominated the New York Times Bestseller list for decades. In fact, he holds the New York Times AND Guinness records for most best-selling, hardcover, fiction titles by a single author, an astonishing accomplishment of 76! Patterson is possible best known for his Alex Cross series, which has held the top selling detective series for the past ten years. His books have sold approximately 300 million copies worldwide and he is the first author to achieve ten million eBook sales. There have been nine files - seven made for TV movies and three major motion pictures that were adapted from Patterson novels. Unlike many of his counterparts, Patterson is a fan of collaboration and works with several ghostwriters and co-authors to keep the mysteries coming for his demanding readers. While he has received his share of criticism for this practice, it hasn't mattered to his devoted following and as he continues to top the charts with each new release. In addition to adult novels, Patterson has recently become the bestselling author for the young adult and middle grade categories.
Patterson is also well known for his philanthropy. The James Patterson Teach Education Scholarship has been established to support the next generation of teachers at 19 different universities across the country. Patterson co-hosts a webcast with Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade. ONE ON ONE: Fundamentals with Dwyane Wade and James Patterson highlights the importance of reading for success in life. He also has a website dedicated to helping parents and educators ignite the reading spark in students. The website has specific book recommendations aimed towards the child's ability. ReadKiddoRead.com also features book reviews, messages from James, a Facebook community, and contributions from other authors and celebrities that believe in the power of reading.
James Patterson was born March 22, 1947 in New York and graduated summa cum laude from Manhattan College with a B.A. in English, and summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with an M.A. in English. He has won multiple awards for his work and has entertained and inspired millions. Patterson can occasionally be seen guest starring as himself on an episode on NBC's 'Castle'. He has a wife, Susan and a son, Jack an currently resides in Palm Beach, Florida.
Many middle-school and higher readers/listeners will probably enjoy this story. There are fights and running and chasing and more fights. But for a listener looking for actual content, say a plot, it is a vain search indeed. Clearly part of a series, the author leaves so many strings hanging it feels like an unwoven macrame. Most of the action is structurally pointless. It is little more that an undeveloped comic book with many fight scenes. The narrator, Evan Rachel Wood, does seem to capture the main character's 1st-person narration fairly well, though at times it felt a little too cavelier. And Patterson's frequent pop cultural allusions seem next to impossible considering these kids were raised in cages in a lab as of only 4 years ago. Perhaps three stars is generous, but I'm giving it for those people that don't mind all the action with no sense and little plot.
With detailed fights, great narration, and a well thought out story, Maimum Ride is the best book I've ever read. It had everything I ever wanted in a book. The only bad thing is, it was done in a day. I am not-so-patiently waiting for the third book to come out.
One of the best books I have EVER read! I was hooked on the series, and read non-stop! Easily falling in love with the characters, and wanting in on the action! A lot of the time I find myself wishing that the characters were real! The perfect book for people who love action, and have a soft spot for a little romantic flirting between some of the characters!
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