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At first glance, Lee might seem like an average fifteen year old, shooting the breeze with his friends around a campfire, crushing on his friend Dana, sassing the assistant principal at school. But Lee has a little bit more responsibility than your average kid: he's the next Alien Hunter, bequeathed with the List of hidden alien outlaws living and lurking on Earth in disguise. All must be destroyed in order to protect the human race from eventual takeover. It's a big job for one teenager. His father had the title...

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Overview

At first glance, Lee might seem like an average fifteen year old, shooting the breeze with his friends around a campfire, crushing on his friend Dana, sassing the assistant principal at school. But Lee has a little bit more responsibility than your average kid: he's the next Alien Hunter, bequeathed with the List of hidden alien outlaws living and lurking on Earth in disguise. All must be destroyed in order to protect the human race from eventual takeover. It's a big job for one teenager. His father had the title of Alien Hunter until #1 on the List, The Prayer, killed him and Lee's mother in cold blood. Lee was just 3. Ever since then, his supreme abilities--like being able to change shape and conjure up his long-dead parents out of thin-air--have gotten him through life, not to mention countless battles with aliens that roam the earth, hunting humans as part of an inter-planetary game.

Next on the list is #6, Ergent Seth, alternately a horribly crude, grotesque horse-headed creature and a pretentious Hollywood film director/producer. Lee's quest to search and destroy #6 leads him right into the arms of super-cute Sarah Wilson--and a deadly trap that takes him to Ergent Seth's spacecraft. It's heading for a place beyond Lee's comprehension: His home planet. For Lee is an alien too, after all. And it turns out the earth, his adopted home, isn't the only planet that needs to be saved.

James Patterson's exciting new series is full of high wish-fulfillment fantasy, humor, and of course, all of the suspense that Patterson fans have come to expect--only this time, it's literally out of this world.

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Publishers Weekly

Patterson jumps on the superheroes bandwagon with contributor Ledwidge and delivers the adventures of Daniel X, a superpowered alien whose mission is to defend Earth from more malignant, threatening aliens. In his first adventure, listeners hear the typical origin story (parents killed by the most vile alien on Earth), his early adventures (growing up on his own with amazing powers) and his first real step into manhood (facing off against another alien). The story throws in a few interesting twists, but isn't particularly dynamic as superhero narratives go. The production is sparsely sprinkled with sound effects, which work quite well and add to the story, but there is a lack of consistency to their execution. However, Milo Ventimiglia makes it worth the listen. His timing and inflection match perfectly with Daniel, the first-person protagonist. He sounds youthful enough to be believable as Daniel and easily transitions to other character voices within the story. A Little, Brown hardcover. (July)

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VOYA - Kathie Fitch
When Daniel was only three years old, his parents were brutally murdered by a six-and-a-half-foot-tall praying mantis named The Prayer who had come for The List, a roll of all the current alien outlaws. Daniel himself is an extraterrestrial who makes it his mission to eliminate all those on The List. As he turns fifteen, he enters high school to avoid truancy charges from the local police, who seem to think it strange that a teenager is living alone in a house he created and who travels at odd hours. There he meets Phoebe Cook who tells him her sister Allison has been abducted. He falls for her and tries to help her find her sister. Phoebe is in actuality Ergent Seth, alien number 6 on The List. The alien captures Daniel and takes him and a group of kidnapped children he uses to sell drugs for him off in a space ship to a distant planet. Ergent Seth shoots Daniel in the stomach, and while he endures "teeth-clenching throbs of agony," Daniel still manages to escape, meet a woman who knew his father and turns out to be his grandmother, make friends with a herd of elephants who can communicate with him, and rescue the children. The whole story does not track well and is way over the top for even the most devout SF fans. Daniel has a dry sense of humor that is entertaining for a while, and there is a lot of gore and gruesome murders that will appeal to some readers. Unfortunately it is the first of a planned series. James Patterson's fans should stick with his excellent Maximum Ride books. Reviewer: Kathie Fitch
Freshfiction.com
"Lots of action . . . a fast and furious read."
NightsandWeekends.com
"Entertaining . . . absolutely addictive . . . a lightning-fast page-turner."
Sunday Times (UK)
"Has all the characteristics of his work for grown-ups: pace, action, mystery, and cool . . . sharp and punchy with plenty of jokes and shocks."
The Urban Intelligensia
"If THE DANGEROUS DAYS OF DANIEL X were a movie, I'd give it four stars. If it were a television show, I'd definitely place it in the category of 'must-see tv.' I couldn't put the book down!"
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"They could not have done better than Milo Ventimiglia as the narrator."—Audiofile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316119702
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Series: Daniel X Series , #1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 63,929
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, I Funny, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 260 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

Michael Ledwidge has coauthored many #1 bestsellers with James Patterson. He lives in New York City.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    Loved it....

    Bought the audio book to encourage my 13 year old son and his friend to read and perhaps fall in love with the character so they will read the next book on their own. It worked...not only did I enjoy listening with them on a long car ride, but they begged me to turn it on around town on short trips to. They didn't want to get out of the car, but rather sit longer in the garage to listen to the book 'quite unusual for 13 year old boys'. They are anxious to read the next book when it comes out. I thought it was a little Ben 10 meets Men in Black at first, but ended up really enjoying it almost as much as the boys. Great read 'listen' for this age group and funny. Thanks so much James Paterson for starting to write series that young adults really love to read. I love Alex Cross and the Beach-books, etc and just starting on the female murder club books...but Maximum Ride series and Daniel X are great to share my love of reading with my son. Keep up the good work. All those blow hearts that were disappointed should take it for what it was meant to be a fast past fun alien read...you can read a book jacket can't you?

    30 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    Quick and easy, just the way I like em

    If you are expecting a literary masterpiece, go read something else. This is a quick, easy read that you will probably finish in a couple hours. That being said, I thought it was really good for what it was. It kept me entertained throughout the book and made me laugh at the jokes. I will read the sequels, as I enjoy these kind of books. However, if you enjoy analyzing and picking over every single detail of the story for deeper meaning, you will find it rather shallow. Read it when you have a lazy afternoon and are looking for a few hours to fill, and you will not be disappointed.

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

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    Daniel X

    Patterson, J., & Ledwidge, M. (2008). The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

    0316002925

    Poor Michael Ledwidge. I feel bad for him. Patterson's name graces both the spine and the top of the book cover, while Ledgwidge is tacked on in smaller font at the bottom. I won't be staging a Show Michael Ledwidge Some Love Protest. For two reasons:

    1. I'm lazy
    2. Patterson's name will make Mikey-boy a lotta money. He'll probably be able to throw his earnings up in the air and sing The Flying Lizards' "Money. That's what I want."
    (I too can throw my money in the air and watch it flutter to the ground. However, seeing a $5 and a $1 bill land at my feet is far from exciting)

    First off a warning: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X is (OF COURSE!!!!!) becoming a series. I suppose Daniel X had quite a few dangerous days as an alien hunter (I know I do). I offer this warning because, perhaps, like me you pick up what seems like an interesting book, read it, then discover to truly know what happens to the characters you've become attached to you will need to read a dozen more books. There goes several months worth of reading something better for you.

    I'll also give the spoiler-ish warning that a character gets shot, but survives. There is some pain and consequence involved, but it you hate seeing guns in the books you share with children, you may want to avoid this.

    So what's this book about? Well, it's about an orphan alien hunter, of course. Daniel must hunt for one of the most dangerous aliens and also face betrayal while searching for a friend or family member. Oh, and he likes elephants.

    Now on to the actual review. This is a fun and fast read. Lot's of action, more action (too much action?) and very short chapters. This book would be a good teacher recommendation to a struggling YA reader who needs to build some confidence.

    The book include a lot of popular culture references that will date the narrative quickly. (But then, I don't think Michael X's dangerous days were meant to become classics) Overall, the plot feels thrown together. Don't get me wrong, it flows well and is understandable. But it feels quickly written, which then lends itself to being quickly read without much thought.


    Activities to do with the book:

    Discuss how tension is created and maintained throughout the novel. Create illustrations to accompany the book or used found objects to recreate settings and scenes. Have students design their own alien-write a description and illustrate it.

    Also, a teacher could briefly teach on the anatomies of the human ear and brain. (You'll understand why once you have read the book)


    Favorite Quotes:

    "If this were a movie instead of real life, this would be the part where in a strange, ominous voice I'd say, "Take me to your leader!"
    But since you are far more important in making a difference in this world than the earth's leaders, and last time I checked on the Internet those leaders seem to have more than enough on their plates, and for the most part I'm not a total dork, I'll just go with a simple "Hi"" (p. 3).

    "Now pay attention, because this is important, and also way out of the ordinary. I suspect you've never seen, or heard about, or read anything like this before" (p. 30).

    "And if you think about it, creating is the best superpower of them all. It's a whole lot better than being part spider" (p. 45).

    8 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    SWEET!

    This is a reallly really good book. it is really cool and, I mean awsome how he can make animals do any thing and he can turn into anything he wants to. and there is a twist later on the book that will shock you. and also look for the next book I posted a link on the botom of this review.
    as an added bonus I will add the review for DANIEL X WATCH THE SKYS

    This is the second in the daniel x books and is just as good as the first mabey better but I dont recomend reading it if have not read the first. in this book daneil will face th bigest chalenge of his mission yet. How will he win when his oppenet knows every moove? find out in this book.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Just read the sample

    I just read the free sample and cant wait to get the whole book just off the first three chapters i give it a five star rating!!!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Awesome

    This is an awesome and intriguing book. I had to read this for Reading in school and I instantly fell in love with the book. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. I love the extraterrestrialism in it and Daniel's amazing powers. I highly recommend this book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    Patterson should stick to adult novels

    This was billed as a book for young adults/teens. Some of these type of books have been huge with adults (Harry Potter/Twilight). I can't imagine this book will get anywhere near those heights. This book is bland, boring, obvious, too short, and ill-paced. The voices sound like an adult trying to sound "cool" like a kid by nrarrating the events and throwing in pop culture items. Its bad and blatant. Kids don't talk like that. Also, the main character is so powerful he's never in actual danger. Maybe young adults will like or even love this, but there is zero crossover appeal and I love Patterson's other works. I was also planning to check out the Maximum Ride series but now I can't see that happening. A skip if you're older than 14.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    WAIT

    THEY HAVE THE NERVE TO SELL 97 PAGES OF BOOK FOR 8 DOLLARS THAT IS THE WORST OFFER EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    GRRRRRRRR

    5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    One of the best books ive ever read!!!

    This was one of the the best books that i will ever read

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Stay with Maximum Ride

    I first started reading this because i loved the max ride series. However, as the story went on i was losing interesting. It didn't have alot of depth and became rather silly. By the end i thought, yeah, defenitely sticking with Max, her adventures are way better starting with HER FIRST book. I have no plans to continue reading Daniel X. I gave the book i had to goodwill. Readers should just read Maximum Ride and stick with her.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Daniel X

    Good but the characters were not as well developed as in the Harry Potter novels or the twilight Series.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    loved this book

    i loved this book! its funny thrilling and a book that i could read again and again. i really strongly recommend this book for people who love huge and surprising turns.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2009

    I Couldn't Put It Down (Reviewed by TheBookworm

    The Dangerous Days of Daniel X<BR/>By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge<BR/>Pub. Date: July 2008 <BR/>4 out of 5 stars<BR/>PG - Violence<BR/>Recommended<BR/><BR/>Ever since his parents were cruelly murdered by aliens, he has taken over their job, to protect Earth from the aliens on the List. Daniel X, alien hunter, has the unique power of creation, such as being able to manipulate objects or his ability to transform into animals. Daniel has now set his sights on a powerful alien in California who has plans of destroying earth and recreating it in his own evil likeness. He begins his search confident in his skills and not fearful enough of this top ten List ranking alien. Right when Daniel feels he has found someone he can relate to, he is betrayed and captured by cunning, underhanded means and left trapped and wounded in an alien spaceship cell. Will he survive? And most important, will Earth survive?<BR/><BR/>The Dangerous Days of Daniel X held my attention throughout the book. Though this book resembled a poorly-scripted, made-for-TV sci-fi movie, I couldn¿t put it down. I may have grinned or laughed at the absolute wrong moments in the storyline, but I was enjoying the weird, gruesome alien horrors and the main characters¿ many oddities.<BR/><BR/>While Daniel¿s many powers were interesting and captivating, they were also quite confusing. It was hard to decipher what was concrete reality or what he manipulated (or ¿created¿) into existence. If I didn¿t have to spend so much time trying to unravel what was really going on, I believe I would have enjoyed and understood his amazing abilities better.<BR/><BR/>There were quite a few modern day references, such as movies, actors, and etc, that I understood and laughed at, but these additions will easily age the book and become harder to understand for later generations. Books from the 80s had their modern movie and music references but nearly three decades later, young adults have no idea what these references mean, so any humor or depth behind them are lost. It most likely will happen to this book too.<BR/><BR/>The climax of the story ended surprisingly quick. I was getting pumped up for the final battle scene between good and evil¿ and then the battle ended in what felt like seconds. The battle was won in a clever and gross way that I completely didn¿t expect. I was pleased with the villain¿s demise, but most of my awe and wonderment was at the speed this huge scene was carried out. I look back and still can¿t believe how sudden it happened. Yet somehow it worked.<BR/><BR/>The Dangerous Days of Daniel X pleasantly surprised me, the reluctant sci-fi reader, with a bizarre cast of characters who possessed nondescript talents which played out by unexpected methods. I believe readers will most enjoy this book, when they view it in a slightly comical manner. If you are a sci-fi reader who is looking for a little breather from heavy, ominous reading I suggest The Dangerous Days of Daniel X.<BR/><BR/>Date Reviewed: January 14th, 2009<BR/><BR/>For more book reviews and book information check out my blog at www.inthecurrent.blogspot.com

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Cade

    Daniel x is amazing

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Sounds good

    Does anybody think i should get it

    3 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2010

    STOP RIGHT THERE! Get that plan out of your head to read this book

    I bought this book as a sort of time-waster, but to my dismay it was neither satisfying nor entertaining. I was so taken aback by this book my cousin was forced to read it to make sure my opinion wasn't exaggerated. She agreed. First off Patterson attempts to create a teenager character and fails miserably (Sorry, but I'm pretty sure he's too old to do this). Secondly the character's powers just appear out of nowhere. Maybe a better way of putting it is that he has them, but doesn't feel the need to tell us. POOF! He uses them and ends the scene with a "oh.by the way I can.(insert power)" Thirdly the plot is ABSURD. I had no idea where the heck Patterson was going with this story and still don't. Kid's parents are dead, he's a bounty hunter, he goes to another planet??? Ugh. There are just so many negatives about this book I can't continue.I eventually sold this book off to some other person and felt extremely guilty afterwards. That's how bad it is. You may think I'm going overboard with this and I suppose that's your opinion, but just remember I warned you. Hope you like this book if you're into this kind of stuff.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Crap

    97 pages of crap. I've had longer and better bowel movements then this book.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Little moe Little more...

    I love the books but I want free ones to be longer, I cant always keep spending money on books

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Stop trying to make another Max...

    Really. He doesn't really have any parents, he has special powers, he himself is "special" and he's the only one who can do what he does? Also, he's hot. Awesome. I don't know if it's because of Michael Ledwidge, but I hated the way this was written. Oh, he just happens to be able to do this and that. And he loves elephants. That was just randomly thrown in there, like it's Daniel's cute little quirk. The only cute little quirk that stands alone in this perfectly heroic and pathetic excuse for a character. It's a bit Dylan-esque, no? Tsk tsk.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Popular Action Fluff

    This book may be entertaining for its target audience, but offers little else beyond entertainment. It felt like I was reading fluff designed to be popular (and bring in the dough) and nothing else. It certainly had plenty of action. I would assume it was because of its target audience, but I've read much better and more rewarding books made for the same audience. I'd say this is a no-go.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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