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"Six extraordinary children are trying to lead normal lives in the Rocky Mountain countryside. They live in different homes, with different families, but there is something powerful that connects them. Something that puts them in terrible danger. The only time they've ever felt safe was when they were together in the waterfront cabin they call the Lake House. And the only people they've ever trusted are Frannie and Kit, the couple who rescued them from unimaginable evil once before." When that evil resurfaces, the kids reconnect with Frannie and Kit and set off on an astonishing adventure. They flee to the Lake House, but even that haven may no longer be safe. Dr. Ethan Kane is chief of surgery at Liberty General Hospital, one of the most esteemed hospitals in the nation. It is here that terrible secrets lie, secrets that will change the world for all of us.
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Publishers Weekly
When the Wind Blows (1998), to which this is a sequel, has been Patterson's "most successful novel around the world," according to an author's note. That novel, about children genetically engineered to fly, also thrilled most critics. This one won't, despite some charms, and the reason manifests itself in the three paragraphs-paragraphs, mind-that begin chapter 41: "They were elated to be together again-the flock! The tribe! The family!" Patterson tends toward shorthand writing, and generally it works in his favor, but the problem here is that exclamation points do not engender deep emotions within readers! Nor do italics. And the novel is strewn with both, as well as with too much dumbed-down prose. The plot isn't much to boast about, either. In the original, Max the flying bird-girl and her "siblings" were menaced by the mad scientists who ran the vile laboratory known as "the School," but were helped in escaping by erstwhile narrator Frannie O'Neill, a veterinarian, and Kit Brennan, an FBI agent. Here, Max and her five siblings are menaced by the mad scientist who runs the vile laboratory known as "the Hospital" but are helped by erstwhile narrator Frannie and Kit. So what's new? Not much, other than a few neat touches (for instance, the villain, Dr. Ethan Kane, is addicted to M&Ms) and-in by far the best section of the novel, not coincidentally one in which Patterson slows down-a truly moving description of how Max and the oldest male bird-child mate. The rest is an extended hunt and chase, as Kane goes after Max and her siblings in a medical conspiracy so outrageously unbelievable that readers will blink in wonder. The pages move like the wind that lifts Max's wings, of course, but Patterson can, and has, done far better than this. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Frannie and Kit-a veterinarian and an FBI agent, respectively-rescue six very unusual children from an illegal genetic engineering facility called "The School." Although the kids all have biological parents, Frannie and Kit seek to be named their legal guardians. They know the children need to be protected from further harm, while learning to live with their unusual physical condition: all six have wings and can fly. Only Maxie, the oldest child, knows that there is another lab, called "The Hospital." There, Dr. Ethan Kane is harvesting organs of unwitting donors to create a master race who will dominate the world. When the doctor comes looking for the children, Frannie and Kit and the kids "take flight." Patterson (The Jester) leaves something to be desired in this novel: the characters are flat and the dialog banal. The outcome is predictable, and loose ends abound. Though well read by Hope Davis and Stephen Lang, this program is not recommended.-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Providence Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This sequel to Patterson’s bestselling, and best, novel (When the Wind Blows, 1998) soars, like its appealing cast, only intermittently. Having been rescued from the genetics lab, the six young clones, half-bird, half-person, are ready for an even rougher battle with a justice system that pits their rescuers--FBI cowboy Thomas Brennan, a.k.a. Kit Harrison, and his lover, veterinary Frannie O’Neill--against the heartbroken natural parents who’d been told they were dead. Since Frannie and Kit have no legal standing in re the children and have known each other only a short time, they’re returned to their four families in Colorado suburbs. While Max, the flock’s leader, stands up to the bullies who taunt her brother Matthew and then gives a ride to a hunky fellow teenager who wants to cop a feel, villainous Dr. Ethan Kane, who hates pets, keeps a Stepford wife at his beck and call, and murders scores of innocent "donors" in pursuit of a visionary nightmare called the Resurrection Project, is closing in on these sitting ducks. Exactly how his prey--Max and Matthew, older teenagers Ozymandias and Icarus, and four-year-old twins Peter and Wendy--fit into Kane’s nefarious, grandiose schemes is no more clear than why anybody hasn’t made inquiries about the hundreds of earlier victims he’s lured into his den at the Hauer Institute. But there’s no doubt that sooner or later the evil Kane will have his quarry caged, now in the company of the beloved protectors on whom they’ve imprinted for life, and will be crowing over them as he contemplates his plans for what amounts to world domination. Patterson’s sensibility dovetails perfectly with that of his prodigies, whose tender feelings and pitch-perfectteenage dialogue are the best things here. It’s only when human grownups have to talk and act that this overblown saga sags.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586214999
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 5 Cass., 7 hrs. 30 min.

Meet 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 240 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. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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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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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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    Readers pleasure

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    Suspenseful Science Fiction

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great easy-read novel with romance, action, and drama.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    The Lake House

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Bad

    Don't
    Wares your mony!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#!##!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!?

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Got me reading again

    Great book very suspensful.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Max 1?

    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Horrible

    I usually love his books but after reading this all I could think was this is horrible. The diaglogue between the characters is some of the worst I have ever read. It sounded as though he was writing a creative writing paper for high school. I couldnt connect with the characters which is unlike most Patterson books I have read. Skip this book and if you havent read it yet, try Suzannes Diary for Nicholas to experience just how great Patterson can be.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Rytyryd

    ATTENTION: EVERYONE READ MAXIMUM RIDE NEXT IT WILL BE YOUR BEST DESITION EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2009

    Very disappointing!

    What was he thinking?? J.P.'s books are generally real page turners. I usually finish them in 2 evenings because I can't put them down. This book was very bazaar. I hated it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2008

    FREAKIN HORRIBLE

    OMG!!!!! i read "when the wind blows" and thought it was fantastic! but this book... horrible. James doesn't keep the same plot through the story, puts one thing then goes on and the story continues like it didn't happen. and the ending was absolutly FRIGGEN GAY. i mean my god it absolutly sucked!!!!!!!! the whole book was boring and lame

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2008

    The Worst Book I've Ever Made Myself Finish

    I loved When The Wind Blows and was excited to see this sequel. Unfortunately, it's not just disappointing but outright terrible. Between continuity errors(Icarus and Oz managing to switch ages, for one), child sex(they're twelve, which Patterson tries to cover by claiming they look eighteen - funny how they aged normally most of their lives but took a huge jump in aging when Patterson needed some kiddie-lovin'), and plot points that seem to have popped up in the wrong book, this is one worth missing. Patterson has lost his touch.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2014

    garbage.  

    garbage.  

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  • Posted April 14, 2014

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    I read this book because I had read the prequel. I wanted an end

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    BryAnna Kaitlynn Domingo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Jaggedstorm

    Nearly jumped out of his pelt. "Yes I'm fine. When did you arrive?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Crystalstar

    "You okay?" She mewes in a sympathetic tone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Love Love Love

    Love Love Love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Lake house

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Highly recommeded

    Lake House was an exceptional read. I did not want to put it down. You need an open mind to understand different human beings and their everyday living to strive to stay and be a family. If you are curious about scientific experiments that result in unusual beings and them wanting to stay together, become a family unit and experience love; you will read this book! I have read other books written by James Patterson, I found this book quite different but written so you wanted to keep turning the pages. I feel a book club discussion would have many different avenues to discuss about Lake House.

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