Overview

Since the death of her husband, Anne Dunne and her three children have struggled in every way. In a last ditch effort to save the family, Anne plans an elaborate sailing vacation to bring everyone together once again. But only an hour out of port, everything is going wrong. The teenage daughter, Carrie, is planning to drown herself. The teenage son, Mark, is high on drugs and ten-year-old Ernie is nearly catatonic. This is the worst vacation ever.
Anne manages to pull things ...
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Sail

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Overview

Since the death of her husband, Anne Dunne and her three children have struggled in every way. In a last ditch effort to save the family, Anne plans an elaborate sailing vacation to bring everyone together once again. But only an hour out of port, everything is going wrong. The teenage daughter, Carrie, is planning to drown herself. The teenage son, Mark, is high on drugs and ten-year-old Ernie is nearly catatonic. This is the worst vacation ever.
Anne manages to pull things together bit by bit, but just as they begin feeling like a family again, something catastrophic happens. Survival may be the least of their concerns.
Written with the blistering pace and shocking twists that only James Patterson can master, SAIL takes "Lost" and "Survivor" to a new level of terror.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Readers with a high tolerance for coincidence and implausible plot twists will best appreciate this stand-alone thriller from bestseller Patterson (Double Cross) and collaborator Roughan (You've Been Warned). Katherine Dunne, a 45-year-old New York City heart surgeon, has more than her fair allowance of emotional baggage-her philandering husband, Stuart, died four years earlier in a scuba diving accident; she had a fling with Stuart's younger brother, Jake; and her three children suffer from varying degrees of dysfunction. In an attempt to repair her family, Katherine plans a relaxing cruise on a yacht captained by Jake. Her new husband, Peter Carlyle, a top Manhattan criminal attorney, claims he has to stay behind because of an important trial, but once Katherine and family set sail, it soon becomes clear Carlyle has his own agenda. The cruise turns into a struggle for survival, including a predictable shark encounter and a less predictable, if no less silly, giant snake attack. If the lead characters were more than walking clichés, their struggles and changing relationships would leave some impression. Still, the action is all that really matters, and Patterson delivers what his audience wants in spades.
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BlogCritics.org
"SAIL runs before the wind as a perfect beach read."
People
"Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clear, unwavering prose."
Larry King
The man is a master of his genre. We fans all have one wish for him: Write even faster.
USA Today
RebeccaReads.com on Sail
"I absolutely, fantabulously loved and enjoyed SAIL . . . suspense at its Pattersonish best."
BookLoons.com on Sail
"This headlong thriller will keep readers eyes' glued to its pages . . . the perfect beach read."
Larry King - USA Today
"The man is a master of his genre. We fans all have one wish for him: Write even faster."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316032506
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 6/9/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 29,762
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

James Patterson
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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  • Posted September 15, 2009

    A Pitiful Endeavor

    JP must be driven by greed these days. While the plot itself held some promise, its treatment was so incredibly poorly developed, it was difficult to believe JP had any role in writing it. I almost threw the book away half way through because the worn out cliches were really getting to me. That and the fact that each mini chapter (they are all so short) had to introduce some new crisis of unbelievable porportions to deal with made for an unrealistic, annoying tale. I have been a fan of JP, love the Women's Murder Club series and others, but this one has made me wary of ever picking up one of his books again. I will closely review any that are co-written. I have to believe that the problem lies largely with the coauthor, especially in this case. My recommendation - don't bother, it's a waste of time and, in my case, an exercise in frustration.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    Great to listen to....

    Listened to this one while traveling. It held my interest through out the book and did not make me tired. Highly recommend for anyone traveling.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Perfect blend of everything needed in a thrilling short novel

    I was skeptical of this book at first. i saw it on the shelf, thought it may be interesting, but looked at the "number 1s" it got and decided to try it out. ive never been so greatful for something in my life. it was an amazing read that i literally did not put down a single time while reading it. it had me shocked to the point of adrenaline racing through my body, flipping pages faster than i have before. and it had me laughing out loud at the personalities and communications between unique family members. AMAZING READ, i recommend it to everyone. old, young, someone with no time on their hands, someone with all the time in the world. its just simply amazing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

    Pathetic

    This piece of drivel has nothing to recommend it. I read an average of 2 to 3 books a month and this one wins the dubious honor of being the most inane piece of garbage I've ever waded through. It taxes my imagination to believe that James Patterson wrote or approved this sophomoiric effort for publication. Shame on you, Mr. Patterson. If it were possible to rate it below the lowest rating, I would.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2009

    Three Sheets to the Wind

    If your looking for character, nuance, symbolism, irony, metaphor, or anything else remotely literary, than this isn't your novel. Plot, and plot alone, drives most of Patterson's writing. Lately his novels read like outlines for TV movies-of-the-week. Cliches abound, coincidences generally save the day, and the characters are at best 1 dimensional. This is, however, a good book if you want a diversion that's not at all demanding and is reasonably entertaining - the way one might feel watching re-runs of Gilligan's Island, for example. It is a fast read and not a bad way of passing commuting time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Sail is worth taking on a flight or the beach

    A great beach or backyard read. Hard to put down once started. A surprise ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    When fun in the sun ends in tears and screams

    I wouldn't say this book is filled with terror and is better than Jaws but it was a fun read. Short and fast paced making it a cinch to read in a day or two, "Sail" delivers entertainment and some tension but overall the seas aren't as rough as the editorial reviews would lead one to believe.

    Family on the brink of total disconnect decides to sail for two months on their luxury yacht. Katherine Dunne and her kids along with her ex-lover and brother of her deceased husband look forward to some time in the sun and hopefully some much needed bonding. Her new husband Peter Carlyle is absent due to a stressful trail he's preparing for and is unable to travel with his family, as time and ocean space lengthens the distance between the married could so do their morals. Pretty soon all sorts of disasters strike the boat and the family is not only in danger from the elements but something else, something sinister that has been set in motion before the trip even started.

    After reading it I can see both negative and positive things about it so I understand the varied rating for "Sail". Some positive things worth mentioning would include the short chapters that often end with anticipation, the book is very easy to read, sometimes too easy and there are few cool twists that surprised me, perhaps because I didn't read many reviews before I got to it. The negatives issues are more about one dimensional characters, especially the kids; they don't really stand out other than being a group of dysfunctional spoiled brats as knows why they act in such a way. The time at sea is not really lengthy, the sailing seems to be more of an afterthought, and the book lacks depth, making it more of a fun, easy read rather than an emotional stunner. It's hard to say what this book is about, on one hand there's the sailing adventure that sort of falls apart and at the other is a marriage gone wrong, with people whom we know nothing about acting in bizarre ways, at the end it all somehow comes together but with much help from the authors who patched it up for the finish. Not the strongest from Patterson but worth a read.

    - Kasia S.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Katma

    A hooded figure walks out of the snow and quietly makes her way towards the ship. She pulled down the hood and got a better view at the ship. "Id like to join.." she said with a think Russin accent, her deep green eyes taking in everything. She flipped back a strand of light silver-blonde hair out of her eyes and rested her hand on a long skeever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Butch

    "Butch. Nice ta meet ya." He said, offering his hand."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    The Morgue

    You can try, but you'd fail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Sage

    She heartly shook it and smiled, a kind but somehow bitter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Ayame

    I'm joining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Zach

    He walks in with dirty blonde hair and blue eyes. His flips duel revolvers over and over in his hands. Gooday mate. Id like to join.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Julianna

    "Welcome abord Katma!" Julianna says, smoothly swinging herself onto the deck.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    BAD! BAD SILVER!

    Captain here. No we cannot have any late joiners. I will let only this one time for this to happen. No more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Very exciting

    This book was very easy to read and kept me interested throughout. The book takes many exciting twists and turns and I found myself not being able to put it down so I could find out what happens next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Sail!!!!!!!!!

    The song ibette.s

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Soron to gandalf

    HEY! STOP BEING MEAN TOO MY OTHER RP PALS 'turns into fireheart and hissis at gandalf'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    James does it again!

    Wonderful book. I‘m always intrigued with stories at sea, true life or fiction. The writings in this book made it sound so real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Gimli

    Stomps in*

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