Toys - Free Preview: The First 21 Chapters [NOOK Book]

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Hays Baker and his wife, Lizbeth, possess superhuman strength, extraordinary intelligence, stunning looks, a sex life to die for, and two beautiful children. Of course they do-they're Elites, endowed at birth with the very best that the world has to offer. The only problem in their perfect life: humans and their toys!

The top operative for the Agency of Change, Hays has just won the fiercest battle of his career. He has been praised by the ...
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Overview

Hays Baker and his wife, Lizbeth, possess superhuman strength, extraordinary intelligence, stunning looks, a sex life to die for, and two beautiful children. Of course they do-they're Elites, endowed at birth with the very best that the world has to offer. The only problem in their perfect life: humans and their toys!

The top operative for the Agency of Change, Hays has just won the fiercest battle of his career. He has been praised by the president and is a national hero. But before he can savor his triumph, he receives an unbelievable shock that overturns everything he thought was true. Suddenly, Hays is on the other side of the gun, forced to leave his perfect family and fight for his life.

Now a hunted fugitive, Hays is thrown into an existence he never dreamed possible-fighting to save humans everywhere from extinction. He enlists all of his training to uncover the truth that will save millions of lives-maybe even his own. James Patterson's Toys is a thriller on a hyperplane-with a hero who rivals both James Bond and Jason Bourne.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316185240
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 2/12/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Free Preview
  • Pages: 65
  • Sales rank: 46,421
  • File size: 352 KB

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 May 16, 2011

    Ummmmm........

    I havent even read this book yet but James Patterson has changed.......normally, Pattersons book have NOTHING to do with sex and that is why i loved his books: clean, funny, fast paced.....but this is just awkward....i loved the old James Patterson :( if you REALLY want a GREAT book by Patterson, get Maximum Ride or Witch and Wizard (more of a YA book but still....)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Not that good

    Im a huge patterson fan and this book is horrible.My opinion is that james patterson should be more real and think about what he should write.my favorite book of his is witch and wizard fire and witch and wizard gift and the first book.If you are a patterson fan pick realistic books and his books without pictures because without pictures you can use your imagination.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Didn't Read

    "Free" preview??? Free isn't a deal... I'd have to pay to read the ending?!?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Different Concept

    If you are a fan of sci-fi and not really into mystery this might be a cross-over to experiment with. I did not like it but have thoroughly enjoyed The Alex Cross & Mike Bennett stories. Did not like this one at all, sorry to say. If you are on the fence before buying you might try the library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Crawls in.

    She wriggles hrr a.ss in the air

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Hello

    Ehat kind of rp is this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Luna

    She got up on his back and folded her crutches and put them in her back pack

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    Aubu1964 This book is also a book you can buy too. I wish this w

    Aubu1964
    This book is also a book you can buy too. I wish this was all a free book not only until chapter 21. I like James Patterson's books. But they are to expensive on here too even though the costs arranges to 7.99 to 12.99 for his books. I enjoyed this book. ShelleyMA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Great beginning

    Really intresting start of what sounds like to be a really great book. It has action amd suspense from the very beginning great page turner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    who(?)

    Who is James Patterson? (On the cover)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Great Book

    Im not a fan of Patterson but after reading the synopis I had to have this book. Ive read it multiple times and wiuld love to see a follow up book to this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    I Love this book!

    Read it in 2 days! Was exciting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Not Recommended

    I am a Patterson fan and have read most of his books and this one is just not good. The characters in the books are underdeveloped and you just don't believe or care about them. It reads like a B movie. I only gave it the second star because I did finish the book instead of just giving up which I hate to do. Unlike a couple of other bad reviews I read this is unfortunately not his only bad book in the last few years. He is such an excellent writer and I love to read his books when they are good but wish he would care about quality and not quantity. Love the old books with Alex Cross and The Women's Murder Club. (I'm up thru the 9th book) I am currently reading Now you See Her and would positively recommend it so skip this and go straight to that book.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    great

    best twenty one chapters ever huge patterson fan

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Good but,

    I thought most of this 21 chapters was confusing but the end left you hanging. Still trying to decide if I should buy it.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Gvgg

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Bought it

    Love this guy

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Not James Patterson's Best

    I've read alot of James Patterson's books and find it hard to believe he would put his name on this one. Not anything like what I've read before. I guess you're aloud (1) really bad book in a lifetime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2011

    A must not read!

    very disappointed, boring!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2011

    Big Disappointment

    I've read most of the Patterson books including those with co-authors. They are always fast, fun reads. This book did not hold my interest, even though I am a big science fiction fan. The writing and dialogue were geared more toward teens. I didn't care for or about any of the main characters whether they were the good guys or the bad guys. I hope he goes back to his classic adult mystery thrillers.

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