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James Bond and Jason Bourne have just been topped! A battle for the world is set into unstoppable motion and Hays Baker is the only one who can save it.

Hays Baker and his wife Lizbeth possess super-human 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 can offer. The ...

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James Bond and Jason Bourne have just been topped! A battle for the world is set into unstoppable motion and Hays Baker is the only one who can save it.

Hays Baker and his wife Lizbeth possess super-human 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 can offer. The only problem in their perfect world: humans and their toys!

The one with the most toys—dies

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 a life 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 hyper plane—with a hero who rivals both James Bond and Jason Bourne.

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Hays Baker has it all: superhuman strength; extraordinary intelligence; a gifted, sexy wife; a beautiful family; national fame; presidential commendations. Then in an instant, it all dissolves and he becomes a fugitive, hunted even as he races to save humankind from extinction. Imagine James Bond and Jason Bourne fused into a single person.

<b>Lev Grossman</b> - Time
"The Man Who Can't Miss."
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CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR JAMES PATTERSON

"The Man Who Can't Miss."—Lev Grossman, Time

"When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."—New York Daily News

"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast."—Publishers Weekly

New York Daily News
"When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."
Lev Grossman
The Man Who Can't Miss.
Time
Lev Grossman - Time Magazine
"The Man Who Can't Miss.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446571746
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 142,679
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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  • Posted December 22, 2010

    Blame McMahon, not Patterson

    I received an advanced copy of this book from Little, Brown, & Company as a surprise when I received my review copy of Cross Fire. No offense to the publisher, or to James Patterson, but this was the type of surprise I wish I could undo.

    This novel is a rather shaky venture into Science Fiction territory, ripping off SciFi stories we know and love (and at least 3 written by name checked author Philip K. Dick) and making them an unholy hodge podge of...well of unentertaining momentum.

    James Patterson has proven himself to be consistently entertaining, so when I read a bad collaboration like this, I tend to blame the co-author.

    (For more of my thoughts, you can check out my full review of the book at my book blog, The Bookish Kind.)

    28 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    Is This A Joke

    What is going on with James Patterson? Last year with the success of the Millennium series by Stieg Larrson he had to find a Swedish author and co write the boring The Postcard Killers and now he's entering the world of Jason Bourne.

    12 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    mildly entertaining

    It's not one of Patterson's better books, but it is entertaining none the less.

    I've come to expect lots of mystery with lots of suspense with Patterson novels, this book does deliver both of those, but the story line just wasn't up to Patterson's norm

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

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    An Interesting Read

    This book takes us to the year 2061, where there are two types of beings on Earth, HUMANS and ELITES.


    Hays Baker and his wife Lizbeth possess super-human strength, extraordinary intelligence, high powered jobs, 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 can offer. The only problem in their perfect world: humans and their toys!


    Only things are not always as they seem, as the bottom falls out of Baker's world and he suddenly learns he must give up the life he has always known and realizes he must foil the plan of the ELITES and try to save the HUMANS from extinction. He will need to tap into all of his resources to save millions of lives including his own.



    Let me start by saying you will never look at your children's toys the same way again and the frightening thing is that the authors have set this book just 50 years into the future. This story was a very interesting and scary read but in a totally different way than other books I have read by Patterson. I have not read his Maximum Ride series but this book seems to dovetail into that type of book. The scientific, futuristic, save the world style, rather than the serial killer, mystery style. But Patterson with his group of talented co-writers seem to pull off both effortlessly.

    The Humans vs. Elites mirrors the typical Good vs. Evil storyline but the addition of the political element gives you pause as it relates to what is happening in the government today. The privatization of many things that have been previously handled by government and other political ideas put forth right here in Wisconsin by our current governor could be a precursor to things happening in this book. Taken down to the raw level, the ELITES would be the billionaires and corporate America and the HUMANS would be the middle/lower class that is facing extinction.

    This book is definitely a futuristic thriller, and the back of the book says "James Bond and Jason Bourne have been topped," but I don't think when the authors put this book together they realized that as is was released that the United States would be going through what it is right now with America being divided and ripped apart by those elected and the huge corporations that got them elected vs. the middle class. Then again, maybe they did, which makes this book's release time brilliant.

    Just be aware of the toys of the future, those robotic animals and ones that clone human-like behavior, may lead to the total unraveling of the world as we know it. Sometimes "THE ONE WITH THE MOST TOYS--DIES".




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Hachette Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    diappointed

    not the quality read I have come to expect from Patterson

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Love Patterson, Hate the Book!

    I am and always will be a HUGE James Patterson fan. I own every book he has written and co-written.

    If I had known, I would not have wasted my money on this book.

    It was, in short, predictable, boring, repetative, and just plain bad.

    You can guess the ending from the first two chapters. Unusual for Patterson, and if I ever hear (or read) the name "Hays Baker" again I will scream!

    Please Mr. Patterson, do not torture us with a sequel.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    Superficial book

    Plot superficial, characters not interesting at all.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2011

    toys

    this is the most disapointing book so beneath james patterson i really hope mr patterson does not continue with this type of. writing

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Meh

    I was looking forward to this book. The concept was fascinating, human created superhumans rule the world and want to destroy those that created them. That is a entertaining as it got.

    There's not a character in the book that's not thinner than the page I was reading. Even the main character who we're given a first person point of view for the duration is dull and lacks any personality. The story arch was flat. And, the "toys" for which the book is named are given precious little coverage.

    About half way through I found myself skipping entire sections because the outcome of situations was not only predictable, but for the most part was an exact copy of what had just happened 30 pages before. Not only that, but I was hoping to just get the book finished so I could move on to the next one on my shelf.

    Finishing the book was the best part.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    ya

    i spend my days writing negative reviews. like this book has a weird headline

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    So poorly written

    I rarely, if ever, write reviews for books but this one was so bad it compelled me to do so. I love Patterson, and this is NOT worthy of his name being on it. I hope his agent NEVER let's him co-author another book with McMahon. The whole co-author thing is so phony anyway, I wish well established authors would stop.

    So, to the book; the plot is incredibly thin, the characters cardboard and without any depth. The prose is choppy and the dialogue borders on distracting because it is so poorly realized. I want to root for Hays Baker, but 2/3rds of the way into the book I have no idea who he is or why I should care if he lives or dies. The plot is so poorly developed I can't care about anyone. I will normally read even poorly written books to the end just because I want to see hownth story turns out, but I might not make it to the end of this one and that will be the first time in a long while.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    bad book

    this book is not worth the money we pay for it. wish i could return it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Very poorly written video game pilot

    There is not much here - undeveloped characters, plots, scenes. Just wham bam action for the video game set. I have been reading Patterson since the "Thomas Berryman Number" to gifting the Maximum Ride series to my daughter and reading them after her. Of all of that this book counts as my worst experience with Patterson. Don't buy this book if you expect the Patterson you know.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    R U Kidding Me!!!!!!!!!

    I can buy the hardcover cheaper then nook version! Someone is nuts and its not me. I will spend my money somewhere else!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Ho Hum

    Different for Patterson and not worth the $14.95. Save your $$!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    awful

    Too far out there! This is too science fiction, not James Patterson quality at all.
    Save your money!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Awful, Amateurish!

    I have been a fan of Patterson's for a number of years but his most recent books, especially this one, have been disappointing. The writing of Toys did not sound like Patterson at all (I don't know how much input he had or if it was predominantly McMahon). The style was elementary, there were spoilers in almost every chapter and the storyline as well as the lead-ups to the following scene were clich&#233;d. I have never been so disappointed in a Patterson book and am glad I purchased an e-book(vs. hardcopy), so that I can delete it as soon as I complete this review. Don't waste your money!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Hmmm....not so much

    I've been a long time fan of James Patterson books, but I have to say this one feels like it was written by a 10 year old. In fact, a 10 year old may have done better. Not a good use of $14.99 for an e-book. This one is about to be archived and I'm only on page 66. Very disappointing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    UGH!

    I love James Patterson and appreciate that tax benefits come with having a co-writer but this book is the pits.
    If you like novels that take place in the future read Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb-the plots and characters are well-writen and not predictable.
    Pass on this one and, if you see James Patterson, tell him not to have Neil McMahon write for him again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2011

    It is an OK story but it is NOT worth $14.99

    I typically like Patterson's work but I suspect this one was mostly written by McMahon and released under the Patterson brand. The premise was pretty cool but the characters and the world could have been explored a little more in-depth. I'm afraid it wasn't a $14.99 story especially since it's an ebook.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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