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I, Michael Bennett (Michael Bennett Series #5)

I, Michael Bennett (Michael Bennett Series #5)

3.5 403
by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge, Bobby Cannavale (Read by), Jay Snyder (Read by)

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Police officers shot

Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend Hughie McDonough dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City-and to get revenge on Michael Bennett.

Judges murdered

To escape the chaos, Bennett takes


Police officers shot

Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend Hughie McDonough dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City-and to get revenge on Michael Bennett.

Judges murdered

To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his ten kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers from growing up, they step into a nightmare worse than they could have ever imagined. Newburgh is an inferno of warring gangs, and there's little the police-or Bennett-can do to keep the children safe.

Target: Michael Bennett

As violence overwhelms the state, Bennett is torn between protecting his hometown and saving New York City. A partner in his investigations, federal prosecutor Tara McLellan, brings him new weapons for the battle-and an attraction that endangers his relationship with Mary Catherine. A no-holds-barred, pedal-to-the-floor, action-packed novel, I, Michael Bennett is James Patterson at his most personal and most thrilling best.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
NYPD detective Michael Bennett faces the most deadly threat of his career in this latest adventure from Patterson and Ledwidge. In an attempt to arrest Manuel Perrine, the head of a brutal Mexican drug cartel, Bennett and his fellow NYPD brethren turn up at the college graduation of the elusive criminal’s daughter. The plan goes awry and, though Perrine is apprehended, the cost in lives is high. Now, from inside prison, Perrine exerts his power to exact revenge against everyone responsible for his detention, especially Michael Bennett. Bobby Cannavale’s deep, well-modulated voice is perfect for Bennett’s first-person narration. He fully inhabits the character as well as the detective’s supporting cast. Jay Snyder skillfully narrates chapters written in the third person, imbuing his reading with an intensity that provides a counterpoint to Cannavale’s more formal, deliberate style. Both readers know how to handle action sequences and keep a story moving from one suspenseful set piece to the next. This audiobook is a satisfying addition to Patterson and Ledwidge’s series that won’t disappoint fans. A Little, Brown hardcover.(July)
Library Journal
Cops shot on the street and judges in their courtrooms: there's lots of violence in New York as a South American crime lord takes over. Det. Michael Bennett takes his ten kids upstate for a breather, but the violence follows; that nasty crime lord is targeting him and his family. Fifth in a series that has more than 12 million copies in print worldwide; obviously, buy multiples, though I wish he wouldn't make New York look quite so jungly.
Kirkus Reviews
Patterson's partnership with Ledwidge is already up to the fifth installment in the perilous adventures of NYPD Detective Michael Bennett (Tick Tock, 2011, etc.). After long hours planning and praying and waiting for the perfect chance, the NYPD–DEA task force charged with arresting Manuel "the Sun King" Perrine, head of Mexico's Tepito drug cartel, is ready to pounce. Despite some last-minute glitches that lead to the first of many casualties, they grab Perrine and lock him up. But Bennett, who's played a leading role in the task force, soon realizes that his troubles have only begun, because Perrine's many loyal, well-paid followers, lots of them only a phone call away from his Manhattan cell, really, really don't want to see him go down. Once Bennett turns down a $250 million bribe to turn Perrine loose, the gauntlet has been thrown, and he spends the rest of this shoot-'em-up dodging bullets, many of which find their way to less lucky targets. Perrine's eye-candy bodyguard, Marietta, is especially insinuating and emphatic in her threats, but whenever Bennett picks up the phone, it's the same deal: We're going to kill you, we're going to kill your family, we're going to kill two police officers a day until you release the Sun King. Nor are these idle threats. Perrine arranges for two of Bennett's 10 adopted children to get shot; his minions disrupt the legal proceedings with a bang; and those first two cops, at least, are toast. Will Bennett's loyal nanny-and-more, Mary Catherine, abandon her charges in their darkest hour? Will Perrine escape from custody in a made-for-the-movies sequence? Will Bennett finally close his case for good? Or will Patterson and Ledwidge ring down the curtain leaving the conflict unresolved and paving the way for a sequel? Stay tuned.

Product Details

Hachette Audio
Publication date:
Michael Bennett Series , #5
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

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

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I, Michael Bennett 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 403 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't end, it just stops. I thought there was something wrong with my nook. The story was good - I like the Michael Bennett character - but there was no conclusion. When I turned the page to continue reading, the next page was a preview of another book. Huh? I'll wait for reviews on any future Patterson/Ledwidge books before I get taken again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked and then... No conclusion. Has me waiting for the next book that will hopefully conclude this one. Haha already waiting for it.. i will stillcontinue to read most of James Patterson books because he always has me always in suspense. Great job Mr.Patterson, but I still hate the ending!
sms2054 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best series I have read. It's a page turner and once you start you don't want it to end and when it does you want a new book published. The series has everything in it suspense, laughter, tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointed. First was the " book mills", then larger font with a new chapter every page, now you don't even finish the book! What's with the quantity over quality James? You're better than that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am sorry that i bought this book ... it was a long drawn out story with an ending that really made me feel like i had wasted my time and money. I think Mr. Patterson is trying to to publish too many books too quick..I have been a fan for years but am becoming disallusioned!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I now have to go to the store to see how the book ends. It seems like my nook is missing pages. No ending! Why do this to us? Otherwise, love the whole Bennett family.
Falcon61 More than 1 year ago
I like reading this series however I was very disappointed no real ending, just left the ending hanging. Getting a little tired of the nanny & Michael relationship, I am hoping Mr Patterson would bring into the series an exciting character, leave the nanny a nanny giving her a little more than miss perfect character. I hope there is another book coming for Michael Bennett series, anyway for what it's worth these are my opinions.
JimLynn More than 1 year ago
I love the Michael Bennett Series and despite all the usual lovable good guys, heart-warming family interaction within the Bennett clan and the always despicable villains, I must say that I am disappointed. Without giving and spoilers, the end is abrupt and there is no way that you can not fork out good money for the next book in the series. Realize that you aren't spending $15, you find out at the end of the book that, despite the excellent story and length of the book, you are spending $30 to get the whole tale. I don't know about everyone else, but I have a budget for books.....
txtch More than 1 year ago
This was a real quick read. Very interesting and engaging plot but I hated the way it ended. I hope this will not be the last we hear of Michael Bennett and the whole Bennett clan. It would truly be a shame if this is where it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the book, loved it but there better be another one! It just ends and leaves you hanging. It doesnt tell you if there is another book to finish story!
SCass More than 1 year ago
I love the Michael Bennett series and couldn't put this book down. I was disappointed with the ending though. I thought maybe I was missing the last few chapters. Even though I was disappointed and felt cheated I will still be anxiously waiting for the follow-up book. But if it doesn't come fast I might just have to wean myself off Patterson. Us loyal fans deserve better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book thanks James Patterson for writing such a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all j patterson books was very disappointed at the end because it did not have an ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are there chapters missing? Should the last page say "to be continued"? Even the preview at the end is a different book!! Marlene
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read everything James Patterson writes but will have to reconsider after this book. It was his usual fare except tnis time he didnt write the end, he just stopped it. A HUGE disappointment. I have never reviewed a book but felt the need to save other readers the disappointment. Save your money and buy a book with a beginning, a middle and an end. This book leaves you wanting a refund.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the MIchael Bennett series and this book lived up to what I was waiting for and when I got to the end I thought maybe my Nook didn't load all pages, so when I was at Target I found the book and discovered that no it ended just as my Nook copy did. I was shocked at how it just ended, I hope the next book in the series comes out really really soon.
dtjazzy1 More than 1 year ago
This preview of Patterson's next book made me want the whole book right now! As usual, he has outdone himself again as he puts you on the edge of your seat, wanting more and more. If you love James Patterson, you will love this newest thriller...I can hardly wait to buy the complete book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And I thought Stephen Kind had lousy endings! This wasn't an ending, the book simpley stopped! I actually thought there was a problem with my Nook....that it had somehow dropped some pages. The Bennett series is great and I always look forward to new stories but this was a huge letdown. Was this just a tease to get us fired up to buy the next one? Anyway..... A real letdown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hadn't read a Patterson book in a couple of years because they were becoming too exploitive. Plot quality down. Character development down. Believability down. I picked up this one in the hope that the market might have created pressure for Patterson to actually get back to the craft of writing. Boy was I wrong! I feel completely ripped off. And I am actually insulted that these writers and this publisher, by ending this book in the middle of the story, think that I will pay yet more of my cherished funds for more of this drivel. Shame on all of you. Patterson, editors, publisher, even Barnes and Noble - SHOVE IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible way to end a good book! It was wel written, held my interest all the way through but then just ended. It was a waste of my time just to be left hanging. I guess i will read other reviews first before buying.
TCharley More than 1 year ago
Just when you think you have read just another suspense, thriller novel, you get I, Michael Bennett. Definitely a must read for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed learning more about this character and it made me anxious to read the whole book. Am looking forward to further books with this character. Please check this out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the free preview which left me dangling as to what was going to happen next, I immediately purchased the book, and couldn't put it down. Great reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When a reader buys a book, its because he/she wants to read an entire book. That should include a beginning, middle & end. This half story is a big money-making ploy that will certainly turn off most readers. Its outrageous to make readers have to buy this book in 2 installments. That should have been made clear up front. If the cover had stated "part 1 of I Michael Bennett" then I would have skipped this purchase. Congratulations Mr. Patterson on slipping this one by. I've lined your pockets for the last time. Do you remember when you were a great author with integrity? Back then you completed your stories in one book.
Deloskyy More than 1 year ago
The book was good and as always a page-turner. However I, like other reviewers felt as if I was dropped on my head at the last page. (I thought something was wrong with my NOOK). I'm a little disappointed but, I KNOW that there will be a continuation of this story!! At least there BETTER be!!