by James Patterson, Neil McMahon
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Toys by James Patterson, Neil McMahon

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316128834
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/14/2011
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,316,106
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About 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.


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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Toys 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 744 reviews.
TheBookishKind More than 1 year ago
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.)
Bill_in_LA More than 1 year ago
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
Vanessa Hernandez More than 1 year ago
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....)
Elaine Turner More than 1 year ago
not the quality read I have come to expect from Patterson
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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."
AvidReaderCos More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 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.
nitsanh More than 1 year ago
Plot superficial, characters not interesting at all.
Shelly Sargent More than 1 year ago
this is the most disapointing book so beneath james patterson i really hope mr patterson does not continue with this type of. writing
California-girlSY More than 1 year ago
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.
Darth-Vader More than 1 year ago
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.
dawnaree More than 1 year ago
"Free" preview??? Free isn't a deal... I'd have to pay to read the ending?!?
M_Snow More than 1 year ago
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.
nanatFL More than 1 year ago
this book is not worth the money we pay for it. wish i could return it.
readthat More than 1 year ago
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.
cherbo More than 1 year ago
Different for Patterson and not worth the $14.95. Save your $$!
Queson More than 1 year ago
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 clichéd. 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!
PickleLC More than 1 year ago
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.
cage47 More than 1 year ago
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.
shelleymaMA More than 1 year ago
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
LuziAnne More than 1 year ago
I love James Patterson, so when I see a new book with his name on it I immediately pick it up. Unfortunately I didn't notice that there was also a co-author or I might have been a little more cautious. After reading the blurb on the book itself, I thought it would be an interesting read typical of Patterson. I felt really ripped off when I started reading and soon realized that it was sci-fi. I'm not a sci-fi lover and felt like I had been duped into buying the book since no mention of the future, clones, Elites, etc. had been mentioned. But I went ahead and read it anyway figuring that if Patterson had put his name on it, it must be good. He must've really been paid a lot to put his name on it, because it was nowhere up to his normal standards. The ending was very predictable--and this is coming from someone who rarely figures it out before it's over. In fact, all you really have to do is look at the title after about 50 pages, put two and two together, and you're about done. The bottom line is don't waste your money on this one. And if you're still not convinced, at least wait a couple of months and it will be on the bargain table.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CaptNook More than 1 year ago
I can buy the hardcover cheaper then nook version! Someone is nuts and its not me. I will spend my money somewhere else!!!!!
texangal_1 More than 1 year ago
Too far out there! This is too science fiction, not James Patterson quality at all. Save your money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.