Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sail by James Patterson

Only an hour out of port, the Dunne family's summer getaway to paradise is already turning into the trip from hell. Carrie, the eldest, has thrown herself off the side of the boat in a bid for attention. Sixteen-year-old Mark is getting high belowdecks. And Ernie, their ten-year-old brother, is nearly catatonic. It's shaping up to be the worst vacation ever.

Katherine Dunne had hoped this trip would bring back the togetherness they'd lost when her husband died four years earlier. Maybe if her new husband, a high-powered Manhattan attorney, had been able to postpone his trial and join them it would all have been okay....

Suddenly, a disaster hits–and it's perfect. Faced with real danger, the Dunnes rediscover the meaning of family and pull together in a way they haven't in a long time. But this catastrophe is just a tiny taste of the danger that lurks ahead: someone wants to make sure that the Dunne family never makes it out of paradise alive.

James Patterson's books are those I pick up when I just need a break. I have been reading a lot of non-fiction lately and needed something lighter. Patterson's books are always quick, light reads.

Sail is predictable, but I would expect it to be. Patterson always has semi-interesting characters, but most of the book is based on quick action. This works well if you are looking for a mindless, beach-y type read.

I have always wondered what the actual length of a Patterson book would be if he actually wrote chapters of a normal length...3 stars


Lenore Appelhans said...

The guy in the seat next to me on my last trip by plane was reading this and he seemed pretty into it.

Minding Spot said...

You've been tagged !

Allison said...

I've put off reading this one (Ive read most of his books) because I've not read a lot of good reviews. I agree with you about his books being easy reads...I enjoy them most of the time!

Unknown said...

I am 2/3 of the way through the book & I think it is really good. My mom LOVED the book.