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Review: Burn

October 18, 2016


Michael Bennett is back from hiding and ready to get to work.  He’s assigned to a job no one wants – community outreach in Harlem – but in true Michael Bennett fashion, he makes the best of it.  He and his fellow officers learn of a group of wealthy people who hold some twisted parties and decide to look into them.

There are issues in Michael’s personal life as well.  Mary Catherine has to return to her native Ireland when her mother falls ill and Crissy’s father is challenging her adoption.

I took BURN by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge to the beach with me last month and it was just as I expected – a fast-paced story with short chapters – which was exactly what I needed while I was there.  There isn’t a lot of character development but there is plenty of tension to propel the story forward.  This is the seventh (out of nine) Michael Bennett book but you don’t have to be familiar with the series to dive in.  I’ve only read a few of the books in the series and had no trouble following things.

Some of the subject matter in BURN is a little gruesome but it’s not too graphic so it didn’t bother me much.  More sensitive readers might be put off by it, though.  If you need a fast read or are a fan of this series, be sure to pick BURN up.

Review copy provided by Little, Brown. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. bookingmama permalink
    October 18, 2016 6:40 am

    I agree — perfect beach book! I haven’t read one of Patterson’s for awhile. I think I’d probably enjoy this one.

  2. Beth F permalink
    October 18, 2016 7:08 am

    It does sound like a good beach book. I too haven’t read Patterson in a while … I should see if he’s on my bookshelves.

  3. October 18, 2016 7:58 am

    I’m astounding by the sheer number of books Patterson has published over the years. He has a new release almost every other month! I think I read some of his very early books, many years ago, but somehow never got interested in his later series. Glad this one kept you entertained!

  4. October 18, 2016 8:38 am

    It does sound like a good beach read. Haven’t read Patterson in ages!!

  5. October 18, 2016 9:21 am

    I’m glad you like this series. I stopped reading him a long time ago. But there’s no question about his philanthropy and support of independent bookstores. For that I applaud him.

  6. October 18, 2016 11:40 am

    I love this series. Just started the newest Bullet.

  7. October 18, 2016 12:08 pm

    I have read a couple of these Michael Bennett books, and enjoyed them. Fast-paced with short chapters is just what we need sometimes. Thanks for sharing!

  8. October 18, 2016 5:55 pm

    Kathy, I’m glad you enjoyed this book. Patterson is certainly a prolific writer!

  9. Patty permalink
    October 18, 2016 7:35 pm

    That is the best thing about his work…those addictive short chapters!

  10. October 19, 2016 8:23 am

    I think I’ve only read one of his books but I can see why this would be a good beach read.

  11. October 19, 2016 10:41 am

    My mom loves these Patterson reads that are heavy on plot

  12. October 19, 2016 11:28 am

    Sounds like a good beach read!

  13. October 19, 2016 1:43 pm

    Quick reads like these are exactly what we need on vacation! Glad you enjoyed it.

  14. October 19, 2016 3:28 pm

    It’s been a while since I read a James Patterson book. I do love all the action and tension. I think they are relaxing books to read. Glad you had an enjoyable read at the beach.

  15. October 19, 2016 6:07 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I read a lot of Patterson books when he first started writing and thoroughly enjoyed them.

    However since he has written most of his later books with the aid of a second person, I have more or less given up on reading them.

    The short chapters which are so good for holidays, do tend to annoy me at other times, especially if I don’t happen to have the printed copy to hand and I am trying to read online!

    A good, honest review and thanks for sharing

  16. October 23, 2016 8:00 pm

    This does sounds like a good vacation read. I haven’t read any books in this series yet and it’s good to know these work pretty well as standalone. Glad it worked out for you!

  17. October 26, 2016 10:31 am

    I haven’t read Patterson in years but he is a great beach read!

  18. November 1, 2016 6:35 am

    I have been a little bored with Patterson’s books off late. It seems like the same type of story told in different books. Looks like this series might be different though.

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