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Step On A Crack - James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

James Patterson - Step On A Crack

Audiobook Cover for Step On A Crack


Title: Step On A Crack

Author: James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

Read By: John Slattery and Reg Rogers

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Genre: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Number of Cd’s and/or Total running time: 7 CD’s / ~ 7 Hours

ISBN-13: 978-1600242793

Link to the Author’s and/or Publisher’s Website: James Patterson

Link to for purchase (if applicable):

Release Date (if applicable): 06.03.2008

Brief Summary:



New York Detective Michael Bennett is dealing with the final stages of his wife Maeve’s cancer, keeping spirits up for his 10 (yes ten) adopted children, and the high profile hostage situation taking place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral during the former First Lady’s funeral.

Bennett is appointed to negotiate with the sinister lead hostage taker Jack. Jack and his sidekick Little John commence to create demands and havoc that confound the police and FBI throughout the days leading up to Christmas. Jack is overly calm and cocky as he talks to Bennett and delivers bodies to show he means business.

Using skills from all parts of his career, Bennett makes it through the hostage situation, the negotiation, and the escape and rescue of high profile celebrities – all while his wife is breathing her last breaths and his children are trying to get ready for Christmas.

Ultimately Bennett cracks the case and takes down Jack and his crew.

Personal Review:

This, to me, is what an audiobook should sound like. The story line was fantasmic, yet somewhat believable. The readers were passionate and did not stretch to differentiate between characters. The plot moved along quickly and developed with twists and turns that were unexpected, and the story made me think about possible outcomes and re-evaluate those thoughts with every new chapter.

The Bennett character was developed nicely from the beginning to the end with enough back-story sprinkled throughout to give a great feel of who he was as a person and as a character. His family life was again above and beyond a normal family but believable. I enjoyed how Bennett maintained his sense of humor and sarcasm throughout the book and slipped into other emotions when prompted as a real person would.

Jack the kidnapper was also a compelling character. The smooth talking, the jokes, and his powerful angry outbursts had me hoping to hear his voice at each new chapter. When he finally gave his “confession” it put together all the pieces of his puzzle perfectly and gave me an “ah-ha” moment.

There was a portion of the book that was very well written and read that was completely unexpected. While listening to a suspense, thriller, fiction type book as this I am not expecting a heart-wrenching tale of family loss and grieving that is written to evoke even the manliest of men to well up. It was a pleasure to listen through.

I will definitely find more in this series.



Rating: Excellent



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