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Michael Bennett Series #8
James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
Read by Danny Mastrogiorgio, Henry Leyva

Hachette Audio
08/03/2015/ ISBN 9781478928010
Suspense / Detective / New York / Audio - Unabridged

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


The word "alert" usually means: warning something has occurred; move to a safe place. In the case of bombings, shootings, and high-tech attacks, "alert" is an understatement.

Alert begins with Detective Michael Bennett leaving Ireland without his nanny /girlfriend, Mary Catherine. Upon his return, Michael has to search for his missing grandfather and hires a temporary nanny for his ten children. Back on the job, he witnesses the murder of a politician first hand, chases down terrorists and fears not only for his family, but all of New York. Michael lucks out when FBI's Emily Parker returns to help him with the case.It's like old times, minus the sexual attraction. The two chase down a couple of intelligent, heartless terrorists before they bring New York to its knees for good. Their hunt for the terrorists is well paced throughout the book. The terrorists' evil deeds bleed off the page. On the personal side: when an alert is sent out to evacuate the city, the Bennett family, minus Michael, hits the road, and like others in the city they eventually run out of gas and safe places. It's certainly an apocalyptic scene.

Patterson gives readers a what-if factor with Alert. It's a storyline of set ups, close calls, shocking deliveries and cliff hangers. Fair warning for those prone to nightmares about the future, you might want to have your therapist available once you're done.

Audio Narration by Danny Mastrogiorgio and Henry Leyva, as well as the background effects, amp up the intensity of the subject matter. Alert is one unforgettable listen. You'd be a fool to miss it.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Step on A Crack #1   [book] [audio]
Run for Your Life #2    [audio]
Worst Case #3   [book] [audio]
Tick Tock #4    [audio]
I Michael Bennett # 5  [audio]
Gone #6 [audio]
Burn #7 [audio]
Alert #8 [audio]
Bullseye #9 [audio]
Haunted #10 [audio]

Reviewed 2015