Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Review When the Wind Blows by: James Patterson

Title: When The Wind Blows
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little Brown and Co.
Pages: 416
Series: When The Wind Blows #1
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchase

Description:


With five previous number one megabestsellers to his name, James Patterson can take some risks. Acclaimed for his Alex Cross series — Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, Jack & Jill, Cat & Mouse — Patterson strikes an entirely new chord with When the Wind Blows. A chilling suspense novel — perhaps too realistic for comfort — Patterson combines jaw-dropping scenes, heart-pounding plot twists, and memorable characters in one unforgettable package.

Set against a sinister backdrop of genetic engineering and illegal scientific experimentation, When the Wind Blows dares readers to test their notions of human evolution and medical science. Frannie O'Neill is a caring young veterinarian living in the Colorado Rockies, trying to erase the memory of her beloved husband's mysterious murder. It is not long before another neighbor suddenly dies, and FBI agent Kit Harrison arrives at Frannie's doorstep. Kit is hell-bent on solving the heinous case despite resounding protests from the FBI and the thrashing of his own internal demons.

Kit secretly pursues the investigation, yet witnesses keep turning up dead. Then Frannie stumbles upon an astonishing discovery in the nearby woods, and their lives are altered in ways they could never have imagined. Simply knowing the secret of Max — the terrified 11-year-old girl with an amazing gift — could mean death.

As more and more diabolical details are unearthed, the murderer's bloody trail ultimately leads the trio to an underground lab network, known as "the School." Here scientists conduct shockingly incomprehensible experiments involving children and genetic alteration.

But perhaps not so unfathomable: Doctors and medical researchers who have read Where the Wind Blows say the events described in this book could actually be a reality in the next 20 to 30 years. If not before.


My Thoughts:

When the Wind Blows is a new series by James Patterson which is the story of Max, and her friends who have special abilities. They are raised in 'the school', not a typical school by any stretch. The book opens with Frannie O'Neill and 'Kit Harrison'. Frannie is dealing with her inn-patient animal clinic, and getting over the loss of her husband. 'Kit Harrison' aka Tom Brennen who is trying to figure out what is going on with mysterious deaths in Colorado and crazy scientists. Soon Frannie meets Max but unaware of who she is or how she can fly. Most of the book is spent getting Max to trust them. Max has only ever dealt with people who lie, or harm others by 'putting them to sleep'. Kit and Frannie never falter in their love for Max or the other children.

I really enjoyed this book, a bit slow in some areas but it picks up and in the end you find you want more, or atleast I did. I was sad that the story ended. I think Patterson did a great job making the chapters small encase you have to stop to do something. It was a really great story. I could feel myself cheering when the bad guys got theirs. I rate this book five cups!


1 shout outs:

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Thanks for this review!

Bill ;-)

http://drbillsbookbazaar.blogspot.com/2010/06/help-settle-bet-ok.html
Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"