All-American Murder
Aaron Hernandez was a college All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later reached the Super Bowl. His every move as a tight end with the New England Patriots played out the headlines, yet he led a secret life--one that ended in a maximum-security prison. What drove him to go so wrong, so fast? Between the summers of 2012 and 2013, not long after Hernandez made his first Pro Bowl, he was linked to a series of violent incidents culminating in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who dated the sister of Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins. All-American Murder is the first book to investigate Aaron Hernandez's first-degree murder conviction and the mystery of his own shocking and untimely death.

All-American Murder Details

TitleAll-American Murder
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 22nd, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
ISBN-139780316412650
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Sports and Games, Sports, Mystery, Biography

All-American Murder Review

  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    Capitalising on some ‘pulled from the headlines’ impetus, James Patterson collaborates with Alex Abramovich and Mike Harvkey to bring readers into the troubled life of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, exploring his rise to fame before he stumbled and crashed into a legal quagmire that would eventually lead to his suicide in 2017. While football may not have been the first thing people considered when mentioning Connecticut, anyone who had heard of Aaron Hernandez might feel differently. A powerh Capitalising on some ‘pulled from the headlines’ impetus, James Patterson collaborates with Alex Abramovich and Mike Harvkey to bring readers into the troubled life of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, exploring his rise to fame before he stumbled and crashed into a legal quagmire that would eventually lead to his suicide in 2017. While football may not have been the first thing people considered when mentioning Connecticut, anyone who had heard of Aaron Hernandez might feel differently. A powerhouse in high school, Hernandez excelled both on the field and along the basketball court. His phenomenal rise to fame saw college scouts attending many of his games, hoping to secure his talents with lucrative financial offers. However, Hernandez was not all about football in his small community. Both he and members of his family had ties to gangs and drug dealers, something that Hernandez used to his advantage throughout his high school career. After graduating at seventeen, Hernandez made the leap to college ball, choosing the University of Florida over the local UConn, where he obtained an early taste of stardom. He could walk around town and be noticed, receiving freebies at every turn. Additionally, he could waltz into clubs and be the centre of attention, though this might sometimes lead to a flair in that Puerto Rican temper for which he was so well known back home. After numerous dust-ups and shady ties to local dealers, Hernandez began to subsist in a life away from football, where guns, weed, and other illicit items crossed his path on a daily basis. Still, as a star player, some of his failed drug tests were swept under the rug so that Hernandez could remain on the field. When it was time for the NFL Draft, Hernandez went in a later round, much to his dismay, but was chosen by the illustrious New England Patriots, a team on the verge of creating a dynastic powerhouse. His playing days were filled with receptions and his star continued to rise, still being protected by the team. However, Hernandez began to run in some very troubling circles, dodging being fingered at brawls and shootings by mere minutes. When a disagreement with an acquaintance went too far and the man lay dead from gunshot wounds, Henandez ended up with literal blood all over his hands and tried to play it cool, only to lead police to his doorstep. In a shocking revelation, the sports world was abuzz when Aaron Hernandez was arrested for murder, forcing the NFL and Patriots to rush in the other direction, their attempt to disassociate with him at soon as possible. Hernandez left evidence at the scene and created a tepid alibi soon dispelled by the prosecutor. Stunned, football fans watched as Hernandez went to trial for over two months before a verdict came in. From there, the spiral down seemed never-ending, with an abyss awaiting him, his future forever tarnished. While the NFL had dealt with many errant active players, the Aaron Hernandez situation might have been its largest stain to date. The authors run with this story and have created a wonderful read, easy for anyone with a passing interest to digest. Less the traditional Patterson fare, but still highly entertaining and a great filler read.I have noticed that Patterson has been busy as he branches out in many directions of late, tapping into the world of non-fictional crime to broaden his horizons. Working alongside Alex Abramovich—a collaborator on some of his BookShot short pieces—and Mike Harvkey, Patterson brings to life this second famous individual who found a life of crime too tempting to leave on the shelf. Aaron Hernandez is the central character, obviously, and his rise to fame is shown effectively in the early parts of the book, as this young phenom gets an early taste of the limelight. His play on the field could not be discounted, even if individuals knew all about his extra-curricular activities. However, this quick intoxication and seeming ‘untouchable’ status is shown as the book progresses, allowing the reader to revel in the continues foibles. The authors illustrate this on numerous occasions as the reader can see red flags popping up throughout. The narrative builds effectively, offering the reader more detail with each chapter—short, in the Patterson style—and culminates in Hernandez’s personal realisation that he had lost it all, though the epilogue does open a new set of questions. The writing style is effective in a non-fiction sense and keeps the reader wanting more, without getting too outlandish. There are a significant number of facts layered throughout, though the pile is not overwhelming and permits the reader to digest it all. The impact of this helps push the story through to the end, attempting to secure the reader’s belief that Hernandez was guilty and deserved his incarceration. Unfortunately, in a way, there are many superstars whose lives could be detailed in such a book, leaving me to hope that Patterson will find more to publish in the years to come.Kudos, Messrs. Patterson, Abramovich, and Harvkey. This was an wonderfully entertaining piece and I hope more collaborations will permit readers to see other cases like this receiving their time in the spotlight.Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    Aaron Hernandez is big deal in the NFL. The news of the crimes he committed is a big deal. As this was happening, it was off my radar so I was unfamiliar with Aaron Hernandez and the crime. Lucky for me I get everything all wrapped up in a book.I was so impressed with Patterson's last true crime Filthy Rich, I had high expectations for All-American Murder. I was left a little underwhelmed. The timeline was good starting from Hernandez's youth to his last days in prison. This guy was such a ninco Aaron Hernandez is big deal in the NFL. The news of the crimes he committed is a big deal. As this was happening, it was off my radar so I was unfamiliar with Aaron Hernandez and the crime. Lucky for me I get everything all wrapped up in a book.I was so impressed with Patterson's last true crime Filthy Rich, I had high expectations for All-American Murder. I was left a little underwhelmed. The timeline was good starting from Hernandez's youth to his last days in prison. This guy was such a nincompoop. Not a likable guy AT ALL. I didn't have one ounce of empathy. If that was what the authors were trying to convey, I'd say well done. You nailed it.
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  • Tabby
    January 1, 1970
    I could not put this book down. I bought it a few hours ago and stayed up until 4am reading it. It was written so well and had so much information I never knew about. I was a fan of Hernandez, until it came to light that he was involved in Lloyd’s murder. The story fascinated me and still does. Patterson did an amazing job writing about it and the details he used. Truly a great read!
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    As an English person, I will confess that what I know about american football would probably not even fill a sheet of A3 paper, but I found this to be a fascinating read. I'd never heard of Aaron Hernandez before this, I'm not sure why, as the court cases and then his death received worldwide coverage. As I was reading this I thought that Aaron was arrogant enough to believe himself above the law, but having finished it I think that it's a little more complicated than that.I do like James Patter As an English person, I will confess that what I know about american football would probably not even fill a sheet of A3 paper, but I found this to be a fascinating read. I'd never heard of Aaron Hernandez before this, I'm not sure why, as the court cases and then his death received worldwide coverage. As I was reading this I thought that Aaron was arrogant enough to believe himself above the law, but having finished it I think that it's a little more complicated than that.I do like James Patterson, and I found this to be an easy, quick read. I liked that the authors didn't exactly pass judgment on Aaron, just presented the facts in the story of his life and death.The last chapter, which gave the results of the effects on Aaron's brain, I actually found quite poignant. All in all a very interesting read.
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  • Jeanette
    January 1, 1970
    Non-fiction like this opens a window into an entire life in such a way that rarely, rarely makes it into the 364.1523 classification. Patterson has his name on it and the feature of short chapters is recognizable from forms used within his fiction work. But there is where all comparisons stop, IMHO. This just seems a better level of observation, and especially context nuance and particulars- down to conversation phone, recordings, video records that put them all into Aaron's mouth, eyes, movemen Non-fiction like this opens a window into an entire life in such a way that rarely, rarely makes it into the 364.1523 classification. Patterson has his name on it and the feature of short chapters is recognizable from forms used within his fiction work. But there is where all comparisons stop, IMHO. This just seems a better level of observation, and especially context nuance and particulars- down to conversation phone, recordings, video records that put them all into Aaron's mouth, eyes, movements.It's all there. The strange antagonistic love-hate relationship with all who are close or closest. His self-identity of being powerful and unstoppable (and nearly omnipotent too at times). And also his split (love you and then charm or kill you depending upon the location) reactions that reflect who he is and to whom his audience has become momentarily. All of that and more. And it seems, to me it does, that it is THERE from the very beginning of his perceiving as a younger brother and child with daddy crying over his triumphs Aaron. Yet definitely made stronger with a resentment upgrade boost of the viscous from his father's death at exactly the juncture of his elevating out of just a "high school star jock" context into a full blown phenom.Aaron had CTE. But Aaron had far more than just CTE to parse the tone of his life. And way before football was a lifestyle dominant core of it. Then add an entire lifetime of doing drugs and especially the PCP and other neuro altering substances daily upon the massive marijuana and alcohol intakes! He even had them in his blood system during prison tests. NFL absolutely enabled. And money in this case was a lethal dose to form a horrendous recipe. The Patriots and Belichick (BOTH) definitely have some "butter side up" reasoning for the overlooks enabled and allowed. I'm sure they are not alone within NFL company for that easy level of relative assumptions either. And I was once a HUGE NFL fan. No more. Count at least as many reasons as I have fingers on one hand.I really admire how they (authors) absolutely carved so many different humans in this book, down to a fine chisel. In all of those "locale" groups, or some say gangs, or some say teams, or some say "friends" within 3 or 4 states combined to form the "surround" for his story. And how they did bridge some truth (especially in the photographs) about so many of them named and described. The hanger-on's, the best buddy, the guy who tones the hothead down on a regular and/or weekend basis, the lady friend who will also lie or hide packages! All of them. But no picture of Bradley?? He's still alive. And also has been shot again within other drug related altercations. How can you text someone over and over about parsing a friendship with heartthrob language after the fact of that person shooting you in the head and losing you your eye? Unbelievable if you put it into fiction plotting.An entire culture is also fully fleshed out here. It is.Most of us can easily remember these cases on our news. Any news source. Because big sports are filled with such "hero" celebs.Strange and bizarre life! The days at U. of F. and with the Gators was the most mesmerizing section in the book, IMHO. That part was a full 5 star. So much for reading Bible study quotes as a loving mentor emotive stimulus? How could John 3:16 become such a commodity!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting read for a Bostonian, knowing the streets and alleys where some of the murders took place and knowing a lot of the players involved (no pun intended). I found it to be pretty engrossing and read it in one day. And it left me feeling sorry for Aaron Hernandez, which is something since he was a murderer when it came right down to it.
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  • Frances L Dobbs
    January 1, 1970
    Guilty? I think not. Maybe I'm one of the few who enjoys facts about a case. While many have boycotted this book I could not. I am a Florida girl, born and raised right here in Alachua County. Home of the Fighting Gators! I remember Aaron playing for UF. I remember the issues he faced here and I always asked the same question... Can they prove it was him? You can put him anywhere you want in the picture but can you prove it was him? Some may call me crazy, some will disagree with me, but hear me Guilty? I think not. Maybe I'm one of the few who enjoys facts about a case. While many have boycotted this book I could not. I am a Florida girl, born and raised right here in Alachua County. Home of the Fighting Gators! I remember Aaron playing for UF. I remember the issues he faced here and I always asked the same question... Can they prove it was him? You can put him anywhere you want in the picture but can you prove it was him? Some may call me crazy, some will disagree with me, but hear me out.. During the Gainesville case you have one (1) man saying "Yeah yeah it was him!!" But you have several others saying " Naw it was a black man, tall, skinny with cornrows. " Can you prove it was him? No, there is no physical evidence showing he pulled the gun or shot anyone. Moving forward....You have evidence showing yes Aaron had a gun at him home, picture shows it. You have texts that Odin went with Aaron and two (2) other men the night of his death. You have video showing them driving and their location. This can all be proven. Now you have four (4) men in the car and one man is shot and killed. Leaves you three (3) men, all have been in trouble with the law in some shape or form. All have a reason for not wanting to go to prison for murder. But you only have (1) who is making millions and a name for himself. Yes Aaron was in trouble before and a bit of a hot head but you can't physically put that gun in his hand at the time of Odin's death can you? One man is on the stand saying "Yeah yeah he did it..." That man is a well known drug dealer and addict. And you're supposed to believe his word to save his own behind? I think not.. This book brought to light a lot of things I didn't know to begin with. It opened my eyes and I will admit at one time I believed him guilty as the rest. But no where can you put the gun in his hand at the time of that murder. Notice i said Time of that murder.. I would recommend this book for anyone looking to find the truth and understanding of Aaron Hernandez.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    What a thug, and tremendous waste of real athletic ability. This story also reflects poorly on the business of football in general, collegiate and NFL. Avid fans may enjoy this but I'm not in that camp. My husband bought this book and it was sitting on the coffee table.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    This is a troubling, somewhat lurid book about the life, crimes, and death of Aaron Hernandez, a one-time tight end for the New England Patriots NFL team.My takeaways: Every single owner of an NFL team is a billionaire. The NFL is a greedy, immoral organization that elevates and pays huge sums to excellent athletes for perhaps five to ten years of their lives, bashes their brains to pulp, and has long tried to ignore or minimize the epidemic of CTE--chronic traumatic encephalopathy that has been This is a troubling, somewhat lurid book about the life, crimes, and death of Aaron Hernandez, a one-time tight end for the New England Patriots NFL team.My takeaways: Every single owner of an NFL team is a billionaire. The NFL is a greedy, immoral organization that elevates and pays huge sums to excellent athletes for perhaps five to ten years of their lives, bashes their brains to pulp, and has long tried to ignore or minimize the epidemic of CTE--chronic traumatic encephalopathy that has been a constant issue since CTE was defined--and obviously before that, when it still went on unknowingly.Hernandez was a brilliantly gifted athlete who, after his death by suicide in prison, was discovered to have had the worst case of CTE ever foundin someone his age. His behavior was bizarre and paranoid, and he ended up shooting and killing three people, of which he was convicted of just one. He also blew out the eye and part of the skull of his best friend, who was mentoring him and trying to keep him from irresponsible and criminal behavior.Clearly, he was rarely in his right mind because his brain was so damaged by constant head trauma. His wild and unpredictable behavior accelerated to the point of the murders he committed, and he was often clueless about what he had done.2) The NFL is a criminal organization and doesn't care. It is fabulously wealthy as it chews up players and spits them out until they either commit suicide or exhibit bizarre behavior that they realize is not normal and not what they grew up doing. This book is perhaps the most indicting document ever written about the NFL. It is unlikely, in my view, that this book will nudge the NFL into any kind of moral behavior, because it is wildly popular with fans, of which I used to be one until I discovered the trauma that players were going through. The NFL seems to consider itself beyond reproach and beyond having to take responsibility for the damage it's caused players. The public, in my view, is not at all aware of the machinations the NFL takes to remain above the law.3) I hope this book starts a dialogue, if not criminal prosecution, ofthe NFL and makes fans awareof how their dollars contribute to what has now come to be revealed as a monstrous sport, little different from what gladiators did in ancient Rome. It's going to take a massive information campaign for any of this to happen, and the economies of NFL cities, newspapers, TV, and the wild popularity of the sport will all fight it. Many people make their livings off the NFL, but the players make their deaths from it.
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  • Ariel
    January 1, 1970
    This is a straightforward telling of the tragic story of Aaron Hernandez. Aaron was an extremely gifted athlete who threw away his talent in favor of living the thug life. He had everything going for him and through bad luck, bad choices, and the possible destruction of his brain through repeated hits to his head his life went into a downward spiral of drugs and eventually murder. This book didn't do a great job of developing all of the characters like the best true crime books do. After finishi This is a straightforward telling of the tragic story of Aaron Hernandez. Aaron was an extremely gifted athlete who threw away his talent in favor of living the thug life. He had everything going for him and through bad luck, bad choices, and the possible destruction of his brain through repeated hits to his head his life went into a downward spiral of drugs and eventually murder. This book didn't do a great job of developing all of the characters like the best true crime books do. After finishing it I didn't feel like I really knew any any of the people involved. It told the story more like an episode of 20/20 or Dateline. It also showed how we put our sports heroes up on pedestals. Aaron Hernandez got away with so much for so long because he was good at throwing a football. A spotlight was especially thrown on the football culture at the University of Florida. On the surface this was a sad tale of someone who had everything and managed to throw it away. Look deeper however and you see yet another NFL player with brain trauma. Repeated concussions have been shown to alter brain function. Until this issue is properly addressed it may only be a matter of time until another Aaron Hernandez tragedy plays out.
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  • Lisa K
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished my first James Patterson book...does anybody know of any good Aaron Hernandez books? I just wanted to know what happened but the only real info I got was that Tim Tebow and Tom Brady were so annoying to hang with that they literally drove poor Aaron to do multiple homicides?
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  • Donna Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book because I was curious about how a man with seemingly everything going for him could be convicted of murder and subsequently commit suicide. (You can tell this is a Patterson book because of the short chapters...and writing credit is shared with two other authors.). But as to Mr. Hernandez. He lost his father, he lost his focus, he was a very talented athlete, he believed in his invincibility, he abused many drugs, he hung with and was totally loyal to his gang/criminal friends, I read this book because I was curious about how a man with seemingly everything going for him could be convicted of murder and subsequently commit suicide. (You can tell this is a Patterson book because of the short chapters...and writing credit is shared with two other authors.). But as to Mr. Hernandez. He lost his father, he lost his focus, he was a very talented athlete, he believed in his invincibility, he abused many drugs, he hung with and was totally loyal to his gang/criminal friends, and he was damaged. The fact that professional football enabled him - excused his failings, gave him HUGE sums of money and fed into his massive ego - and helped to contribute to his downfall. Hernandez was not the only professional athlete to run afoul of the law. And CTE is not enough to explain his actions. The book is sad in that this could happen again to another talented player. I am not a proponent of football, but I understand that it is a highly popular sport in this country. I just am not sure how this problem should be addressed in the future.
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    I have never read a James Patterson book before, (though i often question whether ol' JP does more than rubber stamp his name on the final draft) so I was surprised at the short chapters. Page 228 of 363 was chapter 71. I'm not sure if any new information was brought to light, but it felt pretty thorough. Maybe too liberal use of pronouns, as at times it was confusing differentiating whether the "he" was hernandez or his friend Bradley, especially in the context of text message conversations. Th I have never read a James Patterson book before, (though i often question whether ol' JP does more than rubber stamp his name on the final draft) so I was surprised at the short chapters. Page 228 of 363 was chapter 71. I'm not sure if any new information was brought to light, but it felt pretty thorough. Maybe too liberal use of pronouns, as at times it was confusing differentiating whether the "he" was hernandez or his friend Bradley, especially in the context of text message conversations. The pictures don't translate in ebook format, and there was a surprising lack of pictures for such a well known public figure & criminal case. As the first major book about the case, it was good, but I look forward to more in-depth books in the future.The one unbelievable moment was the shameless plug that completely took me out of the book was about hernandez's reading habits in prison. I actually went back to the page, because of how absurd it was.Chapter 71: "Aaron wrote letters, worked out, and read, requestinh books from the jail library: michael Connelly, Dan Brown, James Patterson. Hernandez was especially fond of Patterson's Alex Cross novels."Are you kidding me??
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  • Deb Jones
    January 1, 1970
    James Patterson brings his award-winning writing to true crime in this look at Aaron Hernandez, his life before the NFL and the crimes he was charged with and subsequently found guilty of some and not guilt of others. Hernandez's ability to make great decisions on the football field did not always extend to his personal life as far as his choice of friends. His loyalty to those friends and their actions went a long way toward his own actions, including a proclivity to violence.Written in Patters James Patterson brings his award-winning writing to true crime in this look at Aaron Hernandez, his life before the NFL and the crimes he was charged with and subsequently found guilty of some and not guilt of others. Hernandez's ability to make great decisions on the football field did not always extend to his personal life as far as his choice of friends. His loyalty to those friends and their actions went a long way toward his own actions, including a proclivity to violence.Written in Patterson's easy-to-digest style, "All-American Murder" was both an interesting and captivating reading experience.
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  • Angela Williamson
    January 1, 1970
    This book did not let up once I started reading it. I had not kept up with this case as it was happening so a lot of this was new to me. The authors tried to present a balanced, unbiased story. Because I question so many things, I wonder how much of Hernandez's behavior was due to repeated tackles and hits to the head. Or was it the drugs and the people he ran around with? Would things have been different if his father had lived? Were there too many excuses made based on his football abilities a This book did not let up once I started reading it. I had not kept up with this case as it was happening so a lot of this was new to me. The authors tried to present a balanced, unbiased story. Because I question so many things, I wonder how much of Hernandez's behavior was due to repeated tackles and hits to the head. Or was it the drugs and the people he ran around with? Would things have been different if his father had lived? Were there too many excuses made based on his football abilities and his fame? Unfortunately, these questions will never be answered. But, the book was a wonderful read and I enjoyed it.
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  • Koren
    January 1, 1970
    If you are a football fan you are probably familiar with the name Aaron Hernandez. Aaron could have had the world by the tail but instead went down the path of drugs, gangs, violence and murder. He was a very talent player in college and played a few years for the New England Patriots. This book raises a question about whether brain injuries from football and rampant drug use played a role in the murderer's thinking. The author leaves it up to you to decide.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    This book is outstanding. I knew a lot about the case before this book, but this has so much more detail.
  • Justin Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big football fan, so I was aware and following most of the tragic story that followed Aaron Hernandez. For those not familiar, he was this huge man who was a brilliant tight end for the New England Patriots. He played in the second New England Patriot loss against the Giants in 2012, but many believed he was just beginning a Hall of Fame career. A bright start would end in tragedy after Hernandez was investigated in conjunction with a murder. As the case opened up, Hernandez would eventua I am a big football fan, so I was aware and following most of the tragic story that followed Aaron Hernandez. For those not familiar, he was this huge man who was a brilliant tight end for the New England Patriots. He played in the second New England Patriot loss against the Giants in 2012, but many believed he was just beginning a Hall of Fame career. A bright start would end in tragedy after Hernandez was investigated in conjunction with a murder. As the case opened up, Hernandez would eventually be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole.But where did things go wrong? How could this kid, a small town Connecticut kid, end up murdering someone in cold blood? James Patterson tells the story of how Hernandez became as troubled child shortly after his father died. What came next would lead Hernandez to many dark places. As a Florida Gator, not even Tim Tebow could keep the young man in line. When he came to the NFL, Patterson tells how many teams were worried because of how troubled he was. After he signed on to New England, he was involved with drugs, women, everything you can imagine; this was not a role model football player trying to make the world better. This was a tyrant who was bound to get into trouble.This book was captivating. I was hooked on the murder-mystery aspect but also shocked at how much Hernandez got away with. I remember watching him on TV, in awe of his length and power. That that person could be involved with so much evil must give you pause. Further, it sheds light on the celebrity culture in America, where people who are given a certain status in society are able to get away with, in some cases literally, murder and the justice system fails. This story is complex, but it was a good read.
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  • Nancy Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    True crime saga about football player Aaron Hernandez. He was a nasty punk and I feel dirty after spending time reading about his story. Knowing he played football for the Florida Gators and the NE Patriots makes me question the culture of these pampered overpaid jocks.
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  • Marie-Elena Mahoney
    January 1, 1970
    The Rise & Fall of Aaron HernandezI love James Patterson so I read many of his books so I decided to try this. I’m from the Boston area so I knew a lot about the subject! I just didn’t know how bad he really was! I would recommend it because it held my interest from being to end! He was one sick puppy!!
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    What a messed up guy! Too many hits to the head.
  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    As the title indicates, this story tells of the rise and fall of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez was an exceptionally talented athlete. I found the story to be a sad one. He had everything going for him but he made bad choices. His father died when he was thirteen and he felt adrift. He used drugs and associated with gang members. The hits on the football field affected his brain so much that the autopsy revealed the worst brain damage known of a person of his age. This As the title indicates, this story tells of the rise and fall of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez was an exceptionally talented athlete. I found the story to be a sad one. He had everything going for him but he made bad choices. His father died when he was thirteen and he felt adrift. He used drugs and associated with gang members. The hits on the football field affected his brain so much that the autopsy revealed the worst brain damage known of a person of his age. This story was interesting to me because I'm a huge football fan. I watched Hernandez play with the Patriots. I read about his arrest and trial in the news and tabloids. This book goes into great detail of his life with tens of interviews with people close to the events. As with all of Patterson's books, the chapters are short and the story reads quickly. I liked this book much better than the other true crime book that I read by Patterson about a week ago.
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  • Mymymble
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty much disappointing. I've liked some Patterson, so it's not his storytelling or style. I'd watched some Hernandez games, assumed he was injured when he dropped out of sight. Missed his first murder trial altogether.Then in a few short weeks, he was found not guilty of two more murders, was outed on state radio, maybe realised how much moolah he would need to appeal the Odin Ward conviction, how much money his fiancee and kid would get if he was to die now, ensuring, in Mass., automatic par Pretty much disappointing. I've liked some Patterson, so it's not his storytelling or style. I'd watched some Hernandez games, assumed he was injured when he dropped out of sight. Missed his first murder trial altogether.Then in a few short weeks, he was found not guilty of two more murders, was outed on state radio, maybe realised how much moolah he would need to appeal the Odin Ward conviction, how much money his fiancee and kid would get if he was to die now, ensuring, in Mass., automatic pardon. Three days later he had killed himself. Six months later the ravaging nature of his cte job related brain damage was revealed. At about that time Santino Hassell's book 'Illegal Contact' came out about a tight end who attacks someone after a homophobic slur. That was a badly timed release.I'd expected a lot more from this, the homophobia, the brain injuries, more Florida stuff, the actual financial state of a future appeal.It was okay.
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  • Dorel
    January 1, 1970
    When I heard James Patterson wrote this book I wanted to read this. This story was very well written. Even though it talked about most of the details I heard or read in the news it also talked about a lot of things I didn't know. I loved ❤ how James Patterson was very straight down the middle. This story was very sad 😢 & very heart breaking 💔. My heart 💙 & prayers 🙏 go out all the families 👪 in this story. Aaron Hernandez was fabulous football 🏈 player with a lot of problems & if all When I heard James Patterson wrote this book I wanted to read this. This story was very well written. Even though it talked about most of the details I heard or read in the news it also talked about a lot of things I didn't know. I loved ❤ how James Patterson was very straight down the middle. This story was very sad 😢 & very heart breaking 💔. My heart 💙 & prayers 🙏 go out all the families 👪 in this story. Aaron Hernandez was fabulous football 🏈 player with a lot of problems & if all the people who surrounded him would have address those problems the way they address his playing skills maybe all of this would have not happened. I am a football 🏈 fan & I loved ❤ watching Aaron Hernandez play. Whether you are a football 🏈 fan like me or not this is a very well layed out to read. Awesome job Mr. Patterson.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Aaron Hernandez’ story is in many ways similar to OJ Simpson’s. Charismatic, wealthy, talented men who used football to reach heights beyond even their own expectations. Both men are also likely murderers. I listened to this book for 3 reasons: 1. I enjoy listening to nonfiction 2. I expected (correctly) that it would be interesting and fast-paced typical of Patterson3. I live about 20 minutes (and many worlds away) from Hernandez’a hometown of Bristol.I began the book with an open mind. I’ve re Aaron Hernandez’ story is in many ways similar to OJ Simpson’s. Charismatic, wealthy, talented men who used football to reach heights beyond even their own expectations. Both men are also likely murderers. I listened to this book for 3 reasons: 1. I enjoy listening to nonfiction 2. I expected (correctly) that it would be interesting and fast-paced typical of Patterson3. I live about 20 minutes (and many worlds away) from Hernandez’a hometown of Bristol.I began the book with an open mind. I’ve read respected leaders speak well of the Aaron they knew. They seemed to be searching for explanations as to how he sank so low. I wasn’t very deep into the book before my thoughts were “What a punk!”There are still mysteries: why did he kill himself when he had reason to feel good about his appeal? Is his brain trauma relevant? Was his drug use a factor?I am not questioning whether or not he’s a multiple murderer. I believe he is.
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  • Laura Cooper
    January 1, 1970
    The source material was interesting and fairly thorough, but the writing was poorly organized. Instead of fully delving into the narrative, it was chopped up into short chapters with cliffhanger endings that reminded me of bad true crime television shows that attempt to create suspense before cutting to commercial. It seems like perhaps the publishers rushed in order to be the first book to be released on a sensational subject rather than taking the time to put out a well-written and edited prod The source material was interesting and fairly thorough, but the writing was poorly organized. Instead of fully delving into the narrative, it was chopped up into short chapters with cliffhanger endings that reminded me of bad true crime television shows that attempt to create suspense before cutting to commercial. It seems like perhaps the publishers rushed in order to be the first book to be released on a sensational subject rather than taking the time to put out a well-written and edited product. That being said, the subject matter was itself enough to keep me interested, and any reader that is fascinated by true crime books would probably enjoy reading it as well.
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  • Michele A.
    January 1, 1970
    At the end of this book I was still as confused by Aaron Henandez's actions as I was in the beginning. For a man with such potential, he rarely used it in the right way. To say he had a habit of making poor decisions is an understatement. He ran with a bad crowd, his dad died unexpectedly and it made a huge impact on his life. His mentor was gone and his decision making was not the best, and he was volatile and erratic. He seemed to have poor social skills, followed the wrong people and allowed At the end of this book I was still as confused by Aaron Henandez's actions as I was in the beginning. For a man with such potential, he rarely used it in the right way. To say he had a habit of making poor decisions is an understatement. He ran with a bad crowd, his dad died unexpectedly and it made a huge impact on his life. His mentor was gone and his decision making was not the best, and he was volatile and erratic. He seemed to have poor social skills, followed the wrong people and allowed loyalty to skew his actions. His coaches seemed to shelter him and playing for the Gators did not help his belief that he was above the law. He seemed to think he could do what he wanted, when he wanted and there would be no penalty for it. The book was interesting in that I didn't know about the whole trial, the subsequent trial and his friend accusing him of trying to kill him. I found it to be in-depth and as unbiased as it could be. It was a shame that a person so young, with so much potential, ended up the way he did.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn’t put it down! Great storytelling and a fascinating story of Aaron Hernandez’s life. The one thing that drove me crazy was all the grammatical errors in this book - single words left out in a sentence, etc. I will never understand how these types of things are not caught in editing. Regardless though, a good read that you’ll speed through!
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    So maybe not the best written book (Did Patterson really write it? Or just put his name on it so people would read it?) but morbidly fascinating. And sad. One of those stories where you think, "If this event wouldn't have happened, the end result might have been different." Guess we will never know the entire truth.
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  • Jane Fowler
    January 1, 1970
    As a life-long Pats fan, I approached this with some trepidation; I found it to be riveting, disturbing, and sad on given page. A young man with enormous talent from the get-go; irretrievably shattered by his father's unexpected death, and falling in the wrong crowd. Add that to a culture devoted to football, both collegiate and pro, and you have a man turned thug who thought he could, and for the most part, did get away with almost every crime he committed. The CTE is a large component of his b As a life-long Pats fan, I approached this with some trepidation; I found it to be riveting, disturbing, and sad on given page. A young man with enormous talent from the get-go; irretrievably shattered by his father's unexpected death, and falling in the wrong crowd. Add that to a culture devoted to football, both collegiate and pro, and you have a man turned thug who thought he could, and for the most part, did get away with almost every crime he committed. The CTE is a large component of his behavior, as were the drugs. Again, dirty drug test after dirty drug test, he continued.It saddens me that the trail of destruction he left, continues; fostered in part by the NFL machine, the owners, coaches, players, and more importantly - fans who simply accept it as part of the game. I hope this book can add to the wake-up call the NFL is currently receiving.
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