Blindside (Michael Bennett, #12)
The mayor of New York has a daughter who's missing and in danger. Detective Michael Bennett has a son who's in prison. The two strike a deal. Bennett and the mayor have always had a tense relationship, but now the mayor sees in Bennett a discreet investigator with family worries of his own. Just one father helping another. The detective leaps into the case and sources lead him to a homicide in the Bronx. The victim has ties to a sophisticated hacking operation—and also to the mayor's missing daughter, Natalie, a twenty-one-year-old computer prodigy. The murder is part of a serial killing spree, one with national security implications. And suddenly Bennett is at the center of a dangerous triangle anchored by NYPD, FBI, and a transnational criminal organization.Michael Bennett has always been an honorable man, but sometimes—when the lives of innocents are at stake—honor has to take a back seat. Survival comes first.

Blindside (Michael Bennett, #12) Details

TitleBlindside (Michael Bennett, #12)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 24th, 2020
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
ISBN-139780316420334
Rating
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller

Blindside (Michael Bennett, #12) Review

  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    A fan of the Michael Bennett series, I was pleased to get my hands on the latest novel, which exemplifies the collaborative efforts of James Patterson and James O. Born. In a story that does little for Bennett’s character development, but showcases his abilities, the authors provide the reader with a decent crime thriller set on both sides of the Atlantic. While working a double murder, Michael Bennett stops in at a local store, where things take a turn for the worse and he shoots two men A fan of the Michael Bennett series, I was pleased to get my hands on the latest novel, which exemplifies the collaborative efforts of James Patterson and James O. Born. In a story that does little for Bennett’s character development, but showcases his abilities, the authors provide the reader with a decent crime thriller set on both sides of the Atlantic. While working a double murder, Michael Bennett stops in at a local store, where things take a turn for the worse and he shoots two men attempting to mug him. While Bennett is sure it was a justified shooting, the public are not so sure. Bennett takes some time off, which allows him to enjoy a little family time, but that is cut short with Internal Affairs wants him to meet with the mayor. At this meeting the mayor asks for some help on a case that must remain off the books. The mayor’s daughter has been missing for weeks and Bennett is asked to find her, but tell no one of the job. As Natalie Lunden is deep into the world of computer hackers, Bennett starts there, finding himself following a few leads. When others with ties to Lunden turn up dead, Bennett is sure he is onto something and ends up in a firefight while trying to protect a close friend of Natalie’s. All this leads to an infamous hacker in Estonia, which will be an adventure in and of itself. With no financial support, Bennett will have to make the trip and work with some of the resources the NYPD and FBI can provide there, though the latter wants him out of the country as soon as he arrives. While Bennett looks for Natalie in and around the capital, he encounters the ruthless killers from NYC, who will stop at nothing from keeping Bennett from making his way back to America with the mayor’s daughter. Stretching himself as thin as he has ever been, Michael Bennett must remember who awaits him at home and how his safety is of paramount importance. A decent thriller in a series that may be showing signs of closure. Recommended to series fans who want to check in on Bennett, as well as those who enjoy crime thrillers that span the globe.Some of James Patterson’s work tends to grate on my nerves because it lacks that hook that I like in my thrillers. However, he is usually able to work effectively with James O. Born to find a happy medium to his work. Michael Bennett has done much in his career, while supporting a massive family. He works well within the NYPD structure, though is always looking to challenge some of the authority and red tape that he finds useless. In this piece, Bennett is challenged at every turn and stays level-headed throughout, while juggling a personal life that has a fiancée looking to set a date. His resourcefulness is front and centre as he enters Estonia, seeking to find someone and leave, but things never end up being that easy. Others keep the story flowing well and the reader can enjoy a variety of personalities as they clash on the page. The story worked well, though I found it lacked the intensity I needed. Bennett’s mission was a locate and return, with little mystery involved. The early search on US soil seemed to lack something as Bennett bounced around from one person to the next, all before landing the big lead. Perhaps I am cynical or used to something a little more action-packed, but I will return to see if Michael Bennett and his brood have more to offer.Kudos, Messrs. Patterson and Born, for a decent addition to the series. Eager to see what’s to come for Bennett and your collaborative efforts.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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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    The James Patterson co authored books are very hit and miss for me but there are a few pairings I really enjoy. I so enjoy the Michael Bennett series of books that James Patterson had co authored with Michael Ledwidge. This is the first Michael Bennett I have read written with James O Born. It was well done. The wonderful Bennett family dynamics are still intact and while there are not a lot of levels to Michael Bennett , he is a pretty neat cop. As with all Patterson books, this one was a very The James Patterson co authored books are very hit and miss for me but there are a few pairings I really enjoy. I so enjoy the Michael Bennett series of books that James Patterson had co authored with Michael Ledwidge. This is the first Michael Bennett I have read written with James O Born. It was well done. The wonderful Bennett family dynamics are still intact and while there are not a lot of levels to Michael Bennett , he is a pretty neat cop. As with all Patterson books, this one was a very quick read packed with loads of dialogue. The plot was good , the ending very satisfying. All and all , a good read on this snowy weekend.
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  • Germaine
    January 1, 1970
    Sorry to say but all his books are gettin g so predictable still a good read though
  • Asher
    January 1, 1970
    The James Patterson's novels are like pizza - even if they aren't great, they're still pretty good.
  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    Another good Michael Bennett book. This book had me gripped from start to finish and it was good to read about the Bennett family again. Really did not like Henry and he was too full of himself and glad Natalie left. I was so happy when the family got Brian back. Looking forward to the next book.
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    A predictable Patterson book. It was okay but lacked in suspense and thrills.
  • Mean Drake
    January 1, 1970
    A very average thriller. Even the humour doesn't match up to the previous in the series. Both the good and bad guys seem to be making so many obvious error to keep the story alive. Strictly avoidable.
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I thought the book was well written and entertaining. I liked the book, but have not read a James Patterson book that I haven't like yet. I did receive an early release copy as a Goodreads Giveaway.
  • K.C. Kissig
    January 1, 1970
    The saying goes, “Loyalty above all else except honor.” NYPD Detective Michael Bennett may take it a step further by saying, “Honor above all else except family.” Authors James Patterson and James O. Born show the lengths one man will go for the sake of family in the 12th Michael Bennett thriller, “Blindside”.Detective Michael Bennett must make a split-second choice between life and death. His decision lands him on suspension from the NYPD pending an investigation into his choice and the The saying goes, “Loyalty above all else except honor.” NYPD Detective Michael Bennett may take it a step further by saying, “Honor above all else except family.” Authors James Patterson and James O. Born show the lengths one man will go for the sake of family in the 12th Michael Bennett thriller, “Blindside”.Detective Michael Bennett must make a split-second choice between life and death. His decision lands him on suspension from the NYPD pending an investigation into his choice and the resulting death. Momentarily untethered from his duties, Bennett finds himself weighing his options when the mayor of New York gives him an opportunity he can’t pass up. The mayor’s estranged daughter is missing, and he convinces Bennett to launch a private investigation into her disappearance. As the father of 10 adopted children, Bennett sympathizes with the mayor’s plight and agrees to find and return his daughter to safety.Bennett’s investigation leads him to a string of bodies and an international team of computer hackers that will stop at nothing to eliminate all threats to their cyber-empire. Bennett immediately finds himself in over his head as he must defend himself against hit men, the FBI, and a sadistic cyber genius all dedicated to stopping his pursuit in “Blindside.”The characterization of the protagonist, Detective Michael Bennett, was my favorite element of “Blindside”. Authors Patterson and Born do a fantastic job a rendering a multi-dimensional character that resonates perfectly with the reader. As a first-time reader of the Michael Bennett series, I quickly gained a terrific sense of the type of man embodied by the lead character. As a widower with a new fiancé and 10 adopted children, Bennett is a character deeply grounded by his family life. He’s a dedicated NYPD detective as demonstrated by his investigation techniques, but his large family anchors him and creates a character that is much more than a typical hard-boiled police detective. It demonstrates a level of vulnerability typically not seen with this type of character and creates an endearing and likeable figure that the reader can easily empathize with. Secondary characters are not as fully developed and are largely two-dimensional “good guy” and “bad guy” figures, however, the fast-paced plot doesn’t ask for much more than different challenges for the lead to overcome in several thrilling action scenes.The point-of-view choice for the novel was also interesting. The scenes involving Michael Bennett were written from the 1st person through his own eyes. However, the scenes not involving Bennett were written from the 3rd person through the eyes of whichever character was leading the scene. Switching back and forth between 1st and 3rd person allowed for a terrific sense of intimacy with the lead while maintaining a greater distance from the remaining cast of characters. The switching was not jarring in the least as it was always obvious when we were inside the mind of Bennett as opposed to when we were on the outside witnessing the action from a more removed vantage point. The dialogue was crisp and natural sounding regardless of whether it was among family members or within elaborate action sequences. The characters’ speech patterns were distinct and authentic sounding across a variety of different scenarios. Descriptions were extremely vivid and readily conjured imagery vital to the various settings, especially a particularly well-crafted action sequence within a New York coffeehouse and scenes taking place around the city of Tallinn, Estonia. The descriptions were rich and detailed and were just enough to create the desired imagery without bogging down the narrative. There was an excellent balance between descriptions and action.While I enjoyed a great deal about this novel, I had a problem with the initial pacing. The story opens with a tension filled exchange between the protagonist and a random mugger, but fails to capitalize on the tension by allowing it to dissipate immediately after. Following the scene, the actions slows down to a crawl as the missing daughter storyline is setup for the next 80 pages. Most of the 1st act meanders along through a number of different storylines until the main action of the investigation begins. Once the story gets properly underway it ramps up to a relentless pace, but it takes a bit of a commitment to the setup by the reader to reach that point.“Blindside” is a terrific, if unconventional, thriller that strips the lead of his status as a New York City detective and places him in a foreign country with few resources. By removing the protagonist from the support of the NYPD, it forces him to rely on his wits and his nerve to accomplish his goals. Characterization is first rate, the narrative is crisp and flowing, and fans of James Patterson and the detective-thriller genre will have a great time with “Blindside”.
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  • Megan Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Bennett and the mayor have always had a tense relationship, but now the mayor sees in Bennett an exceptional investigator who might be willing to take on a case that needs to be kept under the radar. The two men strike the deal. Sources lead Bennett to a homicide in the Bronx. The victim has ties to a sophisticated hacking operation - and also to the mayor's missing daughter. But this murder is part of a serial killing spree, one with national security implications. Suddenly Bennett is at the Bennett and the mayor have always had a tense relationship, but now the mayor sees in Bennett an exceptional investigator who might be willing to take on a case that needs to be kept under the radar. The two men strike the deal. Sources lead Bennett to a homicide in the Bronx. The victim has ties to a sophisticated hacking operation - and also to the mayor's missing daughter. But this murder is part of a serial killing spree, one with national security implications. Suddenly Bennett is at the centre of a dangerous triangle anchored by NYPD, FBI and an international crime organization. Michael Bennett has always been an honourable man, but sometimes honour has to take a back seat. Survival comes first.This is Bennett back at his best. Patterson delivers the reader a high-octane plot with Bennett firmly at the centre. An aspect I enjoyed that was a bit different is Bennett's investigation takes him abroad. This allowed for different scenes and the chance to see Bennett on his own more. I was gripped by this read and was hanging on for all the twists and turns Patterson delivers.Of course a Michael Bennett book is not complete without his wonderful, eclectic family and Mary Catherine. Once again I enjoyed catching up with them all and seeing how they have developed. They all bring such joy to the reads and help to balance out the dark tones of Bennett's investigations.'Blindside' is the perfect read for Michael Bennett fans, an exhilarating plot and a return to a beloved character and his family.
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  • Karel Soeters
    January 1, 1970
    A very mechanical non researched automatic and uninspired thriller.James has a nice way of writing. No long sentences, and here and there some general truths spoken by the main character Michael Bennett.The theme of ransom-ware crimes has not been researched at all. It stays superficial, there is nothing to learn, whereas this theme of cyber-terrorisme is very relevant in todays world. It was only 1 month ago that the university of Maastricht paid 200.000 euro the free their data from ransom A very mechanical non researched automatic and uninspired thriller.James has a nice way of writing. No long sentences, and here and there some general truths spoken by the main character Michael Bennett.The theme of ransom-ware crimes has not been researched at all. It stays superficial, there is nothing to learn, whereas this theme of cyber-terrorisme is very relevant in todays world. It was only 1 month ago that the university of Maastricht paid 200.000 euro the free their data from ransom ware!Michael Bennett has a 10 children family of which 1 of is own (in prison for unknown reason until the very end) and 9 adopted (multi culti). These 9 are fantasy kids, doing homework all the time, very intelligent, and always truly happy and very excited and motivated to telephone with their imprisonned brother. And... how could I forget ... om top of it a very nice and forgiving girl friend.As a Dutch resident I always am irritated when Dutch characters do not have Dutch names.... a proof that research - if at all - was shallowly done.The thing of this book is that if you read a detail which is a bit out of tune, you know that it will become important a few pages later. So very predictable.I won’t recommend it, but you already would have guessed this conclusion.
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  • Rick
    January 1, 1970
    Usually I enjoy the Michael Bennett series but this one felt kind of flat. The story line was interesting except it felt that dragged out sections to the point where I started loosing interest and just walked away for awhile. Normally, with a Jame Patterson book, the story is what holds everything together. In this instance it was marginal because of the dead spots.Overall it was an interesting concept and pulled Michael Bennett into more of an international scene while he searched for the Usually I enjoy the Michael Bennett series but this one felt kind of flat. The story line was interesting except it felt that dragged out sections to the point where I started loosing interest and just walked away for awhile. Normally, with a Jame Patterson book, the story is what holds everything together. In this instance it was marginal because of the dead spots.Overall it was an interesting concept and pulled Michael Bennett into more of an international scene while he searched for the missing computer whiz daughter of the New York mayor. The journey to find her and her criminal computer genius boy friend is neither a simple journey or an obvious one. As always, Michael's family have a significant presence in the story and it underlies the urgency he feels in his search and journey to find the mayors daughter. One thing about the story there are some interesting characters that we meet on the journey that do help keep the story halfway interesting.Overall, like all James Patterson's books, it is very acceptable mind candy for those of us addicted and in need to something light to read.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    The "World's Best Storyteller" is a hit or miss with me and this time he was a bit off.Blindside begins with a two-fer deal as we have a mayor with a missing daughter and a father of six with a son in prison. Why not work together?So, it shall begin with a whirlwind of sources with just 'one father helping another.' Innocently enough we follow this windy trail to uncover an informant, a murder, a bunch of pills changing hands, and families that are deeply concerned.The final outcome brings about The "World's Best Storyteller" is a hit or miss with me and this time he was a bit off.Blindside begins with a two-fer deal as we have a mayor with a missing daughter and a father of six with a son in prison. Why not work together?So, it shall begin with a whirlwind of sources with just 'one father helping another.' Innocently enough we follow this windy trail to uncover an informant, a murder, a bunch of pills changing hands, and families that are deeply concerned.The final outcome brings about change.Love is blinding. Love is cruel. Love is heartless. Love can be used as a tool of the heart.Escaping may not be easy.Freedom may be elusive.Safety may be an allusion.One thing is for sure - the parents in this story won't stop this answers are found.It's a race for the truth and for survival.A good but not a best for JP...
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  • Autumn Chastain
    January 1, 1970
    Wow this book I could not put down and finished in one day...one of my favorite series by James Patterson....the michael Bennett series with his 10 adopted kids and his priest grandfather and his Irish fiancé....this time this story takes him abroad to a different country to track down a hacker and find the missing daughter of the mayor of New York....loved the story from the start to the finish....can’t wait for more of this series
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    The Michael Bennett novels have always been one of our favorites and this one beats them all. The plot and characters are very intriguing and interesting. This one has an international mystery plot that involves some serious events. As always the Bennett novel as always addresses his interaction with his large Family.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    NYC detective Michael Bennett, father of 10, is on 2 cases in this new book. The first is a home invasion involving murder, where Michael has a confrontation with a suspect and is then placed on leave. While on leave, he secretly helps the mayor whose daughter has gone missing. Throughout the drama, the family keeps Michael grounded and sane. Enjoyable story with a very likable protagonist.
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  • Mary Donegan
    January 1, 1970
    Feb 2020 - 3 Stars. Bennett and the mayor have always had a tense relationship, but now the mayor needs him since his daughter has gone missing and is in danger. Bennett's son is in jail so perhaps they can strike a deal.Typical Patterson but I still like to keep-up with the detective and his family.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    I love the Michael Bennett series, this one did not was fast paced from the getgo- he really got himself into some trouble. loved the story and of course his kiddos, little twist at the end was amazing!! Ready for the next one!
  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a Michael Bennett, detective book. The mayor's daughter is missing and Michael is asked to find her with the promise from the mayor that Michael's son Brian might be early paroled. It is a story about computer hackers who make a lot of money from large companies by black mailing.
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    This book was written for 12 year old boys. The plot is way overshadowed by the shoot em’ up and brawling violence. Not really much of a plot. Very predictable.
  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars
  • Judy Alexander
    January 1, 1970
    I agree with some other reviewers. Good but predictable.
  • Judith Rathbone
    January 1, 1970
    Very easy read but prefer women's murder club and private series by Patterson.
  • Darren
    January 1, 1970
    I got this book at a book store. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. It was a well written book.
  • Christa
    January 1, 1970
    Blindside was a very enjoyable installment in the Michael Bennett series. I liked the mystery in this one, but even more, I was overjoyed about how one aspect played out for the Bennett family.
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Like most of this series, the novel was predictable but entertaining.
  • Pam Pulizzi
    January 1, 1970
    I love Michael Bennett. For some reason, maybe the story being a little too unrealistic (?) I just didn’t love this one. I’ll still keep reading them though!
  • Barbara Markwell
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty typical Patterson book, This time Michael Bennett goes out of the country. Enjoyable read. Time for Michael to get married.
  • Lorinda
    January 1, 1970
    Solid. I enjoyed it and gladdly read over the weekend.
  • Karen Bayer
    January 1, 1970
    I always like Michael Bennett. Good character!
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