The first in a brand new James Patterson series
JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of the bestselling series for young readers, Witch & Wizard (nominated for the 2011 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards), Maximum Ride, Daniel X and Middle School. This is as well as writing three of the top detective series around - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett novels - and many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. James was inspired by his son, who was a reluctant reader, to write books specifically for young readers. He is very supportive of the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy.In 2010, James Patterson was voted Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards in New York.
In his second YA-intended crossover series (after "Maximum Ride"), Patterson reunites with Ledwidge, with whom he coauthored Quickie, an LJ Best Audiobook of 2007. The two here write of the adventures of a 15-year-old boy intent on avenging his parents' murder by aliens. Though Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia's reading is well executed--his self-deprecating tone conveying all the insecurities of teenagehood--his talented reading can't save this work from its substandard prose, flat characters, absurd plot twists, and holes large enough to fly an alien battle cruiser through--flaws all exacerbated in audio. Not recommended. [Also recorded by Hachette Audio. 4 CDs. unabridged. ISBN 978-1-60024-200-7. $22.98; audio clip available through library.booksontape.com.--Ed.]--Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Salt Lake City Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Patterson jumps on the superheroes bandwagon with contributor Ledwidge and delivers the adventures of Daniel X, a superpowered alien whose mission is to defend Earth from more malignant, threatening aliens. In his first adventure, listeners hear the typical origin story (parents killed by the most vile alien on Earth), his early adventures (growing up on his own with amazing powers) and his first real step into manhood (facing off against another alien). The story throws in a few interesting twists, but isn't particularly dynamic as superhero narratives go. The production is sparsely sprinkled with sound effects, which work quite well and add to the story, but there is a lack of consistency to their execution. However, Milo Ventimiglia makes it worth the listen. His timing and inflection match perfectly with Daniel, the first-person protagonist. He sounds youthful enough to be believable as Daniel and easily transitions to other character voices within the story. A Little, Brown hardcover. (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.