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The Noise: A Thriller Hardcover – August 16, 2021
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- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (August 16, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316499870
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316499873
- Item Weight : 1.33 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.35 x 1.75 x 9.55 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's infuriating. What ever happened to the concept of respecting the reader?
Stephen King NEVER insults the intelligence of the reader nor his highly educated characters.
Example from this book:
Highly trained scientist with both an MD and a PhD: "What's the USGS?"
Army guy, "The United States Geological Survey".
Is this some kind of a joke? I've never met a scientist who doesn't know what the USGS is. Good grief! How stupid does he think scientists are? Does he even know any real scientists?
Over and over again in this book, he makes the elite team of scientists play the role of morons.
Maybe he thinks that's believable because he has more respect for a 20 year old military grunt than he does for the highly educated, but it doesn't pass muster.
The USGS is a major employer of scientists, and scientists use information from the USGS ALL THE TIME.
We also know what the DIA is, etc. These organizations employ hundreds of thousands of scientists, and we all know about them and contribute to research that they end up using.
This kind of egregious mistake from an author who should know better by now breaks the flow of reading because now I'm out of the story, seeing the author's strained attempt to explain to his readers what certain terms mean. That's also insulting to the reader.
People who read a lot know these things.
Put a list of acronyms at the beginning of the book if you're that sure your readers are that stupid and that they don't have a phone where they can look a term up on Google.
Then tell the story. Stop frustrating the reader with condescending and unbelievable devices like a major scientist not knowing what the USGS, FLIR, and other very common agencies and technologies are.
There are other inconsistencies in the flow of the book, but it is an entertaining and interesting story.
Some story lines just disappear with no explanation. For example, the 2 protagonists have a dog who is described throughout the action and setup of the story. Then, with no explanation, no dog. For the rest of the book there is no mention of the beloved and faithful dog. Did I miss something? Did it die? Where did it go? Did I doze off?
Again, a good editor would catch that.
Stephen King has said that one of his fears is that, because of his success, his publisher might not edit his books as carefully, so he insists that they do.
Patterson should do the same!
Maybe he has gotten lazy and doesn't want to bother with excellent writing. Maybe he sits around jotting down plot outlines and has lesser writers pen "his" books. I've heard that, but don't know if it's true. If it is, maybe he should bring in teachers to teach "his" writers that respecting the reader goes a long way toward writing a quality book.
Maybe he doesn't care. He's got a money making book factory, so why would he care about literary matters?
The best book of 2021. Patterson and his co-writer have outdone themselves and I can see a movie come from it. You must read!
Kiss the Girls, Along Came...all the big JP titles, years ago, but only recently had i picked back up a JP book (2 years as a receptionist has u going thru your reading list quite quickly)
I started with The President is Missing, then the Presidents Daughter, and now, The Noise.
This book was so exciting and it first I didn't like the direction it was going,, I thought , toward I guess you could say the spiritual realm? Very sneaky, Mr. Patterson indeed. I won't produce any spoilers here...very clever, creative, and heart! I loved the ending, not the death or tragedy to humanity, how some justice does come. Offers a lot to think about and take heed. Are our lives a bit full of stuff we don't even need?
A mysterious explosion kills thousands in the Pacific Northwest and only two young girls survive. 16 Year old Tennant and 8 year old Sophie are checking rabbit traps when they feel a vibration that builds in intensity. Their dad drops them into a storm cellar. The sound only gets worse.
I'll start by saying I LOVE JD Barker. His 4MK Thriller 3-book series were all 5 star reads for me (The Fourth Monkey, the Fifth to Die and the Sixth Wicked Child). His newest standalone book, The Caller's Games ('21) was also a 5-star read. His first collaboration with James Patterson, The Coast-to-Coast Murders was a 4 star read and I'm hoping for a sequel in this series. This book starts as a "slow burn"; just enough intrigue to be eerie and tense at the same time. I think the book went on about 100 pages too long. It was very repetitive. Overall it felt like a sci-fi plot which I personally don't like. Well done writing but if there's a book 2, I will not be reading. I gave this book a generous 3 Stars.
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It's set firstly in a wilderness village retreat where people live off the grid but after an event happens that leaves only 2 young girls unscathed the action moves to a army base and from there to several more locations. I would compare this book to the film the" happening"but in my opinion it's so much better , more action, excitement, and like with most of Patterson's/Barker books the pace of the book is well thought out though at times I too had to stop and take a breath as I felt I couldn't take the excitement.
If you've never read any of Patterson/Barker collaboration then I would highly recommend reading this as I'm sure that like me you will enjoy it too.