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Sail Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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"I absolutely, fantabulously loved and enjoyed SAIL . . . suspense at its Pattersonish best."―RebeccaReads.com on Sail
"This headlong thriller will keep readers eyes' glued to its pages . . . the perfect beach read."―BookLoons.com on Sail
"The man is a master of his genre. We fans all have one wish for him: Write even faster."―Larry King, USA Today
"Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clear, unwavering prose."―People
About the Author
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446536105
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446536103
- Item Weight : 8.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 1.13 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #423,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anne manages to pull things together bit by bit, but just as they begin feeling like a family again, something catastrophic happens. Survival may be the least of their concerns.
Written with the blistering pace and shocking twists that only James Patterson can master, SAIL takes "Lost" and "Survivor" to a new level of terror.
I listened to this as an audio book and the male narrator was just awful. I couldn't stand the affect in his voice and it bothered me the entire time I listened to Sail. It was so distracting because I kept thinking about how awful he was rather than listening to the story and often had to go back and listen again to parts I missed because I was distracted. So my first recommendation is to read the book rather than listen to it. I am sure that, since it is a James Patterson, that the chapters are short and thus will read quickly. The plotline was pretty boring but I had to get through with it because I was reading it for a challenge. Sail is one of the "unpopular" books by James Patterson and I received it quite cheap on Amazon. The writing was nothing close to the writing in his earlier works, but that is pretty typical of Patterson's recent books since he doesn't write them by himself but rather uses other authors to write the book and then Patterson puts his stamp on the book to make sure that it sells. This practice of Patterson's really bothers me but that is another story for another day. Back to the book...the premise is that Katherine Dunne decides to go on a vacation with her three kids with her brother-in-law Jack as the captain in hopes to bring her family together again and closer after the death of their father which caused the family to become disjointed. While at sea, they are hit by a huge storm that has basically ruined their boat. Then following the storm, an explosion occurs on the boat meant to cause the demise of the Dunne family. I don't want to give any more details to avoid spoilers but the reader is informed of the background and what really is happening and why. Then the family floats for days until they find a deserted island where the family finds refuge while waiting for rescue.
Like I said, the plotline was rather boring. I didn't feel quite connected to any of the characters and the actual writing seemed rather simplistic. I was going to give the book 2 stars but there is such a twist at the end that I never saw coming that I absolutely had to bump the rating up to 3 stars because the ending was written so well. The ending actually saves the book. If the author would have written the entire book in the style that the ending was written it definitely would have been a much better book. I don't think I would recommend it to anyone but if you find yourself reading it, don't give up on it. Finish the book. I think you will be surprised at the big twist at the end. There are definitely much better Patterson books out there and I understand why Amazon was selling this book at a reduced price. 3 stars.
This book comprises solidly wooden characterizations: The pot-smoking son who rises to the occasion; the depressed daughter who finds meaning in disaster; the evil attorney who wants the inheritance; the sultry, negligee-clad, upwardly mobile "horizontal liaison"; the rich heiress sent to her supposed doom . . . all are introduced with the minutest shadow of a backstory.
In the hands of an author with a command of the English Language, such as Dan Simmons (or, HELL, even Stephen King could have done it better), this story may have blossomed forth. Instead, it reaks of a chapter-by-the-day, formulaic publishing house money-maker smattered with just the proper amount of obscenities and sex so that those sixth-grade-reading-level adults can somehow feel that they are reading adult fiction.
A perfect gift idea for a dimwitted adult that may have mentioned that they already like this sort of thing.
If YOU are a discerning reader, though, and want something exciting and mysterious and exceedingly well written, try one of the following:
"The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters
"Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" by Susannah Clarke
"The Terror" by Dan Simmons
"Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen
"Drood" by Dan Simmons
"The 13th Tale" by Diane Setterfield
Since you are reading this review, I wish you good luck with your book hunt! Let's hope that book hunt skips over this stinker!
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Typical family mayhem, its the type of holiday I'd have if it can go wrong it would! Brilliant just brilliant
Having said all that, I quite enjoyed it. It kept me guessing, it moved along quickly, and it was easy to read. And it left me with the comfortable knowledge that I can write better than James Patterson, and thus posters advertising my books should shortly be adorning Liverpool Street station.