Alert by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

AlertAlert by James Patterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alert (Michael Bennett Series #8) by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

Michael Bennett is a New York City detective with ten children. His wife died several years ago and he has had a live in nanny, Mary Catherine who is from Ireland. She and Michael have become romantically involved and he has just left her in Ireland to sell her family’s business.

On his return to New York he is barely recovered when there is a terrible subway explosion. Emily Parker an old love interest who is an FBI agent is assigned to the case after terrorism is determined. They are good friends and they work together to solve the case.   Not long after the subway explosions, the mayor stages an all out press conference which ends when he is assassinated by way of a sniper.

The investigation continues on with no real suspect found. Just when they think they are getting a handle on things the Federal building is bombed and is totally destroyed. There are several references to 9/11 throughout the book. Which brings home the amount of devastation caused by the terrorists. Lead after lead go nowhere. Finally they are contacted by the terrorists. They are told that a tsunami bigger than the one in 2004 in Japan will hit the Eastern seaboard if they do not pay a ransom. This changes things and makes them look into other areas.

Seamus is Michael’s grandfather and a priest. He has had a stroke recently and this causes Michael concern. Seamus finds a temporary nanny for Michael’s kids which works out well. Finally, on viewing the video of where the next explosion will take place to cause the tsunami, a scientist recognizes nesting birds on an island off the coast of Africa.

They are able to reach the area in time and prevent the explosion with the help of the government of the island. They still have not found the people responsible for all of the destruction.

In the end, Michael is kidnapped by the two men responsible and he is almost killed. He manages to get free when Emily and the rest of the people on the case rescue him. Finally, the two men involved divulge their reasoning for all of the terror they have caused.

I enjoyed the book very much. And each book reveals more about the main characters. I like it when I get to know the characters more in each book.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.




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