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Literary Crack Dealer

Posted in Books, James Patterson, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2011 by mattyfresh697400
  • Thats Chris Rock..Smokin Rock!

  • It came to me in a flash, James Patterson is a literary crack dealer.

    I repeat. James Patterson is a literary crack dealer. So how did I start my new year on the reading front in 2011, with a nice healthy serving from the dope man.. “CROSS FIRE” the latest fix from Mr. Patterson was my first read of the new year. And as with any good crack fix, the high came quick , fast and strong and before I knew was gone.

    The latest release!

    So I am gonna roll with that analogy for a while and in so many ways its perfect. The latest James Patterson offering “Cross Fire” was released in December of 2010, just in time for the heavy shopping season and holidays. So say if we were talking about John Grisham for instance, that would have most likely been his lone release for the year, at most his second.

    The Product

    But not my boy JP. No, when Patterson released “Cross Fire” last month, it was his 9th release of the year. NINTH! I do not think I am going out on a limb when I say that most people dont read 9 books in any calendar year of their lives, so how the hell is this dude WRITING 9 books in a year.

    Nino Brown

    But much like Nino Brown in New Jack City, you change the product and in turn you change the market place. When the Cash Money Brothers switched from cocaine to crack and Wesley Snipes took over the Carter, well..lets just say the drug habits of those Harlem Residents changed forever.

    Dope Man

    James Patterson is no different. He writes page turners with small words, huge fonts and story lines that read like nursery rhymes. You would be hard pressed to remember any details of any patterson book not 2 minutes after you have completed it, and lets be dont remember your last hit of the rock either.

    So with this new product, Patterson fans can get their fix almost monthly with a new release. Patterson has three flagship franchises  with characters ALEX CROSS, LINDSAY BOXER and most recently MICHAEL BENNETT and he even spatters in a few other releases just for good measure..including an annual BEACH SPECIFIC book.


    So at 350 pages per book and 100 words per page, your pretty much in and out of the crack house in two to three hours max, that is easy reading. And that is why James Patterson is by far the most successful author on the planet. We live in a short attention span world now and Patterson is the author that is slinging the most product.

    Alex Cross

    “Cross Fire” the latest Alex Cross novel was fun and of course quick. Detective Cross certainly has an active career catching criminals and seems to have bad luck (in every book) but thankfully manages to live on and fight another day, and thank G-D for that!

    James Patterson Dot Com

    “Worst Case” by James Patterson

    Posted in Books, James Patterson, New York City with tags , , , , on April 20, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

    I can not stop reading.

    The worlds most prolific writer is at it again, well in fact by the time you are done reading this post James Patterson has probably already written three other books.

    “Worst Case” is the third book in the latest franchise from Patterson. This franchise follows the exploits of New York City Detective Michael Bennett, who is a widower with 10 (that’s right TEN) adopted children. But out of the three current super franchises that James Patterson has, the Michael Bennett series is certainly the strongest and freshest. Sure I enjoy the “WOMENS MURDER CLUB” which takes place in San Fran, but Patterson is already up to his 9th book in that series, and as far as the Detective Alex Cross books go, there must be at least 15 in the series. So at a minimum the latest franchise keeps its fresh and its nice to have a character that has New York City as the backdrop for all the stories.

    “Worst Case” is a fun read, the premise is simple. A mad man is kidnapping and killing the children of Manhattans super rich and of course chaos ensues when the bodies begin to drop. As usual with any Patterson page turner, you can knock this book out in three hours or so, but its worth the read.

    Michael Bennett is Patterson’s best new character and perhaps he can put Alex Cross on the shelf for a while and concentrate on the new guy, but knowing James Patterson that is just not going to happen.

    James Patterson Dot Com

    “Kill Bin Laden” by Dalton Fury

    Posted in Books, History, NY Times with tags , , , , on April 19, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

    "Kill Bin Laden" by Dalton Fury

    I have been on a bit of  a reading binge as of late and I decided to take a break from Revolutionary War and Presidential history and go with something a bit more contemporary. Truth be told, the sole reason I purchased “KILL BIN LADEN” was the title, I mean how much more straight forward can you get?

    “Kill Bin Laden” is a Delta Force Commander’s account of the search for the World Most Wanted Man.

    If you are interested in the reason why after almost ten years since perhaps our nations greatest tragedy that the man ultimately responsible has never been killed or captured, then this book will do little to answer those questions. What “KILL BIN LADEN” does offer is a first hand look at the immediate months following the 9/11 attacks and the United States Special Forces efforts to Kill Bin Laden at the Battle of Tora Bora in Afghanistan.

    But we all know the end result here, Bin Laden escaped through the back door and into the wild mountain region on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. So what does this book really tell us? Well the author Dalton Fury (a high-ranking delta force commander) gives us an in-depth look at Delta Force and how they operate. Delta Force is the cream of the crop of special forces soldiers, the very best and elite killing machines our country has to offer and at the Battle of Tora Bora, they might not have captured or killed Bin Laden, but they certainly put a serious hurting on Al Qaeda and I am sure saved countless American lives in the process.

    The author tends to stay away from some of the political decisions made above his head that may or may not have led to Bin Laden escaping. Rather than place blame Fury spends the majority of the book singing the praises of his fellow Delta Force “Operators” and its pretty amazing how tough these guys are.

    When I think of DELTA FORCE I think of Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin from the 80’s action franchise and after reading “KILL BIN LADEN” it seems those movies might have actually been spot on.

    If you are interested in what might very well be considered the United States opening blow in the war on terror and more specifically the infamous DELTA FORCE, the book is worth  a read, but at the end of the day they did not KILL BIN LADEN….where is Chuck Norris when you need him???

    The PallBearers by Stephen J. Cannell

    Posted in Books with tags , , , on April 14, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

    The latest from A-Team and Rockford file creator Stephen J. Cannell as he follows LA hard luck detective Shane Scully on another adventure on the mean streets of Los Angeles.

    These books are an easy read and can be knocked out in like three hours, but they are good fun. In this installment Shane Scully investigates the murder of an old friend who was the overseer of his orphanage when he was a little kid.

    The book requires little more description, fun suspense, murder a few twists and some wild plot lines. Good for the beach this summer.

    Stephen J. Cannell dot com

    “GAME CHANGE” Read this book!

    Posted in Books, Politics, Print Media with tags , , on March 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

    The timing is interesting, but on the very same day that Congress passed sweeping health care reform, I completed “Game Change” which is a wonderful roadmap of the Obama journey and how we got where we are today.

    There is a reason that John Heilemann & Mark Halperin’s book “Game Change” is on the best-seller list, these two Washington journalists have delivered a page turning behind the scenes look at the historic adventure that was the Presidential campaign of 2008.

    Now I can certainly not predict the future, but I am something of a student of the past, with a passion for Presidential history,  So one does not have to go out on limb by saying America had never quite seen an election with so many huge stories and even larger implications for our country and the world. I am certain we will never see more a contested and fascinating Primary season as we  saw with President Obama & Secretary Clinton. An african american and woman battling for a year and half in what must already be the stuff of political legend. And if the rise of Obama and the fall and eventual resurrection of Hilary Clinton is not enough you had the truly meteoric rise of the one and only Sarah Palin , who was plucked from complete obscurity to become a rock star and massive liability to the Republican ticket all in the course of 4 weeks.

    This book tells the whole tale, and really sheds light on the fascinating  operations of Presidential campaigns. The authors were very smart because in this age of instant gratification, they wrote a very comprehensive and thorough history of what will surely be one of the most studied presidential campaigns and we are only one year into the presidency. Considering the depth of this book, its pretty remarkable they were able to release it so quickly.

    Even if you don’t fall under the political junkie title, this book is a great read, and quite frankly a lot of it does read like fiction because let’s be honest, John Edwards is in this book and anything to do with Edwards borders on fiction..(maybe even science fiction)

    There is some jaw dropping information on the selection process or lack therefore by the McCain campaign with their selection of Palin as a running mate, it is clear the nation dodged a bullet because that woman was barely qualified to be mayor of a small forest town in Alaska let alone to be next in line for the highest office of our land.

    “Game Change” is fun and wildly informative, the insider perspective from Heileman & Halperin is second to none.

    Read this book!

    “The Politician” by Andrew Young (Recap)

    Posted in Books, Politics, Print Media, Uncategorized with tags , , on February 25, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

    Where do I even start, I don’t recall ever reading a non fiction book and shaking my head in utter disbelief with every turn of the page. The scandal surrounding one time Presidential hopeful John Edwards is nothing short of COMPLETELY UNBELIEVABLE. Before I even get into my deeper thoughts on the subject all I can say is that it’s a MUST read. The media has simply not done the story justice , but really how could they? Nothing short of reading this story can describe to the public , as the New York Times’ Janet Maslin states “the sheer freakiness of Mr. Edward’s hubris, ambition and dishonesty”

    Let me begin by saying this, there are no heroes in this book, I dont feel bad for any of the players (with exception of the innocent child) who has a nut job for a mother and perhaps the KING of all dirt bags as a father. I pretty much think that they all have gotten what they deserve, if you read “The Politician” I believe you will agree.

    The person I really want to start with though is the author. Andrew Young, thank god you cashed out with a “tell all”, because after reading your book Andrew, I think you are a huge DOUCHER and simply not that bright. Oh and your wife is no genius either, she should have left you from jump street. Blind loyalty is not an admirable quality, particularly when you are dealing with and covering for a man who was trying to win our lands highest office. Not to get high and mighty but you both should be ashamed.

    But the story in a nutshell is just difficult to wrap your head around, in the book Mr. Young “Describes how he , hi wife Cheri; his children ; and Mr. Edwards pregnant girlfriend , Rielle Hunter , all moved in together, while Andrew Young allowed himself to be falsely named as the Baby’s father-to-be.” This adventure is as strange as science fiction.

    What kind of person would admit to having an affair and fathering a child, all in hopes of landing a job in the white house, assuming this candidate could even weather the scandal.  “Young joked that he would deliver the Edward’s groceries in hopes they would some day spend 16 years in the White House-during a vice presidency and a presidency”

    Andrew Young redefines the term FALL GUY.

    But if for no other reason read this book so you can see the “astonishing degree of either cynicism or delusional thinking on the part of John Edwards”

    America we dodged a bullet.

    I, Alex Cross

    Posted in Books, Print Media with tags , , on February 21, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

    I, Alex Cross

    I just finished the latest , well almost latest offering from James Patterson; I, Alex Cross. The next chapter in the never ending saga of Washington D.C. Detective Alex Cross.

    People say reading Patterson is a guilty pleasure, but I dont feel guilty as much as I feel like  I could literally read another book while reading a Patterson book, like literally at the same time, and still be able to follow the Patterson story perfectly.  He does not require your full attention, and that is really what makes Patterson work.

    But at the end of the day the truth is…. I am a CUSTOMER, if Patterson writes it, I seem to be buying it. To say that James Patterson is prolific is the understatement of the year. He puts out an average of 9 new books every year. Cmon 9 books in a year. I mean the print is huge and each chapter is only like three quarters of a page but one man can’t possibly write so much. And yet Mr. Patterson  continues to knock em out. He has three very real franchises within his repertoire; The Alex Cross Series, The Womens’ Murder Club , and now a series following NYC Detective Michael Bennett (father of ten).

    According to a great New York Times Article about Patterson and his publishing empire, he even writes one novel unrelated to any of his signature franchises for release during the summer months, always murder and suspense and  always a plotline that takes place near the beach. That is all James Patterson requires to write a novel, the beach!

    But again I can’t stop, and neither can most of my family. My guess is between my mother , my sister and myself, we each purchase at least one copy EACH for every one of James Pattersons’ releases. I was never strong in math, but at 9 releases a year, the Marcus family in 2009 bought 27 James Patterson hardcover books. And I am sure my dad was good for a Kindle download or two.

    Your welcome James, keep em coming!