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If the main character of this story was an Irishman, it could well be called Blarney Harney. This boy has not only kissed the blarney stone he swallowed it whole !! It's not his worst effort, but not far off. The ending does pick up.and just about saves it. Another thing not going for it is Patterson trying to do comedy, nope it does not work. !!!!!.
A follow-on to the Red Book and Black Book novels, Escape has the same lead character as he tracks down (surprise!) murderers. Along the way, his character development gives us a bit more about Billy Harney and his interactions with his colleagues and a special lady. The story unfolds nicely and gets you reading "just one more chapter" early on. That's the kind of book Patterson excels at, and this is a nice addition to the series. I wish there were more ready to read...
We were introduced to Billy Harney Chicago PD in Black Book, Red Book and now Escape. To say you’re sorry when it ends is putting it mildly. James Patterson’s other series are good but this one stands out as my favourite. There was a perplexing capture which was explained and has left the door wide open for the next novel. Very much a continuing story to which I cannot wait for it to happen. Please get to work Mr Patterson and Mr Ellis.
This book is divided into eleven main sections, with a total of 121 chapters, and about 421 pages.
The story is is told chronologically, starting with a dramatic kidnapping that sets up some background events and motivation. The first section is “April 8”, which has seven chapters. The next section is “Monday: Five Weeks Later: May”; which covers the next six chapters. Then the rest of the parts are just titled by the day of the week: “Tuesday” has nine more chapters, then “Wednesday” with eight more chapters, etc.
There is a ton of high-stakes action and drama at the beginning of the book, as heroic Detective Billy Harney has extra personal motivation to catch a particularly bad criminal. Then the action slows down a bit, as new characters are added to the story and a deeper plot unfolds. We get pieces and details from different character's perspectives, and soon the story goes in some unexpected directions. It is a pretty long book, but the short chapters and good pacing made it seem to go by pretty quickly.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I was not familiar with the Billy Harney character, as I had not read his other stories, but I didn't have any trouble following the plot. So at least it doesn't seem like you need to read the other books first. I didn't feel like this was the most mind-blowing story ever, but it was constantly compelling enough to keep me turning the pages. The characters seem pretty believable, (even if sometimes a little cliché); and the situations that Patterson sets up always kept me curious about how they would be resolved. The ending didn't go exactly how I thought it might, but it was still satisfying enough for me. So all in all, even though I wouldn't say that it is my favorite thriller this year, any book this long that I can't put down until I finish it must be pretty good. 4.5 / 5