New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons--the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police's fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.
Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad-boy. Shocked and shaken, he doesn't realize that he's accidentally captured a key piece of evidence. Ensnared in the city's most sensational crime in years, Nick investigates for a story of his own. Back off--or die--is the clear message as he closes in on the facts. Heedless, and perhaps in love, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of flourish only James Patterson knows.
Better than most of JP's more recent novels
By I Like Cheese on Aug 09, 2010
Just recently I have seriously gone off James Patterson (an author that I have stuck by for nearly 15 years, buying every book he releases) especially when he brings out garbage like "Private" (I can't believe this has been picked up for a sequel next year!) and the truly disappointing "Worst Case" (the previous 2 Bennett novels were great, this was very "Meh!") but I though I'd give him the benefit of the doubt just one last time and gave "Don't Blink" a try. Thankfully this was actually pretty good. The story was one of his fastest and most exciting that I can remember for a long while. The characters were not too bad (well, a considerable amount more likeable than the ones from "Private") and it did have quite a bit of action and suspense. It can be quite graphic and gory in parts that reminded me of some of his earlier books like "Hide & Seek". The book was far from perfect though. For a start it felt like this was written for teenagers, being extremely simply written with poor dialogue and reminders of everything thats happened every couple of pages. Then there's the celebrity name-dropping all the time - I'm not sure why he keeps doing this but just lately all of Patterson's books are just littered with them and it really annoys me. Finally it is a little predictable - if you've read even just a handful of his other novels then you'll easily see what's coming next all the way through. At the end of the day this is a Summer read. It doesn't claim to be clever or complicated and it isn't - it's just a fun to read book that can just be enjoyed and then forgotten about. If you've got a spare few hours and fancy a quick read that doesn't require much concentration or thought, then I recommend this is to you.
Go Ahead. Blink. Close Your Eyes. Look Away.
By C.wallace on Oct 01, 2010
I just watched the interview that Amazon has with co-author James Patterson regarding this book. Patterson indicates that it's about a struggle between the Italian Mafia and the Russian Mafia. In fact, the book scarcely mentions the Russian Mafia. The involvement of the Russians is very peripheral to the central plot. I must assume that authors Patterson and Howard Roughan hope readers will identify with the main character, Nick Daniels, self-obsessed and totally uninspiring journalist. But I found virtually no character development for him. He's just there. (He's everywhere.) I never had any interest in his fate. I (can't believe I) read the whole thing. Underscore whole. Something about eyeballs on the table. Other eyeballs on the floor. A romance that is not romantic. There are unfortunate police officers who are carelessly tossed about as the book lurches to the merciful final page, 370. As for the conclusion, it's one of the most contrived pieces of melodrama that I have ever encountered in any medium. I can only recommend that you spend your time and hard-earned money elsewhere.
Meaningless book further dilutes Patterson's brand
By Bill Garrison on Oct 29, 2010
DON'T BLINK is another meaningless book from James Patterson and some other person that actually writes the novel. While meaningless, it isn't horrible...I take that back...It doesn't start horrible. But, by the end, I couldn't wait for it to be over. As I listened to this supposed "mafia" thriller, I could see where Patterson populated the scenes with "by-the-numbers" plot points and scenes. Action Scene? Check? Character conflict? Check. Nick Daniels, a reporter for Citizen magazine, is meeting ex-New York Yankee pitcher Duane Robinson at Lombardo's Steak House when the man next to them is brutally murdered. It was a mob hit, and Nick may own the key to who the murderer was and why. That's the basic plot. There's the love triangle with his boss Courtney and her fiance. There are the squabbles with local law enforcement and politicians. And then there are the mafia guys. As soon as the second one was introduced, I could tell none of them apart. The novel is really about Nick, with mob characters appearing in an occasional and stereotypcal fashion. They all have knicknames and all say the same lines we've heard in all the movies. Nick is just a standard guy who isn't bothered when people around him start dropping like flies. But wait, he's a caring guy, as witnessed by the random scene of him taking his blind neice to a Yankee game, or the throwaway line about both parents dying from lung cancer after a life of smoking. Of course, the neice shows up later in the very unclimactic climax. The Cross books are good, and the Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett books are decent. But, Patterson's stand alone efforts have been horrible lately. Part of being a good author is having an identity. What are you known for? What are you good at? By trying to write a novel for every genre, Patterson is turning out to be good at none of them.
DON'T waste your time!
By James on Oct 16, 2010
I have read most of Mr. Pattersons books and enjoyed the Alex Cross and Michael Bennet series, but my guess is that he did NOT actually write this book. I also tried the audio book and was again disapointed. His other audio books especially I, Alex Cross has great production values (Supsense music, sound effects etc) The narrator is very mono-tone and actually sounds bored. I assume it was probablly written by the co-author and Mr. Paterson was an editor or added some minor elements.
You've GOT to be kidding
By Black Jack Shellac on Oct 21, 2010
Perhaps the most lumbering and predictable book ever to bear the Patterson imprimatur, "Don't Blink" is filled with smug, shallow characters; absurd plotting; and a reveal that won't come as a surprise to anyone with half a brain or even a passing familiarity with Patterson's work. There's not nearly enough story to flesh out 384 pages, and the ending is straight out of "Scooby-Doo" ("I'd have gotten away with it, if it weren't for that pesky reporter!"). Though it starts with a mildly intriguing premise, it just gets more ludicrous and violent as it goes along. Blecch.
Great book, but whats up with you Kindle bashers?
By Will Redway on Oct 06, 2010
Wow, lots of bitter Kindle folks here, huh? Please stop whining about the kindle price in a place that is meant for book reviews. If the kindle price is too high, then buy the paper book. Capitalism works,people, move on. Now to the matter at heart - the book - loved it. It does everything a Patterson book is supposed to do - amuse, titillate, scare, little bit of gross out, and a twist. He rarely disappoints, and this one I'd put in his top 10. Hot chicks, mafia, a good lead character surrounded by modern media metaphors....its the cheesecake of literary desserts. Uncomplicated and rich. Not expensive....rich.
By Sterljoy on Oct 16, 2010
I have always consider myself a James Patterson fan, he is my #1 author, so it pains me to write this review. This book is so boring, it does not grab my attention, the story plot sucks and its hard to stay awake while reading this book. I usually finish a James Patterson book between 24 hours to 3days. After day 4, i gave up at chapter 42. Boring, Boring, Boring.
By Amazon Customer on Oct 12, 2010
i really hope mr patterson reads these reviews because they r honest and truthful. Will the real Mr Patterson please write something worth reading And amazon we WILL go back to readimg paper if these prices continue So you lower the pric eof the device but raise the price of the book. not good customer retention marketing.
By D. Spooner on Oct 17, 2010
I started with the "free" Kindle edition, a quote-book-unquote. That was annoying enough for me - not a book but the first chapter (shills) - getting what was advertised as a 'first book', then realizing it was no such thing. The story though, with a totally unrelated/irrelevant opener (do-gooder journalist runs from gunfire in the wilderness of a foreign country), a first-person narrative presenting yawn after yawn (could this guy get any more boring?), and unremarkable/hackneyed satellite characters, left me not only NOT wanting more, but wondering how on earth Patterson was persuaded to put his name on this. THAT is the real mystery. Two words sum this 'book' up: Don't bother.
"We were eye to eye and the other fellow just blinked." Dean Rusk
By Michael A. Draper on Jan 26, 2011
As I read this novel I expected the flash words from old Batman and Robin comic book, POW, SMACK, UGGH. Bruno Torenzi kills attorney Vincent Marcozza at a famous New York steakhouse. His method is by cutting out Marcocca's eyes. Tornezi then shoots two New York Police officers who already had their guns out. At a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels was about to interview fallen New York Yankee, Dwayne Robinson who was going to set the record straight about his drug use. Nick knows that Marcozza was a longtime lawyer for Eddie "The Prince' Pinero. The word is that Pinero ordered the hit when Marcozza failed to get him off on a loansharking charge which resulted in a prison sentence. BANG! Nick takes his evidence to the district attorney, David Soren, who is also the fiance of Nick's ex-girlfriend. SMACK! Things happen in machine gun fashion. Torenzi celebrates with a prostitute who, along with her two Russian brothers, tries to rob him. Tornezi isn't a hit man for nothing and turns the tables. BANG! BANG! There are the usual colorful descriptions as police "barked" and killers have "twisted grins" and a detective tells a nervous Nick, concerning turning in the evidence, Eddie Pinero is "sick and twisted and kills with little provocation and less remorse." However, the detective didn't think that Nick had anything to worry about. CURPOW! The book jacket portrays the novel as an all out war between the Russian Mafia and the Italian Mafia. However, the Russian Mafia only make two brief appearances and their significance to the novel is almost nothing. OOPS! The novel is stimulating and the plot moves along swiftly as we follow Nick bungle his way into solving the mystery.WHACK!