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Mystery Books - James Patterson - Toys

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James Patterson, Neil McMahon
Little, Brown and Company 2011
400 pages

This reader is unfamiliar with Neil McMahon, however, if you have never read James Patterson s sci fi books, you will find Toys quite a departure from Patterson s Alex Cross mystery novels.

Toys is a well-written, exciting sci-fi action drama, with Patterson familiar, smart signature style.  However, Toys' futuristic theme and content may or may not appeal to fans who enjoy the contemporary mystery genre.

Toys takes place fifty years hence. The world is not the one we know. Humans are lesser beings living in squalor, desolation, and disease; on the brink of annihilation by the ruling class of hybrid Elites, who are exceptionally strong, beautiful, and intelligent; in essence, perfect. Elite Hays Baker has an enviable life: a prominent position, an equally stunning, successful wife, two beautiful children, and all the upper echelon perks, amenities and toys that anyone could desire.

All that is suddenly shattered when a dark secret is revealed and Hays Baker finds himself a hunted man in a life and death struggle and in alliance with the humans he once loathed.
Sometimes violent, bizarre, gruesome and disturbing, Toys is filled with fast, furious action, action, action. It grabs like a bear trap that will not let you go. It is frighteningly imaginative and completely unpredictable. It reads like a futuristic Ian Fleming novel.  (Take note of the bathtub scene and insert your favourite James Bond.) 

Toys would make a great action/adventure movie.

With its quirks and twists, Toys makes for a fast and interesting page-turner. If you enjoy sci-fi, and a no nonsense direct style, you will enjoy this James Patterson / Neil McMahon book

J Curran

Other James Patterson Reviews

Judge & Jury: Great mystery novel that keeps you interested all the way through.

Cross - An Alex Cross Novel: The latest Alex Cross mystery by James Patterson. Excellent except for the ending.

Step On A Crack: Excellent thriller. Easy read, hard to put down.

You've Been Warned James Patterson and Howard Roughan: Read the review and you've been warned.

Double Cross - An Alex Cross Mystery: a strong, addictive page turner. a mystery novel definitely worth the trip to the book store.

I, Alex Cross: This case hits close to home for Alex Cross

The Murder of King Tut - with Martin Dugard: Patterson's take on the subject will entertain most.

The Postcard Killers with Lisa Marklund: A very good mystery novel

Guilty Wives - Patterson & David Ellis: is an often intense, always interesting escape that is hard to put down

Private Berlin - Patterson and Mark Sullivan: Not for the faint of heart and described as “spectacularly violent”,

12th of Never - Women s Murder Club Mystery: Easily read over a two day period, 12th of Never is a Women s Murder Club mystery

Cross Justice - An Alex Cross Mystery: Cros goes home in a thriller that left me cross.

15th Affair - A Women s Murder Club Mystery: a gripping and exciting mystery from the start

Woman of God - with Maxine Paetro: It is Easter Sunday. Amidst great stirrings and controversy, a new pope is about to be chosen. The rumour is, she could be a woman.

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