closing date: 7 Dec 2012
MAKE CHRISTMAS EXTRA SPECIAL WITH JAMES PATTERSON
James Patterson's bestselling books tick all the boxes for Christmas 2012 - with a selection of his very best reads available from as little as £7.99 they make the perfect stocking filler!
One of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time, James Patterson's novels have sold in excess of 260 million copies worldwide, with over 13 million sold in the UK alone. He has penned some of the most popular series of the past decade including; Private, I, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club and Alex Cross - whose adventures have been adapted for the big screen on three occasions.
He also now also writes for younger readers and has seen much success with Maximum Ride and Middle School series.
Whether you are looking to buy for action and thriller buffs, fans of crime books, want to relive the thrill of the Olympics or get your children reading, James Patterson offers the perfect gift idea for all.
MERRY CHRISTMAS ALEX CROSS
It's Christmas Eve in Washington DC, Detective Alex Cross is at home with his family decorating the tree and enjoying a Cross family tradition, a big bowl of egg nog, when he receives a phone call that causes the festivities to be put on hold. Across town in a mansion house, Henry Fowler, a hard-nosed corporate lawyer turned small-time drug hustler, is holding his children, his ex-wife, her new husband and a neighbour at gun point.
High on crystal meth and heavily armed, Fowler is refusing to speak with the negotiator. As an expert in hostage situations, Alex has been called in to try and save a potential massacre. But with Fowler crazed and irrational, will Alex be able to save the lives of these hostages, as well as come out alive himself?
At the same time, international terrorist Hala al Dossari has been planning a devastating attack to strike at the heart of the Western world on the most important day of the year - Christmas Day.
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KILL ALEX CROSS
Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene of the biggest case he's ever been part of. The President's son and daughter have been abducted from their school - an impossible crime, but somehow the kidnapper has done it. Alex does everything he can but is shunted to the fringes of the investigation. Someone powerful doesn't want Cross too close.
With each hour that passes, the chance of finding the children alive diminishes. In an emotional private meeting, the First Lady asks Alex to please save her kids. But even the highest security clearance doesn't get him any closer to the kidnapper - and Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes in.
A deadly contagion in the DC water supply threatens to cripple the capital, and Alex sees the looming shape of the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. He is already working flat-out on the abduction, and this massive assault pushes Cross completely over the edge.
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When an all-star cast of Hollywood's stars and executives arrive in New York for a film festival, NYPD Red is put on high alert. On the festival's first day, a world-famous producer is poisoned at his power breakfast and NYPD Red moves into action. Detective Zach Jordan and his new partner Detective Kylie MacDonald - who is also his ex-girlfriend - catch the case. Before the day is over, they have two more wildly theatrical killings, two more dead stars and a city erupting into complete chaos.
The killer has every murder and every escape planned down to the last detail - and he's scripted the most explosive finale ever.
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July 2012: The Games have arrived in London. Preparations have gone flawlessly and the stage is set for one of the greatest ever showcases of sporting excellence. But one man has a devastating plan. Having waited years for this chance, he is now ready for vengeance. When Sir Denton Marshall, a key member of the London Olympic organising committee, is found decapitated in his garden, Peter Knight, head of Private London, is called to the scene. Private are working with the organising committee on the security for the Games, so Denton Marshall was a valuable client. But there is a more personal link: Marshall was also the fiance of Knight's mother.
Having only recently lost close friends and colleagues at Private London in a fatal plane crash, this is another torturous blow for Knight and threatens to push him over the edge. But it soon becomes clear that Denton Marshall's murder is no isolated incident, and that the killer's number one target is the Games itself. Knight knows he must find Sir Denton's killer. Thousands of lives are at stake...
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Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest stand-up comedian even if he always seems to 'choke' in the spotlight. When Jamie finds out about a contest called the Funniest Kid on the Planet, he knows it's time to face his fears and enter.
But are the judges rewarding him out of pity because he happens to be in a wheelchair, like his bullying cousin Stevie suggests? And will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past - and reason for his disability - instead of hiding behind his comedy act? In this highly illustrated book that's as heartfelt as it is hilarious, James Patterson dishes out heaps of jokes that will have readers rolling on the floor and cheering for more.
This book is perfect for aspiring comedians and mischievous children.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL: GET ME OUT OF HERE!
After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks he has it made in seventh grade. He's been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a math-and-history-free fun zone. Wrong! It's more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art. His method? Operation: Get a Life! Anything he's never done before, he's going to do it, from learning to play poker to going to a modern art museum. But when his newest mission uncovers secrets about the family Rafe's never known, he has to decide if he's ready to have his world turned upside down.
James Patterson's winning follow-up to Sunday Times top ten bestseller Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is another riotous and heart-warming story about living large and includes over 100 brilliant illustrations.
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