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The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (Daniel X, Bk 1)
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X - Daniel X, Bk 1 Author:Michael Ledwidge, James Patterson The greatest superpower of all isn't to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells -- the greatest power is the power to create. — Daniel has that power. — Daniel's secret abilities -- like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses -- have helped him survive. But Daniel... more » doesn't have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond what anyone could imagine.
From the day that his parents were brutally murdered in front of his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List bequeathed to him in his parents' dying breath, he has located the killer.
Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father's mission -- and to have vengeance in the process.« less
This book is written in classic Patterson style ... short chapters that leave you hanging and NEEDING to read the next one. (Or as I like to call it ... "I'll read just one more chapter until before you know it, there are no more left to read") I read this book in just a few hours and I really liked it. It IS geared more toward Young Adults though, like the Maximum Ride series. Patterson has already made it known that this will be his new series, as at the end of this book he gives you sneak peeks at the next two in the series ... which also leave you wanting MORE and RIGHT NOW!!
I know that Patterson has been getting a lot of grief as of late for his writing style, but he is indeed an exceptional and talented writer and he is still my favourite author, and I like the fact that he is able to write for adults, teens and even children. Not many authors have that ability ...
I've read the Maximum Ride trilogy, but nothing else by this author until I picked this book up at the library. It was different than most books I've read, and definitely a read-in-one-sitting book. I really liked it. Exciting, non-stop action... Almost as good as Maximum Ride. ;-) Recommended!
What drew me to this book was its premise ("good" alien with special powers/intelligence hunting down the "Most Wanted" of the alien world - those villains who have nothing but violence, death and destruction on their minds), and although I didn't think the book as a whole was stellar, I still feel the idea is interesting enough; I just feel it wasn't developed much. The plot felt shallow and a bit TOO comedic, and I just didn't find myself able to get involved in the book much. I guessed long before it was revealed what was going to happen, which isn't always bad - but it is if the characters are weak (think of the roughest Disney character pencil sketchings, where they are only outlines, without any color or sometimes without noses or facial expressions - these characters are like that). I think these characters could be developed into very enjoyable/likable/interesting people. There are hints at who they are (there is one point in the story where Daniel is telling his sister a rather painful fact, and this telling and reactions from his family made me FEEL something, which is what I wanted to do more of), which I cheered and hunted hard to find but was not very successful. On a positive note, I found the way Daniel "gets into" Seth's head (#6 on the Most Wanted List) to be very clever; the book is not completely without imagination ... it was just a bit too sketchy (malnourished) for my taste.
I got this book for my 12 year old son. We actually both ended up reading it - it was like Men in Black without agents "J" and "K". We both thoroughly enjoyed it and I was especially pleased because he has resisted reading so much and this one he actually raced through. He is now reading the second one in the series - I can only hope it continues as well as the first.
If this was the 1st book I had read rom James Patterson - it would have been the LAST.
It does not fit in any catagory that true Patterson fans might expect. It is a science fiction (poorly written) story fit for pre-teens. Daniel is an alien sent to earth to kill other aliens that are intent o harming earth. A PATTERSON BOOK TO AVOID.