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Author: James Patterson, Howard Roughan
THE SIZZLING #1 BESTSELLER#1 New York Times — #1 Chicago Tribune — #1 Washington Post — #1 Wall Street Journal — #1 USA Today — #1 Newsday — America's #1 bestselling thriller writer, James Patterson presents his most suspenseful, explosive tale ever. Only an hour out of port, the Dunne family's summer getaway to paradise is already turning in...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446536103
ISBN-10: 0446536105
Publication Date: 5/1/2009
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 437 ratings
Publisher: Vision
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
Book Description Bit:

Since the death of her husband, Anne Dunne and her three children have struggled in every way. In a last ditch effort to save the family, Anne plans an elaborate sailing vacation to bring everyone together once again. But only an hour out of port, everything is going wrong. The teenage daughter, Carrie, is planning to drown herself. The teenage son, Mark, is high on drugs and ten-year-old Ernie is nearly catatonic. This is the worst vacation ever.

Anne manages to pull things together bit by bit, but just as they begin feeling like a family again, something catastrophic happens. Survival may be the least of their concerns.

Written with the blistering pace and shocking twists that only James Patterson can master, SAIL takes "Lost" and "Survivor" to a new level of terror.

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WOW!! Yet another hit novel!! Read it one day because I literally could not put it down ... kept saying, Oh I have to read just one more chapter and before I knew it, there were no more!! The plot and cast of characters just sucks you in from page one and never lets you go, with twists and turns at every corner. This is classic Patterson ...
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Helpful Score: 9
Actually, the woman's name is Dr. Katherine Dunne. This IS a one-day read, mostly because a person is brought into the action right away. Well written, and although it's only 308 pages, the print isn't as large as it has been on a couple of recent novels by Patterson. And you don't really know how it ends until . . . the end.
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Helpful Score: 7
I loved this book. The tone changes from character to character so it really works having the dual authorship. Plenty of adventure, plenty of intrigue. Katherine Dunne plans a long sailing trip to try to get her children closer to her; stoner Mark, bulimic Carie, and 10 year old Ernie who sees the world through the eyes of a 30 year old. Good entertainment.
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Helpful Score: 6
This is one of the worst books Patterson has ever written. Every chapter is 1-1/2 to 2 pages long, ends in some kind of cliffhanger, and, while the basic plot is pretty good, the story and the people in it are terrible. Patterson overuses exclamation points (i.e., She saw a snake! It was headed right for her! She had nowhere to go!) and the book reads as though it is aimed at a 10-year-old reading level. It appears to be a formulaic book he dashed off in a week, and I wish I had never wasted a credit on it.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is truly a 5 star book.***** I couldn't put it down. "Just one more chapter, just ONE more chapter." I started it on Monday night and finished it Tuesday afternoon. If you read the earlier reviews, you know the plot. Peter, Katherine's husband and her children's step father, not only sabotaged the "sail" by trying to commit murder on the high seas, he was a cheat as well. Lots of twists and turns in this book and the action was fast paced. Get ready for the surprise ending. For those who have abandoned Patterson, because some of his more recent books just haven't measured up, now is the time to rediscover this author. Read it! You will not be disappointed.
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The only thing that ever bothers me about James Patterson's writing is the many many short chapters. No matter how many pages the book has, there are always over 100 chapters. It kind of makes for choppy reading. That said, I must confess to loving this book!

Heart surgeon Kathryn Dunne has lost her husband and her kids are spoiled and emotionally distant but you can't really blame them as Kathryn's medical practice seems to mean more than her family. In an effort to bring the family together again, very rich Kathryn takes 2 months off work for a family vacation aboard their very large sailboat (read yacht). Her brother-in-law Jake plays captain and Kari, Mark and Ernie are along for the ride. Everyone is distant and doing their own thing...until the boat starts taking on lots of water. Then the action kicks up a notch and everyone slowly pulls together and you see a real family fighting for their lives.

I liked everyone though the kids originally got on my nerves with their spoiled behavior. That behavior changed real fast once the trouble started. I didn't like Peter from the very beginning thinking he was too smooth and rather smarmy. Well I guess I have to make one change to my original statement, actually there were two things that bothered me about this book. The second one was the gratuitous sex and dirty sex talk. It just wasn't needed as saying someone was having an affair would have been sufficient (or saying they went to a hotel but leaving out the details, yeah that would have worked too). It was just a strange shift from the Dunne's fighting for their lives and the ridiculous sex scenes. I thought it was suspenseful enough and the surprises were expected but not entirely. I mean you knew something was going to go wrong but what actually happened was mostly a surprise. All in all I enjoyed Sail and must say that I wanted to kick Peter in the balls too. Good for you Ernie!
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I enjoyed this book.would reccomend to others.
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A very good book. One of Patterson's best. A family who has forgotten what family means relearns what family is all about--the hard way! Excellent reading!

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Kathryn Dunne (Primary Character)
Peter Carlyle (Primary Character)
Ernie Dunne (Major Character)
Kari Dunne (Major Character)
Mark Dunne (Major Character)