About the book:
James Patterson's bestselling Maximum Ride series is back, with Max and the gang as The Protectors. Someone--or something--is decimating ships and sea life off Hawaii's coast, and Max and her flock find themselves sucked into the Navy's top-secret investigation of the catastrophe. Their objective: Rescue Max's activist mom from a wicked subterranean enemy. The hitch: They must dive deep into dark waters, where gruesome evil dwells... and for high-flying Maximum Ride, could there be anything more terrifying than being trapped in the great abyss? This soaring new adventure takes Maximum Ride and the Flock into terrifying new territory--fans, hold your breath!
About James Patterson
James Patterson, dubbed "the man who can't miss" by Time magazine:
Holds the New York Times bestsellers list record* with 39 New York Times bestselling titles overall.
Is responsible for one out of every fifteen hardcover novels sold in 2007. In 2007, an estimated 16 million James Patterson books were sold in the United States alone–more than John Grisham and Stephen King sold, combined, and more books than there are people subscribing to satellite radio.
Has sold more than 150 million books worldwide. And considering pass-along and libraries, it's safe to say many more people than that have read a Patterson!
Has had 19 CONSECUTIVE #1 New York Times hardcover bestselling novels.
Is the only author to occupy the #1 slot on the New York Times Adult Fiction and Children's Chapter Book bestsellers lists SIMULTANEOUSLY! Patterson is also the only author to have THREE simultaneous HARDCOVER bestsellers on the New York Times Adult Fiction and Children's Chapter Book bestsellers lists! Patterson has occupied a slot on every single fiction bestsellers list the New York Times prints–and on the hardcover nonfiction list too.
MAXIMUM RIDE, Patterson's first ever Young Adult novel, spent 12 straight weeks at #1 on the New York Times Chapter Book bestsellers list and, as a series, has now spent more than 60 weeks on New York Times bestseller lists. MAXIMUM RIDE was an American Library Association 2005 "Teens Top Ten" pick and was a London Times "Book of the Week" selection and a Book Sense 2007 Children's Pick.
Has created the top two bestselling detective series of the past decade. Patterson's Alex Cross series, including Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, is the top selling US detective series in the last twelve years. The next bestselling detective series also belongs to Patterson–the Women's Murder Club series, including, 1st to Die, 2nd Chance, 3rd Degree, and 4th of July. And, in 2007, he launched his 3rd #1 bestselling series with Step on a Crack, featuring New York City policed detective Michael Bennett.
Is the first author ever to be a Harvard Business School case study. The Harvard Business School is renowned for its rigorous case study teaching methodology, and Patterson's publishing world successes are being taught in a graduate-level course to the best and the brightest future corporate leaders.
Is America's best-loved storyteller across multiple genres. Patterson is the only novelist to have #1 bestsellers in the categories of suspense, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction. He also created santaKid, a successful 2004 classic in children's fiction; Maximum Ride, #1 best selling novel for readers of all ages, as well as bestselling non-fiction titles, The Day America Told the Truth, and a sports title, Miracle on the 17th Green, 1996.
Is HOT in Hollywood! James Patterson's Women's Murder Club book series became a new television series for ABC in October, 2007. The show, a hit amongst critics and fans alike, stars Angie Harmon as detective Lindsay Boxer. Also, Spiderman and X-Men producer Avi Arad is at work on the screenplay for a feature film based on Patterson's Maximum Ride series!
Has spent more than 150 straight weeks on the USA Today 150 list of overall top-selling books in all categories and formats–longer than Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Danielle Steel or John Grisham.
Was the nationwide winner of the Readers' Digest Readers' Choice Award in 2004. He is also the first-ever author to receive the Bookspan endorsement International Thriller of the Year for Honeymoon, 2005. He won the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year award for The Big Bad Wolf in 2003, and his first attempt at a novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery, the most prestigious mystery award there is, in 1976. He also won the International Thriller Writer's ThrillerMaster Award in 2007.
Is the founder of the James Patterson PageTurner Awards which, for three years running, has given away cash prizes totaling more than $600,000 to groups and individuals who do outstanding work to spread the fun and excitement of books and reading. Patterson is also on the board of the charitable organization First Book whose mission is to get the first book in the hands of underserved youth and has donated thousands of books to troops overseas.
Is the "most borrowed" author in the UK! Patterson's popularity grows in the United Kingdom, where his books were checked out over 1.5 million times in 12 months. This, in an otherwise declining book borrowing market.
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