Spencer’s Corner~The Dangerous Days Of Daniel X

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Daniel X
Synopsis: He was born with great power
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 X has that power.

And a deadly secret
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 doesn’t have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond anyone’s imagining.

Now the fate of the world rests on Daniel X
From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before 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 is closing in on the killer.

Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father’s mission – and to take vengeance in the process.

Review: I have never understood all the hype around James Patterson. I don’t think he is an amzing author and I find that there are so many better authors out there that I would rather read. Maybe it is just me but I just never really get into his books. This book follows Daniel X as he hunts down aliens since he is an alien hunter. I thought the concept of this book was very interesting. I really like the idea of an alien hunter however the writing was just not what I was looking for. The book was a very fast read mostly because he didn’t use about hlaf of the pages in the book because he does like 2-4 page chapters and then wastes about half the page on the Chapter marker and the end of a chapter. I thought the storyline was sort of bland and only people who haven’t read a lot of sci-fi books would find interesting. The characters in the book aren’t rememberable and I forgot most of their names while reading. Overall this book was incredibly mediocre. I was expecting a lot more from a New Yorks Times Best Selling Author. Guess next time I see that title I won’t expect much. This will probably be the last James Patterson book I will read since I didn’t really enjoy the other two books I have read from him. I would recommend this book to middle grade kids who haven’t read much sci-fi. I would give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

About the Author: The subject of a Time magazine feature called, “The Man Who Can’t Miss,” James Patterson is the bestselling author of the past year, bar none, with more than 16 million books sold in North America alone. In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. In the past three years, James has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James’s books have sold an estimated 220 million copies worldwide. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he’s accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (63 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.

From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways to spread the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His first foray into books for all ages was the critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series, which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists ninety-four cumulative times, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with the Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop the New York Times bestsellers list.

Patterson is the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted “Along Came a Spider” and “Kiss the Girls,” starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the other members of the Women’s Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted. He has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track, including the upcoming Maximum Ride movie forthcoming from Avi Arad, the producer of X-Men and Spiderman.

He is the author of novels—from The Thomas Berryman Number (1976) to Honeymoon (2005)—that have won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader’s Digest Reader’s Choice Award. And, he has won a Children’s Choice Book Council’s Children’s Choice Awards “Author of the Year” award (2010).

One of Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show “The Simpsons” in March, 2007.

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