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Sail by James Patterson
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Sail with Katherine Dunne and her family on a vacation designed to unite the family after the death of her husband. This gripping book keeps you wondering if the family will survive as things begin to go wrong.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Nov 1, 2016 |
Full of suspense. I read it in one sitting. ( )
  amyghilton | Jul 27, 2016 |
Not my favorite patterson, but still not a bad choice for some light reading ( )
  petrichor8 | Jun 6, 2016 |
Review: Sail by James Patterson.

This is another one of Patterson’s gripping page thrillers. It started out slow but it didn’t take long to sink in to all the adventure, family situations, before I knew I was at the end of the book. It’s a very fast read and entertaining with an ocean view of events. The story keeps getting intense and suspenseful as layers of issues are added and the characters are well developed and interesting with each one having their own little quirks.

It’s about Katherine, a wealthy Cardiologist who got married to Peter Carlyle, a successful egotistical lawyer. Her first husband and the father of her three children died unexpectedly four years earlier. Her children, Carrie, Mark and Ernie took it hard when their father died and hadn’t spent any real family time with their mother because she placed her grief embedded deep into her career. Now, her children were defiant, disagreed about everything, couldn’t stand to be around one another and they were getting older. One child smokes pot, one is bulimic and the youngest has no one to look up too so, he is lost and has no confidence.

Katherine decided and felt it was time to take her children on a family vacation on the family’s yacht, “The Dunne“, which is a huge sail boat to try to establish some unity and hopefully some friendliness along with bonding before it was to late, Katherine called it, “The Dysfunctional Dunne Family Vacation”. Her husband Peter agreed it was a great idea for her and the three kids to have some time together but little did she know the person she married. This vacation was planned months earlier and she made sure the boat was cleaned and everything fixed before their summer adventure and then she asked her late husbands brother Jake to be their Captain. She thought having Jake with them would help because all the kids loved their Uncle Jake.

The ocean adventure sets off from Labrador Island Marina in Rhode Island on a drizzling morning with an apprehensive family of delusion in the mist. Within the first week the boat broke a hose that kept the boat dry in the engine room. The creative Captain Jake crafted a way to get the pump running again as they drain buckets of water overboard as he worked below the water level in the room. After the dilemma they head on there way with a hesitant crew for two months of bonding. Uncle Jake tries to get some momentum going by chasing everyone on deck to throw them in the water for a swim. He manages to get them laughing and really does throw one at a time overboard. All the kids are in the water enjoying themselves and cheering Jake on to throw their mother over. Just as Uncle Jake catches Katherine and lifts her body up and over, she hit’s the water with an explosion…the explosion was on the boat with Uncle Jake still aboard….

As Katherine comes to in the water she realizes what has happened and starts yelling for the kids. One by one they find their way to their mother in the smoke and noticed Jake is not with them…Jake is finally located, badly burned but still alive and he barely can speak the words for them to locate the “Hail Mary Box”….When they finally understood what he meant they swam around to look for it among the floating debris of the boat. Carrie shouts she has found it so now they have some emergency supplies to work with and one of the objects is a inflatable life boat…..There is a lot more to the story which developers into a more thrilling adventure especially when a great shark is determined to have a fresh meal….I found the book exciting, but cut short on a couple of situations but impressive no matter. Plus, the reader can’t forget there is a greedy conniving husband back on dry land to deal with his obtrusive issues… ( )
  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Jednog dana porodica Dan je krenula na krstarenje,jedva su ostali zivi,njihov ocuh je pokusao da ih se rijesi sve u cilju da naslijedi njihov novac,zanimljiv krimi roman... ( )
  ceca78 | Apr 10, 2016 |
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The Dunne family – Manhattan heart surgeon Katherine (whose husband Stuart died in a mysterious diving accident in the presence of his mistress), her 18-year-old troubled, bulimic daughter Carrie, her 16-year-old ne’er-do-well stoner son Mark, her spunky, punchline-spouting 10-year-old son Ernie, and strapping Jake, Katherine’s former brother-in-law – go on a sailing trip in a last-ditch effort to knit their relationships back together. And it’s hardly an exaggeration to say you can guess the rest. 388 pages, 123 chapters, but that’s no lie: you can guess pretty much every single thing that happens for the rest of the book.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316018708, Hardcover)

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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The Dunnes have set off on a ten day boat trip, a trip that hopefully will bring them closer together, despite the fact that the father, Stuart is staying behind on land. But only an hour into the trip they're already falling apart. The teenage daughter plans to drown herself, and the teenage boy is high on drugs. Ten-year-old Ernie is near catatonic. But their mother Anne, with the help of her brother-in-law Jeff, is insistent on pulling everyone together, once and for all. Just when things start to take a turn for the better, disaster strikes. Stuart is left to pick up the pieces and find his family--but he is eager to start a brand new life. Maybe he's a little too eager.--From publisher description.… (more)

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