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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 drugsSince 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....

Title : Sail
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ISBN : 9780316018708
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 388 Pages
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Sail Reviews

  • Barakiel
    2018-12-08 22:26

    Here's some advice: Read a really bad book before you pick up this one.I quit at chapter 60. Why are the chapters only 2 pages long? Why are most of the paragraphs only 2 sentences long? Why is everyone beautiful and a millionaire? Why is the 45 yr old mother/heart surgeon so immature and stupid? How accurate are the medical situations in this book? (Isn't a tourniquet a LAST resort because you can lose your friggin LEG?!) Why is there no depth in this book? Why are problems solved so quickly and without much ado? I mean, I'm a very impatient person and I love short clipped sentences and sometimes I can appreciate a startlingly short chapter if it's done for effect. But this just felt rushed all the way, like whoever wrote it had soooo many ideas they had to get it all out at once, all on top of one another. Here's an idea: Put in less content and make the content that actually is there MEANINGFUL to the reader. After 60 chapters (what, 120pages?) I couldn't care less about anybody.I hate quitting books, I really do. But when during every chapter - that is, every second page - you think "WTH is this crap?" it's probably best to put it down.

  • Suzanne
    2018-11-15 21:18

    3.0-3.5*Not bad. I liked it but certainly not my favorite James Patterson co-written book. I was drawn to the book because of the lost at sea aspect; a scenario that is terrifying! The mixture of a murder plot and scandalous relationships really added to the plot. I did not connect with the characters and found the story a bit predictable. I am not one that is going to complain about the typical shark scene of being lost at sea because, well, honestly as a reader I was waiting for it. The snake scene I’m just indifferent about. My quick and simple overall: a quick read that only takes about 5 hours to read, with enough entertainment to keep a reader interested but not the best Patterson co-written book by any means.

  • Matt
    2018-12-03 17:17

    This may be the stupidest book I have ever read. I ran to the library before our vacation to get some books to read at the beach. This book says on the back something like "may be the perfect book to read at the beach" so I checked it out. I haven't read any other books by this guy so I don't know if it is normal for him to write like this or not. I was in the mood for something sort of mindlessly entertaining but I wasn't expecting something designed for the absolutely lowest common denominator that is still capable of reading. It is really a shame that this guy makes money from writing this trash. (It wasn't particularly profane or graphic, it was just really dumb)

  • Deej Greenwood
    2018-12-04 16:03

    "I'MMA KILLMYSELF! WE'RE SINKING! BOOM! HOMIGOD A SHARK! SNAAAAAAAKES! Oh and throw a ghost in for good measure." There, now you don't really have to read this drivel! I've never read a James Patterson book before and I don't think I'll read a second. It reads like a goosebumps book* that he had to pepper with "adult themes" Y'know because adults cheat on everyone all the time. It's also dreadfully dull, probably because each obstacle was so easily over come that more had to appear, to just offset the tedious monotony. There's no tension at all, none. It's like "OH NO A SHARK! oh you killed it already? Ok now what?" And it's like that through the entire book. It's a bad book, I wish I could rate it minus stars! But actually, it's so bad you have to read it. Just drink a lot before hand, for yourself.OH! One more thing, was it really necessary to have 125 chapters? I mean most of them are 2 pages long, you might get the odd 4-5 page chapter. Also the font has to be at least size 16. All in all it made me feel like The Family Dunne; A bad metaphore sailing through an ocean of sh*te.

  • Wendy
    2018-12-09 23:22

    I must say that I'm stumped by the rave reviews on this one. I guess I’m squarely in the camp of the reviewers who found this book to be predictable, with a flimsy plot and even flimsier characters. The only thing that kept me reading on was that each “chapter” was only 1-2 pages long. At some point, it was entertaining to see how bad the writing could get. Apparently, there’s nothing that a big name author with a big marketing budget and a nice cover can’t overcome. There were no unexpected plot twists, no shockers, and really no suspense. This is throw-away fiction at its best (or worst, depending on how you look at it). I think James Patterson would do himself a favor to stop putting his name on these “co-writes” and I think it discredits some of his earlier and much betters solo work.I found the frequent references to pop culture, celebrities, and brand names to be a lazy convention, allowing the author to “describe” without having to actually go to the effort of crafting any actual description. To say that one character collects watches like Paris Hilton collects shoes, or to describe another as “George Clooney in khakis and docksiders” just smacks of lazy, shortcut writing. There were a few references to people and things that I was not familiar with, rendering the description useless. Characters acted in ways that were really unbelievable or completely stereotypical. Stereotypes were in full force, with the angst-ridden pot-smoking teen, the anorexic, suicidal teen, the precocious and loveable tween, the workaholic surgeon mother, the happy-go-lucky black sheep uncle, the scumbag attorney, the dedicated detective who goes rogue to continue an investigation against her boss’s orders, and the mercenary ex-CIA operative. Give me one big, huge break here.If you’re looking for a book that doesn’t tax your brain (or even engage it), that reads fast thanks to the itty bitty chapters, and that you will forget as soon as you close it, this is the book for you.

  • James
    2018-11-25 18:28

    The lure of the airport bookshelf with signs extolling the wonders of Mr. Patterson's writing, the accolades heaped upon the book, etc. I should have known. Luckily I took some other books with me on holiday. I soldiered on, hoping it would get better, but it felt like wasted time.I didn't connect with any of the characters, they seemed very two-dimensional. The plot didn't either grab or surprise me either. Sadly as my first James Patterson, I'm not inclined to try any others. In fact, a book I hated so much that I left my copy in Croatia - I never get rid of books...

  • Susan Barrett
    2018-11-13 18:29

    This was a real good story and had a great ending...I am so glad he left out all that gory stuff, kept me on the edge of my seat. Don't know if I will be getting on a sailboat for a vacation any time soon!!Patterson has won me back after this book...Susan

  • Kaila
    2018-11-11 21:10

    Sad to say, but I only made it about 45 pages into this book before I decided to move it along unread. The story sounded like it might be on shaky ground to begin with but I had heard such great things about the author that I was determined to give it a fair shot.The story goes that a family that has recently fallen apart since the death of the father that acted as the linchpin takes a vacation on the very boat that was the scene of the father's death. Mom, who is a workaholic heart surgeon, is determined that the forced family vacation is the only way that she can hold her family together. This is the shaky ground that I mentioned earlier. Now that the mother is the figurehead of the family she decides it is time to spend some time with her children, all of whom are falling apart in one way or another. Within the first forty-five pages the oldest child attempts to commit suicide, the oldest boy gets high, we learn the brother-in-law is in love with the mother and always has been, the boat begins to sink and there is a hired killer after them the minute they leave the dock. I just did not buy it and I could not get into it. On top of all of this, the novel switches from a third person omniscient narrator to a first person account by the mother and although it was not confusing it grated on my nerves. I decided the best course of action was to just pass it along to the BCer I promised it to in a trade rather than spend weeks dreading it.

  • Molly
    2018-11-16 18:33

    This book would probably be best read by a person who doesn't read very many books, if such a person were looking for something light to read at the beach or on an airplane. I wasn't familiar with Patterson & Co's books until I happened across this one at the library. The plotline sounded interesting and I do love a good mystery but it just didn't pan out. Plus, they kinda lost me in the first few chapters -- if you're headed out on a 2 month sailboat trip and on the first day, your daughter flings herself off the boat and tries to drown herself, for the love of god, turn around. How tiresome would it be to spend two months on a sailboat in the middle of the ocean trying to keep someone from drowning herself? The writing is chock full of cliches and hackneyed sayings, so at least those were entertaining to listen to on the audiobook version. I got to where I could predict the cliche before it was uttered ...oohhh I betcha he's about to call her a fly in the ointment... "Well. She's become a real fly in the ointment..."

  • CupcakeBlonde
    2018-12-03 18:27

    This story, with its many different layers and one disaster occuring after the next is riviting. (Sorry Lisa, I really wanted to hate it) The idea that so much could go wrong on one family vacation trip makes me feel bad for complaining about all the excursions my parents lugged us on as kids. They had nothing on this trip from hell. And then to come out of everything to discover that someone you loved and trusted set you up to die is infuriating...and they get away with it...sort of. The end had me gloating that the bad guys did not win in the end. My only beef with the story is that once the uncle died he was almost forgotten excpet for a mention here or there. And he was a pretty intregal part of the story. But other than that it was a really entertaining tale and a fabulous book to have read to me with two very distinct narrators.

  • Megan
    2018-12-04 18:14

    This novel reads like a bad movie script... the kind of film that goes straight to DVD and stars a cast you don't recognize. The Dunne family is planning to sail around the Bahamas for a two-month summer getaway. What we know of each character we are told in a "cheat sheet" that is provided before the prologue... literally, the authors give a paragraph synopsis about each character, giving their name, age, weaknesses and a bit of back story. And they never seem to evolve past that page-one summary. The back story is never fleshed out for us as it could have been and the characters are decidely one-dimensional. This one wouldn't have made it out of the publisher's slush pile had it not been "co-authored" by James Patterson. He should be ashamed of some of the work he's put his name on recently.

  • Marc-Antoine
    2018-12-06 17:27

    A fast read, couldn't put it down, and enjoyed the heck out of it.

  • Claudiu D.
    2018-11-24 18:28

    Final ruinat, dar devine un soi de regula pentru romanele lui James Patterson. Pentru o dupa-amiza cand nu ai ce sa faci, romanul acesta e perfect. Se citeste repede, e plin de clisee si extrem de uitabil. Si nici nu trebuie sa te soliciti prea mult in timpul lecturii - deloc, as zice.

  • Nancy Zorn
    2018-11-10 17:09

    I've read other books by James Patterson. This, however, was the first I've read by him with a secondary author. The "short chapter" style is typical James Patterson. What I don't understand is this: Were they both responsible for the story? I wonder because the storyline was pretty far-fetched and hideous. I just kept thinking, "They're doing what? That's stupid." Honestly, I think I'd head back to the dock after the first snafu. Or, “What idiot put dive tanks in an overhead locker?” I have, after all, spent a little time on-board a sail boat. Even if they've not sailed, they could have done a wee bit of research. Seriously, these people would have been weeded from the gene pool early on. And, yet, I kept reading....all. the. way. to. the. end. (I'm a little OCD in that way.) Given all my gripes, there were a couple good things about this book – Good thing #1: You never wonder if you're going to get stuck for a long time before the chapter ends because I don't think there's a chapter that exceeds six pages in the entire book. Good thing #2: You don't need to pay a lot of attention to the story because it's dead simple and is easy to read in distracting situations (like airports and planes). This book will be setting sail for the used book store.

  • Julia
    2018-11-11 19:23

    This book was easy to read and kept me engrossed throughout. I made predictions on what was going to happen every time I finished a chapter and I was surprised of the outcome. Some of my guessing was right, but some were wrong and that made me excited to continue reading. My favorite character in the book was Katherine Dunne. Katherine’s life gives one’s desire to have besides the unbalance family. Katherine has a good career, wealthy and a second husband who she was deeply in love with. From reading the book I can say that Katherine Dunne is brave, committed and strong. All the negative things that were thrown at Katherine, she remained strong. Her motivation to not give up was very inspiring. Katherine purpose of the family vacation was to bring her family back together. With that being said will Katherine’s mission to unite her family be fulfilled? This book will keep you laughing and will leave you in great surprise. The story will grip you as you keep turning the pages. Overall, this book was awesome I would give this book five stars!!

  • David
    2018-12-08 21:33

    I like James Patterson. I wanted to like this book. I really tried... but this was terrible. Maybe it's because of the whole "co-author" nonsense, but this is just an embarrassing effort. In fact, if you are a speed reader then this is the perfect book for you; no depth, lazy writing, no development of characters... you just want to get through it as quickly as possible. It reminds me of some of the drivel churned out by John Grisham in recent years; his early work was so good and then he got complacent and just tried to crank out anything he could. I think if James Patterson himself were to review this book he would give it a poor rating and most surely chastise himself; he really shouldn't let this happen again.

  • Stephanie
    2018-12-09 18:33

    The only reason this book was published was because James Patterson's name was associated with it. There is no way he wrote this. It was horribly written...most of which sounded like a ninth grader. The story had an interesting premise but was terribly written, predictable and annoying.

  • Julie
    2018-11-14 21:06

    Not my favorite of Patterson's books, but I did like the ending. I always love it when they get what's coming to them..... :)

  • Lainy
    2018-12-08 00:15

    Time taken to read - < 1 dayPages - 388Publisher - ArrowBlurb from Goodreads"Barely out of sight of land, the Dunne family finds its summer getaway to paradise already turning into the trip from hell. Carrie, the eldest, has thrown herself off the side of the boat in a bid for attention. Sixteen-year-old Mark is getting high belowdecks. And Ernie, their ten-year-old brother. is nearly catatonic. It's shaping up to be the worst vacation ever." "Katherine Dunne had hoped this trip would bring back the togetherness they'd lost when her husband died four years earlier. Maybe if her new husband, a high-powered Manhattan attorney. had been able to postpone his trial and join them it would all have been okay." Suddenly, a disaster hits - and it's perfect. Faced with real danger, the Dunnes rediscover the meaning of family and pull together in a way they haven't in a long time. But this catastrophe is just a tiny taste of the danger that lurks ahead: someone wants to make sure that the Dunne family never makes it out of paradise alive.My ReviewI really enjoy Patterson books although his collaborations with other authors not always so much. This one is perfect for a beach read or if you just want something that isn't challenging. The Dunnes are taking the family boat out for a trip together to try and reconnect & sort out their issues. Peter Carlyle is the step dad and staying behind in New York, his wife, her three kids and her brother in law from a previous marriage head off. Personal problems arise, a horrendous storm hits and then there is an explosion, certainly not the best start to a holiday. Stranded, hurt and presumed dead, the Dunnes need to do what they can to stay alive. There is a lot about this book that you find yourself having to suspend reality to get through but once you do that it is actually an enjoyable, fast paced read. The characters have a lot of personal issues to get through but once they are in peril that takes a back seat. The book splits between the Dunnes encounters and back home with the smarmy step father hot shot lawyer. As with all Patterson books, the chapters are tiny which annoys some people but I actally really like that, you can dip in and out as time allows. As I said a good choice for a day by the pool and if you can get past the most unlikely events happening you will enjoy the book, 3/5 for me.

  • LindyLouMac
    2018-11-16 21:07

    Preferring something quick and easy to read while travelling recently I accepted my husband’s suggestion of reading this title which he had just finished. He is a fan of James Patterson novels and although feeling this one is far from his best, thought I would find it good enough to hold my interest. It did, I devoured it in just a few days not for any reason other than it was an easy read though.The book is divided into six parts plus a prologue and an epilogue. The Dunne family consisting of Christine and her three children embark on a family sailing holiday that is destined to evolve into a life or death nightmare. Although I was of course expecting this to be a thriller I did find the number of dramas and disasters that the protagonists survived, beggared belief!High drama and twists and turns continued right through to the very end. I will not be rushing to read more by this author but it was ridiculous fun in a way. Just the sort of story that I suspect would make a better film than it did a novel. As although there is not much of a storyline it has murder, betrayal and villains.Also posted with author info on LindyLouMac's Book Reviewshttp://lindyloumacbookreviews.blogspo...

  • Angela
    2018-11-11 20:06

    Awesome book!! Surprisingly, this was the VERY FIRST James Patterson book I read, and before reading it, I was not into reading books at all, not since I was much younger, in high school. I had tried to get back into reading over the years, but just didn't take the time to do so. I was at a book store and Sail happened to catch my eye on the book stand. So I bought it and ended up reading it in like 3 days!! This was just about 6 months ago. Since then, I have ready over 15 James Patterson books and can't get enough. Thank goodness there are so many Patterson books!! lolSeriously, this book is definitely one of his best, out of all the ones I have read and I highly recommend it!! I even talked my mom into reading it, who is mainly a Grisham fan. She didn't like the cursing at the beginning, but told me that the book was so good that she ended up overlooking that and said that it got better and finished it within a couple days.

  • Tia
    2018-11-19 19:10

    "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."Um...not so much! I've never read anything by James Patterson before, and I don't think I will again. I didn't like this one at all. I picked it up at the library because I like sailing and adventure, but this one was really boring. It was like an outline of a plot - there was no indepth look at characters or details of the mystery or anything. No excitement at all. This was a decent sized book but it had a million chapers, srsly, every other paragraph was a new chapter. What's up with that? I read it in one sitting. And there was zero shock or terror. Lame!

  • Jackie
    2018-12-03 17:32

    Fast paced, good story, if a bit predictable. My only real problem with the story is I find it hard to believe that Katherine would so easily trust Peter after her first husband cheated on her. An experience like that makes it hard to trust again, even if it is a different person. I'd be able to believe her blind trust in Peter if 1st hubby Stuart was a great husband then she'd be ignorant to Peter's deceit.

  • Melenia
    2018-12-10 20:31

    This book was not that great, but for some reason I could not stop listening to it. There was just something about it that intrigued me.

  • Jo Jenner
    2018-11-19 21:11

    Another page turner from Patterson. The only thing missing was the development of the children. They go from spoilt trust fund kids to young people fighting the odds and surviving a shipwreck. But the transition between the two extremes isn't a gradual thing as it would be in real life, it just happens overnight.The ending was a little too contrived and I am glad this wasn't a series as the DEA agent who just keeps killing suspects, being suspended and then brought back to work to kill again was too far fetched even for American law enforcements agents.

  • Ros Lawson
    2018-12-08 00:09

    Oh my goodness what a woeful read! It was predictable & corny and only made worse by the fact that I'm a slow reader. I had nothing else to read on holiday so I persevered with it. I can safely say I will never read another James Patterson novel. Probably appeals to the young reader; after all I used to devour Jilly Cooper books!

  • Gina
    2018-12-08 20:18

    Goodreads Description- 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.I listened to this as an audio book and the male narrator was just awful. I couldn't stand the affect in his voice and it bothered me the entire time I listened to Sail. It was so distracting because I kept thinking about how awful he was rather than listening to the story and often had to go back and listen again to parts I missed because I was distracted. So my first recommendation is to read the book rather than listen to it. I am sure that, since it is a James Patterson, that the chapters are short and thus will read quickly. The plotline was pretty boring but I had to get through with it because I was reading it for a challenge. Sail is one of the "unpopular" books by James Patterson and I received it quite cheap on Amazon. The writing was nothing close to the writing in his earlier works, but that is pretty typical of Patterson's recent books since he doesn't write them by himself but rather uses other authors to write the book and then Patterson puts his stamp on the book to make sure that it sells. This practice of Patterson's really bothers me but that is another story for another day. Back to the book...the premise is that Katherine Dunne decides to go on a vacation with her three kids with her brother-in-law Jack as the captain in hopes to bring her family together again and closer after the death of their father which caused the family to become disjointed. While at sea, they are hit by a huge storm that has basically ruined their boat. Then following the storm, an explosion occurs on the boat meant to cause the demise of the Dunne family. I don't want to give any more details to avoid spoilers but the reader is informed of the background and what really is happening and why. Then the family floats for days until they find a deserted island where the family finds refuge while waiting for rescue.Like I said, the plotline was rather boring. I didn't feel quite connected to any of the characters and the actual writing seemed rather simplistic. I was going to give the book 2 stars but there is such a twist at the end that I never saw coming that I absolutely had to bump the rating up to 3 stars because the ending was written so well. The ending actually saves the book. If the author would have written the entire book in the style that the ending was written it definitely would have been a much better book. I don't think I would recommend it to anyone but if you find yourself reading it, don't give up on it. Finish the book. I think you will be surprised at the big twist at the end. There are definitely much better Patterson books out there and I understand why Amazon was selling this book at a reduced price. 3 stars.

  • K
    2018-12-01 18:21

    I enjoyed this book, but it annoyed me too. It was def action packed and I was so sure Peter would suffer, but he managed to get off. I was not happy about that. He did meet his end horribly spot was well worth the turn around. I was truly engulfed in this. Sucks Jake had to pass. I am still wondering abt the story Ellen told if he was bad and a drug dealer. I have so many questions lol it was a rather happy ending. Not a four star at all.

  • Thomas
    2018-11-10 18:05

    "Sail" is about Katherine Dunne and her three children, who all have been recovering from the death of Stuart Dunne, her husband. Katherine decides that a good way for the family to reform is to go on a sailing trip together, along with their uncle (Katherine's step-brother), Jake. Also, while Katherine is on the trip her newly-wed husband of a few months, Peter, is back in New York with his mistress and maybe a scandolous affair of his own. Little does Katherine know that this trip with her children might be her last.This is my first James Patterson novel, so it took me a little while to get used to his simple and somewhat blunt writing style. I'll get started with the things I didn't like about this book. Katherine and her children were all pretty one-sided and stereotypical, Carrie being the anorexic recovering, Mark being the stoner recovering, and Ernie being the cute little ten year old. I also didn't like how Jake's death was handled, there seemed to be a lack of detail. I also didn't appreciate how little the evacution of the Dunne family from the island was described.Sail was entirely horrible though. The parts with action and suspense were well-written, the affair that Peter had was fleshed out, and Agent Ellen Pierce was probably the most realistic character in the book. So overall I would rate this book something like a 2.5/5, but I'll round it up to a three.

  • Mandy
    2018-12-03 18:25

    Pretty shit at first, the story improved a little at the end, though I would not have got there had this not been literally the only book available. Workaholic Mum decides that she is distant from her bickering kids, and the solution is to take 2 months off work and take them sailing in their dead father's boat, with their father's brother, who she had an affair with years before, in fact, he is secretly father to one of the kids. Very soon after setting sail, the bulimic daughter, who they know may be a danger to herself, or so her best friend has confided to Mum, throws herself into the sea attempting suicide, and the boat begins to sink. After a repair on the problem that may not last, with the girl comatose on deck, do they return to shore? No, they keep sailing.The book reminded me of Eastenders, they both try to keep hold of their audience by depicting a constant stream of dramatic events. We have a huge constrictor snake, a shark, a hit man of the most cold hearted deadly type, explosives, a second husband desperate to get rid of the family, a rougue FBI agent, and two evil brilliant lawyers. None of it really excites though, the characters don't take, they are too one dimensional, either evil, evil, or desperately good. Best bit about it was the ending.