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James Patterson is a well known adult author and recently he has written books for teenagers. I read and loved the Maximum Ride series which is about a flock of half-bird, half-human mutant kids on the run. This is a rather different story. The story follows Daniel X, a superhero with a difference, he can create objects or people at any time and disappear them at anytime, he can also shape shift. The story starts with his parents gruesome ends at the hands of an alien. Daniel follows in his parents footsteps as an alien hunter, finding and stopping the aliens on his parents list. His powers come in handy especially his ability to create his parents and his three friends. In this book we follow Daniel as he fights against number six on the list and also learn more about his past. This is a good book, and once again Patterson has come up with some different new ideas. I heartily recommend it.
James Patterson has an ability to create a crime thriller out of a fantastical situation, and he does so here in a slightly strange book of his, 'The Dangerous Days of Daniel X'. Rarely does the crime thriller author branch outside of his usual style, but following the success of the Maximum Ride series, Daniel X sees a science fiction side that is usually a pleasure to read. Daniel X has a special power: he can create shapes out of objects as well as sort of shape-shift himself. Curiously, the hero of the piece also has a turmoil-filled history. He has dedicated his life to finding the person responsible for the deaths of his parents, and he has vowed to avenge their deaths! This element of the plot does give the book a very typical Patterson style, with the thriller aspect coming to the fore in many places, and it is not hard to forget that there is an element of fantasy/sci-fi involved here. Patterson's writing style is very similar in all of his work - the short chapters relate well to the fast and furious writing style he employs. While this often makes it hard to put the book down, I felt that there were more definite stopping places in Daniel X than in some of his other novels. However, one thing remains a constant, and that is the ease with which the words flow. Reading with a Patterson novel is effortless. His quick style of writing doesn't allow for long and descriptive passages, but he manages to keep a strong and solid plot continuing through the majority of his books, and this one is no exception. Fans of the Alex Cross novels will like this in particular, but it is worth noting that there is a slight fantasy/sci-fi theme as well, and this likens it to Patterson's Maximum Ride series. I recommend reading this one. 'The Dangerous Days of Daniel X' is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £6.99.