If you have not yet read James Patterson’s When the Wind Blows series, you’ve been missing out. When the Wind Blows (1998) and The Lake House (2003) are difficult to put down, suspenseful science fiction books written by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. If you are a Maximum Ride fan, you will definitely enjoy this adult series as well. The idea for the Maximum Ride series came from these two books, and although there are a few similarities, the characters are not the same.
Maximum: Eleven-year-old Max, aka ‘Tinkerbell’ is eleven and has white wings with silver tips that span to nine feet.
Matthew: Matthew, aka, ‘Peter Pan’ is Max’s younger brother. He’s nine and his wings are off-white with silver and navy blue markings.
Ozymandias: Oz is a seven-year-old with dark brown wings and a scar across his eyebrow.
Icarus: Ic is the blind one in the flock.
Peter and Wendy: The genius four-year-old Chinese twins.
Adam and Eve: The brother and sister that are believed to have been ‘put to sleep’.
Frannie O’Neill: The veterinarian who owns a small animal clinic (The Inn-Patient) in Bear Bluff, Colorado.
Kit Harrison: The FBI agent who works with Frannie.
Dr. Anthony Peyser: The founder and kidnapper of ‘The School’.
Dr. Ethan Kane: The villain and head of ‘The Hospital’.
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1. When the Wind Blows (1998)
Frannie O’Neill is a young and talented veterinarian living in Colorado. Plagued by the mysterious murder of her husband David, a local doctor. Frannie throws herself into her work, but it is not long before another bizarre murder occurs and Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, arrives on her doorstep.
Late one night, near the woods of her animal hospital, Frannie stumbles upon a strange, astonishing phenomenon that will change the course of her life forever: an eleven-year-old girl named Max.
With breathtaking energy, Max leads Frannie and Kit to uncover one of the most diabolical and inhuman plots of modern science, genetic altering experiments.
2. The Lake House (2003)
Six extraordinary children are trying to lead normal lives in the Rocky Mountain countryside. They live in different homes with different families, but there is something powerful that connects them. Something that puts them in terrible danger.
The only time they’ve ever felt safe was when they were together in the waterfront cabin they call the Lake House. The only people they have ever trusted are Frannie and Kit, the couple who rescued them from unimaginable evil once before.
When that evil resurfaces, the kids reconnect with Frannie and Kit and set off on an astonishing adventure. They flee to the Lake House, but even that haven may no longer be safe.
James Patterson’s When the Blows series is right up there at the top with all of my favorites, it’s brilliant! I hope you enjoy the series. Have you already read When the Wind Blows or the Lake House? Feel free to share your opinions, I’d love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on the similarities with Maximum Ride? As always, thanks for visiting and Happy Reading!