Another one of my favorite series, thanks to the edge of your seat suspense and drama. If you enjoyed the Alex Cross series, you are going to want to read the Michael Bennett Series as well. It is the top-selling New York detective series of all time. James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge wrote ten intriguing thrillers for this series and one BookShot, Chase. James O. Born was the co-writer for the last three Michael Bennett Books as well as the BookShot, Manhunt.
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A dedicated police detective with the N.Y.P.D. Michael Bennett is a six-foot-three, stocky, two hundred pound Irish American. He and his wife Maeve adopted ten children, Chrissy, Shawna, Trent, Fiona, Bridget, Eddy, Ricky, Jane, Brian, and Juliana.
Mike and Maeve could not have children of their own. Between her work as a trauma nurse at Jacobi Medical Center and Mike’s cases, they began adopting one by one. Each of the kids survived some horrific circumstances, drug addiction, poverty, and suicide to name a few.
Their grandfather Seamus and a nanny from Ireland, Mary Catherine help care for the children after their mother lost her battle with cancer in December of 2007. Mike tries to deal with his grief and move on. He’s not perfect and things are not easy but, his children are always his number one priority.
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1. Step On A Crack (2007)
Former First Lady, Caroline Hopkins falls ill to an allergic reaction during dinner. As a result, she died at the hospital. The First Lady’s high-profile funeral took place in Manhattan at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Upon returning home from a hospital visit with his cancer-stricken wife., Michael Bennett receives an urgent phone call. There had been a report of shots fired at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The President, the Mayor of New York, and many other high-profile attendees of the First Lady’s funeral are now hostages.
As the threat rises, Mike, the hostage negotiator, receives the shattering news that his wife, Maeve has passed. He now has to raise ten children alone and rescue thirty-four hostages.
2. Run For Your Life (2009)
All ten of the Bennett children have come down with the flu. Apparently that is not challenging enough. Detective Michael Bennett is also dealing with the ‘Teacher’ case. A manipulative serial killer that’s murdering the “arrogant”, wealthy people of New York. The Teacher’s message is ” Mind your manners or suffer the consequences.”
When Detective Bennett discovers a pattern he realizes that he has only a few hours to save the people of New York before it’s too late.
3. Worst Case (2010)
Teenagers from some of the wealthiest people in New York are being abducted. Detective Michael Bennett is heading the case. The abductor doesn’t want money, he quizzes his hostages and if they fail. they die.
When more teens disappear, the FBI sends in Abduction Specialist Emily Parker. Detective Bennett and Agent Parker team up to catch the killer. He changes up his routine, which leads to the most shocking demonstration of all.
In the midst of all of this, there are some sparks between Mike and Emily. Mary Catherine (the nanny) seems a bit jealous.
4. Tick Tock (2011)
One week into a much-needed beach vacation with his huge family, Mike gets a call from his new boss. They found a very sophisticated bomb at the New York Public Library, disarmed, but with a note attached, “This wasn’t supposed to go BOOM, but the next one will.”
Not only are Mike’s kids being terrorized by some local kids and his love life is, well, interesting, but now bodies are piling up all over New York City and he must stop the bomber before he strikes again.
5. I, Michael Bennett (2012)
Mike’s close friend, FBI Agent, Hughie McDonough, and two other officers are dead after a deadly chase to bring down a notorious Mexican drug lord, Manuel Perrine. Although an arrest was made, witnesses, police officers, judges, and even families are in danger if not dead already.
With Perrine looking for revenge, Mike tries to take his family to safety but it seems he nor the police can keep his family safe.
Tara McLellan a partner in the investigation may stir up trouble in the relationship between Mike and Mary Catherine.
6. Gone (2013)
The Bennett family is living safely on a California cattle ranch. Eight months after they entered the witness protection program, Mike was thumbing through the news when he read a breaking news headline, ‘Manuel Perrine Suspected in Multiple Bloodbaths.’ He is back with a vengeance, continuing his reign of terror across the country.
Old friend and partner, Agent Emily Parker arrives at the ranch, the FBI needs Detective Michael Bennett to risk everything and put an end to Perrine’s war on America.
7. Burn (2014)
After the takedown of Perrine, the Bennett family is finally going home to New York. The kids are excited about going back to school and Mike can’t wait to be back on the job.
Detective Bennett has his hands full this time, with the growing relationship between Mary Catherine and himself, a string of jewelry heists as well as some charred bodies and cannibalism. To top it all off, one of the children’s biological father shows up to claim his daughter.
8. Alert (2015)
Mary Catherine’s mother has passed away and Mary needs to stay in Ireland until she sells her mother’s hotel. Despite his urge to stay with Mary Catherine in Ireland, Mike must fly back to the states for his job and his children.
Agent Emily Parker is back with Detective Michael Bennett to seize the perpetrators responsible for the attacks going on in New York. They are investigating high tech attacks including a subway explosion. When a horrifying assassination takes place, Detective Bennett realizes that this is just the beginning of something much bigger.
9. Bullseye (2016)
The Secret Service received notification of a possible assassination attempt on the President during his United Nations Summit in Manhattan. Detective Michael Bennett is responsible for finding out who is behind it before it’s too late. At the same time, a couple of lethal assassins are on the loose and the Bennett family find trouble when they take in a teen who needs a place to stay,
10. Haunted (2017)
After his son is charged with the distribution of narcotics and the family is pushed to their limits, Mike takes the family on a much needed three-week vacation in Maine.
The vacation turns into a working holiday when teens go missing and bodies are being found in the small town of Maine. Drugs are involved and this turns very personal.
11. Ambush (2018)
Detective Michael Bennett and his rookie partner receive an anonymous tip that turns out to be a setup. Members of the Bennett family are targets. After a series of murders and his sons’ attack while serving time. Mike knows this must be a professional killer and he knows it’s personal, he must protect his family and his city.
12. Blindside (2020)
With Detective Michael Bennett’s son in prison and the mayor’s daughter missing, a deal stikes. A murder victim in the Bronx is connected to a sophisticated hacking operation and to the mayor’s missing daughter, computer genius.
When he was called to the scene of a suspected suicide at a Manhattan hotel, Detective Michael Bennett is astounded to find out that the fingerprints did not match the body.
Detective Michael Bennett must hunt down the terrorists who attacked the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. right in front of him and his family.
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