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James Patterson's 'Angel': A Review

Updated on April 1, 2012
Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel
Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel

'Angel' is the second to last novel for Maximum Ride...


Pages: 291

Rating: *****

It seems that Patterson finally got some much needed inspiration when writing 'Angel'. We, the readers, finally see some impressive plot twists and surprises that will get long time fans excited again. Tear jerking drama and heart pounding action meets a head scratching mystery that erupts into an explosive adventure! This could quite possibly be the best Maximum Ride novel ever.

Depressed and desolate after Fang's departure, Max finds herself at the receiving end of a desperate intervention. In a rare occurrence, the flock decide that Max needs a bit of time away, thinking that a small vacation with her mother might be the perfect solution. However, their best intentions are met with resistance and Max slips even farther into darkness. As if things weren't bad enough, Dylan is busy trying to make his move and win her affections. To top it all off, a new group of environmental extremists are quietly gaining momentum and has a strange brain washing effect on people. Can this devious new group be trusted? Or are they a wolf in sheep's clothing? More importantly, Max's parents have disappeared. . . and who is that new girl that's been seen hanging on Fang? On the other side of the coin, Fang is busy trying to put his own gang of genetically enhanced members together. Fang is also aware of this new threat and is doing his part to try and dismantle it. When both realize that the enemy can't be defeated alone, what happens when the two reunite?

Patterson delivers what I was craving from the 'Max' and 'Fang' novels. Dramatic changes of pace to the story really help me appreciate everything that the flock has to offer. This novel also packs an emotional punch that will sock you square in the heart. Max's strong sarcastic wit isn't a sharp on this novel, but you can almost hear the her sadness jump off the pages. You really experience a whole new fresh set of emotions with Max that she's never had to deal with before. This story ends with a cliffhanger. I was so angry at where the book ended that I threw it across the room! Then I felt bad, picked it up and said a little sorry in my head. For those of you who may be following the series with me, Max is signing off until August when we'll get the final novel of the saga. Normally, I give this novels a perfect score of making me feel lighter than air. However, for the pure raw emotional impact, this entry will receive a perfect score for taking me to a place that few stories ever have. Do you consider yourself a crier? Then keep some tissues handy for this one.

At the end of 'Angel', James Patterson hints that someone is going to die... Who do you think it's going to be?

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Patterson has announced that there is only going to be one more novel in the series, how does that make you feel?

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      James Pagatpatan 5 years ago from Washington State

      Oh good! I'm glad that I'm not the only one!

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      Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I am not ashamed to say that I love these books. Well, I really love all Patterson's books. Engaging, suspenseful, fun - what "a ride."