James Bond and Jason Bourne have just been topped! A battle for the world is set into unstoppable motion and Hays Baker is the only one who can save it.
Hays Baker and his wife Lizbeth possess super-human strength, extraordinary intelligence, stunning looks, a sex life to die for, and two beautiful children. Of course they do--they're Elites, endowed at birth with the very best that the world can offer. The only problem in their perfect world: humans and their toys!
The one with the most toys--dies
The top operative for the Agency of Change, Hays has just won the fiercest battle of his career. He has been praised by the President, and is a national hero. But before he can savor his triumph, he receives an unbelievable shock that overturns everything he thought was true. Suddenly Hays is on the other side of the gun, forced to leave his perfect family and fight for his life.
Now a hunted fugitive, Hays is thrown into a life he never dreamed possible--fighting to save humans everywhere from extinction. He enlists all of his training to uncover the truth that will save millions of lives--maybe even his own. James Patterson's Toys is a thriller on a hyper plane--with a hero who rivals both James Bond and Jason Bourne.
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Q&A with James Patterson for Sony Reader Store
Talk about Toys, your newest thriller.
Toys is set a little bit into the future and explores the idea of how our reliance of technology can get ugly. Like, bloodstains on the carpet ugly. When these devices and gadgets that we base our daily lives on take on a mind of their own, how will we fare?
In Toys, there are Elites and humans. What are Elites? How are Elites different than humans?
Elites are a new race, really, a genetically engineered people who have a bit of computer in them so that they're able to excel at everything. Even traits you'd expect only humans to be able to have--like charm and wit--are enhanced. So humans are now the bottom of the food chain, the lesser class, and are treated as a joke. It gets pretty dark.
Who are Hays and Lizbeth Baker?
A married couple of Elites. They go together really well as they're both brilliant, charming, strong--and sexy too. Successful at their jobs at the Agency of Change. I think of Hays as sort of a James Bond for the future, but I don't think Bond would be able to hold on to as strong a woman as Lizbeth.
Futuristic toys are a big part of this book. What are a couple of your favorite toys that you came up with?
The Jessica and Jacob dolls are talking, walking lifelike dolls. There are a lot of these types of scarily developed toys for kids. There are holographic cell phones, enhanced cosmetic surgery, good looking robots for the older. Making work more efficient and some of the more base desires easier to attain, if you will.
What was your favorite part about writing Toys?
I loved creating this new hero who's tested throughout the story, but remains incredibly charming all the way through. The chase scenes, the glamour, the crime, which are now boosted by high tech. You're going to love it.
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1 . lazy effort
Posted January 02, 2012 by pattersonfan , Valencia, CAI can't believe Patterson put his name on this garbage unless he didn't bother to read it first. Kept waiting for the story to have some depth, same for the characters - nothing. It was a huge disappointment - Patterson really let us down with this one.
2 . Toys Review
Posted July 30, 2011 by RH , DenverI don't feel this was one of James Patterson better books. Not a real fan of it
3 . Worst. Book. Ever.
Posted June 08, 2011 by ahiggy , peoriaWaste of money. I have read all of James Patterson's books, and this is by far the worst I have read by any author ever. There is very little to the story line. Around page 100, I thought it might turn around, but no such luck. Don't waste your money. This is written by an author who has gotten into the process of cranking out books one after the other, and this time the formula didn't work. I would have given it no stars if that was an option.
4 . Disappointed
Posted April 11, 2011 by CC , FWB, FLI am a dedicated James Patterson fan....and this was a great let-down. It starts off good, with a captivating idea, but quickly goes flat. I (like another reviewer) kept thinking it'd get better - it doesn't. Undeveloped and fizzles at the end. Definitely not the page turner suspense I've come to love in James Patterson novels.
5 . Loved it !!
Posted March 21, 2011 by CJ , Leland NCI had seen on TV several shows regarding the 17 day diet. I was very interested in buying the book and reading how the diet worked. 8 weeks ago my husband started the diet (or as we call it, a new way of eating) and thus far has lost 15 pounds. Due to having surgery I was unable to start the diet until 5 weeks ago. Thus far I have lost 31 pounds.... yes 31 pounds!! I have been amazed just how quickly the weight comes off. Even better, you don't even realize you are dieting. I am not depriving myself of anything. I have diabetes and I am not able to eat sugar anyway, even though I was daily. Now, I am off carbs and sugar and feel wonderful. I have been totally off ALL of my diabetes medications and have been since the 2nd week of being of the 17 day diet. I have tried lots of differrent ways to loose weight in the past but non really ever worked. This one does and I am so happy for myself and my husband. Also, since going on the diet plan several of our friends have purchased the book and started the diet as well and I can happily say are doing quite well on the program. Thank you so much for this wonderful eating plan. It has changed my life and outlook on life and I feel truly blessed.
Little, Brown and Company
March 14, 2011
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