Audiobook Review: Bullseye by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Release date: August 1, 2016

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Genre: Thriller

Narrator: Danny Mastrogiorgio

Goodreads blurb: 

Caught in the crossfire of a deadly standoff, Detective Michael Bennett must kill…or be killed.

Tensions between America and Russia are the highest they’ve been since the Cold War. As the countries’ Presidents travel to the United Nations to iron out their differences, a fashionable husband and wife team of lethal assassins prowls the streets of Manhattan hunting their prey–a professor hiding a scandalous secret. Their next target: the extremely popular President of the United States of America. Pulled away from his family and pressed into service, Detective Michael Bennett must trace the source of a threat that could rip the country apart–and what he finds may turn the Cold War red hot once again. With allegiances constantly in doubt and no one above suspicion, only Bennett can step into the line of fire to save the President before the deadly kill shot hits its mark.


I’m such a huge fan of the Detective Michael Bennett series and James Patterson in general. There is a reason that he’s a global phenomenon and he never disappoints. This is the ninth book in the Michael Bennett series, but you could easily read this as a standalone. 

Oftentimes in this series there is a large focus on the Bennett family or they are somehow linked to Michael’s investigation. This time, we see very little of the family and things focus more on a separate case involving the President of the United States. I was slightly bummed out that we didn’t hear much from Seamus or Mary Catherine but I’m confident we will see more of them in the future. There is a secondary storyline with one of the ten Bennett children, Brian that offered some insight into his character which was nice.

Bullseye read more like a political thriller than some of the previous books in the series. There is a husband and wife assassin team targeting the President and Bennett and the NYPD must bring them down as the consequences if they are successful are too terrible to fathom. If you’re a weapons fan, this is for you. There was plenty of talk about various guns and while I may as well have been listening to a foreign language, my husband was impressed when he overheard a few chapters.

Mastrogiorgio is one of my favorite audiobook narrators and once again he really brought Michael Bennett to life. His voice is exactly what I would imagine Bennett to sound like and I’m always reminded that I’m so glad I’ve listened to this entire series instead of read them myself. 

No one does explosive, dynamic scenes like Patterson. His pacing is so spot on, per usual, and every chapter ends on some sort of cliffhanger. The tension is palpable and you can feel the urgency in each chapter. This book is classic Patterson with a good guys versus bad guys theme and there is no better good guy than Detective Bennett. Even though you know who the bad guy is, it’s still an exciting game of cat and mouse that ends in an action packed, nonstop conclusion. I cannot wait for book number ten!

Overall rating: 4/5

Huge thanks to Hachette Audio for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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