April 19, 2011

Toys by James Patterson & Neil McMahon

Toys is a mystery thriller set in the future when being human is an abomination and the Elites rule the world.

Hays Baker is an elite.  Being elite meant you had super powers, super strength, great looks and all the toys you could need to make your life easier.  Hays, and his wife, Lisbeth, are operatives for the Agency of Change.  Their job is to hunt down human beings a.k.a. skunks who cause a threat to their world. 

After successfully handling an important mission, Hays is on the rise when President Jacklin hints of bigger things for Hays and his wife, before the end of the evening's celebrations however, Hays' life is about to turn upside-down.  All he thought he knew has turned out to be a lie and he finds himself on the run from all he has ever known or loved. 

After chasing down a group of skunks who beheaded several executive of the Toys Corporation, Hays is almost killed and when he awakes, he finds himself under arrest.  Escaping the Agency of Change operatives, Hays hides himself in the human zone and there his eyes begin to open and he sees that skunks are not what he was taught in school.  After living with them for some time he comes to appreciate their creativity and intelligence.  Torn between two worlds, Hays must make a choice...help to eradicate the human skunks or expose the Elites plan to wipe them off the face of the earth once and for all.

I liked the plot, it was different and unique.  The Jessica and Jacob dolls really sounded creepy and the simStims would be quite dangerous to experiment with but what a time folks could have with such a toy.  I didn't like the short chapters, I read fast and it felt like I was always turning pages but for most, I'm sure it wouldn't be a bother.  I found a few of the time lines missed their flow, like when they were headed to Canada and ended up in Russia...I had to re-read that passage a few times because the author seemed to slide right past that and it made the flow confusing.  There were a few neat twists and turns throughout the plot, however, I was able to predict the ending.  All in all, it was a quick and enjoyable read with minor to moderate expletives and violence.


SYNOPSIS:
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.

**  Disclosure:  I did not accept any compensation from the publishers other than review copies, my views are my own, reviewed by me..as I see it~!!  **

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