FORTY-EIGHT HOURS EARLIER—a mere two days before I watched the 7-4 Day film at my parents' house.
When I arrived at President Hughes Jacklin's inauguration party that night in the year 2061, I was flying high, happier and more self-satisfied than I had ever been. I couldn't have dreamed I would end up losing everything I cared about—my home, my job, my two darling daughters, Chloe and April, and my beautiful wife, Lizbeth, who was there by my side.
In the catastrophic whirlwind of those next horrible days, it would seem as if my world had been turned upside down and any part of my personality that wasn't securely bolted in place had fallen into the void. And what was left was what I guess you'd call the essential Hays Baker—well, if you brought the old me and the new me to a party, I guarantee nobody would accuse us of a family resemblance.
Lizbeth and I arrived at the presidential estate at around eight thirty, delivered in high style by our artificially intelligent Daimler SX-5500 limo. This wasn't our usual car, of course.
A cheery, top-of-the-line iJeeves butler helped us out onto the resplendent, putting-green-short grass of the front lawn. We promptly began to gawk at our surroundings—like a couple of tourists, I suppose. Hell, like lowly humans given an unlikely glimpse of the good life.
Even now, I remember that the warm night air was sweet with the fragrance of thousands of roses, gardenias, and other genetically enhanced flowering plants in the president's gardens, all programmed to bloom tonight. What a botanical miracle it was, though a bit show-offy, I'd say.
"This is absolutely incredible, Hays. Dazzling, inspiring," Lizbeth gushed, her gorgeous eyes shining with excitement."We really do run the world, don't we?"
By "we," Lizbeth wasn't talking about just herself and me. She was speaking of our broader identity as ruling Elites, the upper echelon of civilized society for the past two decades.
Most Elites were attractive, of course, but Lizbeth, with her violet hair set off by ivory skin and an almost decadent silver silk gown, well, she sparkled like a diamond dropped into a pile of wood chips.
"You're going to knock them dead, Jinxie," I said, winking. "As always."
"Flattery," she said, winking back, "will get you everywhere."
Jinxie was my favorite nickname for her. It stemmed from the fact that she'd come into this world on a Friday the thirteenth, but there wasn't a single thing unlucky about her—or our life together, for that matter.
I took her tastefully bejeweled hand in mine, inwardly thrilled that she was my wife. God, how I loved this woman. How lucky I was to be with her, as husband, as father to our two daughters.
Every head turned as we walked into the huge, high-ceilinged ballroom, and you'd have thought we were music or film stars from the bygone human era.
Excerpted from the book TOYS by James Patterson. Copyright © 2011 by James Patterson. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY. All rights reserved.
Think James Bond and Jason Bourne, and you’ve got the hero of Toys, James Patterson’s explosive new thriller that takes you to a playground beyond your wildest imagination....
If Hays Baker sometimes feels superhuman, it’s understandable. He is, after all, an Elite, a not quite human member of society endowed at birth with enormous strength, extraordinary intelligence and stunning looks. The only glitch in the Elites’ world is the reviled humans and their toys, among them sensory helmets, and dolls that mimic the sex act. When it seems Elites, too, are becoming addicted to these depraved amusements and a riot ensues at a Toys store, Hays, as a top operative for the Agency of Change, is sent to investigate. And that’s when everything changes for him....
A shocking turn of events makes Hays, the hunter, suddenly the hunted, no longer able to trust even his own wife. Crazier, he finds himself fighting to save the very people he once despised. But Hays is not alone. With the help of Lucy, a woman with whom he feels a powerful connection, Hays must rely on his still formidable powers to uncover the truth about toys or millions, including him, will perish.
Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( March 14, 2011 )
Item #: 13-314258
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.9inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Well Mr. Patterson, this is the second "1 star" I have given you. Better than "Zoo", but still gets one star. What has happened to the James Patterson I adore?
Reviewer: Debbie R
I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I hope there is a sequel.
My grandson got me this book for Christmas and I put off reading it until last week. I was totally HOOKED after the first few pages because it was so different and fascinating. A well done futuristic novel with a twist.
Reviewer: Tillie M
Had to force myself to finish this one. Seems like Mr.
Patterson was in a hurry to crank it out. Just awful.
Reviewer: cheryl c
I am having a hard time reading this. This is the first time I have run into this w/James Patterson. I would not recommend this book to anyone else.