Season Of The Machete

Erika's Forensic Book Reading Project

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Description Of The Book:

When looking to shake things up and instill sheer terror into both tourists and citizens alike, a mafia family decides to hire Damian and Carrie Rose to plan out a series of homicides on the island of San Dominica. Utter chaos breaks out when brutal machete murders begin happening on the beaches. An image furthered by the machetes, the murders are designed to look like they were planned and executed by island rebels, lead by a man by the name of Colonel Dred. Lastly, the only witness to ever see any of these crimes, is a man by the name of Peter Macdonald. Peter is one of the main characters and is the one who can later identify Damian, the psychopathic mastermind. This book takes you through each murder, one after another, and is tied together with the use of Carrie Rose's diary and Peter's personal life and story.

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Story Line

  • meeting for with Carrie and editor to talk about selling Carrie and Damian's diary for two million dollars
  • Book shifts back to the beginning of where it all begins
  • meeting of mafia to discuss the hiring of Carrie and Damian and the plans that they have made
  • first night, starts off long spree of bloody, gory, gruesome murders and other horror, most are done with a sniper/machete combination with the machete and the body left to make it look like the work of a revolutionary/rebel. Most of the bodies were found on the beach or somewhere nearby it
  • Peter sees it, later on revealed to be on purpose, cops won't believe him, dead set that it was Colonel Dred's doing, which it was in part true. Peter was also the only person to witness any of these murders and/or Damian's involvement with them
  • Damian and Carrie teamed up with tons of people from police force, Dred and his army, trained and hired mercenaries, etc.
  • eventually most, if not all, are killed off, strategic or not
  • after a long string of machete murders there comes a final coup de grace in which a ton of people, angry with Damian, gather:
  • Peter, angry at him starting it all, angry at the situation, angry at the murder of his girlfriend. A few mercenaries, one angry because Damian had sent someone (Carrie) to kill his wife and child. The police force, wanting it to be over. Carrie, who had told one of the mercenaries what Damian's getaway plan was so that he would hopefully be taken care of and that she could start doing things on her own (not like a equality/rights thing, more of a play for dominant power)
  • Carrie had also secretly hired a prostitute to stay in the room that she was supposed to be staying in so when the police/govt got the information, they killed the prostitute while Carrie was in Europe already
  • Damian and mercenaries all killed, either by each other or police, etc. The only ones who survived are Peter, the police chief, and Carrie.

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Setting(s):

The settings for this book are Washington D.C., Paris, France, Nevada, and the island of San Dominica. San Dominica is believed to be the fictional adaptation of Dominica and is the main location for most of the book. Throughout the book there are mentions of beaches, small tourist towns, and vast wet jungles. Most of the murders and throughout the book were on the beach, but some occurred in the town or in the jungles.


There were a lot of crime scenes throughout this book. Like I said before, most were on the beach/coastline, but some occurred in the town or in the jungles. One of the common threads for these murders is the machete found as evidence at most of the scenes. This is important to the story in linking the public and police's thoughts to make them think that it was in correlation with Colonel Dred and his island rebels. Overall, the nature of the crimes were brutal and savage. Victims were often splayed apart by the machetes or cut into pieces. Blood was everywhere and once the bodies were even found left to be eaten by wild goats.

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Meet The Author: James Patterson

James Patterson is the author of many books, a grand total of 135 so far. He holds the record for amount of #1 New York Times Bestselling Novels at 19, and the record for the most bestselling hardcover fiction novels, at 76. Patterson currently lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan. His son, Jack, is currently away at college.

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