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Cross Country: (Alex Cross 14)

Cross Country: (Alex Cross 14) [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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The Alex Cross thrillers of James Paterson have become something of an institution. His criminal psychologist protagonist is one of the most vividly etched in the field, and the now-lengthy series of books has set a consistently high standard, even though Paterson's famous reliance on co-writers has become rather controversial. Cross Country involves Alex Cross in a caustic personal war against major-league corruption. It’s a narrative that takes the reader across a massive canvas. Alex is called in after a murder investigation - a crime that has resulted in considerable carnage. He discovers to his horror that the victim is an old friend, and this makes his search for the criminal involved even more determined than usual. His quest takes him into the underworld corners of Washington, DC, and even on to a massively dangerous odyssey to the Niger Delta.

The stakes are customarily high in James Patterson's crime narratives, but the author has ratcheted them up even more than usual here, with heroin traffic and the slave trade mixed into a heady brew. Perhaps the most memorably drawn character here is the psychopathic head of a group of killers, the 'Tiger'. The latter’s battle with Alex Cross has clearly re-energised the author, and Cross Country has all the compelling qualities of the earlier novels. If you haven't sampled an Alex Cross novel recently, this is the one to pick up. --Barry Forshaw


"[Cross Country] opens with one of the most chilling murder scenes I've read in a long time ... High-octane stuff" (Daily Express)

"It was absolutely fantastic ... Cross Country has an amazing sense of speed, there's a really brilliant tension in the plot ... You're just completely engrossed in it from start to finish ... The story is unrelentingly exciting" (The Simon Mayo show, BBC Radio 5 Live)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 686 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (6 Nov 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS53I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging both adults and children alike to read. This has led to him forming a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Made me Cross 21 Dec 2008
By Clive
The problem is I hold Patterson and Cross to the quality of Kiss the Girls, and Along Came a Spider. In comparison this is ridiculous. Cross is not an all action hero, he is a cerebal dragon slayer. I also can't see him going to Africa, he had already retired and had inflicted too much danger on himself and family. I really don't think this novel worked. Yes the Africa scenes are dramatic and thought-provoking (I have been to Lagos), but if that is a point Patterson wants to make, he should do it in another novel. I 'cross my fingers', for a decent Cross novel, and perhaps it has to be the finale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsure..Unusual for a Cross novel 19 Nov 2008
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I think my heading says it all. I am an avid JP fan but tend to look forward more to the Cross books then any of the others. I wasnt that enthralled with the last Cross Novel but still looked forward to this one. I read the book in a matter of days and although it still had me turning pages I ended up feeling like something was missing at the end of the story. Alex Cross is chasing a man known as "The Tiger". His investigation takes him over to South Africa and some indescribably awful places. The theme of the book was okay but I just felt like there was no real substance to this story and it was edging towards the more ridiculous, especially when it comes to the main characters getting killed or injured. All I can say is that Alex Cross is the luckiest man alive, forget 9 lives, this man has as many lives as there are chapters. Final sum up is that the writing was good and the story mediocre but for a Patterson/Cross novel was a little bit of a letdown.
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2.0 out of 5 stars How much is written by James Patterson nowadays? 27 Dec 2008
Once upon a time I was a huge James Patterson fan, but started to go off him when he started writing with other authors a few years back and I found it very difficult to keep up with his output, now I dont even try. I have however continued with the Alex Cross novels, but now I am not even sure if he is writing these? As other reviewers have commented on the style of this Alex Cross novel, it is not the same, but maybe its the weak story line that is highlighting the writing, or perhaps its all been done in a big rush? I just cannot understand how anyone can keep churning out so many books per year if he is really writing them? The quality is suffering badly as a result of increased productivity. I wonder how much input he has to each co-authored book, maybe proof reading and knocking some of the story lines into shape??? Well perhaps his editor should be having a quiet word with him, about the quality.. or perhaps they are too busy counting their money to care?
This particular Alex Cross novel is unrealistic, there is now way, he would have got himself into the situations he did (over and over again), and survived, given "The Tigers" ability to create total carnage where ever he goes without a flicker of pity and yet somehow AC gets away with it? James Patterson, should go back to writing one book per year and give us the quality we know he is very capable of producing. I will possibly buy the next Alex Cross novel, but all of the other co-author titles will be ignored by me. I would urge people to try Greg Iles, Harlan Coben, Nelson DeMille,Jeff Abbott or Simon Kernick for much better reads.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best 5 Nov 2008
`Cross Country' puts Detective Alex Cross on the most dangerous case of his career. A hitman for hire known as The Tiger has been killing and butchering whole families in Washington DC and this leads Cross to Africa where he is completely out of his territory and he can trust no one.

I've been a huge fan of the Cross series for many years, having read all of the books numerous times and although this is a very gripping and exciting read with not one slow chapter, it isn't up to the usual high standards that I'd expect from the series as they are usually the best of the best when it comes to Patterson novels, this however was just good, nothing special.

The African setting was a welcome change though as it took it away from the usual DC background, giving a chilling a disturbing insight into what life in Lagos, Nigeria and Sierra Leone must be like. There were too many near-deaths for Cross in this book which got to the point where it became ridiculous (literally once every couple of chapters).

His love interest in Africa seemed a little unnecessary too, making it seem like Cross will fall for any woman he works with, and felt like just a bit of a story-filler to bulk up the content of the story. Another thing I didn't like about this book is that it felt like it was going to finish 3 or 4 times before it actually did, making me think that Patterson couldn't make his mind up on how to end it so just dragged it on, as the last 50 or so pages could have been cut down a lot.

Although there are a lot of flaws with this one, it is still a very tense and exciting book that can be read in no time at all (I finished it in 2 sittings). Overall it is a very good thriller but is just not at the high quality level of other books in the series such as Along Came A Spider, Kiss the Girls and even the more recent Double Cross. I'd definitely recommend it to Alex Cross fans as it is a decent addition but just don't except anything spectacular.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Quite the worst book I've read in a very long time and a complete insult to any reader, Patterson fan or not. Like many reviewers here I have thoroughly enjoyed the author's previous novels with their intriguing plots and psychological mindplay between Cross and the perps. But this book has nothing and I mean NOTHING to do justice to the characters, the readers or the author himself.
Wonder if Amazon would refund on the basis of being unfit for purpose?
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