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Dead Line (A Cal Murphy Thriller Book 2)

Dead Line (A Cal Murphy Thriller Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Patterson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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When veteran pro quarterback Noah Larson finally guides his team to the Super Bowl, his dreams -- and life -- are dashed when his six-year-old son is kidnapped for a unique ransom: lose the game or his son dies. Seattle sportswriter Cal Murphy and photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into an FBI sting to help rescue Noah's son in Mexico. But when everything falls apart, Cal and Kelly are left to save themselves, save Noah's son, and save the Super Bowl.

* (Previously published as "Cross the Line")

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hangman Books; 6th edition (29 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AA49Y2Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jack Patterson is a thriller author living in the Pacific Northwest. He spent his formative years living with his family on the estate of an English baron and baroness. It was there that he developed his passion for good literature and an appreciation for football. Upon moving to the United States, Jack entered the field of journalism where he won numerous writing awards and has written articles for many prestigious U.S. newspapers, including The New York Times. He later left journalism full-time to pursue writing books and now resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three young children.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, entertaining, and amusing! 3 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you liked Cross Hairs, you'll love Cross the Line. Cross the Line is a fun thriller and an easy read. Sportswriter Cal Murphy and his photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into a high stakes adventure while investigating the kidnapping of an NFL quarterback's son. The kidnapper has a very unique ransom demand. If the star quarterback loses the Superbowl, his son dies. Cal and Kelly eventually get involved in an FBI sting which does not go as planned. Everything that can go wrong does, and Cal and Kelly must stay on their feet and think quickly in order to save themselves, the young boy, and the Super Bowl!

Cross the Line is well written, and the plot moves at a very nice pace. I found the dialogue in Cross the Line to be a step above Cross Hairs. The dialogue in this book is more organized and offers more humor. I really enjoyed the way the characters were written, also. All the characters felt real, and there was just the right balance of humor and tension between them.

Cross the line is a combination thriller, mystery, and sports story. I must admit that I am not a football fan, but I still found this book enjoyable. There are enough sports moments to set the tone, but not so many that they take away from the story. The plot is very exciting and riveting, and you will be hooked no matter how familiar you are with football.

The story is told in short chapters and is very easy to digest. Cross the line is a fun book that doesn't take itself to seriously. Some of the events that happen are a bit "out there", and I think that really adds to the enjoyment factor. This book is definitely entertaining! Jack Patterson's books are really easy to sit back and read. He takes you on an enjoyable ride, and you'll have a hard time putting the book down. I recommend Cross the Line to anyone looking for a fun and easy read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ripoff 17 Dec 2012
By roglang
Format:Kindle Edition
This Guy JACK Patterson shamelessly includes the word Cross in the title of this book to try and confuse readers into thinking they are buying a book by James Patterson from his Alex Cross stories. Don't be fooled this book is rubbish!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun thriller novel 9 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In terms of the story and plot I have to say that Cross the line is a step above compared to Jack Patterson's previous book, Cross hairs. I enjoyed this fun thriller because of the characters and the unique story behind. The story begins when sportswriter Cal Murphy and his photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into a high stakes adventure while investigating the kidnapping of an NFL quarterback's son. The hostage takers have a really catchy treat for if the quarterback losses the Superbowl his son dies. The two men are in for a pool of series of unfortunate events when everything that could possibly happen went wrong. Now that they are already involve with the situation Cal and Kelly need to think fast and come up with the best plan they could ever make in order to save themselves and the boy.
The plot was well written, it goes in a nice pace and the book has more to it than what you expect in most thriller novels. It has great moments, such as humorous lines that people can easily relate to. Everything felt real and it really was a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Patterson is improving, worth reading 8 Jan 2013
By Neil
Format:Kindle Edition
The second Jack Patterson novel I have embarked on and must admit I found this one a little easier to read than "Cross Hairs" but I would say it still work in progress to get the balance right for me, a little less "chat" would be welcomed but that does not detract from the fact that it is actually a decent book.

Being from the UK however, and not totally familiar with US sports or the enthusiasm frequently displayed by the supporters of the NFL a little of the story was perhaps lost in translation for me although the plots were understood well enough although not 100% my cup of tea as I find heroes a little tiresome on occasions, more so when I cannot relate to them so well. This is something I find when reading some novels that are principally for the US market and not the authors fault in any way.

A mixture of suspense, thriller and mystery in one little bundle makes it all worthwhile with a kidnapping that would tear any normal person in two under the circumstances.

All in all, it is a step in the right direction from JP and I will continue to read his books, even if it is just to see how he is progressing (in my eyes at any rate).

I would give 4 stars as I did with "Cross Hairs" only because I cannot give it 4.5, hopefully the next one will bump it up to a full house.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 28 Dec 2012
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I ordered it by mistake thinking it was James Patterson, but I was glad I did it was very good. I shall read more of his works.
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First book I have read by the author and i bought it as I liked the NFL and thought I would give it a read. Fast pacy writing and fun to read which is the most important aspect for me. I will look out for more of this authors work. I really like the style of writing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 20 Jun 2014
By Jean
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If you like American sport you will like to read these books. Can be a bit boring in places for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jack Patterson 10 Jun 2014
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Found it quite good although I thought I had picked the other Patterson! Will read more of his book in future..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good read
Never read Jack Patterson before but would consider reading another book of his. Writes nearly as good as James Patterson
Published 1 month ago by Susan Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good read and will definitely the next book.
Published 1 month ago by Val Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by sheila odonnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Cross the line
Excellent read, got me hooked early on and couldn't put it down. Would recommend to anyone who likes crime novels.
Published 3 months ago by Benjamin Petty
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Excellent book.....hang on every word .....having to read to early hours of morning as can't leave a chapter hook at end.
Published 10 months ago by nick
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
It was the title that grabed my attention, I have'nt read this author before but it was a good little story and funny in parts.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. A. S. Conroy
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller
I ony tried JACK Patterson to see if it was like James Patterson - I liked it but preferred James
Published 13 months ago by Grace Albison
2.0 out of 5 stars Cross The Line Review
Very juvenile and I started to think I had selected a book for the wrong age group. Won't try Jack Patterson again stick to James.
Published 14 months ago by Kit Owen
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
The title is aptly chosen and really covers the story. In the background there is the issue of evil things happening to good people and how to respond to this fact. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Fenny @ Hotchpotch
5.0 out of 5 stars Sporty fun
I'm not really a sports guy, but this was recommended, so I got it anyway to broaden my reading. Wow; not bad actually. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stephen V. Seebaran
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