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Merry Christmas, Alex Cross: (Alex Cross 19) [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (604 customer reviews)

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Detective Alex Cross is ripped away from his family on Christmas Eve – and that’s nothing compared to what awaits him on Christmas Day.



On the night before Christmas, Detective Alex Cross is at home celebrating with his family. But when Alex’s phone rings, he knows that this won’t be a merry Christmas.



A father has taken his children and ex-wife hostage. Armed to the teeth and high on crystal meth, Henry Fowler is dangerously unstable. The lives of everyone in that house are hanging by a thread.



As this suburban nightmare is unfolding, another far greater threat is approaching. It will be a terrorist attack like Washington DC has never seen, and when nobody expects it.



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"Fast-paced and tightly plotted, this is a dramatic thriller that shows why the books in this series sell by the truckload" (Sunday Mirror)

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Detective Alex Cross is ripped away from his family on Christmas Eve – and that’s nothing compared to what awaits him on Christmas Day

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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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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Such a Merry Christmas 22 Nov. 2012
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
James Patterson has written a pacey action-packed book with no co-writer mentioned. The author throws Detective Alex Cross into a frenetic 24 hour period over Christmas, a period normally a happy family get-together. Cross is the ultimate in maintaining high standards. His dedication to his service commitments are unquestionable. On Christmas Eve, Cross and long-term friend and colleague John Sampson apprehend a known repeat offender attempting to steal church moneys' to feed his drug habit. Returning home to his family for a festive, relaxing Christmas Eve, his phone rings, calling him urgently to a hostage scene.

Henry Fowler, a once rich and successful attorney, lost his job through malpractice.His life rapidly took a nose-dive into bitterness and substance misuse. He is holding his ex-wife, his three children, her new husband and a congressman's wife (a neighbour) prisoners. He is heavily armed and is threatening the lives of his captives. The hostage negotiator has upset Fowler and Cross is brought in to sort out the potentially explosive scene. In a bold manoeuvre and using his experience of the 'psychological approach', Cross finds himself in a courtroom scenario in the house with Fowler. He is curious to know the reason behind the drug-fuelled hatred of his family, the circumstances of his downfall and hence how best to tackle the problems in front of him with a view to solving the crisis

Meanwhile his family sit at home worrying about the danger he has again exposed himself to. I wonder how families cope with these sudden and often prolonged absences, particularly at Christmas, with a wife or husband and children involved.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let down 11 Dec. 2012
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Love the Alex Cross books but this one was a let down, no where near as gripping as previous seemed a little bit thrown together ? .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nana, Nana, Nana 24 Dec. 2012
By DERK
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I used to really enjoy James books but he seems lately to be going more for the quantity of new books he can publish in a year rather than the quality, I would prefer one good book a year rather than 3 average. Oh and isnt it about time Nana passed on to greener pastures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very predictable 6 Dec. 2013
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Quite disappointed - storyline boring - glad I only paid £3.00. Not a patch on some of his other books. Its as she just churned this out for Christmas.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very disappointing Alex Cross novel 9 Dec. 2012
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Being a fan of the Alex Cross books and James Patterson, I opened this book (on kindle) with anticipation.
I was extremely disappointed, it is 2 novels linked together only by being set over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,
There was not the time or space for the normal build up and suspense. It was also quite unbelievable. I know Washington DC is violent, but come on, Mr Patterson, show some respect for your readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 7 Jan. 2013
Format:Hardcover
Nowhere near as good as his early books about Alex Cross. This one is effectively 2 short stories set within a Christmas holiday, and the final quarter of the book is a preview of another book entirely!

The story lines are improbable, and Alex Cross seems able to make wildly intuitive leaps, to carry the story along.

James Patterson seems to have taken the commercialisation of authorship to a completely new level.

Based on this book, I will not be buying any further Alex Cross books, I felt this was a waste of money, and a waste hour or so of my life, that it took me to read it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Merry Christmas Alex Cross 8 Dec. 2012
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Im a massive fan of the Alex Cross sagas, but this one completely failed me. There was none of the usual suspense, just a simple straight forward read. Quite boring actually!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awww what you doing Patterson! 9 Aug. 2014
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Being a big fan of James Patterson and especially of his Alex Cross series it pains me to say that I was really disappointed with this one. It didn't have the same feel as his other books felt a bit rushed. The storyline was boring and had none of the suspense that I love in his books. I hope the next book in this series is better!
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