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Merry Christmas, Alex Cross: (Alex Cross 19) [Hardcover]

James Patterson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (460 customer reviews)
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22 Nov 2012 Alex Cross (Book 19)

It's a snowy Christmas Eve, and Detective Alex Cross is at home celebrating with his family. Nana Mama's famous pecan pie is in the oven and the kids are hanging their favourite ornaments on the tree. Just as Alex's wife Bree emerges from the kitchen with a bowl of homemade eggnog, his phone rings with news that shatters the night: at a nearby home, a family has been taken hostage - and the situation is spiralling out of control fast.

Alex rushes to the scene and confronts the unthinkable: a father is threatening to murder his own children and his ex-wife. Then just as the insanity peaks, a second horrific situation explodes - one that no one could have foreseen and that puts millions of people at risk. This is a red alert of the darkest kind, and Alex is forced to make a decision that could end as many lives as it saves - including his own.

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross is James Patterson's most shocking Alex Cross novel yet: a breakneck-paced and heart-pounding adrenaline rush of a thriller.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Century (22 Nov 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780890699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780890692
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (460 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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12 of 13 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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46 of 52 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
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nana, Nana, Nana 24 Dec 2012
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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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8 of 9 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 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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7 of 8 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This book made me Cross! 6 Dec 2013
By Val
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I am becoming disenchanted with James Patterson. This novel was a total bore from start to finish. Made me Cross!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Author 21 Nov 2012
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as always James comes up with another great novel,love to read Alex Cross books,once you start reading them you cant put it down.Sorry for the FOOPHAA Nighr Owl,bit of miss typing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Patterson does it again!
Good old Alex - gets the job done under trying circumstances. Once you think things are about to calm down the proverbial hits the fan - even on Christmas eve!
Published 1 day ago by Keith
3.0 out of 5 stars To read the rest or not
I have read all of James Patterson s books ,this I think could be my last.for me cross has had his day.typical plot ,typical cross typical family.what more do I need to say.
Published 5 days ago by rosemary leitch
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It never ceases to amaze me who can write a book where you can't put it down.
Published 5 days ago by Debra Hatherill
2.0 out of 5 stars time for Alex to retire
Is it really possible for one man to get into so many scrapes at Christmas? Is he really the only person in DC who can help? Read more
Published 10 days ago by Lweeeze
5.0 out of 5 stars Best
another good read from James Patterson the story always flows no wasted pages and Alex Cross as always gets the bad guys
Published 14 days ago by margaret snowden
4.0 out of 5 stars book
this was a birthday present for a friend who likes james patterson books and is trying to build up a collection.
Published 14 days ago by christine allen
2.0 out of 5 stars Dire
I'm a big fan of the Alex Cross series but this book was terrible. It felt like two ideas for potential stories that didn't make the grade, so they were stuck together to fill a... Read more
Published 17 days ago by mj
3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Complex, as James Patterson always is. You do need to keep up your concentration or you lose the plot. A real page-turner.
Published 19 days ago by R.O.Hills
5.0 out of 5 stars alex cross
I have read lots of alex cross books and have enjoyed every one of them they are compelling reading from beginning to end
Published 20 days ago by g n
3.0 out of 5 stars 1 story or 2 but badly linked? Strange offering.
Book was ok at best. 2 different stories linked by main character couldn't see why.Just a bit odd to read.
Published 20 days ago by John Mac
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