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Almost - time for a new direction?,
This review is from: Kill Alex Cross: (Alex Cross 18) (Hardcover)
Almost, in that much like THE TRIAL, which I read not long ago, KILL ALEX CROSS threatens to be excellent but only manages to be average at best. As with THE TRIAL the subject matter is engrossing and the storyline potentially epic but somehow just not given the full justice it deserves. I felt that a lot of the story was just skimmed over and the reader was left to make up the detail themselves. The President's children being kidnapped and an impending terrorist attack are dealt with by Alex as if he is taking a walk in the park rather than dealing with two national emergencies at once. Even the violence seems to have been thinned out and lacking in any emotional intensity.
Another reviewer said that they couldn't put their finger on what was missing, I think I can, time and effort. Patterson's chapters seem to have got shorter and shorter to the point of ridiculousness. I think this is more to add page numbers to the novels than a ploy to speed up the pace. It seems that quantity may have replaced quality, which is backed up by the number of co-writers Patterson seems to be working with.
I love the Alex Cross character and series but found this just didn't make the grade I'm afraid. Maybe it's time for a new direction? Either that or add another 100 pages and fill in the blanks!
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Initial post: 11 Apr 2013 14:35:56 BDT
Ms Paula Cusack says:
I completely agree with your review!
Just finished this book (I've read everything by JP right from the start); waited for an explosive ending to make sense of the two story lines (why were the children kidnapped? What happened to Hala?), but the book just fizzled out.
I WILL read any of JP's books which hit the shelves in future, but without any great sense of anticipation.
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