The Big Bad Wolf Hardcover – 13 Oct 2003
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'If there really were human superheroes, Alex Cross would be at the head of the class...and, with each instalment in the series, Patterson makes sure his superhero gets bigger and better while at the same time becomming more vulnerable.' (New York Times)
'[V]astly entertaining...the narrative throughout is swift and varied...Full of plot surprises and featuring a balanced mix of intrigue, hard action and angst, the novel grips from start to finish...this is the finest Cross in years' Publishers Weekly 6/10/03 (Publishers Weekly)
'Awesome' Independent on Sunday 9/11/03 (Independent on Sunday)
Awesome (Independent on Sunday)
'Forget the housework, forget the sleep. This is one book once started has to be finished' Fraser Coast Chronicle, Maryborough, Australia 6/12/03 (Fraser Coast Chronicle, Maryborough, Australia)
'Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried... There's no stopping his imagination.' (New York Times Book Review)
Full of plot surprises and featuring a balanced mix of intrigue, hard action and angst, the novel grips from start to finish...this is the finest Cross in years (Publishers Weekly)
Full of the unexpected twists and heartrending surprises that James Patterson delivers better than any suspense writer alive, THE BIG BAD WOLF is an unforgettable thriller from the 'master of the suspense genre' (Sunday Telegraph)See all Product Description
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After reading about 15 JP books , I wanted the new Alex Cross mystery. Maybe some of the magic we saw with Gary Soneji, instead i got bits of all his old adventures crudely arranged in a new book with some of the names changed so we dont realise. Completely predictable story and as for the "firing a rocket launcher at someone when your in the same van (No, Really)" most of it is completely ridiculous with little continuity and massive plot flaws. I loved all the other Alex Cross books, but this one almost made me hate him. Avoid it people, its one of the worst books i have ever read.
So in this book we catch up with Alex Cross as he begins working for the FBI having recently left his job with the Washington PD. Cross is finding it a bit of a struggle, being a little fish in a big pond is not something he's used to and compared to the other new agents he's got a lot of experience. Soon enough though his reputation is getting him a lot of preferential treatment from the higher up's and he's skipping class to work on his first case. A lot of wealthy middle aged white women are being kidnapped at random for no apparent reason and it's up to Cross to find out why and who's behind it all. This is where The Wolf comes in, a pretty mean Russian Mobster who's set up an online group offering to kidnap anyone for his rich clientele for the right price.
While this is going on we also get caught up to date with Alex's home life. The mother of his youngest son; Christine Johnson is back in Washington and wants custody of little Alex. Cross however is finding it hard to play FBI agent and spend quality time with his family.
This is a pretty enjoyable book. If you've read Patterson before you'll know what to expect. Not great writing but writing that will keep you hooked. The short chapters and punchy action scenes will keep you turning the pages and it's a lot of good fun. A 4* outing for Cross.
Well…probably no one, because Patterson doesn’t develop him or invest him with much genuine, convincing menace at all. Colourful, yes, but not really scary.
The Wolf in question is a powerful and vicious Russian gangster, the latest dragon which Alex Cross must slay. All across America, people are being bought and kidnapped. It’s a sort of white-slave ring open to the highest bidder. And, who is operating this? The Wolf, of course, a “terrifying” mystery-man and huge undiscovered stain on the name of justice. Throw in twists, murders, Cross’s new experiences in the FBI where he now works, and you have a typically riveting James Patterson book. Oh yes, and Alex Cross’s family is, shockingly, in danger again too. But, this time, not from death… (It’s quite a decent sub-plot, actually, but it’s as severely underdeveloped as only Patterson can accomplish.)
One of these days I will see sense and stop buying Patterson’s books. I mean it. They’re bad. (After all, if you ever tried to think of them “seriously” you’d laugh so hard your sides would require sewing back up.) But, I expect it’s about as likely to happen as your average person saying “I really must put in more time at the gym” and actually doing it. And why? Because his books – the Cross series in particular, which remains my strong favourite – are so jolly entertaining. Indeed, The Big Bad Wolf is excellent. Prime Patterson. Very fast, very snappy, very very enjoyable. I loved it. The series is firmly back on track, I feel.Read more ›
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Another fantastic novel by James Patterson. He never lets me down. :)Published 4 months ago by Celia Anderson