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The Big Bad Wolf Hardcover – 13 Oct 2003

4.4 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; First Edition edition (13 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755300211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755300211
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.2 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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'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)

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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)

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Format: Paperback
I am big fan of James Pattersons books and the Alex Cross books are usually my favourite holiday reading matter as they are easily and quickly read round the poolside. However, found the ending to this book a real anti-climax.I am not easily confused but could someone please explain why earlier on in the book the wolf is actually named then, (without wanting to ruin the story line)we find out the wolf is someone else, resulting in the next book - London Bridges.
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By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
As with all Patterson books once you have started you find it incredibly difficult to put it down, I really enjoy Alex Cross and the 'big bad wolf was no exception' but really 'James' where is the rest of it, there is a new book not yet published Im wondering is this the sequal, I really need to know what happens to little Alex and who is the Wolf, in true Patterson fashion he's keeping us hanging but not only to the last page Im disapointed that I have to wait for another book to get to the climax. You'll enjoy it but it will really leave you wanting more!!!
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Format: Hardcover
This new Alex Cross novel has got to be one of James Patterson's best books to date.Alex is back in business, but this time with the F.B.I. The agency is described well and as usual Alex's life is pretty hectic with Nana Mama, Damon ,Jannie, Little Alex and Jamilla all clogging up his mind.Behind Geoffrey Shafer {Pop Goes the Weasal} the Wolf, whoever he ACTUALLY is , is a brilliant , menacing and bone chilling character.There is good , solid action throughout the book and it is a little different from the previous Alex Cross novels.Good, fundamental thinking has went into this book and it shows.The F.B.I angle opens so many new corridors for Alex and a lot of them are shown in THE BIG BAD WOLF, especially HRT, the hostage rescue team.Overall this is a brilliant, exciting and emotionally charged, super book, with a great villain who may return soon to Alex Cross...
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Great book as ever, easy to read and a real page turner. Anyone wanting a write who is easy to read to keep their interest should try reading these books as I'd be surprised to hear them say they're boring. Yes, I understand the intellectuals who will say that they're disappointed at certain things about the stories and various other points but Alex Cross is the heroine of the books so of course, he will prevail in the end but you need to just submerse yourself and enjoy the stories for what they are ie. a little escapism and nice and easy relaxed reading although pretty violent at times.
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By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
I have read almost all of the Alex Cross novels by JP and i love every single one, but this one takes the cake. JP is one of the most talented writers i have ever had the pleasure of reading, i work in a bookshop and i read alot of books by all kinds of authors but JP is a master at getting inside your head you really do feel like you are part of the action, if only i could meet JP and just tell him how talented he is! Well done mate
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Terrible !!
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.
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This is the 9th book in James Patterson's Alex Cross series, and while it could be read as a standalone there's been a lot you've missed out on if you haven't read from the beginning so maybe start with Along Came a Spider.

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.
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By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?
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.
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