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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099553732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099553731
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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READERS LOVE I, ALEX CROSS!

"[Patterson's] books don't pussyfoot around when it comes to the villains. These are bad, bad people... ["I, Alex Cross"] is political, with a lot of intrigue in high places." Al Roker, "The Today Show""

"I truly believe that James Patterson has an IV hooked up to his writing arm and Great Ideas, Great Plots, and Great Characters dribble constantly into his bloodstream..."I, Alex Cross" stuns." "TheReviewBroads.com""

"The stakes are higher than ever before...More than a crime thriller, it's an absorbing family drama." "NightsandWeekends.com"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Alex Cross's ultimate case, and his deadliest enemy...

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Format: Hardcover
`Cross Fire' is the 17th book in the bestselling series written by James Patterson, starring Washington DC's favourite detective Alex Cross. In this book, as well as Cross planning his wedding to Bree Stone, two snipers are killing powerful figures all over the city, but the victims are all are people that most would actually like to see dead. If that's not enough for Alex to handle, his long time nemesis Kyle Craig is back in DC and has began to threaten and terrorise Cross and his family, only Craig is a little closer to Cross than he thinks.

I've been a fan of this series since the beginning and have never missed one of them, I've actually read most of them numerous times. This is the one series that Patterson still writes on his own rather than being with a co-author, so the quality of these books are usual a fair bit higher than the other dozen or so books he releases every year, and `Cross Fire' is no exception.

From the start this has non-stop action and excitement. If you're a long-time reader of the series then I guarantee you'll fear for the characters and will love the return of Cross's most cold-blooded and clever serial killer, which will have you on the edge of your seat from the opening page. Having the sniper case as well as "The Mastermind" on the loose (which was a very clever idea on how this is pulled off) makes this impossible to put down. I began reading this yesterday afternoon and have finished it already!

Overall this is a complete return to form for Patterson and this is without a doubt the best book I have read of his for years. There's also a fantastic hint at a future storyline at the very end that makes me very excited for next year's installment. I don't have one bad thing to say about this book - buy it now!
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By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2010
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I feel a terrible burden when I pick up a James Patterson book these days. The man is a legend who has produced some fantastic work that has earned him the right to be called one of the bestselling authors of all time. A staggering figure is that in 2007 one in every fifteen hardback books sold was a James Patterson. I myself seem to have a love-hate relationship with his work.

Lately I haven't been over enthused with any of his offerings and his best book in the last few months has been without a doubt `Worst case' which is another popular series of books featuring Michael Bennett. It seems that all of his co-written books have been a pile of rubbish and it makes me wonder just how bad his books can get. I was however looking forward to his new release Cross Fire, his 17th in the Cross Series of books. When the book arrived my first thought was that this book would be the one that cemented my loyalty to JP and why I always pre-order his books no matter how disappointed I was with the last one.

In this latest instalment we again get drawn straight in at chapter one. JP's infamous style of his short sharp chapters is there in abundance, which I confess I love. Alex is written exceptionally and as soon as you pick the book up you feel like you are getting reacquainted with an old friend. Nana is also still around as are the kids and you felt like you are once again part of the Cross' hectic family life.

The story itself is the major let down for me. James Patterson in the past has come up with storylines that have had me staying up overnight to finish a book or being so engrossed that I miss my train stop. This book is certainly not up to what I would call his best standards. I thought the plot jumped and many of the chapters felt almost unfinished.
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This is a fair Patterson Cross story after a number of weak novels. Kyle Craig is back again, this time with a new face and identity which gets him close to Alex Cross as Cross investigates two criminal plots. The tension stays with Kyle Craig and Cross throughout the novel, even though at times it does seem farfetched (Cross knowing Craig intimately both as an ex-colleague and as a psychiatrist). Overall a fair story, though I still rate the early Cross novels as substantially better in plot, depth and thrills.
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Some time ago I swore I'd never read another JP book again (shortly after reading Swimsuit, if I recall) but this book was .99p and I'd enjoyed earlier Alex Cross books, so decided to take a punt on it. Maybe it's because it's been a while since I've read a Cross - but it had me gripped and was nicely written - even if I'm a bit puzzled **spoiler alert** as to why the ex-wife storyline popped up in the way it did.

But it was good enough for me to consider revisiting Cross again.
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This book begins with a well known serial killer replacing a top FBI agent through plastic surgery and then hunting down Alex Cross who in an unbelievably stupid role does not realise the trick until almost the last page.
This book is just a con, do not pay a cent for it
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Detective Alex Cross is back in the 17th novel of this best selling series. In my opinion it is the best Alex Cross novel to date, James Patterson at his best.

It starts with a chilling murder committed by ‘The Mastermind’, readers of the previous novels will know who this is. From here on it just gets better and better.

A sniper is going around Washington killing “the bad guys from the newspapers”, high profile targets including politicians, judges and heads of companies. Is the killer working alone and is someone else pulling the strings? Who would want these people dead and for what reason?

Alex Cross is put in charge of the sniper killings and at the same time there are also the bizarre deaths of homeless men with strange numbers carved into their bodies. Alex is overworked and also planning his wedding to Bree so takes the help of an FBI who he dislikes.

Will Alex solve the murders and catch the killers? Will Kyle Craig get his revenge or be captured and taken back to maximum security?

This is a great fast paced, action packed thriller from page 1 right to the climatic finish. It leaves you wanting more. It is well written with believable characters. You don’t have to have read any of the previous novels to understand what is going on, but if you haven’t read the other books in this series this will make you want to read them all. It is action packed, fast paced and not a dull moment. It is definitely worth the money and the time to read. You will not be disappointed.
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