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Dead Line (A Cal Murphy Thriller Book 2) by [Patterson, Jack]
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Dead Line (A Cal Murphy Thriller Book 2) Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
Book 2 of 10 in A Cal Murphy Thriller (10 Book Series)
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2377 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Green E-Books; 8th edition (29 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AA49Y2Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you liked Cross Hairs, you'll love Cross the Line. Cross the Line is a fun thriller and an easy read. Sportswriter Cal Murphy and his photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into a high stakes adventure while investigating the kidnapping of an NFL quarterback's son. The kidnapper has a very unique ransom demand. If the star quarterback loses the Superbowl, his son dies. Cal and Kelly eventually get involved in an FBI sting which does not go as planned. Everything that can go wrong does, and Cal and Kelly must stay on their feet and think quickly in order to save themselves, the young boy, and the Super Bowl!

Cross the Line is well written, and the plot moves at a very nice pace. I found the dialogue in Cross the Line to be a step above Cross Hairs. The dialogue in this book is more organized and offers more humor. I really enjoyed the way the characters were written, also. All the characters felt real, and there was just the right balance of humor and tension between them.

Cross the line is a combination thriller, mystery, and sports story. I must admit that I am not a football fan, but I still found this book enjoyable. There are enough sports moments to set the tone, but not so many that they take away from the story. The plot is very exciting and riveting, and you will be hooked no matter how familiar you are with football.

The story is told in short chapters and is very easy to digest. Cross the line is a fun book that doesn't take itself to seriously. Some of the events that happen are a bit "out there", and I think that really adds to the enjoyment factor. This book is definitely entertaining! Jack Patterson's books are really easy to sit back and read. He takes you on an enjoyable ride, and you'll have a hard time putting the book down. I recommend Cross the Line to anyone looking for a fun and easy read!
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The second Jack Patterson novel I have embarked on and must admit I found this one a little easier to read than "Cross Hairs" but I would say it still work in progress to get the balance right for me, a little less "chat" would be welcomed but that does not detract from the fact that it is actually a decent book.

Being from the UK however, and not totally familiar with US sports or the enthusiasm frequently displayed by the supporters of the NFL a little of the story was perhaps lost in translation for me although the plots were understood well enough although not 100% my cup of tea as I find heroes a little tiresome on occasions, more so when I cannot relate to them so well. This is something I find when reading some novels that are principally for the US market and not the authors fault in any way.

A mixture of suspense, thriller and mystery in one little bundle makes it all worthwhile with a kidnapping that would tear any normal person in two under the circumstances.

All in all, it is a step in the right direction from JP and I will continue to read his books, even if it is just to see how he is progressing (in my eyes at any rate).

I would give 4 stars as I did with "Cross Hairs" only because I cannot give it 4.5, hopefully the next one will bump it up to a full house.
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In terms of the story and plot I have to say that Cross the line is a step above compared to Jack Patterson's previous book, Cross hairs. I enjoyed this fun thriller because of the characters and the unique story behind. The story begins when sportswriter Cal Murphy and his photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into a high stakes adventure while investigating the kidnapping of an NFL quarterback's son. The hostage takers have a really catchy treat for if the quarterback losses the Superbowl his son dies. The two men are in for a pool of series of unfortunate events when everything that could possibly happen went wrong. Now that they are already involve with the situation Cal and Kelly need to think fast and come up with the best plan they could ever make in order to save themselves and the boy.
The plot was well written, it goes in a nice pace and the book has more to it than what you expect in most thriller novels. It has great moments, such as humorous lines that people can easily relate to. Everything felt real and it really was a great read.
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This Guy JACK Patterson shamelessly includes the word Cross in the title of this book to try and confuse readers into thinking they are buying a book by James Patterson from his Alex Cross stories. Don't be fooled this book is rubbish!!!
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This was unbelievable on so many levels. Immature writing style with flat-pack characters in unlikely situations. I had already read Book 4 and author's writing style has obviously improved since Dead Line. I did finish the book but I don't think I'll bother with any more from this author.
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This was honestly the biggest load of rubbish I have ever read. I did read the whole book just because I was having one of the worst days of my life and the ridiculous of it made me laugh. Honesty, totally terrible.
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Having enjoyed his other book "Cross Hairs", I decided to read his next novel "Cross the Line". I enjoyed this novel pretty much for the same reasons: a light yet enjoyable thriller that is a page turner.

This time we have Cal Murphy, a sports-writer, with photographer Kelly Mendoza thrown into an adventure ride that runs on full throttle. An NFL quarterback's son is kidnapped; the ransom? No, not money, but a demand for the star quarterback to throw a game. And what a game... Nothing less than the Superbowl.

With good humor thrown into the dialog, decent characters, and lots of action and commotion, you can't go too far wrong with this novel. This one is fast paced, so hold on to yours hats!
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