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Merry Christmas, Alex Cross: (Alex Cross 19) Hardcover – 22 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Century (22 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780890699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780890692
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (721 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fast-paced and tightly plotted, this is a dramatic thriller that shows why the books in this series sell by the truckload" (Sunday Mirror)

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Detective Alex Cross is ripped away from his family on Christmas Eve - and that’s nothing compared to what awaits him on Christmas Day

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James Patterson has written a pacey action-packed book with no co-writer mentioned. The author throws Detective Alex Cross into a frenetic 24 hour period over Christmas, a period normally a happy family get-together. Cross is the ultimate in maintaining high standards. His dedication to his service commitments are unquestionable. On Christmas Eve, Cross and long-term friend and colleague John Sampson apprehend a known repeat offender attempting to steal church moneys' to feed his drug habit. Returning home to his family for a festive, relaxing Christmas Eve, his phone rings, calling him urgently to a hostage scene.

Henry Fowler, a once rich and successful attorney, lost his job through malpractice.His life rapidly took a nose-dive into bitterness and substance misuse. He is holding his ex-wife, his three children, her new husband and a congressman's wife (a neighbour) prisoners. He is heavily armed and is threatening the lives of his captives. The hostage negotiator has upset Fowler and Cross is brought in to sort out the potentially explosive scene. In a bold manoeuvre and using his experience of the 'psychological approach', Cross finds himself in a courtroom scenario in the house with Fowler. He is curious to know the reason behind the drug-fuelled hatred of his family, the circumstances of his downfall and hence how best to tackle the problems in front of him with a view to solving the crisis

Meanwhile his family sit at home worrying about the danger he has again exposed himself to. I wonder how families cope with these sudden and often prolonged absences, particularly at Christmas, with a wife or husband and children involved.
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Being a fan of the Alex Cross books and James Patterson, I opened this book (on kindle) with anticipation.
I was extremely disappointed, it is 2 novels linked together only by being set over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,
There was not the time or space for the normal build up and suspense. It was also quite unbelievable. I know Washington DC is violent, but come on, Mr Patterson, show some respect for your readers.
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Nowhere near as good as his early books about Alex Cross. This one is effectively 2 short stories set within a Christmas holiday, and the final quarter of the book is a preview of another book entirely!

The story lines are improbable, and Alex Cross seems able to make wildly intuitive leaps, to carry the story along.

James Patterson seems to have taken the commercialisation of authorship to a completely new level.

Based on this book, I will not be buying any further Alex Cross books, I felt this was a waste of money, and a waste hour or so of my life, that it took me to read it.
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I used to really enjoy James books but he seems lately to be going more for the quantity of new books he can publish in a year rather than the quality, I would prefer one good book a year rather than 3 average. Oh and isnt it about time Nana passed on to greener pastures.
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Love the Alex Cross books but this one was a let down, no where near as gripping as previous seemed a little bit thrown together ? .
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Im a massive fan of the Alex Cross sagas, but this one completely failed me. There was none of the usual suspense, just a simple straight forward read. Quite boring actually!!!
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Quite disappointed - storyline boring - glad I only paid £3.00. Not a patch on some of his other books. Its as she just churned this out for Christmas.
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An enjoyable read, but then I always enjoy the Alex Cross books, yes some are better than others and I always seem to enjoy James Patterson when he writes by himself and not with another. Alex Cross has now been with us for sometime and his story is almost like taking a peek into someone else's life that we know and are fond of. I shall look forward to more of the Cross books. I have found as I said some of his other books not really up to par and did not enjoy the Private books perhaps because I could not like the main man. But my son - younger generation loved them. Careful Mr Patterson I think you are becoming a little too "samey" and like some other author's repetitive although not as bad as Martina Cole.
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