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

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Century; 1st edition (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 (733 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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When I read the synopsis, I immediately thought "is that it?". The synopsis just seemed a bit `bleugh' if you know what I mean. Sadly this latest Cross novel left me feeling exactly the same way. As ever with any JP book, the chapters are short and sharp meaning it's incredibly easy to read. Sadly a few chapters in, and I just had that dreaded feeling of "I've been here before with this character".

The Henry Fowler character takes his children and ex-wife hostage and as usual Alex Cross is called in, but it happens to be Christmas morning. The story started to pick up pace and I thought we may well have been in for a treat, but I was to be disappointed as that part of the story finished rather abruptly. The reader is then briskly rushed onto the next part of the story involving a terrorist plot. I don't recall how far into the book this happened but it all just felt a bit disjointed.

The second plot of the book involving the terrorist plot certainly had all the right elements. However, it just seemed to lack any real feeling. I have been reading James Patterson for years and I took the time to pull my older reviews up today. It seems like my opinion of mediocrity has been recurring for a few years now and it seems like I am not learning my lesson. It feels like a huge number of us Patterson readers keep reading through both loyalty, and the hope that he will once again create brilliance like his early days.

Overall, it's a book that would keep you entertained for a few hours, but that's it. It shows how my interest is waning when I wait nearly a year from publication to read a Cross book. No doubt I will swiftly move onto the next book (book 20 in the series entitled Alex Cross Run). Overall, not a terrible read, just not like some of his earlier books.
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