- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross: (Alex Cross 19) Hardcover – 22 Nov 2012
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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)
Detective Alex Cross is ripped away from his family on Christmas Eve - and that’s nothing compared to what awaits him on Christmas DaySee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always the twists & turns are brilliant. Alex Cross saves the day and christmas once again, what more could you want.Published 2 days ago by tracey
Really enjoyed this book, my first Alex Cross book. Quite exciting plot.Published 1 month ago by Odette
Very good,enjoyable to the end,gripping story to keep you not want to put it down,can't wait for the next one.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book was brilliant, a must read, couldn't put it down. Another great triumph for James Patterson. Can't wait for the next book.Published 3 months ago
Five stars all the way. It was very hard to put down the book a good page turner . ThanksPublished 3 months ago by Tony
Couldn't put it down. Hooked from page 1 to the end . look forward to many more great reads in the future.Published 6 months ago by Julie Argent