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Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (Alex Cross #19)

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It's Christmas Eve, and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and the children. The tree-decorating is barely under way before his phone rings again--a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on t ...more
Paperback, 101 pages
Published November 12th 2012 by Little, Brown & Co. (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dr Haught
I love Alex Cross, and have read them all. Enjoyed the ride but felt as if this was two possible books that were blended to meet a deadline. I didn't feel as if either story was fully realized.
Michelle
Very disappointed! Just finished Merry Christmas Alex Cross, and all I can say is James Patterson has forgotten who Alex Cross really is. I was completely bored and quite frankly annoyed, beyond belief, with the first part of the book. Alex and Sampson on a stakeout, at the church, was a mediocre storyline at best. The hostage negotiation crises was laughable especially when Bree, a fellow cop, showed up at the negotiation to tell Alex that his actions were making his grandmother cry. After laug ...more
Jill Manske
This is another of those James Patterson appetizer books - tasty while you're consuming it, but leaving you wanting more. I remember the good old days when Patterson wrote long books with complex plots and characters. Seems like ever since he got into the book-writing assembly line mode with his numerous co-authors, pumping out about 20 books per year, the length of the Alex Cross books has dwindled. I know he's a prolific writer, but that shouldn't mean that he gives up on writing long, meaty b ...more
Thea
101 pages in a James Patterson book far to fast for me. So being that this book is only 101 pages...you guessed it it took me hours to read. I started it before bed and finished it. This Mini book was just what I needed. Alex Cross is by far my favorite book charater in the Crime Mystery section so it surprised me I hadn't known this book was out. However I won't say much I will say this, Hostages on Christmas? Yeah and you can bet Alex is right in the middle, as always. Fantasic book, prefect r ...more
Beth
I am done with James Patterson. I have been getting there for awhile and I'm done. This is two stories jammed into one book and neither of them are very suspenseful or interesting. Besides he writes too much to keep up with. It's really annoying. I have a hard time believing he does all of these books on his own. I think we're being duped.
Amanda Patterson
Alex Cross, superman, is back again. In this 19th novel in the series, Patterson loses the plot. This seemed like a compilation of three short stories tied together by Cross’s failure to spend the Christmas holiday with his family.
We begin with Alex Cross and partner, John Sampson, catching a thief who is stealing from churches on Christmas Eve. Of course they catch their man. Alex returns home to his disgruntled grandmother, wife and children who all just want to spend time with him.
Then a craz
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Bob
Same as every other Alex Cross book at this point.
1. Something bad happens.
2. Alex leaves his family at an important time.
3. Most evil villain he has ever faced.
4. Alex considers if he should keep this job because the family is angry af him and in danger.
5. Alex gets John to help save the day.
6. Alex takes his wife out on the town and everything is perfect again.
Yawn.
Paula  Phillips
I don't know about you , but I have read quite a few series that once they reach about Book #10 etc , they start to go downhill and lose their touch and excitement as its just a repeated story. However, not Alex Cross . I absolutely love the Alex Cross novels and this one was no different except for one thing which was different than in his other novels. Merry Christmas Alex Cross, as you can guess is set on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day and Alex is just wanting to have a nice day with his family ...more
Jennifer Bloom
Frankly, this book disgusted me...on just one, rather important, level. Why do Alex Cross's family feel it necessary to remind of him of what a shithead they think he is every time he gets a call to go out. This man has been a police officer for years...t is not a new job. Bad things happen and sometimes he has to go to work.

Our story opens with Cross and sidekick Sampson staking out a church on Christmas Eve to catch some guy who has been stealing from the collection box. After successfully sto
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Monnie
Opening this latest Alex Cross book on my Kindle Fire was accompanied by somewhat mixed emotions, the first of which is that it will be a more enjoyable experience than many of James Patterson's other efforts in recent years. Depending in large part, I suppose, on who he chose as a co-author, a few have been so awful that I now approach them all with a bit of apprehension. But since the Cross books apparently are written by Patterson alone, they've held up quite well in the interest department s ...more
Roger Perry
Fast read, this adventure takes place at Christmas time. The season is about the only thing different. As I mentioned in my last review, I believe the quantity of books being turned out by Patterson is far outweighing the quality. There are even two more upcoming books previewed at the end. Not strong plot development like I enjoyed in some of the earlier "Cross" books. Borrow this book, don't buy. Spend your money on something else. I always look forward to the Patterson books but found this on ...more
Matt
James Patterson injects the holidays into his best crime series, bringing Alex Cross back with all the power fan have become accustomed to seeing. Creating an excellent novel with two sub-stories gives readers an excellent look into the crime fighting abilities of Cross, as well as his compassionate side. Set against the backdrop of Christmas, Cross must solve two crimes while his family stays home and waits... not all that patiently. When all is said and done, Cross is able to save the day agai ...more
Mary
I do not know how James Patterson does it, book after book after book!

It's a snowy Christmas Eve, and Detective Alex Cross is at home celebrating with his family. Nana Mama's famous pecan pie is in the oven, and the kids are hanging their favorite ornaments on the tree. Just as Alex's wife emerges from the kitchen with a bowl of homemade eggnog, his phone rings with news that shatters the night: At a nearby home, a family has been taken hostage and the situation is spiraling out of control fast
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Virginia
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David Savage
Detective Alex Cross is back, in book number 19 in the successful Alex Cross series, in a race to stop the death of a family on Christmas Eve and having to save the lives of millions of Washington DC citizens.

Alex Cross is at home on Christmas Eve with his family. Looking for to Christmas day to celebrate with his loving family his plans are ruined when he gets a call and has to attend a hostage situation.

A top lawyer who has fallen from grace has taken his ex-wife, his kids, her new husband and
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Fran
Merry Christmas Alex Cross: James Patterson

Nana Mama is waiting for her grandson to come home and celebrate Christmas Eve with his family. Alex Cross and his partner Sampson are staking out a church hoping to get the one man who seems bent on stealing the money from the confessional box and use it to fund his drug habit. When Alex and John take him down and arrest him if he though what he faced before was tough it was nothing compared to the tirade he gets from Nana Mama. Just how far will one m
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Marianne
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross is the nineteenth book in the popular Alex Cross series by prolific American author, James Patterson. It actually consists of two separate stories linked only by their proximity to Christmas. On Christmas Eve, with a blizzard set to engulf Washington, Alex Cross is called, much to the dismay of his family, to a hostage situation. A once-prestigious heavily armed lawyer is holding his ex-wife, his children, his ex-wife’s new husband and a next-door neighbour hostage. C ...more
Felicia
Listened for Fun! (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.75(Not Part of the Overall Rating)

Part of my 25 Books for the Holidays for 2012

How Merry Christmas, Alex Cross put me in the Holiday Spirit: I love the Alex Cross series because I can always count on him to get the bad guy! That being said, it was his family that really injected the Holiday spirit into this story. His Nana was just perfect!

What I thought of the Characters/Story: Merry Christmas
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Jeannie Walker
It's not James Patterson's best, but it is still pretty darn good!
Alex Cross has been called cynical more than once in his life. In his line of work it is tough to be positive about much of anything. But,
to be called out catch a thief who is robbing the church's poor box on Christmas Eve - well that almost takes the cake. Later on, a hostage situation arises that threatens the welfare of children, as well as lives. This turns out to definitely be a Christmas Alex will remember for a long time.
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Laraine
James Patterson is usually a good read and Alex Cross' new book--Merry Christmas, is very good.

Alex leaves his own family on Christmas Eve to help another. Once that crisis is addressed, he goes home and gets some sleep--but the phone rings and another crisis, this one--which is much more deadly, drags Alex out yet again.

Patterson is the hands-down master of just-right short chapters. You get enough new information to engage you deeply, then you get a chance to ponder that in light of what you
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Nancy

got an advance review copy of this through my job. having never read any Alex Cross novels, i figured i'd find out what i've been missing out on. not much apparently.

this might have been the worst book i've ever read.

you certainly couldn't pick this book up and get any background information on Alex, his past exploits or his family. i had no idea why Alex was considered such a super-cop, why Nana was so feared, or why Bree was so whiny. and i'm sorry, but no wife of a policeman will ever show u

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Linda
This is my first Alex Cross book and I am thrilled I finally read one. Can't wait to read others.

Alex Cross is looking forward to a nice quiet Christmas with his family but it is not meant to be as he is called out to a hostage situation where he puts his life in danger to save the lives of several children, their mother and her husband. The sigh of relief from his family is huge when he arrives home safe and sound but then he is called out again because a notorious terrorist is spotted at Union
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Susan R
The good news is that it's another Alex Cross book - one of my favorite characters. However, it seems like two stories were put together in one book, and any connection between the two is almost nonexistent. Both could have stood on their own and been great. Would have given the book a four except for this - expect better from such an established author.
Gary
I have read nearly all James Patterson's books but I have found some of his more recent books a bit stale and predictable.This book fell into that category and was more like 2 short stories put together to make a novel.
Maybe he should concentrate on quality not quantity but somehow I don't think that will happen.
Antonello Fiore
Not surprisingly, another fantastic page-turner by James Patterson. I couldn't put the book down. I needed to know what was going to happen next. The Alex Cross series is by far the greatest series I have ever written. It will live on forever. Another 5 star rating goes to James Patterson!
Justin
The book started out with Alex and his friend Sampson chasing a fugitive on Christmas eve. That night he gets called to a hostage situation that lasts all night. When he finally gets home to his angry family he finds out that he has to go to the train station where a known terrorist is there and planning to do something big...

"Bree shook her head and said, 'Well, there it is, then. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross.'" This is when he has to leave and his wife is mad at him for leaving on Christmas.


"W
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Erin
Well, it was blessedly short. And free.
Ben Dutton
Merry Christmas Alex Cross is the nineteenth novel in his Alex Cross sequence, and the 101st novel this novelist factory that is James Patterson has churned out. To call it a novel is a misreading: this is two short stories tacked together simply because they happen to be set at Christmas time.

The first of these two stories is the more interesting: a man has taken his family hostage on Christmas Eve and it is up to Alex Cross to talk him down. The potential for drama here is strong, and there ar
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Bill Garrison
MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS is easily the one of the worst books I've ever read. Patterson has written some great books, and also some horrible ones, like this year's ZOO. But, his Alex Cross books are usually pretty good. Not this one. Patterson starts off with a gimmick. Let's set the book over Christmas and play on the theme of Alex being pulled away from his family. This theme has been beaten to death in previous books, but now it is the entire basis for a novel.

Alex is first called away on
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Brenda
Christmas Eve, snowing, intensely cold but Alex Cross was warm inside his home with his family, wife Bree, NanaMama and the children. Decorations were being placed on the tree, tradition was happening as it did every year. But then Alex’s phone rang with bad news for their Christmas celebrations; he was needed to help in a hostage situation, where an ex-husband had his whole family inside their house at gun-point.

A few hours later, a second crisis also needed his expertise, and this one had the
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