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London Bridges (Alex Cross #10)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  32,751 Ratings  ·  781 Reviews
Alex Cross is back--and so is the Big Bad Wolf.

Terrorists have seized the worlds largest cities. London, Washington, DC, New York, and Frankfurt will be destroyed, unless their demands are met--and their demands are impossible. After a city in the western United States is fire bombed--a practice run--Alex Cross knows that it is only a matter of time before the bombers thre

Paperback, 390 pages
Published August 31st 2005 by Time Warner Book Group (first published 2004)
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Dec 05, 2010 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As much as I enjoy reading James Patterson, and as much as I am in love with Alex Cross (yes, I admit it), this installment failed to satisfy me. And failed miserably. Perhaps my disappointment was in the novel's grand scale international crime? These baddies seemed to kill for the sake of killing. Not to give spoilers, but even the deaths of some antagonists seemed anticlimactic given the way Cross had pursued them and vice versa, and the extent of the trouble they had caused him and the public ...more
Jul 05, 2010 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bad villains return, but weak terrorist plot not much fun...

This is the tenth in Patterson's Detective (now FBI special envoy) Alex Cross series, and from the outset, we would surmise that if you are not a faithful follower of the previous nine, you will be lost. First, both central villains are reprised from earlier books (the "Weasel" from "Pop Goes the Weasel"; and the "Wolf" from "Big Bad Wolf"), but it's not so clear how or why they are in cahoots. The Weasel in specific gets bumped off so
What can I say? Very bad book! I'm a fan of Patterson, but this one it's terrible... No real plot, things just seem to happen out of nowhere, no connection between the caracters, no real investigation, no twist at the end... talking about end, what the hell was that?? One of the worst and poorer endings I've ever read!!

The sentence in the synopsis: "Then, in the most unforgettable finale James Patterson has ever written, Alex Cross confronts the truth of the Wolf’s identity – a revelation that e
Adam Heine
I don't know what to do with James Patterson. His prose is amateur (coming from an amateur). His villains are cartoony. The plot just goes whether the protagonist does anything about it or not.

And yet I read the whole thing, and am even considering reading another Patterson novel on my shelf. Whatever Patterson sucks at, he's got the "What happens next?" factor down PAT.
Ms. Nikki
Alex was more unbelieveable in this book than others. The voice-over guy on the audiobook seemed to only change the inflection of his voice, but didn't seem to be able to convey the characters' emotionally. I'm new to audiobooks so, maybe he wasn't meant to.

The Wolf strikes again. He'll huff and he'll puff and he'll blow the house down. He actually does this at one point. This guys seems to have eyes and ears everywhere. Cross seems to be in the background for the first half of the story, just t
Jun 19, 2010 Kasia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even when writing his 10th Alex Cross novel, James Patterson didn't shy away from an insanely complicated plot. Perhaps having a little too much on the plate and not enough appetite at the end to finish it nicely, the story has a few loose endings, but with a novel this large I can't even imagine how many pages it would take to wrap each nerve ending up into a plausible conclusion. That said, I liked the book, I had a blast reading it ( as always when it comes to Cross books) and it kept me in s ...more
Claire Green
Mar 17, 2015 Claire Green rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping it wasnt going to get worse after Big Bag Wolf - but it did.

plot even weaker than BBW, plot has more holes than a cheesegrater - and likely more cheese in it. usual "but im so lovable, i have a hapless lovelife but its not my fault - but i know you'll sleep with me" Cross attitude.

All I can say is - James, whichever ghost writer you are using for these books now, shoot them and write about that, it might be more entertaining than your latest offerings.
Renee Hayes-Comage
LOVED the twists and turns!!! One of James finest works!!!!
Dec 08, 2014 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
London Bridges is another example why I read Patterson's books, but I don't buy them. For the reader, the book has good momentum and for the publisher, the series has good momentum. I'm not clear on how this works. The James Patterson franchise kicks out several books a year featuring various authors and different series. Presumably the Alex Cross series is written thus far by somebody with the actual James Patterson pen name. I think this guy is really busy, a lot of irons in the fire. One in f ...more
Jun 18, 2008 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As if it's not enough that Alex Cross has a plethora of rather vicious bad guys just chomping at the bit to strike back against him, now he has two. In this novel, we see the return of not just the Wolf from the last Alex Cross novel, but also Geoffrey "Weasel" Shafer from Pop Goes the Weasel. And both are gunning to not just take down Cross, but bring the world to its knees via total city destruction. Yes, the Wolf and the Weasel have designs on completely destroying four major cities around th ...more
Feb 22, 2010 Stephen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One out of every 17 hardcover books sold in the US are written by James Patterson. Curious to see what the fuss was about, I picked this up.

Thank god I got it at a library, since I cringe at the thought of a dollar of mine greasing the gears of the Patterson book-writing machine. The writing is this book, the 10th in his Alex Cross series, is god-awful, the plotting lazy, and the characters thin as balsa. And so many exclamation points!

But to his credit, Patterson seems unembarassed (sp?) so th
❆ Crystal ❆
2.5 stars. My least favorite of the series so far. It was just too out there... too unbelievable and there was too much going on with very little detail. Things were blowing up and people dying yet it sounded like the same sentences used to describe the lunch they had. The writing felt very disconnected with little to no emotion.
Bailey Jane
I read this book because it's in my collection, but do not recall anything whatsoever about it. The description of the book might be why. It sounds awful to me and nothing like any book I would ever enjoy. I doubt I'll read it again since the first time wasn't memorable at all.
Wendy Hines
Jun 20, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Cross book! Just when I thought I knew who the Wolf was, things got twisted up and I had to guess again. Not to mention I think Patterson is setting us up for something bad to happen with Nana Mama. I figure she's gonna live I hope not!
Suzan Johnson
Aug 09, 2016 Suzan Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome!!! Suspenseful, and great ending!!
Òphiere editoriale
Veramente brutto. Unico merito: rispettati gli standard commerciali della scrittura. Per il resto è il secondo Thriller di seguito che leggo ad avere lo schema della reiterazione all'infinito dei crimini, senza che si dipani una vera e propria indagine. Avevo attribuito questa caratteristica de "La biblioteca dei morti" di Glenn Cooper, alla finalità di predisporre il romanzo ad un adattamento cinematografico. Ma questo può valere per uno scrittore molto utilizzato dal cinema, non per tutti gli ...more
Abrar Al Rddadi

The book is a thrilling novel of Pattersons' . It's a sequel to many others where the hero of all was Alex Cross . I don't want to go through the story lines , But in brief , Cross is an FBI agent ( originally a policeman in Washington D.C) who has been chasing a criminal 'Geoffrey Shafer' Known as Weasel " a filthy rich sadistic person who likes to rape young girls and then kill them by torturing them " he is involved with the Wolf , a former figure of the Russian Mafia , !! The Wolf demands ,
May 23, 2008 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a mysterious group of soldiers evacuated the population of Sunrise Valley, Detective Alex Cross is on vacation. He is called into work in Nevada when the entire area is blown up mysteriously in James Patterson’s London Bridges. The local police found a video camera that revealed the suspect behind the bombings. The FBI has been looking for this person for almost three years.
Although Cross has had a lot of experience controlling situations like these, the suspect is in control; he tells he F
Stephen Johnson
Aug 26, 2014 Stephen Johnson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
London Bridges is the tenth installment of the Alex Cross series, in which newly hired FBI agent investigates the mastermind killer, The Wolf. Once again, Cross is pushed to the limit as he chases down the world's worst villains while navigating his tumultuous love life and feigning devotion to his overly neglected and endangered family.

London Bridges, by far, is Patterson's weakest novel in the Cross series thus far. Patterson's work has become remarkably formulaic and seemingly uninspired. The
Aug 19, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I am surprised I even finished this book. I had heard of James Patterson before and was given this book so decided to give him a shot. So disappointing. I would say I'm not great at distinguishing beautiful writing, but his writing style was terrible, as in painful! His characters had absolutely no character, his writing style was very amateur, and his plot was dull and all over the place. No more Patterson for me.
Jul 09, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
As per usual in picking up a james Patterson book i wanted an easy read. Easy read was delivered. Kept you on your toes guessing however can't say i was thrilled. Great holiday read... nice and easy going with a good plot.
Aug 09, 2016 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this series in no particular order. Thought I'd go back and see if I can fill in any of the missing books that I've skipped. This was a decent Cross story. I listened to it on audiobooks, and totally disliked the Sound noise that announced each chapter change. If that had been taken away, I would have liked it much better.
As a mysterious group of soldiers evacuated the population of Sunrise Valley, Detective Alex Cross is on vacation. He is called into work in Nevada when the entire ar
Feb 20, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
London Bridges was full of the action and drama I expect from an Alex Cross book. The past couple had taken a little of that away; they were more about Alex and Sampson’s personal lives with a side of action and crime fighting.

In London Bridges, two of Alex’s worst customers team up to cause mass destruction for seemingly no other reason than being terrorists. The Weasel and The Wolf are back and they are stronger than ever.

Alex has a few days and a strict deadline to meet The Wolf’s monetary
Jun 28, 2015 Shweta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 19, 2014 Kalonkie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story had such potential, but several things put me so off that I found it quite a struggle to complete the book. Firstly, I found very little depth in the characters. I suppose you have to read all the previous books to be able to find a little depth, but after reading this one, I doubt I will go to such great lenghts. I find Michael Connely to be much better at writing a series, but still alowing each book in the Harry Bosch series to be able to be read on its own, without loosing too much ...more
Jerry Caldwell
Pretty good book, but far from my favorite.

This is was my first Patterson Novel. I've heard so much about him, and I was mildly disappointed with this read. Yes, it was high-paced action, and of course, well written. But I did not like the lack of depth. This book was basically all action with little to no background story. I will admit, however, that this perhaps has a lot to do with this book being the 10th Alex Cross novel. If I had begun with #1, perhaps I would have that depth of character
Jame's Patterson's London Bridges features Alex Cross; a psychologist, former police detective, and current FBI agent. He finds himself working with numerous American and foreign agencies as they attempt to stop a mad man from committing atrocities throughout the world.

With little to go on, they hunt for a mysterious person known only as the Wolf. The Wolf has the world held hostage and the money and means to create mass destruction. Every time, they appear to close in on the Wolf; he manages t
Bev Taylor
Apr 26, 2014 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an early alex cross novel where he is having more luck in the criminal world than with his personal one

he is up against the wolf and the weasel.

the former seems to have a desire to destroy bridges and also destroy 4 cities and demand money plus the release of terrorist prisoners. the last 3 more understandable

h/w there r some errors or gaps in the narrative

why try and find a link between the wolf and weir, a top federal man when the wolf was out for burns who weir pushed aside at the assasin
Feb 24, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a James Patterson in years, but he was one of my favourite authors when I was younger so I decided to give this a go, especially since I'd read the other Cross novels leading up to this one. And what a disappointment it was! It made me question whether I want to read another Cross novel. For one thing, the characters seemed very hollow; I struggled to picture any of them. For another, it's the Wolf and the Weasel versus Cross – I immediately expected an epic showdown. But no. The ...more
Jul 17, 2011 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Patterson book that I've read. It moves along in 1st person from action to action, without enough character development or intrigue to really get me hooked. Fast read even for me, a very slow reader. Lee child is preferable in this genre for me at least.

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