Cross Country (Alex Cross #14)
Cross Country involves Alex Cross in a caust ...more
Alex Cross, devoted family man who often feels guilty for abandoning his children for a day or two, travels to Africa on a case. He ventures into known danger, leaving his family, friends, girlfriend, police job and psychiatric patients behind to chase aft ...more
The only reason I can think of that MIGHT have inspired James Patterson to write this awful book is that he might recently have become aware of the plight of millions of people in various African countries and thought he could use his popular character, Alex Cross, to shed light on a truly appalling situation.
However, that said, it was a terrible book with a totally unb ...more
Some stand out issues for me:
(1) The murders were too gruesome and violent - completely out of character for Patterson's writing style. The detail ...more
Alex is truly out of his comfort zone, as he takes his current murder investigation to Nigeria. On arrival, he finds he is the hunted instead of the hunter and it is all down hill from there.
And there is a very human aspect to this story as Alex and a Nigerian journalist travel ...more
And these characters are rather similar to that of the Michael Connelly's 'City of bones' (as both the detectives lost their spouses earlier and finds a new love during this case and no more spoilers).
And after read ...more
"Cross Country" was all about exposure. This riveting story shows the reader a side - a more vulnerable side - of Alex Cross then one is accustomed. It also reminds the reade ...more
What. The. Hell.
If ever there was a book that had too much going on, situations that were over the top, and not enough believablity--it would be this one.
Cross and Patterson really showed their weaknesses in this read and the ending tried to compensate for it.
Kyle Craig. Humph. He just does not give up.
I hate that such an important subject was wasted in a sub-par read.
Maybe I'll take a break before the next one~
All in all, a fun book that I would recommend on audio for fans of the series.
Many write it off as far-fetched and a way to get the rest of the world to see the suffering in Africa. I do believe that it's only fair to comment on the story's exaggeration if you have been to a major North African country like Nigeria, especially the highly populous and poverty-stricken city of Lagos, and to the camps at Darfur. Personally ...more
Did I stay up too late reading this book and fly through it to find out what would happen next? Yes, but there were so many things wrong with this book, I don't know where to start.
The story became far-fetched so often that I almost abandoned the book (how many times can Alex get beat up in this book? Who in their right mind would run around Africa for so long and leave their family be ...more
Join him as he tracks down the most terrifying gang of monsters yet. If you thought Blood Diamond was harrowing, do not read this. Alex Cross is after ’Tiger’, a killer who leads a band of children killing childre ...more
Next time you kneel and say your nightly prayers, please, oh please make a resolution to never, ever-ever, ever take attempts in writing outside of your regular thriller MO again. Because you are oh so terrible, terrible at it.
Didn't that two-book Russian reference fiasco teach you anything? Nothing?
The book I have just wasted a week of my driving time listening to, is not a thriller. It is not even a detective genre - perhaps, because we are introduced to the ever-so-horri ...more
I read it and enjoyed it on a superficial level but found that the storyline seemed a bit far fetched
Alex cross is on the hunt for a gang of killers who kill whole families. The gang is made of children and led by a vicious killer who does not hesitate to wipe out the entire family due to his unhappiness with one.
The story enfolds mainly in a foreign land where Alex has chased the killer (not even sure it is the right one) ignoring the fact that this unlike othe ...more
A fast read; if the publisher had reduced the white space and made some chapters longer the size of the book would be significantly reduced. Many short chapters, only a page or two, each ending at a sort of "cliffhanger" spot in the storyline. Kept me reading, but I'm still trying to figure out whether I read because the plot was intriguing, the cliffhangers grabbed my attention, or just to get to the end.
I'm also trying to figure out Patterson's purpose in writing this particular book. The lik...more
Avoid it,if you have other choices.
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James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. As of January 2016, he has sold over 350 milli ...more