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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
Though "Cross Country" possesses Patterson's definitive style, it lacks any real suspense and a very boring one dimensional criminal, who seems to me to be a lame attempt at embodying the concept of political evils I have no problem with a white author writing from the point...more
When the home of Alex Cross's longtime friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, he is devastated. The destruction leads him to believe that he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend Brianna Stone begin the hunt for the villain responsible for the killings, they quickly find themselves entangeled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C.. What they discover is shocking: a strongly organized gang of teenage thugs heade...more
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The subject of a Time magazine feature called, "The Man Who Can't Miss," James Patterson is the bestselling author of the past year, bar none, with more than 16 million books sold in North America alone. In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patter...more