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Cross Country (Alex Cross #14)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  28,087 Ratings  ·  1,654 Reviews
About The Author: James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist , Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 8th 2009 by Arrow (first published 2008)
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James Lafayette  Tivendale
Hello again, Alex Cross. I saw this book in a charity shop yesterday and the hardback edition cost me a measly 33 pence. I was left unsure on the Patterson/ Cross dynamic after Kill Alex Cross but the fact I read this thoroughly in 24 hours in front of the other 400 books I have to read must say something for how much I have enjoyed how these novels are created and presented.

Recently, in the story - the superstar Alex Cross has been working as a psychologist more so than as an intense deductive
Jan 04, 2009 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I decided while I was reading the latest book in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson that reading Mr. Patterson's work is similar to eating at McDonald's. You know with both that there won't be any grand expectations in the experience you will gain with both, yet somehow there is an unseen force that compels one in either reading another Patterson novel or eating something from Mickey D's. After you finish reading Patterson's book (and eating at Mickey D's), you know the memory of the exper ...more
Nov 25, 2008 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked the Alex Cross books, but this one was a dud. Alex takes it upon himself to follow a murderer he's after to Africa. While in Africa, he gets beaten up, jailed & threatened countless times. It seemed to me that the plot was a way for Patterson to let us all know about the horrible violence & living conditions in Africa. I thought Alex acted so out of character. I think I just finished reading it for old times sake.
Aug 06, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: mystery
As readers, we have to be willing to suspend our disbelieve once in a while for the enjoyment of a book. Cross Country, the 14th Alex Cross novel, asks readers to go well beyond normal suspension and travels very far into unrealistic territory.

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
Feb 09, 2009 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a HUGE fan of James Patterson's Alex Cross series. I look forward to each of the new releases with great anticipation. However, I must say, I was completely disappointed by this addition. I wish I had read the reviews before reading this. It was a quick read with the usual Patterson short chapters But, the woven storyline was completely missing.

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
Jul 13, 2015 Bev rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
A quote from the book best describes "Cross Country." "It was baffling, it was incomprehensible. Just wrong on so many levels."

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
Hari Kumar
Apr 27, 2016 Hari Kumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad for a good start, as this is my first James Patterson novel, and it was really a good read too. But I don't think everything said in this could be practical, like said in most of the other reviews. Since these are the events of a fictional world, everything could be forgiven.
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
Feb 10, 2009 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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Aug 03, 2015 Melodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson knows how to tell a story. This is never more evident,than in this installment of his Alex Cross series.Chapters are kept short, one his Patterson's trademarks, and the pace is fast, at times break-neck.
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
Nov 21, 2008 Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The books with Alex Cross are the best of James Patterson's work. Recently I've been disappointed in a lot of the collaborative efforts where Patterson authors books with a second author. I read that a lot of these are just "ghost" books - Patterson provides the outlines and the other authors write most of the novels, and it definitely shows. Stick with the books that don't have a second author's name on them if you want to read the best that Patterson has to offer.
Jan 22, 2009 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, this may be blasphemous, but I thought this book was pretty lame. I have to admit, I don't normally read thrillers or mysteries and this is my first Patterson book, but honestly, I don't think it lives up to the hype. Granted, I read the book in two days, but not because the storyline was particularly compelling. It was more because the chapters are so short that I just had to keep going. Patterson does a good job of ending each chapter with a question or cliffhanger, but overall it wasn't w ...more
George A/k/a
Jan 15, 2009 George A/k/a rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, allow me to begin by confessing that I am a devout James Patterson fan and that the Alex Cross storyline is my favorite. That being said, I enjoyed this book a bit more then most of the other reviewers. In fact, it was one of my favorite Alex Cross books. I read it in one the risk of losing my job security. LOL!
"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
Ms. Nikki
1 1/2 Stars.

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~

Fitta Emike Sari
I want another crime book - like Cormoran Strike Series / Sherlock - and it's not the one..
there is too much action, no big twist. just not the book for me. And i Alex Cross didn't live the hype.
Mar 29, 2009 Katy-Del rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 08, 2009 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I normally love anything that James Patterson writes... for his style, fast-pace-approach, and character development. This book just had me feeling "off" the whole way through it. The things I like about this author were there - it was a well-written book - but I don't like feeling anxious and depressed when I'm reading, and I felt like that a lot with this one (even when I wasn't reading, just thinking about it). For those of you who don't know, this book follows Detective Cross to Africa, wher ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Sera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Alex Cross series
One of the better books in the series that I've read in awhile. Actually, I listened to it on audio, and Patterson really uses audio to his advantage here. There's gunfire, explosions, different readers interacting, and even music that signals when something sinister is about to occur.

All in all, a fun book that I would recommend on audio for fans of the series.
Apr 13, 2013 Abhishek rated it really liked it
One always knows what to expect from an Alex Cross novel. A psychotic killer on the loose, brutal murders, a detective with a never-give-up attitude on the chase, and illustrations of the toughness in him to keep facing his demons and emerging out stronger. The question is, whether the typically fact-paced novels of James Patterson can continue to keep you hooked after you have read a bit too many? The answer is, yes! Cross Country is another typical Cross novel with a different location backdro ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Keryn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, war
Having read some of the existing goodreads reviews on this book, it seems that as a reader of Patterson's previous books, you either hate this or love it.

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
Oct 11, 2011 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read James Patterson in a long time and after this book, I am wondering if I will pick him up again.
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
I was a little mixed on this one. This was definitely not a typical Alex Cross story. This one takes Cross to Africa in search of the killers of an old college sweetheart (who had been working on an expose of the goings on in Nigeria) and her family. As usual, this was a page-turner with some extremely bad characters from Africa committing some extremely brutal murders in both the U.S. and Africa. While in Africa, Cross sees first hand some of the outrages being perpetrated on the African people ...more
Amanda Patterson
Dec 05, 2009 Amanda Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Cross seemed to have seen and done it all. I cannot recall how many wives and girlfriends have been murdered in his quest to catch the many serial killers who have crossed (excuse the pun) his path. However, James Patterson always seems to have another ace in his endless keyboard.
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
Feb 14, 2014 Phrynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was not one of James Patterson's best efforts I think! It was a fast and exciting read but just a little bit too far over the top. I'm not sure any cop can legally fly himself to another country and expect to be able to pursue someone. And the constant beatings by all and sundry became tedious. The story was also predictable. As soon as his children were mentioned in chapter 5 it was obvious they were going to be kidnapped. I suppose I should have been surprised by who the kidnappers were b ...more
Dec 11, 2008 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was worthwhile in the sense that it continued the Alex Cross saga, but other than that, it wasn't very satisfying. More far-fetched than usual, and yet the books have started becoming monotonous. I'm ready to move on to other series.
Reinaldo Lourenço
May 05, 2016 Reinaldo Lourenço rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-2016
Q historia violenta :( O Det Alex Cross saiu mto maltrarado deste livro...
Aug 20, 2015 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dear Mr. Patterson -
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
Sep 12, 2016 Kristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So unrealistic. This cop is trying to figure out what we're doing so let's kill everyone else except him. He got beaten up so any times that even if he was made of iron he would've died or at least have some serious injuries and consequences. But no, the story goes one as if nothing happened. And what was the deal with journalist? Let's sleep together, we won't do anything, let me just kiss you a little bla bla.. Like some f***ing teenagers.
Feb 12, 2012 Afsana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this was not one of his best books

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

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

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