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Cross Country. James Patterson (Alex Cross #14)

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Detective Alex Cross pursues the most ruthless killer he's ever encountered-to a land of sheer terror and back. It's the worst crime scene Alex Cross has ever seen, and then more killings, each one more ruthless than the last, quickly follow. After one death comes terrifyingly close to home, Alex realizes he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. Digging deeper into the...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Arrow Books (first published 2008)
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Matt
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
Chris
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.
Jennifer
Aug 06, 2010 Jennifer rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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...more
Glenn
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.
Nicole
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...more
George A/k/a
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 day...at 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...more
Bev
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...more
Suzanne
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Dana
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
Katy-Del
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Phrynne
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
Abhishek
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
Vanessa Montês
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Sem dúvida alguma o melhor livro do autor que li até à data. É que nem tenho dúvidas. Como referi o autor habitua os seus leitores a uma escrita rápida, cheia de sobes e desces e que empolga imenso os leitores de uma ponta à outra. Embora até goste desse género de livros e leia vários livros do autor, há muitas vezes que sinto falta de profundidade nos assuntos abordados. É por isso que gostei mais deste livro, pois o autor fala da Serra Leoa e da Nigéria, dois locais que embora sejam conhe...more
Jill
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.
Afsana
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...more
Frank
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
Keryn
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...more
Caitlin
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...more
Amanda Patterson
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...more
KarenC

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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Stephanie
Crank up the testosterone and get ready to keep saying "oh, f%$*" -- this one is really violent. And SPOILER ALERT after Adanne and her entire family got hacked to pieces, there was just no way that the Crosses would escape unscathed...but they did. And was that due to the CIA, or in spite of the CIA, or WTF? Anyway, it is a mindless frenzy of gore, relieved periodically by some nice interplay among the usual characters. But too many things wrong with it...like the cryptic call at the end, which...more
Viji (Bookish endeavors)
'Breathtaking,heartstopping and electrifying'.??!! This is pure trash. Nobody could have made such a non-happening character as Cross is in this book. And I mean non-happening as in he doesn't do a thing,things happen to fall on his head for sure. He went to Africa and there he acted like Mr.Bean,doing all sort of stupidities,and everytime he needs somebody else's help to get out of it. The book made Cross look like a wannabe-cop.
Avoid it,if you have other choices.
Ellen
I have suspected for some time that James Patterson wasn't the actual author of many of "his" recent books as the style was imitated but without his signature complexity in simple form. (Along Comes A Spider; Kiss The Girls)

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
Sónia
Dos livros desta série cá publicados li todos. No primeiro senti aquele entusiasmo inicial, quase de novidade, perante um novo estilo de policial. Com capítulos pequeninos, com acção quanto baste e, cujo final, dá sempre entusiasmo para continuar leitura.

Dos três livros, apesar do tal entusiasmo inicial que referi há pouco, este foi o que mais apreciei. E porquê? Porque além de todos os "condimentos" que referi há pouco, aborda situação de alguns países africanos, em que a corrupção e a violação...more
Amber
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
Christine
Apr 10, 2009 Christine rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore JP fans
I'vew long enjoyed James Patterson's Alex Cross dective novels and WMC books (despite an overabundance of exclamation points and very short chapters). Last year i made the decision not to waste my time reading the books on which he has collaborators due to the poor writing. I was looking forward to reading Cross Country, an Alex Cross story. In this book, Cross follows a murderer to Nigeria; it seems as if this book was written more to highlight the inhumane conditions in Nigeria than as a story...more
Jenness
Not my favorite James Patterson/Alex Cross novel. I just couldn't get involved in what was going on. the violence and all of the things that happened to Cross were just too much. The book seemed more about violence for violence sake rather than spending time actually developing the plot or further developing any of the characters. There were also too many times when Alex Cross did not react or behave as the Alex Cross I know and love would have done. I was very disappointed and will now think tw...more
Tony Fisher
Fast moving, short chapters, poor unbelievable plot. Why is it necessary for Dr Detective Cross to first, go to Nigeria; secondly, become an action man and not the academic he is; and thirdly, having been falsely imprisoned, tortured, imprisoned again, kidnapped and responsible for the murder of just about anyone who helped him, NOT GET OUT OF AFRICA ASAP? Added to that a very poor and too quick ending. The whole story is totally implausible, with two-dimensional characters throughout. Give it a...more
Chris Matney
This is my first Alex Cross book. Although I like political intrigue and thriller books, I went into this story expected to be disappointed with a light treatment of a character who is completely formulaic. In the end, it was a fun read - very fast. Good action, good pacing, and just enough intrigue to keep me turning the pages. I guess that is what a page turner is all about. Now, I'm not ready to rush out and buy the whole canon, but I would definitely pick up another Patterson novel for an en...more
Cheryl Bradley
Alex Cross chases an elusive killer known as The Tiger from Washington D.C. into the chaos of Nigeria and surrounding areas. The Tiger kills entire families at a time, often brutally. Cross finds himself compelled to follow a lead across the ocean into Africa, putting his life and the life of his loved ones at risk.

I found this a difficult book to get into. It took maybe about half way through to start to get interesting (and I am a huge Alex Cross fan). I also found the concept of murdering ent...more
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