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Cross Fire (Alex Cross #17)

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Wedding bells ring

Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories--is the marksman a hero or a vi
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Hardcover, 356 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2010)
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Daniel Audet
Mar 04, 2011 Daniel Audet rated it it was amazing

I finished Cross Fire a couple of days ago and amid the storm of activity around the ranch here I tried to best organize my thoughts to a point where this review would not be too rambling. The thing that stands out the most for me with this newest edition in the Alex Cross saga series is this: No matter what you may read posted by book reviewers, book critics, literary purists(if there is such a thing), thriller genre fans and writer bloggers is this: James Patterson IS and has a style all his o
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Monique
So my first novel by James Patterson which is surprising because even I know he has written a ton of novels..and I must check out more as his writing is crisp, engaging and easy to read, you find yourself tearing through pages and looking up to see half the book is gone and that is wonderful talent...In this seventeenth installment (I know I know I have to read more of the series) Detective Alex Cross is newly engaged and back in touch with his arch nemesis Kyle Craig who basically wants to dest ...more
Patricia
Oct 03, 2010 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Preparations are underway for the wedding of Alex Cross and Bree Stone. Alex’s family is excited and happy about the wedding. Kyle Craig, Alex’s sworn enemy, is thinking about Alex’s wedding and determined to do whatever is necessary to make Alex’s life miserable. His plans to disrupt the wedding sound perfect.

Alex’s wedding is put on hold when a gunman begins a killing spree. The killer’s victims include people whose names are well known in Washington not only for their positions but also for t
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Sonja - Intellectual Badass
I really enjoyed Cross Fire. It's an amazing fast-paced thriller. I flew through it.
Some references in this book were lost on me because it's part of a detective series I've never read before. However reading it as a standalone didn't obstruct my understanding of the book. Cross Fire can hold its own well. If anything, it only made me more curious to check out the rest of the series, to read more about these intriguing characters.
Overall, it's a great crime thriller. It's written well and it is
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Gareth Otton
May 06, 2013 Gareth Otton rated it it was ok
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Paula  Phillips
Jan 21, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
Alex Cross is back and it's not a surprise that the case he has to solve involves a whole lot of drama and mystery. With Alex Cross , comes a lot of Family drama , work commitments and the life of serial killers and pyschos. In Cross Fire we see Alex Cross's ol' enemy and ex-best friend Kyle Craig - "Mastermind" escape from prison and read as he kills an Undercover FBI agent Max Siegel and takes his place as a field agent. Meanwhile Alex Cross and his good friend/partner John Sampson are working ...more
Kay Van Slyke
Apr 05, 2011 Kay Van Slyke rated it really liked it
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Good one! Alex finally gets married and we see the last of Kyle Craig. Thank goodness. There are a couple of other killers running loose. Kyle Craig spends lots of money making himself looking like a former FBI agent named Max Siegel. He is still determined to kill Alex Cross but to do so he works hard to become Max and gets assigned to a couple of Alex's cases. A numbers killer named Stanislaw Wajda who is pretty much insane. Kyle even commits a few murders of his own to make them look like Waj ...more
David Savage
Oct 24, 2012 David Savage rated it it was amazing
Detective Alex Cross is back in the 17th novel of this best selling series. In my opinion it is the best Alex Cross novel to date, James Patterson at his best.

It starts with a chilling murder committed by ‘The Mastermind’, readers of the previous novels will know who this is. From here on it just gets better and better.

A sniper is going around Washington killing “the bad guys from the newspapers”, high profile targets including politicians, judges and heads of companies. Is the killer working al
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Michael
One of Det. Alex Cross's hated enemies is Kyle Craig. Craig has escaped from prison and
is seeking revenge against Cross. Craig kills FBI agent Max Siegel and then has plastic surgery to make himself look like Siegel then he learns everything he can about Siegle's life.

In Washington, D.C. Alex Cross has proposed to Brianna Stone. Shortly thereafter he's called to investgigate a sniper assassination of two of Washington's politicians who were under investigation for corruption.

When another sniper
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Ms. Nikki
Jan 10, 2015 Ms. Nikki rated it liked it
Patterson's reads are engaging, which can be a bad thing when you're so caught up in the story you pick apart every scene of the book.

Cross, to me, is not a reliable character. One book he'll come up with all the ideas and be hot on the trail of his killer, the next and he's clueless. I still don't know who he works for full time.

This one was action packed and I loved the fact that Bree has all the qualities that Cross needs to keep him balanced. She fits in well.

The baby-momma issue needs to s
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Ron
Dec 31, 2011 Ron rated it did not like it
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Ruth
Jul 27, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed all of the Alex Cross books that I have read and I love Patterson's style. His crisp, short chapters are a trademark and he keeps you turning the pages until before you know it, the book is finished!

In most thrillers there is a hidden element and you wonder what it is. If the book is well written, you don't figure it out until the end. In this book, there is a twist and Patterson discloses an event right at the beginning of the story and you are wondering how Alex will figure this
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Raina
Dec 20, 2010 Raina rated it liked it
What does it say about an author when you need three intersecting serial killers to keep the plot moving along? I guess you can make some observations comparing the detached and impersonal efficiency of a military sniper to the brutality and viciousness of a knife-wielding psycho, but to what end? The bodies still pile up.

A very formulaic escapade into the world of Alex Cross. For a Character that has been with us since the beginning the End of the Mastermind character was very Anti Climactic. S
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Mike
Dec 21, 2010 Mike rated it did not like it
I have always been a fan of James Patterson, and of the Alex Cross series. This book was written in the same style, that makes for a very quick read. Unfortunately, this is the first book I have read in a very long time that I considered not finishing. The plot dragged along and was predictable. The only part of the book that ended too quickly was the end...it seemed like James Patterson was writing to hit a prescribed number of words, and once reached, wrap up the book as quickly as possible. T ...more
Paulo Pires
Dec 18, 2015 Paulo Pires rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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«Alex está à beira do casamento com Bree, a vida pessoal de Alex está em alta.
Em Washington a corrupção está a ser atacada, ou melhor eliminada, literalmente!
Um atirador furtivo mata cirurgicamente elementos da sociedade que são corruptos, dividindo a opinião pública.
Alex é chamado a investigar, mas o pior inimigo de Alex Cross, Kyle Craig, está de volta, com um plano surpreendentemente engenhoso, e uma vez mais a família de Alex está em perigo. Como conseguirá Alex resolver tantas adversida
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Stephanie  G
Detective Alex Cross is back and this time on the trail of a gunman who is killing of some of Washington's corrupt politicians. Besides having to stop a killer who some are calling a hero, Alex's one time friend and now most dangerous enemy Kyle Craig is back in D.C.. Kyle has returned to take his revenge on Alex for sending him to prison and this time it's more personal than ever.

In this latest installment in the Alex Cross series, Alex is working homicide in Washington and getting ready to mar
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Patricia
Feb 02, 2011 Patricia rated it liked it
James Patterson is a prolific writer - he has the ability to make you "see" the events of his novels as they unfold. And, his Alex Cross character is by far one of my favorites, so I was looking forward to sinking my teeth in this next installment.

I was a bit disappointed, however. Although Patterson did a great job of keeping my interest throughout the book, I found that the ending left a lot to be desired. He wrapped things up too quickly and too neatly for my taste. In addition, based on the
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William Bentrim
May 02, 2011 William Bentrim rated it really liked it
Cross Fire by James Patterson

Kyle Craig is back. If you have read any of the Alex Cross books, that four word sentence is enough for you to want to read this one. Multiple plots, multiple villains and an intense climax make this a speedy read.

Alex is in love again. This Time Bree Stone is the object of his affection. This guy has had more deep loves than Jacque Cousteau. A wedding is planned and surprisingly Nana is on board. The kids are also in favor of Bree. Sounds like a love story but the
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Aaron
Feb 26, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
Patterson brings back fan favorite Alex Cross for a 17th time with this volume, and this time it is an opportunity to come up with his former friend and nemesis, Kyle Craig, who has been lurking around in the background of the last few books. The novel starts with Craig getting the finishing touches on a round of plastic surgery that will allow him to work his way back into the FBI under the guise of another agent who had been working undercover on a case for the last few years. As a result, he ...more
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I feel a terrible burden when I pick up a James Patterson book these days. The man is a legend who has produced some fantastic work that has earned him the right to be called one of the bestselling authors of all time. A staggering figure is that in 2007 one in every fifteen hardback books sold was a James Patterson. I myself seem to have a love-hate relationship with his work. Lately I haven't been over enthused with any of his offerings and his best book in the last few months has been without ...more
Marianne
May 29, 2011 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cross Fire is the 17th book in James Patterson’s Alex Cross series. In this instalment, a sniper (or, more probably, a pair of them) are picking off victims with long-range shots. The victims are all hated public figures: corrupt politicians, judges, public servants and lobbyists are assassinated with single shots to the head. Alex has to take a break from planning his wedding to Bree Stone to investigate the case. He is forced to work with FBI agent Max Siegel, who, unbeknownst to Alex, is not ...more
Louize
Apr 20, 2011 Louize rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“That’s the beauty of creation and imagination. Remaining open to what comes. The more seasoned the artist, the more capable he is of responding in the moment.” – Kyle Craig

Sniper shooting unceremoniously pulled Alex Cross from his wedding plans with Bree Stone. And if that wasn’t enough, Max Siegal, an annoying FBI agent is giving him the wrong rub; on which he doesn’t have the time to address. To cap all that, his great nemesis Kyle Craig is on the move, threatening Alex's family and currently
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Star
Mar 29, 2012 Star rated it it was amazing
Alex Cross has decided to settle down with Bree Stone for good - he's proposed marriage and she's accepted. However, there is a more pressing matter - a sniper is going for the one-shot kill on corruption by taking out dirty politicians and lobbyists. The killer is trained, deadly, and disappears with the wind. On top of dealing with a high-profile politically charged serial killing case, Alex has been receiving calls from Kyle Craig - the Mastermind - again and this time Kyle's going for the en ...more
Carol  MacInnis
Mar 28, 2012 Carol MacInnis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Detective Alex Cross and his finance Bree Stone are preparing for their upcoming nuptials. Then Alex is called on to the murder scene of a congressman and lobbyist who are both known for their corrupt ways. Then a string of assassinations occur to more less that 'savory' Washington D.C. politicians, etc. The question is, are these 'trigger-happy' assassins heros or vigilantes. Also put into this mix is Alex's nemesis the notorious murderer who has escaped prison and is intent on hasrrassing and ...more
Betsy Ashton
Sep 15, 2015 Betsy Ashton rated it really liked it
A fast fun read. Perfect combination of Alex Cross and James Patterson. Perfect also as audio book for a road trip.
Kat
Nov 27, 2011 Kat rated it did not like it
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Jeremy Muse
Feb 01, 2011 Jeremy Muse rated it really liked it
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Mike Tueros
I continue to read this series only because I've committed to the first 16 of the series (or however many there have been). There isn't much substance as Patterson churns out 20 novels a year and Cross Fire was more of the same formula I've come to expect. Alex Cross continues on in his perfect life, and for probably the 6th time in the series faces off against Kyle Craig (aka the Mastermind). This time Craig has gotten a new face through plastic surgery and has found a new angle to battle his l ...more
Sebastian
Feb 11, 2013 Sebastian rated it really liked it
"It was all part of my punishment for catching him the first time"

It is official, Patterson has hit his stride again with this series, and it is a very welcome change. He is basically taking us back to the basics of what made him a favorite among many, a fast-pace thrilling plot that has enough surprises and chilling moments to keep us reading non-stop until we are done. Those that have read the previous book in the series already know what was coming in this one: Kyle Craig is back! And he is b
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Astrid
Mar 14, 2015 Astrid rated it it was ok
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Had to read this for the genre study. Was reminded why I stopped reading Patterson in the 90's. Can't remember last time I read a book that had only 2-3 pages per chapter. Wasn't boring, read it fast, but it's like this: If you get used to eating really good, crusty bread (what's called "artisan" here in the states and just plain old bread in most of Europe) and then you have to eat a piece of wonder bread or something like that, you really miss the decent bread and would have preferred spending ...more
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