Kambin Pillay's Reviews > Cross Country

Cross Country by James Patterson
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Mar 23, 2009

liked it
Recommended to Kambin by: I've read a few of his other books
Recommended for: Less squeamish fans of the thriller genre
Read in December, 2008 , read count: 1

This is pretty much what you'd expect from Patterson, whose scenes of violence have become more graphic of late. In my view he's stepped out of his comfort zone in a few ways with this book, and I eagerly anticipate future instalments in the series to see where his style develops to. Some examples:

1/ He allowed a female character to die, although, in hindsight, it was the best solution so as not to complicate future books in the series. This differs from when he killed off Cross' wife as that death was necessary - this one could have been avoided.
2/ He lured Cross out of the United States and into deepest darkest Africa to pursue his villian across two countries.
3/ He gives us a glimpse into the horror of war, and, in so doing, makes a social comment - not something he usually does, certainly not on the bigger issues.

Cross Country could well become known as Patterson's crossroad (excuse the lame pun)... if he decides to continue to explore this path.

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