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Kill Alex Cross (Alex Cross #18)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  24,704 Ratings  ·  1,498 Reviews
The President's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark.

A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the Unit

Hardcover, 364 pages
Published November 14th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company
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James Lafayette  Tivendale
A couple of days ago I read Along Came A Spider (Alex Cross #1) and enjoyed it so much that I was upset I had no further Alex Cross novels. I really wanted to jump straight back into Patterson's tough gritty world of Washington DC following our hero Alex Cross. However; when perusing my office/library I noticed this book, grabbed it off the shelf and two days later here we are.

Out of the large catalogue of Alex Cross books, I had to own one of the only other novels that is about a kidnapping ca
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit disappointed in this one. I know most discerning readers have left Patterson behind. But I've been with him for many years, long before he became a factory.

No mistake, I don't read much of his stuff anymore. But the Alex Cross books were a guilty pleasure I never minded admitting. But this could be my last Patterson.

Someone has managed to kidnap the President's two children from the private school they attended. The note said, "No demands, no ransom, be prepared to never see your chi
Paul Dinger
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
It was an okay read, but really this should be the end of the Alex Cross series. The tank, Mr Patterson, has run dry. I am a loyal fan, but this? It was sloppy. The title is really meaningless since it is apparent up until the very end that no one really wants to kill Alex Cross. Half of the story turns out to be a red herring that doesn't even add to it. Alex doesn't even finish the investigation of the second killer. She gets caught by others. Really? Further, elements have been used previousl ...more
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have long been a fan of James Patterson's books, particularly of the Alex Cross series. So it is with sadness that I must give this latest offering only three stars. I must say that this was the least intense and most disappointing of the Cross series. The action was not Patterson's usual edge-of-your-seat caliber, but was choppy and distinctly lacking that "GOTCHA" quality that is Patterson's trademark. The ending was lame and left too many unanswered questions. One reviewer wrote, "KILL ALEX ...more
Sarah Nessler
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The next installment in the Alex Cross series. Just when you think the storyline can't become more captivating you soon find out that you are WRONG. I know there are many people that seem to dislike and have fallen off the Alex Cross wagon but I am not one of them. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and the development of James Patterson through all his books I have read. To be honest as soon as I finished the last book I ordered everything up until the 24th in line because I had Barnes & ...more
Michelle Grogan
I have read every Alex Cross book there is and have loved every one of them - until now. I found myself to be very disappointed with the latest installment of James Patterson's number 1 detective series.

So, what had me so disappointed with the newest Alex Cross "adventure" (notice the quotations around adventure? My play at being sarcastic)? With a title like Kill Alex Cross I was expecting a fast paced, edge of your seat thriller I wouldn't be able to put down. That's not what I got. What I got
Paula  Phillips
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can you say WOW ? , I did as I opened up to begin Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson, especially when I discovered that this is the 18th book in the Alex Cross Series. Thinking about this brought back a conversation I had with a book lover's group "Bookaholics Anonymous" on Facebook about long-running series - the one in question was Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum as that's just made it's way to it's 18th book. Some people wrote that they couldn't get enough, while others said as they neared t ...more
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Mmmmm, let me think on it for a minute. I feel very torn trying to write a review on this book and if I am being honest I really wanted to like it. Like many readers, when you have read a series as long as this you want things to be great all the time, but inevitably there will come a point when maybe things just don't sit right any more. I think that maybe I am leaning towards that opinion more than anything right now. Cross Country I absolutely loathed, I, Alex Cross was better but certainly n ...more
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson delivers again. This novel starts off with immediate action. The President's children are mysteriously kidnapped and no one has any idea who the
culprit(s) are. The reader meets quite a few nefarious characters right off the bat, most notable: Hala and Tariq, husband and wife, who are both completely indoctrinated into The Family-a terrorist organization. The author is amazingly neutral, he offers both sides of the coin and allows the characters their own thoughts. The reader get
Ms. Nikki
I wasn't really into this one. Bree is now his updated nanny in a way, making it more convenient for him to go out and fight-er-figure out some crimes.

Kids kidnapped. Nothing new.

On to the next
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care for this one the way I did about the older ones--it kind of seems like he's turning them out too fast and the quality is suffering. I will read the next one though--hope springs eternal!
Seeley James
I am a capitalist. That means I believe the market never lies. If poetry doesn’t sell anymore it’s not because people are uneducated heathens (all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding) but because the public’s tastes have changed. If something sells well, that means it has merit. Someone like John Locke might scam the system for a year, but not for an extended period of time. Someone like James Patterson on the other hand, whose books have topped the NYT charts with 63 titles, cannot be scam ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Cross, I have been with him since my step-father-in-law told me about this amazing book he read called Along Came a Spider back when I was in college and it was amazing and it introduced me to thrillers and series books. Until then I had been bumping along reading horror by Stephen King, Dean Koontz (remember when he wrote horror books) and John Saul just to name a few) but James Patterson opened a whole new world to me that started with my beloved Alex Cross. Now I will admit there have be ...more
"I don't want to find another dead child"

Patterson has continued the disturbing trend I have found in this series. He sets up the story beautifully, then gives it a frantic pace that keeps the reader on the edge of the seat, and finally falls short when it's time to wrap things up. In this one, the elements are all there:

- the kids of the president have been kidnapped, and the culprit is not interested in a ransom, giving this a chilling nature
- there is a large-scale terrorist plot taking place
Thomas Edmund
Kill Alex Cross is almost a good installment of this series; Alex almost shows more than two emotions, almost has to make a tough moral decision, and I think a plot twist almost happens.

As it is however, K.A.C. is really only half a novel. Despite a rather extreme plotline of the president's children going missing, and a potential plot that may rival 9/11, Patterson doesn't bother to put in the authorly effort required to pull this melodrama off.

Even with the nation-shaking events mentioned abo
Ben Dutton
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David McCaleb
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I may have found my favorite author. I hadn't read any of James Patterson's work previously, picked up KILL ALEX CROSS from the library, and couldn't put it down. Alex Cross is just the kind of protagonist I love. Not perfect, but tries his best, with a smattering of dry humor. I could really get behind the guy. Patterson's writing is skillful in several respects: he shows vs. tells, keeps the action flowing, deepens the characters and develops them throughout, and delivers a wicked-crazy plot. ...more
Anne Zappa
No volcanoes of emotions,
No fire of devotion,
Tart farts & burps,
That is all, which resides,
Inside the hollow me.

No ardor, no zeal,
That makes me believe in me.

No troughs, no crests,
An infinite jest,
That has grown beyond me.

Neither raped or betrayed,
No dismay or despair,
Nor a hedonist's mirth.

I relentlessly trudge,
Through this ephemeral birth,
In this decadent world,
Trying to be god vicariously.

Where life has morphed,
To a brothel of emotions.

Just tried my hand at poetry.
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most of series — worth reading. Well narrated & recommended.
Debbie Maskus
As I peruse the books I have not read, I see a few by James Patterson. Of course, Patterson's books glide the reader quickly through the story with the short chapters and brief descriptions. I usually feel paranoia after reading a Patterson story, but the Alex Cross series are rather bland and follow a set formula. I feel that Nana must be a saint and as old as God, by now. This story seemed a little off kilter from the other Patterson books, but still gave me a little pleasure after the previou ...more
Lilly Hughes
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was exciting and certainly very few give aways (clues) to lead you to guess outcomes. Not too many grammatical or spelling errors. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Kill Alex Cross (Alex Cross Series #18)

Author: James Patterson

Synopsis (from The only way Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene of the biggest case he’s ever been part of. The President’s son and daughter have been abducted from their school – an impossible crime, but somehow the kidnapper has done it. Alex does everything he can but is shunted to the fringes of the investigation. Someone powerful doesn’t want Cross too close. To stop Alex Cross A deadly contagion
Gareth Otton
I am of mixed opinions after reading this book.

After finally finishing his long battle with Kyle Craig I was hoping for something fresh and new with the Alex Cross character, a story in which he could grow a bit. This is where I hit my dilema. This indeed felt like a new direction for Alex Cross, for the first time no one is coming after his family and he is working a kidnapping rather than a serial homicide. But the catch is that while the story moved on, I didn't feel as though the Cross chara
Dominique Ortiz
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson, copyrighted in 2011, is a great mystery and action book about the president's children getting kidnapped. after hearing about how James Patterson is a good writer, I was excited about reading this book. The major theme of this book is the kidnapping of the president's children and the terrorists' attacks of Washington D.C. They are revealed by the events happening throughout the book and developed by the details surrounding them. The theme is psychological on ...more
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Returning to what he does best, writing on his own, James Patterson produced a very good book, the next in the Alex Cross series. Able to deal with character development on many levels, Cross and Patterson provide a very entertaining read, if not a refreshing return to Patterson's literary abilities.

Alex Cross is back with his wife and family, fighting for what he believes. When POTUS's (you all should know the acronym) children are kidnapped, Cross uses his detective abilities to narrow down th
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like James Patterson as an author. He writes enjoyable books that you can knock out quickly. I don;t read them for political commentary or advice on how to live life, but just to read for fun. I am extremely impressed with what he has done with the character of Alex Cross; over almost twenty books he has created a character and a family that you truly care for and enjoy reading about. And in that statement, you hold Patterson's great gift and what I believe now is his great curse.

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Gail Jones
Book Review: Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson.

Don’t let the title confuse you. There is only a brief mention of killing Alex Cross and that’s about it. There is no attempt on his life and he isn’t in danger.

The president’s children have been kidnapped and a fanatical Eastern group are trying to bring down Washington. Thought to be linked the secret service handle everything and freeze Alex out. ‘What idiots!’ you cry and eventually, thanks to the first lady, they realise the error of their way
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
This isn’t the first novel I have read by Patterson, I have read Sail and it was interesting to me. I was quite satisfied since I’m very picky with the books I read. I’m not a big fan of reading about government or political matters but since Patterson left a good impression from the last book, I thought he’d make this interesting too.
The novel takes place in Washington DC, which I can relate to since I live near DC and have been there many times. The atmosphere
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me totally engrossed....I read it in one day! I love the Detective Alex Cross series, and this was brilliant!

Detective Alex Cross was one of the first on scene when the President's children, Ethan and Zoe, were kidnapped from their school, with a full contingent of Secret Service completely outwitted.

While Alex is working on the kidnapping case, terrorists have infiltrated the Capital, and have poisoned the water supply. The small cells are operating all over the city, and have c
Nancy Johnson
Okay, Alex Cross, you're getting too good at your own game, that your same issues tend to spread throughout all of the books. That is, the case gets settled all at once and is so overwhelming, after feeling like it's his prerogative to be involved with the case. He should know by now that he is always the lead in one way or another despite others' will to keep him out. At least this time he was after a bad guy who must have spent years dreaming up a plan to kidnap the 1st kids, then, it seems, t ...more
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