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Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (Alex Cross #19)

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It's Christmas Eve, and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and the children. The tree-decorating is barely under way before his phone rings again--a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on t ...more
Paperback, 101 pages
Published November 12th 2012 by Little, Brown & Co. (first published November 14th 2011)
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Dr Haught
I love Alex Cross, and have read them all. Enjoyed the ride but felt as if this was two possible books that were blended to meet a deadline. I didn't feel as if either story was fully realized.
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
somehow missed this one...oddly enough as I'm a big Cross series fan. SOLID 4 stars..maybe more, but I'm stingy with that 5th one ;) creepy and way too realistic, but super good...I devoured this one in a couple sittings. This afternoon/evening.
Michelle
Very disappointed! Just finished Merry Christmas Alex Cross, and all I can say is James Patterson has forgotten who Alex Cross really is. I was completely bored and quite frankly annoyed, beyond belief, with the first part of the book. Alex and Sampson on a stakeout, at the church, was a mediocre storyline at best. The hostage negotiation crises was laughable especially when Bree, a fellow cop, showed up at the negotiation to tell Alex that his actions were making his grandmother cry. After laug ...more
Carolyn
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, christmas
Alex Cross's family are desparate for him to be home to spend Christmas with them but on Christmas Eve he is abruptly called away to a hostage situation. A distraught bankrupt business is holding his ex-wife and children, her new husband and a neighbour at gunpoint and with nothing left to lose the situation is fraught with danger. Washington is suffering a blizzard making conditions cold and difficult as Alex and the police settle in for a long surveillance.

Finally after the siege ended, Alex s
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Beth
Dec 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am done with James Patterson. I have been getting there for awhile and I'm done. This is two stories jammed into one book and neither of them are very suspenseful or interesting. Besides he writes too much to keep up with. It's really annoying. I have a hard time believing he does all of these books on his own. I think we're being duped.
Olivia "Don't Blame Me I Voted for Hillary"
Good read. Cross has a busy holiday in which a hostage incident is only the beginning.
Jackie
Alex Cross never disappoints his series followers, no matter how harrowingly outlandish the cases are that come to his attention his analytical mind is always up to the task of solving them and at the same time managing to foil the criminals involved.

This time around there is a darker urgency to the intersecting plots that make up the meat of this twisted tale.

Alex just wanted Christmas Eve and day to spend with his family, not in the presence of those one-brick shy of a load.
Jill Manske
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is another of those James Patterson appetizer books - tasty while you're consuming it, but leaving you wanting more. I remember the good old days when Patterson wrote long books with complex plots and characters. Seems like ever since he got into the book-writing assembly line mode with his numerous co-authors, pumping out about 20 books per year, the length of the Alex Cross books has dwindled. I know he's a prolific writer, but that shouldn't mean that he gives up on writing long, meaty b ...more
Amanda Patterson
Alex Cross, superman, is back again. In this 19th novel in the series, Patterson loses the plot. This seemed like a compilation of three short stories tied together by Cross’s failure to spend the Christmas holiday with his family.
We begin with Alex Cross and partner, John Sampson, catching a thief who is stealing from churches on Christmas Eve. Of course they catch their man. Alex returns home to his disgruntled grandmother, wife and children who all just want to spend time with him.
Then a craz
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Thea
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
101 pages in a James Patterson book far to fast for me. So being that this book is only 101 pages...you guessed it it took me hours to read. I started it before bed and finished it. This Mini book was just what I needed. Alex Cross is by far my favorite book charater in the Crime Mystery section so it surprised me I hadn't known this book was out. However I won't say much I will say this, Hostages on Christmas? Yeah and you can bet Alex is right in the middle, as always. Fantasic book, prefect r ...more
Bob
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Same as every other Alex Cross book at this point.
1. Something bad happens.
2. Alex leaves his family at an important time.
3. Most evil villain he has ever faced.
4. Alex considers if he should keep this job because the family is angry af him and in danger.
5. Alex gets John to help save the day.
6. Alex takes his wife out on the town and everything is perfect again.
Yawn.
Jennifer Bloom
May 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Frankly, this book disgusted me...on just one, rather important, level. Why do Alex Cross's family feel it necessary to remind of him of what a shithead they think he is every time he gets a call to go out. This man has been a police officer for years...t is not a new job. Bad things happen and sometimes he has to go to work.

Our story opens with Cross and sidekick Sampson staking out a church on Christmas Eve to catch some guy who has been stealing from the collection box. After successfully sto
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Monnie
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opening this latest Alex Cross book on my Kindle Fire was accompanied by somewhat mixed emotions, the first of which is that it will be a more enjoyable experience than many of James Patterson's other efforts in recent years. Depending in large part, I suppose, on who he chose as a co-author, a few have been so awful that I now approach them all with a bit of apprehension. But since the Cross books apparently are written by Patterson alone, they've held up quite well in the interest department s ...more
Paula  Phillips
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know about you , but I have read quite a few series that once they reach about Book #10 etc , they start to go downhill and lose their touch and excitement as its just a repeated story. However, not Alex Cross . I absolutely love the Alex Cross novels and this one was no different except for one thing which was different than in his other novels. Merry Christmas Alex Cross, as you can guess is set on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day and Alex is just wanting to have a nice day with his family ...more
Virginia
Jul 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Mary
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I do not know how James Patterson does it, book after book after book!

It's a snowy Christmas Eve, and Detective Alex Cross is at home celebrating with his family. Nana Mama's famous pecan pie is in the oven, and the kids are hanging their favorite ornaments on the tree. Just as Alex's wife emerges from the kitchen with a bowl of homemade eggnog, his phone rings with news that shatters the night: At a nearby home, a family has been taken hostage and the situation is spiraling out of control fast
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Jeannie Walker
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's not James Patterson's best, but it is still pretty darn good!
Alex Cross has been called cynical more than once in his life. In his line of work it is tough to be positive about much of anything. But,
to be called out catch a thief who is robbing the church's poor box on Christmas Eve - well that almost takes the cake. Later on, a hostage situation arises that threatens the welfare of children, as well as lives. This turns out to definitely be a Christmas Alex will remember for a long time.
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Nancy
Sep 24, 2012 rated it did not like it

got an advance review copy of this through my job. having never read any Alex Cross novels, i figured i'd find out what i've been missing out on. not much apparently.

this might have been the worst book i've ever read.

you certainly couldn't pick this book up and get any background information on Alex, his past exploits or his family. i had no idea why Alex was considered such a super-cop, why Nana was so feared, or why Bree was so whiny. and i'm sorry, but no wife of a policeman will ever show u

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Gary
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy reading about Alex,and his family,and his adventures in being supercop!
Marianne
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross is the nineteenth book in the popular Alex Cross series by prolific American author, James Patterson. It actually consists of two separate stories linked only by their proximity to Christmas. On Christmas Eve, with a blizzard set to engulf Washington, Alex Cross is called, much to the dismay of his family, to a hostage situation. A once-prestigious heavily armed lawyer is holding his ex-wife, his children, his ex-wife’s new husband and a next-door neighbour hostage. C ...more
David Savage
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Detective Alex Cross is back, in book number 19 in the successful Alex Cross series, in a race to stop the death of a family on Christmas Eve and having to save the lives of millions of Washington DC citizens.

Alex Cross is at home on Christmas Eve with his family. Looking for to Christmas day to celebrate with his loving family his plans are ruined when he gets a call and has to attend a hostage situation.

A top lawyer who has fallen from grace has taken his ex-wife, his kids, her new husband and
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Matt
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
James Patterson injects the holidays into his best crime series, bringing Alex Cross back with all the power fan have become accustomed to seeing. Creating an excellent novel with two sub-stories gives readers an excellent look into the crime fighting abilities of Cross, as well as his compassionate side. Set against the backdrop of Christmas, Cross must solve two crimes while his family stays home and waits... not all that patiently. When all is said and done, Cross is able to save the day agai ...more
Sam
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
This is another good fast paced thriller that follows Alex Cross as he has the Christmas from hell, starting with a hostage crisis and ending with a terrorist attack on the city topped off with plenty of snow and other seasonal jollities. This is kind of like having two stories in one and Patterson has divided it up into three sub-books, the first covers the hostage situation and the second two cover the terrorist plot. I did find the bits with Cross and his family a little nausea inducing and m ...more
Linda
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, thriller
This is my first Alex Cross book and I am thrilled I finally read one. Can't wait to read others.

Alex Cross is looking forward to a nice quiet Christmas with his family but it is not meant to be as he is called out to a hostage situation where he puts his life in danger to save the lives of several children, their mother and her husband. The sigh of relief from his family is huge when he arrives home safe and sound but then he is called out again because a notorious terrorist is spotted at Union
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Roger Perry
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Fast read, this adventure takes place at Christmas time. The season is about the only thing different. As I mentioned in my last review, I believe the quantity of books being turned out by Patterson is far outweighing the quality. There are even two more upcoming books previewed at the end. Not strong plot development like I enjoyed in some of the earlier "Cross" books. Borrow this book, don't buy. Spend your money on something else. I always look forward to the Patterson books but found this on ...more
Glenda L
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading James Patterson's books, especially his Alex Cross books and this one was great. Alex wants to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day with his family but crime has a different idea. He hardly makes it through the holidays alive ... what a guy. This is a Christmas you the reader won't forget. Great book!
Susan R
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
The good news is that it's another Alex Cross book - one of my favorite characters. However, it seems like two stories were put together in one book, and any connection between the two is almost nonexistent. Both could have stood on their own and been great. Would have given the book a four except for this - expect better from such an established author.
Gary
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I have read nearly all James Patterson's books but I have found some of his more recent books a bit stale and predictable.This book fell into that category and was more like 2 short stories put together to make a novel.
Maybe he should concentrate on quality not quantity but somehow I don't think that will happen.
Mike French
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was great to read a book James Patterson wrote without a co-author! A definite page turner. Alex Cross is alive and well!
Erin
Nov 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Well, it was blessedly short. And free.
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