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Stunde der Rache (Alex Cross #7)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  46,025 Ratings  ·  1,015 Reviews
In einem Park von San Francisco werden zwei makaber zugerichtete Jogger gefunden - wie von einem Vampir getötet. Ähnliche Morde wurden bereits in acht anderen Städten begangen. Die Ermittlungen führen den erfahrenen Polizeipsychologen Alex Cross in die bizarre Welt der Maskierungen, der Rollenspiele, und des ritualisierten Blutvergießens. Doch viel entsetzlicher ist der Ki ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 2003 by Blanvalet (first published November 19th 2001)
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Jun 13, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mindless idiots with nothing better to do
According to this book, here are James Patterson's 7 Golden Rules of Writing:

1. Write simple sentences. Don't use big words or describe people wearing colors other than black or "powder blue."

2. Dialogue should be monotonous. Have your characters say the same thing over and over. Especially the hero. He has to bemoan his life yet cheer himself on in the next breath, reminding himself how great he is. Over and over. Bemoan, cheer, repeat! If that doesn't work, have other people say the same thing
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
I always enjoy an Alex Cross book. I like his family and I like the way he tries to be a good father to them. It makes a good background for the rest of the action.

And of course there is action aplenty. At last Alex is closing in on his nemesis, the Mastermind. I thought the author made it a bit too obvious who the guilty party was since I guessed quite early on. However Alex did not realise until the last chapter which still made the whole thing very exciting and not a little stressful.

This is
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite Alex Cross books yet. I loved the vampire crime plot! I’m a fantasy& sci-fi book genre fan so it really excited me to read this one. As for the Mastermind crime plot, I was glad it didn’t extend into further books where Alex would not know who the Mastermind was because I feel like that would have became overdone. The suspense of him finding out was just right, in my opinion. It will be interesting to see where he goes career wise.

My quick & simple overall: A
Maureen DeLuca
Alex Cross #7- oh what a disappointment! Not going to trash this series or James Patterson- I really to love the Alex Cross series- all the psycho, crazy, serial , insane, cut up the bodies and send them to you type books- but this one wasn't one of his best... IMO.

Not giving up on this series- I'm late to the party with these books- started from book number 1 and I'll keep on going.... some people may like this story- it just wasn't for me. On to book number 8 in the sometime future!
Chanel Lindsay
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first read that the Mastermind was back, I was sure that this book wasn't gonna be at all considering the Mastermind's story really didn't interest me in the last book. However I was wrong, The Mastermind was the best aspect of this book.

This book follows The Mastermind who is back - and he's hot on Alex Cross's trail. His cold, taunting threats leave Alex angry and deeply concerned for his family's safety while he is away from home. Also, Alex teams up with Jamilla Hughes, a savvy woman
May 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second novel by American author James Patterson. The first Patterson novel I have read is HIDE AND SEEK which I rated two (2) irreplaceable and stinky stars because it failed to court my inner bookworm side. I am a merciful (lol) critique so I decided to give the author another chance. And I must say, he failed me again.

Right now, the efficiency of what Stephen King said about James Patterson's writings during an interview for USA Weekend is starting to sink in me. I quote Stephen Kin
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The bodies of men and women are turning up all over the U.S. showing signs of attack by animal and human teeth. As it turns out, a pair of brothers who just so happen to also be vampires are responsible for the attacks. Known by the FBI for his ability to profile killers better than just about anyone else, Dr. Alex Cross is brought in to investigate and is terrified beyond anything he has ever experienced before in his life. His investigation takes him to San Francisco where he meets and, in typ ...more
The book before this one ended with a Cliffhanger. Unusual for Patterson, not to solve the case within the book but continue the chase in a second novel. Fortunately I had the sequel at hand (half of my books are in Germany, the other in they're not always available right away for me)

New main characters (for this new case) are presented, including 2 vampire-like siblings and 2 guys that reminded me of "Siegfried & Roy", and I'm sure Patterson got his inspiration for them in Las
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This will be my last JP book. It seemed like a recap of all the other books and I kept thinking "why can't he come up with some new material??" I've read all the others and didn't need to spend another 8 hours recapping. Yes - there was a new pretty good story but I got hung up on the numerous references to all of the past books.
Alaina Meserole
The Mastermind is back.

But this book was kind of boring to me. The same villain returns and another loved one is dead. Violets are Blue opens with Alex walking into the murder scene of his latest romantic and professional partner, FBI agent Betsy Cavalierre. She was murdered by the Mastermind, who was introduced in Roses are Red. Of course he calls Alex to taunt him which of course was predictable.

However, Alex doesn't just have to deal with his old nemesis in this book. Oh no, he has to deal wi
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vampires! Or are they? Alex Cross encounters a most bizarre case in which the bodies of slain joggers are hung and drained of blood. And not just one case but many of similar circumstances throughout the country. And on top of this, Cross's nemesis, the Mastermind, continues to taunt and stalk. This book is especially captivating to those who have already read Roses Are Red -- I can say no more.
Thom Swennes
This book reads like a Thanksgiving supper. What an appropriate simile and book for this time of year. I say this because the author lays a table of different elements that combine to make a well-rounded and delicious literary meal. Alex Cross travels across the country on the trail of vampires. If the murders occurring in major cities from coast to coast are not the works of a traditional (Bram Stoker) vampire than they are first rate imitations. Bodies of men and women hung and bloodless becom ...more
Tonya Smith
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book but I was surprised with ending.Soon I will move on to the next one in the series.
Alana Juneau
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I finished this book. I wanted an easy, no-brainer read during the crazy, busy school year and it fulfilled it's purpose. It was so stupid, all about vampire murders. Not sure how I got through it? I've read other books by Patterson and this wasn't one of the better ones.
Nancy (Hrdcovers)

I usually try to make it my business not to read any books relating to either werewolfs or vampires. As a matter of fact, I stopped reading Patricia Cornwall's Kay Scarpetta series for this exact reason....the werewolfs had invaded the pages. Since I like to read all of my series "in order", Violets Are Blue was the next one up at bat in the Alex Cross series. Little did I know that it would have the "dreaded" vampires as the main characters.

This book had two stories
Jasmine Diaz
The book was about investigation of several murders that occured.They noticed that on each victum their was bite marks on the neck and that all the bllod was drained out of the body.The two brothers who are vampires would go on man hunts and suck peoples blood out while they were still alive. Kyle Craig who is known as the mastermined was the one sending the two brothers to kill specific people. Alex Cross got bit by a boy who claims hes a vampire and got an infection because he didnt go to the ...more
Noah Cordray
Violets are Blue is good book and is an enjoyable read. The plot is never boring and seems to be always moving at a solid pace. This was a detective/ crime story but it was so immersive due to its baffling murders and intriguing plot. The main detective (also the main character) is a man named Alex Cross who is a nationally acclaimed detective who seems to be able to solve any crime, until it comes to these. The victims would be killed but then drained of all of their blood and Alex could not fi ...more
Holly Haze
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the end of Roses are Red, we figure out who the Mastermind is. Violets are Blue kicks off in true Patterson bang up form, but Cross still has no idea who Mastermind is. Cross figures out who it is at the very end of this book. If you are reading this review and have read the series, you also know who it is. In the event that the books have not been read in order, I am not going to reveal it here.

This crime spree involves tigers and vampires. You read that right. At first I didn't think I was
Hugely disappointing follow up to the amazing Roses Are Red. The whole plot was a little far fetched to be honest and what I was most looking forward to with this book, was Alex's inevitable meeting with The Mastermind - the nemesis that had been taunting him for the entire previous book. That too turned out to be a complete anti climax. Alex's reaction just didn't compute with how he must have truly have felt upon discovering the identity of The Mastermind. All in all, I can't help feeling a li ...more
Another quick read featuring psychologist/detective Alex Cross and a continuing nemesis, the Mastermind. Although the reader found out who the Mastermind was at the end of the last novel, Alex has yet to tease it out. He's also got his hands full running across the country (San Francisco, Las Vegas, Savannah) after some real sickos. No surprises here - this is full of the staccato chapters and twists and turns that Patterson is known for. And don't expect deep themes - it's simple (but fun) mind ...more
Anna Koch
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was one of the best Alex Cross books that James Patterson has written since "Kiss the Girls." The story line was just so different from the others. Alex also got into a new love interest. Patterson is very good with imagery. It makes me creeped out to go downstairs in my dark house after I'm done reading, as weird as it sounds. I recommend this book to people who are already reading the Alex Cross series because the books just keep getting better and better.
Shannon Bernier
wow another amazing book:)
❆ Crystal ❆
4 stars. Another fun book in the Alex Cross series.
Rae Lake
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Barber
My first reading of James Patterson, and I won't give up immediately but I wonder if this is a side-effect of being so many books into a series.
It just felt like someone going through the motions and ticking off a set of expected features.
In this book we focus on some bizarre characters who claim to be vampires, biting their victims and draining them of blood. The police realise there's links between a number of crimes, and suddenly we're into crazy mass-killing sprees. We are submerged in a mu
Carol Fellenz
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keeps you on the edge of your seats.
Erin L
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These books might just be more fun to read than to listen to. Or in the time since I read the last one and now, I've lost my love for James Patterson, but this just didn't really do it for me.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: krimi-thriller

Vor einigen Jahren habe ich die Bücher von James Patterson regelrecht verschlungen und sie haben mir sehr gut gefallen. Deswegen dachte ich, auch dieses wird eine sichere Nummer - hat mich dann aber sehr enttäuscht.

Das Positive vorweg: Der Schreibstil ist wie gewohnt sehr flüssig und ich liebe die kurzen Kapitel mit den Perspektivwechsel, die Spannung aufbauen und zum Weiterlesen animieren. Das war es dann aber auch schon fast.

Die Story konnte mich gar nicht überzeugen. Ein brutaler Mord jagt d
Andrea Ika
My rating
3 stars

D.C. Detective Alex Cross has seen a lot of crime scenes. But even he is appalled by the gruesome murders of two joggers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - killings that look more like the work of savage beasts than humans. Local police are horrified and even the FBI is baffled. Then, as Cross is called in to take on the case, the carnage takes off, leaving a trail of bodies across America and sweeping him to Savannah, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Angeles . . as his nemesi
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