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review 2016-06-13 23:04
So, better than I expected
Cross Kill: An Alex Cross Story (BookShots) - James Patterson

Alex Cross came off as peevish at times and as strongly Christian - praying, etc - as he came off, he felt a lot of glee at other's pain.   I didn't particularly like him at a couple points. 

 

I got this as an ARC, and I picked it up because I figured it would be a good bust book: I'd never read Patterson because I'd heard things.   Two page chapters.   He wasn't very good as a writer.   He can write a proper sentence, but he wasn't that good a writer in my opinion.   The sentences weren't all that interesting even if technically correct.  

 

I thought I could be all snarky about the book, but honestly, I liked it more than I thought I would.   Despite the lackluster writing, it was a fun plot.  I wanted to know what would happen.   

 

But there were some issues .  When Cross is going to take in a suspected criminal, they ask, "'Can I take a shower in the meantime?  You can search the bathroom if you need to.  I assure you it's nothing but the usual.'"   He just allows her to do so, not worrying that she might flush anything.   Why?   

 

I had to balance this between how Cross met his partner, which felt true to the nature of boys and truly touched me.   So it was nowhere near as bad as I expected.   At the same time, I don't see myself racing to pick up another Patternson.   The other reason I picked this up is despite the brilliant marketing strategy of books you can read on a train, do the two page chapter books really need to be shortened?   It worked, though.  I'd probably get annoyed at a longer book.   (No, wait, rewind, I have.   It took me so long to get through the first Angel and Max and whatever book.   You know that series, or  you don't, but I can't be bothered to look it up.   Angel Experiment, maybe?)

 

He also may have a point: people who don't read because they want a quicker resolution may pick these up.   It's a start.   

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review 2016-03-02 09:43
Ja, Alex Cross
Ja, Alex Cross - James Patterson

Ja, Alex Cross” to już szes­na­ste spo­tka­nie z czar­no­skó­rym detek­ty­wem, który – nie tylko dzięki obszer­no­ści owego cyklu – jest naj­bar­dziej roz­po­zna­walną posta­cią w twór­czo­ści Pat­ter­sona.

Wiadomość o makabrycznej śmierci bratanicy Alex Cross przyjmuje z profesjonalnym, stoickim spokojem. W głębi serca czuje jednak, że za wszelką cenę musi odkryć, w jaki sposób zginęła ona i… reszta luksusowych prostytutek, dzielących się swoimi wdziękami z wysoko postawionymi personami. Do śledztwa, na samo polecenie prezydenta Stanów Zjednoczonych, włącza się również Secret Service. Jakie tajemnice kryje Biały Dom…? Kto tak w bestialski sposób morduję...? Ale tego nie zdradzę.

Książkę przyjemnie i szybko się czytało, ale myślę, że to w głównej mierze zasługa krótkich rozdziałów. Fabuła porywa od pierwszych stron. Silnie nakreślone postaci o wyrazistych charakterach. W tle polityka, rodzinne problemy, psychologia i morderca, który jest prawie doskonały.

Polecam!

 

 

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review 2015-12-21 16:14
Exciting mystery filled with surprises!
Cross Justice (Alex Cross) - James Patterson

Cross Justice, James Patterson, author; Ruben Santiago-Hudson, narrator

At first, when the narrator starts reading, it is a bit off-putting. His voice almost lulls the reader into a trance, but then, as the story develops, it picks up a cadence and tone that keeps the reader enthralled and wide awake. Each character has a distinct voice and personality. This book has a similar plot line to the recent book by Michael Connelly, which also has a similar title, “The Crossing”. There is a criminal who insists he is falsely accused and law enforcement is corrupt; drugs, rape and murder are afoot. Then the storyline veers in an entirely different direction. If you liked “The Crossing”, you will probably also like this book and vice versa.

When the book opens, there is a beautiful woman named Coco in a Palm Beach mansion. She is selecting clothes and jewelry from the closet of the woman she has just murdered. She shows no remorse for the crime, but rather thinks she was justified in performing her heinous act. Coco is a cross dresser, a man, who in that moment of time truly believes he is a woman.

At the same time as this occurs, Dr. Alex Cross, his wife Bree, their son and daughter are in a car on their way to Starksville, North Carolina. Alex has not returned to see his family there in decades. He has few memories of his life there, and some of those that he has are distorted. Alex and Bree are both detectives with the Washington DC metro police. Recently, they have suffered through some trying times, and this trip, taking Alex back to his roots, is supposed to help them recover from that stress. Making matters a bit more complicated for them is the fact that their cousin Stefan has recently been arrested. He has been accused of drugging and raping a young female high school student and of an even more serious crime, the horribly brutal rape and murder of a young male high school student. Both victims were students in the school in which he was a teacher, and the evidence has mounted up against him. Stefan insists he has been framed. Alex and Bree agree to keep an open mind and work together with Naomi, their niece, who is the lawyer defending Stefan, to see if they can find out if he is telling the truth about his innocence. Starksville’s history is not unblemished. There is racial tension and a questionable justice system.
During their stay in Starksville attempts are made on their lives, attempts are made to frame their daughter and Alex learns devastating secrets about his family that turn his life upside down, drastically altering all of the ideas he had previously held about his mother and father. When Alex learns that his father did not die in North Carolina, but actually, unknown to all but an uncle, had moved to a town in Florida where he eventually killed himself, Alex decided to travel there to see what he could discover about that part of his father’s life. He flew into Palm Beach and opportunely became involved in, and assisted in, the investigation of the murders committed by Coco, the above cross dresser. Meeting the detectives in charge of that case, as he pursued information on his father’s last days, eventually proved invaluable to him in his investigation into the crimes committed in Starksville.

As this story proceeds, the reader will no doubt wonder how both of these cases are related, if they are at all. The many sub plots in this well constructed mystery are knitted together so logically that the narrative does not get confusing, but rather it gets more and more suspenseful. Slowly, the hidden lives and secrets of many of the characters come to light, and the connections between Palm Beach and Starksville will shock the reader as the crimes are solved.

Take this book on an airplane, to the beach, to a bench in the park; listen to it in the car as you drive. Allow yourself to be swept away into the world of a really creative mystery with a conclusion you will never guess!

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review 2015-03-14 02:19
Another Alex Cross story
Kill Alex Cross - James Patterson

 

 

I bought this book back in 2011. That says something about how anxious I was to read the next Alex Cross book (insert sarcasm here). The book was fine. Nothing special really. The title is a bit misleading as no one is actually trying to kill Alex Cross. So that's a bit confusing.

 

If you like Alex Cross, you will probably like this one. Of course, if you like Alex Cross, you probably read this one back in 2011. If you have never read Alex Cross, I  suggest you read one of the earlier books.

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review 2014-08-16 00:00
Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross, #20)
Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross, #20) - James Patterson I used to love James Patterson and his early fantastic outings..Alone came a spider..Cat and Moust...Roses are Red..etc and their were some great villains, the demented Gary Soneji comes to mind. But like many authors the churning out of formulaic reads means that soon the magic will disappear and we are left with a poor imitation of what was once great. Here we have books for the masses, books for those who don't really read and a story with little substance or value. The plotline is not even worth mentioning and the two stars is because I have a fondness for Alex Cross :)
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