Patterson is one of my favorite authors. I have listened to many books from Audible during the past couple of years, both fiction and non-fiction, and while some of the other books may be more sophisticated or get more stars from readers, Patterson is always the most enjoyable to me.
I really like the Alex Cross character that Jonathan Kellerman has developed and, in fact, he's at his very best in this novel. But the story is just brutality and one act of banal evil after another. Turns the stomach. Too much acting out of just sheer torment, not so much that it's graphic, just that it IS. Nobody wins. That may be realistic (?) but I prefer a bit of redeeming happiness, joy or triumph in my reads. There is some effort made towards that end in this book, but then even that is spoiled. Sorry, but this is no heart-warming, victory-laden story. Not at all.
Not a bad story...enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested, but as another reviewer said, the characters are pure cardboard. The protagonist is an all-understanding, more-competent-than-everybody star crimefighter, with a beautiful, wonderful girlfriend, and wise, all-knowing grandmother. Throw in some perfect children, and the usual people in the "organization" who are jealous of the protagonist's star status and ability to leap tall buildings with a single bound. The dialogue is much too predictable. I rented this recording from a local grocery store for $1.00. If I'd paid Audible's full price for it, I would have felt my money was wasted. If the grocery eventually has the sequel, I'll rent it to find out what happened, but it's not worth what I would pay at Audible. There are too many well-written books to hear, to spend my monthly allotment on such mediocre writing.
This is my first read of this author, and it reads at about the 14 year old level. Terrible. Wasn't too thrilled with the narrators either. I will never read (listen to) another James Patterson book. It baffles me that this book is number two on the best seller list under Mystery. Maybe I should just say "it's a mystery why this book passes for a mystery"!
Once again Patterson has created a villian who you don't catch by the end of the book. What is really good is that Kyle Craig is less involved in this book, and now some other character is out ther reeking havoc.
I was captivated by the audio book. I for the most part always like the Alex Cross books. I am sure all fans of the Dr. Cross will enjoy this new villian, even though his activities are rather gruesome.
I recommend sitting back on a cold or rainy day or taking a long drive, and listening to this excellent and very believable book.
I feel that I got criss-crossed with this book. It was no where near the ongoing series of Alex Cross dramas. Felt like the suspense was in quick sand and waited for something to happen , it did , then chapters of almost falling asleep. I'm surely not afraid of this Big Bad Wolf , unless the author brings him to life and scares the heck out of us. Maybe it was winter hiberation for this wolf-like creature but I want more of the old Patterson mode to wake me up.
this was a fun read and a good description of the root-bound fbi but...
the characters were pure cardboard. the hero was a saint, a classical pianist, the world's best single dad, an extraordinary lover, no warts, no frailties. the villain was the opposite without a gram of goodness. pulp fiction.
the story was unrealistic. an overage black cop joins the fbi and rises from lowly recruit to under assistant grand poobah in the short course of the novel. he moves through the cast iron beaurocracy like moses parting the red sea.
and most irriating, it's a flawed knock-off of thomas harris's red dragon, the novel in which hanibal lecter and clarise starling debut.
This is an absolutely wonderful book. I could stop listening. The use of two narrators added an enjoyable dimension. The plot is full of twists and turns and twisted characters. After barely being able to live through The Jester, it is nice to come back to the familiar Alex Cross. This is one book you will not want to miss.
The story was decent but I feel cheated by the ending. It is as if the author suddenly got tired and decided to end the book. There is no conclusion. We are left hanging. Dissapointed.
This book was boring. The characters have no depth, and the suspense is very transparent. There is no mystery here that you can't predict with little thought. James Patterson as a whole writes shallow novels. The movies based on his books are ok because of the actors but not because of the writing. Look at the time, how can the author describe anything of any detail in such a short time.