I have read or listened to every book James Patterson has written. Some are great, others merely entertaining. This one is so bad I can't make myself finish it and instead listened to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" for the third time. So Far Alex Cross hasn't even appeared as the setting is around the turn of the century, before Alex's birth. Maybe Cross shows up, but, I can't stay hooked in for the rest of this boring first person monologue. I gave it no stars at all, but audible won't let me so it got one.
This book will weave you into the intrigue and webs of deception in the early 19th century. Although, the slaves have been freed, the deep south has alternative plans for the black people and decides they should be eliminated. Excellect read! Warning!! You cannot put it down once you begin.
This was the worst I have listened to in years. So disappointing. I love James Patterson but I can not suggest this for anyone.
The story was fast paced and did not seem to falter as it progressed. The characters were believable and true to the times of the story. Good Read!
Having grown up in the south during the civil rights movement I have seen and witnessed a great deal of segregation. For a college class I had an assignment where I had to interview an important member of our community. The man I interverviewed was named Vance and he told me as a child he witnessed three black men hanging from a tree in the black section of the town. The sheriff informed Vance they would remain there as a lesson to the other black's in the community not to step out of line.
I felt this book was one of Patterson greatest stories he has told. I felt as if I was an insider watching as the events unfolded before my eyes.
It is unfortunate many people haven't learned from the past. There are plenty of people in our society today whose ignorance is so strong and the
viewpointds are so narrow they hinder our society.
Ignorance is so rampant in our society it will be the downfall of the United States.
Extremely disappointed in this book, not at all like his other work. I was on the fence about buying another Cross novel, as he has not been developing his characters enough. I do not come away with the feeling that I know the characters, I do not get caught up in his novels. Mr Patterson has a big name, but keeps on writing books with other authors. Appears that he is cranking out books to cash in on his name. I think I am to the point where I will drop him from my list of authors.
While I normally enjoy the author, I could not get past the voice of the narrator. I stopped listening after the first 20 minutes. Oh well, next time I will listen to the sample reading better.
The story here is brilliant in its ability to show the parallels between our time in history and the social upheavals of a hundred years ago. It is heartbreaking and funny ; uplifting and heartwarming. Enough cannot be said about the narration by Dylan Baker, an actor I've admired for years. This performance displays a range of emotion, dialect and versatility rarely equalled. This is a vital and entertaining audio experience.