I really enjoyed this Cross book. The storytellers were better and easier to distinguish between. I really enjoyd the plot and also meeting 'old friends' again. I thought the play between Alex and Brianna was really good and I enjoyed that she was portraied as a strong able woman. This plot was better than I had expected and I loved the twists and turns. It keeps you in suspence and makes you want to listen more. This book was a 'sit-down and listen' kind of book. You had to concentrate to get all the nuances, but at the same time I let it rest for about 2 weeks and then picked up right where I left off without hesitation. It was great.
The storytellers are really good. I especially enjoy the combination of Fernandez and Stuhlbard, better than Fernandez and Jay. I will be looking out for this combination of storytellers as they made the story come alive, one could feel that one was IN the story not just listening to it.
If you have not read any of the other Cross books then do NOT start with this one, it has references to earlier books which if you do not know these books then you will miss out on a lot of the story. For the rest of you highly recommended listening :-)
BEST : THE PRINCIPAL CHARACTER
WORST: SOME GORY DETAILS
MOST INTERESTING: ANALIZING DR. CROSS' PATIENTS
LEAST INTERESTING: DR. CROSS' FAMILY.
I CAN NOT REMEMBER THESE CHARACTERS.
THE STAR SHOULD BE SOMEBODY LIKE ALEX BALDWIN.
NOT AN UNFORGETABLE BOOK
This was not my favorite listen. First of all, the narration was difficult. Everyone talked like Captain Kirk. "Alex. What. do. you. MAKE. of THIS?"
Second, the story was like those mysteries we used to write in fourth grade. This happened, then that happened, then that happened again, the guy was really mean, she was really scared...and on and on without depth or intrigue. There was no masterful turn of events. I kept waiting for something that would get my imagination flowing, a twist or turn of a good story line that would make me wonder and think, provide a puzzle to figure out, or a character with whom to identify. The attempts were shallow and did not hold my interest. Just one sick murder after the other and a bunch of Captain Kirks trying to figure it out.
The ending just happened with nothing resolved and no feeling of accomplishment. I don't want to spoil it, so all I'll say is you'll have to wait for "Double Cross 2, The Sequel" to know what happens.
I don't know about anyone else but I'm kind of sick of Alex Cross and James Patterson for that matter. Did not like the narrator...could not stand when he changed voices for other characters.
I'm new to this so maybe I'm just crazy. After listening to David McCollough and Edward Herman I had a hard time enjoying this. I guess I also don't understand how two people can write a book together. Did not like it.
I thought the plot was really cheap and obvious. And am I the only one or does the soft, generic jazz that plays whenever Alex Cross has sex smack too closely of soft porn? I gotta say, I'm not a prude but I really don't need to hear much more about his sex life (particularly with the cheasy soft porn music playing in the background). Really, really lame. You don't go to James Patterson for anything other than a fast moving detective story. Anything else should be left in the hands of more adept writers. This novel felt like a contractual obligation and little else.
Yes, Kyle Craig is back, but also James Patterson is back. Over the past few years, Patterson has been penning a growing number of books with co-authors. He's also been turning them out in mass quantity.
He seems to be back to normal in the latest Alex Cross novel (Double Cross). He's dating a new girl who is part of local law enforcement, and as we knew it would, his vow to stay away from the nasty guys didn't last long. Though his private practice is doing well, he is drawn into one of his new girlfriend's cases in a big way. Faster than you can say "Nana Mama", Alex is back in the know at the Washington PD and consulting on the latest mass murders.
About this time, his former buddy and convicted serial killer Kyle Craig makes an abrupt and unscheduled departure from maximum security and begins to reek his own special kind of havoc. We knew that Kyle was a bit miffed at Alex for bringing him in, and the Mastermind is back in action and consulting himself - with the new Washington area killer.
If you liked early Patterson, you'll really like this new one.
Double awful is more like it. It seems to be written for short attentions spans with 125 chapters and an epilogue in just over 8 hours. The "erotic" scenes are more like the imaginations of an adolescent boy and add nothing to the lame plot line. To make it worse, the readers are overly dramatic and their imitated accents are amateurish.
Don't waste your time!
As far as the audio book format goes, I love the way Patterson's Alex Cross stories are read, with one actor voicing the thoughts and words of Alex (Peter J. Fernandez is excellent as usual), and a second actor giving voice to the villain's. This works so well in the audio book format that I'm surprised I haven't heard more of this. I've heard quite a few mystery audio books, but the ones in the Alex Cross series seem to standout above the rest for for me for this reason.
James Patterson's greatest strength as a writer is also his greatest weakness. His villains are always wealthy, good looking, Harvard-educated, creative, and smarter than 10 Alex Crosses put together. The great thing about this is that you always know you are in Fantasy Land. His novels give me what I want from a work of fiction - a real escape from reality. When I listen to Patterson, I truly am in another world and all my troubles are forgotten while I contemplate Alex Cross's troubles. His books transport to you to Alex's world, and that's why there's the usual sense of withdrawal when the book finally comes to an end.
The best part of the Alex Cross mysteries is how creative the killers get. I don't think any other writer of murder-mystery fiction has taken the creativity of the bad guy as far as Patterson has. We're always going to be interested in what his villians are going to do next. In this way, his villains resemble over-the-top comic book bad guys. They may not have the costumes, but they do get the comic-book names, like "Casanova, The Mastermind, The Audience Killer," etc.
If you are looking for stories that have the real ring of "crime on the street" truth, then you can't do better than George Pelecanos or Michael Connelly for an unbeatable combination of gritty, believable realism and satisfying stories. But if you don't mind a little suspension of disbelief, Patterson can surprise you. I think he's one of the more creative writers working today.