Mushy dialog and sterotypical characters, combined with jerky plot, makes this a trudge through sludge. I want my money back.
To each his own I suppose. This was my first Alex Cross book. If this is bad (as others indicate) I can't wait to listen to others. I found the book to be well written and the story line as believable as most other crime novels. The ending could have a bit more suspense, but I liked it the same. Narration was one of the best I have heard so far. This best seller is worth the investment and time. Cheers!
And Buffalo George
Number 12 in the series answers a lot of questions from previous books. Our hero chases a bad guy who killed Cross' wife. Characters are exquisite. I liked Samson, who's a really bad (good guy) dude. Nana-moma is also a strong character. Read in series, these books form a great story--where's the next one?
I enjoyed the narrators, especially Sanders, but that's all I can say that's positive. After listening to Cross, I never read any more James Patterson books.
I enjoyed this book the story line was excellent and it bought some of the other novels together. I like that in all novels the importance of family is always part of the storyline.
Take the time to read or listen to this one.
I have revisited all of the Alex Cross books I have. Great stories and I tend to miss the characters if I haven't visited in a while.
I really love the flashbacks to his life with Maria. Their life together has only been talked about briefly in all the books but this takes it a bit further by delving into Alex's feelings and emotions and how they relate to the current situation.
I think with all the details and the mounting multitude of plots both past and present, it would be hard to miss the build up. The tension as it gets closer to the edge. You can really feel it in the characters voices mood. The build is good, but the finale is amazing.
There is a feeling of relief as some of his family issues get solved. You feel good for Alex as his life now has a few less tangles.
Reading these books in order, this one breathes new life into the series and revives some of the danger and suspense. Better than the last two in the series put together.
I would most definitely listen to "Cross" again, as a matter of fact, I almost did.
I would say this is a close comparison to the "The Weasel"
I believe I have heard these two readers together, and I enjoyed the movement of the story, the grab the listener an make them hold on type readers.
Never in one sitting if I can help it. I would take an hour or so break process the information and began again. Too intense, to much information for one sitting.
I was really getting caught up in this "Butcher" character, then I realized James Patterson build him up to much to be real.
In a real college town, the buddy system would have came into play, no one would have been allowed to walk alone. Those that were alone, would have carried some sort of protection, pepper spray, pocket knife, concealed weapon, etc. and knew how to use them.
I don't believe in a hitman, who can't hit the side of a barn and I believe every mean hearted person that read this story laughed to read people thought they were so incompetent.
But for entertainment, I thought it was awesome. It kept me wanting more; not knowing how Mr. Patterson was going to wrap this one up but he did and the Alex Cross saga continues.