I, too, am a Alex Cross fan and thought that this would be a good story. Instead, it seems as if Christmas is a "back drop" to a couple of crime situtations that would have happened anytime. One suspects that these were two story ideas in development and that this Merry Christmas Alex Cross was a good way to get rid of them and at the same time make a story deadline. The short stories lacked character development and involved senseless killing or attempts. While the hostage situation was somewhat interesting, it was difficult to connect to the victims and the perpetrator. Some parts of the storyline are unrealistic and inplausible such as Bree going to the hostage situation and then being allowed to return home. Also, a terrorist mother who watches her own children being tortured telling them to be brave? Not any mother could be that strong or crazy. As usual Alex's grandmother was a bit over the top with her bossiness and demanding attitude. Sitting in a chair like she is a queen? In addition, there is a a new "addition" to the Cross family. Where did this little girl come from? If she was introduced in the last story I missed her because I did not read the story due to poor reviews. The reviews were misleading for this one. Narrators were above average and did a good job with the material.
Have not read the print version, but i am a huge fan of audio. If I had time to sit and read, I would be asleep come chapter 2. This way I can still get my literary fix!!
Yes. I really loved that this read is almost 2 stories in one. You get the conclusion of his last book wrapped up with a whole other plot twist. It was great.
Don't remember hearing them before. They worked well together in this book.
Couldn't stop listening
Using the dogs more as a mind game than as track dogs.
On the snow bank with the bulldozer after the crooks couldn't get a break and used it out of desperation.
The story was fantastic, but I have to say, the presentation really brought it to life. The narrators were terrific but the thrill was in the sound effects. This was absolutely the best Audible book I've heard to date!
The story line was fantastic and living on the east coast really adds a whole new dimension to it. Having worked for Amtrak for many years, I knew how authentic and well researched the details were. Terrifying and thrilling! Great job Mr. Patterson!
Naturally, Alex Cross was my favorite character, but the female terrorist was a close second. The narrator for her was very convincing, and the whole mindset of her and "the family" was a real eye opener.
There were many touching moments that were punctuated by Alex Cross' s love and concern for his family and what his job was doing to them. In addition, my heart went out to the children throughout the book.
I highly recommend not only the book, but particularly the Audible version. This was truly the best audio production I've ever heard! I was captivated from beginning to end!
Tell us about yourself! I like to be transported by a good book.
Once again James Patterson has written a wonderful novel. The audio verison made me fell like I was in the middle of the action. Merry Christmas Alex Cross was a wonderful read sice it is the christmas holiday. I hope this is made into a movie. Keep up the good work James Patterson.
I enjoyed listening to Merry Christmas, Alex Cross. The narrators' reading kept you listening with bated breath.
Good story but guess I expected more from a Christmas book. Always enjoy James Patterson but Alex Cross books are not my favorite of his.
someone who has a strong stomach for torture
The performance was okay, completely overshadowed by the disturbing images of the torture of children.
I always like the Alex Cross books, but I would have skipped this one entirely. I almost stopped reading it after the torture scene with the children, but I had hope it would get better. It really didnt. I was disturbed to the end. Not for me.
I am an avid reader of the Alex Cross series. this is one of the best.
Patterson pieced 2 different stories, both Christmas related, in one book. I was really disappointed when I figured this out, at about the 6 hour point. Both stories live up to your high expectations for Patterson, but the overall feel is just disjointed. I really wish both were better developed separately.