I used to be a huge fan of Patterson's work until he branched off into romance and a number of predictable, repetetive short novels that are sold as separate installments rather than a complete work. This title is a prime example.
Alex Cross, once a compelling investigator with a believable background and psyche, now feels like the Rambo of the U.S. crime investigative world: he's called in to investigate on nearly every major case and pretty much always gets his guy.
While the plot is interesting in this particular book, global terrorism and suitcase nukes have been milked just about dry as a theme. I found the continuation of The Weasel as a major character a boring tangent. More problematic, howerver, was the transformation of The Wolf as a violent criminal that once focused primarily on the sex slave trade, but now masterminds and pulls off a hard-to-believe global blackmail plot where he, but for Alex Cross' intervention, is able to thwart the combined investigative power of all the world's major crime and terrorist fighting agencies almost single-handedly.
The plot feels shallow, it's hard to suspend disbelief, and it just isn't the same quality as vintage James Patterson. If you are looking for a quick, light action-crime read (or listen) this may work for you, but if you expect your characters to have any depth or the plot to surprise you or make you think, then I'd pass this one by.
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