the story is not terribly suspenseful or compelling. Much of this book is further development of the Alex Cross character, which as usual is a bit obvious and predictable. The book introduces the Wolf, which makes the book somewhat useful to read as a prelude to London Bridges, a much better listen.
If you have read the series and are interested in keeping up with Cross, it is an average read. If not, go directly to London Bridges.
I found the plot of this story very interesting, with some good twists that keep you engaged. The production is pretty annoying, with some kind of footsteps and strange voice introducing each chapter, followed by the chapter being enunciated clearly. Perhaps with another author this would be OK, but Patterson has more than a hundred chapters per book. In addition, there is a love seen between Alex Cross and his girl during which they insert sappy background music. Still, I recommend this as a fairly fast, engaging read.
This is not a spine tingling piece of suspense, rather a story about the narrator, his town, and its people and changing culture. I think I enjoyed this more since I grew up in a small town, and could truly identify with the characters. The reading was outstanding, and I think held up a less than perfect story. I could have done without the obvious Wal-Mart preaching. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended to listen to.
A main character who is quite difficult to like, an ending that seemed to be quickly contrived, and a second half that appears unnecessary. I think Grisham wants us to identify with the sudden appearance of greed and excess in J. Clay Carter, and then empathize with him in his downfall, but he succeeds in neither. The book starts out well and promises interest but fades quickly. Narration and reading are quite good, which saves this as an audio book.
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