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Along Came a Spider | [James Patterson]

Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.
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Publisher's Summary

Along Came a Spider begins with the double kidnapping of the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the Secretary of the Treasury. And that's only the beginning! Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever heard.

©1993 by James Patterson; All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"James Patterson does everything but stick our finger in a light socket to give us a buzz." (The New York Times)
"Cross is one of the great creations of thriller fiction." (Dallas Morning News)

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    Lori Burlington, ND, United States 08-02-12
    Lori Burlington, ND, United States 08-02-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Good story, good pace, enjoyable characters, but.."
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    I would have enjoyed this book more if it hadn't felt like I was being F-bombed. Maybe it plays differently on the printed page, but in the audio version all the swearing felt distracting and gratuitous. Honestly hampered my enjoyment of an otherwise pretty good book.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 04-02-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Well done, but I wasn’t emotionally consumed."

    The plot, the events, and actions were very well done. I was surprised and pleased. The book definitely kept my interest. The main reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because I didn’t smile. I think of Grisham who takes me to the 5 star level. He writes a similar genre, but he makes me smile, either at the intriguing characters, or the “wow that is so exciting” when being chased or trapped or wondering if the hero will survive.

    At times I felt impatient to get some answers. The result was it felt a little slow. I’ve read other police procedural mysteries that had me less impatient and enjoying the journey more.

    The narrator Charles Turner was fine, but I wish Morgan Freeman had narrated. The character Alex Cross is a black man from the south. Morgan played Alex in the movie, and I kept thinking about him. He would have been a great narrator.

    The story is told in first person from Alex’s point of view and then third person for other characters and events. That structure worked ok, but I would have preferred third person for all. When he switches to first person, I am almost taken out of the story, thinking of myself - my perspective.

    Ending: the good guys win, but there are many victims of violence.
    Genre: mystery suspense police procedural.

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    Amazon Customer INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 03-26-12
    Amazon Customer INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story hard to listen to."

    Having seen the movie years before I read the book, I was excepting it to be similar. It was not and the person reading was boring. I didn't enjoy his style
    at all. Even though there was more than one reader I wanted to story to end.

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    Jeannie Hickory, NC, United States 03-05-12
    Jeannie Hickory, NC, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Allot of twists take you into an appealing mystery"
    Would you listen to Along Came a Spider again? Why?

    Yes, It was interesting to hear how someone who has emotional problems think.
    I liked the moral of the story and that somethings cannot be given up on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Along Came a Spider?

    When the little girl was reunited with her parents


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Russell B. Timms Longview, WA, United States 12-27-11
    Russell B. Timms Longview, WA, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Great set-up for a series."
    Would you listen to Along Came a Spider again? Why?

    Captivating and colorful characters. Great descriptions and embellishments for creating the pictures in your mind. An excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of Alex as a title character.


    Which character – as performed by Charles Turner – was your favorite?

    Alex


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Chasing a criminal mastermind may be hazardous to your health.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric the woodlands, TX, United States 12-26-11
    Eric the woodlands, TX, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    What would have made Along Came a Spider better?

    looking for a good new serise to follow, this is ok but not great, if you can get it cheep do it


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    Kathleen Cincinnati, OH, United States 12-15-11
    Kathleen Cincinnati, OH, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Praise Well Deserved"

    This is the first James Patterson I've read, and his reputation is well-deserved. There are twists and turns at every point; just when you think the case is wrapped up, and are wondering how the book can possibly go along another 8 hours or so, there's another twist. Brilliant!

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