©2008 James Patterson; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
I was very surprised by this book. It was almost awful. The narrator made Alex sound like a whinny rookie investigator. I was so disappointed. The only reason I finished listening was for the ending, which by the way left a lot to be desired. If you are new to the Cross series, please don't start with this one. Patterson should return to his writing style when Alex was first introduced. Trying to take us into Alex's personal life and make that a storyline is doing no justice to this character or himself!
This was one of the worst mystery books I have ever read. I am an Alex Cross fan but there was no story line in this book except the tragedies in Africa. If you want o hear about the prisons and refugee camps and other atrocities this book will give it to you. Butif you want an engaging mystery skip this book.
In Cross Country, Alex Cross travels to Africa and learns more about the association of the death of an old friend and the foriegn trade industry.
Cross Country took the African plight and made the reader assume a position in Africas' battles. The reader is unable to turn away from what's happening to humans by the hands of others for diamonds or oil. Families uprooted, daughters and mothers raped, entire families killed all for profit of the government (but which one).
I have listened to Peter J. Fernandez and become very comfortable with his style and tempo. I enjoy his tone and levels. Dion Graham, I enjoyed in this read. Not sure if I heard Dion read before.
I enjoyed the book eminently, I could have listen to it all in one sitting
James Patterson reveals his concerns for the people throughout the World and used Cross Country and Alex Cross to ensure his readers do not remain in the dark. I appreciate this.
Enjoy listening to many different types of books. I like to listen while I am in the car and working.
I would highly recommend this book, it really makes you sad knowing that the things that happen in this book about Africa and refugee camp really does happen every day all over the world.
Non stop action from beginning to end. You think Alex is going to be killed about every single chapter.
In general the book was terrible and doesn't live up to the series. The character was doing things that made absolutely no sense. Especially, to someone who has read the other books in the series. Up to this point this had been an excellent series but this is really a disgrace. The performance was actually the only thing that kept me listening to finish this book. If this was not an audiobook I never would have made it to the end.
This was not the normal Alex Cross mystery. This was a social statement on issues in Africa. It was choppy in the way he transitioned to, from and through Africa and tying the whole story line together. It was definitely disappointing if you enjoy his other Cross mysteries.
James Patterson truly out does himself in this Alex Cross adventure. He takes our most nightmarish fears of international crimes and espionage, and brings it home to us in this tale of true crime war between the good and evil.
I was left energized by Cross's constant will to fight for justice from out nation's Capitol to darkest Africa, driven and fueled by blood thirsty mercenaries, corrupt industry and government agencies, and human greed. And, I was deeply humbled by what is actually the inconvenient truth about the still ongoing hellish brutality happening in Africa; but not here.
James Patterson is a truly exceptional writer and story teller.
If there was a mystery writer that has inspired me write crime novels? It would James Patterson.
Five stars all around. And, two thumbs up.
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