©2008 James Patterson; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
I always enjoy hearing about Alex's predicaments. This was a good one with lots of foreign intrigue. The narrators did a great job.
I found this Audiobook to be quite exciting and enjoyed the narration. While I can't quite picture a Morgan Freeman in the role of Alex Cross for this book, it was narrated very well and I particularly liked the audio enhancements and sound effects during suspenseful moments during chase scenes.
I used to be a huge Patterson fan. His earlier Alex Cross novels were fun, engaging listens. The last three or four books (Big Bad Wolf going forward) have been going down hill and this was a HUGE disappointment. I keep hoping Patterson will go back to what made him great, but I just don't think it's going to happen. It saddens me, but I think I am done with Alex Cross novels.
Having followed Alex Cross through all of his cases and adventures, I was mildly disturbed to find him traveling to Africa after a perpetrator. He was completely out of his league and the torture and indignities he was subjected to was excessive. I don't know what the authors reasons were to subject his readers to the human sufferings of the African social-political atmosphere but we get plenty of exposure from CNN and other news agencies, without buying a book from what had been a favorite author, to only find we have been used as an outlet for his soap box on human issues. I'll be very careful about what I read from this author in the future.
I have listened to all of the Alex Cross books but this was by far the most disappointing. It turned into a 7 hour lecture on the problems in Africa. The story started out well but when the killer flew back to Africa, Alex inexplicably followed him by himself. Forget back up, the fact he had never been in Africa, etc. Alex was going to get his man. It was far-fetched and unbelievable.
I've read every Alex Cross book that James Patterson has ever written. I love this character. However, similar to how Thomas Harris betrayed his characters in his Hannibal Lector book series, James Patterson has betrayed the character of Alex Cross.
This book is a complete contradiction of Alex' rational and intelligent character. The plot is far-fetched and completely unbelievable. Patterson has become so obsessed with mass producing his books (most of which he now "co-writes"), that his is no longer loyal to his characters.
Don't waste you time reading this comic book.
I have been a big fan of James Patterson for a long time now and have really enjoyed the Alex Cross series. this one was very different then the past. but the reason I do give it high rating is that it brings to light the dispare and highly over looked issues in Africa, mainly around Nigeria and the plight many people are in. And he has kept as much authenticity in his story of type of environment and everything.
As for a negative aspect of the book, the ale we all know and liked through the long series is normally smarter and not usually so blind to danger. Maybe its due to the death of his early love who knows what James Patterson was thinking.
I love James Patterson's books, but this one was too far out! It had too many gruesome details. And his going to Africa was the stupidest idea Patterson has ever put into a story. I can't believe, except for "24" (tv show) that any human could withstand the torture that Cross went through and within a few days was able to continue and then get tortured agzain. Maybe it was just me...but I liked Patterson's other books about Cross much better and much more believable.
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