©2008 James Patterson; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
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 love listening to books on a long trip, and this one did not disappoint. James Patterson is one my of very favorite authors, and while some of the books are a little slow getting into, I didn't find this one to be like that. I recommend it, although some of the material is a little tough to handle.
Very enjoyable Book, with plenty of plot twist to keep you wondering what was going to happen next. James Patterson's books with Alex Cross always have been one of my favorites. You won't be disappointed.
Not up to early Alex but a good return to the Cross character and a story line that makes you want to get back to listening. A good ear read.
The plot was not well developed, predictable. For Detective Cross to try to solve a crime without any cultural knowledge seems ridiculous. More interest in the plight of Africans without any new insights than telling a good story.
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 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 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.
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