©2008 James Patterson; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
This is the first James Patterson book I've listened to and was dissappointed. I thought the writing was sophomoric, full of cliches, and for some annoying reason it was broken up into about 140 chapters which made no sense at all. You could guess what was going to happen next around every turn. I get the impression he turns out these best-sellers as a money making machine with no regard for literary quality.
Excellent Patterson tension, but so impossible, implausible, and stupid plotline, that I wondered why I kept reading it.
I did finish it and wondered if Cross was really as dumb as he appeared to be or was it Patterson playing with us? Had to agree with the Tiger....The hero had no reason to go to Nigeria.
As much as I enjoy the Dr. Cross series, I have to say this book did not live up to expectations. I mean - good grief, why would the author take a seemingly intelligent character and dumb him down? Cross has no knowledge of or authority in Nigeria, but travels there unprepared and acts indignant when he receives no cooperation. Duh! Then there is the continual "beating up" of Dr. Cross which is really tiresome. Not the author's best work.
James Patterson has jumped the shark with this one. Sadly it will be my last Alex Cross novel. The plot was preposterous and there were serious continuity problems in the story line. Several years ago I gave up on Patricia Cornwell for the same reason. When an author pumps out a crappy novel just because he or she knows the fans will buy anything that is when it is time to let it go.
Goodbye James, it was fun while it lasted!
This was not a good book! Mr. Patterson has been cranking out the book at an alarming rate and, sadly it shows in his writing. I have read all the Cross books but this will be my last Patterson read.
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