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Cross Country | [James Patterson]

Cross Country

When the home of Alex Cross's oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C., what they discover is shocking: a stunningly organized gang of lethal teenagers headed by a powerful, diabolical man--the African warlord known as the Tiger.
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Publisher's Summary

When the home of Alex Cross's oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C., what they discover is shocking: a stunningly organized gang of lethal teenagers headed by a powerful, diabolical man--the African warlord known as the Tiger. Just when the detectives think they're closing in on the elusive murderer, the Tiger disappears into thin air. Tracking him to Africa, Alex knows that he must follow. Alone.

©2008 James Patterson; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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    Lisa Silver Spring, MD, USA 11-19-08
    Lisa Silver Spring, MD, USA 11-19-08
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    "Not the same read"

    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!

    92 of 99 people found this review helpful
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    Doctor Barb Minnesota 11-26-08
    Doctor Barb Minnesota 11-26-08 Member Since 2007
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    "all about Africa"

    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.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Downey AUSTIN, TX, US 11-22-08
    Debra Downey AUSTIN, TX, US 11-22-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Not Patterson's Best"

    The book read like a social commentary not a detective novel. The ending was abrupt and underdeveloped.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Knoxville, TN, USA 12-04-08
    Sharon Knoxville, TN, USA 12-04-08
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    "Not the normal Cross adventure"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Westfield, NJ, United States 12-04-08
    Terri Westfield, NJ, United States 12-04-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Patterson has lost his touch-HUGE dissappointment"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia United States 12-26-12
    Cynthia United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Enlightenment of Worlds Distresses"
    What did you love best about Cross Country?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cross Country?

    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).


    Have you listened to any of Peter J. Fernandez and Dion Graham ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I enjoyed the book eminently, I could have listen to it all in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    michelle prieto newark, new jersey United States 05-14-12
    michelle prieto newark, new jersey United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very nice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommended as it kept me on the edge of my seat!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I would recommended as it kept me on the edge of my seat!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would recommended as it kept me on the edge of my seat!


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

    I would recommended as it kept me on the edge of my seat!


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommended as it kept me on the edge of my seat!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Greenfield, IN, United States 03-16-12
    Amazon Customer Greenfield, IN, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy listening to many different types of books. I like to listen while I am in the car and working.

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    "Excellent story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Non stop action from beginning to end. You think Alex is going to be killed about every single chapter.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Les McDonough, GA, USA 02-22-09
    Les McDonough, GA, USA 02-22-09
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    "Cross Country, should read, Cross International"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dwayne VanValen 01-09-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Worst Alex Cross book ever"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Peter J. Fernandez and Dion Graham ?

    Yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson again?

    Yes


    Have you listened to any of Peter J. Fernandez and Dion Graham ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cross Country?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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