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Cross My Heart | [James Patterson]

Cross My Heart

Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.
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Publisher's Summary

James Patterson raises the stakes to their highest level, ever - when Alex Cross becomes the obsession of a genius of menace set on proving that he is the greatest mind in the history of crime.

Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart - nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife, Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect them. If he does anything to protect them, they will die.

©2013 James Patterson (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

“Michael Boatman gives a first-rate narration in this latest installment in the Alex Cross series. A second narrator, Tom Wopat, artfully portrays the homicidal maniac who plans to destroy Alex by destroying his family. Boatman captures the tension in the plot and keeps the listener engaged with the action. His portrayal of a bereaved Alex Cross--voice trembling with despair--will have listeners spellbound. And his total command of the story is like a zip line to Alex's hell. Though the symphony of terror isn't over at the conclusion of the audiobook, fans of Michael Boatman will revel in his delivery of this captivating thriller.” (AudioFile)

"[Patterson's] books don't pussyfoot around when it comes to the villains. These are bad, bad people... [I, Alex Cross] is political, with a lot of intrigue in high places." (Al Roker, The Today Show)

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    Brandon 02-18-15
    Brandon 02-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Mystery crime novels"

    I love the story how it was put together buy mystery to another mystery to be solved in each case on his own personal ground, the type of motivation that keeps the reader mind on the story.

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    paul amos Galion, OH United States 02-11-15
    paul amos Galion, OH United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2008
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    "the narrators and the writing style drove me nuts!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    a very bored person wit too much time on his hands


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson again?

    no.he seems to chose poor narrators and the "he said, I said, they said" ruins concentration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ?

    these guys were way too animated and mechanical. Thespians, they are not.
    Mc/carty, Rummel, Daniels . Hill, Roberts, Brick


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the villain was interesting


    Any additional comments?

    following every quotation was a "he said" or "I said" totally unnessary if a talented narrator was reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 01-21-15
    Kelly 01-21-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Oh boy!"

    I have read every book in this series and can honestly say I was worried something like this would someday happen.Don't want to ruin it for anyone so I will just say "bring on the next one." Quickly please!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louis E. Bird Bama Loui 12-29-14
    Louis E. Bird Bama Loui 12-29-14

    Bama Loui

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    "great story"

    love the ending. Now on to the next book in series.
    Thanks James Patterson

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    Jordan Lowry 12-01-14
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    "Hmmm...."
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ?

    I love Patterson, and will continue to read his books.


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson’s story?

    The ending, although I'm not to happy about what is going on in Cross' life, I guess we all knew deep down that sooner or later something along these lines were going to happen.


    What about Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ’s performance did you like?

    They are great readers


    Could you see Cross My Heart being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly. After reading Hope to Die as long as it's made into one movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Just like in the movies, some 2-parters just end. Which is very frustrating but also understanding. Although I'm not happy about the ending, I also understand. I appreciate the fact that Patterson took the time to go into extreme detail and make this a 2 parter... but a little warning would have been nice. I'm glad I didn't read Cross My Heart until the Friday before Hope To Die came out because I didn't have to wait to long to see what had happened. But I was on the edge of my seat while travelling across country listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 11-19-14
    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 11-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Cross My Heart the most enjoyable?

    It was a great story with many twists that kept me interested. I found I had listen on lunch, while walking from the office to my car and every other chance I got. I can't wait to hear the sequel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Hauck Hays, KS 11-03-14
    Christian Hauck Hays, KS 11-03-14 Member Since 2001

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    "Terrible (Non-) Ending!"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ?

    Yes


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson’s story?

    It should have been identified as the first part of a series, not as a complete book!


    Do you think Cross My Heart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. This volume was incomplete.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Estrella Latham 07-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Cross My Heart was good until the end."
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ?

    Alex Cross is JP best works


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex Cross.The whole family is great
    James Patterson please don't mess this up


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Statton 07-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Best Cross by Patterson"
    Would you listen to Cross My Heart again? Why?

    Absolutely, this story has many twists that kept me listening all day!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Patterson makes Cross come alive. Not just a character, but a man with feelings - I empathized with Alex; felt his sincere anguish! Forgot this was just a story.

    Love Nana Mama who can treat the big man, Alex, like a child and get away with it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Gut wrenching scene when Alex realized his family is gone.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks, James Patterson, I can't wait for the next book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick 05-21-14
    Nick 05-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "It's all about the journey"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As far as Patterson books go, the ending is kind of weak. I think he wanted to turn Alex Cross into Jack Bauer but then he changed his mind at the last minute. There is yet more to be told on this story and he has developed a great antagonist...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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