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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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    Tracey Chambersburg, PA, United States 12-08-13
    Tracey Chambersburg, PA, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrified by how he ended the book! Worst ending"
    What did you like best about Cross My Heart? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed the two story lines throughout the book. I disliked the ending


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cross My Heart?

    When the babies are found


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Capturing in the barn....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sharon FRANKLINTON, LA, United States 12-07-13
    sharon FRANKLINTON, LA, United States 12-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Unexpected to say the least!"
    Where does Cross My Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, it made me angry.


    Any additional comments?

    If you, like me, prefer a book with an actual ending, don't buy this until the next one comes out. I am very disappointed in the way the ending was handled. Patterson has been a favorite author for a long time but this book will make a difference in that opinion now. Dirty trick to pull on us Patterson, just tell us it's part one going in, then we can make the decision whether to wait for the sequel or not, at the very least you would know going in. I'm thinking Audible will not post this as they may consider this post to 'ruin the end' for some people. Not true, there is no end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary CHERRY HILL, NJ, United States 12-05-13
    Gary CHERRY HILL, NJ, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not one of James Patterson's Best!"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ?

    Yes. I have read many of his previous books


    What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story line was fragmented and not of the quality of his previous books. If the intent was to make Alex Cross appear more vulnerable, Mr. Patterson succeeded. There was a general lack of suspense until close to the end. The ending was a disappointment in that I felt that it was improbable and completed with the purpose of selling his next book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not in many instances. Poor transition between the two main plots.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I think Mr. Patterson should re-visit his concept of Alex Cross and return him to the outstanding Criminolgist that he created in the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    donnachandler 12-04-13

    An avid book reader who absolutely loves having the opportunity to carry my favorite books everywhere I go and listen to them anytime I want

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    "Why would you do that to your fans?"
    What would have made Cross My Heart better?

    How about an ending? Telling your readers that you "had to be true to Alex, and sometimes you must accept tragedy" is a bunch of crap. You ended the book this way just to string us along until the next book is written. Well, Mr. Patterson, my string is snapped. I invested almost 10 hours of my time listening to your book. You strung me along too far on this one and I am now a former fan.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson again?

    I was a faithful follower of Alex Cross and couldn't wait until the next book was released. DONE.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ?

    Nothing negative to say about the narration.


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    As I listened, my only complaint had been the story lines. Why can't a book be written from start to finish without have more than one story line running together and flip flopping back and forth? So confusing. Then the book ended. I wasn't disappointed..... I was pissed. Can't believe I spent my money on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marian 12-04-13
    Marian 12-04-13
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    "Not even a real novel, just a segue into the book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I've read (or listened to) most of the dreck James Patterson has written over the years for one simple reason, the plots kept me going and served the purpose of filling the dead time while exercising and driving. This book, on the other hand, could not hold my attention. It was boring and thoroughly unbelievable. To top it off, the ending was a non-ending, merely a segue into the next book--which I'll be forced to buy just to find out how this one ends. Bad form.I'm really getting sick and tired of the trend that's emerging of authors dragging out a single novel into a pair or a trilogy. Think the Eve Trilogy from Iris Johansen and the penultimate and final books in the Alan Gregory series by Stephen White. Cross My Heart is the perhaps the most egregious of the offenders, however. Like most Patterson novels it is the length of a long novella, following the usual formula of very short chapters numbering around one hundred. If he'd just written a real novel, this might have been salvageable, albeit still far-fetched.If you are a compulsive Alex Cross reader, you'll buy this one too, just as I did. And I bet at the end you'll feel as betrayed as I was.


    What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Finish the book, not drag the plot over into a second book for no good reason.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator was fine. It's the book that was worthless.


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

    None.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 12-03-13
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "Rock on, Alex!"
    Where does Cross My Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Cross Heart is not only my favorite Alex Cross book but is one of THE greatest books on Audible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cross My Heart?

    The end of the book ... but is it really?


    Which character – as performed by Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat – was your favorite?

    Alex Cross, no doubt!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, didn't make me laugh or cry. It scared the heck out of me as to what the next "page" would bring. The most tense part of the book was nearing the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book! James Patterson is back! Hopefully, he threw all of those horrible writers and narrators out with the bath water.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 12-02-13
    Richard 12-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Shortchanged"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ?

    Not unless he guarantees a complete book...beginning, middle and ENDING....I didn't pay for a book that doesn't finish!


    Has Cross My Heart turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No,just books that have no ending....if it is serial book, then state so!


    Did Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Soemtimes


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

    Yes I likes the idea but was sorely disappointed at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Please ! I am so annoyed I want my money back!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Larson McLean Virginia 01-03-14
    Paula Larson McLean Virginia 01-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Author wants you to buy his next book"
    Any additional comments?

    Book is good but does not conclude story. Even the comments at the end of the book suggest you get the next book. Suggest you not listen to this book until the follow on book is available

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas S. Orem, Jr. 12-03-13
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    "half a book!!!"

    DO NOT GET THIS BOOK TILL THE FOLLOW UP IS AVAILABLE, AND MAYBE NOT EVEN THEN. If you dislike paying full price or 2 credits for half a book or double paying for one book, then don't. the book ends at a good halfway point with nothing resolved. the author clams this is to give us a opportunity to learn how to live with tragedy... I see it as nothing more than a gimmick that I am absolutely not a fan of. buyer be warned it's a" cliff hanger", and if you hate that as much as I do, just wait.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 02-19-14
    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 02-19-14 Member Since 2015

    I listen to a book a day just about. I am 49, I love mystery, thriller, true crime. G.Guidall best reader for me.

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    "NO ENDING, forced to buy next Cross book!!!"
    What disappointed you about Cross My Heart?

    JP makes enough money that he needs not force us to buy the next Cross book to see what happens.


    What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    End the book or give credit for free book!!!


    Any additional comments?

    So upsetting that James Patterson is so money hungry. What a slap in the face to his fans. I will for sure never buy another book by JP. Bootleg, copy, download and share all his work is the word many of us are spreading on this greedy selfish person. What comes around goes around James, lost all respect for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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