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Double Cross | [James Patterson]

Double Cross

Just when Alex Cross thought his life was calming down into a routine of patients and therapy sessions, he finds himself back in the game - this time to catch a criminal mastermind like no other. A spate of elaborate murders in Washington, D.C., have the whole East Coast on edge. They are like nothing Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen.
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Publisher's Summary

Just when Alex Cross thought his life was calming down into a routine of patients and therapy sessions, he finds himself back in the game - this time to catch a criminal mastermind like no other. A spate of elaborate murders in Washington, D.C., have the whole East Coast on edge. They are like nothing Alex and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen. With each murder, the case becomes increasingly complex.

There's only one thing Alex knows: the killer adores an audience. As victims are made into gruesome spectacles citywide, inducing a media hysteria, it becomes clear to Alex that the man he's after is a genius of terror - and he's after fame. The killer has the whole city by its strings. And he'll stop at nothing to become the most terrifying star that Washington, D.C., has ever seen.

Solve another case with Alex Cross.

©2007 James Patterson; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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    Joanne Chandler AZ, United States 12-22-12
    Joanne Chandler AZ, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible, terrible narrator"

    Terrible narrator for Alex Cross. Absolutely ruined the book. I suffered through it only because it was such a short book. He sounded like he was reading a children's story. Even worse as the female character. The second narrator was very good. I was relieved when the killer was speaking so that I could get a break from the Cross narrator.

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    Charlene Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 11-06-12
    Charlene Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Woof!

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    "It Doesn't Disapoint"
    What did you like best about Double Cross? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the story line. Unfortunately the more Cross books I read the less I like Alex Cross. I do however like the story lines as they pertain to the crimes and so I am in the process of listening to all of them.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Again, I really don't care for the character of Alex Cross. I love hearing about the villains and their perspectives. Alex Cross is a good crime fighter but not much more beyond that. I can't understand how he gets such great women like Bri Stone to care about him when he is so unappealing as a partner.


    Which character – as performed by Peter J. Fernandez and Michael Stuhlbarg – was your favorite?

    Both Mr. Fernandez and Mr. Stuhlbarg are excellent story tellers. I enjoy all the characters they give life to.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite finding Alex Cross annoying as a man, grandson and expecially a father I really enjoy the stories and "mysteries' and will continue to listen to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Norway 09-10-12
    Heidi Norway 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than expected"

    I really enjoyed this Cross book. The storytellers were better and easier to distinguish between. I really enjoyd the plot and also meeting 'old friends' again. I thought the play between Alex and Brianna was really good and I enjoyed that she was portraied as a strong able woman. This plot was better than I had expected and I loved the twists and turns. It keeps you in suspence and makes you want to listen more. This book was a 'sit-down and listen' kind of book. You had to concentrate to get all the nuances, but at the same time I let it rest for about 2 weeks and then picked up right where I left off without hesitation. It was great.

    The storytellers are really good. I especially enjoy the combination of Fernandez and Stuhlbard, better than Fernandez and Jay. I will be looking out for this combination of storytellers as they made the story come alive, one could feel that one was IN the story not just listening to it.

    If you have not read any of the other Cross books then do NOT start with this one, it has references to earlier books which if you do not know these books then you will miss out on a lot of the story. For the rest of you highly recommended listening :-)

    ENJOY!

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    Carmen mexico city, Mexico 12-12-11
    Carmen mexico city, Mexico 12-12-11 Member Since 2005
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    "good listen"
    What did you like best about Double Cross? What did you like least?

    BEST : THE PRINCIPAL CHARACTER
    WORST: SOME GORY DETAILS


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    MOST INTERESTING: ANALIZING DR. CROSS' PATIENTS
    LEAST INTERESTING: DR. CROSS' FAMILY.


    What does Peter J. Fernandez and Michael Stuhlbarg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I CAN NOT REMEMBER THESE CHARACTERS.


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

    YES
    THE STAR SHOULD BE SOMEBODY LIKE ALEX BALDWIN.


    Any additional comments?

    NOT AN UNFORGETABLE BOOK

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    Nick New Castle, DE, United States 02-10-11
    Nick New Castle, DE, United States 02-10-11
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    "Nothing to See Here, Move Along"

    This was not my favorite listen. First of all, the narration was difficult. Everyone talked like Captain Kirk. "Alex. What. do. you. MAKE. of THIS?"
    Second, the story was like those mysteries we used to write in fourth grade. This happened, then that happened, then that happened again, the guy was really mean, she was really scared...and on and on without depth or intrigue. There was no masterful turn of events. I kept waiting for something that would get my imagination flowing, a twist or turn of a good story line that would make me wonder and think, provide a puzzle to figure out, or a character with whom to identify. The attempts were shallow and did not hold my interest. Just one sick murder after the other and a bunch of Captain Kirks trying to figure it out.
    The ending just happened with nothing resolved and no feeling of accomplishment. I don't want to spoil it, so all I'll say is you'll have to wait for "Double Cross 2, The Sequel" to know what happens.

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    Jay Morris Burlington, VT, USA 02-03-08
    Jay Morris Burlington, VT, USA 02-03-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Double Cross"

    I found this book to be a page turner. I highly recommend it.

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    Kevin Southbury, CT, USA 01-09-08
    Kevin Southbury, CT, USA 01-09-08
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    "Same old stuff"

    I don't know about anyone else but I'm kind of sick of Alex Cross and James Patterson for that matter. Did not like the narrator...could not stand when he changed voices for other characters.

    I'm new to this so maybe I'm just crazy. After listening to David McCollough and Edward Herman I had a hard time enjoying this. I guess I also don't understand how two people can write a book together. Did not like it.

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    Marshalle Johnson City, TN, USA 01-06-08
    Marshalle Johnson City, TN, USA 01-06-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Double Cross"

    Good book - until ending. Disappointed with weak ending.

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    Kate Seattle, WA, USA 12-23-07
    Kate Seattle, WA, USA 12-23-07
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    "Lame"

    I thought the plot was really cheap and obvious. And am I the only one or does the soft, generic jazz that plays whenever Alex Cross has sex smack too closely of soft porn? I gotta say, I'm not a prude but I really don't need to hear much more about his sex life (particularly with the cheasy soft porn music playing in the background). Really, really lame. You don't go to James Patterson for anything other than a fast moving detective story. Anything else should be left in the hands of more adept writers. This novel felt like a contractual obligation and little else.

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    Deborah Stuart Texas 12-15-07
    Deborah Stuart Texas 12-15-07 Member Since 2006
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    "He's Back!"

    Yes, Kyle Craig is back, but also James Patterson is back. Over the past few years, Patterson has been penning a growing number of books with co-authors. He's also been turning them out in mass quantity.

    He seems to be back to normal in the latest Alex Cross novel (Double Cross). He's dating a new girl who is part of local law enforcement, and as we knew it would, his vow to stay away from the nasty guys didn't last long. Though his private practice is doing well, he is drawn into one of his new girlfriend's cases in a big way. Faster than you can say "Nana Mama", Alex is back in the know at the Washington PD and consulting on the latest mass murders.

    About this time, his former buddy and convicted serial killer Kyle Craig makes an abrupt and unscheduled departure from maximum security and begins to reek his own special kind of havoc. We knew that Kyle was a bit miffed at Alex for bringing him in, and the Mastermind is back in action and consulting himself - with the new Washington area killer.

    If you liked early Patterson, you'll really like this new one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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