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
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.
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.
Both Mr. Fernandez and Mr. Stuhlbarg are excellent story tellers. I enjoy all the characters they give life to.
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.
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 :-)
BEST : THE PRINCIPAL CHARACTER
WORST: SOME GORY DETAILS
MOST INTERESTING: ANALIZING DR. CROSS' PATIENTS
LEAST INTERESTING: DR. CROSS' FAMILY.
I CAN NOT REMEMBER THESE CHARACTERS.
THE STAR SHOULD BE SOMEBODY LIKE ALEX BALDWIN.
NOT AN UNFORGETABLE BOOK
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.
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.
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.
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.
Double awful is more like it. It seems to be written for short attentions spans with 125 chapters and an epilogue in just over 8 hours. The "erotic" scenes are more like the imaginations of an adolescent boy and add nothing to the lame plot line. To make it worse, the readers are overly dramatic and their imitated accents are amateurish.
Don't waste your time!
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