Alex Cross is on vacation in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Jamilla Hughes, when he gets the call. The Russian supercriminal known as the Wolf claims responsibility for the blast.
Major cities around the globe are threatened with total destruction. The Wolf has proven he can do it; the only question is, can anyone stop him in time? Surveillance film of the blast reveals the presence of another of Alex Cross' most dangerous enemies, the ruthless assassin known as the Weasel.
World leaders have just four days to prevent an unimaginable cataclysm. Joining forces with Scotland Yard and Interpol, Alex fights his way through a torrent of false leads, impersonators, and foreign agents before he gets close to the heart of the crimes. Racing down the hairpin turns of the Riviera in the most unforgettable finale James Patterson has ever written, Alex Cross confronts the truth of the Wolf's identity, a revelation that even Cross himself may be unable to survive.
©2004 James Patterson; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks
Alex Cross is in fine form with his worldwide search for Wolf. It is a fun and suspenseful cat and mouse chase. The sound effects on the CD are awesome. I love the readers and accents. I do however miss his interaction with his partner from before he became a FBI agent. A very good listen overall - you should listen to Big Bad Wolf however before listening to this one.
I have read all the Alex Cross books and enjoyed them, but Alex has finally begun to bore me. This one although relatively short, had me anxious for the conclusion. The sound effects at the end/beginning of each chapter were very annoying.
I've read or listened to all of the "Alex Cross" books by James Patterson and have loved them all. After each book, I'm ready for the next. While each book is a story in itself, the life of Alex and his family evolves throughout the series, so I'm glad I started with the first book, Along Came A Spider. Alex Cross is unpretentious and modest, but he always has more insight into a murder case than anyone else on the local police force or in the FBI. And in the end, he always gets his man...or woman. This book is the last book so far in the Alex Cross series. It's just as exciting and satisfiying as the previous 9 books. You won't be disappointed.
This could have been a very enjoyable listen had not the producers played with a VERY ANNOYING sound effect every few minutes to announce chapter titles. Had they reserved the sound effect for section breaks, it would have been interesting, but to blare them constantly throughout the book made me erase the thing and want to request a refund.
A Foley machine can be useful when used correctly; the use of it in this case ruined the book for me by constantly breaking the flow of the story. Don't waste your money on this one.
I used to be a huge fan of Patterson's work until he branched off into romance and a number of predictable, repetetive short novels that are sold as separate installments rather than a complete work. This title is a prime example.
Alex Cross, once a compelling investigator with a believable background and psyche, now feels like the Rambo of the U.S. crime investigative world: he's called in to investigate on nearly every major case and pretty much always gets his guy.
While the plot is interesting in this particular book, global terrorism and suitcase nukes have been milked just about dry as a theme. I found the continuation of The Weasel as a major character a boring tangent. More problematic, howerver, was the transformation of The Wolf as a violent criminal that once focused primarily on the sex slave trade, but now masterminds and pulls off a hard-to-believe global blackmail plot where he, but for Alex Cross' intervention, is able to thwart the combined investigative power of all the world's major crime and terrorist fighting agencies almost single-handedly.
The plot feels shallow, it's hard to suspend disbelief, and it just isn't the same quality as vintage James Patterson. If you are looking for a quick, light action-crime read (or listen) this may work for you, but if you expect your characters to have any depth or the plot to surprise you or make you think, then I'd pass this one by.
Because so many of the reviews of this piece were less than stellar, I ordered it with lowered expectations. Much of the criticism was valid but I still found it to be an enjoyable listen. The main flaw was continuing the Wolf's character. There was no plausible explanation for him evolving into a Super Terrorist. Good fiction still needs a certain amount of believability. I think a new villain performing the same misdeeds would have made the work more credible. I think Mr. Patterson wrote this with the noble intention of giving his loyal readers a sense of closure. In many ways he accomplished this...but in the end I found myself asking the same question that I had after the final episode of Seinfeld, “Did he really have to go there?”
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The Weasel? The Wolf? Is this an Alex Cross novel or an X-Men comic book. I haven't read or listened to an Alex Cross novel in quite some time and I was looking forward to this one, but it's sooo sophomoric!!!
And the sound effects between chapters are really, really annoying.
I found this novel to be poorly plotted and superficial. There are a number of subplots that make no sense(like the kidnapping of a whole family for a few days only for them to reappear without explanation), or the complete lack of careful police work after each major bombing or disaster. Not believable.
I thought "London Bridges" was a good "listen". The story hung together well and characters and situations seem to hang together well.
Does it compare with the quality of the author's other books? I think so. I was happy to see that the author spent more time with the storyline and with the "Wolf" than with "Alex" and his family and love life. I could see that he needed to build a foundation for Alex's love and family life in his previous books but he devoted just enough and not too much time with them in this one.
All in all a pretty good audiobook.
I've enjoyed the entire Cross series, but this one was so "off" the mark. I kept waiting for the story line to get better - but it never did and it just dragged on -- the sound effects were corny. I enjoy listening to books as entertainment or to escape from the real world - even for an hour or so. Pulling in the 'world domination' and terrorist scenario just came out of left field. Hoping that the next book is better ~
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