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Roses Are Red | [James Patterson]

Roses Are Red

In the latest from the best selling author of Kiss the Girls and When the Wind Blows, Alex Cross is on the trail of a brilliant criminal known only as the Mastermind. Browse more Patterson.
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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant criminal known only as the Mastermind orchestrates a series of bank robberies that are notable for their very precise demands - and their explosive violence when the demands are not met exactly. Detective Alex Cross takes on the case and recognizes that a particular kind of criminal mind is at work. But before he gets near identifying a suspect, the Mastermind pulls off the most outrageous kidnapping scheme in U.S. history - and walks away with the largest ransom ever paid.

But money is not enough. Alex Cross' investigation has gotten under the Mastermind's skin, and he makes it his personal goal to take revenge on Cross' entire team, one person at a time - before coming after Cross himself.

Amid all this, Cross' relationship with his girlfriend Christine is falling apart because of her fears about his work, and his beloved daughter Jannie is hospitalized with unexplained seizures. The pressure rises on every front, until an explosive, shocking climax in which the Mastermind escalates his crimes to an unprecedented level, and Alex Cross risks everything to stop him in time.

©2000 by James Patterson, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the Critics Say

"While there's nothing subtle in this novel, every blatant element is packaged for maximum effect: roses may be red, but Patterson's newest is green all the way." (Publishers Weekly)

"Alex Cross, Patterson's detective hero, is back in a thriller that is guaranteed to hold his many fans spellbound...Patterson keeps the pages turning all the way up to the jaw-dropping conclusion." (Booklist)

"Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried... There's no stopping his imagination." (New York Times Book Review)

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    "Great read but the audio book is confusing."
    What did you like best about Roses Are Red? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed reading the book cause there was order and excitement. The author was great but he skipped chapters, like going from chapter 2 to chapter 10 and you're lost and don't know what's going on. Chapter 16, so was my body; chapter 17, so was my mind....... who does that, that's horrible


    What other book might you compare Roses Are Red to and why?

    I would compare this book to Merry Christmas Alex Cross, it's a great read but the audiobook is horrible.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the authors read the books by order of the chapters or it was explained what the significants of the reading order was than the performances would be outstanding.


    Any additional comments?

    I love reading and this is actually my first experience with audio books, I've been a member for a month and I hate it because I can't enjoy the books. The authors skipping chapters and it becomes confusing, I know they're telling a story and its different from reading the book so I would really like to know if the authors are suppose to read the books this way????? I would really like to continue my membership so I'm going to give this another month but I'm really disinterested in audiobooks.I think I'm going back to reading the books myself, I've read evey book James Patterson has written and audiobooks takes away from his talent. Thank God that I didn't listen to the books beforehand because my bookshelves would be empty.

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    Michael 08-28-12
    Michael 08-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Patterson sure is different."
    Would you listen to Roses Are Red again? Why?

    no because all the suspense would be gone.


    What other book might you compare Roses Are Red to and why?

    I don't think I ever read a book like this one. The big surprise ending was a real first for me. What a twist.


    What does Peter Jay Fernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, I wouldn't fall asleep.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I haven't found that book yet.


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    Kindle Customer United States 05-16-12
    Kindle Customer United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not engaging"

    I've read/listened to several of the Alex Cross novels. This was the least interesting one. The plot was slow to develop and seemed to be more haphazard than the others in this series. I wasn't involved as I usually am; the action seemed to jump around and didn't come together well. The audio was fine; the narration was clear.

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    R B Timms DDS Longview, WA, United States 02-21-12
    R B Timms DDS Longview, WA, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Strange ending."
    Where does Roses Are Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roses Are Red?

    Bizarre and abrupt ending.


    What about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance did you like?

    Adequate - tonal inflections occasionally hard to decipher.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Ending was forseeable and abrupt, it seemed to be a lead in to the next volume in the series - but not has not been in the first few chapters of

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Frankston, Australia 12-05-11
    Nathan Frankston, Australia 12-05-11
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    "James has done it again!"
    What made the experience of listening to Roses Are Red the most enjoyable?

    the way James Patterson explains everything in the finest detail!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roses Are Red?

    the twist!


    What aspect of Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance would you have changed?

    nothing, he was great! loved the voices!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    all of it


    Any additional comments?

    a MUST get!

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    Jason Prescott Valley, AZ, USA 04-22-06
    Jason Prescott Valley, AZ, USA 04-22-06
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    "Great, unexpected ending."

    Good book all around. I especially like the ending, which is different than most of Patterson's books.

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    Barry Ithaca, NY, USA 12-26-04
    Barry Ithaca, NY, USA 12-26-04
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    "Disappointing ending"

    The reading was well done and the story suspenseful enough. The character development was fair to good. The last chapters, however, were just too contrived and too ?stay tuned for the next thrilling installment". It did not make sense or fit with the rest of the book, almost as if the author realized there was no good explanation for how the bad guys he picked could have had all the info they had but he could not make up a convincing villain who could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Brighton, MI, USA 01-24-04
    Barbara Brighton, MI, USA 01-24-04
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    "Disappointed"

    I didn't like this book, I couldn't get to the point where I saw his characters as real. I had not read any of his other Alex Cross novels, so this stuff with his kids, seemed pointless to me also. I kept thinking if I could make it to the end, then it would all come together. Which it didn't. I'm not a fan of so many senseless killings also.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dianna Hamlet, NC, USA 02-26-03
    Dianna Hamlet, NC, USA 02-26-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Not Everything is Rosey in This Book"

    Having listened to both 1st to Die and 2nd Chance by James Patterson, I purchased this book with great expectations. Those expectations were quickly deflated as I found this book disappointing. I didn't feel a very real conncetion with the characters and the plot seemed contrived. Needless to say, it simply was not worth listening to. I only got 3/4 of the way through and completely lost interest.

    This book simply does not have the plot needed to draw one through its length, whether abridged or not. My recommendation, skip it.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-26-10
    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-26-10 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    I have listened to a few James Patterson books but I didn't like this book, I couldn't get to the point where I saw his characters as real. I kept thinking if I could make it to the end, then it would all come together. Which it didn't. I'm not a fan of so many senseless killings also.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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