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The Big Bad Wolf | [James Patterson]

The Big Bad Wolf

Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.
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Publisher's Summary

Who's Afraid?

Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered: a predator known only as the Wolf.

Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

You're afraid.

Even as he admires the FBI's vast resources, Alex grows impatient with the Bureau's clumsiness and caution when it is time to move. A lone wolf himself, he has to go out on his own in order to track the Wolf and try to rescue some of the victims while they are still alive.

As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home, too. His ex-fiancie, Christine Johnson, comes back into his life-and not for the reasons Alex might have hoped.

Full of the unexpected twists and heartrending surprises that James Patterson delivers better than any other suspense writer alive, The Big Bad Wolf is an unforgettable thriller.

©2003 James Patterson; (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division Of The AOL Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

"Vastly entertaining." (Publishers Weekly)
"Phillips proves himself once again to be a wildly creative storyteller." (Booklist)

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    Jenny Wichita, KS, USA 01-15-04
    Jenny Wichita, KS, USA 01-15-04
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    "Mediocre"

    Not a bad story...enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested, but as another reviewer said, the characters are pure cardboard. The protagonist is an all-understanding, more-competent-than-everybody star crimefighter, with a beautiful, wonderful girlfriend, and wise, all-knowing grandmother. Throw in some perfect children, and the usual people in the "organization" who are jealous of the protagonist's star status and ability to leap tall buildings with a single bound. The dialogue is much too predictable. I rented this recording from a local grocery store for $1.00. If I'd paid Audible's full price for it, I would have felt my money was wasted. If the grocery eventually has the sequel, I'll rent it to find out what happened, but it's not worth what I would pay at Audible. There are too many well-written books to hear, to spend my monthly allotment on such mediocre writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Gerrardstown, WV, USA 01-04-04
    John Gerrardstown, WV, USA 01-04-04
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    "Big Bad Wolf is Big Bad Writing"

    This is my first read of this author, and it reads at about the 14 year old level. Terrible. Wasn't too thrilled with the narrators either. I will never read (listen to) another James Patterson book. It baffles me that this book is number two on the best seller list under Mystery. Maybe I should just say "it's a mystery why this book passes for a mystery"!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. E. Robinson 12-09-03 Member Since 2012
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    "Big Bad Wolf"

    Once again Patterson has created a villian who you don't catch by the end of the book. What is really good is that Kyle Craig is less involved in this book, and now some other character is out ther reeking havoc.

    I was captivated by the audio book. I for the most part always like the Alex Cross books. I am sure all fans of the Dr. Cross will enjoy this new villian, even though his activities are rather gruesome.

    I recommend sitting back on a cold or rainy day or taking a long drive, and listening to this excellent and very believable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Cernicky PA 12-07-03
    G. Cernicky PA 12-07-03 Listener Since 2001

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    "Criss-Crossed"

    I feel that I got criss-crossed with this book. It was no where near the ongoing series of Alex Cross dramas. Felt like the suspense was in quick sand and waited for something to happen , it did , then chapters of almost falling asleep. I'm surely not afraid of this Big Bad Wolf , unless the author brings him to life and scares the heck out of us. Maybe it was winter hiberation for this wolf-like creature but I want more of the old Patterson mode to wake me up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Woodacre, CA, USA 12-01-03
    Larry Woodacre, CA, USA 12-01-03
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    "the big improbable wolf"

    this was a fun read and a good description of the root-bound fbi but...

    the characters were pure cardboard. the hero was a saint, a classical pianist, the world's best single dad, an extraordinary lover, no warts, no frailties. the villain was the opposite without a gram of goodness. pulp fiction.

    the story was unrealistic. an overage black cop joins the fbi and rises from lowly recruit to under assistant grand poobah in the short course of the novel. he moves through the cast iron beaurocracy like moses parting the red sea.

    and most irriating, it's a flawed knock-off of thomas harris's red dragon, the novel in which hanibal lecter and clarise starling debut.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JLH 11-26-03
    JLH 11-26-03 Member Since 2003

    JLH

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    "Big BAD Wolf"

    This is an absolutely wonderful book. I could stop listening. The use of two narrators added an enjoyable dimension. The plot is full of twists and turns and twisted characters. After barely being able to live through The Jester, it is nice to come back to the familiar Alex Cross. This is one book you will not want to miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    iblinguist China 02-13-05
    iblinguist China 02-13-05 Listener Since 2003
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    "Can't believe the poor ending"

    The story was decent but I feel cheated by the ending. It is as if the author suddenly got tired and decided to end the book. There is no conclusion. We are left hanging. Dissapointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Maricopa, AZ, USA 03-10-04
    Brent Maricopa, AZ, USA 03-10-04
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    "Terrible and shallow"

    This book was boring. The characters have no depth, and the suspense is very transparent. There is no mystery here that you can't predict with little thought. James Patterson as a whole writes shallow novels. The movies based on his books are ok because of the actors but not because of the writing. Look at the time, how can the author describe anything of any detail in such a short time.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Slater, SC, USA 12-16-03
    Deborah Slater, SC, USA 12-16-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Great Book"

    This book is one of James Pattersons best. The reading was wonderful. There has to be a second book. I can't wait to see if Alex get the Wolf and gets little Alex back.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff gaston, SC, USA 01-15-04
    Jeff gaston, SC, USA 01-15-04 Member Since 2008
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    "Did not enjoy"

    the staory was fine but the writing was senior H.S. english class at best

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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