Cross takes on the case and plunges into a netherworld of secret clubs and role-players, a world full of poseurs and playactors - and someone demented enough to have crossed the line from dark ritual to real blood. At the same time, a lethal super-criminal from Cross' past - known as the Mastermind - is stalking him, taunting him, and threatening everything he holds dear. Cross has never been closer to defeat, or in greater danger. In a shocking conclusion, Alex Cross must survive a deadly confrontation - only to discover at last the awful secret of the Mastermind.
©2001 James Patterson, All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Time Warner AudioBooks
"As exciting as anything Patterson has written." (Publishers Weekly)
"One of the best Alex Cross thrillers yet." (Amazon.com)
"Patterson is first-rate." (AudioFile)
Paterson spent several minutes at the beginning of this audio book tell us how good the book is. Clearly he did not listen to it.
It is bloody for the sake of being bloody. It has ?Police Activities? that make no sense, such as, exhuming a body to look at it, then doing nothing else with it. The protagonist is utterly unbelievable, though the crimes are only partially so.
All in all it is not a book to bother with.
Admittedly I've not read/listened to the Alex Cross books in chronological order. That being said by the time I started listening to Violets are Blue Alex Cross had become embodied by Peter J Fernandez. Violets is a sequel to Roses are Red narrated by Peter. To go from Roses to Violets is a disappointment. The person voicing Alex Cross while having a dramatic voice, reads much too quickly for Alex. Alex does nothing quickly he's a thinker and doesn't give away much. This narrator seems to be in a hurry to get the story over with. The story is the culmination of the Alex Cross/Kyle Craig story line begun in Roses are Red, it would have been served the story best to keep the same narrator.
It is a fast paced story with the famous Alex Cross. The plot is far fetched but most people could be suspended in disbelief for a few hours - especially when the book moves fast.
The narration is excellent. Clear and dramatic pronounciations.
Overall, it is not great, but not bad either. It is not the best Alex Cross story, but it is an "acceptable" listen.
Even though the subject matter is about vampires, or those who would present themselves as vampires, this story had me glued to my earphones until I got to the end. "Real" characters and excellent dynamic tension. I definitely recommend it to fantasy/horror and murder mystery fans. Personally, I'll be listening to it again for pure entertainment value!
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I have read several of patterson's Alex cross books. After the third one, the stereotypes are just tiring. Alex is the best psychological profiler. He is so good he makes enemies who stalk him. Alex is a down to earth guy who loves his kids and gosh he worries about them and goes on hyper alert when they are threatened, so naturally they do get threatened. Alex has a salt of the earth Nana who convieniently is available 24/7 to talke care of his kids while he is out chasing monsters. Alex has a classic car he drives. Alex is a cardboard character. The stories can be a good read, if it's one off and you have nothing better to do but there are much better writers out there.
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