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Violets Are Blue

Detective Alex Cross confronts his most terrifying nemesis ever - and his own worst fears - in this electrifying new thriller from the master of suspense, James Patterson.
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Alex Cross has never believed in vampires. But when two joggers are found slain in a manner that suggests a macabre ritual, he has to reconsider. Someone believes in vampires enough to have committed a series of bizarre murders that appear to be the work of one. Local police are horrified, and even the FBI is baffled.

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

What the Critics Say

"As exciting as anything Patterson has written." (Publishers Weekly)
"One of the best Alex Cross thrillers yet." (Amazon.com)
"Patterson is first-rate." (AudioFile)

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    Doctor Steven 04-21-04

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    "Overrated by the Author"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eden Sacramento, CA, USA 02-27-06
    Eden Sacramento, CA, USA 02-27-06
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    "Acceptable"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Fernandez Miami, FL United States 01-11-07
    Vicki Fernandez Miami, FL United States 01-11-07

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    "Narration a Disappointment"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-31-05
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-31-05
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    "Strange Story"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah andover, MA, USA 08-05-03
    Sarah andover, MA, USA 08-05-03
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    "Not a favorite...."

    Out of all of the Alex Cross series, I found this one a disappointment. But, admittedly I'm not sure if it was simply the content which I did not find appealing.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jack LITTLETON, CO, United States 08-17-13
    Jack LITTLETON, CO, United States 08-17-13
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    "Little out there"

    Story was a little out there. Mix in the Mastermind and it helps this story along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AJ Riverdale, UT, United States 08-15-13
    AJ Riverdale, UT, United States 08-15-13
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    "Where is the Next Book?"
    What did you like best about Violets Are Blue? What did you like least?

    I loved the book and want the next one but it's not on audible. One thing I hate about authors and publishers is when they get you all engaged in a series and then don't follow through


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson? Why or why not?

    Yes, now please produce the next one.....DON'T SKIP ANY


    Any additional comments?

    Keep producing the books in order and make everyone available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scarp VALLEY COTTAGE, NY, United States 02-01-13
    Scarp VALLEY COTTAGE, NY, United States 02-01-13
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    "Great Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Violets Are Blue the most enjoyable?

    I love herring the same voices reading the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the story very much. I enjoy James Pattetson series.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 08-21-12
    Ryan JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 08-21-12
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    "Fan of James Paterson"
    If you could sum up Violets Are Blue in three words, what would they be?

    Good listen. Like most of James Patterson work I on it until the end. This one is no different,


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Many twists and turns. Which how Patterson keeps his reader's engaged.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Whitner and Kevin O'Rourke – was your favorite?

    All.


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

    Too many to make a real choice. As all way's. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leann Eureka, KS, United States 08-13-12
    Leann Eureka, KS, United States 08-13-12
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    "Another good book by Patterson!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Up there
    With all of the Alex Cross books that Patterson has done.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Finding out who the mastermind was.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Aways


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    ?


    Do you have any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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