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When the home of Alex Cross' oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington DC, what they discover is shocking: a stunningly organized gang of lethal teenagers headed by a powerful, diabolical man - the African warlord known as the Tiger. Just when the detectives think they're closing in on the elusive murderer, the Tiger disappears into thin air. Tracking him to Africa, Alex knows that he must follow. Alone.

©2008 James Patterson (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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Not the same read

I was very surprised by this book. It was almost awful. The narrator made Alex sound like a whinny rookie investigator. I was so disappointed. The only reason I finished listening was for the ending, which by the way left a lot to be desired. If you are new to the Cross series, please don't start with this one. Patterson should return to his writing style when Alex was first introduced. Trying to take us into Alex's personal life and make that a storyline is doing no justice to this character or himself!

97 of 105 people found this review helpful

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all about Africa

This was one of the worst mystery books I have ever read. I am an Alex Cross fan but there was no story line in this book except the tragedies in Africa. If you want o hear about the prisons and refugee camps and other atrocities this book will give it to you. Butif you want an engaging mystery skip this book.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Enlightenment of Worlds Distresses

What did you love best about Cross Country?

In Cross Country, Alex Cross travels to Africa and learns more about the association of the death of an old friend and the foriegn trade industry.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cross Country?

Cross Country took the African plight and made the reader assume a position in Africas' battles. The reader is unable to turn away from what's happening to humans by the hands of others for diamonds or oil. Families uprooted, daughters and mothers raped, entire families killed all for profit of the government (but which one).

Have you listened to any of Peter J. Fernandez and Dion Graham ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Peter J. Fernandez and become very comfortable with his style and tempo. I enjoy his tone and levels. Dion Graham, I enjoyed in this read. Not sure if I heard Dion read before.

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

I enjoyed the book eminently, I could have listen to it all in one sitting

Any additional comments?

James Patterson reveals his concerns for the people throughout the World and used Cross Country and Alex Cross to ensure his readers do not remain in the dark. I appreciate this.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Patterson has lost his touch-HUGE dissappointment

I used to be a huge Patterson fan. His earlier Alex Cross novels were fun, engaging listens. The last three or four books (Big Bad Wolf going forward) have been going down hill and this was a HUGE disappointment. I keep hoping Patterson will go back to what made him great, but I just don't think it's going to happen. It saddens me, but I think I am done with Alex Cross novels.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Alex Cross really catches the Tiger by the toe

James Patterson truly out does himself in this Alex Cross adventure. He takes our most nightmarish fears of international crimes and espionage, and brings it home to us in this tale of true crime war between the good and evil.
I was left energized by Cross's constant will to fight for justice from out nation's Capitol to darkest Africa, driven and fueled by blood thirsty mercenaries, corrupt industry and government agencies, and human greed. And, I was deeply humbled by what is actually the inconvenient truth about the still ongoing hellish brutality happening in Africa; but not here.
James Patterson is a truly exceptional writer and story teller.
If there was a mystery writer that has inspired me write crime novels? It would James Patterson.
Five stars all around. And, two thumbs up.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • Knoxville, TN, USA
  • 12-04-08

Not the normal Cross adventure

This was not the normal Alex Cross mystery. This was a social statement on issues in Africa. It was choppy in the way he transitioned to, from and through Africa and tying the whole story line together. It was definitely disappointing if you enjoy his other Cross mysteries.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Not Patterson's Best

The book read like a social commentary not a detective novel. The ending was abrupt and underdeveloped.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Eva
  • Canada
  • 03-31-15

Great story

Great book!!!!
I loved it!!!
The truly great narrator makes you feel, like you're in the story!
I love this series!

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  • Randy
  • Pineville, LA, USA
  • 02-20-09

Makes the drive pass faster!

I love listening to books on a long trip, and this one did not disappoint. James Patterson is one my of very favorite authors, and while some of the books are a little slow getting into, I didn't find this one to be like that. I recommend it, although some of the material is a little tough to handle.

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  • Harold
  • Saginaw, MI, USA
  • 02-09-09


Very enjoyable Book, with plenty of plot twist to keep you wondering what was going to happen next. James Patterson's books with Alex Cross always have been one of my favorites. You won't be disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful