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Book Review: Hope to Die by James Patterson (Alex Cross #22)

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Title:  Hope to Die

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  Alex Cross #22

 

Synopsis (from bn.com): Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross’s family–his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children–have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?

Widely praised by the greatest crime and thriller writers of our time, Cross My Heart set a jaw-dropping story in motion. Hope to Die propels Alex Cross’s greatest challenge to its astonishing finish, proving why Jeffery Deaver says “nobody does it better” than James Patterson.

 

My thoughts:  I absolutely love James Patterson’s Alex Cross series.  I will admit however that the last couple of books it felt a little forced and stale to me.  I always feel like his focus on some of his many other series was negatively effecting the Alex Cross series.  However, in my opinion Patterson is back at his best with this latest installment of the Alex Cross series!

Wow!  is all I have to say about Hope to Die!  The plot is exciting, incredibly fast, intriguing, scary, twisted . . . excellent!!!

If you are a fan of Patterson . . . this book is not to be missed!

Another superb, fantastic read . . . go get your hands on it now!!!!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Cross My Heart” by James Patterson SPOILER ALERT

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Title:  Cross My Heart

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  Alex Cross #21

 

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart–nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex’s strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson’s career.

When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect them. If he does anything to protect them, they will die.

CROSS MY HEART is the most powerful Alex Cross novel ever, propelled by the ever-ingenious mind of James Patterson, the world’s #1 bestselling writer.

My thoughts:  I will say hands down that this was one of my favorite Alex Cross books yet.  In a word it was AMAZING!!!  There are books that you say that you can’t put down, and then there are books such as “Cross My Heart” where you literally, actually can’t put it down!  Usually, any book in the Alex Cross series is a one day read for me and this was no exception!

I am not ashamed to admit that I had an actual physical reaction and felt actually nauseous during the final 30 pages or so of this book as I wondering where the storyline was heading.  It took a dark and completely unexpected twist in my opinion.  My self-talk in my head was going something like this, “Are you kidding me with this?  He has to be kidding me, he has to resolve this.  This isn’t going to resolve.  They are . . . WHAT?!?  No, this can’t be happening!”   I read a lot and there are very few books that truly leave the reader feeling as if they have been on a roller coaster ride and are ready to get off, exhilarated, exhausted, confused . . . Cross My Heart fits the bill!  Phew, loved it and I was exhausted after the final 30 pages.

SPOILER ALERT!!!!

Now I must say that I am completely shocked and appalled by many of the online reviews that I have read about this book.  Many readers feel as if the author let them down somehow by no resolving this book and providing a satisfactory ending.  Many were complaining that they felt like the author was just trying to make money by making the reader buy the next book to see how it ends.   I really have to say . . . Get Over It!  Haven’t these reviewers ever heard of cliffhangers . . . those fabulous endings that leave you with your mouth agape wondering what is next.  Television and other authors do it all the time.  No one is making you buy the next book or for that matter making you even read the next book.  If you somehow feel betrayed by this author . . . then simply don’t read it.

I for one thought the ending, or shall I say non-ending, was spectacular!  It was really the ending that made the book for me.  It was a truly bold, dramatic, jaw-dropping move by this author . . . and I for one can’t wait to read more.

So yes, it is absolutely true that this book doesn’t have a nice, neat ending!  This book is a prequel and hopefully #22 will take us on another thrill ride!

If anyone thought that the Alex Cross series was getting old, dry, and lacked excitement . . . put those thoughts aside!  Lucky #21, Cross My Heart, will take you on an exciting journey that leaves you wanting more!

And remember,

Books Are Life

Heather

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Book Review – “Alex Cross, Run” by James Patterson

alexcrossrun  Title:  Run Cross, Run

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  Alex Cross #20

Publisher:  Little, Brown & Co.

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Kill Alex Cross was “Patterson at the top of his game” (Washington Post). Alex Cross, Run is even better.

DON’T LOOK, ALEX CROSS

Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared “industry parties,” bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem’s lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail.

DON’T THINK, ALEX CROSS

But Alex doesn’t have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach. When a third mutilated body is discovered, rumors of three serial killers on the loose send Washington D.C. into an all-out frenzy.

JUST RUN

Alex is under so much pressure to solve these three grim cases that he hasn’t noticed that someone else investigating him-someone so obsessed and so twisted that they’ll do anything-ANYTHING- to get the vengeance they require. Alex Cross, Run is James Patterson’s most unrelenting story yet-a white-hot, sensational thrill ride with the most extreme and gripping characters Patterson has ever brought to life.

My thoughts:  I love James Patterson’s Alex Cross series and this was another excellent installment in the series.  A number of fast-paced plots playing off one another throughout the entire book.  Not to mention the fact that as Alex Cross attempts to solve these cases, there just may be someone tracking him!  As with the other books in this series, I was able to fly through this great book in less than a day of reading – who doesn’t love this!

I thought this was a fast-paced, exciting quick read!

If you haven’t ever read the Alex Cross series, do yourself a favor and pick them up!  You will not regret it.

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Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review – “Merry Christmas Alex Cross” by James Patterson

merry christmas alex cross  Title: Merry Christmas Alex Cross

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  Alex Cross # 19

Publisher:  Little, Brown & Company

 

Synopsis (from bn.com): It’s Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who’s robbing his church’s poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again—a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything—and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS will be a holiday classic for years to come.

 

My thoughts:  There is no way around it, I simply LOVE this Alex Cross series.  I know some would say that they are rather simplistic and that they are getting cookie cutter over time, but that doesn’t stop me from loving them.  With all the reading I do, James Patterson’s Alex Cross series is guaranteed that I can sit down and read the entire book in about 5 hours!  The same held true for this one!

I love that sense of coming home to these characters that I know so well, Alex, Nana Mama, Alex’s children, Bree, and Sampson!  The action in this latest installment was fast-paced, exciting, and a great thrill ride!

This being said, there did seem to be a great disconnect between the first part of the book and the last part of the book.  There were two distinct story lines in this book and unfortunately there was absolutely no connection between them at all.  They were both exciting and thrilling by themselves, but it did end up feeling like two short stories rather than a unified story.

I was also really looking forward to some type of typical James Patterson twist on the last page – you know the one liner where Alex Cross takes a phone call and you end up going “What, did that just happen?” or the last page that leaves you salivating for the next book!  Not this time, but I am certain that the next book will be just as thrilling!

A great, exciting, action-packed read you won’t want to put down!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

 

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Book Review – “Kill Alex Cross” by James Patterson (Alex Cross Series #18)

  Title:  Kill Alex Cross (Alex Cross Series #18)

Author:  James Patterson

Synopsis (from bn.com): The only way Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene of the biggest case he’s ever been part of. The President’s son and daughter have been abducted from their school – an impossible crime, but somehow the kidnapper has done it. Alex does everything he can but is shunted to the fringes of the investigation. Someone powerful doesn’t want Cross too close. To stop Alex Cross A deadly contagion in the DC water supply threatens to cripple the capital, and Alex sees the looming shape of the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. He is already working flat-out on the abduction, and this massive assault pushes Cross completely over the edge. Is to kill him With each hour that passes, the chance of finding the children alive diminishes. In an emotional private meeting, the First Lady asks Alex to please save her kids. Even the highest security clearance doesn’t get him any closer to the kidnapper – and Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes. A full-throttle thriller with unstoppable action, unrestrained emotion, and relentless suspense, Kill Alex Cross is the most gripping Alex Cross novel James Patterson has ever written.

 

My thoughts:  I LOVED this book!  Alex Cross is back in his 18th book in this series and in all honesty I just can’t get enough of this series.  I read this book in a day and can almost guarnantee that all my James Patterson books will be read in a couple sittings – they are that good.

In this latest installment of the Alex Cross series, Alex is on the case of the President of the United States two missing children.  Are they still alive or has it been simply too long?  Meanwhile, someone has poisoned the District’s water supply and there seems to be a terrorist cell on the move in Washington.    I thought the book was fast-pased and exciting, although I do wish that a couple of the story lines would have fit together and played off of one another rather than standing on their own.  I have read quite a few reviews about the Alex Cross series and I see many feel they are getting repetitive and boring.  I think the series is just as exciting as ever and I will definitely be back for more!

If you haven’t embarked on the Alex Cross series – DO IT!  You won’t regret it.

This book definitely qualifies as an excellent plane read – fast and exciting!

Happy reading,

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review – Crossfire by James Patterson

Title:  Crossfire (Alex Cross #17)
Author:  James Patterson
Pages:  356
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
ISBN:  031603617x


Synopsis (from BN.com): 
Wedding bells ring
Detective Alex Cross and Bree’s wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.’s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories—is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?
A murderer returns
The case explodes, and the FBI assigns agent Max Siegel to the investigation. As Alex and Siegel battle over jurisdiction, the murders continue. It becomes clear that they are the work of a professional who has detailed knowledge of his victims’ movements—information that only a Washington insider could possess.
Caught in a lethal cross fire
As Alex contends with the sniper, Siegel, and the wedding, he receives a call from his deadliest adversary, Kyle Craig. The Mastermind is in D.C. and will not relent until he has eliminated Cross and his family for good. With a supercharged blend of action, deception, and suspense, Cross Fire is James Patterson’s most visceral and exciting Alex Cross novel ever.


My thoughts:  Crossfire is the 17th installment in the ever popular Alex Cross series.  I have read every single Alex Cross book and absolutely love them.  That being said, Crossfire did fall a little flat for me.  The cover of the book provides us the teaser of “Alex Cross gets married and Kyle Craig is back!” Anyone who has read the Cross books knows the story of Kyle Craig and I was one who was excited to see what new suspense and drama this series would take now that he was back.  In all honesty, the Kyle Craig plot literally left me saying “What?!  That was it!  How did we get there?”  I was left wanting more and not in a good way. 


I felt like the storylines in this book took huge leaps at times while not providing any excitement along the way.  I found it boring and quite predictable at times.  Crossfire didn’t provide me the excitement and suspense that I have come to love in James Patterson’s novels.  I hate to think that now that James Patterson has multiple series going including the Women’s Murder Club series and a number of young adult series that he is letting the steam out of Alex Cross! 


Of course, being a fan of the Alex Cross series, I will read whatever book #18 holds. 


Overall, I expected more from Crossfire than what it delivered.


My rating:  : )  : )  : )  It was ok!


And remember,
Books Are Life,
Heather

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