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I think it s really weird that a lot of the criminals Alex faces have animal names Patterson has delivered us wolf, weasel, and now the tiger Well, this tiger isn t lounging around in a jungle or sitting pretty in a zoo Nope, this guy is murdering lots and lots of people He also murdered Ellie, who was Alex s friend and first real love Obviously, Alex tracks him down so he can catch him while delivering justice to Ellie and all of the other victims Cross Country takes Alex to Africa which I think it s really weird that a lot of the criminals Alex faces have animal names Patterson has delivered us wolf, weasel, and now the tiger Well, this tiger isn t lounging around in a jungle or sitting pretty in a zoo Nope, this guy is murdering lots and lots of people He also murdered Ellie, who was Alex s friend and first real love Obviously, Alex tracks him down so he can catch him while delivering justice to Ellie and all of the other victims Cross Country takes Alex to Africa which sounds like an awesome adventure except for the whole chasing a killer and everything But this book is no vacation for Alex Nope, because his ass gets arrested, thrown in jail, and tortured while visiting I don t know if it s just me but Alex came off super dumb in this book or maybe dumber than he has acted in the other books He just seems to walk into situations that he normally wouldn t And since I came into this series looking for the murders this book definitely delivered gruesome ones I kind of wanted to cover my eyes but read at the same time I can t wait to dive into the next book guys As readers, we have to be willing to suspend our disbelieve once in a while for the enjoyment of a book Cross Country, the 14th Alex Cross novel, asks readers to go well beyond normal suspension and travels very far into unrealistic territory.Alex Cross, devoted family man who often feels guilty for abandoning his children for a day or two, travels to Africa on a case He ventures into known danger, leaving his family, friends, girlfriend, police job and psychiatric patients behind to chase aft As readers, we have to be willing to suspend our disbelieve once in a while for the enjoyment of a book Cross Country, the 14th Alex Cross novel, asks readers to go well beyond normal suspension and travels very far into unrealistic territory.Alex Cross, devoted family man who often feels guilty for abandoning his children for a day or two, travels to Africa on a case He ventures into known danger, leaving his family, friends, girlfriend, police job and psychiatric patients behind to chase after his old college girlfriend s killer Off the clock, even, since the department definitely didn t send him.The huge amount of information about Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Darfur, among other places, is interesting to someone like me with no knowledge of African lands, but much of it was presented in a manner that felt much like a news story or documentary.Gangs of children are killing entire families in DC, among other places A large portion of the story was focused on governmental corruption both in Africa and America There were many of the twists Patterson is known for, but few were unforeseen.Ultimately, people were dying because of Alex s involvement and for what Alex has a tendency to go a little gung ho, but this was out of character and bordered on ridiculous A book that doesn t portray the series main character true to form is never a good thing Cross Country does nothing for the series and my I feel my long time love for James Patterson waning in the aftermath of this book For a book with so much going on and a plot that takes you to Africa, it was a bit dull At times I was really into it but at others I was bored Hate to say it but so far it was the Alex Cross books I like the least so far Will continue the series for sure though My quick and simple overall sounded awesome in the description but I was bored during some of the book An okay installment to the series. I ve always liked the Alex Cross books, but this one was a dud Alex takes it upon himself to follow a murderer he s after to Africa While in Africa, he gets beaten up, jailed threatened countless times It seemed to me that the plot was a way for Patterson to let us all know about the horrible violence living conditions in Africa I thought Alex acted so out of character I think I just finished reading it for old times sake I ve always liked the Alex Cross books, but this one was a dud Alex takes it upon himself to follow a murderer he s after to Africa While in Africa, he gets beaten up, jailed threatened countless times It seemed to me that the plot was a way for Patterson to let us all know about the horrible violence living conditions in Africa I thought Alex acted so out of character I think I just finished reading it for old times sake 2 Baffled Exceptionally Disappointed StarsIn book 14, Detective Alex Cross finds himself investigating a massacre style murder vicious and bloody, it s only the beginning, asfamilies are slaughtered In order to get justice and the truth Alex finds himself travelling to Africa and what he finds and receives is something he was unprepared for, and soon he and those he cares about are in deadly peril It s been years since I ve read an Alex Cross book, and I remember loving them as a tee 2 Baffled Exceptionally Disappointed StarsIn book 14, Detective Alex Cross finds himself investigating a massacre style murder vicious and bloody, it s only the beginning, asfamilies are slaughtered In order to get justice and the truth Alex finds himself travelling to Africa and what he finds and receives is something he was unprepared for, and soon he and those he cares about are in deadly peril It s been years since I ve read an Alex Cross book, and I remember loving them as a teen Having not read this one before, I was excited to pick it up, but the writing didn t weave a spell that had me entranced I spent the first half of the book hoping things would get better and thinking is this really James Patterson s writing I wasn t ensnared by the plot or characters the writing did not flow seamlessly creating a rich image in my mind Plus, Alex s common sense seems to have vanished in this book.The reason why I was able to read this so fast in between work was because it required no thinking, I feel like a jerk for saying so, but the fact is for me this was a super easy read, one that was utterly MEH If this had been the first book by the author I had ever picked up, I would never have read anything else by him With any book authors require us to suspend reality, something I love doing but nothing in this story allowed me to do so.There was no intrigue, the action felt dull and the depiction of characters and events lacklustre My emotions were not pulled at in any way, despite some of the themes and events in this book, which says a lot, I still cry when Jack dies at the end of Titanic and I ve seen itthan a dozen times over the years This book made me feel nothing but bafflement as I asked myself really this is a James Patterson book Some chapters were only a page and a half e.g chapter 9, 11 and 16 to name only a few , and I don t know why but reading via the paperback, it felt a tiny bit weird This book was unexpectedly disappointing, and has me questioning whether my teenage self was deluded in liking the Alex Cross books I had read So next thing on my list to do, is reserve one of the earlier Alex Cross books, and re read it, to see if my memory is true or defective Triggers to be aware of view spoiler rape is mentioned a number of times and it s brutal although the manner in which things were written I found myself drifting rather than reading on in horror and sorrow , brutal murder and butchering of bodies adults and children occurs, in the book we also have young children killing, and torture occurs hide spoiler Now moving onto some new books please let them bring me some joy A quote from the book best describes Cross Country It was baffling, it was incomprehensible Just wrong on so many levels The only reason I can think of that MIGHT have inspired James Patterson to write this awful book is that he might recently have become aware of the plight of millions of people in various African countries and thought he could use his popular character, Alex Cross, to shed light on a truly appalling situation.However, that said, it was a terrible book with a totally unb A quote from the book best describes Cross Country It was baffling, it was incomprehensible Just wrong on so many levels The only reason I can think of that MIGHT have inspired James Patterson to write this awful book is that he might recently have become aware of the plight of millions of people in various African countries and thought he could use his popular character, Alex Cross, to shed light on a truly appalling situation.However, that said, it was a terrible book with a totally unbelievable plot.For one thing, what city cop goes hunting a killer in a foreign countryand if he finds him, what is he going to do with him He has zero authority beyond his own city And should Alex Cross execute him, it goes against all of his principles which we admire so much It was a lose lose situation from the get go.The brutality toward Cross himself was bogglingand silly at the same time, since one day he is stripped of all of his papers, including passport and money, beaten brutally and next thing you know he is dining with friends, only to be captured and beaten again, and be released again There was no rhyme or reason and the violence was gratuitous, just the sort of thing I hate I don t mind reading about violence if it seems integral to the part, but not violence to addviolence to an already violent book.There are so many things wrong with this book, which others have enumerated I just wanted to add my voice to those who are very disappointed in this big stumble by Patterson This truly was a disservice to Alex Cross 3 Stars Mucha thriller than a mystery I enjoy Alex Cross and John Sampson doingof their thing as detectives, even if the criminal is bigger than life as most of Patterson s are, rather than pursuing the antagonist or being pursued by him through dangerous and frightening situations like this one Cross attends the scene of a slaughter a family including the young children is wiped out in a horrendous way It happens again Some one or some group is loose in the DC area Alex finds 3 Stars Mucha thriller than a mystery I enjoy Alex Cross and John Sampson doingof their thing as detectives, even if the criminal is bigger than life as most of Patterson s are, rather than pursuing the antagonist or being pursued by him through dangerous and frightening situations like this one Cross attends the scene of a slaughter a family including the young children is wiped out in a horrendous way It happens again Some one or some group is loose in the DC area Alex finds out that Ellie Cox, the mother killed at the first location, was his former girlfriend from university he has to do his best to find her killer He gets a lead, it seems to be The Tiger from Nigeria Who And why is he in the US Pursuit back to his home is the only option Cross gets both help and hindrance from all sorts of organizations and people across Africa All in all, not that satisfying One question though are some of the terrible criminal activities Alex encounters on that continent, in refugee camps too, every day occurrences I am grounded in Canada and have no basis for an informed comment on that subject February 2019 I am a HUGE fan of James Patterson s Alex Cross series I look forward to each of the new releases with great anticipation However, I must say, I was completely disappointed by this addition I wish I had read the reviews before reading this It was a quick read with the usual Patterson short chapters But, the woven storyline was completely missing Some stand out issues for me 1 The murders were too gruesome and violent completely out of character for Patterson s writing style The detail I am a HUGE fan of James Patterson s Alex Cross series I look forward to each of the new releases with great anticipation However, I must say, I was completely disappointed by this addition I wish I had read the reviews before reading this It was a quick read with the usual Patterson short chapters But, the woven storyline was completely missing Some stand out issues for me 1 The murders were too gruesome and violent completely out of character for Patterson s writing style The detail given was beyond what seemed necessary 2 We saw a completely different side of the main chacter, Alex Cross He seemed to have lost his common sense in this book His decisions constantly put those around him in harms way His decision to fly off to Africa to pursue a killer in a foreign country with absolutely no government assistance seemed downright ridiculous 3 The entire plot of the book of completely unbelievable I decided while I was reading the latest book in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson that reading Mr Patterson s work is similar to eating at McDonald s You know with both that there won t be any grand expectations in the experience you will gain with both, yet somehow there is an unseen force that compels one in either reading another Patterson novel or eating something from Mickey D s After you finish reading Patterson s book and eating at Mickey D s , you know the memory of the exper I decided while I was reading the latest book in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson that reading Mr Patterson s work is similar to eating at McDonald s You know with both that there won t be any grand expectations in the experience you will gain with both, yet somehow there is an unseen force that compels one in either reading another Patterson novel or eating something from Mickey D s After you finish reading Patterson s book and eating at Mickey D s , you know the memory of the experience won t last long and somehow you feel a littledirty and unclean by partaking in this misadventure In other words, empty plot thriller solution and empty calories are bad things but I know that there is something about both that make me realize that I will probably read another book by Patterson and eat another value meal from McDonald s Why It s quick and a little fun However, this book was grim and just a little stupid.The problem with this novel is the organization was terrible I have always enjoyed that Cross novels because Dr Cross is an intelligent and courageous character Yet, in his latest adventure, Dr Cross is beat up so often and chases a killer that is not only outside his jurisdiction but its out of the country It seemed as if Patterson or if he s even writing his books any has no respect for his character whatsoever Plus, the addition of refugee camps in Dafur was so tacked on and pointless Yes, we get it It s a genocide Mr Patterson, I get it You re just another celeb who is whining about this horrible situation, but like you d ever go over there and do something about it Plus, the solution of the mystery was terribly obvious Patterson needs to seriously re examine his good doctor or work on his bestselling series that made him a household name instead of working on the eight other substandard books he puts out each year ^Download Pdf ☠ Cross Country ↠ When the home of Alex Cross s longtime friend Ellie Cox is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, he is devastated The destruction leads him to believe that he s chasing a horrible new breed of killer As Alex and his girlfriend Brianna Stone begin the hunt for the villain responsible for the killings, they quickly find themselves entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington, DC What they discover is shocking a strongly organized gang of teenage thugs headed by a powerful, diabolical man The Tiger As the killing spree escalates, Alex and Brianna realize they are not dealing with any ordinary killer, but one who has brought his personal war of vengeance to America s capital But just when the detectives think they re closing in on the elusive murderer, the Tiger disappears into thin air Unable to let the killer get away with this narrow escape, Alex makes it his duty to bring the brutal butcher to justice He knows that he must follow the Tiger Alone When Alex arrives in Nigeria, he discovers a world where justice is as foreign as he is Unprotected and alone in a strange country, bombarded on all sides by the murderous threats of The Tiger, Alex must draw on his fiercest instincts just to survive in a lawless world