The only reason I gave this book 2 stars is that I was able to make it all the way through. It was bad. Alex Cross is a bad detective. Even I could figure out who was putting the finger on him, yet Alex never suspected he was even being fingered! Nothing was even remotely believable in this book, and I don't require much believability. Don't do it. I dislike the Women in San Francisco book I read - James Patterson should not write from what he thinks a woman's point of view might be. I did listen to a James Patterson book I liked, but I don't know that I will give him another chance. It's just not worth it.
I usually like the Alex Cross books, but this was not one of Patterson's best. Too much confused questioning about what was happening and why things were happening.
I enjoy James Patterson books, however Cross Country was HORRIBLE!! Not only did I dislike the book, the reader was also HORRIBLE! Alex Cross's character was made out to be a wimp, and if I hear another reference to MommaNana or what ever her name is in the book, I will simply not listen nor read, James Patterson's book and/or future books, featuring Alex Cross. Simply said- THIS BOOK SUCKED!!!
I highly reccommend this book but not for women. It is so brutal, so bloody, I would never want to read another by Patterson, but it is real life jammed into a fictional story. I've highly praised it to my adult son.
It didn't hurt me to open my eyes to conditions in Darfur. And in that mode, I think everyone should read it.
I'm an Alex Cross fan but this book was disappointing. Repetitive action.
This is a riveting story; it takes Cross to the Dark Continent, to a world most Americans couldn't dream of the happenings. Patterson has done it again, an outstanding story, set with a marvelous background, and the reader is excellent.
I really enjoy most of James Patterson's books, but this one is awful. The plot is unbelieveable. It is almost beyond belief that a policeman in the US would go 'track' a murderer in Nigeria, with no language skills, no contacts, and no assurance the target is even there. Almost from the beginning of the book I have laughed and said 'there is no way' out loud while driving. If that premise is weird enough, no responsible single parent would so eagerly abandon his or her beloved children on such a risky proposition with no chance of success, except in a book the author had to stretch to the limit to come up with a story line. Almost like it had to be written as an assignment, and then the authors imagination went or crack or something.
The author's liberal views are clear, USA, CIA, Corporations are all evil wicked and bad...
This is not a book that is worth anyones time to read.
The last 2 books of Pattersons that I have read have been real bummers. At least I finished the Big Bad Wolf which is more that I can say about this one.
As this story started to develop I was not quite buying into it, at least at first, especially when the backdrop moved to Africa. But I was quickly drawn into the story.
A big part of the story teller's job was providing just enough background informatioj related to the plight of the African people to ensure the plot made sense. Normally I do not like a history lesson when I read a fiction, but in this case it was not only necessary, but very well executed. I was both shocked and intrigued by the description of the conditions the African people portrayed in the book, are forced to endure just to survive.
The author had me on the edge and very anxious on more than one occasion. Some scenes were so intense that at times I almost had to pull over to the side of the road to keep from punching my dashboard.
I can't quite give it a 5 star rating since it did get a bit tedious, but it is for sure my favorite book from this author and the best of the Cross series. A very good read.
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