Sunday, February 6, 2011

Cross Fire

Synopsis:  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 Review:  Oh gosh...I hate to say it, but this was not one of the better Alex Cross series books, in my opinion.  I loved that Kyle comes back, but it lacked the excitement that Kyle usually brings with him when he enters a novel.  I am not sure why there was even a mention that Christine (Ali's mother) comes back.  She was there and gone and had nothing to do with the story.  I kept thinking she and Kyle were working together or something.  Bree....what can I say, she is a Saint.  I love that she has accepted the Cross family and Alex for who he is.  They finally get married (yeah!).  It will be interesting to see if Patterson merges his two series: The Alex Cross Series and The Women's Murder Club Series based on the ending.I really like James Patterson's books because the short chapters, large font allow me to read the book very quickly.  However, I think Patterson needs to end the Cross series.  I don't care if something happens to the family (well actually I do) or if Cross moves from DC and an island in the Atlantic ocean and that is the end of it.  I just think the series has really lost its "umph" in the past couple books. 

Overall...don't waste your time reading this one.  I am so sorry Mr. Patterson, but it is my honest opinion.  Thanks to Crazy Book Tours for allowing me to review the book.


  1. hmmm... I have been up since 4am Sydney time. My husband had to leave early for a flight to Melbourne for the day... so I'm up!

    I will reply to your email but want to say that I haven't read Patterson in many, many years. Sorry you didn't like this one.

  2. I'm not a fan of James Patterson, not because I don't like him but because I read different books, but hubby is. He likes listening to books rather than reading them. He doesn't actually have time to read but he's in the truck a lot so he has tons of time to listen. I will tell him about this series. Sorry you got one you didn't care for. That's always disheartening.



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