Monday, December 31, 2012

ARE YOU LISTENING? MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS: A REVIEW AND BONUS ENTRIES

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MERRY CHRISTMAS,
ALEX CROSS
BY JAMES PATTERSON

REMINDER ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.

REMINDER ABOUT THE AUTHOR (JUST IN CASE YOU DON'T KNOW HIM):
James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977, James Patterson's books have sold more than 230 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes fulltime and lives in Florida with his family.

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MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
When I saw that MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS was written solely by James Patterson AND an Alex Cross book, I was thrilled.  I was not let down by this quick read featuring the trademark short chapters, cliffhangers, and action galore. While Cross wants so much to spend the holiday with his wife Bree, the children, and of course, Nana Mama, readers know he will not turn away from calls to help solve extreme crimes. Unfortunately, there are three that take the place of Alex’s peaceful Christmas with his family. The first is minor as a thief is caught stealing money from the poor box at a church. But as Alex rushes back home, readers all know there is more to come. After all, this is Alex Cross!

A whirl wind of two unrelated crimes follows. First when Alex is called away from his festive family celebration, he faces quite the opposite familial scene involving a domestic hostage horror show! Henry Fowler, once at the top of his game as an attorney, is holding his ex-wife and their children, her new husband, and an innocent neighbor, hostages. His life has spiraled out of control and he is now a down-and-out, heavily armed, drug addict. Alex, being a superb mediator, jeopardizes his own life by going into the house to talk the criminal out of his plan. After a risky ploy, following Alex’s skillful negotiating, the situation concludes with Alex able to leave behind another successfully accomplished assignment.

Now, it appears that Cross will be able to enjoy a long-delayed Christmas with his family. And indeed they do, for a short while. Things are barely cleaned up, however, before Cross is again called away. Tired but unable to say no to the FBI, Cross must deal with a terrorist plot that could put millions of people at risk including his own family. It involves a dangerous, radical group and a fanatic Cross has dealt with before, Hala al Dossar. She has been seen carrying a large suspicious bag among the holiday crowd at Union Station. With heart stopping action, Cross and Hala are pitted against each other in the early hours of Christmas morning. With a narrative that is far more involved that Cross can even imagine, the game plays out and Cross must become the victor or the results will be felt around the world.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS is one of Patterson’s most intricate narratives and in being a little too close to reality, one that will capture readers and stay with them for a while. The effect this battle has on Alex Cross makes him that much more of a real life character and one readers can relate to more than ever. I think this is one of Patterson’s best books in a long while and I found myself glued to the audio book CDs where ever I went! 
 

  
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49 comments:

debbie said...

I am so glad you liked it. I was concerned about it going a little downhill, because this is my favorite series. I think it is better because he wrote this one by himself. I can't wait to read it.
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I want to read alex cross, run.
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Steve Capell said...

So many of James Patterson's books are written by other writers and you can tell by the outcome of the novel. This one sounds really intriguing and after all it's the holiday season so I'm throwing my name in the hat for this one. Happy New Year everyone. I'm hoping your 2013 is filled with overflowing blessings.

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I absolutely love Alex Cross books so I would especially love to listen to an Alex Cross book about Christmas!

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I look forward to reading Alex Cross, Run.

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Sue Farrell said...

I've been disappointed in a few Patterson books---so I'm glad that you said this is a good one---and I really want to read or listen to it.
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Sue Farrell said...

I want to get Alex Cross, Run when it comes out next year---because Alex Cross is my favorite Patterson character.
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traveler said...

This book interests me very much, the series and character. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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Carol N Wong said...

I am excited about this book being written only by James Patterson. I am thrilled that this is an audio version.

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I would like to read "Run, Alex Cross which is on the list of books coming out soon.

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lag123 said...

Great review! I LOVE Alex Cross books!

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Carole Spring said...

I enjoyed reading your review. The book sounds riveting. Just the fact that is an Alex Cross adventure, written by James Patterson (my favorite author), is enough to make me want to read/listen to it.
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Tore said...

I love Alex Cross. I can't wait to read listen to this book. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

Linda Kish said...

Alex Cross is always so busy. He can never enjoy a holiday with his family, it seems. I'm glad everything is back on track with the writing style. I love to read these books. And, read or listen, I look forward to this on, too.

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