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Cross Fire (Alex Cross Series #17)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

20 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

Alex Cross gets married and Kyle Craig is back!!!

The Mastermind is back, and he's about to destroy everything - and everyone Alex Cross loves.

Wedding Bells Ring: Detective Alex Cross and Bree Stone's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Wa...
The Mastermind is back, and he's about to destroy everything - and everyone Alex Cross loves.

Wedding Bells Ring: Detective Alex Cross and Bree Stone's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington, DC's most corrupt: a dirty congressman and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked insiders, 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 Max battle over jurisdiction, the murders continue. It becomes clear that thee killings 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 DC and will not relent until he had 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:

Another excellent page turning novel that literally has you on the edge of your seat til the very end. I saw this novel as a blend between the movie Face Off with John Travolta and Nicholas Cage and a great episode of Criminal Minds. The character of Kyle Craig, goes to the greatest lengths possible to devise an ending to Alex Cross and his family and leaves you wondering how it will all play out in the end.

I received this book compliments of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review and once more James Patterson does not disappoint. This is book number 17 in the series and I would rate this book a perfect 5 out of 5 stars for another perfect crime and suspense thriller. This book is available in Hardcover, eBook, CD and large print formats.

posted by Heart2Heart on November 14, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

what!!!

no way i will pay 14.99. thats for sure!

posted by 9361614 on August 12, 2011

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

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    Alex was plagued by a murder spree. The murders had many differe

    Alex was plagued by a murder spree. The murders had many differences and seemed to have been done by different people. That was because there were three murderers killing people at the same time. At first, the plot seemed to be complex but it wasn't once you realized what was happening. And it was easy to figure this out early on in the book. But the main story--the murders of the prominent officials--was never fully explained. We were told who were the killers but not who was behind the plot. Who wanted these people dead? I would like to know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Good read

    Typ. Cross story.
    Brings more people into storyline

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Superman

    Still not much more than a comic book. Hope the end of this book sets up a better story line, that doesn't involve a super hero.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

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    Definitely for the die-hard

    Book 17, in the Alex Cross series

    After reading so many books in this series, the style and structure have become predictable. I found the story to have many familiar aspects about it that left me with a sense of déjà vu. This latest is definitely for the die-hard fan that slowly plods along or the reader who only reads the occasional thriller.

    The plot involves two main running threads. The first involves a pair of assassins who take it upon themselves to eliminate people of questionable ethics, in particular those who have committed crimes against the poor and have escaped the strong arm of justice on a technicality. Alex knows if the killers are not caught soon, this vigilante justice will continue. The second thread involves Alex's old nemeses, Kyle Craig, who recently escaped from prison and is on a mission of revenge '. It is payback time for Alex and his family'.

    True to his trademark, Patterson has stayed with his choppy style of writing, short chapters and many empty pages to provide an easy and speedy read. Although the plot follows a pattern that has been used many times before it nevertheless created some entertaining moments. Maybe the time has come to retire Alex Cross and move on to a successor with a different flair to solving crimes'

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

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    Not bad

    Love the Alex Cross series. I love the family dynamics too. The plot is not that riveting but the story moves along and will keep your attention. Not sure if Kyle Craig is really dead but I look forward to more installments in the Alex Cross series.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    Good not great

    Not one of Patterson's best, really formulaic and not well developed as far as the plot and characters. Only worth the read if you have run out of the great ones.

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

    Mildly entertaining

    Not up to Patterson's usual standards. Great plot with Cross' old nemesis resurfacing in an unexpected twist. There were a number of plot lines but the conclusion never really matched the anticipation of the rest of the story.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Great Suspense

    This was a lot of fun to read. This represents some of the best Patterson has to offer. The story progresses fast and is riveting. There is a lot of well-trodden stuff in here but it is recommended if suspense is what you are looking for.

    Nikki

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