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Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross Series #5)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Slippery foes and heartbreaks galore, the usual mayhem if you're Alex Cross

The fifth installment of the amazing series doesn't disappoint, if anything it makes me want to get back into the complex lives of these strong characters the moment that last page is turned. These books have a tendency of sucking me in hard and fast and making my mind ...
The fifth installment of the amazing series doesn't disappoint, if anything it makes me want to get back into the complex lives of these strong characters the moment that last page is turned. These books have a tendency of sucking me in hard and fast and making my mind wander around the story line even when I'm not reading it. I think there are sixteen or so books now in this series and I am always trying my best not to peak at what they are about, spoilers galore can happen, so I try my best to know as little as possible about each before I start reading it. James Patterson did a great job of creating the Cross family, making the reader care and worry about them, after all when a detective is being stalked and harassed by crazed psychopaths his family fall prey to them as well, making me stressed out but completely absorbed into the plot.

This time the nemesis is not only dangerous and blood thirsty but seems to have no regard for his own life, the games is tastier when the stakes are ultra high, making Alex's life extra complicated, his good deeds seem to be turning on him when a suspect turns the tables, making a mockery of the trail, making people question whether Alex caught the right guy. Never mind that the evidence points to the truth, the dirty game of lies and deception has reached new levels, making this a tasty and intense read. The killer plays a game with 3 other shady characters, throwing dice to pick their next victim and ways of disposing them, whether the killings are random or planned, they send shockwaves through all the pages. Peace and quiet never lasts long at the Cross house, no matter what great things develop. At one point something happens to one of the characters that made me recoil in shock, adding an extra ounce of worry to the whole story line, I absolutely loved the ending and I won't pretend that I wasn't close to tears reading it. Well a few tears but still...I'm a softie deep down there somewhere. This book was really fun and crazy and thrilling and all the good things one looks for in a thriller. As always I recommend reading in order to get the most out of all the delicious mayhem that twists harder and harder with each novel. Patterson had managed to keep a hum over the whole tale with someone's tragedy and it really made the book better than I expected, I can't wait to read the next.

- Kasia S.

posted by Kasia_S on June 22, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

definitely not his best work

i thought the romance dialog was very corny and a lot of the references to alex's family were repeats from previous books. the time sequence was all out of wack and the end of the love section of this story was very predictable. mr patterson did do a fair job with the g...
i thought the romance dialog was very corny and a lot of the references to alex's family were repeats from previous books. the time sequence was all out of wack and the end of the love section of this story was very predictable. mr patterson did do a fair job with the geoffrey shafer character, bit i felt that could still have been fleshed out some.a very disappointing effort from a good writer i have enjoyed in the past.

posted by Anonymous on February 2, 2000

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Good, but........

    A good read although it is not as intriguing as his other books. I still would read this. I am waiting for the next Alex Cross movie....Hollywood are you listening????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    This is the second James Patterson book I've read, but it will l

    This is the second James Patterson book I've read, but it will likely be the last.
    Quick reads, but from the two books I've read, the characters are too one-dimensional for me.
    Either totally good or totally evil. No nuance. Main characters with flawed personas are more believable
    and interesting.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Good Read

    This was a good read. I would have liked the ending to be more informational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2005

    The Mystery of Christine Johnson

    Am I missing something. I thought Christine Johnson was kidnapped at the end of Cat and Mouse. Then she turns up large as life at the beginning of Pop goes the Weasel and history has been re-written. Shades of Bobby Ewings shower. Lost credibility (and stars)as a result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2002

    Okay

    If you are an Alex Cross or Patterson fan then I guess you'll like it, but it certainly is not his best. There are alot of things that happened that aren't explained real well, alot of holes in the plot. If you haven't read any Alex Cross books before then I would recommend that you start with Kiss The Girls or Along Came a Spider and see what you think. If you don't like those, then I wouldn't recomend this book. If you do then you probably won't enjoy this book as much. I didn't. My favorite is Roses Are Red.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    Builds and builds and ends in nothing

    The book was great and was a page turner that kept building up to this great ending and then all of a sudden, it just fizzled. As I was getting close to the end, I kept wondering how he was going to close the story in so few pages and I then found out ... he didn't. The book was well written but needed a strong ending, not one that ends in two pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2000

    Patterson has done much better

    Enjoyed 'Pop' very much, but the author has written better edge-of-the-seat novels involving Alex Cross. This was not a book I could not put down. In fact, I was able to put it down and pick it up at a slower pace than ususal. Yet, I give it 3 stars. James Patterson is the best. I look forward to his next story. Just hope its more edgier than this one.

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