Cross Country (Alex Cross Series #14)
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Cross Country (Alex Cross Series #14)

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by James Patterson

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When the home of Alex Cross's oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C., what they discover is shocking: a stunningly

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When the home of Alex Cross's oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C., what they discover is shocking: a stunningly organized gang of lethal teenagers headed by a powerful, diabolical man-the African warlord known as the Tiger. Just when the detectives think they're closing in on the elusive murderer, the Tiger disappears into thin air. Tracking him to Africa, Alex knows that he must follow. Alone.

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Women's World
"Tame holiday stress with [this] irresistible read!"
Alex Cross had never before seen its gory equal. The home of his oldest friend has been transformed into a blood-drenched scene of carnage. Identifying the soulless culprit is relatively easy; neutralizing him proves to be next to impossible. The Nigerian warlord nicknamed Tiger possesses a magician-like ability to vanish into woodwork or, more likely, African bush lands, but his roving teams of teenage assassins perform his dirty deeds long distance. To stop this elusive remote-control killer, Cross and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, must enter his turf, but they do so at extreme risk. James Patterson's most compelling protagonist at the top of his thrilling game.
Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Patterson's 14th Alex Cross thriller doesn't follow up on the plot threads left dangling in 2007's Double Cross concerning still-on-the-loose serial killer Kyle Craig. Instead, Cross, a Washington, D.C., police detective, takes on a very different quarry-a human monster known as the Tiger with ties to the African underworld. When the Tiger and his teenage thugs butcher writer Ellie Cox, her husband and children in their Georgetown home, Cross is devastated because Ellie had been his girlfriend in college. The Cox family massacre proves to be just the first in a series. Cross pursues the Tiger to Nigeria, where the profiler finds himself at the mercy of corrupt government officials who may be working with the Tiger. Spending less time than usual exploring his villain's psychological backstory, Patterson delivers an atypical tale of James Bond-style revenge. Craig's brief cameo toward the end suggests the series will resume its usual path in the next book. (Nov. 17)

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"It was smart to hire two talented and very different readers for Patterson's latest blockbuster about now retired FBI psychiatrist and former ace profiler Alex Cross. Fernandez catches Alex's raspy wisdom with instant credibility (he's done Cross before, in London Bridges and Cross), and Stuhlbarg is full of lighter charm as the narrator and one of the two serial killers who are trying to spoil Cross's return to private practice. Stuhlbarg makes Alex's former FBI colleague Kyle Craig, who turned out to be a mass murderer nicknamed the Mastermind, as charismatic as he is deadly. Cross's other burden comes from a more conventional serial killer terrorizing the Washington area where Alex's lady is on the case. "—Publishers Weekly"

Peter J. Fernandez and Dion Graham deliver a clear, fast-paced performance..."—AudioFile

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Little, Brown and Company
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Alex Cross Series, #14
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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Cross Country (Alex Cross Series #14) 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 427 reviews.
WhiteFlowers More than 1 year ago
I have been reading the Alex Cross series from the begining. I am usually at the store the day of release. I did not purchase this book. I borrowed a copy. He lost me with this story line and I feel the exciting and original story line that is usually par for the course just was not there. I prefer to "leave the party with who brought me", so to speak and this series went in a direction that just does not interest me. Which is ashamed because Alex, Nana, the "Big Man" and all the rest are some of my favorite characters of all time. I buy books everyweek, read them enthusiastically and recomend these books to everyone. For some reason, I just decided to test the waters this time before buying and to be honest I don't know why. Like I said I'm there on the day of release. I do not regret my decision not to buy and will just have a hole in the "Alex Cross" section of my library. Maybe the next book will make up for the lack. Maybe deep down I was already feeling like the story line was turning in a direction that I just did not want to go. However, for any new readers looking for some fun stuff, go to the beginning of the Alex Cross series, starting with Along Came a Spider to Double Cross, and plan on having a real good time.
caffiend More than 1 year ago
Have read all the Alex Cross novels - this one is an insult. Horrible book. Alex Cross doing stupid things in Africa. Don't even waste your time, just keep your fingers crossed that the next one is better.
lostinbooksDS More than 1 year ago
I read some pretty negative and a few positive reviews and thought I would judge for myself. I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED! I am a huge fan of the Cross Series, but this one, Patterson should have had second thoughts. As a fan, I could have waited another year or two for a better book.
Jane-O More than 1 year ago
I can't figure out how James Patterson can write a truly suspenseful novel one minute and then turn out such a bomb! This book was ridiculas, unbelieveable and just plain boring. Honestly, one man does not jump on a plane to Africa, ridden with killings, torture, starvation and poverty, to solve a murder from the US. I just don't buy it. And his two page chapters are just plain stupid. James Patterson is better than this book and he should take more time to write a truly good book rather than trying to turn a new book out every couple of months.
Terra More than 1 year ago
James Patterson's new novel, Cross Country, along with several of Clive Cussler's latest novels are prime examples of the thriller genre which I like to call 'every chapter a cliffhanger'. This is another in the series featuring Detective Alex Cross and his crime fighting partner and girlfriend, Brianna Stone.

To my tastes, Patterson has better characters. fewer stereotypes and deeper plots than Cussler, while still adhering to the basic formula that you can lay the book down after your train commute or at he beach and pick it up later and easily slam a few more chapters without loosing ground on an overly complex plot, such as you'd find in Ian Rankin or Ken Follette. That being said, Patterson keeps things chugging along nicely by hopping midway thru the novel into several chaotic African country, where life is cheap and hero's detective Alex Cross' continued existence is rapidly heading to the red light discount bin. Patterson actlually makes you despair at the turmoil and corruption that is embedded in some problems countries in Africal. I actually lost count of how many times he got beat up and betrayed by hopped up teenage killers, evil cops and rogue CIA operatives... as mentioned before, a cliffhanger per chapter.

If you like fast plotted, punchy writing with better than average character depth and a solidly plotted thriller then this Fall offering may make it into your holiday reading plans.
CrimeFan More than 1 year ago
I was happy to get to the end of the book, and have it done. I agree with the Elwoods, totally unbelievable. Since when was Alex Cross so stupid? Off in another country acting like an idiot. This book ruins the Alex Cross series. An international assassin with a band of children as the "gang" able to travel in an out of countries without dectection, and the ability to appear at a moments notice at any given place. If there was a message in this plot that was supposed to tell the world about conditions in Africa, it's lost in the ridiculous handling of the situation by Alex. And here we go again with Kyle Craig also omnipotent, in the back ground, sounds like he's due to turn up in the next book. How come there are people no jail can hold, and the FBI and CIA are always involved? James Patterson may have very high goals as a writer, but quantity doesn't equal quality and he's going downhill. Really diasppointing.
ElWoods More than 1 year ago
I read this book from beginning to end and thought it was totally out of the realm of reality! I don't understand how the main villian and his young henchmen(boys, no more than 15 yrs old) could continue to fly in and out of the U.S. without detection. How Alex continues to get the crap beat out of him and never see a doctor or have those injuries deter him in any way. He continues to run and fight with only one arm functioning! Alex cared less about his family and more about getting revenge for an old friend's murder. How selfish! Why would we the readers believe this one man could change the rules in another country. I was rooting for the natives because of Alex's stupidity!
thomastwl More than 1 year ago
This book may have totally turned me off on James Patterson, and that's something I thought I'd never say. Bad plot, bad characters, bad fight scenes, bad everything.

I was looking forward to an Alex Cross novel because most of Patterson's other books(mass produced with other writers)have gotten really bad. And now he's gone and taken Corss down to this level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The worst book by Patterson ever. The only interesting part was the awfull true stuff going on in Africa. This book and Alex's mind was simply STUPID. Also the characters are taking on "SUPER HUMAN POWERS" totally unbelievable. I used to read Patterson's books with such joy. He has totally changed his way of writting, and appears to be writting screen plays ready for a movie. He has definitely insulted me as a reader. I am not that stupid. Then to solve everything in the last chapter isjust as insulting. No longer weaving his stories, he seems to just throw stuff together. Also the chapters are a joke, 3 pages is what he is calling a chapter. He is apparently still "hungry" for the money, but no longer "hungry" to build a happy, respecting audience. Sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a loyal fan of Mr. Patterson and his character, Alex Cross, however Cross Country is not one of the best Cross books. There is little to no development of characters; Cross has little personality in comparison to previous books. Also, the scenery changes far too rapidly. Barely introduction one image before being presented to the next, similar to that of a video game. I understand that it plot is "Cross Country" and that it is supposed to be a fast-paced, action pact novel that takes place in several places, however we should not be given a quick slide show on what is happening. We should be given a full presentation. The over-quick pace plot lost my attention and made the book a dreary to read at some points. Mr. Patterson is beginning to redeem himself in his newest addition to the Cross series, I, Alex Cross, but he has yet to reach the heights of his early accomplishments.
Anonymous 8 days ago
I dont know what happened? His stories arealways intriguing. I would say this was predictable to explain my dislike if the story line,but it seemed so out if character for Alex Cross to fo such stupid naive things. Other than the complete loss of logic that Cross had, it WAS predictable. The next one better be more in tune with the chatacter or im going to call it quits on this series.
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The experiences of Alex Cross in Africa were too extreme I cannot believe he went through such and still managed to do what he planned to do in Africa. I found this book very disappointing!!!
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If this had been my first James Patterson read, it would have been my last.
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Couldn't sleep worrying WHAT was going to happen next! I'm worn out!!
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This was my first time reading one of James Patterson's novel. This novel was very interesting. It is a book about a detective Named Alex Cross Finding a case where one of his ex-girlfriend is murdered by a gang and their leader that calls himself &quot;The Tiger&quot;. As he tries to figure out why she was murdered, other families are also murder by the same gang. He wants to terminate The Tigers doing. Detective Cross finds out he is lives in  Nigeria, Africa. He takes a flight to go bust this murderer. Cross ends up taking a bad journey. Many things happen to him good and bad. 
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