Cross the Line (for fans of James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Harlan Coben, Gillian Flynn, and Nelson DeMille) [NOOK Book]

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When aging NFL star quarterback Noah Larson finally makes it to the Super Bowl, his dreams -- and life -- is dashed when his son is kidnapped for a different kind of ransom: lose the game or his son dies. Sports writer Cal Murphy and photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into assist the FBI on a sting to rescue Larson's son in Mexico. But when everything falls apart, Cal and Kelly are left on their own to save Noah's son -- and save the Super Bowl.
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Cross the Line (for fans of James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Harlan Coben, Gillian Flynn, and Nelson DeMille)

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Overview

When aging NFL star quarterback Noah Larson finally makes it to the Super Bowl, his dreams -- and life -- is dashed when his son is kidnapped for a different kind of ransom: lose the game or his son dies. Sports writer Cal Murphy and photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into assist the FBI on a sting to rescue Larson's son in Mexico. But when everything falls apart, Cal and Kelly are left on their own to save Noah's son -- and save the Super Bowl.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015740462
  • Publisher: Hangman Books
  • Publication date: 11/19/2012
  • Series: A Cal Murphy Thriller , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 25,036
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Patterson is an award-winning journalist and best selling author who leads a quiet life with his wife and three children. He likes enjoying the great outdoors and watching sports.
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  • Posted February 1, 2013

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    The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl. For quarterbac

    The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl. For quarterback Noah Larson it is dream come true. The perfect way to end his NFL career would be with a Super Bowl win and all the glory that goes with it. Then he gets the call that stops his heart — his 6 year old son has been kidnapped. If he wants to get his son back alive all he has to do is throw the game and let the Miami Dolphins win.




    Sports reporter Cal Murphy, who has covered Larson for years, knows something isn’t right. He knows how the quarterback prepares for games and he is not following his normal routine at all. This is the biggest game of his life, why would he change his prep now? He has an interview scheduled with Larson and is going to find out what is going on.




    Cal quickly gets involved over his head and takes friend and photographer Kelly Mendoza with him as they try to save Larson’s son, the Super Bowl and themselves.








    I did not know this was the second book in the series when I agreed to take part in this tour and my regular readers know I am a stickler for reading books in order. The book held up well as a stand alone but I missed the build up of Cal and Kelly’s history. Putting that aside it was the perfect time of year to read this book and I am a huge football fan.




    The premise of the story was very interesting although you need to suspend reality a bit to think Cal and Kelly could do what they did.  Jack Patterson makes this easy to do as the reader is drawn right into the drama especially in Mexico along the desolate roads and to the scary cartel compound. There is also a very surprising twist or two as the story plays out. 




    The book is a very fast read. Like another author with the same last name the short chapters just keep those pages turning. You still have a couple of days to pick up your copy to enjoy before the Super Bowl. It may change the way you watch the game.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

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    Jack Patterson in his new book, ┬┐Cross The Line┬┐ Book Two in the

    Jack Patterson in his new book, “Cross The Line” Book Two in the Cal Murphy series published by Hangman Books gives us a new adventure with Cal Murphy and Kelly Mendoza.

    From the back cover: When veteran NFL quarterback Noah Larson finally guides his team to the Super Bowl, his dreams — and life — are dashed when his six-year-old son is kidnapped for a unique ransom: lose the game or his son dies. Seattle sportswriter Cal Murphy and photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into an FBI sting to help rescue Noah’s son in Mexico.

    But when everything falls apart, Cal and Kelly are left to save themselves, save Noah’s son, and save the Super Bowl.

    Who knew organized sports could be so dangerous? I didn’t think an investigative sportswriter could get himself into so much trouble. You say Superbowl to me and I think the most that can happen is some broken bones among the players. Significant, yes, deadly, no. Noah Larson’s son has been kidnapped so that Noah will lose the Superbowl. Cal and Kelly join the FBI rescue team in Mexico. It all goes incredibly wrong and now it is just them to save Noah’s son, get back alive and save the Superbowl. If you ask me what one word comes to mind to describe “Cross The Line” I would answer breathless. This is one exciting book. An action, adventure, mystery, suspense thriller as the lives of both Cal and Kelly as well as Noah’s son are in deadly danger. I couldn’t guess who was the person responsible for all this chaos and was pleasantly surprised when this person was revealed. I do not recommend you drink coffee while reading this book as there is more than enough excitement to keep you going. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this book as you will want to finish it before going to bed. “Cross The Line” is an exciting adventure from start to finish.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

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    Mr. Patterson pens "Cross the Line" in a plot that flo

    Mr. Patterson pens "Cross the Line" in a plot that flows smoothly with nice short chapters which makes it a fast read. His characters were well developed and believable enough that it doesn't matter if you know anything about football or not. With plenty of action and suspense this book will keep you turning the pages.




    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

    Veteran NFL Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Noah Larson is finally

    Veteran NFL Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Noah Larson is finally getting a chance to play in the Super Bowl against the Miami Dolphins after ten years in the league. After the Superbowl, Noah will be retiring to spend time with his wife Ellen and six year old son Jake, he hopes to retire as a Super Bowl champion quarterback. But his hopes are dashed when he receives a call that Jake has been kidnapped on his way to the school bus stop, and is being held by a drug cartel in Mexico. The ransom demand is steep: throw the biggest game of his career or Jake will be killed.




    The Seattle Times sportswriter Cal Murphy has covered the Seattle Seahawks for years. While watching the team practice for the Super Bowl, he notices that Quarterback Noah Larson isn't prepping for the game like he usually does ... something is wrong and he's going to find out. When Cal learns about the abduction, he and photographer friend Kelly Mendoza go undercover in Mexico for the FBI, to help rescue Jake and save the Super Bowl, only to have their plans go awry and suddenly they find themselves in the middle of a dangerous situation and in need of being rescued too!




    In the second book of the Cal Murphy Thriller series, author Jack Patterson weaves an intriguing tale of suspense with a football twist that keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seat guessing what will happen next. This fast-paced action packed thriller is written in the third person narrative featuring the adventures of the dynamic duo of Seattle sportswriter Cal Murphy and photographer Kelly Mendoza, as they attempt to help rescue an NFL quarterback's son from a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. With the Seahawks favored to win over the Dolphins in the Super Bowl, a father's dream of retiring as a champion quarterback is dashed when the ransom demand is for him to throw the biggest game of his ten year career. This riveting story takes the reader on an adrenaline rush of an adventure as they get drawn into the dangerous situation that awaits Cal and Kelly. With short chapters that engages the reader to continue reading; the drama, suspense, twists and turns will satisfy diehard thriller fans as the story unfolds. And if that isn't enough, adding the Super Bowl element to the storyline is a bonus that any football fan will enjoy!




    Even though this is the second book in a series, it can be read as a stand alone story. But if you enjoy this one so much, go back and read the first book, Cross Hairs, for the introduction to the crazy adventures that beckons Cal Murphy and Kelly Mendoza!




    With a quirky cast of characters, witty dialogue and interactions, a richly detailed and descriptive plot and settings, Cross The Line has enough drama and suspense to make this one hell of an thrilling read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

    Jack Patterson has written a novel that is rich in dialog and fi

    Jack Patterson has written a novel that is rich in dialog and finely detailed characters -- some you love and others will make you shudder. While there is an underlying theme of football it does not dominate the story. People that live for football will appreciate how the novel unfolds and those that find football not a sport that they follow will also find this novel as intriguing.

    I found several areas in this novel that caused me to consider and reflect. This is one that I will share with you:
    There are infinite ways to make money in the world but he quickest ones always seemed like the sickest ones. Ransom a child. Sell some drugs. Cheat a client. Making money by any means necessary had overrun most every virtue. What verse did he remember the priest quoting the last time he attended mass? The love of money was the root of all evil?

    You will have to read Cross the Line to find out the kind of evil that permeates and sinks into the pores of your skin from the pages of this mystery novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    Cross the Line by Jack Patterson is a fairly decent and enjoyabl

    Cross the Line by Jack Patterson is a fairly decent and enjoyable thriller, set in the world of the NFL. It is the author's second Cal Murphy thriller, but I didn't have to read the first one to understand this one. Having said that, though, I think I would like to read the earlier one now as well. The book starts at the beginning of Super Bowl week and centres around a kidnapping involving a family member of the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, who are due to play against the Miami Dolphins in the NFL Championship game. If he doesn't lose the game he is told that he will never see his loved one again. 

    The book takes us through the world of Mexican drug cartels and shows the lengths that people will go because of their greed for wealth and power. Cal Murphy, the main character in the book, is a reporter who gets caught up in what is going on, because of his relationship with the Seahawks' quarterback. Without getting too much into the plot, he gets in way deeper than he should have or would have liked to have.

    There are some great characters in this book, some are likable, whereas some are mean and nasty, as you would expect from someone involved in the business of a drug cartel. The plot moves well and at no time did I feel bored of what was going on. In fact near the end I had to stay up late and finish it, because I didn't want to go to bed before knowing how it all turned out.

    Another good thing about the book is that the end didn't turn out as predictable as I thought it would. There were some twists and turns, as well as a big surprise, which kept me intrigued right to the end.

    This is a great read. You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy it, but that added to the enjoyment I had of this book. I think that there could be few more Cal Murphy books, which is not a bad thing. I'm intrigued to see where his life goes next, and there is also a relationship developing that could be interesting.

    This book is a fairly short, but enjoyable read. If you are a football fan, the next time your favourite player has a bad game, cut him some slack. You never know what pressures he may be facing, but hopefully not the kind that the character in this book was placed under. I'd recommend this book for any fan of detective thrillers, whether or not you like football or not. The football part is a bonus and added another dimension to my enjoyment of it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

    Boy, this Quarterback is seriously screwed! Seems like no one re

    Boy, this Quarterback is seriously screwed! Seems like no one really knows where his 6 year old son is and it's Wednesday and the game starts on Sunday.


    He has an interview with Cal Murphy, a reporter, and while Noah is answering some questions from several other reporters, a message comes thru on Noah's cell phone that he forgot that he laid down on the table. Cal sees the picture of the little boy tied up and gagged and the text says, lose the Super Bowl on Sunday or he dies. Cal knows in his gut just like the FBI does, that the chances of getting this boy back alive is slim to none.


    Why? Because the biggest drug cartel in Mexico has him and nobody crosses them and lives. They have tons of money so this is really just about messing with the American people and messing up their Super Bowl Sunday. The money is just an added bonus, I think. They had someone in Miami place huge bets against Noah's team, The Seahawks and so they stand to make alot of quick money. And of course, they tie up loose ends by killing the guy who placed the bets and his girlfriend, just in case he talked too much and told her, which he didn't, so she gets killed for nothing!


    Now, here is the part I don't like and I have said it before and it has stopped me from reading the rest of the book. I don't like reading about children being abused or beaten. There are 2 mexicans guarding the boy. The one on the night shift is mean as a snake and every day when the day man comes in, the boy has new marks on his face where he has been slapped. The day mexican wishes he would get the boy out of this but knows if he does, his whole family will be killed, including his own 6 year old boy. He tries his best to help the boy and control the mean one, but it does no good.


    Also, comes the chilling orders that as soon as the game is over on Sunday, they are to kill the boy and dump his body into the river. They really never had any intention of letting him go. What do you think the good mexican will do? I sure do hope he has enough self respect left to do the right thing.


    Meanwhile, Cal calls one of his FBI buddie's and tells him about Cal's situation. They knew something was up with all the high bets being placed against the Seahawks, they just didn't know how it was gonna be done or which player it would be. Noah is furious that Cal called them but he better be glad because they really have no intention of letting him go......


    Cal and the FBI come up with a plan for Cal to do some big time fake story on this drug leader to get inside the hacienda and stake it out for the FBI. Yeah, he's nervous as all get out, but he keeps thinking, if I had a kid that had been taken like that, I would hope somebody would come and try to save his kid. He needs a photographer and he is hoping his sometime girlfriend will go with him, although, if you really love her, why would you put her at risk?


    Okay, guys, the rest I am leaving for you to find out if Cal is successful or not.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    This is the second book in the Cal Murphy series by Jake Patters

    This is the second book in the Cal Murphy series by Jake Patterson. Not having read the first book, we were pleased to find the book
    stands on its own. Having read this book about a month before the 2013 Super Bowl gave it a fun *real time* feel. We also found it
    fitting that the Seahawks were in the Super Bowl as they were possible contenders in the first week of January 2013. The chapters
    were short and fast paced which made for an enjoyable read. While the book centers on the Super Bowl, you do not have to be a
    sports fan to follow along with the story line.
    This book is about a veteran Seahawks NFL Quarterback, Noah Larson, who finally makes it to the Super Bowl in his 10th and final
    season, only to find his son, Jake, has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom in Mexico. Noah must lose the game of his life!
    You can feel the pain Noah and his wife are going through when they learn their only child has been abducted. They however realize the
     show must go on in order to save his life.
    Cal Murphy is a sports writer for the Seattle Times. He has been awarded the honor of covering the Super Bowl between the Seahawks
    and the Dolphins. The Seahawks are the favorite to win. After stumbling on the abduction plot, Cal and his photographer friend Kelly
    Mendoza are persuaded by the FBI to help rescue Jake only to find themselves and Jake in need of rescue.
    We were a little disappointed with all of the information regarding the iPhone app that could look through walls up to 50 yards
     away. Although we realized that it was stolen shortly after they arrived in Mexico, we hoped we would see it action.
    A few situations were not entirely plausible. These did not overly distract from the plot. Even with those  aspects, the book was an
    entertaining thriller and a fast read. This would be a great short book (195-page e-book) to read while stuck in an airport or just to
    liven up a Saturday afternoon reading in the park. Michelle & Tammy from The Nook Users Book Club.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Good storyline but book lacked character development and the plo

    Good storyline but book lacked character development and the plot was thin and predictable.  Left very unsatisfied and can't wait to move onto something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Well written... Great story!!!

    Well written... Great story!!!

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