London Bridges (Alex Cross Series #10)

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Two of the greatest villains James Patterson has ever created in one book! Minutes after soldiers evacuate a Nevada town, a bomb completely destroys it. On vacation, FBI agent Alex Cross gets the call: the blast was perpetrated by the Wolf. A supercriminal and Cross's deadliest nemesis, the Wolf threatens to obliterate major cities, including London, Paris, and New York. Then evidence reveals the involvement of a ruthless assassin known as the Weasel. Could these two dark geniuses be working together? Now with ...

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Overview

Two of the greatest villains James Patterson has ever created in one book! Minutes after soldiers evacuate a Nevada town, a bomb completely destroys it. On vacation, FBI agent Alex Cross gets the call: the blast was perpetrated by the Wolf. A supercriminal and Cross's deadliest nemesis, the Wolf threatens to obliterate major cities, including London, Paris, and New York. Then evidence reveals the involvement of a ruthless assassin known as the Weasel. Could these two dark geniuses be working together? Now with just four days to prevent an unimaginable cataclysm, Cross is catapulted into an international chase of astonishing danger - and toward the explosive truth about the Wolf's identity, a revelation that Cross may not survive.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In his 10th adventure, Alex Cross, now working full time for the FBI, is confronted by two of his most deadly foes: the faceless ex-KGB agent from last year's Big Bad Wolf, who's known as "The Wolf" and is threatening four metropolises with nuclear destruction; and the insane serial killer The Weasel, last seen in Patterson's Pop Goes the Weasel. Patterson's action is fast and furious, and narrators Fernandez and O'Hare do a fine job of keeping up with him. O'Hare does especially well with his performance of The Wolf, giving the Russian-accented villain a calm, almost soothing vocalization that nicely counters his sadistic actions. Fernandez brings a warm humanity to Cross, especially in scenes with his family, giving listeners a break from the murder and mayhem that rule much of the book. The narrators' performances are accompanied by well-placed music and sound effects. Each chapter opens with an ominous ticking clock and an electronically distorted voice announcing the chapter title, a technique that at first seems fitting for the book's style and tone, but soon becomes more annoying than effective. Still, this one quibble will not stop Patterson's fans from thoroughly enjoying the latest installment in the Cross series. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Forecasts, Nov. 8, 2004). (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
It's Alex Cross vs. the Big Bad Wolf again, even as terrorists grab major world cities from New York to Frankfurt. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446613354
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: Alex Cross Series , #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 40,843
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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 240 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 full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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London Bridges


By James Patterson

Little, Brown

Copyright © 2004 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-71059-8


Chapter One

COLONEL GEOFFREY SHAFER loved his new life in Salvador, Brazil's third-largest city and some would say its most intriguing. It was definitely the most fun.

He had rented a plush six-bedroom villa directly across from Guarajuba Beach, where he spent his days drinking sweet caipirinhas and ice-cold Brahma beers, or sometimes playing tennis at the club. At night, Colonel Shafer-the psychopathic killer better known as the Weasel-was up to his old tricks, hunting on the dark, narrow, winding streets of the Old City. He had lost count of his kills in Brazil, and nobody in Salvador seemed to care, or even keep count. There hadn't been a single newspaper story about the disappearance of young prostitutes. Not one. Maybe it was true what they said of the people here-when they weren't actually partying, they were already rehearsing for the next one.

At a few ticks past two in the morning, Shafer returned to the villa with a young and beautiful streetwalker who called herself Maria. What a gorgeous face the girl had, and a stunning brown body, especially for someone so young. Maria said she was only thirteen.

The Weasel picked a fat banana from one of several plants in his yard. At this time of year he had his choice of coconut, guava, mango, and pinha, which was sugar apple. As he plucked the fresh fruit he had the thought that there was always something ripe for the taking in Salvador. It was paradise. Or maybe it's hell and I'm the Devil, Shafer thought, and chuckled to himself.

"For you, Maria," he said, handing her the banana. "We'll put it to good use."

The girl smiled knowingly, and the Weasel noticed her eyes-what perfect brown eyes. And all mine now-eyes, lips, breasts.

Just then, he spotted a small Brazilian monkey called a mico trying to work its way through a window screen and into his house. "Get out of here, you thieving little bastard!" he yelled. "G'wan! Beat it!"

There came a quick movement from out of the bushes, then three men jumped him. The police, he was certain, probably Americans. Alex Cross?

The cops were all over him, powerful arms and legs everywhere. He was struck down by a bat, or a lead pipe, yanked back up by his full head of hair, then beaten unconscious.

"We caught him. We caught the Weasel, first try. That wasn't very hard," said one of the men. "Bring him inside."

Then he looked at the beautiful young girl, who was clearly afraid, rightly so. "You did a good job, Maria. You brought him to us." He turned to one of his men. "Kill her."

A single gunshot ruptured the silence in the front yard. No one seemed to notice or care in Salvador.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from London Bridges by James Patterson Copyright © 2004 by James Patterson. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    Absolutely Awsome!!!!!!

    I have read all of the Alex Cross series books by James Patterson and have found every one of them captivating.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

    Suspenseless & Annoying

    Three quarters of the way through the book the plot is at the same place as it was at the beginning, but I think all the other reviews cover this well enough. To add something new: I listened to this book on CD. I am dumbfounded that the people who made this audiobook don't know the difference between books and movies or understand the senses and faculties engaged while listening to/viewing them. It was so annoying to try to listen to the words while cheap music played over them. Every time an action sequence occurred the score kicked in to try to add suspense. Sappy piano music played over trying-to-be-heartfelt scenes. There was even an intimate encounter that had cheesy porn-type music played over it. Going in I realized some audiobooks play music over the beginnings or endings, and I figured this one would at least do that, but it went completely overboard. If the author's words aren't good enough to hold the reader, a cheap score isn't going to do it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    VERY Good Book

    Hi everyone, I just want to say that I am 14 years old and I found this book vey intriging and supenseful. I your thinking about buying thus book I say you do. Another good book James Patterson. Keep them coming:) :P

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Loddon Bridges - Audio

    On a previous long trip we listened to "Big Bad Wolf" and it made the hours melt away. The narration was THE BEST. We had to hear the rest of the story in "London Bridges" and we weren't disappointed. Same story tellers and a wonderful way to spend travel hours on the road. Thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2008

    Come on Alex, THINK !!!

    London Bridges Alex Cross - mediocre character. Dragonslayer? Uh, no. Here's why I say that. From Chapter 61 Within the hour, we got word of a bombing on Long Island [...] What did it mean? Had the Wolf struck again? At his own people? When I read those lines, I don't think of Alex with pen in hand, taking notes. I think of him with a God-awful confused look on his face and I have to ask why. Alex should not be asking inane questions. He should be adding to the Wolf's profile, with near-certainty. Chapter 68 is where Alex lives up to the Dragonslayer. The chapter could not have been more perfect. He acted with little thought, just fast, decisive, brutal action. That's the Alex I want to see more of. Following that great chapter, is this, in Chapter 73: [After being told by a French army general about what the French believed]. I didn't say a word. How could I? Al Qaeda? Behind everything so far? Behind the Wolf? That was what the French believed? That was why I was here? I closed the book for the night after reading that. In disgust. It makes Alex look like a brainless twit. Those should be notes on a page, applied to a profile of the Wolf. Not looks of confusion, mindless wanderings. That's not a sign of a man of action, a Dragonslayer. I've read this one, and stayed with one, only for the fact I've read all the other Alex Cross novels. Mary, Mary is up next, then Cross, then Double Cross. I also bought the Women's Murder Club series for Christmas for myself. I hear they are quite good. I have the first five. I read upwards of 1200 pages a week and can find some redeeming factor even in a book that overall lets me down. Mr Patterson, if you want to be the true 'king of the page turner', making Alex Cross a strong above-the-mark character is what would do it for me.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

    Save Your Money

    This was the first James Patterson novel i have had the misfortune to read, and it will be the last. Would that i'd picked up the trash from the library rather than buying. The book ground on endlessly with no flow, no buildup of anticipation. The only redeeming value was the departure from the usual character hero type.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2004

    London Bridges

    This book was everything that a thriller should be. The stakes were high in this one, and it was a glorous sequel to Pop Goes The Weasal. One question weighs heavy on reader's minds: just exactly who was or who is the wolf? What does it all mean for Alex Cross' future? IS HE REALLY DEAD?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    wolf not dead

    london bridges was great.i was ready to find out who wolf was since the first wolf book. this book was action packed. could not put it down. so is the wolf dead? will there be another one. my answer is yes. its not over yet. hints of who he is is in the book vilots are blue.can not wait for the next alex cross book. patterson knows how to keep you hanging on. love this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    SCARY AND BONE CHILLING

    As I read this book, I was constantly on the edge of my seat and very thrilled to be reading Patterson's latest. Let me just write and tell you that this book is Patterson's best. The characters are scary and the book is essential in order to continue on through the series. You wont believe who the Wolf is; I know that I didn't. James has teased my mind again, I cannot wait until next year's MARY MARY. Who is next? just who is the Wolf? And what roll does he play on the entire cast. The end result will haunt your soul.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2005

    Stupidous Story

    I am so in love with ALL of Patterson's work-this was just the icing on the cake. I knew he would make another Alex Cross, it was just a matter of time. If you love the Alex Cross series I suggest you read this one. Bravo James-keep at it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2004

    ANOTHER WINNER

    Hard to believe, but Patterson keeps getting better & better. I couldn't wait to get the book & when I started reading it, just couldn't wait to read the next page, right to the very last. Spellbinding, riveting are words that come to mind when writing about this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Never read a James Patterson book I didn't like

    All of Patterson's books are good, engaging stories, but some are better than others. London Bridges was a good read, but I didn't get the same page turning rush as with other Cross stories. Alex Cross is now an FBI agent, and the story goes international. He becomes involved with British and French law enforcement, and it feels like he's taken us to a whole new set of characters, but John Sampson is totally missing and we get to see very little of Alex's love life. All in all, a good read, don't skip this one, but not MY favorite.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Another Winner

    Had me on my toes!

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    Terribly disappointing ! Try again Mr Patterson

    The plotting and the resolution was rushed and not well fleshed out. It appears that Mr Patterson has lost his desire to flesh out his stories. I would hope for more from an author who in the past was one of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    To to all

    Hey

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Ashley to becca

    Becca calm down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    To becca

    No clue wat ur talkin bout but leave him be u sick .....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Love books

    This was a very good book, always kept me in suspense. If you like James Patterson then you will like this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Poor ending

    Have enjoyed most of james patterson books, and actually found this one very interesting until the end. I feel like he lost focus or just got in too big of a hurry to finish it. It just really lost steam at the end which made reading the whole book less rewarding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Another good James P book

    Another good James Patterson book. He always keep you wanted more.

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