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London Bridges (Alex Cross Series #10)

London Bridges (Alex Cross Series #10)

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by James Patterson

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In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant.Alex Cross is on vacation in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Jamilla Hughes, when he gets the call.


In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant.Alex Cross is on vacation in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Jamilla Hughes, when he gets the call. The Russian supercriminal known as the Wolf claims responsibility for the blast.

Major cities around the globe are threatened with total destruction. The Wolf has proven he can do it; the only question is, can anyone stop him in time? Surveillance film of the blast reveals the presence of another of Alex Cross' most dangerous enemies, the ruthless assassin known as the Weasel.

World leaders have just four days to prevent an unimaginable cataclysm. Joining forces with Scotland Yard and Interpol, Alex fights his way through a torrent of false leads, impersonators, and foreign agents before he gets close to the heart of the crimes. Racing down the hairpin turns of the Riviera in the most unforgettable finale James Patterson has ever written, Alex Cross confronts the truth of the Wolf's identity, a revelation that even Cross himself may be unable to survive.

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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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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.


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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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

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

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London Bridges (Alex Cross Series #10) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 276 reviews.
Wednesdaybooboo More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Alex Cross series books by James Patterson and have found every one of them captivating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Binglib More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let's face it, folks. James Patterson is a brilliant plotter. His ideas are mostly superb. Excellent is not enough to describe a Patterson plot. BUT he is a poor writer. He is careless and does not pay attention to adverbs (those pesky things ending in 'ly' as boringly, carelessly, and uselessly). 'London Bridges' could not be worst even if he had tried to be boringly to extremes. I used to own most of his novels. Not anymore: I sold them all. There are excellent writers in our country. As an example, read John Sandford or Stephen Hunter. Those two are great stylists and wanderful storytellers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible. It made no sense. He made it up as he went along and didn't bother to go back and change things. We were told we would be surprised on who the Wolf was. He wasn't anyone in the story. What was the surprise. The first book The Wolf was amazing. What happened with this one. Was there a deadline to finish it. I even tried to e-mail the author for an explanation and he has ignored me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Great book
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Unbelievable, unrealistic garbage. One man can outwit the whole civilized world? Repetitive to the point of boredom. I used to be a Patterson fan but this is just plain ridiculous. Maybe his co-authored books impressed me more.
MOMINAZ More than 1 year ago
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.
HelenBH More than 1 year ago
Had me on my toes!
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FlashJB More than 1 year ago
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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No clue wat ur talkin bout but leave him be u sick .....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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
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