London Bridges (Alex Cross Series #10)

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Alex Cross is back--and so is the Big Bad Wolf.

Terrorists have seized the worlds largest cities. London, Washington, DC, New York, and Frankfurt will be destroyed, unless their demands are met--and their demands are impossible. After a city in the western United States is fire bombed--a practice run--Alex Cross knows that it is only a matter of time before the bombers threats to the other cities are brutally executed.

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Overview

Alex Cross is back--and so is the Big Bad Wolf.

Terrorists have seized the worlds largest cities. London, Washington, DC, New York, and Frankfurt will be destroyed, unless their demands are met--and their demands are impossible. After a city in the western United States is fire bombed--a practice run--Alex Cross knows that it is only a matter of time before the bombers threats to the other cities are brutally executed.

Heading up the investigation by the FBI, CIA, and Interpol, Alex Cross is stunned when surveillance photos show Geoffrey Shafer, the Weasel, near one of the bombing sites. He senses the presence of the Wolf as well, the most vicious predator he has ever battled. With millions of lives in the balance, Cross has to see if the most powerful law enforcement agencies in the world can stay ahead of these two men's cunning.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843955269
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Alex Cross Series, #10
  • Pages: 368

Meet the Author

James Patterson
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.
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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...)



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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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  • Posted August 5, 2009

    Patterson should have made several more edit passes

    I got interested in Alex Cross books through "Mary, Mary" (and long ago, for a while, through the movies) and recently decided to read 2 to 3 of his books a week to catch up with the rest of the "Alex" series. But this particular book showed the worst of Patterson's pattern for the stories.

    Many elements are familiar: Strong known character in Alex; one or two criminals that are intelligent, sadistic and mad ; and a backdrop of family concerns that always seem boring and unvarying.

    But it's "the worst" for several reasons. Starting with the criminals -- Wolf and Weasel here -- they are far too good at what they do, too error free, too smart to be credible. They are always right-on and never leave trace evidence (Patterson should watch more TV -- e.g., "CSI"). Now this perfection gets relaxed for the end of the book, but making it happen just then at the end is far too late to be believable.

    In a similar way, the police are far too stupid and unenviable. Many times this includes Alex. They do the obvious moves, they cower with the thought of their current criminal masterminds, and don't have a workable idea to catch them-- until the last few chapters of the book when everything breaks in their favor.

    IN London Bridges, a few elements are taken to further extremes: A criminal is imposing mass terrorism on the population, yet Homeland Security presence is near non-existent and the authorities handle this as though it was the first bomb threat-type crisis they'd ever seen. In addition, the national authorities are sycophantic ninnies, scrambling to pay a multi-billion dollar extortion in the face of a mad terrorist. This might have been thinkable before 9/11, it is ludicrous to consider it now.

    And the end-of-the-road for Weasel and Wolf was an absolute sell-out . After all the moves these guys pull over a couple of books, and to have Alex corner them so easily --did they take their dumb pills or did Alex get lucky?. Wolf's demise was a real cheap shot -- what a wimpy statement and chicken's way out he took, how inconsistent with his character development.

    All in all, I think that Patterson wrote this as though he was behind in his deadline and had to end it to start on his next project. If he had put it down for a while, then returned and considered the plot and ending he would have seen that he needed to work some more to keep it up to even his own standards.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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 August 8, 2006

    The worst of bad, baaad James Patterson

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2005

    BAD BAD BAD

    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.

    1 out of 1 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?

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Is this really Patterson?

    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.

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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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Ashley to becca

    Becca calm down.

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