Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (Alex Cross Series #19)

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (Alex Cross Series #19)

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by James Patterson
     
 

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It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again--a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family…  See more details below

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It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again--a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything--and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS will be a holiday classic for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

In his latest outing, James Patterson's most popular protagonist is forced to interrupt his Christmas plans to save the day, not to mention several lives. (P.S. With over 70 million copies in print, the Alex Cross series is the bestselling detective series of the past quarter century.)

From the Publisher
Praise for Merry Christmas, Alex Cross:

"Merry Christmas, Alex Cross may have a holiday backdrop, but it is a thriller for all seasons...one of Patterson's best books to date."—BookReporter.com

"Fans will be enthralled."—BookLoons.com

"Jammed-packed with action. We see Alex being pulled in all directions."—AlwaysWithaBook.blogspot.com

"His brutal description is spot-on and I can honestly say he really moved me in one scene...a great addition to the series."—RitualoftheStones.blogspot.com

Library Journal
Wow, a Christmas thriller (and another Christmas book from Patterson after last year's The Christmas Wedding, being reissued in November). On a cozy Christmas Eve, Alex Cross has just wrapped up a little case—someone robbing the church poor box—when he gets word of a hostage situation that could tie his holidays in knots.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316210690
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
11/12/2012
Series:
Alex Cross Series , #19
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
3,650
File size:
2 MB

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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

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
Education:
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Website:
http://www.jamespatterson.com

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Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (Special Edition) 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 530 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my idea of a Christmas classic ... Probably won't read it to my grandchildren after Christmas Eve church service, but it's James Patterson at his best. Loved every page of it! Especially loved Alex's struggle with "does the end justify the means?" As usual, this is so well written that I whizzed through it, wishing it wouldn't end so quickly. Highly recommend it for all James Patterson/Alex Cross fans and first-timers as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book love alex cross series cant wait for the next one!!!!! Happy readings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, JP had 2 seperate ideas for 2 short stories and put them both together in this book. The first half of the book had no connection to the second half. I love Cross books and on all levels, this one failed. Following on the footsteps of Zoo, it was a major disappointment and I'm sorry I spent money on this book. I would not recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would be nice if I could down load to my Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book! I loved it hope you read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seemed to me to be lacking when compared to other Cross books. It was more like a collection of short stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I love Alex Cross and his adventures, this one fell a bit flat for me. The adventure and intrigue were there at the start, but the story diverted from one plot to another and then simply faded away. The end left me feeling as though Patterson really had no ideas left, so he stopped writing. If I could, I would take this present off my list....Skip it, and you are not missing anything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love alex cross, but this one wasnt as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Alex Cross fan, but I was disappointed with this book. Too much time was spent on the incident at the beginning of the book and the rest of the plot was flat. I'll look forward to "Run."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a very short book. Got pretty tired of the family whining that cross had to work.Do women really ever do that? Seems thats what the book was about more than anything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The good: Intense storyline Believable thereats The bad: Lacking character development 2 seperate stories thatare sseemingly unconected SPOILERS vivid scens of child torture that made my stomsch churn, and lose respect for Alex Cross as a character. END SPOILERS No cliffhanger ending Overall good book, but I don't see Alex Cross having many more books.
lba More than 1 year ago
I like James Patterson writing style. I am not sure I like him as much when he co-authors with others. Enjoyed the read - kept my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex Cross books are always fun to read. The first part of the story had lots of action. However,the second story was typical of most of the series. I was disappointed in the story line this time. I wait for the next part of the Alex Cross books. I hope the next book has a better twist and more action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really intense and quick read ... one of Patterson's best!
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
When your an Alex Cross fan, you are just happy to have him and his family back, much the same as you like seeing a favorite TV program. You Like them.Not one his most suspensful novels, but it's Alex, so enjoy it.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross is the nineteenth book in the popular Alex Cross series by prolific American author, James Patterson. It actually consists of two separate stories linked only by their proximity to Christmas. On Christmas Eve, with a blizzard set to engulf Washington, Alex Cross is called, much to the dismay of his family, to a hostage situation. A once-prestigious heavily armed lawyer is holding his ex-wife, his children, his ex-wife’s new husband and a next-door neighbour hostage. Cross risks his own life by entering the house (twice) and eventually defusing the situation and disarming the drug-crazed offender, using background information about the lawyer, combined with his considerable negotiating skills and his psychological expertise. Then with just a few hours of sleep, he is called to Union Station, where Hala, a ruthless Saudi terrorist and cold-blooded killer (whom readers will remember from Kill Alex Cross) has been spotted using facial recognition technology. As they try to track Hala, Cross wonders if this is a diversion for something worse. There is plenty of action in this story: cyanide poisoning, grenades, booby traps, shootings, torture of children and sniffer dogs all feature. Lots of technology is used: iPads with G4 are commandeered from commuters; cell phone calls are monitored; Skype links to Saudi Arabia are instrumental. Cross partakes in something he would usually consider beneath his standards. And would Arab children being tortured speak English? Finally, Cross and John Sampson manage to foil the terrorist plot almost by accident and without actually knowing what it is. Cross spends quite a bit of time considering his job and its effects on his family. Fast-paced, short chapters, a quick read but not a patch on earlier Alex Cross novels. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book. Making a hostage situation a sleeper is hard to do, but that mission was accomplished in this book. I used to be a number one fan of Patterson. I've gotten to the point where I'm not even going to buy the books that aren't Alex Cross, the Woman's murder club of Michael Bennet. Now he's taken Alex Cross down a notch. What is happening? Maybe he's just running out of original ideas. Don't be shooting for quantity...get back to that original quality that made Patterson the best. This book was a major disappointment. Kathy Reichs is my new favorite. Sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read better books by James Patterson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love It!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best Alex Cross I've read in a long time. It's exciting from beginning to end. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy reading Alex Cross books, you will enjoy Merry Christmas, Alex Cross. It is a fast read, as all of the Alex Cross series is. I definitely recommend it, the suspense keeps you turning the pages. Very hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was way to short, and not at all detailed like other Alex Cross books. Never had time to get immersed in the charaters at all. This book felt rushed as if he only had a little time to do it in and decided to just throw 2 short stories together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Patterson does his thing again with his latest Alex Cross thriller. He even brings back an adversary from another novel. Won't spoil it for you....LOL! If you love Alex Cross, you'll not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never want the alex cross novels to end, but this one ended sooner than i expected! Good read anyway.