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Hope to Die (Alex Cross Series #22)
     

Hope to Die (Alex Cross Series #22)

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by James Patterson
 

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Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross's family--his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children--have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The

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Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross's family--his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children--have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?

Widely praised by the greatest crime and thriller writers of our time, Cross My Heart set a jaw-dropping story in motion. Hope to Die propels Alex Cross's greatest challenge to its astonishing finish.

Editorial Reviews

As if Alex Cross hadn't gone through enough already, he now faces the ultimate challenge of not only his career, but his life. The psychotic manipulator who stole his wife and family in Cross My Heart now demands that the tormented detective serve up himself as a sacrifice. Extracting himself and saving those he loves will require all his skills and luck beyond all imagining. James Patterson in vintage form.

From the Publisher
"Behind all the noise and the numbers, we shouldn't forget that no one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent--which is what James Patterson has, in spades. The Alex Cross series proves it."--Lee Child

"Twenty years ago, I wrote, 'Along Came a Spider is the best thriller I've come across in many a year. It deserves to be this season's #1 bestseller and should instantly make James Patterson a household name.' A household name, indeed."--Nelson DeMille

"It's no mystery why James Patterson is the world's most popular thriller writer: his uncanny skill in creating living, breathing characters we truly feel for and seamless, lightning-fast plots. I do this for a living, and he still manages to keep me guessing from the first to last page. Simply put: Nobody does it better."--Jeffery Deaver

"James Patterson is The Boss. End of."--Ian Rankin

"Alex Cross is one of the best-written heroes in American fiction, and each Cross novel further defines what it means to be a professional, a husband, a father, and above all, a man."--Lisa Scottoline

"Twenty years after the first Alex Cross story, he has become one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time, a character for the ages."--Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316210942
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
11/24/2014
Series:
Alex Cross Series
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
4,896
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years. His other bestselling novels feature the Women's Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Private, and NYPD Red. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977, James Patterson's books have sold more than 280 million copies.

James Patterson has also written numerous #1 bestsellers for young readers, including the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Middle School, and Treasure Hunters series. In 2010, James Patterson was named Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards.

His lifelong passion for books and reading led James Patterson to create the innovative website ReadKiddoRead.com, giving adults an invaluable tool to find the books that get kids reading for life. 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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Hope to Die 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 201 reviews.
just1morepgplz More than 1 year ago
Hope to Die is the absolute best book James Patterson has ever written.  I am a fan of the entire Alex Cross series, however this one pulls out all stops.  Action filled from beginning to end,, I could not put Hope to Die and  just had to finish the very first day it was released!  While reading this book, James Patterson had me questioning things but never Alex himself. This book is a MUST READ for any thriller fan.  Please be sure to read Cross My Heart first to reap the full benefits of Hope to Die. I only have one question for James Patterson....when will the next Alex Cross novel be released?
Hurrigirl More than 1 year ago
The star is not for the writing.  I have no problem with the writing.  It is hard to read this book because of the blatant typo on every page of the Nook edition.  If I were the publisher. I would be embarrassed that the title on every page reads "Hoep to Die".  If I were James Patterson, I would be mad at the publisher.  Isn't that what spell check is for?  Hopefully, I can ignore the typo while I read.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is no one mentioning the tease ending of the last Alex Cross book? I recall many readers saying they would never buy another and that they felt exploited. Most novels have a resolution. I can't help wondering how this book will end. Another trick?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful. Couldn't put this one done. My Kobo Arc went everywhere with me that day. His best for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agree that this is the best Cross book yet! Where else can Alex go from here? I also couldn't put the book down...absolutely loved it. You go, Nana Momma!
Laurie11460 More than 1 year ago
I am usually a big James Patterson fan, especially the Alex Cross series. This book doesn't seem to fit his usual writing style. The first quarter of the book seems like it was written by someone else, but no other author is credited. There's a serious lack of style in the beginning, almost as though it was written by a high school student. The rest of the book lives up to Patterson's usual style for the most part. Was there a new editor or maybe a rush to meet a publishing deadline for this book? The book is a bit far-fetched and it leaves some serious questions for the reader since there are many loose ends which should have been addressed. James Patterson has been my favorite author for a while. Now...I'm not so sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doing what Patterson does best, writing about Alex Cross. Keep it up.
jomalley1 More than 1 year ago
READ MORE THAN I WANTED TO ONLY BECAUSE I PAID FOR IT..WOULD PREFER MY MONEY BACK ASIDE FROM THE TYPOS ON EVERY PAGE ITS THE SAME STORY   ALEX DESPERATE TO SAVE FAMILY, WHO EVERYONE KNOWS IS NOT GOING TO DIE   TIME TO RETIRE HIME DIDN'T FINISH  NOT WORTH THE MONEY FOR SURE. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the lamest books that I have ever read.  Maybe I've just outgrown James Patterson.  
Njoys2read2 More than 1 year ago
The first part of the book seemed as though someone other than Patterson wrote it... it was a different style and frankly not that well done - some of the sentences and the key points were confusing. I looked for a co-author and couldn't find one, so who knows. Overall though, I enjoyed the book but it's not one of the best in the series.
buddystheone More than 1 year ago
Love all the Alex Cross books but this duo of Cross My Heart and Hope to Die is the best!!
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Hope To Die is the 22nd book in the popular Alex Cross series by prolific American author, James Patterson. It follows on directly from the cliff-hanger that ended Cross My Heart, so cannot really be read without reading that book first. Thierry Mulch has kidnapped and supposedly killed all the members of Alex Cross’s family. But Ava, the runaway Nana Mama took in, gives Alex hope that all is not lost. Before they can even start searching for where the five might be held, though, another blow hits Alex: a mutilated body is found, unidentifiable, but a body that looks like his beloved Bree, her build, her clothing, her jewellery. And then another, again unidentifiable, but resembling his eldest, Damon. And demands from Mulch, a heinous deed to be committed if Alex is ever to see the rest of his family alive. If the reader can suspend disbelief regards the place and manner the hostages are held, Cross’s post-crash climb, the extreme convenience of the former profession of Mulch’s accomplice and the current career of Gloria Jones, then some quite good investigation keeps the story rolling at a fast pace. But the “danger to loved ones due to his profession” card, taken to the extreme in this installment, has been rather overplayed in this series and really is getting a bit tired. Maybe now Cross will put in a burglar alarm and teach his family some basic security? Patterson employs his trademark short chapters and Cross does a lot of travelling around the country in this one, even surviving a car crash and “Duel”-type mountainside descent. Atticus Jones is a delightful character and Patterson introduces a new detective in Tessa Aalijah who proves quite resourceful. Readers will be grateful there is no annoying cliff-hanger ending, this time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book from cover to cover in 1 sitting. There were some parts that were not too believable but hey, it is fiction. Loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are not hooked on Alex Cross this book will get you there. I have been a fan for a long time and couldn't wait for this book to be released, the last book left you hanging... It was worth the wait. Fast paced and kept you guessing until the end. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please keep writing them. I always can count on JP for an excellent page turner.
mimi33PS More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy James Patterson books! And my husband does,too. In fact, I bought this book for him as a Christmas present and he loved it! I especially like the Alex Cross series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent as always - a wonderful writer and hard to put it down.
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Everyone should read this book. The book is full of suspense and action, and plenty of twist and turns. A definite must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the Cross Clan hahas been used and abused enough!! But I still love the series!! DaU Cudahy, Wisconsin
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