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London Bridges (Alex Cross) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2005
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Couple that with an incredulous plot wherein the Wolf is leading the presidents of four countries around by their noses, almost a trite post-9/11 recital of terror with Al Queda thrown in every few chapters just for effect; it soon becomes clear this is not one of Patterson's better efforts. The storyline is as usual reeled out in short, three-page chapters, with action galore. But we are given so little meat, so little background, so little motivation to care, that the race toward the end of the book was almost anticlimactic. An overdose of red herrings and gratuitous slayings did little to endear the plot to us either.
While we generally enjoy Patterson's fast-paced thrillers, this one looks too much like a bad screenplay - you know the feeling: it's not that it's horrible, but you wonder later why you spent so much money for so little real entertainment. He can do much better, and so can you.
The story picks up right where The Big Bad Wolf left off. Cross is working for the FBI tracking the Wolf, the most ruthless predator he's dealt with in his long career. To complicate matters, the Wolf has joined forces with the Weasel, a villian from previous Cross novel Pop Goes the Weasel. After blowing a small Nevada town off the map, the duo holds four major cities hostage, demanding a multi-billion dollar ransom. Naturally, it's up to good old Alex Cross and his team of FBI agents to put a stop to their diabolical scheme.
When the series started, Alex Cross tracked serial killers, expertly piecing together clues to solve crimes that baffled other detectives. Seemingly overnight, he seems to have switched his focus to combating world espionage. It's not that the writing itself is bad, the problem lies in the fact that the plot is so contrived and unrealistic, readers can't help but think "yeah, right". And isn't it interesting that with each new novel, Patterson describes the villian as Cross' most formitable foe??? Formitable or not, the Weasel served absolutely no purpose here. His role in the story seemed like nothing more than a cheap way to win back fans who have long since abandoned this lukewarm series.Read more ›
1) How does the Wolf go from a sadistic, homocidal, slave-trading maniac to an international, celibate, terrorist?
2) This maniac was blowing up bridges in major cities. He killed about 1,000 people in Paris. The book doesn't even get into the implications of this, except to say that maybe "the French want him as bad, maybe more, than we do".
3) His family was missing for at least 5 days. Where were they? What happened? He doesn't even touch upon this.
4) The Wolf never addresses Cross killing The Weasel. Hell, Patterson barely touches upon it - it's almost a footnote. What the...?.
Of course, Patterson left it wide-open for a sequel... "The Wolf is dead... at least that's what I told myself over and over again until I believed it". Something like that. But I tell you, I could almost care nothing about a sequel. I'm guessing that "The Wolf" is really an organization of some kind, but, again, who cares at this point? Not me.
Mr. Patterson should be looking over his shoulder for a multitude of reasons - thin plot, convoluted closing, and just not up to par. We bring back the WOLF and the WEASEL and perhaps these "rats" are a reflection of the text.
But an even bigger problem is what Mr. Patterson has done with the pages. A classic example of caveat emptor.
The book is 391 pages but then again, it is not.
FIRST, the font size is much larger so let's assume that reduces the text by 20 pages.
SECOND, the book has a Prologue and 5 Parts. Each one allows for blank pages that total 14 pages included in the total.
THIRD, we have 123 chapters, all of which start mid-page and end mid-page. That deducts another 123 pages from the book.
So we reduce the readable text from 391 pages to 234. And, guess what, the price did not shrink.
This book and the manner in which it is presented is a bummer.
Future books by Patterson, if I read them, will be on the library list so I may save my money for OTHER authors.
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Not sure but the person who received the gift is tickled, she loves all Patterson's novelsPublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
This was one of those books that you don't want too put down until you get to the end. Very suspenseful. Kept you guessing the way through. James Patterson is a masterful writer.Published 1 month ago by Avid reader
Ok, I'll surrender, I am a big fan of James Patterson and Alex Cross!! Truly enjoy ready once again.Published 2 months ago by Ken Strafer
KEPT ME GLUED ONLY TOOK THREE DAYS TO READ.USUALLY TAKE ABOUT A WEEK GOOD READINNGPublished 2 months ago by john praske
Kept me intrigued and at the edge of my seat. This far into the series you'd think it would be oredictable it's anything but Can't wait for the next onePublished 2 months ago by Lynn