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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill (1980)
  • ASIN: B000OFQZZK
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,958,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Definitely worth an open minded read!
Lesa Browning
Really, this book was so badly written, the story was full of plot holes and awkward devices, and the ending was ridiculous.
S. Thomas
Had I know the real condition, I wouldn't have purchased it.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Margolis on March 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's been a couple years since I read "Virgin", and I was pleased to learn that it was being republished as "Cradle And All". Patterson did a great job of remodelling this story. It was just as suspenseful as the first time I read it. I was fortunate to receive an Advance Proof and I can tell you that this story still is chilling. For those who never read "Virgin", the story is about two virgins, one a 16 year old girl from Newport, RI. The other girl, 14 years old, from an Irish Village, and they're both pregnant. One is to give birth to the Messiah, the other to Satan. No one knows which is the true virgin. This story is as chilling as any other Patterson novel, if not more. You won't finish the book disappointed.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a bad book with a story line that is fairly simple. There are two young girls, both pregnant and both claiming to be virgins. One, Kathleen, rich and privileged, lives in the United States. The other, Colleen, lives in a small country village in Ireland. According to a secret missive from Our Lady of Fatima, one virgin will give birth to Satan's child, the Anti-Christ, while the other will give birth to the child of God, a new Messiah.

Meanwhile, all over the world apocalyptic manifestations are sprouting up. Pestilence, drought, famine, and and other evil portents seem to dominate the global landscape. Something strange is going on, and it appears as if the forces of good and evil are gathering about, girding themselves for one final battle.

Father Rosetti, an emissary from the vatican, has been entrusted with a secret mission by the Pope relative to these two young virgins, and it is one that will sorely try his faith. Meanwhile, former nun turned private investigator, Anne Fitzgerald, has been retained by the Archdiocese of Boston to look into the phenomena of a possible immaculate conception with regards to these two young women who inhabit disparate worlds. Anne must not only confront the unknown in order to assist these two young women, she must also confront her own powerful emotions and a destiny she could not have imagined.

Written in 1980 and originally released under the title "Virgin", this book has been updated by the author to make it appear as if it were a more contemporary work and recently released again under the title "Cradle and All". The book is riddled with ridiculous cliches from the horror genre and lacks any real tension. It has been released again to capitalize on the author's success with his Alex Cross series of thrillers. Unfortunately, it is not cut from the same bolt of cloth and lacks the quality of both writing and plot that earmarks his Alex Cross novels.
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72 of 89 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"Virgin" is a really good book, very hard to put down once you've started since you quickly develop attachment to the characters in the book. Though not as long or detailed as James Patterson's more recent novels, it gives a good insight to Patterson's developing writing style. I particularly liked the story, though maybe a tad too religious, but it all worked together well. I think the fact that the book is out of print right now is the public's loss, and if James Patterson ever reads this, I advise him to re-publish it in softcover like he did with "The Jericho Commandment"/"See How They Run" I had to read a library copy of this book, and I'd really like to have my own so I can read it over and over like his other novels I've read. "Virgin" is definately a favorite of mine of Patterson novels outside of the Alex Cross novels.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Doris V. Guarino on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Virgin was given to me amongst a few other books and seeing that it was a James Patterson book, I decided to read it at once. I was amazed at the publication date and his picture above all.I have read most of his books and enjoyed all of them, so I started it right away. It was far and above his best book. For one thing, it was different and an amazing surprise after Alex Cross, etc. The suspense surpassed anything else he has written. Write a few more along this line, Mr. Patterson. It was refreshing and above all..a timely topic in a spiritual way.
I will keep on enjoying all of your books with Alex Cross and John Sampson. A little less family...wouldn't want to see any of the children injured. Bless you. From another fan...Doris Guarino
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lesa Browning on June 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
OK, I am a HUGE James Patterson fan and I love the more recent novels. While I agree that this is no Alex Delaware story, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. I usually like a good scary movie and this has all the makings of one. The plots twists and the church involvement make me terrified at times. Definitely worth an open minded read!
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85 of 120 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of James Patterson's best books and I think that it should be republished. I love James Patterson's novels and this one is so hard to put down and is surprising til the end. I own all of Patterson's books, including this one. I happened upon it in a second hand store and grabbed it recognizing the titles right away. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys James Patterson.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The characters were well written and interesting. The plot moved along well. It is not Patterson's usual detective novel, so maybe that is why his other readers weren't impressed. So far he has branched out into several different areas and all of them have been good. This novel is no exception.
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It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website ReadKiddoRead.com, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and CNN.com), Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on CNN.com about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

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