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Cross Hairs Paperback – December 4, 2012

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Jack Patterson is a thriller author living in the Pacific Northwest. While growing up in a military family, he spent some of his formative years living with his family on the estate of an English baron and baroness. It was there that he developed his passion for good literature and an appreciation for football. Upon returning to the United States, Jack entered the field of journalism where he won numerous writing awards and has written articles for many prestigious U.S. newspapers, including The New York Times. He later left journalism full-time to pursue writing books and now resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three young children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Green E-Books; 1st edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938848152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938848155
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,972,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Larry on May 14, 2014
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What a pleasure to read a modern day, well written thriller that is devoid of sex, course language, and accompanying intellectual acquiescence under the cover of "reality." Having just completed a Patterson novel, I opted to read another Patterson story. As the pages turned I thought that Patterson had changed his writing style rather dramatically. That is when I noticed the writer to be Jack, not James, Patterson. If you want to read a thriller with just as many twists and turns as James' stories....but without the accompanying "stuff"...read a story written by Jack. The read is well worth the time. I am anxious to see how Jack Patterson further develops his characters and stories.

Jack may have been around a long time, but he is new to me and, I would guess, many others. I am planning on reading more Patterson novels...both James and Jack!
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When asked to read this novel I was advised that I would either love it or I would hate it and while trying to dismiss this line of thought I focused on the story. By the end I would say the truth lay somewhere between the two points of view with a slight biased towards the good, hence 4 stars.

Set in a small town and close-knit community, where everything you do is known about by the rest of the community, and where just about anything out of the ordinary is big news, a series of local and somewhat odd deaths have occurred and these events see a young reporter and journalist undertaking investigation work to determine the truth. The truth however is not so easy to find with lots of hurdles to overcome and many false leads. Just about all the locals seem to have got involved to a greater or lesser extent; making the path to the truth a little cloudy shall we say.

Keeping the suspense is actually rather well done and the amount of characters that are involved help to conceal the outcome especially well, so to that extent a big "thumbs up".

Where I would make some critical comments is in the actual writing, or at least part of it but I am trying to not be too critical as this is Jack Patterson's first novel. I would not say he tends to ramble a little but that perhaps is the only fair way to describe it as I felt there was often too much detail away from the real focus of the story line.

All the same, if "thrillers" are your type of read then it is still well worthwhile and you could do a whole lot worse.
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The last quarter of the book was the best; I found myself walking around the house with my Kindle in hand, even reading as I dressed and prepared breakfast. Finished eating but still had to sit here till the book was, also, done.

Rating: PG 13...no sex or offensive language, just some mild violence
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when I first bought this I was looking for "James Patterson"and thought it was his ,down loaded on my kindle and thought may as well read it,well I am so glad that I did,since then I have read all his Cal Murphy books and love them and waiting for his next one,don't miss out on this,won't be sorry.
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This book came recommended after I had read another novel and I found it to be different from my usual murder mystery types. It was so enthralling that I could not put it down. I understand, now, when people say the pages turn themselves. Highly Recommended.
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Jack Patterson is known for being a prolific sportswriter, he is taken what he knows about small town and a passion to people in them show around their high school sports teams and written one of the best mysteries I've read in a long while. His characters Cal Murphy and Christy Mendoza are your average small-town people dreaming big dreams.

Cal's dream had almost died until he stumbled upon a pattern involving high school athletes. One athlete dying of mysterious cause is newsworthy, but three in 24 hours smells of something sinister, and Cal is determined to find out what is going on. He enlists the aid of Christy Mendoza and together they set out to find the cause of the test and unwittingly stumbles upon his secret that had been hidden in their little town for many years.

Not knowing who they can trust and without any investigative experience, these two amateurs,fumble along trying to follow the threads of a web that proves to get more tangled as they pull each one. The terror and sheer horror of what they uncover boggles the mind, and proves to be just the beginning of their own troubles, more murders occur and soon they realize, whoever is behind the deaths, what them dead, too.

Cross Hairs is a book that gives us a different view of rural America. It's a lot more than the rich get richer, it's about absolute power and what some will do to maintain it. This is very enjoyable book combining sports with an incredible mystery. A page turner that you will not be able to put down. If you like murder, mystery, and mayhem, I highly recommend you try Jack Patterson's, Cross Hairs, today.
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This is a new author for me. I have been meaning to read DEAD SHOT for a while and just got around to it. I was kind of in a reading slump; and this was just the book I needed to get me on the ball again. I loved the small town drama, the involved "secrets" unraveling along the way. Also I liked the suspenseful aspect where I was holding my breath for the two journalists investigating and dodging all kinds of obstacles (human and otherwise). I am ready for the next book in this series and I will probably go through them all before I get my fill.
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