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Double Cross (Alex Cross, Book 13) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2008
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"This novel gives the reader double excitement with not one but two maniacs after Alex Cross...Even if you are not an Alex Cross fan, you will enjoy this thriller by James Patterson. Be sure to add Double Cross to your reading list."―BestsellersWorld.com
"Double Cross is a strong, addictive page turner. It is definitely worth the trip to the book store."―TheMysterySite.com
"Double Cross is vintage Patterson. It is fast moving and suspenseful and takes the occasional surprise twist. Life for a Patterson fans doesn't get much better than this."―1340MagBooks.com
"If, like me, you are an Alex Cross fan, run, don't walk, to your favorite book store and get up to date on the life of Alex Cross. If you enjoy fast paced, well written intrigue, you'll devour Double Cross, just as I did."―AllThingsGirl.net
Top Customer Reviews
The book also pulls off an effective balancing act: it leaves a few plot elements unresolved to make you want to pick up the next book, but gives you enough satisfying resolution so that those as-yet-unresolved elements will tantalize instead of frustrate you.
Quibbles aside, I got my money's worth from "Double Cross"
I received this book by accident from BOMC, as I did not respond in time to my monthly selection. It had been a long time since I read one of James Patterson's novels, so I decided to go ahead and give this one a try. Initially, it was a rapid page-turner, with one dramatic scene following quickly on the heels of another. But about a third of the way through, I just stopped, no longer intrigued, as I discovered that these bite-size chapters - 126 in a 300-page book - were just that, authorial cop-outs which allowed him to spoon-feed drama to the reader without actually earning suspense, intrigue, or suspension of disbelief.
If you ran the text together, removing the half-page graphic that begins, and the empty space that ends, each chapter, this story would take up probably no more than 150 pages. In those few pages, Patterson introduces us to 35 speaking characters identified by their first and last names, three killers and their ten alternate identities, and one copycat killer. Fifteen adults (and one foetus) are killed, their murders described in moderate detail (as much as a one-to-two page chapter allows, anyway). Patterson also follows a number of characters as they fly to such far-flung locations as Washington, DC, Florence, Colorado, Kalispell, Montana, and even Paris, France, traversing the globe as quickly and easily as if they were hopping on BART or the MTA.
What Patterson DOESN'T describe is how his various killers gain access to a number of the victims, some of whom are FBI agents highly trained in the art of self defense. Or how they get away from the scene of such crimes, especially when they are committed for maximum spectatorship.Read more ›
How can Alex and his partner be thinking about making love (like two immature teenagers) every 15 minutes when there are two crazy killers out there WHO HAVE BOTH THREATENED HIM, HIS FAMILY AND HER??! They travel to Montana and are upset they don't have time to "do it", while back in DC there are TWO killers wreaking havoc?
How was big tough Samson "kidnapped"?
As soon as this guy escaped prison, (which in itself was so impossible...) why weren't the judge and Alex's family relocated? The judge is home sleeping -- with her family -- peacefully, while this mad man lurks the streets? (And tell me, please, how was he able to go to Paris? He had passports made prior to his conviction, just incase?)
And because Nana wouldn't WANT to leave the house Alex just leaves his whole family there unprotected?
The end, while in the alleyway with both of them, is so dumb!
I could go on for hours like this, but suffice it to say, you cannot/will not get scared, be in suspense or care about all the grisly deaths in this book! In fact, you will laugh at the absurdity of it!
This one starts off like gangbusters and then crashes and burns too soon. Too many plot devices are overused and underdeveloped and stale characters - besides Alex - just didn't work.
A Jail break just too ludicrous to be believable, and disguises that ae just pulled out of nowhere just to get from one scene to another all add to a sad effort in the end.
I've said it before about Patterson's books, but it bares repeating - there are just too many too fast to be well thought out and well written to the standards that the first dozen or more were.
Sorry, but even though it can be read in a single sitting, it just may not be worth the time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's Kyle and the crazy followers, Alex and the gang and everyone is on a collision course. The road is rocky.Published 6 days ago by Dawn R. Lance
A slow read I have definitely read much better books by Patterson! It took me a long time to adjust to all the characters and plots. Dragged out storyPublished 6 days ago by kalison37
Kyle Craig is back! Vicious as ever. Plotting. Planning. Still the Mastermind.
Patterson is beginning to temper his love scenes in Double Cross. A good thing. Read more
Love anything by Patterson, he got me reading at age 72. That tells me a lot about a writer. I never knew what is was like to get lot in a book. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Nan
I think Patterson really created one book and is giving us pieces at a time ... Good pieces none the less .... Like someone once said - always leave them asking for more .....Published 17 days ago by Pierluigi
I love all James Pattersons books Thos one did not disappoint mePublished 1 month ago by Richard Hyer