- Series: Alex Cross
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Vision (September 29, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455515833
- ISBN-13: 978-1455515837
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4,330 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hope to Die (Alex Cross) Mass Market Paperback – September 29, 2015
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"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
About the Author
James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
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So read on, and learn the truth. None of the book is pretty. The victims are horrifically maimed and abused and the serial killer is leading our hero a merry little psychological dance as he leads him toward madness, depravity and a search for vengeance. The world knows Alex Cross much better than the bad guy does so we know without turning a single page that the forces of good will overcome this particular personification of evil. But the "fun" is in the reading, just like every worthwhile book you pick up. And HOPE TO DIE is no different from that perspective. From an entertainment factor, however, it stands head and shoulders above most of its specific genre. And, dare I say it, head and shoulders with the best of the Alex Cross novels themselves.
This time around, there seems to be more depth to the characters, and a higher quality of the writing virtually ensures that the reader feels closer and sympathises greatly with Alex Cross himself, as well as the other incidental victims of the lunatic running amok the pages of books and the screens of kindles scattered around the world. Even minor characters in the book play a not insignificant role in identifying and catching the killer. And of course the book is so well written that you can't help finding yourself emotionally attached to them, as well.
Finally, and this is just a minor gripe, aimed a the publishers more so than Mr Patterson. After reading such an epic, gut wrenching and emotional story, it is nice to turn the page (or refresh your kindle screen) and be met with the words, "THE END". Or even just another blank page (screen). This time around, I was met immediately with the chance to read the next forthcoming big release. Now, don't get me wrong. I am sure the next book will be an awesome, amazing read, too, but out of respect for the reading experience that we just finished, I believe it would be good to leave some space for the events just passed to sink into the consciousness of the reader.
Anyway, back to the story itself. It is shocking, revolting, and violent but an amazingly satisfying and hugely emotional ride through what seems at the book's beginning, to be an eternal valley of darkness. But like all true believers in the powers of good, keep reading, keep the faith and you will find salvation in the light. Just like Alex Cross does (or does he?). And as I have come to believe, just like James Patterson.
Good work, Sir. I can't wait to read more of your books.
(*eyes his kindle with a huge surge of emotion*)
I must say, the last few books have not measured up, and that includes books outside of the Alex Cross series. It's like James Patterson is going totally for shock value rather than story quality or character building. This book in particular almost left me mad. It's just too much. I mean seriously, he gets caught up in a tornado on top of everything else going on in the story? Give your readers a break. The biggest bee in my bonnet is Ava. I read another review in which the reviewer relayed how Ava was a Caucasian in this book. I read that and thought this person must be mistaken, there is no way the machine that is James Patterson would allow that to happen. But, much to my disappointment, that is exactly what happened. That is an unacceptable error for even a beginner, let alone a veteran author. I keep hearing how James Patterson is the country's most prolific author. Turning out a lot of books doesn't necessarily mean they are all good.
Frankly, I think Mr. Patterson would do well to write less books and have less collaborations and be true to the characters he has created. Less is more. The last several books have been ridiculous and hard to care about. Write a more realistic story that does justice to Alex Cross. It is beginning to seem like James Patterson cares more about raking in the dough than he does creating quality stories. He could take a lesson from Sue Grafton. She has created the amazing Kinsey Milhone series. She doesn't crank them out like she's running an assembly line. She puts out quality novels that are true to character. I think James Patterson certainly started out doing that, but somewhere along the line that changed. I hope the next Alex Cross novel will be worth reading. I care about these characters, and I'd like more in every sense of the word.
The "gimmick" of splitting a good book in two parts in order to sell more books is why I am given this two stars. And a thanks to the other reviewers who last year reviewed so I did not buy the first one till I could finish the story with this book.