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Kill Alex Cross (Alex Cross (17)) Mass Market Paperback – November 20, 2012
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"Given [Patterson's] ability to keep the ideas flowing and his readers reading, there is little doubt that this series will find a receptive audience for as long as Patterson wishes to keep it going. If KILL ALEX CROSS is any indication, he is just getting started."―bookreporter.com
About the Author
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 145551019X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455510191
- Product Dimensions : 4.25 x 1.13 x 7.63 inches
- Publisher : Vision; Reissue Edition (November 20, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not feeling enthusiastic about “Ava” a character brought into this story and left in for the duration. Disappointed that she would become part of the Cross family after she knocked Alex’s grandmother to the ground and mugged and robbed her. This is the biggest flaw in the book. Other than that, it’s fun, interesting, slightly captivating, but I love Alex Cross so I cut the author a lot of slack.
There were three stories; two were interwoven and I had expected them to converge. One turned out to be a red herring for the other and they diverged becoming two separate, unrelated stories:
One of the stories, the kidnapping story, was resolved. That took about 40-50% of the book. The story was not good enough to carry the book. I was very disappointed.
The second story, the terrorist story, took about 30-40% of the book and was dropped. There was no resolution. It was just the set-up part of a story--Cross was never even became interested in pursuing the terrorists. I am guessing it was just an inducement to buy a second book continuing that story line. This is offensive.
The third story began at the 90% point. I was expecting the remaining 10% of the book would be dedicated to the resolution of the terrorist story. It wasn't. That story abruptly ended and what we were left with was the beginning of a third book called 'I, Michael Bennett'. It was there only hoping you will begin to read it and go out to buy that book to finish that story. The same thing is available to download for free on the Kindle site. The full novel costs $14. Of course it too may include dead-end stories designed to trick you into buying still other books.
[BTW. No one tried to kill Cross; they just wanted to kill him. I am again guessing that the mostly-irrelevant title was selected only because it sounded good. Or maybe the terrorist in the unfinished will try to kill him in the book that continues that story. Maybe Michael Bennett will try to kill him.]
I am glad I waited for the price to go to $10 but I still feel ripped off. Even if I paid only $5 for the Kidnapping story, I would feel ripped off.
Authors should respect their readers. There is an implicit contract--not about money--that we will be satisfied reading their book. This book is not respectful.
Years ago I stopped reading Cornwell's Scarpetta books because they were getting shorter and shorter and eventually they wanted me to pay for an additional book to get the ending. It is not that I couldn't afford the additional book. It is just too annoying wondering if I am going to actually get resolution at the end--and too offensive when I didn't.
'Kill Alex Cross' may have pushed me over the edge. I am not sure in the future I am going to consider "Patterson" as an author indicating disrespectful marketing ploys that I want to avoid. I am certainly going to wait for the price to drop and read the reviews carefully--if I want to go to the extra effort.
I guess it is the popular thing to do these days - toss in some terrorist activity. This story line only rates 2 stars. Of course, the book leaves the story line open for future publishing-mill books. Toss in a wayward kid (Ava) for Cross's family to play with. Daddy's never home, Nana's old. Let's adapt a child for Nana. Toss in a kidnapping at a school by a school employee and make it the President's kids. Oh yeah, keep the kids buried in an underground space out in the country. Sounds familiar! Then, try to make the reader think there is a link between the terrorists and the kidnapping. Throw in a smattering of government police agencies that cannot get along with each other, each playing turf wars and each not wanting Cross involved.
It would have been better if Ava was an Al Alya (The Family) plant in the Cross home with Ava's father being Rodney Glass, who should at least have had a chance to actually kill Cross. Even the drugging of Glass and getting him to the kids was done very poorly.
I probably should change the rating to 2 stars, but I liked enough of it to keep it at 3 stars.
Why do I waste my money on Patterson's books?!
Top reviews from other countries
Brilliant addition to the Alex Cross series
All I can say is this James Patterson book is up there with his very best
I enjoyed it to a degree but to be absolutely honest I don't think I'll read any more.