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Pilate's Cross Paperback – May 23, 2012
Intrusion: A Novel
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From the Author
This is exacerbated by Pilate's habit of accidentally slipping into trouble, by virtue of his curiosity, big mouth or both. And yes, there are some traits that I share with Pilate, but I'm not telling which ones.
I hope you enjoy the book and will read the sequels, Pilate's Key, Pilate's Ghost, Pilate's Blood and Pilate's 7. Please note: You DO NOT have to read previous books in the John Pilate Series to enjoy them. Each is a stand-alone mystery-thriller.
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Top Customer Reviews
For me, Pilate's Cross was a total winner. When I first read it several months ago, I was along for the ride with John Pilate, the title character. I was as in the dark as much as he was. Greenwood kept me guessing until the very end. I picked it up a second time to review and was thrilled all over again. Greenwood weaves a depth of detail throughout the book that can only be caught on a second reading once you know what's really going on. Full of humor and oh-so-quotable quips, it's a no-brainer purchase.
I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil the story, should you read it. While stories of this nature absolutely freak me out (and always have), I still love them and can't stop reading them (as in I always look for more, and once I start one, I stay up until I finish the book even if it's 3 am. Sometimes because I am too freaked out to sleep and have to know what is going to happen at the end!).
The characters and rural environment are well drawn, and the plot is one that held my interest throughout. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Note to the Author: Please tell Mr. Pilate to stop smoking. I worry about his health.
John Pilate has had it rough, he's on a one way ride to self destruction, until he moves to Cross as a replacement teacher. At Cross College, small Midwestern land-grant college, John hopes to redeem himself. He is intrigued when given information concerning a murder that took place in 1963 at the college, but he didn't bank on what was to unfold.
The author, J. Alexander Greenwood, has done a great job of turning the underdog into a hero. The story is believable, the characters are life like, and the setting is like any almost forgotten town in backwoods America. The book is a good read, but it does need a little TLC in the editing department. There are quite a few typos, some formatting problems, and the writing in the beginning of the book is a little choppy. I almost put it down, but because it was actually a decent story I muddled through the beginning, and continued reading. Once I got to about the middle of the book things started to flow nicely and I was glad I convinced myself to stick with it.
Pilate's Cross is a good read for those that like mysteries and intrigue. It would be a great read with a little tender loving care in the editing department. I'll be keeping my eyes out for the sequel, Pilate's Key, which takes John Pilate to the Florida Keys.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Did not like the curse words in it, so therefore did not read all of it.Published 17 months ago by Betty Paxton
I usually don't read mysteries, but I read this one on the recommendation of a friend. It was an easy read, detailed, engaging, good story and characters. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mary Hutchison
My experience with J. Alexander Greenwood’s award-winning John Pilate Mysteries is not exactly in the right chronological order—having first read the third and latest one... Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Meghan
Pilate's Cross by J. Alexander Greenwood was thoroughly captivating. It was a well-crafted mystery, populated by expertly created characters. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by james garcia jr
An unassuming college professor has a problem: he encounters his alter ego whenever he gets off his medication that is prescribed for depression. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author)
I found Pilate's cross to be an entertaining, interesting, and a very quick read. I am looking forward to reading Pilate's Key.Published on August 7, 2012 by Mtwillo
I love quirky John Pilate. He just can't seem to stay out of trouble and his inner voice, Simon is a hoot with his "oh, behave" attitude (NOT!). Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by Prairie Girl
I downloaded Pilates Cross, after a friend recommended it- It was a great airplane read-a fast-paced plot, decidedly quirky characters, which are my favorite kind, and colorful... Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by LisaFD
This book will entertain you as well as keep you guessing until the very end! You will get attached to the characters and will not want to waste any time getting the next book in... Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by Monique