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Review: Cross Country

December 10, 2008

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Cross Country is James Patterson’s latest Alex Cross book and let me tell you, it’s a knockout!  Two families have been brutally murdered in Washington, D.C.  and one of the victims is  Alex’s old college sweetheart, so he becomes obsessed with the case.  When the Nigerian ambassador’s son is murdered in a similar manner, Alex tries to contact the ambassador to warn him.  He finds out that the ambassador and his wife were murdered in Africa at the same time as their son.   Alex decides that he must head to Africa  to try to capture the killer.

Africa turns out to be horrific for Alex.  He is brutalized by the police and witnesses unspeakable cruelties in Nigeria, Sudan and Sierra Leone.   Adanne, a journalist for The Guardian,  befriends Alex and together they try to hunt down “the Tiger” the conscious-less killer responsible for so much carnage.

Cross Country is different from other Alex Cross novels in that Alex’s family and partners are such minor characters and the reader never knows the killer’s thoughts.  Because of that, though, this book easily stands alone.  This is an action packed thriller, and I found it hard to put down.  As a warning to the squeamish, it does contain a lot of graphic violence.  The horrors in Africa were heartbreaking and difficult to read about, but I know many of the them are true.  I just wish Patterson had included a note documenting his research so the reader would know more about the atrocities in Africa.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2008 8:15 am

    I’ve read only the first Alex Cross book. I’m thinking I should make better progress with the series! Nice review — you’ve got me remembering Patterson.

  2. December 10, 2008 10:08 am

    I’ve read many Patterson books, but never an Alex Cross novel. I might make an exception for this one, though. Sounds very interesting. Great review!

  3. December 10, 2008 10:10 am

    I think I will check it out!

  4. December 10, 2008 11:00 am

    Great review. Looks like I’ll have to look into this one. I like to read all his stand alone books and if this one can then I’ll read it-it sure sounds good.

  5. December 10, 2008 11:04 am

    I’m commenting in the wrong place because I can’t read this kind of book (nightmares, ugh) but I loved your photo of Milou. My cat is 14 and kind of a lap-hog, too. But, this week she has discovered my son’s new fleece blanket is being a wee bit antisocial.

  6. December 10, 2008 1:09 pm

    I just watched Blood Diamond last night; so many horrible atrocities. And excused by the bad guys as ‘TIA – This is Africa’.

  7. December 10, 2008 3:37 pm

    Ya know, I have read/listened to several other Patterson books, but not this series. What do think, should I begin?

  8. December 10, 2008 4:39 pm

    I have never read a James Patterson novel though I have heard a lot about him.. I think it is high time I pick one up!:)

  9. December 10, 2008 5:24 pm

    I’m not familiar with this series, but I like what you said about the need for a note on his research. Whenever I read books with similar historical settings I always want to know what’s based on facts and what’s not.

  10. December 10, 2008 5:37 pm

    I can’t believe it but I have never read a Patterson novel. Maybe I should start with this one?

  11. December 10, 2008 7:17 pm

    I read a number of the early Alex Cross books, but then I gave up on the series for some reason. For some reason, he just did not grab me as a character but this one sounds very interesting.

  12. December 10, 2008 10:00 pm

    I am a huge fan of Patterson. I plan on playing catch up with his novels in 2009. 🙂

  13. December 10, 2008 10:55 pm

    I really need to read this books sometime! I have a few on the shelf but haven’t gotten to them yet.

  14. December 10, 2008 11:18 pm

    Kathy, about what percent of this novel is actually set in Africa? I love reading books set there!

  15. December 11, 2008 9:24 pm

    I have this one on the way to me. I can’t wait to read it.

  16. December 12, 2008 11:15 pm

    I love Patterson’s Alex Cross books…I have the one before this one to read first…but then can’t wait to read this one…Great review!!

    Do you like the one’s he writes with another author?? I can’t seem to get in to any of them??

  17. December 13, 2008 12:12 am

    I haven’t read any of this series yet. I’ll definitely try to check it out!

  18. December 15, 2008 7:04 am

    This sounds really interesting, and I’ve been meaning to read more thrillers lately.

  19. December 19, 2008 12:04 pm

    Cross books are the best! well, anyway, keep an eye out mom will have a review of this one just in time for those last minute holiday shoppers.

  20. Danelle permalink
    May 28, 2009 12:20 am

    I am aboslutely in love with the Alex Cross books. I can’t seem to put them down. I am so excited about cross country. I am almost there. I hope it’s as good as all the others.

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