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  • ISBN-10: 1405507314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405507318
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 13 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By toonin on June 1 2004
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed the initial Alex Cross novels, but this was a resounding disappointment. Patterson seems to have evolved into an author who no longer cares about the quality of his writing. If you can accept the premise of the F.B.I. recruiting someone from a city police force and immediately jumping them over seasoned veterans to a position of dominance, then, perhaps you will be readily able to accept the many other unlikley aspects of this novel. Rather than contributing to character development, Patterson's subplots involving Cross's family and friends seem manipulative and shallow. His long distance romance is like a teenage view of love and separation. The most manipulative facet of the entire book is the ending which seems to have no motivation driving it other than an effort to get readers to buy the next epsiode when it comes out. It shouldn't be a long wait-it can't take much time for Patterson to type a book of this quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
A dozer. This book is lackluster; severely lacking in both character and story development. Seems to me that Patterson has decided to rest on his laurels and churn out drivel for his fans. My advice: don't waste your money on this. If you want to read it, check it out from your local library...then you won't feel so ripped off.
For other reviewers--please resist revealing the ENTIRE plot in your reviews. Sheesh, it would be nice to have at least ONE surprise left while reading. (Although in this particular book there's not much "plot" to reveal.)
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'The Big Bad Wolf' is the 2003 edition to the Alex Cross series. It is also the best Alex Cross novel in years. 'The Big Bad Wolf' is the story of how Alex Cross joins the FBI and is thrust into a case involving the abduction and slavery of white, usually rich, suburban women. Along the way, Cross is frustrated by the politics of the FBI and faces turmoil at home when the mother of his youngest child returns to D.C. to seek custody. The reason for improvement can be traced to several sources.
First, James Patterson actually had Cross do some investigative work. In the last several novels in the series, Cross tended to stumble upon leads and just wait for the 'bad guy' to screw up. In 'The Big Bad Wolf,' Cross puts his doctorate in Psychology to work. In addition, he follows his instincts and follows leads that not every one else had thought about.
Second, Patterson seemed to put more thought and effort into this novel. In past novels, Patterson seemed to be living off the reputation of earlier novels in the series, such as 'Kiss the Girls' and 'Along Came a Spider.' More recent novels featured villains that were always one step ahead of the police without any real great tricks until Cross stumbles upon them. In 'Big Bad Wolf,' Patterson created lairs of intrigue from the beginning and lets them unfold throughout the novel instead of just springing them on the reader. In addition, a portion of the story takes place in Dallas, Texas. Since I live in the Dallas area, I was pleased to see that he did enough research to at least get most of the details of the area correct.
Third, and this is a very minor spoiler, the 'bad guy' of the novel is not some high ranking government official or someone close to Cross. This theme had gotten redundant in recent novels in the series.
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Format: Hardcover
"Big Bad Wolf" is James Patterson's latest Alex Cross novel. In it, Cross is still in training for his job at the FBI. He is taken off student status to consult on a rash of high profile kiddnappings, including a federal judges wife. He eventually figures out that the kiddnappings are being organized by a Russian mob don called the Wolf, because of his ruthlessness. But on the homefront, Cross has just as drastic problems. Christien, his former girlfriend, has returned to take custody of their son, Little Alex. I have a real soft spot for Patterson's novels. They are very fast paced (each chapter is only about three pages) with action that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and certainly this book is no exception. His villians are a mixed bag. They are usually so egomanical that they are very hard to relate too, but they are also so over the top psychotic that you don't want to, either. The Wolf is not as slick (I don't think) as some earlier villians (like Cassanova). Another problem is there are so many red hairings. You think this guy is Wolf, but he isn't; in fact at the end of the book, that isn't resolved at all. But Patterson dose that a lot; leave his books as an open cliffhanger. That gets on my nerves. I also thought the family problems were very distracting, I really could have done with out the custody case. But the kidnappings were pretty cool, and the idea of a whole network of perverts and psychos buying slaves from snatched soccer moms was truelly terrifying. It's a pretty uneven book, but I'll give it the benifit of the doubt.
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By Beverley Strong on April 28 2004
Format: Hardcover
When Alex Cross finally agrees to leave the Washington Police Department to join the FBI, he has to go through a probationary training course, despite his expertise in crime solving. He can see that the FBI is stuck in a rut of old training methods, working strictly by the book and that, in his opinion, they need much more hands on street experience. Around the US and even around the world, young blonde women are being kidnapped to order by a gang of Russian Mafiya types with plenty of money and the necessary muscle to purchase these women "to order", by degenerates who want them as sex slaves. The list increases to include youths who are used and murdered to satisfy the criminal lusts of these madmen. Alex uses his years of hands on experience to help secure the freedom of several of these women, using people with great knowledge of computer hacking to enter the chat rooms of these monsters, who include well known and respected businessmen.At the end of the story, and obviously presaging his next novel, James Patterson reintroduces Christine Johnson, Cross's former fiancee and mother of his baby son Alex, who applies for and is granted custody of the child.
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