Double Cross Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Bestseller Patterson's 13th Alex Cross thriller (after 2006's Cross) pits the legendary profiler, now retired from law enforcement and working as a psychiatrist in private practice, against two serial killers. Kyle Craig, Cross's former colleague in the FBI (who was revealed to be the Mastermind, a particularly vicious and resourceful murderer, in 2001's Violets Are Blue), has managed to escape from a Colorado maximum-security prison and is steadily working his way through his list ofÂ those he holds responsible for his capture and incarceration. Cross, who heads the list, is drawn back into police work by his love interest, Maryland homicide detective Brianna Stone, who's been assigned to the task force focusing on the D.C. Audience Killer (or DCAK), who stages high-profile and sadistic murders to get the most public attention possible. Even newcomers will find themselves turning the pages to see how everything turns out, but significant plot holes and implausibilities make this a far cry from the similar, but far more suspenseful, two-front war waged by Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs.
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'Ticks like a time bomb - full of threat and terror' -- Los Angeles Times 'Brilliantly terrifying...so exciting I had to stay up all night to finish it' -- Daily Mail 'If there really were human superheroes, Alex Cross would be at the head of the class...and, with each instalment in the series, Patterson makes sure his superhero gets bigger and better while at the same time becomming more vulnerable.' -- New York Times 'James Patterson is back in true form with his latest Alex Cross series thriller... This is his best work yet' -- Hobart Mercury 20061121 --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The story begins when Kyle Craig (a villain resurrected from a previous novel) breaks out of a Super-max jail in a rather interesting and unusual way. It quickly migrates to the main villain and the core of the story with Kyle reappearing at the end:
When Cross's name is mentioned on a video left behind at a horrific murder scene, Alex cannot resist the opportunity to rejoin the DC police force and collaborate with detective Brianna Stone in the investigation. This murder is the first of a series of elaborate and highly visible murders. The serial killer has adopted the acronym DCAK (District of Columbia Audience Killer) and loves an audience making sure his gruesome executions are well attended. We follow Alex and Bree (Brianna) in the struggle to find him before he kills again.
This novel is interesting and captivating enough on its own, having followed and enjoyed the series I find it has reached its apex, becoming predictable and lacking originality. What disappointed me the most was the lackluster climax, leaving it open for a never ending sequel...
The writing has become sloppy in the sense that the storyline is not clean like his earlier works. Rather than zooming in on one case, the author tried to jam in too much information at once that all this information simply confuses the readers as to what to focus on. I think the author is trying to lay some ground work for the next novel, but these additional bits in the book really distracts the reader's attention from the main investigation.
Another thing about this book that bothers me is that there are too many 2-page chapters that are just annoyingly short. I understand the author may have intended to move the story along in a faster pace, but I think it really made the story choppy and fragmented.
Finally, contrary to the pace the author intended to present the story, the main investigation progresses at a very slow pace, akin to "London Bridges"; I almost lost my patience three quarters through the book.
If you are a fan to Alex Cross, it is an OK read. If you want to get really hooked to the story, try some of Peterson's earlier works.
Alex's life has become more settled since we last saw hin in Cross. He is back at work tending to his patients and living a normal life with his girlfriend Brianna Stone--detective Stone that is. But of course this cannot last. Washington DC and the east cost are a jitter because of a number of elaborate murders, these are not just murders but spectacles. This guy is a grisly showman. A murderer who wants fame---and to scare the pants off the entire DC metro area. Of course it is up Alex and Brianna to bring this guy down...but at what cost?
Patterson's master plotting, lightening fast chapters that keep you turning the pages are again on display and make for a great beach read! And speaking of pacing you have to try the tropical thriller "Tourist in the Yucatan!"
Why have these stories not been made into movies? Television series?
Keep them coming, Mr. Patterson!
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I have read and loved every one of the James Patterson Alex Cross series !!!Published 19 months ago by R. W. SIMPSON
Once you start the series, you just keep going, I kept going back to the next book, really enjoy his booksPublished 21 months ago by Betty Mainguy
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