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Review: Cross Country by James Patterson

Cross CountryWhen the home of Alex Cross’s longtime friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, he is devastated. The destruction leads him to believe that he’s chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend Brianna Stone begin the hunt for the villain responsible for the killings, they quickly find themselves entangeled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C.. What they discover is shocking: a strongly organized gang of teenage thugs headed by a powerful, diabolical man-The Tiger.
As the killing spree escalates, Alex and Brianna realize they are not dealing with any ordinary killer, but one who has brought his personal war of vengeance to America’s capital. But just when the detectives think they’re closing in on the elusive murderer, the Tiger disappears into thin air. Unable to let the killer get away with this narrow escape, Alex makes it his duty to bring the brutal butcher to justice. He knows that he must follow The Tiger. Alone.
When Alex arrives in Nigeria, he discovers a world where justice is as foreign as he is. Unprotected and alone in a strange country, bombarded on all sides by the murderous threats of The Tiger, Alex must draw on his fiercest instincts just to survive in a lawless world.

Honestly, I think James Patterson has forgotten that the quality of the story is more important than the quantity. 100+ chapters may seem impressive, but when none are more than 2 pages long, a bull shit flag pops up. While I think it was great that he tried shed light on something important in our world, it’s become increasingly clear he cares more about selling books than actually writing them, I wish he would stop shorting his readers with this crap. Alex Cross is such a moronic Mary Sue that even I want him dead.

This book was all about “how many times can we kidnap Alex” and not about telling a good story. First of all, why is it not being addressed that Alex Cross is so freaking egotistical that he believes he has a right to investigate in another country? As if the guy doesn’t have enough trouble in his own back yard. And yet, despite the fact he’s no longer in the FBI or in the police department, he’s allowed access through the CIA to go hunt down the infamous “The Tiger” who has murdered his former love.

Of course, it turns out he’s been set up and everyone he was working with, was actually working with The Tiger. Now, if I as a reader can’t find anything interesting about Alex Cross, why do all of these bad guys try so hard to get to Alex Cross? I honestly don’t understand it.

If I hadn’t have gotten a free copy of this ebook, I’d want my money back.


Gold Star

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As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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