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Can Alex Cross survive his most chilling - and personal - case ever? Pulled out of a family celebration, Detective Alex Cross gets awful news: A beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Vowing to catch the killer, he quickly learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington, D.C.'s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim . . .The hunt for the muCan Alex Cross survive his most chilling - and personal - case ever? Pulled out of a family celebration, Detective Alex Cross gets awful news: A beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Vowing to catch the killer, he quickly learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington, D.C.'s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim . . .The hunt for the murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Soon they confront some very important, very protected, and very dangerous people who will do anything to keep their secrets safe. As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable - a revelation that could rock the entire world....

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I, Alex Cross Reviews

  • Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
    2019-01-21 17:31

    “It was called Operation Coitus Interruptus, which only goes to prove that there are some people in the FBI with a sense of humor.” This is my first James Patterson novel, and yes i know what you're thinking 'Emma, what have you been doing with your life up until this point?' Honestly, i dont know.. reading other great books? I like how James Patterson presents this story to the reader, taking us through different character perspectives helps build up the suspense and climax in his novel. However i found this novel to be a little predictable, hence my rating. This is probably based on the fact i have read alot of thrillers/suspense novels in my time so to surprise and pull me in is a little more difficult than your average reader. When Caroline Cross, is found brutally murdered her uncle, Alex Cross, a detective must try to uncover the horrible truth behind her death. Having not seen her in years, Cross must piece together the life of a niece he barely knew but still loved dearly.When the bodies start piling up, and Washington's goverment departments start trying to reign Cross in, it's clear to Cross that there's a cover up of sorts going on, just how high up he doesn't know. What does it all have to do with Caroline's murder, what in her unknown lifestyle had her meet her end by means of a wood chipper? What did she know/see?When the investigation leads Cross to a place where every fantasy is possible given you have the right amount of money or status, Alex soon finds he is in serious trouble facing some very dangerous, well protected public figures of this high society.First of all, i think my major problem with this was the fact i didn't feel much of a connection with the main character, Alex Cross, which is a pretty big deal considering the novel mostly revolves around him and solving this case. Not having a connection with the MC doesn't make you feel for them or the obstacles they face, making it hard to be drawn into their world/life.And no, its not because im a women and he is a man. I have had connections with male characters before, i just didn't get that with this MC. Sure i felt for the family that Caroline had been brutally murdered, but that goes for anyone who has their life taken away by someone else's hand/evil mind, so that's not really saying all that much; I'm a pretty empathic person in general, its not hard for me to put myself in anothers shoes ,try to feel how they feel, or how they might be thinking.Alex's character just felt alittle flat to me, i needed more from him than what i got.There were little climaxes throughout the novel with different characters, but overall i cant say there was a major climax that had me like ' OMG, THIS IS AWESOME!'The ending to me felt a little.. dry? I was like okay.. fair enough, had to end it some way i guess but then it took a twist in the 'come on!'Normally with these kinds of books i get hooked into finding out the who, the why, and how it all ends when justice is served.. while with this novel i just didn't care.I expected more, considering how much people praise James Patterson's novels. Maybe i expected too much going into it to begin with. No matter, i'll just try another novel of his and see if my opinion differs, it could have just been a weaker novel than others.Recommended for : Suspense/Mild Thriller

  • Dennis D.
    2019-02-13 20:12

    Chapter 1 of my review of I, Alex CrossIt's been years since I've read any James Patterson. At one point I had gone back to the beginning of the Alex Cross series and read Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, but just never circled back around to the later entries.Chapter 2I liked those books well enough, quite a bit actually, in addition to a couple of JP's older non-series books. As a matter of personal preference I usually put some space between installments of a series, and before there was a Goodreads, years might pass before I get back to a particular author.Chapter 3I, Alex Cross was a gift, so I decided to jump in and read it immediately rather than put it at the bottom of my queue until I got around to the other thirteen Alex Cross novels that I've missed.Chapter 4This is not the taut, suspenseful writing I remember. This seems like JP phoning it in. Or maybe just cashing in? I've noticed a lot of JP collaborations lately, and I couldn't help but think that this book might be another, but just without co-author credit: the literary equivalent of a Thomas Kinkade painting. Sure, JP's name is on the cover, but he might have only been supervising the warehouse full of monkeys with typewriters churning out turgid thrillers; making sure they hit everything on the checklist.Chapter 5By necessity, this becomes a criticism of the product, as well as of the craft. I was reminded of some of my junior high school term papers, in that the book is formatted with a giant font and with extra-generous spacing between the lines, to take up maximum space with as few words as possible. The hardcover is 374 pages, but could have easily been 225 pages or less. And the chapters are all short.Chapter 6I mean really short.Chapter 7Many were only two or three pages. Several could have actually fit on one page, even with the giant font and Suez Canal-sized spacing. These 374 pages contain a whopping 117 chapters, including an eight-page, three-chapter epilogue! Don't like the chapter you’re on right now? No worries! You’ll be on to the next one tout de suite.Chapter 8The front cover trumpets that "A beloved Cross family member has been murdered." If you're a regular Patterson reader, you might expect that some pivotal character buys it here. But I'm pretty sure if you had read all of the previous titles, you would have never heard of this 'beloved family member' - Alex's niece- before. This book provides her brief back story, and Cross apparently hasn't spoken to her since she was a small child. She's fleshed out so minimally, she could have been no relation to Cross whatsoever, and would have had the same impact on the story.Chapter 9So that's my beef with this shrewd and very calculated package. I like Alex Cross as a character, so I read through to the end. The story was your standard "Seedy Sex Crime and Cover-Up That Could Be Traced Back to Highest Levels of Government." Of course critical characters are killed off just before they can corroborate/contribute/whatever. Of course some unknown higher-up is trying to hinder the investigation. Of course Alex Cross is bucking his boss, the FBI, the State Department, the BMV and anyone else you can think of in pursuit of answers. There's very little that's even vaguely original in here. I rarely give up on a book, but if I didn't know ahead of time that I was going to be done in two nanoseconds, I would have bailed on this one. And even so, I want my two nanoseconds back.EpilogueI almost want to go back and re-read some of the early Alex Cross stuff that I liked so much. I know I've become a little more discerning as a reader, but I'm curious to see if Patterson has changed that much, or if I have? Or maybe I, Alex Cross was just an anomaly?

  • Barbara ★
    2019-01-21 12:25

    I used to love the Alex Cross series but lately the books have been very loosely held together. Too many things are mentioned once and either not explained or never appear again. Case in point - what exactly was the mob connection in this book and why was Tucci returning Caroline's remains to Philadelphia when all the other victims were buried in the woods? These things were never explained so they seem to have been added into the story strictly for the sake of some added violence.Alex Cross didn't solve this mystery (well at the very end he really does). He was led by the nose exactly where someone wanted him to go. I like to actually see Alex work a case, develop leads and take down the bad guy. That just didn't happen in this book. And what's up with Nana Mama having a heart attack in every book now, spending time in the hospital and turning up fine at the end of the book. For Pete's sake she's 90 years old, let the poor lady rest already. This book might have been 400 pages long but in reality there were tons of wasted pages with breaks for part 1,2 etc, short chapters and wide margins. There was plenty of plot but not enough investigation. And this... (view spoiler)[the assassination of Constantine was never investigated. There was zero proof that Constantine was Zeus. The FBI created a task force to take him down but never proved that he actually was Zeus. So why was he killed? Well I guess we all know why - can you say cover up? But why didn't Alex Cross (the defender of the universe) investigate who authorized the kill shot? (hide spoiler)] This is just one of the things that bothered me about this book. And one of the reasons I now borrow these books from the library instead of laying out $25+ for each less than stellar installment.

  • David
    2019-02-18 16:23

    At times, I've been a bit of a fan of Alex Cross. After reading thisd one, I'm not sure why. The title is a play on Cross' promise (that the reader knows he will be unable to keep) to better balance his work and family life.So, what's my gripe.. First, Cross does NO real detective work in this novel. No profiling, etc. Everything he gets, someone else gives him... and those investigating don't solve some sort of complex mystery-- instead-- the bad guy's identity is handed to them on a silver platter-- a high level political figure...Once again, as in at least one earlier Cross story-- Nana goes to the hospital and much of the story dwells on whether or not she will survive. While she is an interesting character-- after awhile the reader is rooting for her to go ahead and die so that we can return to the crime\mystery element of the story.Patterson tries to offer us gore and fear on a Hannibal Lecter level, using a wood chipper to dispose of victims-- but he is like a kindergartner shooting a basketball placed at regulation level.. he just bounces off the rim at best. Further, the short chapters and change of viewpoints are disjointed and make it appear that Mr. Patterson is off his ADD medication and therefore unfocused because so many of the chapters break at odd places. some chapters are only a page and a half long... I've read novels in this series that I enjoyed.. sadly, this one didn't do it for me.. the resolution at the end-- having the Secret Service agent take out the bad guy and then commit suicide.. well.. it just lacked a punch... This novel just didn't do it for me.

  • Alaina Meserole
    2019-02-08 20:08

    I swear I could just keep reading and reading James Patterson's books in a day because of these lovely short ass chapters. How could you not put the book down until you finished AND then start a new one?!? Or is it just me?Well it also seems to be a theme that Alex Cross can't do anything fun in his life because there's always somebody getting murdered. This time it's a beloved relative that was brutally murdered. Right now I'm thinking that Alex Cross should do a background check on everyone he knows or have body guards or something because the people he knows seem to be dropping like daises.Now I like being on this trend of not spoiling anything in my reviews, or if I do I just "forget" to hide them - sorry not sorry guys! But I'm going to keep it up. No, I will not tell you who the killer was.Yes, I will tell you to go get this book and sit on your ass and read it. DO IT!It's a pretty quick read due to the super short chapters guys! Trust me on this. Plus, it was pretty good - like way better than the ones I read yesterday/over the weekend.

  • Hana
    2019-02-09 14:16

    Right now I've only gotten to chapter 18, but it's pretty interesting. I know it's a murder case and there is a girl, Caroline involved. But the plot is thickening the longer I read. The main character is a man, Alex Cross, you'd guess. (Well his name is practically taking up the whole cover, if not all of it.) And from what I've read he's trying to get the bottom of her death. The first thing that disturbed me in the slightest in the book would probably be the state they found her body in. Patterson didn't really go in-depth with description but I can always imagine. Anyway, Alex Cross is searching for the cause of her death/mutilation/etc. And he comes across a boy (can't recall his name for the life of me) and he searches his room only to find that there is a slip of paper in a jacket hanging in the closet. He also found a similar paper in Caroline's room. He connects them and tries to crack the numbered code written on both. Right now I'm at the point where he has cracked the code and he discovers that there are different phone numbers written, not any numbers though, they belong to high influential people in the area. Which makes him wonder deeply why Caroline would be connected to all of these high ranked individuals? Oh, and did I mention Alex Cross and Caroline are related?

  • Andrea
    2019-02-17 18:16

    This is a typical James Patterson novel, which is definitely NOT a bad thing. I enjoyed the rapid-fire pace of the story and how he kept the action moving with short chapters.And there sure was A LOT of action. Some parts were gross. I mean, really nauseatingly gross. I had to close my eyes and shake off the gruesome murder scenes more than once. In addition, as the story revolved around a sex club, some chapters contained explicit sex. It was essential to the plot and not just there for shock value--though some of it was admittedly shocking to read. With each murder and act of depravity, I really wanted Alex to track down the corrupt perverts and punish them big time.Another thing I like about the series is the presence of family, which balances the story out and adds an extra layer to Alex Cross. This book was no exception, with a touching subplot revolving around Alex's Nana. It was a dose of humanity in the midst of a very inhumane murder case.I enjoyed this book, devouring it during one sitting. And the cliffhanger ending left me wanting more.

  • Glenn
    2019-01-29 15:17

    2.5 stars - very average. JP is getting to be somewhat formulaic. I've commented on past co-authored books that he's oversaturated, putting out too many sub-par "ghost" books where he does a short outline and the co-author writes the rest, and it shows. This one was authored solo by JP, so I expected more, but it didn't have that "edge of your seat" feel to it, at least not for me.I've enjoyed the standalone authored books by JP, especially the Cross series, but this one didn't introduce anything new. I felt like I was reading a previous novel for the second time, especially with the tangential story about Nana having a medical issue, being taken to the hospital, being obstinate about going home right away, and then being fine by the end of the novel. Been there done that a standup comic that keeps repeating the same act, you need some new material.

  • Jerome
    2019-02-07 15:18

    Bottom line: this book is terrible. The plot, which intrigues at first, quickly becomes tiresome. The additional "filler" as one reviewer put it, is exactly that: you could remove the entire Nana thread cutting the book by a third and still end up with the same character development and ending.The end is (not a spoiler) just flat out worthless. I actually read the few remaining pages of the next book (advertised at the end of this book) hoping that I would receive something else - anything else - to appease my disappointment, unfortunately no luck.The murder investigation, assuming you could even find it buried beneath the medical drama with Nana Mama, but ill get back to that, was never really a mystery to begin with. The entire time it consisted of Cross being pointed down a line to the conclusion by everyone as they gave him everything he needed without any real investigation going on. I want to see Cross do his work, not have his hand held the entire time. Zues, the killer, was not interesting at all. We barely hear of him, see him twice the entire book, and never had any motive behind what he did. He was just a sick man who screwed up one day. It was also obvious as to who it was considering the name he chose. Plus having the entire plot revolve around escorts was never interesting at all. How many times do we have to hear about impossibly beautiful women being naked through this book? It was there for bad shock value and nothing more.The time spent with Nana Mama were pointless and just boring. If you cut out every time Cross spends talking to her, over half of the book would be gone and we would still end up with the same conclusion without missing anything. I absolutely hate Nana Mama and I was praying that she would finally die by the end of the book, but its obvious that she wasnt going to, despite her being over 90 and constantly in a coma. Please Patterson, kill her off already.The other characters, namely Cross' family and Sampson, were non-existant and didnt act the way they should be. The kids are nearing graduation from highschool and yet they all acted like they were 8 year olds. Bree was hardly around and never really did anything aside from cooking and looking over Nana Mama. Since those parts were pointless, her part in this book was pointless too aside from the ending. Sampson, like in the previous book, acted like a hired thug that only talked when he needed too. Instead of him saying or doing anything, it was always Cross that told us what he said or did. I dont care to hear it from him, I want to know what Sampson is thinking. I want Sampson to talk for himself.On a side note, the arrogance of Patterson is arguably at his worst here. In the interview on the book near the top of the product page, he bashes late-author Tony Hillerman. And in this book, he deems the humor of Jon Stewart and everything related to The Daily Show to be "droll humor." While I cant say much about Hillerman, as I have never read his books, its just insulting to everyone for him to kick a probably good author when hes dead. Im sure he atleast Hillerman had talent and morals compared to JP. Not to mention, The Daily Show and Jon Stewart are both great, so its obvious that Patterson would not know humor or again real talent if it smacked him the face.

  • Joana
    2019-02-01 15:30

    O Alex Cross continua a ser o melhor detetive do mundo e James Patterson (na minha opinião) é um dos grandes nomes da literatura policial contemporânea.Este 16º volume foi um dos meus favoritos, embora considere que o melhor de todos é o 1º - "A Conspiração da Aranha", o que deu origem ao filme com o Morgan Freeman no papel de Alex Cross, e o que causa maior impacto, pois é ele que nos põe em contacto pela primeira vez com esta personagem tão complexa e tridimensional.Como em todos os livros de Patterson, os capítulos são muito curtos (alguns de uma única página), o que confere um ritmo ainda mais acelerado à narrativa e torna a leitura muito fluída e quase cinematográfica. Além disso, as premissas da história são explosivas: Alex descobre na noite do seu aniversário que a sua sobrinha (que não vê há mais de 20 anos) foi brutalmente assassinada, a dado momento percebe-se o claro envolvimento da Casa Branca numa situação que pode colocar em causa a própria Administração e a avó "Nana" também corre risco de vida e a vida do próprio detetive pode estar em risco, como já nos temos vindo a habituar."Eu, Alex Cross" é muito pessoal - talvez o mais pessoal de todos os volumes que li. É estabelecida uma nova familiaridade com a personagem central desta série e com todos os elementos da família, Bree incluída, a namorada que já o acompanha desde há alguns anos. É impossível ficar indiferente ao sofrimento do clã Cross durante a investigação do assassinato de Caroline Cross e da própria doença de Nana, a matriarca que todos os leitores já se habituaram a ver como a avó que todos gostavam de querer.Aguardo com muita expectativa a publicação do próximo volume, que certamente vai ser devorado tão ou mais depressa do que este.

  • Ben Dutton
    2019-02-02 18:18

    James Patterson’s enormously successful Alex Cross series of novels continues with this, his sixteenth. The formula is well known now – a criminal mastermind, usually a serial killer of some form, targets strangers, but once Alex Cross is on their case, the emphasis shifts. I, Alex Cross is no different.Again, like a number of previous instalments, the involvement Alex has in the case is personal: his niece has been put through a meat grinder, and as Alex digs into her secret life in Washington DC, he learns of sex clubs and connections to the White House.The Alex Cross novels relay on their breakneck speed to entertain the reader, and this one certainly is whip-crackingly fast: I read it in three and a half hours, in one sitting, digested like junk food. Which is what these novels are.What I said about a previous Patterson Alex Cross thriller was the interaction Alex has with his family, particularly Nana Mama. Again these family dynamics provide the most interesting part: Nana Mama is seriously ill, and might die, and her possible impending death hangs over this work, a dark shadow. Patterson is savvy enough not to anger or alienate his audience, so the ending comes as no surprise, but it is at least reassuring to see real problems do occasionally intrude into the life of this super-cop.The novel ends on a fairytale note, with an implausibly snowy scene, and then the promise of more to come… Alex Cross’s nemesis, and former boss, is loose, and coming to get him…. Yes these books may be tediously formulaic, and their ending never in doubt, but sometimes, just sometimes, we need to eat candy and read trash.

  • Louize
    2019-01-30 17:26

    A friend of mine, Marguerite, told me that if she’s me she will be running towards home instead of walking in the park while listening to this. I must have done just that if my husband was not walking with me. The story was very unnerving. Alex Cross was personally involved in a murder case, wherein the victim’s remains were found in trash bags. The controversial part was that some Whitehouse nerves were ticked during his investigations.I have to praise the plot of this one. It reminded me of “Kiss the Girls” and “Pop goes the Weasel” – combined. But unlike the others that focused more on the protagonist; this one focused more on the victims, the evidence, and the conspiracy. It was a thrill tracing evidences back to the high-profiled perp. This is the kind of James Patterson I missed. It has been a long time since the series hyped this much (just saying). And it seem like things are starting to step up from here on.Hope you enjoy it too.Read fromThe Page Walker.

  • Trisha
    2019-02-07 13:29

    I made a bet with myself. Go into the library, into the audio books section and ONLY pick a book the librarians have already pulled out and put on display for someone to take. I couldn't go pre-select or pre-hold one I thought I'd like - but just pick through the table they had on display.So I picked this one. I knew of the detective Alex Cross and I knew this would be a good series. But I was a little worried about starting at book 16 (lol). This is an amazing audio book. Another fabulous BBC recording full with gunshots and sounds through out.And even though I knew "who done it" way early on (view spoiler)[ as soon as they mentioned the president was a woman, I knew exactly who was killing those women (hide spoiler)] it was amazing to keep going with the audio and hear the final conclusion. NOT an ending I saw coming. Now I want to listen to them all - starting at book 1! I'm so glad the librarians pulled this out for me to pick from!

  • Laura
    2019-02-08 12:19

    There are so many things wrong with this that I don’t even know where to start.I picked this book up on sale, and I am ever so glad that I did because if I’d paid £7.99 for it I would be pissed off, instead I’m just irritated. But I’m not going to go into that, or the fact that the font size/page margins etc make this book double what it should be. That’s all on the publishers, not the writing, and it’s the writing I’m judging.And yes, I do mean judging.First off, this was supposed to be a detective story. At least, that’s what I gathered from the main character being a detective and, you know, a serial killer being on the loose. It’s not. It’s really, really not. Instead of Cross getting out there and digging up all sorts of shit, he’s pretty much handed every single piece of evidence in neatly wrapped little boxes. I think there may have even been a little bow on a few of them. Seriously. The whole “detective” storyline is basically batted along by phone calls to Cross and him driving out to see what’s up with this shizzle. There was no point. The story could have progressed without him being at any of the scenes. And when your main character can be completely removed from the book without anything changing you have got a fucking problem.I’m going to ignore the laughable title of “thriller”.Secondly, plot devices. Yes, thank you, I realise you need plot devices to move the plot along. It doesn’t mean I want to be bludgeoned over the head with them and then, when I’m collapsed in a bloody pile in the floor, see you drop them and walk away without any fucking explanation as to why! What, in the ever loving hell, was the point of the mob tie in? There were two scenes with them and then the whole thing was forgotten about! If you’re not going to include them in the plot, then don’t have them in in the first place. And the girl who escaped! The girl who just so happens to be the only one who has seen the face of true evil and gotten away. Why was there not more fuss over her? I understand the murderer not knowing - hey, who wants to admit to their boss that they fucked up? - but why didn't the agents care a bit more? They're supposed to be professionals and when Remy asks they're all "Yeah, sure, working on it." Yeah? Because that didn't come across. Even if they didn't know that bossman showed his face, you'd think they'd have some professional pride.Help these days. Tut tut.The same goes for Cross pissing off those high-rollers. We get told time and time again that they’ll cause problems but then nothing happens except for one complaint. That’s it. None of them – none of them – cock block the investigation. At all. They don’t even try.Opportunity. Wasted.Also, who the fuck were those two random guys who brought English pimp and girlfriend to Remy? They can’t be the original agents as Cross shot them. They’re never described and never explained. Literally just a pair of hands to get two characters from A to B so their plotline can be tied up. Nice work.Thirdly, character consistency. One of the biggest things that irritated me was Remy’s death. Y'all have no idea. The guy’s a psychopath. He lives in the woods and enjoys chopping people up and running their bodies through a wood chipper. He enjoys it. And then you ask me to accept that, for some strange reason, he carves the word ‘sorry’ into his arm and then blows his brains out? Why? He’s not sorry. And, from the scenes he’s in, he comes across as someone who’d take a shotgun to Cross rather than himself. Also, why the fuck did he blow his brains out at that precise moment? He didn’t know Cross was coming out to look at his lonely shack in the woods; Cross wasn’t even investigating him properly! It makes no sense. And the murderer! He goes through so many lengths to stay anonymous - blacking out his car plates, wearing a gimp mask, using a voice changer - and then he goes and shows his face because it doesn't matter. Er, no.Oh! And let’s not forget how they randomly came up with a character that hasn’t been mentioned previously and decided that he’s the serial killer. Why, I hear you ask? Oh, because they fired him and he has some tenuous ties to the mob. That’s it. That’s what labels you a serial killer. And everyone just jumped on the bandwagon. Seriously. I am so glad I don’t live in America right now.On a side note – how old were those kids supposed to be? Because they came across as being maybe eight at the oldest, but apparently they’re supposed to be in their teens. Really?Fourthly, unneeded storylines. Argh. There was no point to the nana scenes. It had no impact on the serial killer plot at all except to slow down the pace of the whole book. Yay. And, as if we didn’t need any more unneeded filler, there’s a moment where Cross goes to see a jazz musician play. For no reason. Literally, no reason, except to reminisce over some other jazz that he went to listen to and blah blah blah thank you! Lastly, bad endings. Three words. What The Hell. All that and then – bang? That’s it? That’s what you’re giving me? What even was the point? And then Cross is a hero and his name is in the papers and his kids are searching for mentions of him? Why? He didn’t fucking do anything! The only thing that saved the book was the phone call from Kyle at the end – now that sounded promising.This could have been a good book, but at the moment it reads like a first draft. Get rid of the nana storyline, focus on the detective work, change Cross from a passive to active and fix the character inconsistencies and you might have something.*~*Note: If you liked this book and are just reading this because you’re a hater, I suggest checking out Alex Gray’s Five Ways to Kill a Man. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

  • Terese
    2019-02-08 14:17

    Every now and then I want a book that's easy to read and easy to digest, I found this Patterson novel in a bargain bin and it fit the bill. Technically it was all I wanted it to be, but it was also... meh. There was simply too many cooks in this kitchen, and you know what they say, too many cooks spoil the broth.There were simply too many angles, too many characters and perspectives, that I ended up not giving a toss about the whodunnit of it all. In context of the book I find the title oddly random too. Just all in all a bit of a miss for me, especially as the only emotional weight in this book was about Alex's private life. That's something I'm sure works for habitual readers, but personally, I couldn't care less about his private life and those parts held zero interest for me.Kind of a cool idea and a decent, if rushed, ending.

  • Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
    2019-02-13 18:04

    Wohoo! Alex Cross is back with a bang! And I loved it!!When Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration with a bad news, you know it is a BAD News. His niece has been murdered and her remains dumped. By hitting so close to home, the miscreant has now become a target of Alex’s personal vendetta. But this is no work of a small time criminal. So, welcome to the world of sex, politics and rule breaking. As expected, it turns out that his niece wasn’t the only victim. There had already been a number of murders that can be connected to the same person. The tension and drama of the murder and the scandal was interwoven with some family drama as well. Alex’s Nana is taken ill and Briana steps in to smooth over things for Alex. First and foremost, I really loved the way Patterson has built up the antagonist’s character. He is rich and powerful and will do anything from being discovered. It was intriguing to see exactly how far the character would go. I also particularly enjoyed the political involvement in the novel. Also, for those who have been following Alex Cross closely and have felt that the ‘X’ factor was missing the last few book, for them this book is a good news. Alex Cross is back in his true form. He is sharper than ever and is back to doing things in his own way.Some aspects of this novel remain true to rest of the series; the chapters are short and there’s some graphic content. Fast paced action and a lot of red herrings. The ending is surprising and ‘most promising’. You should take hint here and not only pick up this book but probably also the following one as I will be sure to get my hands on ‘Cross Fire’ soon.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-18 15:05

    I, Alex Cross by James Patterson (pp. 400)One of the better Patterson offerings in the Alex Cross series. From the start a page turner, which is typical for Patterson’s writing style. Here we get, the brutal murder of his estranged niece. Cross takes on the case and runs into a government cover up that goes to the highest levels of the White House.Of course, you get the gruesome serial killers, the attempts and threats of the Cross family, multiple players who are trying to cover their tracks and the high-drama of smart, moneyed men who feel like they can do anything with their exceeding power.This is the 16th installment of the series. Some of his novels feel like he’s phoning in chapters of fluff wasting the reader’s time. This one has a much more even and solid plot development – making for a much better read that’s reminiscent of his earliest works. There wasn’t a lot of (badly written) extraneous sex scenes or relationships with family members that don’t establish anything new about a character we’ve gotten to know pretty well in the last 15 installments.Overall, very readable for Patterson and the genre. Hopefully Patterson’s prolific publishing won’t dilute his signature character in future installments.

  • Cym Lowell
    2019-02-06 15:21

    The famous detective, Dr. Alex Cross, faces a tsunami of combustible elements in this most recent adventure, including:*A niece is brutally murdered*White House involvement*Alex’s grandmother (who raised him and is his confessor) is seriously ill in the hospital*A sensual playground for the rich and famous*Female President*High-level cover-up swallowing everyone in sight*An engagement ring in the pocket*Our hero is a marked man of the best at elimination without traceThis long-running series is one of the premier suspense-mystery-thriller sagas in the genre. It is easy to understand why. This story grabbed me from the first line, held my attention throughout, and proceeded at Patterson’s normal break-neck pace to an unanticipated ending.This is a great read! It is such a joy to read the work of a master on his plane of creativity.Maybe in a future saga, Alex will be off to exotica on a honeymoon where crisis ensnares him in a world where he does not have bearings, friends, or knowledge. He is left to his own wits to navigate in the stormy, uncharted seas, with the essence of his heart and soul adrift in a shadowy world of circling sharks.

  • Nina Perez
    2019-02-02 15:06

    I was very disappointed in this installment of the Alex Cross series. The book's jacket reads, "A beloved member of the Cross family is murdered," but a few chapters in we learn that the family member is someone we've never even heard of in the previous books. Alex spends the whole book trying to find justice for the family member and after the usual Patterson fake-outs and red herrings, the culprit is revealed and done away with suddenly ... too suddenly. It was a lot of build-up for a rushed and senseless ending. The final page hints at the return of an old enemy for the next Cross novel.

  • Renee
    2019-02-10 16:25

    For me, an Alex Cross novel is like a bag of dill pickle potato chips. Yummy but oh so bad for you. A guilty pleasure. Tart... maybe a little sour. Takes the "hair" off your tongue because of the acidity. Just like it's hard to stop eating those tasty little chips, it's hard to stop turning the pages of an Alex Cross book. It's mindless munching. A fast, fun snack. Just what I needed during this crazy, busy, stressful time of year.

  • Natasha the Bilbliophile
    2019-02-20 20:13

    I both liked and hated this book. Can't really get into it without spoiling the book. So I'll let you decide for yourself. God I suck at book reviews... I'm too nice... lol... good. There's too much negativity in this world. "They're good books Brent!" LMAO

  • Helga
    2019-01-30 18:33

    Adoro James Patterson, e sem duvida que a saga Alex Cross é a minha preferida. Este livro é muito bom, e inesperado.Recomendo

  • Penny Evenson
    2019-01-20 17:28

    This was a very intense book (should say book on CD). We listened to it on a short road trip on Friday and then sat in our car last night until the end! James Patterson writes great books! Alex's niece is found murdered - he vows to find her killer but finds she was mixed up in something he didn't know about!

  • Charles
    2019-02-14 12:12

    This is a typical Alex Cross mystery. There is violence, romance and murder revolving around the highest levels of government, as well as government cover up. I enjoyed the book, as I do most of the Alex Cross series.

  • Jarod Heddesheimer
    2019-02-02 13:06

    I really enjoyed this book. I like the authors writing style and I enjoyed the story. I liked the characters in the book and the roles that they played. There were a lot of plot twist and it honestly left me wondering. It was a quick read book which I enjoyed. I would definitely read another book in the Alex Cross series.

  • Reinaldo Lourenço
    2019-02-16 16:27

    Os livros do JP são quase sempre apostas certas :) ritmo intenso, ação qb e mistério suficiente.Este livro parece-me q foi um pouco mais emocional do que os anteriores no que diz respeito à vida pessoal do Alex Cristo, se calhar foi por isso que dei as 4*...e tb se passou por alturas do Natal :)

  • Xandrea Roos
    2019-01-24 14:34

    I've always said an author that can keep you captivated in their story even if you're not fond of the genre is worth their weight in gold, and James Patterson doesn't disappoint. I'm hooked on the Alex Cross series and I'm not a big fan of the crime genre at all but boy oh boy I'm in! The plot twists are tight, the story unpredictable and the characters so beautifully written I call them friends. "I, Alex Cross" had me hanging onto every page for dear life and had me reading past midnight (then you know it's a keeper, am I right?). James Patterson has yet again cemented himself in place as my favourite author. Cliché to say, but a must read.

  • Allyson Garren
    2019-02-02 19:18

    A spine tingling book to read. Alex Cross , a metro police detective, is called from his home to follow the deadly murder case of his niece. He soon finds out he is in deep when his path must cross with the secrete service of the white house. At the end of the case the murderer is found but In the lest expected place. This book for me was an over all great read. It had lots of suspensions and pot twist that I like so much when I'm reading. He kept me engaged in the book and knew just when to throw something extra in to keep the story at its best. The book had chapters of Crosses progress on the case and then some on the criminals and what was happening on their end. The book had a very real feel to it. Cross had a family at home to still take care of an his Nanna was in the hospital while this was all happening. The ups and downs of her recovery and his kids and girlfriend felt like such a real situation and not so much like a typical pot in a story. Patterson was very good with the characterization of how everyone would think and act and might say. The criminals acted shady and left no trace of themselves. I also think that he did well with deciding were to place the culprit of the murder seam. I would recommend this book to good readers that enjoy suspension.

  • Kamara Johnson
    2019-02-15 18:33

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011Abuelo's Papas con ChileI love the papas con chile at Abuelo's and was very excited when I found this recipe last week on the Abuelo's facebook page! I cut this recipe in half and it made a ton. Papas are Tex-Mex mash potatoes and they make the perfect side dish for Tacos Al Pastor or Mexican Lasagna.Abuelo’s Papas con Chile™ 3 lbs. red potatoes 3 oz cream cheese – cut into 2" squares ½ cup heavy cream 10 oz Velveeta – cut into 2 " squares ½ TBS salt ¾ tsp granulated garlic ¼ cup sour cream ½ cup diced red bell peppers ½ cup diced green bell peppers 2 cans chopped green chiles ½ cup chopped green onion tops 2 TBS of finely chopped jalapeño – seeds removed 1.Wash and scrub potatoes until clean 2.Place potatoes in a pot covered with water and boil until soft. 3.Drain potatoes 4.Add the rest of ingredients and mash. Be sure all ingredients are incorporatedDon't forget about desert try Sopapilla Cheesecake!You might also like:Disney's boardwalk resortPricelineSave Money on Vacation with an International Cell Phone Sim ...LinkWithinLABELS: RECIPE, TEX-MEX12 COMMENTS:AnonymousOctober 14, 2011 9:59 AMYeah Recipe!! These potatoes were sooo good Victor loved them and all of your dinner!! Thanks for having us over. I'm going to make these potatoes next week and some fajitas! S.ReplyMeaganDecember 19, 2011 9:50 PMI'm so glad he liked them!ReplyJaneJanuary 30, 2012 5:09 PMThose papas look better than the ones they serve at the restaurant! Must try the recipe. Thanks for sharing!!!ReplyAnonymousFebruary 18, 2012 12:44 PMMy son told me one time while we were eating at Abuelo's, "Mom, you should learn how to make these!" Now I can. Thanks for sharing!ReplyAnonymousMarch 22, 2012 5:05 PMOMG! I have been trying to copy cat these for YEARS! I had no idea they had a facebook, much less gave out their recipes! Thanks for sharing.ReplyRepliesMeaganApril 9, 2012 2:49 PMI know, I could believe they gave out their recipes either. We don't live near an Abuelo's anymore, so it's awesome to be able to make some of their food.ReplyNeishaApril 18, 2012 5:24 PMthanks for sharing the recipe.....we LOVE these!ReplyAnonymousJune 11, 2012 7:09 PMOMG....unbelievably good. Thanks for sharing!ReplyjenniJune 26, 2012 8:10 AMSqueeeeeeeeeeeling with joy. Joy!ReplyAnonymousAugust 15, 2012 10:45 AMSo how long do you put them in the oven for?ReplyAnonymousAugust 26, 2012 4:39 PMNever been to Abuelo's, but lovin' these potatoes! Didn't have jalapenos at home, so threw in a couple dashes of cayenne and they taste yummy! Very addicting. Can't wait for my husband to try.ReplyArizonaSeptember 25, 2012 1:10 PMDelicious! Absolutely fantastic!ReplyNewer Post Older Post HomeSubscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)LINKWITHIN

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-17 12:24

    The Alex Cross series has been all over the place in the last few books. Alex, as a character, has often strayed far from his core beliefs in order to solve cases. The cases themselves have been as twisted as always, but they've often lacked the thrills and dynamic force behind that the first books in the series possessed. I, Alex Cross gets Alex back to who he's always supposed to have been. While the mystery meanders at times, which is hard to do given Patterson's patented short chapters, the surprise ending more than makes up for it.Alex's estranged niece has been murdered and fed to a wood chipper. If that isn't shocking enough, it turns out that she was also a high-priced prostitute to the DC elite. Obviously, this case hits home for Alex, bringing on memories of growing up with his late brother. Alex's family, often disregarded in previous novels despite Alex's profession of guilt, starts making it's way back into the forefront of his life. Which means it's the perfect time for something tragic to happen to Nana Mama.Nana Mama, Alex's grandmother, has got to be in her 90s. As old as she it, she's still very active in the Cross families lives, doing the cooking, cleaning and raising Alex's youngest son, Ali, in a much more primary role than anyone her age should have to do. When Nana Mama collapses, Alex has to face the possibility of life without her. While he obviously loves his grandmother, I couldn't help thinking that some of his worry was for a future of taking care of his family without the extra help. Which meshes easily with his relationship with fellow cop, Bree. As she pitches in helping with Alex's family during Nana Mama's health crisis, you can see the obvious transitioning of responsibility from grandmother to girlfriend. Bree may be wonderful for helping out, but one has to wonder why Patterson feels he must always have a woman doing the "woman's work" in Alex's world. Just once I'd like to see Alex scrub his own toilet or something.The case involving Alex's niece is twisty, involving many secondary characters. While it makes for a realistic portrayal of how investigations may pan out, it leads the reader on seemingly endless, unimportant jaunts that end up no where. Of course, everything ties together neatly in the end leading to a shocking conclusion, but readers may become annoyed and give up halfway into the book when the millionth red herring appears.I, Alex Cross does a lot in getting Alex's life back in order. It's not perfect, but it gives fans of the series hope that future books could get back to the brilliance the series once was.