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Kill Alex Cross is faster, more exciting, and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written! The President's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water su Kill Alex Cross is faster, more exciting, and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written! The President's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Cross discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes – one that may alter the fate of the entire country.


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Kill Alex Cross is faster, more exciting, and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written! The President's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water su Kill Alex Cross is faster, more exciting, and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written! The President's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Cross discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes – one that may alter the fate of the entire country.

30 review for Kill Alex Cross

  1. 5 out of 5

    James Tivendale

    A couple of days ago I read Along Came A Spider (Alex Cross #1) and enjoyed it so much that I was upset I had no further Alex Cross novels. I really wanted to jump straight back into Patterson's tough gritty world of Washington DC following our hero Alex Cross. However; when perusing my office/library I noticed this book, grabbed it off the shelf and two days later here we are. Out of the large catalogue of Alex Cross books, I had to own one of the only other novels that is about a kidnapping ca A couple of days ago I read Along Came A Spider (Alex Cross #1) and enjoyed it so much that I was upset I had no further Alex Cross novels. I really wanted to jump straight back into Patterson's tough gritty world of Washington DC following our hero Alex Cross. However; when perusing my office/library I noticed this book, grabbed it off the shelf and two days later here we are. Out of the large catalogue of Alex Cross books, I had to own one of the only other novels that is about a kidnapping case which was the same theme as Alex Cross #1. A bit of deja-vu both for Detective Cross and myself but I wasn't going to let that put me off. Two main storylines make up this narrative. Two children (once again) have been kidnapped from school leaving no sign or trace. To heat things up a little, they are the President of the United States Children. (Someone is getting fired for letting that happen!!) The second storyline follows a Saudi Arabian couple who are part of an interesting but shadowy terrorist organisation known as "The Family". We are given insight into the actions of beautiful, clever and deadly assassin Hala A Dossari and her unattractive chubby husband Tariq who is nowhere near as exciting. He is the typical "everyman". She defiantly "wears the trousers in that relationship"! They are one couple out of many Saudi Arabian's husbands and wife duos who have been sent to America to cause chaos to our friends in Washington DC. They also carry potassium cyanide to ingest in case they get intercepted. They are here to wreck havoc and do all sort of errant and indecent actions such as shooting people, poisoning the water supply of the city and blowing up places. Alex Cross is similar to how I described him in my previous review. Quick recap, clever, intellectual, fit and always ready for action. It shows greatly that he follows his heart as well as his mind in missions. I picture him as being played by Idris Elba. (Aside - I saw in the Along Came A Spider Film he was played by Morgan Freeman - not how I imagine him at all) With the chaos of the unfolding events as it proceeds there are some nice snippets into Alex's family life. He is still living with his lovely, sassy, "old school negro" Grandmother - loving nicknamed "Nana", his wife Bree and his children (including a newly adopted addition called Ava). I can't help but think these nice scenes are a literary device and show the juxtaposition between his content nature at home to how the President & First Lady must be feeling missing their children. Alex sees this too. It makes him work through his skin to solve the case - even taking the law into his own hands if needs be. Now for the criticism. The two story arcs do not fit together well at all throughout this book. They almost seem alien and mismatched. Alex and his partner Sampson are mainly focused on the kidnapping case- but they occasionally accompany the FBI to these terrorist events involving The Family or FBI briefings/interrogations but they don't really have any impact on how events unfold down that avenue. In addition; the main perpetrator/villain is nowhere near as memorable as Gary Sonji in Alex Cross #1. He seemed a bit bland. Only one of the main story arcs is finished at the books culmination. I was left disappointed by the other that just seemed to fizzle out. The only cause I could have for this being the case it that Patterson wants to bring a certain character back for a future book. As far as I was aware, however; I believed that these books were all fairly self-contained. If that is the case that arc was disappointing. Just to fill the pages? It is a shame if that is the case as the character in question here was one of the novel's most interesting. This story was nowhere near as complex, long, intricate or unpredictable as Along Came A Spider. I know I have jumped from book 1 - 18. Has Patterson become a machine just recycling these stories knowing they will be best sellers without little care? I would be interested in people opinions regarding this. I can't judge that myself however after loving one book and thinking that this one was average. I imagine I will go back to the start of the Alex Cross adventures and pick up book #2 Kiss The Girls which I have heard good things about. If I read chronologically throughout the collections maybe I can pinpoint the books where things go sour, if of course, that is how it transpires. Average book. Don't panic, though. Detective Inspector James is still on the case. www.youandibooks.wordpress.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul Dinger

    It was an okay read, but really this should be the end of the Alex Cross series. The tank, Mr Patterson, has run dry. I am a loyal fan, but this? It was sloppy. The title is really meaningless since it is apparent up until the very end that no one really wants to kill Alex Cross. Half of the story turns out to be a red herring that doesn't even add to it. Alex doesn't even finish the investigation of the second killer. She gets caught by others. Really? Further, elements have been used previousl It was an okay read, but really this should be the end of the Alex Cross series. The tank, Mr Patterson, has run dry. I am a loyal fan, but this? It was sloppy. The title is really meaningless since it is apparent up until the very end that no one really wants to kill Alex Cross. Half of the story turns out to be a red herring that doesn't even add to it. Alex doesn't even finish the investigation of the second killer. She gets caught by others. Really? Further, elements have been used previously. The grief stricken arrogant killer, hello Mary, Mary. The true believer killer, hello Jack and Jill. Even the character of Alex Cross was hardly believable, as though his dialouge was cut and pasted from several other books, as was Sampson and so many other characters. Really, James Patterson? You write three bestsellers a month, I know this is a lot of work, but you can't put more work into Alex Cross? Just as the stories have gotten lamer, so has the title. Kill Alex Cross? Given what happens, it is more like annoy Alex Cross. While it did hold my attention, note the two stars, but it only reminded me how good this series was. You can do better, stop producing lame 'bestsellers' that disappear into the bargin bin faster than it takes to say their titles and give us some real Alex Cross. This really reminded me of a Simpson's satire on Where's Waldo where he is just sitting there out in the open, and Bart says, "Oh man you aren't even trying." Come on Patterson, I am a fan who bought every single Alex Cross book, you aren't even really trying here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    4.5* The president’s kids have been kidnapped and Alex is called to find the children while dealing with a messed up perp with a seriously devastating past. On top of this, Nana brings home a kid from the streets to join the Cross family. This series seriously takes so many turns but at least it was a turn in his love life (the guy had the love life of a teenager in the form of a grown man for a while there)! This whole book was interesting and fun to read. It kept my interest from start to finis 4.5* The president’s kids have been kidnapped and Alex is called to find the children while dealing with a messed up perp with a seriously devastating past. On top of this, Nana brings home a kid from the streets to join the Cross family. This series seriously takes so many turns but at least it was a turn in his love life (the guy had the love life of a teenager in the form of a grown man for a while there)! This whole book was interesting and fun to read. It kept my interest from start to finish and I ended up reading it in one-sitting tonight. My quick and simple overall: a really quick, entertaining installment to the Alex Cross series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    I was a bit disappointed in this one. I know most discerning readers have left Patterson behind. But I've been with him for many years, long before he became a factory. No mistake, I don't read much of his stuff anymore. But the Alex Cross books were a guilty pleasure I never minded admitting. But this could be my last Patterson. Someone has managed to kidnap the President's two children from the private school they attended. The note said, "No demands, no ransom, be prepared to never see your chi I was a bit disappointed in this one. I know most discerning readers have left Patterson behind. But I've been with him for many years, long before he became a factory. No mistake, I don't read much of his stuff anymore. But the Alex Cross books were a guilty pleasure I never minded admitting. But this could be my last Patterson. Someone has managed to kidnap the President's two children from the private school they attended. The note said, "No demands, no ransom, be prepared to never see your children again." Alex Cross is brought into it by the First Lady, much against the wishes of every Federal agency. At the same time, a terrorist cell from a new group known as The Family is working D.C. and Cross wonders if they are connected. The Family in fact tells their members they did kidnap the children. Here's where I'm disappointed. The kidnapping plot is resolved, no connection to the terrorists, and the other is left hanging. A lot of innocent deaths, both civilian and cops, terrorists dead, one escapes, and the authorities have no idea what's going on. I'm sure it's a set-up for the next book, Patterson's known for that, but authorities made little headway on solving this and then it just stopped. Almost like filler just to pad out his always thin books anyway. Not recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    First Read: Able to deal with character development on many levels, Cross and Patterson provide a very entertaining read, if not a refreshing return to Patterson's literary abilities. **SPOLER ALERT** Alex Cross is back with his wife and family, fighting for what he believes. When the President's children are kidnapped, Cross uses his detective abilities to narrow down the suspects and tries his best to make sense of the clues. Meanwhile, there is an ongoing 'subplot' involving a terror cell that First Read: Able to deal with character development on many levels, Cross and Patterson provide a very entertaining read, if not a refreshing return to Patterson's literary abilities. **SPOLER ALERT** Alex Cross is back with his wife and family, fighting for what he believes. When the President's children are kidnapped, Cross uses his detective abilities to narrow down the suspects and tries his best to make sense of the clues. Meanwhile, there is an ongoing 'subplot' involving a terror cell that continues to advance throughout the book, unbeknownst and unrelated to the Cross mystery. After being sure the FBI is keeping information from him, Alex asks Ned for help, but he refuses, annoying Alex. Alex is later asked to see the president's wife. The First Lady tells Alex she is confident, and hopes, Alex can help rescue her children. She responds by telling Alex about her children. Two messages are given from the kidnapper, one saying "there will be no ransom" nor negotiations. Later, when being called upon by the CIA for a private meeting, he discovers the two messages, and also makes up with Ned. Later, at a FBI meeting, Alex and Ned, along other FBI agents, etc., are shown a video of the Coyle children who are sedated and sleeping. President Coyle speaks at the meeting revealing that Al Ayla, otherwise known as "the Family", who are a group of Saudi people, may have something to do with it. The Family consists of Hala, her husband Tariq, and others; Tariq and Hala came to America from the East. Their first mission, together with another couple, is the poisoning of Washington's water supply. Aware that there is a traitor in the Family they kill the other couple afterwards. Meanwhile, Alex goes to the school and interrogates many, including Zoe's friend, a counselor, the principal, and the male nurse Mr. Glass. The kidnapper is revealed to use a recorder to record his thoughts and feelings on why he did the kidnapping and what outcomes he wishes to have. Nana Mama is kicked down and robbed by a young girl, angering Bree - Alex's wife - who goes looking for the girl. Upon finding her, she brings the girl to Nana to apologize. The girl reveals her name to be Ava and has no parents. Nana and Bree decide to adopt her, against Alex's initial wishes, but he later agrees. Ava is shown to interact with Jannie and Ali, Alex's children, very well. Alex suspects the killer is the school's janitor after interrogating him, since the janitor runs off. It is later revealed that he's not the kidnapper but has pornographic pictures of children on his computer. Alex later suspects Glass - the school's nurse - is the killer. When asking Glass' wife about Glass, she reveals he wanted to be a doctor, but after the death of their son, Zach, he got mad and blamed everyone for his death. She also reveals that after a few months, Glass kidnapped her and held her hostage in a basement sort of thing, with food and water. However, he later took her back home, packed his things, left her, and wrote a message saying "sorry." Since he has lost his own child, Glass probably doesn't want the President to have his. Alex, the FBI, and others watch Glass, who gets away. Alex soon spots him, and wants to arrest him, but fails and loses him again. Ned tells Alex to call him if he needs a favor. Alex calls upon Ned's and Sampson's help. The three drug Glass, tricking him into showing them where the Coyle children are being kept. After finding them, Alex arrests Glass. Ron Burns informs Alex that due to a lack of evidence, Glass will be in jail for a couple of days only. The First Lady, Zoe, and Ethan thank Alex and tell him the kidnapper was male and spoke into a recorder. Alex and Sampson find Glass and arrest him again, with the evidence being the recorder found in the glove compartment of his car. Glass tries to get out his gun and is shot by Alex and Sampson in self-defence. Overall quite clean language, Recommend. Second Read: President Coyle's children, Zoe (who is depicted as 'always getting in trouble' or starting it) and Ethan (who is the opposite of his sister, and is often picked on and bullied by fellow students at their middle school), speak to each other alone in a shed, when Secret Service open the door to take them to assembly, they find Zoe and Ethan have been kidnapped. Meanwhile, Metro Police Department cop Alex Cross, along with FBI agents, and Secret Service, discover a vehicle that rushes quickly out of the school grounds. Upon chasing the van, a massive car crash results soon afterward. Alex interrogates the driver, who is badly injured and sent to the hospital. Alex later learns the driver's name to be Pinkey. Meanwhile, FBI agent Ned Mahoney is told by Director Ron Burns that all information must be kept from Metro Police, and others, especially Alex Cross – who is a close friend of Mahoney. Ned feels guilty, and later offers to give info to Alex. Alex later tells his best friend, John Sampson, the case reminds him of the case of Gary Soneji, who was a math teacher that kidnapped two children. The target of their second attack is the Washington Metro. Hala and Tariq work with a different couple and their two sons but are nearly caught and Hala shoots two cops. After fleeing from the site they are offered a home from Uncle, a member of the Family. The couple with the two sons is later found by the FBI but manages to take their suicide capsules. Meanwhile, Alex goes to the school and interrogates many, including Zoe's friend, a counselor, the principal, and the male nurse Mr. Glass. The kidnapper is revealed to use a recorder to record his thoughts and feelings on why he did the kidnapping and what outcomes he wishes to have. Uncle and his wife are later arrested and interrogated. It is revealed that the wife is the FBI's secret informer, in exchange for a new life. She helps them to arrest several Family members on their next mission. Only Hala and Tariq escape, Tariq being shot in the hand. One of the arrested women finally confirms that the kidnapping of the president's children has most likely nothing to do with the Family. Nana Mama is kicked down and robbed by a young girl, angering Bree - Alex's wife - who goes looking for the girl. Upon finding her, she brings the girl to Nana to apologize. The girl reveals her name to be Ava and has no parents. Nana and Bree decide to adopt her, against Alex's initial wishes, but he later agrees. Ava is shown to interact with Jannie and Ali, Alex's children, very well. At church, the First Lady speaks up about and for Sampson, and his wife, Billie's idea to open up a new school, thinking it to be a good idea. The entire Cross family get to meet the First Lady. Meanwhile, President Coyle ponders over Tariq, Jibbo, and other dead bodies. Deciding that the Family has fled, Coyle demands things go back to normal.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Grogan

    I have read every Alex Cross book there is and have loved every one of them - until now. I found myself to be very disappointed with the latest installment of James Patterson's number 1 detective series. So, what had me so disappointed with the newest Alex Cross "adventure" (notice the quotations around adventure? My play at being sarcastic)? With a title like Kill Alex Cross I was expecting a fast paced, edge of your seat thriller I wouldn't be able to put down. That's not what I got. What I got I have read every Alex Cross book there is and have loved every one of them - until now. I found myself to be very disappointed with the latest installment of James Patterson's number 1 detective series. So, what had me so disappointed with the newest Alex Cross "adventure" (notice the quotations around adventure? My play at being sarcastic)? With a title like Kill Alex Cross I was expecting a fast paced, edge of your seat thriller I wouldn't be able to put down. That's not what I got. What I got was Alex Cross on the fringes of two stories that ended up having no connection to each other at all - it was more like Alex was a secondary character in his own series. And as for someone wanting to kill him? Again, that whole concept was more of an after-thought due to his quasi involvement in one of two cases as opposed to being the main plot point - as he should have been. It seems that with the multitude of titles he puts out every year, James Patterson just phoned this one in - which in my opinion was a shame and a severe injustice to one of my favorite characters by one of my favorite authors in a long time. I also feel it was a great injustice and insult to his fans to treat this character and long time series with such disregard. If I was able to, I would advise James Patterson to slow down. Cut down on the amount of titles because you are losing a great aspect of your story telling in that way. I can only hope that the next Alex Cross novel has him back on track and in the forefront of a great thriller once again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Nessler

    The next installment in the Alex Cross series. Just when you think the storyline can't become more captivating you soon find out that you are WRONG. I know there are many people that seem to dislike and have fallen off the Alex Cross wagon but I am not one of them. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and the development of James Patterson through all his books I have read. To be honest as soon as I finished the last book I ordered everything up until the 24th in line because I had Barnes & Nob The next installment in the Alex Cross series. Just when you think the storyline can't become more captivating you soon find out that you are WRONG. I know there are many people that seem to dislike and have fallen off the Alex Cross wagon but I am not one of them. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and the development of James Patterson through all his books I have read. To be honest as soon as I finished the last book I ordered everything up until the 24th in line because I had Barnes & Noble gift cards to burn and I felt that was one of many selections to use it on. If you haven't read anything by James Patterson and love mystery then this series is for you. If you felt like you didn't care for the series and stopped I would suggest picking them back up, I don't think you would be a disappointed, but I am a Megafan!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Best Crime Books & More

    Mmmmm, let me think on it for a minute. I feel very torn trying to write a review on this book and if I am being honest I really wanted to like it. Like many readers, when you have read a series as long as this you want things to be great all the time, but inevitably there will come a point when maybe things just don't sit right any more. I think that maybe I am leaning towards that opinion more than anything right now. Cross Country I absolutely loathed, I, Alex Cross was better but certainly n Mmmmm, let me think on it for a minute. I feel very torn trying to write a review on this book and if I am being honest I really wanted to like it. Like many readers, when you have read a series as long as this you want things to be great all the time, but inevitably there will come a point when maybe things just don't sit right any more. I think that maybe I am leaning towards that opinion more than anything right now. Cross Country I absolutely loathed, I, Alex Cross was better but certainly not his best. With this one, I just feel it was mediocre. The story itself had all the right ingredients, the kidnapping of the two most famous children in America and a terrorist attack on D.C. But somehow it just seemed too much like we had been there before and Alex Cross is maybe going over old ground. The writing style still has the magic Patterson touch with the short sharp chapters that keep the pages turning. That certainly wasn't lacking, I just felt that there was a major `something' missing and I cannot for the life of me place exactly what it is. The character himself was lacking the magic sparkle this time around and I didn't particularly think he was written in the same manner either. Alex Cross has always been a man who works hard, but this time round his family were a very poor second to his work and that made me think badly of him. I know it sounds ridiculous to some, but when you have read 18 books over as many years, as a reader you feel you know the character. I certainly finished this book feeling like I didn't know Alex Cross at all. The terrorist element of storylines in general is wearing a little thin with me as there seems to be so much of it around. I also felt that this part of the story, although very realistic, was a little rushed, and almost like an afterthought to bump the original storyline up a notch. I am left feeling like I don't know what just happened. Has Alex Cross finally run out of cases to solve, or has Mr Patterson bitten off more than he can chew with the amount of books he writes and co-writes? In my opinion it has to be one of the two, I just can't make my mind up which one it is!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    Can you say WOW ? , I did as I opened up to begin Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson, especially when I discovered that this is the 18th book in the Alex Cross Series. Thinking about this brought back a conversation I had with a book lover's group "Bookaholics Anonymous" on Facebook about long-running series - the one in question was Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum as that's just made it's way to it's 18th book. Some people wrote that they couldn't get enough, while others said as they neared t Can you say WOW ? , I did as I opened up to begin Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson, especially when I discovered that this is the 18th book in the Alex Cross Series. Thinking about this brought back a conversation I had with a book lover's group "Bookaholics Anonymous" on Facebook about long-running series - the one in question was Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum as that's just made it's way to it's 18th book. Some people wrote that they couldn't get enough, while others said as they neared the 10th, 13th book- they stopped as they had just plainly had enough of that character. I found that with The Dresden Files , I read all the way to Book #7 and then had to stop for a while as that was enough dosage of Harry. Whereas for me , I ADORE Alex Cross and James Patterson as an author and I can't get enough of Alex as each book is written in the same fashion, thrilling and fast paced. In Kill Alex Cross , we see a mixture of events occur from a kidnapping of the president's children - which of course reminds Washington and Alex Cross of the Gary Soljei case - "Along Came a Spider" and a terriost group has arrived in America calling themselves "The Family". Unlike his previous Alex Cross novels, we do read alot of bloodshed and so many people are dying and being killed. I lost count about halfway through. The Kidnapper as we discover likes to record himself and again refers himself to being like Gary and where Gary failed - the new kidnapper would love to "Kill Alex Cross". Can Alex find the children and solve the crime before he is the one that ends up dead ? Is this the last book in the Alex Cross series ? And we read as a new addition is added to the Cross family , when Nana Cross ends up getting mugged and attacked -Bree angry sets out to find the culprit and instead finds the culprit as a 13yr old homeless girl named Ava. Nana Cross insists Alex to take her under their wing , will Alex be keen with the idea or will he find himself outnumbered ? Read more in Book #18 Kill Alex Cross - another James Patterson novel that won't leave you disappointed

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    Kill Alex Cross is about someone abducting the children of the president of the United States. However, they don't want a ransom for the kids at all. So, what do they want? First off, I was hooked on this book from the first chapter. THE FIRST PAGE EVEN. However, that's not all we get in this book. Nope, Patterson gives us a terrorist couple, Tariq Al Dossari and his wife Hala. They are known as "The Family" and plan to give the United States a whole lot of destruction - worse that what happened Kill Alex Cross is about someone abducting the children of the president of the United States. However, they don't want a ransom for the kids at all. So, what do they want? First off, I was hooked on this book from the first chapter. THE FIRST PAGE EVEN. However, that's not all we get in this book. Nope, Patterson gives us a terrorist couple, Tariq Al Dossari and his wife Hala. They are known as "The Family" and plan to give the United States a whole lot of destruction - worse that what happened on 9/11. So, yeah.. I was hooked guys. I loved how Patterson kept switching from the good guys to the bad guys. Even switching throughout three families: Cross's, the terrorists', and the president's family. It was so good that I couldn't even put the book down. Well, unless I went to sleep which trust me.. it was hard to let go of the book. Again, these books have very short chapters so it honestly can be consumed quite quickly. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Nikki

    I wasn't really into this one. Bree is now his updated nanny in a way, making it more convenient for him to go out and fight-er-figure out some crimes. Kids kidnapped. Nothing new. On to the next

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian

    "I don't want to find another dead child" Patterson has continued the disturbing trend I have found in this series. He sets up the story beautifully, then gives it a frantic pace that keeps the reader on the edge of the seat, and finally falls short when it's time to wrap things up. In this one, the elements are all there: - the kids of the president have been kidnapped, and the culprit is not interested in a ransom, giving this a chilling nature - there is a large-scale terrorist plot taking place "I don't want to find another dead child" Patterson has continued the disturbing trend I have found in this series. He sets up the story beautifully, then gives it a frantic pace that keeps the reader on the edge of the seat, and finally falls short when it's time to wrap things up. In this one, the elements are all there: - the kids of the president have been kidnapped, and the culprit is not interested in a ransom, giving this a chilling nature - there is a large-scale terrorist plot taking place in Washington DC, and it's not clear what the connection is to the first event, which makes the situation extremely complex and delicate - Alex Cross has to deal not only with the cases at hand, but also with the politics of the situation, adding difficulties along the way - the side stories having to do with Alex and his family provide a nice variety to the plot As you can see, this looks pretty good, and it truly was for a while. But then the story comes tumbling down. It all start with some incredibly dumb mistakes by the good guys when trying to apprehend suspects that slip through their finger as easily as if they were walking out of a mall. Then, there is the rushed feeling we get when the author decides to close things out. It's almost as if he decided the work was done and there was no need to give us a good explanation for the things we have been reading about so far. Finally, there are some plot lines, especially the link to the title of the book that should have received more attention, it is almost as if they end up in unfulfilled promises. Based on the comments above, this is another fast-read, especially until the holes start to appear. It reads almost as an episode of 24 with all the terrorist plots and the odds against the people trying to stop them. If this is what you are looking for, you will be OK, just brace yourself for an underwhelming conclusion.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ILoveBooks

    James Patterson delivers again. This novel starts off with immediate action. The President's children are mysteriously kidnapped and no one has any idea who the culprit(s) are. The reader meets quite a few nefarious characters right off the bat, most notable: Hala and Tariq, husband and wife, who are both completely indoctrinated into The Family-a terrorist organization. The author is amazingly neutral, he offers both sides of the coin and allows the characters their own thoughts. The reader get James Patterson delivers again. This novel starts off with immediate action. The President's children are mysteriously kidnapped and no one has any idea who the culprit(s) are. The reader meets quite a few nefarious characters right off the bat, most notable: Hala and Tariq, husband and wife, who are both completely indoctrinated into The Family-a terrorist organization. The author is amazingly neutral, he offers both sides of the coin and allows the characters their own thoughts. The reader gets the sense that he/she are actually getting a glimpse into the mindsets of very different people. The plot is phenomenal, not so much because it involves the President's children, but because the reader can literally feel the energy coursing through the pages. The plot makes the book a very quick read as the reader will have trouble putting the book down as he/she runs through an agent attempting to find the right decision to make and quite a few terrorists both plotting and carrying out their evil deeds. The plots quickly add up to one large plot that is meant to truly stab the United States where it hurts. The characters are very diverse and all have depth. The reader will befriend some, hate others, and remain neutral towards some. Ironically, the reader will learn the least about the children, both of whom are the focus of the book. The agents, especially Alex, are driven and courageous, the terrorists have very intriguing conversations, and Alex's wife and Nana also participate in the novel-there are a few sub-plots. The ending is both exciting and will get the readers' adrenaline pumping. This book is a terrific read for young adults/adults who have had the pleasure of enjoying James Patterson's other novels or just love adventure/mystery/drama/action novels.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Edmund

    Kill Alex Cross is almost a good installment of this series; Alex almost shows more than two emotions, almost has to make a tough moral decision, and I think a plot twist almost happens. As it is however, K.A.C. is really only half a novel. Despite a rather extreme plotline of the president's children going missing, and a potential plot that may rival 9/11, Patterson doesn't bother to put in the authorly effort required to pull this melodrama off. Even with the nation-shaking events mentioned abo Kill Alex Cross is almost a good installment of this series; Alex almost shows more than two emotions, almost has to make a tough moral decision, and I think a plot twist almost happens. As it is however, K.A.C. is really only half a novel. Despite a rather extreme plotline of the president's children going missing, and a potential plot that may rival 9/11, Patterson doesn't bother to put in the authorly effort required to pull this melodrama off. Even with the nation-shaking events mentioned above, there is very little sense that the Washington Alex lives in is in the midst of crisis. We do hear Cross talking about all the acronyms (FBI, CIA, NSA etc) but aside from fairly run of the mill jurisdiction tussles the story just feels like another weekly murder mystery. Plot aside, the prose of K.A.C. isn't quite as agonising as Cross!! Country!!!, however trademark exclamation points do make a few too many appearances, especially in the beginning chapters. Point of View leapfrogs around like an electrocuted toad and the humour of this book is hit-and-miss at best. I'm trying desperately to avoid a spoiler here, but I have to say that rather than tying together several different strands of plot, Patterson mangles together two concepts, both too big for their boots, and leaves a feeling of 'how many fan-fiction short stories did I just read?' Let me be clear - I'm extra ranty because this was almost a good book. There is some killer action, and some tense moments. For die-hard fans this is a must read. For people with more than half a brain: not so sure this one is worth it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Merril Anil

    This is my first time reading a james Patterson. yeah yeah curse me all you want but before this book, even though i was aware of the author i had never actually read the book. The first book i picked up turned out to actually the eighteenth book in his Alex cross series but still i never felt that i needed the back story because the book had nicely picked up from a fresh new story and smoothing the whole narration The best thing about the book is that its does not run into too large detailed cha This is my first time reading a james Patterson. yeah yeah curse me all you want but before this book, even though i was aware of the author i had never actually read the book. The first book i picked up turned out to actually the eighteenth book in his Alex cross series but still i never felt that i needed the back story because the book had nicely picked up from a fresh new story and smoothing the whole narration The best thing about the book is that its does not run into too large detailed chapters of conspiracies. His book has definitely various layers but the beautiful thing is that the author doesn’t make it complicated by putting up a lot out there. What i loved about the book is the fact that each chapters runs short and focuses on one thing without inserting too much of details and complications. It one of the best and smooth narrations i have seen in an adult thriller novel. All those short chapters makes it easy for the readers to track and enjoy everything that is going on in the book. The story runs simple and quick and making it all the more thrilling and enjoyable. In short for all the thriller addicts out there, the book is a quick, fun ride and you don’t even have to worry about the books the books that precedes or succeeds this book in the series because it is good as an standalone and doesn’t leave you with major cliffhangers.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    This book is a look at terrorism domestic and foreign and how the US might handle it. It's always interesting to see how Alex Cross would handle it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    I didn't care for this one the way I did about the older ones--it kind of seems like he's turning them out too fast and the quality is suffering. I will read the next one though--hope springs eternal!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rajish Maharaj

    I really enjoyed it. Quick simple and no unnecessary rambling on about issues unrelated to the case. Yes there could have been maybe a bit more detail into the story but thats fine. I liked it..

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    I was going to go with 3 stars on this one as it started off pretty slow and boring, it actually didn't feel like an Alex Cross novel for the 1st 100 or so pages BUT it sure ended like one and totally redeemed itself( obvious Dumb and dumber reference!!)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Seeley James

    I am a capitalist. That means I believe the market never lies. If poetry doesn’t sell anymore it’s not because people are uneducated heathens (all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding) but because the public’s tastes have changed. If something sells well, that means it has merit. Someone like John Locke might scam the system for a year, but not for an extended period of time. Someone like James Patterson on the other hand, whose books have topped the NYT charts with 63 titles, cannot be scam I am a capitalist. That means I believe the market never lies. If poetry doesn’t sell anymore it’s not because people are uneducated heathens (all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding) but because the public’s tastes have changed. If something sells well, that means it has merit. Someone like John Locke might scam the system for a year, but not for an extended period of time. Someone like James Patterson on the other hand, whose books have topped the NYT charts with 63 titles, cannot be scamming the system. The market never lies. Mr. Patterson’s success is real, sustained, and therefore has merit. So why did I quit reading his books? My library contains more than a dozen Patterson books mostly from the Alex Cross series but with a few stand-alones like SAIL and TOYS. As I looked over my Patterson collection, my finger ran across the spines of the books that I knew at a glance had driven me away from the franchise. They all had something in common. On each cover was the word “with”. James Patterson “with” Co-author-of-the-day. Alex Cross’ Trial. 9th Judgement. Others. The market never lies. Which could only mean that I was out of step with the market. I needed to take a new look at Patteron’s work. The co-authored books were definitely out of the question, so I bought KILL ALEX CROSS. It was written by James Patterson and had no other names on the cover. It was the purest and most recent form of Patterson I could get my hands on. What did I find? White space. 117 chapters in 363 pages with the chapter headings taking up more than half a page. Same for the chapter endings. Compare that to Lee Child’s WANTED MAN at 80 chapters in 405 pages with chapter headings that take up only four lines. Just guessing, but KILL ALEX CROSS is the shortest book I’ve bought in years. It’s a “page turner” because there isn’t much on the page. What else did I find? Patterson is a great writer. No doubt about it. Structurally, his work flows like a river of melted butter. In most books I read there is at least one sentence I must reread to understand the paragraph. (OK, ok, enough jokes about my pitiful education. Let’s move on, shall we?) Not with Patterson. In one interview that appeared on his website a few years ago, he bragged about how quickly people read his work. Partly because he is offering a lower word count per dollar than anyone on the market, but mainly because his writing is flawless. His work is more a sketch than a work of art. Not Mondrian versus Renoir, I’m talking about a far simpler sketch. More like a beach artist sketching your likeness for a pittance. But for the money, he doesn’t return an ordinary sketch. It’s brilliant. Here is his description of a villain: Dr. Hala al Dossari was twenty-nine years old, slender attractive, humorous when it was useful, very bright, with a photographic memory. That’s it. No height, no tattoos, no hairstyle, no distinguishing marks, yet you can see her. Your imagination fills in the blanks with an Arab of some kind. An educated Arab. You don’t need more because her actions in her first and second scene help you define her. Brilliant. *** For the rest of this review with proper formatting, please see my website Review: Kill Alex Cross Peace, Seeley Special NOTE: MY REVIEWS ARE MY REACTIONS TO THE BOOKS I READ. I have no relationship, financial or familial, with the authors. I do not expect, but would not refuse, any reciprocal reviews or recommendations. Just sayin.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Alex Cross, I have been with him since my step-father-in-law told me about this amazing book he read called Along Came a Spider back when I was in college and it was amazing and it introduced me to thrillers and series books. Until then I had been bumping along reading horror by Stephen King, Dean Koontz (remember when he wrote horror books) and John Saul just to name a few) but James Patterson opened a whole new world to me that started with my beloved Alex Cross. Now I will admit there have be Alex Cross, I have been with him since my step-father-in-law told me about this amazing book he read called Along Came a Spider back when I was in college and it was amazing and it introduced me to thrillers and series books. Until then I had been bumping along reading horror by Stephen King, Dean Koontz (remember when he wrote horror books) and John Saul just to name a few) but James Patterson opened a whole new world to me that started with my beloved Alex Cross. Now I will admit there have been some bumps along the way and truthfully nothing compares to those first books like Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls. But some of that was just the newness too. With all of that said I really enjoyed my yearly Alex Cross fix in Kill Alex Cross. What do I love, I love that Alex is settled down now. I love that Nana mama is still around and kicking and can still make everyone tow the line. We all need someone like her in our lives, someone who loves us enough to tell us when we are messing up. I like seeing the glimpses of Alex's private life. But most of all I like seeing Alex on the case and I got plenty of that in this one. As usual with the short chapters we have all come to know James Patterson for, this one reads quick (I appreciate short chapters with kids because it makes a book easier to put down to do things). I flew through this even though I didn't want to because it means another year before I visit with Alex again. Kill Alex Cross is also interesting because there are two storylines going through it that may or may not be connected. First the President's children have been kidnapped, but there are also strange terror attacks going on in Washington DC that have the city on edge as well. So it's a given to say that there is plenty of action and suspense in this one. If you enjoy Alex Cross books, then grab this one when it comes out - it's a great addition and reminded me of some of the books of old. I enjoyed it, but then again I like most of the Alex Cross books just because I find sheer entertainment value in them and it is like visiting with an old friend once a year, a friend that has been with me for over 16 years now at least. Wow - it doesn't seem like that long, but I remember sitting in Pullen Park off of N.C. State's campus reading Along Came a Spider one day before class, (yes mom I probably should have been studying thermo) just like it was yesterday. Ahhh, book memories.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eamon Finnerty

    Although it seems a little rushed, the actioned packed story of Alex Cross finding the President's children is overall a good read. The suspense is maintained throughout the book from start to finish, keeping the reader on their toes the entire time. I personally chose this book because I have heard great things about James Patterson and wanted a good read that wouldn't take me months to complete and I was not disappointed. Patterson's use of foreshadowing helped develop the story and keep the r Although it seems a little rushed, the actioned packed story of Alex Cross finding the President's children is overall a good read. The suspense is maintained throughout the book from start to finish, keeping the reader on their toes the entire time. I personally chose this book because I have heard great things about James Patterson and wanted a good read that wouldn't take me months to complete and I was not disappointed. Patterson's use of foreshadowing helped develop the story and keep the reader sucked in. Characterization was also a major component in developing this story. Through the use of dialog, as well as point of view, Patterson effectively developed different characters and their unique personalities. Alex Cross was brought to a whole new level in this book. Through the actions he took in order to find President Coyle's children, he became a different person with different rules to follow. A relatively obvious theme of this story is to not give up when presented with a difficult problem. This theme is conveyed in both investigations Cross is apart of, and plays a very important role in developing and finishing the story. This book was written for people who enjoy action packed stories with a large amount of suspense incorporated. It is a good read for people with short attention spans, as there is barely any introduction and no long periods where nothing happens. I would recommend this book to anyone who fits these categories, or anyone who enjoys police and federal investigations. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is easily offended by vulgar language, or anyone who likes to read long books that take several months to complete.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ben Dutton

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In between my serious reading, I pause occassionally to read commerical fition. James Patterson is a factory for poorly written, fast-paced literature. This, the latest in his Alex Cross series, is about the only thing I can stomach from him. He's like a Big Mac - you enjoy it while you're consuming, but afterward you're still hungry, and you've forgotten all about it. It starts off promisingly - the criss-crossing cinemtic abduction of two kids - and not just any kids, the presidents - promises In between my serious reading, I pause occassionally to read commerical fition. James Patterson is a factory for poorly written, fast-paced literature. This, the latest in his Alex Cross series, is about the only thing I can stomach from him. He's like a Big Mac - you enjoy it while you're consuming, but afterward you're still hungry, and you've forgotten all about it. It starts off promisingly - the criss-crossing cinemtic abduction of two kids - and not just any kids, the presidents - promises great things. And when two Saudi terrorists turn up in town, you expect the heat to burn. Sadly, none of it really comes together - even the title, with the very real threat to Alex Cross, is nothing more than a throw-away line from the abductor, and one you know he'll never follow through on. In fact, by the end, you're not even sure why he adbucted the children and the whole case ends up in something of a major anti-climax. And then the Saudi thing goes nowhere, held over for the next installment. The newest addition here is homeless girl Ava who joins the Cross family: she comes across as cliched Dickensian waif, designed to highlight social problems in Washington D.C. and provide this installment with a level of gravitas. It simply does not work. Like the rest of the novel. Nevertheless, fans of Patterson and the Alex Cross series really won't be disappointed. But as literature, it just doesn't work.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jack Heath

    3 Stars. Or 3.5 but not four! Two stories for the price of one. The question during much of the book is whether the two threads are related, as asked by both the reader and Alex Cross. In one, the children of the President have been kidnapped from their exclusive school in a way that seems impossible. One minute here, the next, gone. How did the kidnapper get them away from the school? Or are they still there? Am I learning something from these detective mysteries? Because the direction signs we 3 Stars. Or 3.5 but not four! Two stories for the price of one. The question during much of the book is whether the two threads are related, as asked by both the reader and Alex Cross. In one, the children of the President have been kidnapped from their exclusive school in a way that seems impossible. One minute here, the next, gone. How did the kidnapper get them away from the school? Or are they still there? Am I learning something from these detective mysteries? Because the direction signs were visible to me. In the other story, a group of terrorists know as The Family originating in Saudi Arabia, have attacked the US Secretary of State, and the water supply of Washington too. The portrayal of the antagonists is just too black and white for my taste. Yet the ending was fascinating. James Patterson has a way of conveying urgency and confusion of the moment which can't be beat. He also portrays Alex Cross's family life so well, a levelling influence on his high-stress job. But sometimes I feel the author should write his titles as movie scripts and skip the book phase entirely. (October 2018)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erika Hayes

    Well, this was a better-written book, but the same old book. But I gotta take a break from Alex Cross. Sometimes I feel like, did I already read this book? I am happy to say a new character is introduced in the family and I am very happy they did this. (I say they because I recently learned that Patterson doesn't actually write these but has detailed outlines that he gives to others. Who knew - I mean that was in an interview I read from Patterson.--I don't know if that is true from Alex Cross b Well, this was a better-written book, but the same old book. But I gotta take a break from Alex Cross. Sometimes I feel like, did I already read this book? I am happy to say a new character is introduced in the family and I am very happy they did this. (I say they because I recently learned that Patterson doesn't actually write these but has detailed outlines that he gives to others. Who knew - I mean that was in an interview I read from Patterson.--I don't know if that is true from Alex Cross but whatever, it explains a lot!) The books are a fast read and I think that is a big part of why people like them so much. I do have some of the same complaints as I have in the previous 17 books, some of the super bad guys, Alex always the best of the best, but then there is a balance when his family is involved. Anyway, I am moving on to a different author for a book or two. I will be back to read the rest of the Cross series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    David McCaleb

    I may have found my favorite author. I hadn't read any of James Patterson's work previously, picked up KILL ALEX CROSS from the library, and couldn't put it down. Alex Cross is just the kind of protagonist I love. Not perfect, but tries his best, with a smattering of dry humor. I could really get behind the guy. Patterson's writing is skillful in several respects: he shows vs. tells, keeps the action flowing, deepens the characters and develops them throughout, and delivers a wicked-crazy plot. I may have found my favorite author. I hadn't read any of James Patterson's work previously, picked up KILL ALEX CROSS from the library, and couldn't put it down. Alex Cross is just the kind of protagonist I love. Not perfect, but tries his best, with a smattering of dry humor. I could really get behind the guy. Patterson's writing is skillful in several respects: he shows vs. tells, keeps the action flowing, deepens the characters and develops them throughout, and delivers a wicked-crazy plot. He does a skillful job of keeping all the plates spinning that authors need to master. Well-done!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mohnish

    No volcanoes of emotions, No fire of devotion, Tart farts & burps, That is all, which resides, Inside the hollow me. No ardor, no zeal, That makes me believe in me. No troughs, no crests, An infinite jest, That has grown beyond me. Neither raped or betrayed, No dismay or despair, Nor a hedonist's mirth. I relentlessly trudge, Through this ephemeral birth, In this decadent world, Trying to be god vicariously. Addendum: Where life has morphed, To a brothel of emotions. Just tried my hand at poetry...No No volcanoes of emotions, No fire of devotion, Tart farts & burps, That is all, which resides, Inside the hollow me. No ardor, no zeal, That makes me believe in me. No troughs, no crests, An infinite jest, That has grown beyond me. Neither raped or betrayed, No dismay or despair, Nor a hedonist's mirth. I relentlessly trudge, Through this ephemeral birth, In this decadent world, Trying to be god vicariously. Addendum: Where life has morphed, To a brothel of emotions. Just tried my hand at poetry...Nothing to do with the book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Randy Tramp

    Not sure how Patterson can make each of his books better than the ones preceding, but that happened with "Kill Alex Cross. The President's children are kidnapped. Ethan and Zoe. One easy going, the other sneaky and undermining. Both great characters. Alex did a couple things out of character for him. Both had to do with kids. Nana gets mugged. What happens next... I'll just say, "Never saw that coming." Pure one hundred percent Nana. I loved this read. Definitely Five Stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Gandhi

    This is really a 4.5 rating. This book brought me back to why I initially fell in love with Patterson's Alex Cross series. This is in the top three best in the series. And it's a scary reminder of the terrorism threat going on in our country right now.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Like most of series — worth reading. Well narrated & recommended. Like most of series — worth reading. Well narrated & recommended.

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