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Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (edition 2012)

by James Patterson

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Title:Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
Authors:James Patterson
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 352 pages
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Tags:Christmas is interupted by a family in crisis & a terroist threat of poison gas

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Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson

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This latest entry in the Alex Cross series was just bad. The entire first third of the book didn't in any way relate to the rest of it. The final two-thirds of it were almost a retread of a previous entry. Also, the characters didn't act like they've been doing for the other 18 book in this series. If I haven't already invested so much time into this series, this one would have ended it all for me. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
I complain a lot about James Patterson, mostly because of the number of his books that sit in the basements and backrooms of the library. I assumed the books were mostly poorly written and formulaic, with lots of action and little character development or substance, but I figured I should read one just to make sure. I was right.

This book begins on Christmas eve, when Alex Cross is called to the scene of a hostage crisis. He successfully saves all the hostages. (Sorry, no spoiler alert because this isn't really a spoiler is it? Of course he saves all the hostages.) Just when Alex Cross thinks he can go spend Christmas with his family, he is again called in to help with stopping a terrorist attack. The terrorists were, unsurprisingly, incredibly stereotyped and flat characters, as was every other character in the book.

On the plus side, this book fulfills two categories of the reading challenge: a book that takes place during Christmas that is at the bottom of my to read list. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
This is a pretty typical James Patterson Alex Cross book - with Christmas and a major snowstorm thrown in! A great read for this time of the year! ( )
  peggy.s | Mar 6, 2015 |
Deective alex Cross is ripped away from his family on Christmas Eve--but nothing compaired to what awaits him on Christmes Day. ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 28, 2015 |
Book 19, in the Alex Cross series

This is a typical Alex Cross story, a direct sequel to “Kill Alex Cross”, with a similar plot-featuring Hala from the previous installment but does feature new characters, some new elements and a few other story lines. It is jammed packed with action as we see Alex being pulled out of the family Christmas celebrations and rush on scenes and confront the unthinkable.

Following are two heart-pounding threads: first, Alex is forced to make a decision when a father is threatening to murder his children and ex-wife. Whatever the decision, the results could end as many lives as it saves, that including his own. Second: a cat and mouse game with Jihadists on a mission to do as much harm as possible. Union Station seems to be Hala and her team’s primary target….Alex is on speed dial with the FBI and evidently is the in-between guy….

This novel is the usual James Patterson, short chapters, sharp narrative, intense actions and likeable characters. This is good entertainment easily read in a few hours. It may have Christmas as a backdrop but it is a thriller for all times. It has a wonderful contrast between the grim reality of terrorism and the lovely close relationship of the Cross’s family.

Good read to pass time. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Jan 17, 2014 |
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It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again--a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything--and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS will be a holiday classic for years to come.
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