Cross Down: The Sunday Times bestselling thriller
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Alex Cross and his partner John Sampson are caught in the middle of seemingly random deadly attacks occurring throughout the country threatening the very fabric of our union. The attacks are untraceable, with patterns too random to decipher, leaving Sampson struggling to find a link amongst the carnage. In this installment, Sampson is carrying the weight of justice on his own and I feel we see how he develops. And while it’s obviously part of a bigger series, this one can stand alone as it’s own book (I’m an Alex Cross series newbie myself). Short chapters, in Patterson’s traditional way, help push things along and keep the reader delving deeper into things as they occur.
As I mentioned earlier, it shouldn’t be a surprise to readers, as the book cover and description were up front about it.Overall it’s a good read, maybe those that are more familiar with American politics and the history of US presidents. In the previous Alex Cross novels, the story was told from Alex’s point-of-view and this one was told from John’s point-of-view, which kept the same rhythm and flow without disrupting the storytelling style. D. has taken out one of the attackers and driven off and possibly wounding one or two of the others.
However, along with my previous warning, there is also one important caveat, and that is, this is entertaining as long as you put aside any expectation of realism. Over three decades and 31 books, the character of Alex Cross has hunted many serial killers and other villains and bad guys. There are reports of military attacks across the country and John Sampson needs to find the mastermind as well as save his friend before it's too late. The tempo was fast moving with lots of drama and action, pulling on the emotional strings of the Cross family and supporting characters that have made the Cross universe a bestselling series that has stood the test of time.During the investigation, Cross is brutally attacked and ends up in the ICU, keeping him out of the game. As a long-time fan of the Alex Cross series, I was surprised to see a collaboration with this one as it has normally always been a James Patterson standalone series. The good news is that Sampson has a strong network of resources, including FBI Supervising special agent, Ned Mahoney, and Bree Stone, Alex’s wife and her employer, the Bluestone Group, an international security firm. Did not find the many new characters likeable and the more I read the more this became unbelievable and ridiculous.
If I’m correct, this is the first time Patterson has used a co-author on this series and, IMO, a huge mistake. I knew from the 1st chapter that it was not James Patterson's writing and I should have stopped reading then, but foolishly continued. Cross and Sampson find themselves sitting in the same room with representatives from the NSA, FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, and the DC Metro Police. It was a great series while it lasted; hoping that maybe, just maybe the next installment (Cross Out in 2024) will be minus a coauthor and we will see the old Alex back. If those two taglines aren’t enough, the inside flap synopsis should clear all doubt that this will be different with its first sentence – “For the first time, John Sampson is on his own.The only sad part is that we don’t get to see Alex take the reigning spotlight that the series does. Among his creations are some of the world's most popular series including Alex Cross, the Women's Murder Club, Michael Bennett and the Private novels. With a decent foundation and narrative direction, the book keeps pace throughout and allows the reader to feel connected with all the action.
This was a solid thriller recipe, that built on the premise of what would happen if Alex Cross was incapacitated and his partner and best friend, John Sampson had to work on his own without him. He has written many other number one bestsellers including collaborations with President Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton, stand-alone thrillers and non-fiction. The violence rises to the level of “John Wick” as Patterson and Dubois try to bring their own killer video game into a thriller. As the book goes along, John realizes that he can't trust anyone except for Alex and their FBI friend Ned Mahoney. For me, Alex has remained a fierce, intellectual knight of moral character and the proper use of action.
He is the creator of unforgettable characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Jane Effing Smith, and Maximum Ride, and of breathtaking true stories about the Kennedys, John Lennon, and Princess Diana, as well as our military heroes, police officers, and ER nurses. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around June 5, 2023. I do not want to go into too much detail as a lot happens in this book, but if you're a fan of action films, then you'll enjoy this book. Even though Alex was absent from the screen about 80% of the time, that was okay, because the story was good.