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Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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.

Goodreads Summary

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.

5 Stars


  1. Wow this book sounds awesome! I am making sure I check it out. :) I linked to this review on my blog at:

  1. Good review, Thanks for participating!

  1. Krystal Larson said...:

    @Jessica Thanks! It is definitely a book to look forward to :)
    @Twilight Thank you for setting up the ARC tours, I've really enjoyed them so far

  1. Stephen said...:

    Awesome - it's been good to find out more about Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson - I'll be sure to get it when it comes out

  1. Krystal Larson said...:

    It's definitely a must-read, he's an amazing author