In Patterson's 26th Alex Cross novel, we see Alex Cross at his best, by this time having achieved international notoriety for his amazing detective skills. We also see him in his role as a Ph.D. Psychologist in which somehow he manages to maintain a part-time private practice. His lovely wife, Bree, who was recently appointed as Chief Detective of the D.C. Metro Police Department, serves as one of the novel's primary characters, along with Ned Mahoney, Chief FBI Investigator with whom Alex Cross fans are quite familiar. Of course, dear, sweet Nana Mama, Alex's wise-old grandma who is now in her 90's and still going strong, is featured throughout as are Alex's several adopted kids that, together with Bree and Nana Mama, make up his large family. The plot is a rather fantastic one involving the assassination of the new President as well as the Vice President both of whom have just assumed office following the unexpected death of the duly elected President during her first year in office. This leads to an unprecedented Constitutional crisis and Alex is tasked with a leading role in solving the crime. Fortunately for Alex, he has a friend who emerges as a supercomputer genius whose skills are so amazing it is like the man can just stick his nose in the air and smell the whereabouts of the various members of what appears to be a complex conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. Government. Perhaps Paterson's invention of a man with such skills tends to cross the line into the realm of absurdity, but even so, the excitement of it all combined with the average reader's lack of knowledge as to what is really doable in the complex world of digital technology certainly makes for a fun and adventurous read. So I give it four full stars.
A spine-tingling Alex Cross story I couldn't put down since I'm a political junkie!!
It seems assassins all over the country are targeting the President and members of Congress in order to take over. No one knows who or what country sent them.
I was glued to this book even though so very many characters were introduced it was hard to keep track, but it all came together in an electrifying and thrilling ending which left us hanging! On to the sequel.......
At this writing I'm not even half way through yet and so far it is nothing but just boring boring boring! If I finish this I'll try to update this review but right now it's just awful
There are so many characters introduced that I'm confused about who they are and what they are supposed to be in this story
Along with introducing another member 'maybe' to the Cross family as the girlfriend of Damon appears in the early chapters so probably opens another storyline as her father is with police in Hong Kong--oh my
okay I finished it---finally---so long and boring all the way through, very hard to stick with this one.
If you like political government books then this is for you but for me it was so long and boring I just had to skip around then go to the ending, not a satisfying read for me
I think the Alex Cross is going down hill if Patterson can't come up with more of thriller instead of political stories that are just boring, we hear it on the news every day and I don't want to read a book about it
Not sure exactly how many stars to give this but it's either 3.5 or 4.
This book was okay. Not one of his greatest Alex Cross books. The way the last chapter ended was probably the most exciting thing in the book to me.