London Bridges : Alex Cross

  • by James Patterson
  • Narrated by Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
  • Series: Alex Cross
  • 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant. Alex Cross is on vacation in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Jamilla Hughes, when he gets the call. The Russian supercriminal known as the Wolf claims responsibility for the blast.
Major cities around the globe are threatened with total destruction. The Wolf has proven he can do it; the only question is, can anyone stop him in time? Surveillance film of the blast reveals the presence of another of Alex Cross' most dangerous enemies, the ruthless assassin known as the Weasel.
World leaders have just four days to prevent an unimaginable cataclysm. Joining forces with Scotland Yard and Interpol, Alex fights his way through a torrent of false leads, impersonators, and foreign agents before he gets close to the heart of the crimes. Racing down the hairpin turns of the Riviera in the most unforgettable finale James Patterson has ever written, Alex Cross confronts the truth of the Wolf's identity, a revelation that even Cross himself may be unable to survive.

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A Wonderful Series

I've read or listened to all of the "Alex Cross" books by James Patterson and have loved them all. After each book, I'm ready for the next. While each book is a story in itself, the life of Alex and his family evolves throughout the series, so I'm glad I started with the first book, Along Came A Spider. Alex Cross is unpretentious and modest, but he always has more insight into a murder case than anyone else on the local police force or in the FBI. And in the end, he always gets his man...or woman. This book is the last book so far in the Alex Cross series. It's just as exciting and satisfiying as the previous 9 books. You won't be disappointed.
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- Sandylp "Sandylp"

More of the same... and that's not so great.

I used to be a huge fan of Patterson's work until he branched off into romance and a number of predictable, repetetive short novels that are sold as separate installments rather than a complete work. This title is a prime example.

Alex Cross, once a compelling investigator with a believable background and psyche, now feels like the Rambo of the U.S. crime investigative world: he's called in to investigate on nearly every major case and pretty much always gets his guy.

While the plot is interesting in this particular book, global terrorism and suitcase nukes have been milked just about dry as a theme. I found the continuation of The Weasel as a major character a boring tangent. More problematic, howerver, was the transformation of The Wolf as a violent criminal that once focused primarily on the sex slave trade, but now masterminds and pulls off a hard-to-believe global blackmail plot where he, but for Alex Cross' intervention, is able to thwart the combined investigative power of all the world's major crime and terrorist fighting agencies almost single-handedly.

The plot feels shallow, it's hard to suspend disbelief, and it just isn't the same quality as vintage James Patterson. If you are looking for a quick, light action-crime read (or listen) this may work for you, but if you expect your characters to have any depth or the plot to surprise you or make you think, then I'd pass this one by.
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- Mario Kroll "Mario"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-23-2004
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio