Target: Alex Cross



TARGET HEAD OF STATEA Leader Has Fallen, And The Procession Route From Capitol Hill To The White House Is Lined With Hundreds Of Thousands Of Mourners None Feel The Loss Of A President Keenly Than Alex Cross, Who Has Devoted His Life To The Public Good TARGET UNITED STATES CABINETA Sniper S Bullet Strikes A Target In The Heart Of DC Alex Cross S Wife, Bree Stone, Newly Elevated Chief Of DC Detectives, Faces An Ultimatum Solve The Case, Or Lose The Position For Which She S Worked Her Entire Career The Secret Service And The FBI Deploy As Well In The Race To Find The Shooter Alex Is Tasked By The New President To Take A Personal Role With The FBI, Leading An Investigation Unprecedented In Scale And Scope TARGET ALEX CROSS Alex Has A Horrible Premonition Is The Sniper S Strike Only The Beginning Of A Larger Attack On The Nation It Isn T Long Before His Fears Explode Into Life, And The Nation Plunges Into A Full Blown Constitutional Crisis His Ingenuity, His Training, And His Capacity For Battle Are Tested Beyond Limits In The Most Far Reaching And Urgently Consequential Case Of His Life As The Rule Of Law Is Shattered By Chaos, And Alex Fights To Isolate A Suspect, Alex S Loyalty May Be The Biggest Danger Of All.Target: Alex Cross

Official US SiteOfficial UK SiteJIMMY Patterson BooksReadKiddoReadJames Patterson is the world s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller He has createdenduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series He has sold over 380 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most 1 New York Times bestsellers In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, among them The President Is Missing with President Bill Clinton, Patterson also writes fiction for young readers of all ages, including the Max Einstein series, produced in partnership with the Albert Einstein Estate He is also the first author to have 1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children s bestseller lists The son of an insurance salesman and a schoolteacher, Patterson grew up in Newburgh, New York, and began casually writing at the age of nineteen In 1969, he graduated from Manhattan College He was given a full ride scholarship to Vanderbilt University s graduate program in English He left Vanderbilt before getting his PhD due to complications involving the Vietnam War Instead, he moved to New York to become a junior copywriter for the advertising agency J Walter Thompson, eventually becoming CEO of its North American company In 1976, while still working for J Walter Thompson, Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, with Little, Brown and Company After being turned down by thirty one publishers, it won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel Patterson s 1993 novel, Along Came a Spider, his first book to feature Alex Cross, was also his first New York Times bestseller in fiction In 2001, Morgan Freeman starred as Alex Cross in a film adaptation of Along Came a Spider, and Tyler Perry also played the character in the 2012 film Alex Cross A film adaptation of Patterson s middle grade novel Middle School The Worst Years of My Life was released in theaters in October 2016 James Patterson has donatedthan one million books to students, focusing on some of the most under resourced schools and youth programs in the country To date, he has donated 7.25 million to school and classroom libraries throughout the United States, and 2.1 million to independent bookstores and employees Patterson has recently donated over 35 million to his and his wife s alma maters the University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, and Manhattan College and he has established over four hundred Teacher and Writer Education Scholarships at twenty one colleges and universities throughout the country Patterson has also donatedthan one million books to U.S soldiers at home and overseas In May 2015, Patterson launched a children s book imprint at Little, Brown JIMMY Patterson that is unwaveringly focused on one goal turning kids into lifelong readers This imprint also provides resources, strategies, and programs to serve teachers, parents, librarians, and booksellers Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro reading initiatives Patterson also founded ReadKiddoRead.com, a website designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians ignite a new generation s excitement for reading Awarded the National Book Foundation s Innovations in Reading Prize and the American Library Association s Great Websites for Kids, the site features thoughtful book reviews from a variety of genres and age ranges, a large and lively Facebook community, and contributions from other authors Patterson s awards for adult and children s literature include the Edgar Award, the International

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  • 414 pages
  • Target: Alex Cross
  • James Patterson
  • English
  • 13 November 2019

10 thoughts on “Target: Alex Cross

  1. says:

    4.5 Stars My goodness, what an intense, action packed read this was, and although it s the 26th in the series, it reads perfectly well as a stand alone.After the assassination of a Senator, Alex Cross and his wife Bree have an enormous task on their hands, as it appears that their isthan one assassin on the loose and their targets are mainly prominent members of government, with the exception of Alex himself he ll find himself inadvertently on the list James Patterson is such a gif 4.5 Stars My goodness, what an intense, action packed read this was, and although it s the 26th in the series, it reads perfectly well as a stand alone.After the assassination of a Senator, Alex Cross and his wife Bree have an enormous task on their hands, as it appears that their isthan one assassin on the loose and their targets are mainly prominent members of government, with the exception of Alex himself he ll find himself inadvertently on the list James Patterson is such a gifted writer, and this one was no exception His characters come from his understanding of personalities, bringing them vividly to life, each of them fitting perfectly into their given roles No gimmickry needed here no tired cliches, just pure unadulterated thrill a minute entertainment Miss this one at your peril Thank you to Netgalley and Random House UK Cornerstone for my ARC I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange

  2. says:

    In the craziness that is James Patterson s massive collection of collaborative efforts, it is hard to find something that truly has the Patterson flavour any longer While he has shuffled many of his series and one off novels to others, the Alex Cross novels remain solely his, allowing fans to see where he has taken his longest serving protagonist over two decades In this novel, Alex Cross and the rest of the country are stunned by the death of the President of the United States, an event tha In the craziness that is James Patterson s massive collection of collaborative efforts, it is hard to find something that truly has the Patterson flavour any longer While he has shuffled many of his series and one off novels to others, the Alex Cross novels remain solely his, allowing fans to see where he has taken his longest serving protagonist over two decades In this novel, Alex Cross and the rest of the country are stunned by the death of the President of the United States, an event that resonates, no matter one s political leanings As the country seeks to brush itself off, Washington is stunned by a new set of murders, including one of a sitting US senator Alex is pulled in to work the case by the FBI, which forces him to keep his wife, Chief of Detectives Bree Stone, away from the action As they work, the case seems somewhat open and shut, with a suspect all but pointing to where they committed the crime Then, things take a definite turn Multiple murders of several high ranking officials lead Cross and the FBI to feel that there might be an international threat to the United States It s no longer a criminal they seek, but a country ready to do whatever it takes to weaken America With nuclear weapons on hand, this could quickly escalate into a war from which no one will walk away unscathed Patterson does well to amp up the action as Alex Cross continues to entertain, in his twenty sixth novel Recommended to series fans and those who want to ride the wave of international meddling in American affairs.It is becoming harder for me to find myself hooked on James Patterson series of late While I have come to really enjoy some of his long running collections, they begin to get a little stale or outlive their run Alex Cross has always been a stalwart for me, something on which I can rely While the characters age, Alex never lets that dilute his work on crimes or his passion for family Still, one must begin to wonder if there is a time and place to let him hang up the cuffs and enjoy those around him I began to feel that way about this book, as things have become somewhat stagnant The crime is surely out of this world well, country but I was left wondering if things simply have run out for Alex Cross and if he needs to let someone else take over Cross is a remarkable man and his character is second to none, though I think it is not him that is so bothersome, but some of the corny interactions he has with patients and his own family that has me soured Great kids, lovely wife, and a funny grandmother, but it s just a little too hokey in the dialogue I d never want Patterson to wipe them out, for that his the Cross foundation and all that keeps him sane Still, they tend to grate on my nerves, which spills over to creating an animosity for me as I read The premise of the story is great and could really have worked well I think it needed somegrit, something deeper andintense There are some wonderful political and criminal elements in the story that I would love to see in a series or one off that can dedicate time to this sort of political thriller, but Patterson s use of short chapters and hokey family sub plots were not for me An easy read and I will always keep Patterson around for that, but could it be that Alex Cross novels are falling victim to James Patterson Syndrome Might they be selling for the name on the cover and not the quality of the writing We can at least applaud him for a wonderful cliffhanger ending Kudos, Mr Patterson, for keeping Alex Cross going I know I can be tough, but I think it s fair game when you are so established and basking in fortune Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge

  3. says:

    It has been a long time since I have read a James Patterson thriller, although I have read a couple in the Alex Cross series This may be the 26th in the series, but it works perfectly fine as a standalone It opens with Cross and his family s presence at the funeral of 47 year old President Catherine Grant, a woman of stature who managed to overcome many of the divisions in the US Her death was unexpected, triggering an atmosphere of gloom and sorrow in Cross and the nation The new US preside It has been a long time since I have read a James Patterson thriller, although I have read a couple in the Alex Cross series This may be the 26th in the series, but it works perfectly fine as a standalone It opens with Cross and his family s presence at the funeral of 47 year old President Catherine Grant, a woman of stature who managed to overcome many of the divisions in the US Her death was unexpected, triggering an atmosphere of gloom and sorrow in Cross and the nation The new US president is now James B Hobbs Cross is called by the FBI s Special Agent Ned Mahoney into the investigation into the assassination of GOP California senator, Elizabeth Betsy Walker Cross s wife, Washington DC PD s Chief of Detectives, Bree Stone is being pushed by her Chief of Police to find the assassin before the FBI A notoriously skilful Hungarian female assassin has been spotted entering the US under an assumed name, and there is a hunt to find her and speculation as to what she is up to.Cross finds himself in a desperately complex case where he has a premonition of horrific and deadly actions about to befall the country, but without proof of this, nothing can be done He is to find himself right but this brings no sense of comfort as the US finds itself shell shocked at a well organised and astutely planned conspiracy that leads to unimagined responses by the government that people thought would never take place in the democracy There are additional global pressures faced by the US from Russia, China and Korea aiming to take advantage of the disarray in the nation Cross, the FBI and Bree find themselves tested to their limits as they try to work what is happening and who exactly is behind the conspiracy that takes in a constitutional crisis, special interest groups, bitcoins, a diverse group of assassins, the dark web and .The plot lines outlined in this thriller are far fetched, but Patterson does a sterling job in making it seem believable There is an additional thread about a client of Cross s that ends in a shock cliffhanger at the end of the novel The author writes in his trademark short chapters, making the story fast paced and full of suspense and tension The pages just seemed to turn themselves in this compelling and gripping addition to the Alex Cross series, with the ending leaving the reader eagerly anticipating the next book This will appeal to all those who are fans of James Patterson and those who love their action packed thrillers Many thanks to Random House Cornerstone for an ARC

  4. says:

    It s the formula of interfering family home members that interrupts the story action I have issue with Nonetheless, outside that there is a decent story here appropriately applied in rating 7 of 10 stars

  5. says:

    I feel fortunate that Mr Patterson uses his devious mind to develop fictional diabolic disasters Otherwise there d be trouble.

  6. says:

    Target Alex Cross, the twenty six novel to feature psychologist Dr Alex Cross, is as captivating and nail biting an affair as many of Mr Patterson s previous novels He is my go to author if I m looking for a light and easy, none taxing read, but of course, many of them, including this one require a healthy suspension of disbelief which I don t mind as long as I have an idea that it ll be that way It isn t necessary to have read the previous books in order to enjoy this one as the author very k Target Alex Cross, the twenty six novel to feature psychologist Dr Alex Cross, is as captivating and nail biting an affair as many of Mr Patterson s previous novels He is my go to author if I m looking for a light and easy, none taxing read, but of course, many of them, including this one require a healthy suspension of disbelief which I don t mind as long as I have an idea that it ll be that way It isn t necessary to have read the previous books in order to enjoy this one as the author very kindly provides background on the recurring characters, their development and why they act the way they do As always with Patterson, this is an edge of your seat, nonstop action type of thriller that has a cornucopia of shocking twists that I didn t see coming and that make the plot explosive The main characters are developed well and Patterson s propensity for keeping the chapters short and punchy creates a tension that builds nicely throughout the story.Although the second half of the book is told from Alex s perspective, the first 50% changes between lots of different characters points of view and is quite confusing but intriguing Only towards the concluding part of the book does it all become clear, and the struggle to keep each character straight in your head eventually pays off This is a well written and expertly plotted white knuckle ride that will be loved by those who are already fans of this series and James Patterson s books in general but will also no doubt gain him many new admirers The author is a master of the crime genre, and it s easy to see why he has been the number one bestselling thriller writer for many years The breakneck pace coupled with the fact that you just get past one amazing twist and you re straight onto another makes this a highly entertaining and unputdownable read You barely have time to take a breath Highly recommended.Many thanks to Century for an ARC I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own

  7. says:

    3.5 s With the US under martial law, Alex Cross, Ned Mahoney and all the relevant teams were working an investigation the like which had never been seen before in the US With the new President assassinated, along with members of cabinet, Alex needed to know why He needed to know who benefitted The coordinated attacks left everyone gob smacked they had never seen anything like it The race was on to find the perpetrators of which they d determined were a few beforepeople died or wo 3.5 s With the US under martial law, Alex Cross, Ned Mahoney and all the relevant teams were working an investigation the like which had never been seen before in the US With the new President assassinated, along with members of cabinet, Alex needed to know why He needed to know who benefitted The coordinated attacks left everyone gob smacked they had never seen anything like it The race was on to find the perpetrators of which they d determined were a few beforepeople died or world war three began Target Alex Cross is the 26th in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson, and in my opinion, one of the most brutal and bloodthirsty yet, and not up to his usual Alex Cross standard There were a number of characters and scenarios to keep me on my toes, and at times I wondered where Alex was with the dialogue focusing on other people and events Nevertheless, I kept up with it all, and with Patterson s trademark short, choppy chapters, flew through this quite lengthy book I m looking forward to 27, Criss Cross, due for publication mid November 2019 Recommended

  8. says:

    I ve been reading James Patterson books for over twenty years During that time, like most of his fans, my favorite character has always been Alex Cross He was Patterson s first detective series that helped lay the foundation for his kingdom of several bestselling series and stand alone novels For me, Alex has remained a fierce, intellectual knight of moral character and the proper use of action I remember reading the Alex s first adventure, Along came a Spider and almost cried when Alex, t I ve been reading James Patterson books for over twenty years During that time, like most of his fans, my favorite character has always been Alex Cross He was Patterson s first detective series that helped lay the foundation for his kingdom of several bestselling series and stand alone novels For me, Alex has remained a fierce, intellectual knight of moral character and the proper use of action I remember reading the Alex s first adventure, Along came a Spider and almost cried when Alex, then a widower, faced the loss of his new love in an ending twist I would never forget In the twenty six years following, there have been some good and excellent adventures, including three books ago when Alex discovered and met his father, who was thought dead for many years There were also some less than stellar outings along the way, but I generally looked forward to the end of each year when another Alex Cross adventure was published Now, the 26th book in the series Target Alex Cross is in my hands and the reading completed The book opens with a national funeral service for the President of the United States, who died from a tumor one year in office Five days later all hell breaks loose in Washington DC Suddenly government leaders, including Senators and the Secretary of Defense are being assassinated at an alarming rate Alex is tasked by the new President to help the FBI find the killer or killers His wife, Bree Stone, is also assigned by her boss to find the shooter or shooters first or her position of Chief of Detectives could be at risk However, this attack on our nation is being delivered by a group of independent and dangerous assassins that do not fail.While navigating this national disaster, Alex has also taken on a very troubled and disturbed patient Nina Davis, Justice Department Attorney, is struggling with love, only finding true joy through violent and risky sex with strangers She is looking for Alex to help her change before something really bad happens And then there are the mysterious notes being left at his office door, saying Alex Cross Stop me, please Who is leaving those And why As any avid fan would expect, Patterson runs multiple plots, jumping all over the place from Alex s professional life one moment to his family situations the next In this outing though, much of the novel is spent with the different assassins, running around performing their assignments and trying to escape In many ways, they are the true protagonist of the storyline Alex still figures things out at the end, but it slike a news reporter delivering the story over the airwaves rather than being as much a direct participant in the outcome Like a typical Patterson thriller, the tempo is fastmoving with lots of action and drama There is a lot of violence and death in this one, as we move back and for the between the individual assassins and their activities Because of this, there is not much time spent with Alex s family, his children, and even Bree really And Alex s best friend, John Sampson, is barely involved The good news is that Keith Karl Rawlins, the spacy FBI contractor and IT whiz, is there to help Alex put the pieces of the mystery puzzle together The plotlines pretty much follow s Patterson s usual developments, including curveballs thrown in to make the outcomeinteresting However, things move along at such a breakneck speed that it created two problems for me The first is that the plot lost several layers of reality Yes, those plot choices made the storyentertaining, but it went too far at times Second, the fast pace movement and limited use of Alex really took the heart out of the story and left it way too mechanical at key moments Since we didn t get to involve his family and wife in aconnected manner, the story was lacking the human attachment that connects us with the strength and power of Alex Cross character I didn t have as much interest in the outcomes of the other characters because it felt like Alex was a bit peripheral in this outing Overall, this was an okay book for me, but not one of his stronger books Patterson chose alarge scale international plotline, than apersonalized Alex Cross story where he is on the hunt for a serial killer, the mystery is layered, and his family is somehow involved The pace was so fast, it took away much of the mystery and tension It could have been better than it was Over two and a half decades and 26 books, the character of Alex Cross has grown and changed in many ways, but his ethical and moral compass have remained true and strong, a prime example and model for doing good, no matter what the situation is He has stood the test of time and still shines bright most of the time This was not necessarily one of those memorable outings I will add that the last page offered a nice clue that the next book could be better, but I will won t ruin that for you

  9. says:

    This may have been the moment where Alex Cross jumped the shark The plot of this is just so ludicrous Cross isn t even involved in half the book It very well could have been Events that Happened While Alex Cross Lived His Life This would have worked better as one of Patterson s stand alone novels Cross could have been removed from this and the same storyor less unfold.

  10. says:

    3.5 Love the Alex Cross novels In the latest we experience a country that is put into turmoil with numerous assassinations of US leaders including the president of the US Overall it was fascinating to read but I felt likeneeded to be touched on about his client who ends up leaving us with a shocker at the end I hope we hereon it in the next Alex Cross novel, or event a bookshot My quick and simple overall good and quick paced for a perfect one evening read.

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