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Cross Down: The Sunday Times bestselling thriller

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Short chapters, in Patterson’s traditional way, help push things along and keep the reader delving deeper into things as they occur. 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. 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. Alex ends up in ICU and fighting for his life, John does what Alex normally would have done and heads to save the day and find out what is happening.

As the book goes along, John realizes that he can't trust anyone except for Alex and their FBI friend Ned Mahoney. If you haven’t read this but plan on doing so I highly recommend you check your local library; not worth the money to purchase. Hachette Book Group is a leading book publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the third-largest publisher in the world. James Patterson is back with his cornerstone series, bringing Brendan DuBois along for the collaborative ride. He has written many other number one bestsellers including collaborations with President Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton, stand-alone thrillers and non-fiction.Alex of course knows that they aren't random but the day he goes to share, he and John find themselves amid gunfire and Alex is shot - hence the title "Cross Down". I received a copy of this book from NovelSuspects and Little, Brown in exchange for an honest review.

No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent - which is what Jim has, in spades.I can see a great deal of potential with this new spin to the series, involving John Sampson a great deal more. Did not find the many new characters likeable and the more I read the more this became unbelievable and ridiculous. This leaves John to figure out why these attacks are happening and what the connection is between the attacks. The story focuses largely on John Sampson this time (with the regulars of the series appearing here and there).

With a decent foundation and narrative direction, the book keeps pace throughout and allows the reader to feel connected with all the action. I knew from the 1st chapter that it was not James Patterson's writing and I should have stopped reading then, but foolishly continued. 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. The co-author of this book was Brendan DuBois who also co-authored Countdown and that book was the same, nothing but horrific violence and very short on plot.This one is fast-paced, and really features John Simpson in a rush to save the country from a looming threat. For me, Alex has remained a fierce, intellectual knight of moral character and the proper use of action. His time with Metro PD in Washington has been quite eye-opening, an experience shared with his partner, John Sampson. Cross is rushed into surgery at a nearby hospital, suffering from a collapsed ling and fighting for his life. This book will grab you from the first chapters and take you on a Crack the Whip ride to the end, while you yell for more.

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