“ Author: James Patterson / Format: Hardback / Date of publication: 22 November 2012 / Genre: Crime & Thriller / Subcategory: Thriller / Suspense General / Publisher: Cornerstone / Title: Merry Christmas, Alex Cross / ISBN 13: 9781780890692 / ISBN 10: 1780890692 „
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I read a lot, in fact I have to ban myself from reading sometimes as once in a book Im lost.
My personal genre is predominantly crime thrillers but I also enjoy medical crime thrillers. I have always like a James Patterson book and I have read and enjoyed a large volume of his work, either alone or with co-writers. Its number 19 in his Alex Cross series, made famous by the televised Kiss the girls with the awesome Morgan Freeman.
Anyway this was my last book read and I finished it about 2 weeks ago. I consider myself to be quite a fast reader and read it over 2 evenings althought has 323 pages and it was definitely in the lower 10% of his books in my opinon. My husband had brought it home, after being given it by someone at work but I believe it costs about £9 on Amazon.
It starts on Christmas eve with Alex stalking the church poor box thief with his friend John, then he's off to a hostage situation, risking his own life and saving everyone whilst stopping the ex husband /hostage taker from being shot. He's soon back in the bosom of his family but before he has time to enjoy the christmas cheer he's back out to stop a terrorist attack by a previous opponent , her capture and subsequent interogation that goes against Alexs personal ethics but ultimately leads to the prevention of a far bigger attack on the city.
The number of times he is required on christmas day makes even a piece of fiction be pushed to its believeabilty level one mighty step to far, it didn't feel as gritty or as well written as his many previous Alex books which was a shame.