Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Audiobook Review: Cross Country by James Patterson

Here is a summary of Cross Country from the Hachette website:

When the home of Alex Cross's oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C., what they discover is shocking: a stunningly organized gang of lethal teenagers headed by a powerful, diabolical man-the African warlord known as the Tiger. Just when the detectives think they're closing in on the elusive murderer, the Tiger disappears into thin air. Tracking him to Africa, Alex knows that he must follow. Alone.

My Review:
This was my first encounter with an Alex Cross novel and it was sure action packed and fast paced.  Although there are several novels preceding this one in the series, I feel that Patterson did a good job of bringing the reader up to speed with Alex's current situation. 

When Alex arrives at a murder scene he is shocked to find the first woman that he fell in love with, along with her entire family, has been brutally killed.  He knows the responsible party must be stopped and as he follows leads he stumbles upon eerily similar murder scenes, which eventually take him to all corners of Africa.  Cross finds himself experiencing many dangers in Africa from the activities in the diamond mines to the atrocities taking place in Darfur.

Finding himself alone in a crime-ridden country he learns that he needs to put his trust in a few key people.  Hopefully he has selected the right people to confide in, but only time will tell.  As Alex continues his investigation it is evident that the individual responsible for the brutal murders is a thug that is known as Tiger.  He becomes confident with this new lead only to be let down when he learns that many of the most violent criminals from Africa take the name Tiger. 

I'm not going to give any more away about this book as it is from the suspense/thriller genre.  It was a great book to bring along on our road trip as my husband enjoyed it too.  And it was even his second time listening to it!   Although I don't think I would enjoy reading this type of book, this is the second audiobook that I have listened to by Patterson and I'm sure I will be listening to more in the future. 

My Rating:  4/5

Disclosure:  This audiobook was from my personal collection to that I listened to for my own entertainment.

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bermudaonion said...

I have this in print form and look forward to reading it. The Cross books are Patterson's best.

Veens said...

I am not JP fan, I did not have a great experience reading Cross novel. But your review, makes me feel i need to read this authoranother chance.

Jo-Jo said...

Kathy: I'm glad to hear that the Alex Cross novels are good..I may have to listen to more of those on audio.

Veens: I honestly don't think I would enjoy reading these, but the audio versions definitely keep my attention!