Cross the Line Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer...with a conscience.
Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, DC. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city's police force scrambling for answers. Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to crack the case. But before Cross can make any headway, a brutal crime wave sweeps across the region. The deadly scenes share only one common thread - the victims are all criminals. And the only thing more dangerous than a murderer without a conscience is a killer who thinks he has justice on his side.
As Cross pursues an adversary who has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, he must take the law back into his own hands before the city he's sworn to protect descends into utter chaos.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 38 minutes|
|Narrator||Ryan Vincent Anderson, Peter Bradbury|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 21, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #71,755 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,676 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#1,732 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,975 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2019
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Written in Adult English, but, with only a very few f-bombs, this crime fiction novel would probably be rated PG-13 if it were a film.
Written mostly in first person POV, this is classic James Patterson and his character Alex Cross.
The story leads with a prologue, but, for the life of me, I can’t figure out why the prologue wasn’t simply titled Chapter 1. Whatever, though, this and the subsequent chapter drew me into the story and held on to me better than most other writers do.
Then again, I am definitely a James Patterson fan. Still, this Alex Cross novel exhibits a good opening with action and descriptions that, at every turn, caught my interest and sucked me in deeper and deeper.
POV – Mostly first person, but the first person is not always Alex Cross. As the author often does in other books, he lets us know what a victim sees, feels, smells and understands at their moment of death. The challenge, for me as a reader, was to forget what the victim saw when I am reading what Alex Cross first notices upon reaching a crime scene.
GENRE – Billed as a Mystery Thriller-Suspense. Personally, I see it more as an Action-Adventure Crime Fiction novel.
PLOT OR CHARACTER – The key to this would ordinarily seem to be plot, as are most Patterson stories. Yet, the character development, letting us glimpse a character’s personal life and how it affects his judgment, convinces me that the magic here is in strong character development.
PACE – I love the pace. Taut action at some settings. At others, a slightly more leisurely description that allows us to catch out breath. There also is a bit or sarcastic dry wit, such as when another officer working on the case has an anniversary that demands the man’s attention away from the job. I won’t spoil it for you though.
EDITING – Of course this is professionally edited, removing or eliminating issues more commonly found in self-published works, sold at far lower prices.
PAGE LENGTH – 401 pages; Audible, 8 hours 35 minutes.
Q - Is this a book that I can read without having to read others first?
A – Yes, but most readers will have already read several Alex Cross novels.
Q – If this is a recurring character or a series, does it have a cliffhanger ending?
A – No. There is no cliffhanger ending.
Q - Is this a fast, easy read or is it more of a leisure read?
A – At 400 pages, this is not the sort of book you will read during commutes, but, it reads much faster than your typical 400-page tome.
Q - My biggest pleasure or disappointment?
A – For an Alex Cross fan there are no disappointments. What I am most pleased by Cross the Line is that it doesn’t feel like formula-based writing. When you consider how many books the author writes in any given year, it is easy to understand how some sort of formula must be necessary, but this story reads as if it were the only thing on this writer’s mind. If writing can have charisma, Cross the Line has oodles of charisma. At least for me.
To give a feel for the editing, and the style and flow of this work, I am posting a brief excerpt below.
The next drawer down was full of files. I looked through them, found out that she owned a late-model Audi A5 and that she vacationed in the Caymans— a lot, as in three times in the prior year. But there was nothing that gave me a clear idea of how she’d paid for it all.
I was thinking she’d have to have an income of over a hundred grand to live like this. Did Level 2 Certified Coaches make that kind of money? If so, maybe I was in the wrong business.
I thought about breaking the lock on the first cabinet but decided to take a look at the computer first. To my surprise, when I ran my finger across the touchpad, the screen lit right up and showed me the desktop. Several different applications were running.
One was Edita’s law school e-mail account. I sat down and scanned through the e-mails, seeing nothing from Tom McGrath. Most of the messages were to and from professors and classmates. One classmate, JohnnyBoy5, had sent six e-mails to her in the eighteen hours preceding her murder.
Really? read one sent around ten thirty the previous night. Standing me up again? This was your meet, remember?
I did a search of her entire in-box, looking for all e-mails from JohnnyBoy5. There were more than a hundred, going back eighteen months. I rearranged them so they were in chronological order and read a tale of growing obsession.
JohnnyBoy5 had evidently been smitten by Edita Kravic from the get-go, and he was not shy about saying so. Though she seemed to flirt with him at times, for the most part, she did nothing to encourage him.
For the first year, she’d managed to keep
Patterson, James. Cross the Line (p. 38 - 39). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.
This is another title I have bought through Audible. A big chunk of my salary now has gone to the likes of Craig Johnson, Stephen King and James Patterson. Amazon and Audible must be grateful.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
'Cross the Line' has two plots in which Alex, Bree and Sampson try to find the two killers. The story did hold my interest and it was difficult to put down at the end of the night. Patterson's chapters are short and I found myself saying, 'just one more' before going to sleep.
The Chief of Detectives is murdered (Bree's former mentor) and she is named his replacement after Alex first turned down the position to spend more time with his family. As Alex's boss, they have some professional disagreements on how the investigations should proceed. However, they keep it professional and out of their personal lives. I also missed the bantering of Nana Mama and her words of wisdom - the Cross family is like the 'perfect family.'
The one killer is finally uncovered and Patterson does a decent job at closing out that plot line. With 12% remaining in the e-book, I looked forward to exposing killer #2 and closing out that storyline...only it stopped. Suddenly. And left me scratching my head and saying, 'waaaaatt'? The remainder of the book turned out to be a preview of Patterson's next one - which didn't interest me the least in reading it. I was almost back...guess I'll have to wait a couple of years to read another Patterson book.
Don't get me wrong, the story was an entertaining read with twists and turns, but the sudden ending turned me off!. I haven't given up, but will be more selective in the future.