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London Bridges (Alex Cross Book 10) Kindle Edition
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In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant. The Russian supercriminal known as the Wolf claims responsibility for the blast.
Alex Cross is on vacation in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Jamilla Hughes, when he gets the call. World leaders have just four days to prevent an unimaginable cataclysm. Racing down the hairpin turns of the Riviera in the most unforgettable finale James Patterson has ever written, he confronts the truth of the Wolf's identity, a revelation that even Cross himself may be unable to survive.
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About the Author
- ASIN : B000FC2LXC
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (November 1, 2004)
- Publication date : November 1, 2004
- Language : English
- File size : 2940 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0316009571
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,488 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Dr. Cross, now working for the FBI, chases the UNSUBS around the globe trying to identify them.He manages to kill the serial killer after a confrontation and spends the rest of the book looking for the mastermind.
Another well written book by this author who impresses with his attention to detail, especially police matters. A book that captures the reader from the opening page.
But surely this book was written by a ghost writer because it is not up to Patterson previous standards. The very idea some Russian gangster could hold the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Britain and the rest of the free world hostage with impunity defies even fictional boundaries. It is not in any way plausible given the widest latitude of fiction. I will not read another Alex Cross book. On a scale of 1-10 I'd rate it a 2.
London Bridges incongruously starts out with a Russian master criminal, known as the Wolf, hiring a psychotic serial killer, thought to be dead, called the Weasel after first capturing and torturing him.
A few days later a small central Nevada mining town is obliterated. At this time FBI analyst Dr. Alex Cross is brought into the investigation. Some how a video surfaces which catches the Weasel filming the prelude to the disaster, showing dozens of apparent Army troops herding the three hundred residents into buses and evacuating them before a huge bomb is dropped destroying the town.
Alex Cross is stupefied on discovering the Weasel is still alive. A few days later a small town in Scotland is annihilated but this time the residents are not vacated. Investigators are again clueless as to who is doing these things and the purpose for this destruction.
The Wolf's plan is to extort a couple billion dollars and freedom for specified political prisoners and he makes his demands by phone to the assembled top law enforcement officials in the government. Seventy-two hours to meet his demands or he would, destroy New York, Washington, London and Frankfort if his demands are not met. Once the Wolf makes his demands known, Cross realizes that the Weasel is working for The Wolf and he finds the idea of these two psychopathic criminals teaming up, chilling.
I'm sure many James Patterson fans found this book enthralling but as a part time fan I thought the story was silly and the way it was written unusual. There isn't anything glaring that I can point to but I had the feeling this story could easily be a comic book story. Ultra bad bigger than life heavies, playing around with Cross and always three steps ahead of the authorities. Written in a jerky style consisting of 124 chapters in 326 pages, the story kept you turning the pages but left you wondering "where`s the beef?" The longest chapter was probably four pages and this also contributed to the comic book effect.
The story itself was so outlandish as to become incongruous. The Wolf was ostensibly a cold war Russian defector whom our government, incredulously had no record of or pictures of. Patterson tried unsuccessfully to explain how this could happen, which is something he managed to do throughout the book, like how the elusive Weasel after having Cross running around in circles confronts him, so Cross can kill him. Another thing that bothered me was the Wolf kept giving everybody extensions. I didn`t think really BAD guys gave extensions. True he blew up a couple bridges (hence the title).killing dozens of innocents to make his point but really, The Wolf at that point lost his evil persona.
Patterson finally managed to surprise me with the ending but no, that's not the end. He had to screw it up by confusing the issue, reminding me of one of those corny movie scenes where the good guy kills the bad guy only to have him come back again and maybe again.
Hard core James Patterson fans may enjoy this one but for the rest of you I wouldn't think so.
A fiction that comes close to reality spies come in shapes sizes and nationalities. Such cruel behavior stems from a lot of what happened early in life or just their view and some just power hungry people scary story with a lot of truth.
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Who is The Wolf? Alex Cross has to weave his way through a web of shaping shifting shadows and the face is really fast,you just cannot turn the pages fast enough. Does Alex Cross save the day, you will have to read and find out for yourself and just enjoy the fast ride.
It's all good fun, as usual it's very fast paced and the quick, punchy chapters are relentless. Thrown in amidst the action Patterson also allows some glimpses of Cross' personal life which all in all results in a pretty well rounded thriller. 3 starts because the ending was pretty unsatisfying. Good fun but read the others first!
The usual dynamic storyline and characters.
I can't recommend James's work too highly.
The old saying Read 'em and weep, becomes Read 'em and enjoy.