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Cross Country by James Patterson

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Cross CountryPatterson really does get Alex Cross into some jams in this one. Alex, the private detective, is mortified when he checks out the home of one of his friends. Elle Cox, mother and well known author of items in books and newspapers, has been brutally murdered along with her entire family. Cross and Elle had dated when younger and had remained close friends so he was devastated.

He realizes that she had been doing a lot of investigating into terrorism in the U.S. and even across the world. He finds as he begins his own investigation that the CIA is also deeply interested into finding out more about the event. The terrorism seems to be somehow tied into governments across the world.

Among some of her papers Cross finds that she has been doing a lot of her investigating into terrorism especially in Africa. And especially in Nigeria and Sudan. Also that although entire families were often killed over there, the young boys of the families were often taken away by the gangs of marauders. And then these young boys were being turned into gang members and were actually participating in the gang murders that were terrorizing the country.

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The President is MissingTwo celebrated folks collaborating on a story about the possibility of a worldwide internet attack. In this lengthy tale President Duncan, the president of the United States, is faced with a possible cyber terror attack that will shut down not only the United States electronic systems in total but also do harm to several allied countries as well.

However President Duncan who is a highly decorated former soldier and as he has basically been contacted directly by one of the terrorists he decides to work through this pretty much by himself. He does not allow hardly anyone and especially the press know anything about the supposed attack. He handpicks six of his closest advisers and several high tech folks to work with him on figuring out how to do this work.

The 17th Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The 17th SuspectI have to assume the title The 17th Suspect refers to this book’s place in a series of books by Patterson. Probably the 17th Women’s Murder Club novel since I know he has written a batch of them (usually with help and often with Maxine Patterson). There is nothing in this story about a bunch of murder suspects but there is lots of good reading.

It is two stories (kind of usual for the Murder Club series) in one of which Yuki Castellano, the Assistant District Attorney, is involved with attempting to find a woman guilty of (a) first raping a man while holding him captive and (b) of attempting to find her also guilty of shooting the same man in the leg.

The second story involving the second member of the Murder Club is about San Francisco Police Sergeant Lindsay Boxer as she not only is battling to find who is shooting vagrants and street people but also battling her own physical condition which appears to be deteriorating rapidly.

Both stories are well worth the reader’s attention as they unfold quickly and show how the in-side portion of the criminal justice system works but also shows how the “on the street” portion of the system plays out.

Yuki fought hard to get her case into Criminal Court and worked even harder to figure out what actually went on as two co-workers entwined themselves in not only sexual adventures but then it appears one of them took it even further. The female player supposedly tied up the male participant and raped him (while he unbeknownst to her recorded it all on tape.) He claims she raped him though they had been having sex for some time together willingly on both behalves.

Violets are Blue by James Patterson

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Violets are BlueMr. Patterson has put one of his aces, Alex Cross; into quite a mess in Violets Are Blue. This time Cross, a detective living in Washington, D.C., is called in to help out Kyle Craig, a top FBI agent, as the entire United States quivers under the threat of Vampires! Kraig uses Cross quite often and has been in several earlier books. Supposedly he is in the running to be top dog at the FBI.

Vampires! That is right. It appears that people all over the country are not only being killed but they show all signs of vampire style murders. Not only are they found with severe bite wounds but in most all cases their blood has been pretty well drained out!

Cross isn’t exactly happy to be called in on this case because another of his female associates has just turned up murdered. This is the third one in recent years. And they always seem to be somehow connected to The Mastermind. The Mastermind is a mysterious person who constantly calls and taunts Cross either about someone he has just killed or one of Cross’s cases that is bugging him.

Killed or Be Killed (4 Bookshots Thrillers) by James Patterson

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Kill or Be KilledA bit different as this book written by Patterson along with other writers is actually made up of four stories. Patterson does write quite often now with others but this is the first one that I have seen made up of novellas. Overall quite interesting although the one was a bit tough to follow due to being basically about Scotland Yard and some devious criminals. And another that was not at all Patterson style.

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    The Trial

The first however is The Trial and features Patterson’s famed Women’s Murder Club. Lindsay Boxer and her cohorts get involved early when Boxer is called to the scene of a major disturbance and subsequent shootout at a place called the Vault. It appears two women were shot dead and then as several bad guys attempt to get away the police shoot two of the bad guys and capture one.

The one they capture turns out to be the shooter of the two women and is quickly identified as Jorge Sierra also known as Kingfisher. Boxer had known of him and was very eager to take him into custody.

However that then really turns into the story as while Kingfisher is in jail all sorts of things happen to thwart his trail and to cause deep concern to the police. These actions are all put together by the underground network of criminals that basically work for and report to Kingfisher.

Unlucky 13 (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Unlucky 13If you have not read James Patterson any of his Women’s Murder Club stories this would be a good start. Unlucky 13 is one of those so you do have the assortment of professional women who make up this club. Lindsay Boxer, a San Francisco detective, is somewhat the main lead in this one but as usual her fellow members play significant parts along the way.

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And as usual Patterson has more than one plot going on as he normally does. The main one here is probably where Lindsay and her partner are trying to find who is planting some type of edible capsule in hamburger meat. It starts when a couple is found dead in their car and the middle of their bodies have actually been blown apart. Tests show some type of high explosive that is set off by gastric juices. In this case it has been encapsulated in a very minute fashion and then planted in hamburger meat.

Cross Justice (Alex Cross) by James Patterson

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Cross JusticeWow! Perhaps his best! James Patterson has always been writing great stories that it doesn’t seem possible that he just wrote his greatest but I think maybe he did. This is a tremendous book with an incredible ending. One that I doubt anyone figured out before reading the final chapters.

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Alex Cross, former FBI agent, now working along with his wife, Bree, is on a short sort of vacation trip back to Starksville, North Carolina where he was born. First trip back in many years and it is to see if he can be of help in solving a horrendous murder that his nephew is in jail for.

Alert (Michael Bennett) by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Reviewed by Allen Hott

AlertThese two authors have put together an interesting and even a potentially possible tale of some terrorists who want to do damage to New York City and its inhabitants.

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Michael Bennett, a NYPD detective, who is a lifelong resident of the city and has a rather large family which he raises along with a retired old priest. Bennett’s wife is dead and though he has a pretty steady girlfriend he still does all the fathering and child rearing with minimal help.

First Love by James Patterson and Emily Raymond (Audible Edition)

First Love

Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

I have read many mysteries and thrillers written by James Patterson. This author also writes stories in several other genres. This one is a romance called First Love.

First Love is about two teenagers, Axi and Robinson, who meet while getting chemo. Axi’s little sister passed away from cancer. Her mother had a difficult time dealing with the loss and decided to leave the family. Axi’s father can only deal with all of this by drinking. Axi wants to get away from all of this so she comes up with the idea of going on the road with many stops throughout various states.

Axi realizes she cannot go on this trip by herself. She tells Robinson about her idea and talks him into going along. Many things happen along the way like stealing cars and doing things they really should not be doing. Axi and Robinson have so much fun on the trip and they really enjoy their time together. It doesn’t take too long to realize they have fallen in love.

Second Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (Audible)

Second Honeymoon Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

There might have been a few books where James Patterson did not write at the top of his game but that is rare. The reader will not be disappointed with Second Honeymoon.

There are two subplots going on at the same time and both will keep the reader right on the edge of the seat. Not only do we have a honeymoon serial killer but there is also a “John O’Hara” serial killer.

John O’Hara is an FBI agent who is on suspension. He is under psychological care due to the fact that a drunk driver killed his wife and will soon be released from jail. John has a difficult time dealing with his release. A rich man whose son and his bride were murdered while on their honeymoon contacts John O’Hara. John agrees to investigate and gets approval from the FBI.