When Cross is called to investigate a massacre-style murder scene, he is shocked to find that the victim is an old friend. Angry, hurt and more determined than ever, Cross begins the hunt for the perpetrators of this cruel crime.
He is drawn into a dangerous underworld right in the heart of Washington DC that leads him on a life threatening journey to the Niger Delta where heroin dealing, slave trade and oil and gas theft are rife.
At the centre of this terrifying world, Cross finds the Tiger, the psychopathic leader of a fearsome gang of killers who are not what they seem.
When the Tiger is on the prowl, he shows no mercy to others. But Alex Cross is hot on his heels in a heart-stopping chase that takes him across Africa and finds him not only hunting for a horrific killer but also fighting for his own survival.
©2008 James Patterson; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
Dr Alex Cross has gone international. Why? Maybe even James Patterson has realised the limits of his imagination in horrendous doings in American-bred ne'er-do'wells. Suddenly Dr Cross is in every African trouble spot of the past decade... cynical, moi? All I shall say is if I was a travel agent for African tours - I'd think about a new career. Few troubling items - First big massacre - it's in a Washington upmarket neighbourhood - lots of gunshots, screams, hoots of pure blood lust and yet no-one reported a thing??? Are you serious? Nosy neighbours (who are conveniently deaf for that night??? )turn up in their dressing gowns once the police assemble.
Second, when Dr Cross goes to Africa, he becomes a punching bag for every anti-American who roams the continent... why? How much can one body survive? Why is he even there? is this even likely?
Third, how easy he is - slutty Dr Cross. Loves Bree but without a second's thought, he's willing to spend the night with the woman journalist in Africa.
Fourth, Why wasn't a witch doctor thrown into the mix. We had everything else... corrupt customs officials, violent and corrupt police officers, an evil priest and even a conniving crocodile. Why not a witch doctor?
Fifth, who were the kidnappers at the end of his trip, when he's just minutes from his Washington home? CIA? UNICEF? Girl Guides Cookie Marketers? Who knows? I do know that I couldn't bear the tension in case Nana Cross (who must be about 110 by now) and all the junior Crosses had been killed off. Phew.... Once again, and surely against all odds, the Cross family survived more than any ordinary family should and got to enjoy homemade cookies.
Sixth, Given how hard it is to enter the US, how is it a gang of bad high-on-narcotic teen bandits from Nigeria can enter and move about at will, commit mayhem, leave and return easily??? Does no one check their hotel? Their purpose of visit?
Unfortunately I hated this book and I like James Patterson. I found it far too violent and disjointed. It didn't keep me interested and I didn't like any of the characters.
Well spent, yes - passes time doing long drives
I feel in the last few books, Alex's family take a backseat - when abroad, he hardly contacts them! Don't like the fact he nearly cheats on Bree - I don't think Alex as a character would do that?
The Nigerian voices
Yes - it is a compelling story - though I was disappointed with the end
Enjoyable - but not one of his best. It was good as it was so different - set in Africa - and harrowing at start when Alex first arrives. Loses something halfway through though......a few too many kidnaps!! Seems so unreal the 3rd time he is kidnapped (as if he would be with all the police watching his house?!)
A fantastic book in the series,i have read all previous 17 books and i think this is another great read the auther has really bought together modern day terrorist issues into the book gripping at times and great characters and a fantastic narator reading the book definatly a 10 out of 10 book and would highly reccomend it cant wait for the the next read.
"A fast paced thriller"
Always enjoy the audio edition as it brings the character to life.
James Patterson puts his own style into every Alex Cross book
They bring the action right to you. You have a sense of being their with the characters, experiencing all the emotions.
When Alex Cross gets home and realises that the Tiger has his family. His grief and sense of lose is palatable.
Once again James Patterson has delivered another outstanding Alex Cross novel, the readers have brought them to life.
"Campaign for Africa"
Very disappointing listen. The hero is a superhero this time and his escapades in Africa are impossible.
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