by James Patterson
dusty gem from the TBR
Summary – The President’s son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark.
A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Cross discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes – one that may alter the fate of the entire country.(goodreads.com)
Review – I have read only a few Alex Cross novels, and they are always tense and interesting and this one is no different. I read this one out of order and honestly, it didn’t really matter. His personal life is a very small portion of this book.
What I was looking for was book that would go quickly and hold my interest, and it was a good choice. Most Patterson books have a great hook and coupled with the short chapters, it is easy to get drawn in and finish quickly. This plot is a post 9/11 terrorist attack in Washington, DC AND the president’s two children are kidnapped from their school. There is a lot going on. But, because these books are meant to be consumed quickly, things are hinted at, glossed over or done “off camera”. So, while it was what I wanted at the time, AND since it has been sitting on my shelf for a year gathering dust I am glad to move it on…I think if you are looking for a thriller you can really sink your teeth into, look elsewhere. This is kind of thriller-lite. Easy, never too scary, my heart was pounding a time or two, but I wasn’t on the edge of my seat. It is a roller-coaster, and don’t get me wrong always super fun, but once you are off the ride, you move on. It doesn’t stick with me too much.
The story was good, not amazing. The bad guys were pretty damn bad and scary people…but in a way I never really hated them. I mean the terrorists really hate America, they are awful. But because we just get short chapters, cameos almost, and we get inside their heads a little for some feelings, you ALMOST understand why they do what they do and empathize a little. It definitely kept me reading. It was fast and fun. But now it is done and I am movin’ on. 3 stars.