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The author of the book: James Patterson
Date of issue: November 6th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781846052569
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Hello again, Alex Cross. I saw this book in a charity shop yesterday and the hardback edition cost me a measly 33 pence. I was left unsure on the Patterson/ Cross dynamic after Kill Alex Cross but the fact I read this thoroughly in 24 hours in front of the other 400 books I have to read must say something for how much I have enjoyed how these novels are created and presented.
Recently, in the story - the superstar Alex Cross has been working as a psychologist more so than as an intense deductive detective on the homicide team. Yet, he witnesses the aftermath of a crime which I can say (and I love grim and brutal as much as the next person) is pretty damn horrible. Whole families are killed, chopped up, decapitated and body parts of 6-year-old children are then piled up for the investigators to well, figure out what they hell has happened. Like a bloody and macabre game of Jenga. One of the families who have been horrifically decimated and decapitated include Alex's ex-girlfriend and potential first love Ellie Cox/ Randall. Alex has never seen a crime this grotesque and has never been emotionally as involved as he is here... when he studies the aftermath of the grimmest scenes you can portray - he witnesses a picture of the two of them together on her bookcase from many moons ago. Sentimental. But sentiments and using your heart over your brain can get you into a world of trouble.
The antagonist is a 6''6' 250 lbs killer who believes in life that if you lose, you die. He has been the kingpin and the lynchpin of a group of Nigerian killers. What makes it so horrific is that these killers are very often under the age of 12 but have no restraints, no fears and will cut a child to pieces for no reason whatsoever apart from the fact that is the orders they are given. They frequent in gangs of often dozens, for the darkest actions you can predict with no regrets and no cares. If you are weak of heart or don't like what we would consider as needless violence then maybe this is not for you. If a target is presented, chances are everyone in obliterated. Including children, animals and the innocent (after they are normally raped - anyone over 6 at least) ladies.
I do not want to say too much of the tale. Essentially, Alex follows the antagonist 'The Tiger' all over Africa to make him pay for his crimes but Alex soon realises that Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Darfur are a metaphorical beast that he has never come across and makes him question how horrified he has been by past cases when the actions that are happening here are so so so much worse. He gets his nose broken a lot, gets tortured, meets a nice reporter who he sort of falls for.
Some of the vileness is quite upsetting. A few examples, we hear about a girl who got fucked with a spade, a girl who was raped after she was killed which Alex helplessly has to witness, families who collect wood for warmth but more often than not that equals a death sentence. This is dark, I will not deny it. Like the other A. Cross books I have read, relationships with children take the forefront of the presentation on the novel. The stories thus far that I have read, the children have been the victims (kidnapped and such, perhaps murdered), but here they are also the perpetrators. We see both sides of what certain socialisation can do to effect the youth so differently.
A few things I analysed when reading this is that Patterson makes a point of presenting scenes with sizes of the rooms, buildings, and dynamics. I think this device was used to create the view that whatever cabin, hut or castle you are living in, you are not safe from the ongoing tragedy of a potential Nigerian civil war (or could this be a world war?) . I thought it was an interesting perspective and I have to admit. When we met say, Senior X with money and power who lived in a house that was 5000 x 5000 we thought he would perhaps get away from the brutality of a murdered family. Alas.
He uses two devices does our (heartless but talented) director of words. 80% of the book follows Alex in a first person perspective. Even though I didn't care much for Kill Alex Cross, I loved the character of Alex. He is so well created, invented and portrayed. The other 20% is via the third person perspective, which is sometimes weird in the way it quickly switches. These scenes highlight the actions of the killers and also Alex's Girlfriend Bree and his policeman sidekick. This all happens whilst Alex is suffering all sorts of dynamic degradation in Africa. Yet through these we get to know what is happening elsewhere before say - Alex calls his girlfriend Bree again or meets the Tiger. We, as readers are essentially one up over the knowledge that Alex has.
To finish. I never read reviews before reading a book as I know it is simple for our mind to be swayed by other people's viewpoints. Before I pressed the post button I had a quick analysis over this book and people are negative of this tale and I can't really see why. I guess for keyboard cowboys - people are more happy to post negative viewpoints than to give praise when it is due. - When these people become the best-selling thriller writer of all time. I might listen to their opinions. Until then, I will take it as I see it and enjoy it as much as I can.
Detective James Lafayette Tivendale - just back from Africa. Thank you for reading.
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James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. As of January 2016, he has sold over 375 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, he also writes children’s, middle-grade, and young-adult fiction and is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children’s bestseller lists.
The son of an insurance salesman and a schoolteacher, Patterson grew up in Newburgh, New York, and began casually writing at the age of nineteen. In 1969, he graduated from Manhattan College. He was given a full ride to Vanderbilt University’s graduate program in English but dropped out after a year, knowing that he wouldn’t be able to continue reading and writing for pleasure if he became a college professor.
Instead, he moved to New York to become a junior copywriter for the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, eventually becoming CEO of its North American company.
In 1976, while still working for J. Walter Thompson, Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, with Little, Brown and Company. After being turned down by thirty-one publishers, it won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Patterson’s 1993 novel, Along Came a Spider, his first book to feature Alex Cross, was also his first New York Times bestseller in fiction.
In 2001, Morgan Freeman starred as Alex Cross in a film adaptation of Along Came a Spider, and Tyler Perry also played the character in the 2012 film Alex Cross. A film adaptation of Patterson’s middle-grade novel Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life was released in theaters in October 2016.
For his initiatives to help kids become passionate readers and for his philanthropic efforts, Patterson was awarded the National Book Foundation’s 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.
James Patterson has donated more than one million books to students, focusing on some of the most under-resourced schools and youth programs in the country. In 2015, He donated $1.75 million to public school libraries throughout the United States, $1 million to independent bookstores, and an additional $250,000 in holiday bonuses to individual bookstore employees. He also gave $1 million to independent bookstores in 2014.
Patterson has recently donated over $26 million to his and his wife’s alma maters—the University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, and Manhattan College—and he has established over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four colleges and universities throughout the country. Patterson has also donated over 650,000 books to U.S. soldiers at home and overseas.
In May 2015, Patterson launched a new children’s book imprint at Little, Brown—JIMMY Patterson—that is unwaveringly focused on one goal: turning kids into lifelong readers. This imprint also provides resources, strategies, and programs to serve teachers, parents, librarians, and booksellers. Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.
Patterson also founded ReadKiddoRead.com, a website designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians ignite a new generation’s excitement for reading. Awarded the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize and the American Library Association’s Great Websites for Kids, the site features thoughtful book reviews from a variety of genres and age ranges, a large and lively Facebo
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