Cross Country

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Recently James Patterson’s newest novel: Cross Country, came out on the market.  It features audiences’ favorite detective Alex Cross in probably his most troubling, thrilling, and tramatizing cases yet.  Patterson takes his character where no one has dared to take a character.  Cross follows a dangerous killer across the Atlantic Ocean to Africa where he witnesses actions and living conditions that would make anyone cringe.  All the while things at home keep getting worse, and worse yet, Cross’ family becomes involved.  Patterson’s storyline enraptures the reader and pulls them in no matter if this is the first novel a person readers or if they are a seasoned reader of Patterson’s.  His characters are ones that audiences would want more of and are able to relate to throughout the story.

Patterson reels the reader in firstly with a murder of a family, one we later find out is close to Cross.  As the reader proceeds he or she becomes engulfed in the story and wants to find out who the killer for hire is and why he is killing families for what seems to be no reason at all.  When Alex Cross pursues the killer to Africa things get heated up and it gets harder to put the novel down.  Patterson’s descriptions leave the readers captivated.  Never have I read an author like Patterson since the classics; he paints pictures for his audience the way authors like Frank McCourt or Ernest Hemingway did in the past.  His descriptions leave his readers feeling as if they are there in Africa witnessing the same things Cross is, experiencing the same turmoil and heartache as something more terrible happens.  When you think Cross is getting close, something happens and the story takes another turn.

With every twist and turn there is a surprise. His wiritng leaves you wanting more.  The short chapters makes readers feel like they are making a real progress when they get to chapter 72 out of 158 or so.  It also makes having to put the book down easier because it is easier to remember what happened in the last chapter and if you want you can go back and reread the few pages of the chapter.  This is probably one of Patterson’s best novels thus far and there is only more to come.  We can only expect greater things from James Patterson if the rest of his novels are anything like Cross Country.

Patterson had to have done his homework when writing this story.  He uses many real world issues such as the turmoil in African cities like Darfur, Lagos and Sierra Leone.  He describes the turmoil and pain that the people are going through in such detail it is as though he was actually there and witnessed it himself.  While reading this book I wondered what could be done.  Patterson has done his part in getting the issue of Darfur and the things happening out in the open through his writing.  Without knowing it readers are learning about something that is close to a modern day Holocaust.  As the reader continues they see how the story progresses and the person involved, who hires the boys to kill others will be a surprise.  This book is another wonderful work of James Patterson; it will not disappoint fans of Patterson, and if you are reading this book as a first from Patterson, it will make a fan out of you.  It did me.

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