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Cross Down: The Sunday Times bestselling thriller

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As a shadow force advances on the nation’s capital, Sampson alone must protect the Cross family, his own young daughter, and every American, including the president. What really pisses me off is that Patterson doesn’t give a shit that his once good name as an author is going down the toilet. Huge disappointment but it was inevitable that this great series would eventually go the way other Patterson series have gone…. As Sampson discovers a lead through an ex-military contact, his partner Alex Cross is brutally side-lined, leaving him certain about one thing: he can trust no one.

Overall it’s a good read, maybe those that are more familiar with American politics and the history of US presidents. But I have to admit it is weird reading a book, part of the Alex cross series and have him sidelined within the first 50 pages.Thank you Penguin Random House SA for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is different in the sense that it focuses more on John Sampson and his investigation, while Alex Cross is man down. I always find it interesting to watch the series after reading the book, especially with thrillers as it helps me to see the book in a new perspective.

Cross is rushed into surgery at a nearby hospital, suffering from a collapsed ling and fighting for his life. This is a big first in the series; Alex Cross was shot at the beginning of the book; and hospitalized in critical condition. The only annoying thing which I think this book should contain similar to the Cara Hunter series is Acronyms table so that we understand what the hell certain acronyms mean. Even though Alex was absent from the screen about 80% of the time, that was okay, because the story was good. I remember reading the Alex’s first adventure, “Along came a Spider” and almost cried when Alex, then a widower, faced the loss of his new love in an ending twist I would never forget.Did not find the many new characters likeable and the more I read the more this became unbelievable and ridiculous. Over three decades and 31 books, the character of Alex Cross has hunted many serial killers and other villains and bad guys. Now, the 31st book in the series – “Cross Down” – has been read, and it requires a serious warning for readers. If you haven’t read this but plan on doing so I highly recommend you check your local library; not worth the money to purchase. I appreciated that Patterson made politics approachable to the average person, of course taking literary license with what would and would not be feasible.

Alex Cross has taken a step back, allowing John Sampson to shine and perhaps show his mettle for upcoming novels. This book veers away from the suspense thriller of serial acts and it’s more focused on the military/ army aspect, following on John Sampsons history. The co-author of this book was Brendan DuBois who also co-authored Countdown and that book was the same, nothing but horrific violence and very short on plot. I knew from the 1st chapter that it was not James Patterson's writing and I should have stopped reading then, but foolishly continued. In the previous Alex Cross novels, the story was told from Alex’s point-of-view and this one was told from John’s point-of-view, which kept the same rhythm and flow without disrupting the storytelling style.The story focuses largely on John Sampson this time (with the regulars of the series appearing here and there). D. has taken out one of the attackers and driven off and possibly wounding one or two of the others.

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