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Collected Works of James Patterson
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing | 369 pages | 2003 | File type: PDF | 5,6 mb
This book flies. I had just read a couple of books that I thought were pretty lame and needed something fast and exciting. A woman I work with recommended James Patterson to me. I did a little research and found that this book is the first in a series for fictional detective Alex Cross. (I hate to read a series out of order, even if the stories are independent and don’t continue from book to book.)
Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing | ISBN: 0446692638 | 469 pages | 2003 | PDF
This book flies. I had just read a couple of books that I thought were pretty lame and needed something fast and exciting. A woman I work with recommended James Patterson to me. I did a little research and found that this book is the first in a series for fictional detective Alex Cross. (I hate to read a series out of order, even if the stories are independent and don’t continue from book to book.) Along Came A Spider is a perfect “fun” read. It moves at a very rapid pace. (The chapters are usually just a few pages.) It has pretty well developed characters considering its quick pace and more plot twists than you’ll ever anticipate. Just when the romance element in the book started to bore me Patterson turns it on its ear. Another thing that makes this book so good is that despite the surprising plot twists everything is fairly believable within the context of the story. I read a lot of mystery/suspense and one of my biggest complaints is that I’ll get really into a book and the climax will be totally ridiculous. You know, the killer will turn out to be the sister of the girl that was accidentally drown in the rich family’s pool the night of the prom thirty-five years before but nobody recognizes her because she’s a master of disguise or whatever! Along Came A Spider has none of that. It’s consistent, quick and exciting! Read it!
Kiss the Girls (2nd Alex Cross Novel)
Publisher: Warner Books | ISBN: 0446677388 | 480 pages | 2000 | PDF
I never saw the movie. Never read a book by Patterson. Never really wanted to. So when I idly picked up “Kiss the Girls” while browsing a local bookstore, I didn’t expect much; it was on a table of “fun beach reads” or some such thing. I read the first page or two. I bought the book. And I can’t rememb
er much after that, except that, heart pounding, palms sweating, I entered the obscenely diabolical world of two serial killers: The Gentleman Caller, and Casanova, terrorizing both Coasts at once. With skill and his own brand of genius, Patterson takes the reader into the crazed yet terrifyingly logical minds of each killer. We are there while they stalk their victims: young women who are smart, educated, self-assured, and perfectly beautiful. At least in the eyes of their killers. We are there during some of the most gruesome and terrifying murders. We are there as Casanova sexually tortures his live victims in his House of Horrors, in which one infraction of the “house rules” results in horrible death. What is the connection between these two killers? What is their sick purpose? It falls to police detective/psychologist Alex Cross to solve the mystery. But Alex has more than a professional interest in the case. His beloved niece Naomi is one of the missing women. I challenge anyone to put this book down once begun. I was absolutely amazed at the hold it had on meand still does. I immediately ordered the next in Patterson’s Alex Cross series, “Jack and Jill.” And I have recommended “Kiss the Girls” to every book-loving friend I have.
Season of the Machete
Publisher: Vision | ISBN: 0446600474 | 369 pages | 1995 | PDF
As a dedicated fan of James Patterson, I realized that this was the one book of his that I had not yet read. Considering myself somewhat of a “completeist” when it comes to authors and musicians, I felt compelled to find a copy even though many, many Amazon reviewers recommended otherwise. Well, I guess I should have listened to the reviewers! This is not the James Patterson who wrote the great “Alex Cross” series (or even lesser works like “Thomas Berryman”, “Virgin”, or “Black Market”). The character development is almost non-existent and the plot is so jumb
led and rambling, it’s like a runaway stagecoach. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of action and numerous gory murders, but the set-up for the book is wafer-thin and it’s really hard to fight your way through it. Like an earlier reviewer stated, I defy any reader to really tell me what the heck is going on through most of this book. If you’re a fan of Patterson’s, stick with the Cross novels and his other later works. “Season of the Machete” was obviously a very early effort by Patterson and has about as much substance as some of my last-minute, weekend term papers from college. It’s hard for me to give any Patterson book “one star” but when you compare this novel to his later books, this reviewer cannot do otherwise. Stick to his good stuff and avoid this “Season”!
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