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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,888 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson Narrator: Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Cross Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781611130287
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It’s Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who’s robbing his church’s poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again. A horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything, and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. 

Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross will be a holiday classic for years to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In his latest outing, James Patterson’s most popular protagonist is forced to interrupt his Christmas plans to save the day, not to mention several lives. (P.S. With over seventy-million copies in print, the Alex Cross series is the bestselling detective series of the past quarter century.)”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial preview

  • “Wow, a Christmas thriller. On a cozy Christmas Eve, Alex Cross has just wrapped up a little case—someone robbing the church poor box—when he gets word of a hostage situation that could tie his holidays in knots.”

    Library Journal

  • “The contrast between the gritty reality of combating terrorism and the close relationship among the members of Cross’ family makes this one of Patterson’s best books to date.”

    BookReporter.com

  • “Fast-paced and tightly plotted, this is a dramatic thriller that shows why the books in this series sell by the truckload.”

    Sunday Mirror

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vincenzo | 2/19/2014

    " First half of the book was not so much fun, character story was interesting but felt like it belonged to a John Grisham court novel. Second part took it to a different level continuing with the terrorism theme but overall I miss the serial killer aspect of the book which lead me to the series years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 2/5/2014

    " Two stories combined in one. Patterson is always easy to read but this was exceptionally easy. It was a good seasonal read. Very predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toni | 1/29/2014

    " I expected more. Alex has us follow him through two disjointed stories, each with its own interest and intrigue but nothing to do with each other. It was as if the publisher slapped them together to make a pave count in time for the holiday book sales. as far as the stories go, here was nothing that really had me ewwing and ahhing. it left me as soon as I finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/24/2014

    " My least favorite Alex Cross book so far. Alex Cross standing by as children are tortured for the greater good? Really? Not my thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steph | 1/19/2014

    " It was okay. Definitely not my favorite. It's like Patterson took 2 seperate stories that weren't long enough for a full novel and put smushed them together making it set on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joycel | 1/17/2014

    " This was the old Patterson I enjoy reading! I have stopped reading any of his books with a co-writer as I usually find them very disappointing, as if he only puts his name on them, not writing them. This returns us to Detective Alex Cross in a fast paced, fun-to-read detective story - a good holiday read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/16/2014

    " So good I read it in a day! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 1/12/2014

    " A little slow for me. Not the best Alex Cross novel for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice Reisman | 1/9/2014

    " This book seemed like a collection of short stories, and I was very disappointed. He can do much better when he wants to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Bergq | 1/8/2014

    " Not one of Patterson's best - just ok. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ron | 1/7/2014

    " This was book disappointing. I hope Patterson has not lost his touch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 12/29/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book, but there was so much going on, it such a short time frame. Yet, over all very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Clark-cook | 12/17/2013

    " Another good outing with Alex. I really enjoy watching the development of this character and there is always an interesting twist or two to keep the mind engaged. I think this is one of Patterson's stronger characters and it's keeping me wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jorge A. | 9/21/2013

    " Great book! Really enjoyed it, and it was just perfect for the holiday season! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 8/13/2013

    " If I were a member of his family, I'd be upset with him too. Another good race to the finish by James Patterson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtland Lee | 6/23/2013

    " Not up to Patterson's best. Very formulaic with hard to follow action sequences which don't really lend themselves to the written word. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilli | 6/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story. It was a quick read and the fact that it was a freebie with a purchase made it all the better. Thank you, James Patterson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Lashinsky | 6/15/2013

    " This was a quick read & I liked it! It was an exciting page turner! What I didn't like was the 2 separate stories. I liked each one individually & thought it could have been 2 books with more in depth stories of each. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 5/26/2013

    " I really like this book. I can always read Patterson's books fast. It flows. The plot was good. A former terrorist comes back. Cross's family hates for him to be gone so much at Christmas, especially. One of Patterson's best characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amygal | 4/4/2013

    " How can you not love Alex Cross? Another great book and a nice little tease into the next one--can't wait to read it! And the next Private one as well! Great job, Mr. Patterson! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lin S. | 3/11/2013

    " So, so. Quick read but not a fav. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dulcie | 2/28/2013

    " If you have to write a book with 2 different stories, then you do not have enough of a "story" to publish a book. Another Patterson disappointment...I miss the old Alex Cross books so much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 1/13/2013

    " What a thrill...loved this book. I highly recommend especially to rail fans and Amtrak employees! My heart is still pounding! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene Allen | 1/11/2013

    " It has been a long time since I have read an Alex Cross book. I still enjoy the fast pacing of a Patterson novel but I had forgotten how dark the books could be. Some of it really got to me and I am not really squeamish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Winfield | 11/23/2012

    " Could not put down. Always love Alex Cross. Too bad he can't have a quiet day. Ha ha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Schreur | 10/24/2012

    " I love all Patterson's books and can hardly put them down. I especially love the Alex Cross series! My father-in-law and I take turns buying them! "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrators

Michael Boatman is an Image Award–nominated actor and writer who is best known for his roles in the television series China Beach, Spin City, and Arliss. He has also appeared in the major motion pictures The Peacemaker and Hamburger Hill. His audiobook narration has garnered eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and earned him the prestigious Audie Award in 2008 and 2010.

Stephen Kunken is an American actor, best known for his work in theater. His Broadway credits include Frost/Nixon, Rock ’n’ Roll, and Enron, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for best featured actor in a play.

Cristin Milioti has starred in a Tony nominated role as Girlin the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit musical Once. Her major film roles include The Wolf of Wall Street, Sleepwalk with Me, and Greetings from the Shore, and her television roles have included The Good Wife and The Sopranos. Recently, she has been known for her role as the Mother on How I Met Your Mother.