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Friday 15 September 2023

ALONG CAME A SPIDER


Along Came A Spider by James Patterson
Book 1 in the Alex Cross series
Narrated by Ako Mitchell
Genre: crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook


What have we got? A missing little girl named Maggie Rose . . . a family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. . . . the thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher . . . a psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him — even after he's been captured.

Gary Soneji wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the first female supervisor of the Secret Service. They complete one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read.

Alex and Jezzie are about to have a forbidden love affair — at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji is playing at the top of his game. The latest of the unspeakable crimes happens in Alex Cross's precinct and it happens under the nose of Jezzie and her men.

Alex faces the ultimate test: how do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath?
Source: Info in the "About Along Came A Spider" was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13145.Along_Came_a_Spider on 02/06/2023.


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My Thoughts:
First book of the vaunted Alex Cross series that I have finally gotten around to reading.

I know, I am sooo late to the party!

This is my first crime thriller where the protagonist is an African-American. Now, why is that?... I would have expected the author to be African-American too. But last time I checked, James Patterson is a white guy. Mmmm... What preconceived ideas do I have in my subconscious? I'm not white, by the way.

Then I discover that there is a dvd loosely based on the Alex Cross character played by Morgan Freeman! Now, that! Is. A. Bonus!

This book reminded me why I am not really a crime fiction fan. I am an escapist reader. I don't want the ugly side of life during my field trips to fairy land. I want to escape reality!

I am so used to plot-less-ness in urban fantasy books (my usual genre) that I was impressed with this one!

This is my first Ako Mitchell listen and I like the way he reads!


Quantitative Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (12 hrs and 1 min listening time)
Plot = 5
Narration = 5


Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries


Books In The Alex Cross Series:
Book 1: ALONG CAME A SPIDER Book 2: KISS THE GIRLS Book 3: JACK & JILL Book 4: CAT & MOUSE Book 5: POP GOES THE WEASEL Book 6: ROSES ARE RED Book 7: VIOLETS ARE BLUE Book 8: FOUR BLIND MICE Book 9: BIG BAD WOLF Book 10: LONDON BRIDGES Book 11: MARY, MARY Book 12: CROSS Book 13: DOUBLE CROSS Book 14: CROSS COUNTRY Book 15: ALEX CROSS'S TRIAL Book 16: I, ALEX CROSS Book 17: CROSS FIRE Book 18: KILL ALEX CROSS Book 19: MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS Book 20: ALEX CROSS, RUN Book 21: CROSS MY HEART Book 22: HOPE TO DIE Book 23: CROSS JUSTICE Book 24: CROSS THE LINE Book 24.4: CROSS KILL Book 24.5: DETECTIVE CROSS Book 25: THE PEOPLE VS ALEX CROSS Book 26: TARGET: ALEX CROSS Book 27: CRISS CROSS Book 28: DEADLY CROSS Book 29: FEAR NO EVIL Book 30: TRIPLE CROSS Book 31: CROSS DOWN


 
Meet The Author

About James Patterson:
James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. Among his creations are Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, and Maximum Ride. His #1 bestselling nonfiction includes Walk in My Combat Boots, Filthy Rich, and his autobiography, James Patterson by James Patterson. He has collaborated on novels with Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton and has won an Edgar Award, nine Emmy Awards, and the National Humanities Medal.


The Narrator

About Ako Mitchell:
Ako Mitchell is an actor, writer and director known for I'm in the Corner with the Bluebells (2014), Aliens vs. Predator 3 (2010) and Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (2012). Ako is also known for his extensive stage work including Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg and Fences with Lenny Henry both in London's West End.



FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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