Cross the Line (Alex Cross series)
written by James Patterson
narrated by Ryan Vincent Anderson & Pete Bradbury
8.5 Hours on 7CDs
He'sssss baaAck! And just in time too. D.C. is under attack! It seems more than one psychopathic killer has chosen D.C. to unleash their master criminal plan. From disk one there's a lot going on in Cross the Line. It starts when the department is shaken by the murder of the commander and his female companion. Alex and Bree head the investigation and find there's plenty of suspects but can't quite put their collective finger on it. Then they are hit with a second case - a madman operating his motorcycle with stunt-like ability and his gun with the skills of a trained sniper. If the Cross' plate wasn't full enough, a group is targeting drug manufacturers with military precision. The Cross' are under a great deal of pressure. They aren't in agreement on how to proceed and adding fuel to stressful fires Bree has been tapped to take over and lead the department...making her Alex's boss.
I don't know if James Patterson locked himself in a room and re-read the early Cross novels or if he simply sharpened his pencil and channeled his inner Alex Cross. Either way, Cross the Line will remind fans of why they fell in love with this character in the first place. There's suspense and there are times the listener knows things before Cross, There's lots of action, both psychological and the ever popular shoot 'em up bang-bang. Cross the Line was written in what's become known as Patterson style, with short, crisp chapters. The characters are all three-dimensional, easily relatable, and each adds something to the story...propelling it forward towards the surprising ending. Which definitely wets the listener's appetite for number 25.
The narration is spot on and takes the novel to a whole new level. Ryan Anderson and Pete Bradbury use tones and accents, inflections and voice "mannerisms" to bring the characters life. The audio paints a stunning picture for the listener of not only the characters but, the action-packed scenes as well. The narrators ratchet up the suspense to a conclusion that leaves your heart pounding and longing for another CD.
I really enjoyed Cross the Line. It reminds me of early Cross novels. Although some of the plot lines seem a bit predictable, this is the twenty-fourth installment. If you're a long-time fan, you'll love. If you've become disheartened by some of the less than stellar books, give this one a listen...it just may bring you back to the series. And if by chance you've never read an Alex Cross novel, Cross the Line will have you visiting the Library, streaming or ordering all 23 books that came before this one.
Highly recommend to Cross fans and anyone who enjoys a good suspense/thriller with a traditional leading character.