London Bridges

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Little, Brown, Nov 1, 2004 - Fiction - 400 pages
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In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant.Alex Cross is on vacation in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Jamilla Hughes, when he gets the call. The Russian supercriminal known as the Wolf claims responsibility for the blast.

Major cities around the globe are threatened with total destruction. The Wolf has proven he can do it; the only question is, can anyone stop him in time? Surveillance film of the blast reveals the presence of another of Alex Cross' most dangerous enemies, the ruthless assassin known as the Weasel.

World leaders have just four days to prevent an unimaginable cataclysm. Joining forces with Scotland Yard and Interpol, Alex fights his way through a torrent of false leads, impersonators, and foreign agents before he gets close to the heart of the crimes. Racing down the hairpin turns of the Riviera in the most unforgettable finale James Patterson has ever written, Alex Cross confronts the truth of the Wolf's identity, a revelation that even Cross himself may be unable to survive.
 

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Not his best, but a good read

User Review  - Cheesehead12 - Borders

This book was nothing like James Patterson's Kiss the Girls or anything close to it. This book was more of an action book than it was a 'normal' Patterson Book. If you like his Alex Cross novels ... Read full review

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London Bridges is a book written by James Patterson. The book is about the FBI, CIA, and other groups from governments who are trying to capture the books main antagonist, the Wolf. The title is symbolic to the antagonist and foreshadows parts of the plot. The protagonist of the novel is Alex Cross. He is a member of the FBI.
Throughout the novel, there are switches in point-of-view; one chapter could be written in 3rd person, and the next chapter is written in 1st person. Some people will find this to be a nuisance, while others won’t mind. Then there is the length of the book. It is a short book. What is bad about this is that it seems to lack information. It’s like one minute the characters are in London and the next minute there in the United States. Again, some might enjoy the faster pacing, while others will just wish the book can give more detail because it is just an inconvenience for people to realize the setting has switched. Another headache to the story is the constant false leads. Yet again, some may enjoy the “suspense” it gives, while others will hate it. The reader is lead to one character revealing himself as the Wolf, when he is just another accomplice.
The plot is quite interesting, although it could have been better; it had potential. The plot of the story is there is a group that is threatening to bomb cities. The governments seek a way to capture them without suffering any bombings by the terrorists. Alex Cross, the protagonist, is a realistic character. He has a family whom he cares for and has to deal with being away from them to aid the FBI in capturing the antagonists. He has faults. He is unsure, almost throughout the novel, if the FBI is getting any closer to capturing the antagonists. He is what makes the novel worth reading.
London Bridges is a fast-paced thriller about a group of terrorists trying to destroy some cities and will only stop if they are paid a ransom. The book lacks details. If you are a fan of the Alex Cross series read it, if you are a fan of James Patterson read it, if you are a fan of thrillers or novels with similar plots read it; if you are expecting a story like his previous novels, be prepared to be disappointed though. I don’t recommend reading this book if you are not a fan of the genre.
 

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James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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