Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson (Book Review)

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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.
Once again, James packed a lot of action and suspense into 300+ pages. In the first section of this holiday story, Alex was called to a hostage situation involving a strung out and guilt-ridden dad who was terrorizing his children, ex-wife, her new husband, and a neighbor. There was blood shed but thankfully, no child was physically harmed. Mentally though, they won’t be healing anytime soon which as a parent, broke my heart. I hate to see children in any sort of pain. 
In the next two sections, Alex once again took on Hala. You might recognize the terrorist name from “Kill Alex Cross”. I won’t divulge what sinister plot her and her comrades have orchestrated but I will say unorthodox methods were used to thwart their plans. Even Alex couldn’t believe the means taken to gain entail. 
Mark your calendars – “Alex Cross, Run” comes out February 18, 2013. 
Heart rating system
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Score: ❤❤❤❤

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