London Bridges (Alex Cross Series #10)

London Bridges (Alex Cross Series #10)

by James Patterson

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Overview

Alex Cross must face the world's most dangerous agents, criminals, and assassins. The fate of the world rests in his hands.

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. The Russian supercriminal known as the Wolf claims responsibility for the blast.

Alex Cross is on vacation in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Jamilla Hughes, when he gets the call. World leaders have just four days to prevent an unimaginable cataclysm. Racing down the hairpin turns of the Riviera in the most unforgettable finale James Patterson has ever written, he confronts the truth of the Wolf's identity, a revelation that even Cross himself may be unable to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446613354
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2005
Series: Alex Cross Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 16,805
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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 375 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.

Hometown:

Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York

Education:

B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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London Bridges


By James Patterson

Little, Brown

Copyright © 2004 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-71059-8


Chapter One

COLONEL GEOFFREY SHAFER loved his new life in Salvador, Brazil's third-largest city and some would say its most intriguing. It was definitely the most fun.

He had rented a plush six-bedroom villa directly across from Guarajuba Beach, where he spent his days drinking sweet caipirinhas and ice-cold Brahma beers, or sometimes playing tennis at the club. At night, Colonel Shafer-the psychopathic killer better known as the Weasel-was up to his old tricks, hunting on the dark, narrow, winding streets of the Old City. He had lost count of his kills in Brazil, and nobody in Salvador seemed to care, or even keep count. There hadn't been a single newspaper story about the disappearance of young prostitutes. Not one. Maybe it was true what they said of the people here-when they weren't actually partying, they were already rehearsing for the next one.

At a few ticks past two in the morning, Shafer returned to the villa with a young and beautiful streetwalker who called herself Maria. What a gorgeous face the girl had, and a stunning brown body, especially for someone so young. Maria said she was only thirteen.

The Weasel picked a fat banana from one of several plants in his yard. At this time of year he had his choice of coconut, guava, mango, and pinha, which was sugar apple. As he plucked the fresh fruit he had the thought that there was always something ripe for the taking in Salvador. It was paradise. Or maybe it's hell and I'm the Devil, Shafer thought, and chuckled to himself.

"For you, Maria," he said, handing her the banana. "We'll put it to good use."

The girl smiled knowingly, and the Weasel noticed her eyes-what perfect brown eyes. And all mine now-eyes, lips, breasts.

Just then, he spotted a small Brazilian monkey called a mico trying to work its way through a window screen and into his house. "Get out of here, you thieving little bastard!" he yelled. "G'wan! Beat it!"

There came a quick movement from out of the bushes, then three men jumped him. The police, he was certain, probably Americans. Alex Cross?

The cops were all over him, powerful arms and legs everywhere. He was struck down by a bat, or a lead pipe, yanked back up by his full head of hair, then beaten unconscious.

"We caught him. We caught the Weasel, first try. That wasn't very hard," said one of the men. "Bring him inside."

Then he looked at the beautiful young girl, who was clearly afraid, rightly so. "You did a good job, Maria. You brought him to us." He turned to one of his men. "Kill her."

A single gunshot ruptured the silence in the front yard. No one seemed to notice or care in Salvador.

(Continues...)



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London Bridges (Alex Cross Series #10) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 294 reviews.
Wednesdaybooboo More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Alex Cross series books by James Patterson and have found every one of them captivating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three quarters of the way through the book the plot is at the same place as it was at the beginning, but I think all the other reviews cover this well enough. To add something new: I listened to this book on CD. I am dumbfounded that the people who made this audiobook don't know the difference between books and movies or understand the senses and faculties engaged while listening to/viewing them. It was so annoying to try to listen to the words while cheap music played over them. Every time an action sequence occurred the score kicked in to try to add suspense. Sappy piano music played over trying-to-be-heartfelt scenes. There was even an intimate encounter that had cheesy porn-type music played over it. Going in I realized some audiobooks play music over the beginnings or endings, and I figured this one would at least do that, but it went completely overboard. If the author's words aren't good enough to hold the reader, a cheap score isn't going to do it.
Binglib More than 1 year ago
On a previous long trip we listened to "Big Bad Wolf" and it made the hours melt away. The narration was THE BEST. We had to hear the rest of the story in "London Bridges" and we weren't disappointed. Same story tellers and a wonderful way to spend travel hours on the road. Thanks
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let's face it, folks. James Patterson is a brilliant plotter. His ideas are mostly superb. Excellent is not enough to describe a Patterson plot. BUT he is a poor writer. He is careless and does not pay attention to adverbs (those pesky things ending in 'ly' as boringly, carelessly, and uselessly). 'London Bridges' could not be worst even if he had tried to be boringly to extremes. I used to own most of his novels. Not anymore: I sold them all. There are excellent writers in our country. As an example, read John Sandford or Stephen Hunter. Those two are great stylists and wanderful storytellers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible. It made no sense. He made it up as he went along and didn't bother to go back and change things. We were told we would be surprised on who the Wolf was. He wasn't anyone in the story. What was the surprise. The first book The Wolf was amazing. What happened with this one. Was there a deadline to finish it. I even tried to e-mail the author for an explanation and he has ignored me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was everything that a thriller should be. The stakes were high in this one, and it was a glorous sequel to Pop Goes The Weasal. One question weighs heavy on reader's minds: just exactly who was or who is the wolf? What does it all mean for Alex Cross' future? IS HE REALLY DEAD?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hard to believe, but Patterson keeps getting better & better. I couldn't wait to get the book & when I started reading it, just couldn't wait to read the next page, right to the very last. Spellbinding, riveting are words that come to mind when writing about this book.
delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even with all the violence and killing, I enjoy reading a Patterson novel. I am amazed at the wickedness of the villains. In this novel, two mean men: the Weasel and the Wolf, have teamed together in a run to control the world. Wolf is the mastermind and no one knows his true identity. Wolf asks for billions of dollars and release of certain political prisoners in return for not destroying four major world cities. Alex Cross is now working with the FBI and he travels the world in an attempt to stop these vile men. The action is fast paced, a characteristic of Patterson's novels. I have decided that I do not like the first person narrative of Alex Cross. I do not want to know all his personal thoughts and feelings.
shellyb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As all Cross novels this was a "can't put down" book.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
London Bridges sees the return of a previous nemesis, The Weasel, whilst continuing to hunt The Wolf from the previous Alex Cross novel. Cross is drawn in to a cat and mouse chase as the Wolf holds the world to ransom, causing havoc in the biggest cities with destruction and mayhem. It's a bold shift from the localised plots that Patterson usually offers. In fact, if the narrative style wasn't so readily identifiable then one could place the plot at the hands of a different author, one more aligned with global terror then the standard psychopath hunting genre. London Bridges is wildly brave and the pace ensures the brain is never really engaged, although Patterson still develops the personal affairs of the protagonist. Unfortunately the final confrontation is abysmally weak and disappointing which is unusual for this series. That aside, London Bridges delivers typical Alex Cross entertainment.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ah, the era when Patterson wrote all of his own books. This book is *so* many steps above the dreck he publishes now, yet still not the greatest. I think my problem with lies in the complexity of the evil plot. I didn¿t really buy it in this context, perhaps because the book takes itself seriously. You could have this type of plot in an Ian Fleming or Clive Cussler novel, because it is delivered with a wink and a nod. Here, it¿s meant as a 'this could really happen' scenario. There¿s just too many pieces and plots for everything to be controlled by one man (or woman). That being said, I was still entertained, and it was nice to visit with Alex Cross again. I may avoid most of Patterson¿s newer books, but I expect I won¿t be able to avoid finishing this series.
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I haven't read many Patterson books, but this one sucked me and I couldn't put it down.It was really unrealistic in my opinion, and so unlikely. And if that ever did happen, I hope our FBI/CIA/etc would do more than what it seemed like here - but seriously, this book hit the spot for me.Cross is dealing with not one, but two of his nemisises. I haven't read books with either of them before so I wasn't clear on the whole history but the book did a pretty good job of filling all of us in. (However, I did wonder had I read them all, would it start to feel redundant at some point? Not sure).Anyway, I really enjoy ed it. Like I said, it hit just the spot and was the perfect read for me when I picked it up!
scoutlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having read all of the Alex Cross novels, I was excited to read London Bridges. When The Big Bad Wolf ended, I knew Mr. Patterson's next book had to pick up where this one ended. I immediately expected the next book to be his best one yet... it seemed that it had to be. For a year I waited for London Bridges and went out to buy it the first day it came out. Now after just finishing it, I truly have to say it wasn't his best. The ending was more like "that's it??? After all that, this is how it ends?" And I'm still not sure of the identity of the man Alex and Ned were chasing on the rooftop. Towards the end, I just got confused. However, I will say that I won't stop reading Mr. Patterson's books. He still remains one of my favorite authors. I'm waiting for his next women detectives novel to be published.
jeffsdfw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Same story, same plot, same Alex Cross book. Glad I read these books in order. The first Cross books were great. Then I started to notice I was reading the same book over and over and over and over......
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As I stated with the previous book, whenever Patterson introduces a new protagonist for Cross you don't learn the true identity until 2 or more books later and now Patterson's added a previous villian to the mix in this latest Cross book. This undermines all credibility of Cross' character. Of course this is fiction, but no one has that many evil maniacs getting away with murder and mayhem and then joining up together as a team to continue going after you with a vengeance. The first time, maybe, but again and again? No way. I think it's very unfortunate as Cross is a great character otherwise and if more time were given to more realistic cases for him to solve it would make for much better read.
AltoII on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not worth the minutes of my life I spent reading it.
deweys on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The plot was a little far fetched, but it held your interest and the pacing was good. There was some nice twists along the way.
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Journal entry 2 by SKingList from New York, New York USA on Monday, August 08, 2005To be honest I was somewhat disappointed by this. I think Patterson tried to touch on too many issues in this one rather than address any one in depth. Left me wanting to know more and the end was very confusing. Oh well, still glad I read it.
TinyDancer11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As terrifying and real as the plot was, I was still dissatisfied with both this and the last Alex Cross books...
hmskip on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One hundred twenty something chapters of fast-paced, but uninteresting mayhem. If you just like the evil villain rocks the world genre, you may love it. For me, though, the one catastrophe after another plot got old in a hurry.
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alex Cross is back in his tenth and most explosive adventure yet. 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.And so is the WolfAlex 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. The Wolf is the deadliest nemesis Cross has ever faced, and the fact that he is still at large is agonizing for him and his new bosses at the FBI.And so is the WeaselMajor cities around the globe, including London, Paris, and New York, are threatened with total destruction. The Wolf has proven he can do it - the only question is who can stop him in time. Surveillance film of the blast reveals the presence of another of Alex Cross's most dangerous enemies, the ruthless assassin known as the Weasel. The thought of these two dark geniuses joining forces makes Alex's blood run cold.Now are you scared?World leaders have just four days to prevent an unimaginable cataclysm. In a matter of hours, Cross is catapulted into an international chase of astonishing danger. 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
Lolitabonita on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was kind of disapointed with this novel, especially since I'd read several of Patterson's newer books and had been impressed. However, I felt that the writing was a little bit simplistic and I didn't like the overuse of exclamation points. To me, any exclamation point that isn't in a quotation is excessive, though. I also thought the ending was little rushed, but had an overall good, satisfying ending. Not a bad quickie novel. I especially enjoyed the afterword in my paperback edition that had a small biography on Alex Cross and a synopsis of his previous novels and adventures.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book that has bombs, sex, a wolf, and a weasel!! What's not to love!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Read
RandyTramp More than 1 year ago
Sunrise Valley, Nevada is annihilated in seconds. Major cities around the globe are threatened with total destruction. Seattle, San Franciso, Washington D.C. and London, Alex Cross travels. Some vacation, mostly business. This, the fastest paced Alex Cross book to date, felt like a race car or a speed boat. With twists and turns, one had to hold on tight. I loved this read. The antagonists, "The Weasel" and "The Wolf" were the most dangerous, most colorful and most elusive of all the criminals Cross has had to deal with. When the action cooled, Alex took time to be with his family. Little Alex, now three, resided with his mother in Seattle. Cross visited twice, both times so precious. Little Alex didn't want his daddy to leave. A mixture of work and home, work, of course, taking up most of the percentage. I loved the pacing, the plot and of course Alex Cross.