Alex Cross ventures into the rugged Montana wilderness – where he will be the prey.
He’s not on the job, but on a personal mission.
Until he’s attacked by two rival teams of assassins, controlled by the same mastermind who has stalked Alex and his family for years.
Darkness falls. The river churns into rapids. Shots ring out through the forest.
No backup. No way out. Fear no evil.
Huge thanks in the first instance to Sarah Harwood for sending me this gorgeous proof copy of Fear No Evil, the latest Alex Cross novel. This is an epic crime fiction series and it is not without a degree of pride when I say I have read them all.
James Patterson knows how to write crime fiction, his books are highly readable, gripping with a strong plot and Fear No Evil was no exception. I was struck by how nice it was to be back with these very familiar characters – Cross and his long time friend and crime fighting partner John Sampson, Nana Mama and Bree and of course Ned Mahoney, if you are not familiar with these characters then where have you been? With over 25 books in this series there is a lot of Alex Cross to familiarise yourself with, however as with many crime fiction series, I personally prefer to start at the beginning, but these do work as standalone novels – but familiarity with the characters and their backstories adds depth and detail.
In this book Alex Cross and John Sampson have scheduled a much needed break, a remote hiking and rafting trip in Montana, remote, out of touch – just them and the wild life. Following a shocking murder, the trip is postponed and Alex and Sampson work alongside Ned Mahoney from the FBI in what appear to be vigilante killings of traitorous US Agents. But the Mexican cartel funding these agents swiftly seeks retribution, issuing a bloody warning to any other agents thinking of confessing under duress – their families will pay.
A complex crime incorporating global gang activity the trio of Cross, Sampson and Mahoney work tirelessly, exploring leads including the incarcerated cartel boss and IT surveillance. A natural break in the investigation occurs and Cross and Sampson take the opportunity to go on that long awaited trip… but it is not just grizzly bears they should fear in the wild!
A cracker of a read, a real page turner! Patterson consistently writes strong crime fiction with compelling and gripping plots which remain easy to follow and engaging – not always an easy task! The stories are authentic, and while in this book I found the final shootout a bit long winded, the drama was high and it was fun and exciting crime fiction!
For me this was a welcome return to Alex Cross and only succeeded in whetting my appetite for more from this super detective!
About the Author
James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 400 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including stand-alone and non-fiction.
James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son, who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers, including the Middle School, Dog Diaries, Treasure Hunters and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookstores and has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past thirteen years in a row. He lives in Florida with his family.