"London Bridges" is another in James Patterson's Alex Cross series, and this book combines both the Wolf and the Weasel from earlier books.
In London Bridges, a Nevada town is wiped off the map by unidentified planes dropping bombs. Soon, the Wolf (a Russian Mafioso and terrorist) claims responsibility. Another Cross nemesis, the Weasel, is also seen near the scene. The Wolf soon demands that unless billions of dollars are paid in ransom and dozens of political prisoners are released, he will target four major international cities with nuclear bombs. Dr. Alex Cross is a former Washington, DC policeman who is now with the FBI. He is placed on the case because of his familiarity with both the Wolf and the Weasel. The FBI, CIA, MI5, Interpol, the French police and a host of other law enforcement agencies are all involved in trying to track down the killers, who are leaving way too many dead bodies in their wake. Cross travels across the US, as well as to London, Paris and Zurich--following the terrorists and tracking down clues. Unfortunately, the bad guys always seem to be one step ahead of law enforcement and it appears that they may be getting inside help.
Unfortunately, London Bridges is not without its problems. Having the Wolf and the Weasel together was way over the top. I wasn't quite sure why Patterson even included the Weasel, as his role is never really explained. The number of people the Wolf had working for him was totally unbelievable. And I think Patterson set a record for dead bodies. The ending was a stretch and left many questions unanswered.
I always enjoy Patterson's books, but I always keep in mind that these are typical beach books--short, fast-paced, exciting but not too intricate.
Ed E. reviewed London Bridges (Alex Cross, Bk 10) on
If you like good mystery/thrillers such as Crais, Flynn, Connelly or Childs you want to skip this guy. I have noticed that he uses ghost writers now which is a good idea.
I do not usually post negative reviews but I feel a duty to warn folks off of this author.
It is rare that I can not finish reading a book. It was a chore to slog through this one. I found myself skipping entire chapters because I knew it was more drivel about Cross' beloved family that had no bearing on the story.
I really didn't care who the Wolf was or what happened to him by the end of this short story stretched into novel length.
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 torn ntihiated in an instant. And, so is the Wolf, and so is the Weasel. Excellent reading. Keeps you in suspense.
This is the 10th book of the 11 book series that features Alex Cross. Thru out the series Alex started out as a Washington DC detective and is now with the FBI....The case he is involved with is a continuation of the "Wolf" from his previous novel "The Big Bad Wolf.
Another good book by Patteron. In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley. Minutes later a bomb dtonates a hundred ffet about the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant. Wolf, a international supercriminal claims responsiblility for the blast.